rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the February/March 2007
Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 15th February
(Agenda) and Thursday
15th March in
Brayford Village Hall at 7.30pm. (Agenda)
There will be major road works on the A399 between Aller Cross and Huntstone
Wood. These will extend for nearly 3 miles with large sections of the road
being strengthened before the whole length is given a new surface. The main
contract will commence on 22nd January, although the drainage
works have been underway and some retaining works will follow later in the
year. During the surfacing works it will be necessary, for safety
reasons, to close the road between the hours of 7 pm to 6 am Monday to
Friday. These closures will be between Aller Cross and Northland Cross
and between Northland Cross and Huntstone Wood, however both sections will
not be closed at the same time.
At an Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting held on 11th
January, representatives of Hastoe’s Housing Association passed round two
new proposals for two 3-bedroom and three 2-bedroom houses to be built on
land owned by Mr K Robins. North Devon Planning Department has asked that
these houses front the road opposite the Methodist Chapel, four metres back
from the road with a generous footpath in front and gardens and parking at
the rear. The final plan will be chosen by the Planning Officer, then drawn
up by Hastoe’s and submitted for planning approval. An Open Meeting has
been arranged on 15th March in the Village Hall from 3.30 pm to 7.00 pm for parishioners to
view the plans. Any comments have to be sent in writing to North Devon
Planning Department. It is hoped that final approval will be given at the
Planning Committee meeting in April. Once the date for the Open Meeting is
known it will be posted on the Notice Boards at The Nook and High Bray, so
if you are interested please keep a look out.
Carols at the Nook
Many thanks to those who helped make
the Carols at the Nook a happy evening. The collection raised £138, which
is a marvellous start to the Play Area Fund.
Another change in Police organisation: PC George Furneaux is now our
Beat Manager, however, he has pointed out that he covers 26 parishes across
a very large area, albeit assisted by PCSO Simon Latham, and it is Simon who
we are most likely to come across. George Furneaux urges us to contact the
police if we notice anything that seems suspicious and particularly asks
that we take note of vehicle registration numbers. He said there is an
active group of local criminals currently targeting outbuildings in order to
steal power tools.
We had a lovely end to the year with Lynn Purse demonstrating how to make
Christmas table decorations in terracotta pots.
Our programme for the coming year is now available and to commence we will
be visiting Heddon Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday 21st
February, meeting in the Village Hall Car Park, time to be arranged. For
those who have not been to Heddon Hall before, they have a wonderful
collection of Hellebores in a lovely garden and also some for sale. On
Tuesday 20th March (changed date) Terry Shapland will be coming to tell us about the composting project
at Bratton Fleming. This is a scheme run by the Council enabling local
people to buy the compost at a very reasonable rate. This meeting is in the
Village Hall at 7.30 pm.
We have decided, this year, to have a £10 membership fee for the Club, but
will still welcome non-members to our meetings for £1 per meeting.
On 10th February, Carol Klein, who is presenting a "Grow
Your Own Vegetables" programme on BBC2 at the moment, and lives in
North Devon, will be at RHS Rosemoor Garden, near Torrington.
Geoff and Raymond have finished painting the roof inside the Village Hall
and it looks very bright and clean. We shall be doing some more painting in
half term week. Can you help please from 19th February onwards?
North Devon Conservatives
There will be a Social Evening to be held on Saturday 17th
February at 7.30 pm at Brayford Village Hall. Neil Parish MEP will give a
talk and there will be musical entertainment by Tony Poling and Friends, and
a draw. Tickets are £8 at the door to include a Ploughman’s Supper.
Please let Mrs R Boyles or Mrs D Gardner know if you are coming for catering
There will be a new Mixed Level Yoga class starting at Goodleigh Village
Hall on 15th March from 6.15 to 7.45 pm. For more information
contact Audrey Smith, email email@example.com.
Rose Raymond was recently taken seriously ill and was rushed into
intensive care; happily after a spell in hospital, she is home again and
making a good recovery. Her daughter, Janet, who works for Medcins
Sans Frontieres, was at that time on the staff of a very small hospital unit
in Nepal, reachable usually by helicopter. On leaning of her mother’s
plight, MSF did everything they could to return Janet to the UK. However,
they had to forbid travel using the Russian helicopters because of a series
of accidents. The only way to get to the airfield at Katmandu was by
walking, hitching a lift in a lorry in which Janet shared the cab with
eleven others, and hiring a jeep. The jeep suffered a puncture and there was
no spare, but after three days hard travel Janet reached the airfield and
flew by light plane to Bangkok. After the longhaul flight into Europe, the
last stage of the journey to Bristol was not straightforward as the pilot
was unsure he could land safely due to fog: but they made it. With Rose on
the mend and being cared for by Dick and other family members, Janet is once
again back at work. She will complete a medical course in Brussels at the
end of January and then be sent off to another trouble spot, this time
probably somewhere in Africa.
Christmas may be a mere memory by now, but it is important to record
some special events in the community. There were memorable services and
carol singing and beautiful, "traditional" decorations in the
Church and local houses. The floodlit church tower was a moving sight on a
dark night. Thanks to all who contributed in any way.
There are a few deep pot holes appearing in the roads. If you have one near
you, please mention it to Jonathan Collier.
Don’t forget our Coffee Mornings from 10.30 am to 12 noon on Wednesday, 7th
February and Wednesday, 7th March in the Methodist Schoolroom.
Please join us for a chat. There is a Church Council Meeting at 7 pm on 13th
February in the Schoolroom. We have no special services planned for
February/March at present but our usual service is at 11 am every Sunday.
There will be no evening service on 4th and 18th
February. On 11th March at 11 am there will be a united service
with High Bray and Charles Churches at the Methodist Chapel. Our Good Friday
service on 6th April will be at 11 am.
Carol services in church were "standing room only". If you took
part, thank you, especially Brayford School pupils and teachers, Ruth
Edwards and helpers and readers. If you missed it, make a date for next
We would like to thank all who supported our Coffee Morning in January
which raised £113. Thanks also the school children and staff for the Carol
Service in High Bray Church on 12th December.
On 21st February at 2.30 pm at South Lydcott Sharon O’Neill
will be giving a talk on Taw & Torridge Caring. Sharon is a Sitting
Service Co-ordinator for Taw & Torridge Caring, which is a charitable
organisation of Torridge Voluntary Service. On 21st March at 11
am at Exeter Cathedral there will be a Commissioning Service of Mrs Mary
Steer, Diocesan President.
We were very pleased to welcome Parish
Councillor, Geoff Collier, to our January meeting to talk about Paths and
Byways, the rules that apply to both and about their maintenance. It was a
fun and interesting talk, and we enjoyed perusing maps and discovering more
about our local area.
On 14th February, Marjorie Dix MBE will be talking about
"The Rag Doll Illness" and on 14th March Geoffrey Green
will be talking on "More than Just Books". Meetings start at 7.15
pm in the Village Hall and guests are very welcome.
We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Christine & Nik’s baby,
Evan Rhys – mother and baby doing fine.
Many thanks to all those who supported the Christmas Fair, which was an
enjoyable and successful event. Our thanks also to all the stallholders who
worked so hard to produce such wonderful and tempting displays. Special
thanks also to Ruth and Dawn for their hard work and very special bacon
rolls! Funds raised for the main event have been divided between Boomerangs
and the School.
Meanwhile, the spring term is well underway and Sarah has been busy creating
some fun "Water" themed activities for the children.
Please don’t forget to mention us to friends and family. For information,
please telephone Karen.
Special thanks to the
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Supported by Brayford Parish Council