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From the December 2005 Newsletter:


Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting is on Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Agenda
Carols at The Nook
The date for this year’s Carols at The Nook is Thursday, 22nd December at 7 pm. Geoff & Sheila Collier are providing the music and there will be mulled wine and mince pies. This annual event is always well supported and enjoyed by all who attend, so please join us if you can.
Village Hall
A grant has been applied for to help fund the replacement of the roof on the Village Hall. Two estimates have been obtained and it is hoped that the work will be carried out in February.

The Lengthsman has been round and cleared many of the problems brought on by the heavy rain in October and November, but falling leaves are obviously still causing problems. Please let Jonathan Collier know of any drains, etc. that need clearing.
Neighbourhood Watch
We have a new Community Police Officer – PC Andrew White started at South Molton Police Station on 28th November and John White will be in touch with him shortly. We also have a Crime Prevention Officer now, Donna Hawkins, and we will ask her to write a short piece about how we can all combat the "random raids" which seem to be prevalent in villages like Brayford.

A sponsored penalty shoot out was held on 14th October at the school. The winner of 6 yrs and under was Joe Hillyer, 6-8 years Rachel Maundrell and 8-11 years Freddie Jones. Overall winner was Joe Hillyer. A signed shirt for the child with most sponsorship went to Ben Thorne. Simon Priest, who coached the children during the summer term organised the event and presented the prizes on Friday, 18th November. Thanks to all who sponsored the children. Over £450 was raised which has been split between the school and Exeter City Football Club.
A Diwali day was held on 3rd November. The children found out all about this Hindu festival by taking part in lots of fun activities. Did you see them in the Journal?
On 24th November the children invited their parents to come and buy food from their sandwich bar – this was part of their food and healthy eating topic.
The school council voted for three Chair People this term – Terri-Anne Groves, Helen Thomas and Sam Wildig. They are currently working on designing and costing ideas for a new play area and are going to present their ideas to the school governors using Powerpoint.
For a treat and change from the usual Christmas party, we are taking the children to see Aladdin at the Queen’s Theatre on Thursday, 15th December.
Last day of term is Tuesday, 20th December.
Brayford Primary School are holding an Auction of Pledges at the Village Hall on Saturday, 3rd December with the aim of raising £1200 to provide the infant class with the computers and internet access they need. Tickets cost just £2 and can be bought in advance from Sarah Stone on 710400 or on the door. The ticket price includes a welcome drink to get the evening started. The doors open at 7.00 pm and the auction begins at 7.30. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and the amount of pledges received, so please come along on the night and pick up a few bargains, some Christmas gifts or a festive hamper. We have an executive health club membership, lots of days out and plenty of booze. We have booked a bar for the evening, so what more could you ask for. Please come along and support us.
Fundraising Calendars
There is once again a fund raising calendar for the playgroup, this year it is entitled "A Trip Back in Time" and features historical photographs of the village. The calendars cost £5 each. We also have a calendar featuring the children at the playgroup if anybody is interested.
New Committee
Following our recent AGM, we are pleased to introduce our new committee.
Committee Chair – Karen Hillyer
Treasurer – Sam Boyles
Secretary – Gail Cornish
For information regarding Boomerangs contact Karen Hillyer.
We are holding a Prayer Fellowship in the Methodist Schoolroom every other Tuesday at 7.30 pm for about 45 minutes. The dates are 6th and 20th December and 3rd and 17th January. There is a box in the porch if you would like to request a prayer for anyone – just put a Christian name and need.
Our Carol Service will be on 18th December at 6.30 pm and a service on Christmas Day at 10.30 am. Otherwise our services are at 11 am and 6.30 pm every Sunday as usual.
We have been delighted to receive a donation of £500 from Hansons at Brayford Quarry. This brings our fundraising total to £1450 for the work in hand. This has allowed us to repaint the interior, have safety work done on the trees and will go a long way towards replacing the carpet after Christmas. Thank you to all who have made this possible.
At the recent baptism of Halle, grand-daughter of Ray and Ruby White, £180 was raised in lieu of presents for Parkinsons Disease, in memory of our much loved "Uncle Frank".
There will be a Candle Lit Carols Service on Christmas Eve at 6.30 pm. Pleasee bring your own candle and holder.
Our new vicar will be licensed in February. Reverend Peter Attwood and his family will live in North Molton.
Don’t forget to write this on your calendar for Saturday 10th December at the Village Hall from 10 am to 12.30 pm. Tickets are selling well and if you don’t get a chance to buy one beforehand, please come along and support us on the day. There will be plenty going on, including stalls, a 50/50 stall (if you have items you would like to bring along on the morning for sale, please label them clearly with the price of each item, together with your name/telephone number), a raffle, plenty to occupy the little ones, and, of course, a visit from Santa. Tickets are £1 to include a cup of coffee and a mince pie (free entry for children). If you would like to buy your ticket in advance, or if you have any questions, please speak with Dawn or Carol.



The Annual General Meeting of the Television Association will take place on Tuesday, 24th January at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.  Please come if you can as this meeting is to decide the future of the Association.
When the analogue transmitters are turned off in late 2008/early 2009 our re-broadcast system will become obsolete. Members currently receiving their TV signal from the Church tower will have to change to a digital system (either terrestrial or satellite).

Community Coffee Mornings are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 9.30 to 11.30 am in the Methodist Schoolroom.

The next meeting will be held on 21st December at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, and will be a quiz on gardening and general knowledge, and a social evening. Please bring a plate of food and all guests are welcome. Tickets £1 at the door.
We had a good AGM at which Ruth Knights was elected President, Pat Witheridge Secretary, Pearl Latham Treasurer.
We are going to Heasley Mill House for a Christmas meal in December and on 14th December we are having a Christmas Party with Tony Poling and Friends providing music. Our new programme for next year will be available then.
On 11th January our speaker will be Arnold Bradbury from Royal National Lifeboat Institute, so we hope many of you will be able to come.
Our meetings take place in the Village Hall at 7.15 pm.
We would like to thank everyone who gave wools, cross stitch kit, embroidery, plastic needles, etc. which were sent to Brockhill Women’s Prison to help them from self-harm.
Would people please save the holiday vouchers from the Western Morning News and North Devon Journal (January) so the MU can send families on holiday. 56 families were sent on holiday this year and anyone knowing a family who would benefit from a holiday should contact Ruth Edwards.
There will be a school Carol Service in High Bray Church at 6.30 pm on Monday, 19th December with tea after.
On Wednesday 18th January we will be holding a coffee morning at Purbrook (Ruth Boyles) at 9.30 am. There will be a Bring & Buy Stall for MU funds.

Please come and support a dance on Friday, 10th February in aid of Devon Air Ambulance. Super band "COVER’D" are returning so a great night out is promised. Wear something red. Full details from Ruby or Hilary.
Jennie Loriston-Clarke is one of Britain’s leading riders and trainers and has represented Great Britain in four Olympic Games. She is an FEI International Dressage Judge and FEI International 3-Day Event Judge. Throughout her life Jennie has taken the opportunity to study with some of the great trainers and now passes on this experience at clinics for riders and judges throughout the world.
The demonstration will take place at Calvert Trust Exmoor’s indoor riding arena at Wistlandpound, Kentisbury on Sunday, 5th February and starts at 11 am. It will be followed by a buffet lunch with the opportunity to meet Jennie. Ticket prices are £25 for the demonstration and lunch or £22 for just the demonstration. Please call the Centre on 01598 763221 for tickets. Places are limited so call early to avoid disappointment. (The Centre is closed between 22 December and 5th January.)

Special thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the December Newsletter.

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