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From the April 2006 Newsletter:

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 18th May in Brayford Village Hall, after the Annual General Meeting.  Agenda
The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Thursday 20th April at 7.30pm in the School Room, Methodist Chapel.
It was followed by the normal Parish Council Meeting.   Agenda
Best Kept Village Competition
Brayford has entered the Best Kept Village in Devon Competition 2006. Preliminary Judging will take place in May and June with Final Judging in July. The competition is run by Campaign to Protect Rural England Devon and Mole Valley Farmers and judging is based on villages being clean and well cared for, yet environmentally friendly, so that birds and wild flowers can flourish. We will all have to do our bit to make sure Brayford fits the bill and wins.
Neighbourhood Watch
In the past two months, the Police have recorded three crimes. On March 3rd there was a theft of unsecured tools from a motor vehicle at Mockham Gate. On March 9th there was a theft of diesel from a vehicle in Brayford and on the same day a theft of hearing oil in Brayford. PC Andy White, our beat Policeman, says that the latter two offences are part of a larger series of similar crimes across North Devon. He believes the thieves may use a transit type van or four wheel drive vehicle with a tank on board and may employ an electric pump to silently steal the expensive fuel. Owners of heating fuel tanks positioned for easy access by tanker drivers close to the road, may make the thieves’ task easier. He advises to check contents frequently and call the police if you are suspicious, even at 2 am. Cameras and movement-activated lighting could deter.

Easter Come Dancing
Do come and join in this very special event, which will include Ballroom, 60s, Barn and Line Dancing to Live Music with Pat and Tom on April 15th from 8-11.30 pm in the Village Hall. There will be a Bring and Share Supper, but no bar, so please bring your own. Entry will be £5 for adults on the door, children free. Please support this event, as all proceeds will go the Village Hall.
Duck Race
The annual Brayford Duck Race will take place on Monday, 29th May at Brayford Bridge. We hope the weather will be every bit as good as last year. There will be lots of stalls and lots to do as well as the Duck Race. Posters will be up nearer the time with all the details, but do make a note of the date in your Diary. You wouldn’t want to be the only one not there!
Art Exhibiton
Ann Dixon, ex Brayford School, would like to invite you to an art exhibition entitled "On Reflection" at the Victory Hall in North Molton. Taking part are various local artists and some of the exhibits will be for sale. Opening hours are 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, 29th April and 10.30 am to 5 pm on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
Brayford Boomerangs
The current topic at Boomerangs is "Mini Beasts" and the children have been learning about different insects. Recently, an expert from Exmoor Zoo visited, bringing with him some creepy crawlies, which could hardly be described as "Mini"! The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
Sadly, Kerry will soon be leaving us and we are currently in the throes of selecting her replacement. Kerry has worked very hard for our Pre-School, both on the Committee and, latterly, as Assistant to the Playleader. We wish Kerry and her family all the very best.
Please don’t forget, we welcome new families to the Group. We have recently upgraded our Prospectus should anyone wish to see a copy. 
Brayford School
A snowy few weeks since the last Newsletter, which the children at school have all enjoyed. This term the infants’ topic is homes. They have all had lots of fun making clay houses with waterproof roofs. We hope they remember what they learnt because next week they are making and testing waterproof shelters for them to sit in!
The juniors’ topic is castles, some fantastic models made by the children based on real castles, are displayed around the school. The Year 5 & 6 children attended a science fair in Okehampton on 16th March. They went with Mrs Blackett and children from Swimbridge school. Mrs Blackett also helped the children make a multicoloured coat for "Joseph" to wear. All they had to use were carrier bags and sellotape. It looks "Amazing". You may have seen it on display in the Queen’s Theatre during the production of "Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".
On 27th March the junior children are going on a residential trip to Beam House for lots of adventurous activities. On 21st March the juniors will work with a script writer from Lantern FM on how to produce advertisements for radio. This is in conjunction with their literacy work on persuasive writing.
The School Council is currently working on fundraising ideas for playground markings at school. The first of these events is a Fun Run on 7th April organised by the children. They will soon be out and about looking for sponsors, so please support them if you can.
Dates for your Diary:
7th April – Last day of term
24th April – Back to school


Women's Institute
In February, Mary (McCormick) On The Move, was a very interesting evening. She showed a video of her work building a well to bring water down to the village with Henry so they have set up the Trust McHenry to help others in the Cameroon. In March, we were shown slides that Dr Smart had taken over 50 years of Marwood Hill Gardens. A party of us also enjoyed a wonderful evening at West Point for Holiday on Ice "Diamonds".
We would like to thank everyone for coming to Selina’s coffee morning where £134.50 was raised.
On April 12th, Dr David Berger will be speaking about his experiences as Ship’s Doctor on a Voyage to the Antarctica. On April 27th, at 7.30 pm there will be a Group Meeting at Filleigh where Tom Orchard will be speaking on The Life of a Gipsy. On Thursday, April 20th there is a Spring Council Meeting at Exeter. During May, we have a summer walk on May 3rd and the Resolutions Meeting on May 10th at the Village Hall.
Mother's Union
The site on which the caravan stands at Dawlish Warren is part of the Exe Valley now designated as a flood risk plain by Teignbridge Planning Department, so does anyone know of anywhere it can go in September? Does anyone have the Women’s Weekly of 31st January 2006 which contains an article about the MU please?
On April 19th at 2.30 pm Eileen MacCaig will be telling "The Story of the Rainbow" at Ivy Harrison’s, and on May 17th at 2.30 pm the speaker will be Gladys Barrow at Lydcott.
Thank You
Thank you to Selina and Marcus for donating a new flag for the Millennium Garden, and also to Marcus and friends for hoisting the flag.
Thanks also to everyone who gave so generously for the Devon Air Ambulance at our recent Dance. The figure raised was nearly £700!
Gardening Club
In February we enjoyed a visit to the Trelawney at Ashford Garden Centre, and in March Sylvia Mercer came and gave a talk on her lifetime's involvement with Wild Flowers.
On April 19th, Dave Hopkins will be coming to give us some new ideas for summer hanging baskets and tubs. Please bring a container, lining material and some pocket money, as Dave will bring compost and plants. On May 17th, we hope to have Mrs Recycle visiting to talk to us about making our own compost.
Don’t forget the 85th Brayford Flower Show will take place on Saturday, 19th August. Preliminary Schedules were distributed with the Newsletter so that you all have plenty of time to plan your entries.
Preliminary Schedule


Methodist Church
The Community Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 5th April from 10 am to 12 pm in the Methodist Schoolroom, and also on 3rd May.
On Palm Sunday, 9th April, at 7 pm the Cantata Loxhore Singers will be visiting and this will be followed by a supper, the evening being in aid of the Eye Unit at South Molton Hospital. Our Good Friday service, on 14th April, will be at 10.30 am. All other services will be as normal at 11 am and 6.30 pm every Sunday.
High Bray Church
We extend a very arm welcome to Reverend Peter and Sue Attwood. If you have need of Vicar, please feel you can be in touch with him. The AGM will take place at Whitefield on April 6th at 7.30 pm.
Easter services will be on Good Friday at 7 pm and Easter day at 11.15 am Holy Communion. Please come and join us.
Charles Church
Our Easter Day Service on April 16th will be a Holy Communion at 6.30 pm. Future dates are Sunday June 11th at 6.30 pm a special Patronal Service led by Bishop Bob of Crediton. During that weekend there will also be an exhibition in the Church by the History Society. Also, on Saturday, August 19th at 6.30 pm there will be a recital by the Trinity College Early Music Group.
Brayford Television Association
At the Association’s AGM in January, the following officials were elected:
Chairman – J Martin
Secretary – vacancy
Treasurer – D Gosling
Public Liaison Officer – D Bawden Technical Advisers – G Mitchell, D Swash
Committee Members- R White, T Abbott
The meeting agreed that the Association’s funds were sufficient to maintain the current analogue transmitter for the foreseeable future. There would, therefore, be no request for donations this year. The necessity or viability of a transmitter after the change over to digital transmission is as yet uncertain. Change over for this area is planned for 2009.
Redundant Computer and Telephone Equipment
Do you have unwanted computer equipment? The Churches of High Bray, Charles, North Molton and Twitchen are collecting any unwanted equipment to be reconditioned and sent to developing countries for schools and other charitable organisations. We can collect from you, and will gratefully accept computers, modems, power leads, monitors, mice, scanners, printers, as well as mobile phones, fax machines, etc. All computers will be reformatted using systems authorised by the Police for security. If you have something you would like to donate, please call Madeleine Brownell.
Conservative Association
The Brayford Branch of the North Devon Constituency Association were awarded the Silver Rose Bowl at the AGM for the amount in excess of £900 which was raised in 2005. The next event to be arranged by the Branch will be held in the Village Hall on 13th October – further details will be advertised in due course.

At the AGM of the local Branch the re-elected officers were:
President – Drinda Gardner
Chairman – Ruth Boyles
Secretary – Margaret Hartnoll
Assistant Secretary – Ruth Knights
New members to the Branch would be very welcome.

Open Day at Calvert Trust
It will be ten years this April since Calvert Trust Exmoor opened the main Centre doors to welcome people with disabilities, their families and friends to enjoy adventurous outdoor activities in the countryside. To mark the occasion we are holding a Birthday Open Day on Sunday 7th May and welcome everyone to help us celebrate this special event.
There will be lots of fun for everyone, with activities such as climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking, riding and the zip wire all on offer for £1 a go. These taster sessions are open to all ages and abilities.
In addition, David Kennard will be giving a demonstration of sheep dog trial skills and there will be other demonstrations, sideshows, children’s entertainment, treasure hunt, food stalls and lots more!
During the afternoon, there will be a sponsored canoe challenge and we are looking for teams to enter this fun event that involves a set course. Entry packs and further details are available from the Centre on 01598 763221.
Doors open at 10 am. Entry and parking are free, so come and join us at Wistlandpound, just off the A399 less than a mile from Blackmoor Gate.
Walk For Life
Banish the winter blues, abandon the spring-cleaning, put you best foot forward and spring into life by joining Sponsored Coastal & Countryside Walks on Sunday 28th May in aid of North Devon Hospice. There are ten different organised walks in various locations, all different lengths and abilities, all starting at 10 am (registration from 9.15 am) with a free T-Shirt for everybody who registers.
There is a four page leaflet with full details of each walk with a registration form available from North Devon Hospice, Deer Park Road, Newport, Barnstaple, EX32 0HU.  So please support our local Hospice and enjoy some fresh air at the same time.

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

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