We started the spring term on 6th January and welcomed 2 new children,
Olivia and Jack, to the infant class. The year 5 children enjoyed a
day of Food Technology at South Molton Senior School and will have a further
day later in the term. The infants have been on a Multi-Skills morning
at Tarka Tennis Centre, where they all had the opportunity to take part in
various activities. The topic for this term is Light and Dark;
alongside this, the children have also been learning about the Chinese New
Year and had a show and tell in the Village Hall on the 26th January.
On Wednesday 11th February at 2.30pm in the Village Hall, the children will
be calling a consultation of the work they have covered on the school
"Travel Plan". They will be discussing the safety and conditions
of the roads here in Brayford - everyone welcome. Half term will be
the week of 16th February. On Tuesday 3rd March we will be holding a
fundraising afternoon here at the school with lots of different challenges
for everyone to try. Everyone is welcome and notices will be posted on
the school gates with further details nearer the time. The Easter
celebrations will be on Thursday 2nd April as the last day of term is Friday
3rd April and the Easter weekend will fall in the middle of the holiday.
Christmas Fair - a big thank you to everyone for supporting and enjoying
this our annual festive event back in December, and importantly helping us
raise £630! We would also like to say a special thank you to Carole Gentle,
who is retiring as lead organiser, for all her commitment and dedicated hard
work over several years for his event and for helping to make it the success
it has become.
Children - in January Jack and Olivia moved to Brayford Primary
School. We welcome Harry, Dylan and William who have just joined us
and this will bring our numbers up to 13.
Topic - we have worked jointly with Brayford Primary School on this
term's planning with the topic being "Light and Dark". So
far we have enjoyed looking at reflections, loud and soft music, and making
Chinese lanterns. We went up to Brayford Primary School on Friday 23rd
January to join in with their Chines New Year celebrations - the Year of the
Ox. We are looking forward to "The Owl who was Afraid of the
Dark", rainbows, shadow puppets, light and dark foods.
Staff - Sarah Beard our pre-school leader, is travelling to Africa
over half term, to experience some teaching there. We will, of course,
be linking in with this to learn about Africa. Sarah, Sam and Fiona
have attended an emergency first aid course with the staff of Brayford
We spent an interesting hour listening to Jacky Derham instructing us on how
to write our Life Story at our January meeting; and on Wednesday 11th
February Darren Windette, who spoke most movingly last year on helping after
the Tsunami, has offered to talk to us about protecting our homes and
family. Mrs Peacock, another returning speaker, is talking about
Cameos on Wednesday 11th March, so we are invited to bring our Cameo
jewellery. Visitors are welcome.
We would like to thank everyone for supporting our Coffee Morning - we
raised £70.00. On Monday 16th February at 2.30pm we are going to
South Molton to hear Rosemary Till speaking on "Cost of
Relationship". On Wednesday 25th March at 3.00pm the Archdeaconry
Festival is being held at St Peters Church, Barnstaple.
First Aid Day
The First Aid course held at the Village Hall was packed with information
and practical ways to hopefully save a life until the emergency services
arrive. We were a mixed bunch of ladies and gents and came away
feeling we had really reached a new understanding of the importance of
The hall looked very festive during the Christmas period. A huge thank
you to Anthony Bawden, Andy Gentle and Ray White for giving their time for
Fleming Post Office
The Post Office is operating a Hosted Service in the Baptist Hall on the
Monday - 9.15am to 12.15pm
Tuesday - 9.15am to 1.15pm
Wednesday - 1.15pm to 5.15pm
Friday - 1.15pm to 5.15pm
Brayford Television Association
The will be a general Meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 25th
February at 7.30pm
Our services are held at 11am and 6.30pm each Sunday, with a Circuit Service
at Duke Street, South Molton on the first Sunday evening of each
month. Our lively Sunday Club is held every 2nd and 3rd Sunday from
11am to 12 noon. It is well supported by the local 3 week olds to 11
year olds. Our own minister is Deacon Rona Eastman and our Circuit
Minister is Bob Kitching. They will be pleased to help you if you need
them. Can we remind you of our community Coffee Mornings on the first
Wednesday of every month at 10.30am - everyone is welcome to this free and
friendly get together.
We had a super carol service with a packed church for the school nativity.
Thank you staff and children, and the Mothers Union who provided a wonderful
buffet with plenty for everyone. Thanks you readers and supporters of
the North Devon Poverty Action Group; money raised has been forwarded to
them. Rev. Peter Attwood is a very caring family man and ahs a
supportive shoulder, should you need one. Please feel very welcome to
join any of our services especially "Puddings and Song", an
informal evening of music and entertainments (details below).
Village Coffee Morning - held on the first Wednesday of every month.
No stalls, no money, no cakes, just a cup of coffee and lots of
chatter. Do come and join in from 10.30am to 12 noon in the Methodist
Back by popular demand - the "internationally" renowned
"Puddings and Song" is returning to Brayford. For an evening
of rousing songs for young and old, stories of our village "back
when", challenging rounds of singing (will we be able to stay in order
and avoid chaos?), and of course, a laden table of puddings, wine and
refreshments for all in the interval. When: Friday 20th February.
Time: 6.45pm for 7pm. Where: High Bray Church. Come on everybody,
let's sing away those February glooms! There is no admission charge,
although contributions would be gratefully received.
Although it seems a long time ago, memories of many local events and carol
services over the Christmas period are still appreciated, and thanks are due
to all those behind the scenes who make them possible. Thank you also
to the clergy for their contribution to the holy season. A reminder
about Barnstaple Poverty Action Group during this very cold spell.
Their clients would very much appreciate gifts of warm clothing, bedding and
household goods. Gifts can be left at the Parish Rooms, Barnstaple
There will be another Lent Course continuing the theme "Responding to
God's Word", beginning on Monday 2nd March. Details from Chris