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National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens
Devon Group Plant Markets 2006
9 April           - RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington (Entrance charge for non-members)
2 July            - South Molton Pannier Market
3 September - RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington (Entrance charge for non-members)
10am  until  3pm            Refreshments available

From the February 2006 Newsletter:


Parish Council Meeting

The last Parish Council Meeting was on Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Agenda
The previous Parish Council Meeting was on Thursday 16th February. Agenda

Carols at the Nook
The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who made the evening such a success. Thanks to all who contributed with mince pies, sausage rolls, warming mulled wine, Geoff, Sheila and Rachel Collier for the music and to all who came and sang heartily. £170.56 was collected for the Devon Air Ambulance.

Millennium Garden
The Parish Council has received compensation from Balfour Beatty to make good the damage done to the garden. Alan Boddington and Barrie Lowe are renovating The Huxtable Plough and this will hopefully be finished and in place in the spring. This is the first plough f its kind and was made at the forge in Brayford.

School Governor
Jane Jeyes has volunteered to take over the demanding role of School Governor Representative (Parish Council) from David Gosling.

The Parish Council would like to remind anyone who requires local housing should register with the Housing Officer of North Devon District Council.

The Pound
Norman Barrow and Chris Jeyes have cleared the site and lovely notice boards are in place with information and maps. There is a lovely view from the seat so hopefully people will visit the site and enjoy the view. Thank you to all who have contributed to making this an asset to the village.

Parish Paths
It is hoped to use some the PPP Grant to put some chippings on the path running alongside Millfield as it is very muddy.

Neighbourhood Watch
A locked car was stolen from outside Post Box Cottage in Brayford recently. Thieves broke a window and drove the vehicle to Barnstaple and vandalised it. It is hard to accept that these incidents are happening around our village but shows that we must all be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

Brayford Boomerangs

The new term has started well, with twelve children registered. Our current theme is "Food From Around The World" and Christine and Kerry have some fun activities lined up for the children. Links with the school are excellent and the staff and currently working together on better aligning teaching methods on areas such as numeracy.

Following some grant assistance, we are looking forward to some new equipment for the children.

Many thanks to all those who supported the coffee morning on 10th December. This was well attended and most enjoyable with very useful funds being raised towards the pre-schools. Thank you to everyone who purchased this year’s fundraising calendar. A total of £90 was raised for the playgroup. Thank you also to those who gave their kind permission to use the historical pictures.

Our fundraising calendar for 2006 is coming together well, with a wine tasting and music evening planned for March – please look out for the posters!

The committee and staff would like to thank everyone for their continued support of this valuable asset to our community.

Any enquiries about the pre-school, please speak with a member of the committee or staff
Brayford School

A vacancy has arisen at Brayford School for a Governor from our Community. If you would like to join our committed voluntary team and help ensure that our children continue to get the best possible start, please contact Fiona Tyson. This is a rewarding and valued role and we would welcome hearing from you.

Thank you to Hanson Quarries, especially Geoff Clark, Barry Ripon and Andy Allen for repairing our path between the Village Hall and School – no more muddy shoes!

Thank you also to Robin Balment for trimming our School hedge.

David Gosling has recently retired as a Governor of Brayford School. David contributed immensely to our School during his time as Governor. As Chairman he steered the School decisively through a difficult period of change. His superb leadership, dedication and commitment to the School have built the Governor team into an effective and organised body, ensuring that the School is well placed for the future for all of our children. Thank you David, you will be greatly missed.

Since the last Newsletter, we must thank everyone who came and supported our Pledge Evening. This was a great success and raised over £2,500. This far exceeded our target and will really enhance the school.

The children all enjoyed the trip to Queen’s Theatre at the end of the Christmas term to see Aladdin.

The PowerPoint presentation given by the school council children for a play area was approved by the governors. The new Timber Trail was installed during the break and is now being enjoyed by the children. This is a school facility only to be used by school children in school time. We would ask that older children respect that school grounds and facilities are out of bounds.

On Saturday, 7th January, just before we started back, the children were all given free tickets to see Exeter City v Gravesend at St James’ Park. So 49 children, parents and staff set off by coach for an enjoyable match which saw Exeter win 1-0. This was all possible following the generous sponsored penalty shoot out held last year.

On 9th January, we welcomed Charlotte and Alec  into our reception year.

Dates for your Diary:
20-24th February – Half Term
7th April – Last day of term
Women's Institute

Looking back to last year, some members went to Filleigh Village Hall in November to attend cookery demonstrations and lunch and our Christmas meal at Heasley Mill House was greatly enjoyed by all who attended. We were pleased to donate a hamper for the Pledges evening to raise funds the new computers at the School. Our party night was a great success with Tony Poling and his musical friends, ending with carol singing. In January Arnold Bradbury gave us an insight into the working of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
On Wednesday, 8th February our evening will be Mary on the Move – Healthcare in the Cameroon. Mary McCormick is a nurse who has spent a lot time in the Cameroon with a charity building Health Units and teaching Africans to look after themselves. This is an open evening and we look forward to welcoming everyone who wishes to come.

On Wednesday, 8th March there will be a talk on Marwood Hill Gardens. Our meetings are held in the Village Hall commencing at 7.15 pm. In addition there will be a coffee morning at the invitation of Selina Sinclair at Tangled Bray Barn.
Mother's Union

We would like to thank the school children and staff for "Christmas around the World" and also well done everyone for the Christmas Eve Service.

Our coffee morning for the work of the Mothers’ Union was held at Purbrook raising £100. Thank you all for your support.

Our February meeting we will be attending the Licensing of our new Vicar, the Reverend Peter Attwood at North Molton on Saturday 18th February. On 15th March, our speaker will be Reverend Mollie McGee. This will be at Joan Greenwood’s house in North Molton at 2.30 pm
Charles Church

There are plans afoot to redecorate the Church this spring and also for maintenance of the Churchyard. Any contributions towards the costly job of grass cutting would be most gratefully received by the Treasurer, Sarah Burnett at Victoria Cottage.

Following the beautifully Taize evening at High Bray in January, there will be another opportunity to sample this refreshing style of service, in it’s simplicity and peace. Reverend Chris Hewitson, with the help of a video, will describe the background and some of his own experiences of many visits on Sunday, 5th March at 6.30 pm.

The community enjoyed a lovely supper and lively chat at Victoria Cottage during January.

For your diaries: On June 11th and 12th, there will be another festival weekend of local history. On Sunday, 12th the Bishop of Crediton will conduct the festival service at 6.30 pm.
High Bray Church

We had a wonderful Christmas at High Bray Church. The school children did a modern version of the Nativity, followed on Christmas Eve by a Candlelit Service. Thank you so much to all who put much thought into this service. The Church was full and "buzzing" with life.

In February we will be welcoming our new vicar, Reverend Peter Attwood and his family who will be living at North Molton. The Licensing Service will be on Saturday, 18th February at 2 pm at North Molton Parish Church, conducted by the Bishop of Crediton.
Methodist Church

Our services will be as usual at 11 am and 6.30 pm. On the first Sunday of the month we have a short family service followed by Coffee. On the first Sunday 5th March this will be run by the Sunday Club.

On Palm Sunday, 9th April at 7.00 pm the Cantata Loxhore Singers will be visiting. There will be collection for a local charity.
Gardening Club

On Wednesday, 15th February, we have organised a visit to the Trelawney at Ashford  Garden Centre in Ashford (formerly Banbury's). We will be meeting in the car park at the Village Hall at 2.30 pm. On Wednesday, 15th March our speaker will be Sylvia Mercer who will be giving an illustrated talk on Wildflowers. This meeting will be in the Village Hall commencing at 7.30 pm Our April meeting will be about preparing and planting summer hanging baskets. Dave Hopkins is organising this event and you will need to bring a basket, some moss and money to buy plants which Dave will bring with him.

The 2006 Flower Show will be held in the Village Hall at 3.30 pm on Saturday, 19th August.
Lit Up

Brayford certainly got "lit up" at Christmas. All the lights looked very festive. Thanks to all who made the effort to light up their houses and to the Parish Council and Bill Ludgate for the beautifully lit tree.

Village Hall

You can’t fail to notice the super new roof going on to the Village Hall. We have been troubled for some time with rain coming in, so umbrellas inside will no longer be needed!
Dance For Devon Air Ambulance

Don’t forget Friday, 10th February in the Village Hall from 9 pm to 1 am there will be dancing to super band COVER’D. Tickets are £10 to include a hot supper and pudding. Donations, puddings, draw prizes will all be gratefully accepted by Ray, Ruby and Hilary. Wear something red if you can.



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

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