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  From the February/March 2008 Newsletter:

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 21st February and Thursday 20th March in Brayford Village Hall at 7.30pm.
In the recent bad weather there has been some flooding in the village, including the Village Hall. There are filled sandbags available in the Methodist Chapel shed if you should need them.
Carols At The Nook
This was again a very well attended event and enjoyed very much by all who came. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make it such a success, especially to Sheila Collier who played for us in the cold night air in spite of her recent illness. £115 was collected which was split between the Play Area and Boomerangs.
Neighbourhood Watch
During December the police reported an assault, a theft and a burglary in the parish. During January, so far, the only report was of criminal damage in Brayford. The Data Protection Act prevents the police from saying more precisely where these offences took place. From 1 February, it is hoped that the new Police Station will be open with a full complement of officers. Rural Neighbourhood Beat Manager is WPC Julie Bradshaw, South Molton Town Beat Manager is PC Graham James, Response Officers are PC Tom Bond and PC Mark Watson. We also have two new PCSOs to assist WPC Bradshaw who are Michael Livett and Jerzy Rozputynski.

Brayford Boomerangs
Many thanks to all who helped make the Christmas Fair such a successful event. David Kennard and Mist opened the Fair and also did a wonderful job in assisting us with announcements. This term our children will be learning all about the 'Seasons' and they will be undertaking a Bird Watching project. Special events lined up include 'Farmhouse Breakfast' week on 22 January and World Book Day is on the 6 March. We are especially pleased to welcome Luke, Jayde and Olie who joined us last term. Carole is still collecting your lovely recipes. If you have tasty ones you would like to share and be included in the forthcoming recipe book, please contact Carole.  We are in urgent need of a lockable 2 drawer filing cabinet to keep all our records in. If anyone has one that they would be willing to donate to us, we would be extremely grateful. Please contact Fiona Tyson if you can help us.
Brayford School
The children and staff have all enjoyed the Christmas break and are pleased to welcome five new children to the school, all in the infant class. The topic this term is "When I grow up" with the children putting lots of thought and imagination into various careers. This will also involve lots of visits to the school from professionals, e.g. policeman, vet, physiotherapist, electrician, clergyman. The finale to this topic will see the school opening a café for the day. Look out for further information and invitations. The junior class will be visiting the Catholic Church in Barnstaple and are looking forward to their residential trip at the end of March. The infants will have some interesting activities planned for the week the juniors are away.
Coffee Morning
Don’t forget our Community Coffee Morning on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30 am to 12 noon in the Methodist Schoolroom.
Food Parcels
During the Christmas period, the Three Churches of Charles and Brayford sent a Shelterbox to Bangladesh. Contributions were also sent to the Bala Orphanage and a box of provisions to the homeless in Barnstaple. Thank you to all who supported these worthy causes.
South Molton Town Band
The Band gave a wonderful concert of Cristmas music but sadly, because of the awful weather that night, support was very small, but we shall try again, perhaps in the Summer.
New Year Party/Quiz Night
Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Brayford New Year Party organised by Martyn, Mary, David and Lynn. Local band Mascerano played their hearts out – well done. It was a great night and we raised £210 which was split between the Play Area Project and Devon Air Ambulance. Note to everyone for 31/12/2008 in their diaries.
Also, thanks to everyone attending the Big Quiz Night on 12 January. It was a fun evening allowing for the quiz master coming up with a few interesting if not accurate questions, but everyone’s support as always was appreciated. The evening raised £240 which was split between the Boomerangs and the Play Area Project. The quiz will return, so watch this space.
Thanks from Sheila
After contracting Lyme Disease, as a result of a tick bite at the end of June last year, I write to say thank you for all the loving kindnesses given to me by so many of our community.  I have been truly blessed by such support through a very difficult time and thank God for you all.  Knowing now how nasty Lyme can be and the importance of an early diagnosis, as a family, we encourage others to be aware.
With an increasing number of ticks, and the Exmoor area being a "hot-spot" for the Lyme, you will find this website helpful:  
Hello and Goodbye
Neil and Zoe arrived in Brayford just as the December edition of the Newsletter went to press. They have often visited North Devon in the past, mainly because of Neil’s interest in surfing; they previously lived in the Westbury area. They brought "Jenkins" their dog with them. Welcome also to Chris and Sally  – we hope you will be happy in your new home. There are many other newcomers to the village and we hope you enjoy village life and that we will see you all at future events.
Many people will know that David and Lynn have moved to South Molton and we wish them well when they finally move into their permanent new home. Some time soon Peter and Bridget will also be leaving us for pastures new. They all leave with our love and thanks for many years of friendship, and help in local events. We hope you will come "home" whenever you can.
Methodist Church
Our usual services are at 11am and 6.30pm each Sunday with Deacon Rona Eastman of North Molton or Rev. Bob Kitching of South Molton. For details of the Sunday Club please ring Tracey. Due to lambing there will be no evening service on 16, 23, 30 March or 6 April. On 10 February we will host the United Service with High Bray and Charles Churches at 11.15am. There will be a service on Good Friday at 11.00am.
It is with great sadness we report the passing, just before Christmas, of Ralph Friend in his 81st year. He was a lifelong Methodist, always busy for the Church. In his day, Ralph held many important offices in the Circuit including Circuit Steward and the Editor of our circuit Rejoice Magazine. Ralph was, at the time of his passing, a loyal and much respected Steward in our Chapel. He will be sorely missed by all of us. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to his wife Phyllis and to the children and grandchildren.
High Bray Church
The two carol services were bursting at the seams in Church – a wonderful sight! At the school carol service each child including Boomerangs all did their very best and sang and read beautifully. Well done children. The Candlelit Service worked its usual magic as the light spread around the Church in silence. A huge thank you to Bridget and all who took part and supported us raising £320 for Children’s Hospice South West.
Charles Church
We welcome several new families into the parish and look forward to meeting them. Congratulations to Stan Richards on his 90th Birthday on 3 February. Stan is known far and wide as a farmer, and with his wife, Joan, they served High Bray Church and village for many years. The season of Lent, a preparation for Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday, 6 February. There will be many services in the area in the following weeks including a study course entitled "Listening to God" taken by Chris Whinney and Howard Friend, from 3-4pm and/or 7.30pm on Wednesdays during Lent. Grass cutting in the Churchyard during the year is a considerable expense. If anyone would like to help with the cost, please contact Sarah Burnett, Victoria Cottage. Thank you to all who so generously purchased lots of Christmas Cards.
Gardening Club
The December meeting was a very entertaining and informative presentation of advice and techniques for Flower Arranging from Dawn, Margaret and Ruth and included a hands-on competition, and a raffle for some of the arrangements on display, followed by a buffet and lots of chat. Our 2008 programme includes a variety of speakers and visits and, of course, the Flower Show in August. On Wednesday, 20 February at 7.30pm Pat Newell will be talking to us about Topiary and on Wednesday, 19 March at 10.30am we are visiting Ruth’s lovely garden at Holewater, with a special interest in Hellebores. Membership is £10 for the year, or £2 per meeting for occasional members and guests. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see some new faces, and the old ones too!
 2008 Programme
Mothers' Union
Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month. We would like to thank all who came to support our coffee morning. We raised £120. On Monday 18 February we are joining with North Molton at the Old School at 2.30pm when the speaker will be Rosemary Tull. On Tuesday 18 March Madelaine Brownell will be our speaker at South Lydcott. On Saturday 10 May we are having a Brayford Reunion. Please make a note of the date and let as many people know as you can.
Women's Institute
We very much enjoyed listening to the exploits of Bridget Edwards on her last trip to India – wonderful photographs and a fascinating talk, plus fabrics and books for us to peruse. It was unusual and very pleasant for the WI to have an afternoon tea meeting! Our next meeting, on 13 February, will be at the usual time of 7.15pm in the Village Hall, when Mr Restighini, from the Driving Standards Agency, will be talking about driving skills on the roads today. In March, we have another interesting speaker, Darren Windette, who is talking about the 2006 Tsunami and his experiences as an aid worker in the worst hit areas.

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