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  From the February/March 2009 Newsletter:

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 12th February and on Thursday 19th March 2009 at 7.30pm in Brayford Village Hall.
Fundraising and the Play Area
The collection made after the Carols at the Nook amounted to £124, half of which is for the Play Area Fund and the other half for Brayford Boomerangs.  The recent Quiz, with a difference, organised by Alan Boddington and David Gosling, raised the grand sum of £1310 for the Play Area Fund.  Work on the Play Area will start asap and volunteers please contact Alan or David.

Affordable Housing
Hastoe's Housing Association the properties and they should be in occupation by the end of February.  The houses will be known as 1-5 Hobbs Row.
Neighbourhood Watch
Just a reminder that leaving your vehicle in the driveway will not ensure that the vehicle or contents are safe.  Short days and long nights are ideal for the opportunist thief.  Wherever you park it - lock it.

Gardening Club
There was a large audience in December for Brenda Davison’s "Christmas Carols in Flowers" – lots of demonstrations with musical accompaniment, and a chance to win the arrangements in the raffle.
Our meeting on Wednesday 18 February is a talk and slide show about Agapanthus by Dick Fulcher of Pine Cottage Plants, holder of the National Collection. On Wednesday 18 March, Terry Lay is going to tell us all about Growing Vegetables in North Devon. Both meetings are in the Village Hall at 7.30pm and all are welcome. This year annual subscriptions are reduced to £5, and guests and occasional members are £1 per meeting. We have an entertaining programme lined up, including a hands-on session on Hanging Baskets and Tubs in April and of course the Brayford Flower Show on Saturday 15 August. 

Brayford School
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.

Brayford Boomerangs

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 Primary School.

Brayford WI
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.
Mothers Union
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 "doing something".

Brayford Village Hall
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 our enjoyment.

Bratton Fleming Post Office
The Post Office is operating a Hosted Service in the Baptist Hall on the following days:

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

Methodist Chapel
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.

High Bray Church
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 School Room.
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.

Charles Church
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 Parish Church.
There will be another Lent Course continuing the theme "Responding to God's Word", beginning on Monday 2nd March.  Details from Chris Whinney.


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