We started the spring
term a little later than scheduled because of the bad weather, although the
children enjoyed the sledging. We would like to welcome Bethany and Flora
our two new reception children.
School needs your help. We are taking the junior class on a residential trip
to London for 3 days in May this year. However, the cost of this trip is
high so we have decided to try and raise funds to help bring the cost down
for all parents. Parents will be organising a ‘Sunday Lunch’ and a ‘70’s/80’s
night’ both to be held in the village hall within the next couple of
months. Please look out for posters with details of these events and lend
your support. School is still collecting Nestle Box Tops and will also be
joining the Tesco Voucher scheme in March in order to collect books and
equipment for the children. There is also a PTFA Cake Stall held in school
at 3.00pm on the last Monday of every month to raise funds for the PTFA. All
Best wishes and good
luck to Flora and Bethany who started at Brayford Primary School at the
beginning of January. Our topic this term will be 'Air' and we will be
enjoying finding out about the wind, flags, paper aeroplanes and kites as
well as lots of other fun things. We are also looking forward to Miss Lewis
from Brayford Primary School visiting us again this term to help us work on
our letters and sounds.
Thank you to Brayford Parish Council for the wonderful new play area – we
are really enjoying it! Thank you for the unexpected donation from the
Brayford Television Association; we will make very good use of it. A big
thank you to John Smallridge for giving us a computer; it will provide
important support for our children’s IT learning and development.
Thank you to Mrs Bearman and Brayford Primary School for providing us with
temporary use of a classroom when the Village Hall was unavailable due to
frozen pipes in the snowy weather! We are looking forward to 2 new children
joining us this term. If you require any details about Brayford Boomerangs
Pre-School please contact Fiona.
On Wednesday 17 February
we have what promises to be a very interesting talk on Bee Keeping by Tony
Wright, and on Wednesday 17 March David Hopkins will be telling us
all about Vegetable Growing. Both meetings are in the Village Hall, starting
at 7.30pm, and we look forward to seeing all our regular members and
hopefully some new ones too. Membership is currently only £5 for the year
and we have a varied programme of talks, demonstrations and visits lined up
– the full programme is here.
Brayford Flower Show
Show this year is on 21 August and the preliminary
schedule is now available. The full schedule, rules and entry
form will be issued later in the year with the newsletter. We look forward
to lots of entries to once again produce a successful show.
We were delighted our Christmas party
was so well attended. Mrs. Penny Blower, Colour me Beautiful,
was a very interesting speaker and we all enjoyed her
colour/fashion show very much. This was followed by the Christmas fairy
bearing gifts, and a delicious supper. Our January meeting was held a week
late and in the afternoon, due to snowy conditions, and we were very pleased
to welcome members of the House of Heroes (Ovis Farm) and to listen to their
experiences, and the work they do at Ovis. How fortunate we are to have
such dedicated people on our doorstep. Next month, 10th February
at 7.15 pm, Ian Roome will be talking about the Children's Hospice. All are
welcome. Cost £3 per evening, which includes high tea.
A big thank you to everyone who supported our coffee
morning in January, we raised £106 for M.U. funds. On Friday we went to
Joan’s and put together toiletries for A & E at Barnstaple Hospital.
Please see the Diary Dates for details of M.U. activities.
The Gift Auction now to be held on Friday 26th February at
7.00pm had to be postponed from the autumn. Sadly, our President Drinda
Gardner died in December. She was keen that Phillip Milton, our prospective
candidate, should have an opportunity to meet and discuss any issues with
local people. There will be a buffet supper and a welcome drink. Any
saleable items, including produce etc, will be gratefully received. Doors
open at 7pm. Tickets are £5 and available from Ruth or on the door.
Despite the inconvenient conditions, the Christmas spirit
survived. Thanks to all those who salted dangerous corners and lethal
slopes, and to the council for gritting many of the roads and lanes. Without
their thoughtfulness, many could not have got out at all. The church has
been given a new Nativity set, installed underneath the Altar and the
children took part bringing individual figures forward in the appropriate
Carol. The Church has also been given a new lectern Bible with good bold
print. Lent of course starts Tuesday 22nd February at
7.30pm at the Old Chapel, Charles Bottom. Everyone welcome, five evenings,
each a stand alone study.
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 ~ 12noon. It is well supported by the local 3 year 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
Community Coffee Mornings
There will be community coffee mornings on Wednesday 3rd Feb
and Wednesday 3rd March at 10.30am at the Chapel. Do come
and have a chat with your friends or, if you are new to the village or haven’t
been before, there is a warm welcome. Everyone is
welcome to this free and friendly get together.
We had a wonderful
evening in church with Brayford School’s Nativity. Which the children
wrote and produced themselves, joined by the Boomerangs, the church was
full. Thank you Ruth Edwards and helpers for super food and mulled juice.
Exmoor Carollers came on a freezing cold night but we all forgot about the
weather as we sang very old Exmoor Carols. Mrs
Drinda Gardner, a very strong supporter of our church, died unexpectedly in
December. The Thanksgiving Service was full, a mark of the love and respect
everyone had for her, a very smart lady always amongst the first to offer
help for anyone in need, we shall miss her in many different ways.
We are having a quiet Evening of Music in church on Friday 5th
March at 7pm followed by coffee at Ray & Ruby’s. Please come if