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  From the February/March 2011 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 17th February and on Thursday 17th March at 7.30pm in Brayford Village Hall.
  Parish Council meeting minutes are on show at 4 notice boards - The Nook, Village Hall, High Bray and Charles (by the Church).  Anyone living within the parish is most welcome to come along to a monthly meeting so if you have a local issue of any kind that you would like considered we will be pleased to see you at any future meeting.
Best Kept Village Competition
Brayford has entered the competition for this year and the official inspection will be made sometime in either May, June or July. All residents are encouraged to keep their properties as neat and tidy as possible and be on the lookout for litter or indeed anything that may be detrimental to the chances of success. It is hoped that in April with better weather volunteers will be forthcoming to consider the tidiness of all the public areas - more on this in the next issue.
Neighbourhood Watch
Yet another quad bike stolen from the locality recently - if you have one please be aware and secure it well or yours could be the next to go.  An adjoining parish has suffered a spate of relatively minor burglaries thought to be carried out by younger persons - property doors should be locked at all times when unoccupied to deter the "chancer" passing by.
Salt/Grit Bins
During the recent snow and ice conditions many people complained that the bins were empty even though the County Council had filled them prior to the bad weather. Salt was taken from the bins by non-residents presumably for their own selfish use and consequently within the parish there was a severe shortage. The bins have been refilled and bags have been left at the roadside in strategic places - should you see anyone stealing the present stock of salt please take the vehicle registration number and let us know.
Royal Wedding
The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton takes place on Friday 29th April this year and the Parish Council feel the event should be acknowledged and celebrated in some way - the Village Hall will be reserved for the evening and various ideas have been put forward - nothing is yet finalised so if you have a good idea please contact any Councillor.

Brayford School
We welcomed four new children into the Reception class in January
- Thomas, Lucy, Florence & Elsa - and they have all settled in well. This term we are continuing with Forest Schools, which provides many great new learning opportunities. On Tuesday 7th February Mr Radley will be coming to visit the school and talk to the children. Mr Radley was at the school in the 1940’s so if anyone in the parish has any stories or memories of growing up in Brayford during this time, please contact school as this is an are we would like to explore further in our history topic.  Tel: 01598 710345.


Brayford Boomerangs
We would like to start by welcoming a new member staff Katie Holman to our team as a Pre-school assistant; also we would like to welcome Noah, Acer, Sophie and Kira who have joined Pre-school. In February, the children will be learning about the Chinese New Year doing lots of fun activities. We are also doing a Quiz Night and Carvery on Friday 25th February at The Sportsman’s Inn, Sandyway 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Teams of 4 to 6 people £10.00 per person. For details about Brayford Boomerangs Pre-school please contact Kate Trawin (Chairman) on 01598 710401 or Pre-school on 01598 710718 in session times 9.00am to 2.30pm Tuesdays and Fridays at the Brayford Village Hall.

Community Spirit 
This was much alive during the snow and ice, people helping to clear snow, do shopping and mend leaks. (Thank you Geoff and Jan for many hours spent plugging these at the village hall). We are so lucky in this village that we still look after each other.

Gardening Club
We start our 2011 programme on Wednesday 16th February with a talk on Wormeries by Anna Whinney, and on Wednesday 16th March David Hopkins will be showing us a video of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Both meetings are at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Membership for 2011 is £10 with guests at £2 per meeting. All are welcome.   Full programme
Brayford Flower Show
This year’s Flower Show will be on Saturday 20th August, and a list of classes is here. The full schedule and entry form will be distributed with the June/July Newsletter.

High Bray Church
The cold frosty weather in December was very disruptive to our services and events, however, some went ahead after much "will we, won’t we?" We thank Chrissie Leworthy and her family for kindly donating £200.00, in lieu of her special birthday, to the bell fund. The Brayford School ‘Carol Service’ was standing room only, as usual, for a super performance. The thank you collection was added to the Christmas Eve Candlelight and £200.00 was sent to North Devon Samaritans. 

 Thank you Bridget Wilson for playing the organ at the last minute on a very very cold night in church. The church bells were removed ready to go to the foundry. Lots of people along with BBC Spotlight & Brayford School children came to watch. Hot food was given by Ray Dart, thank you everyone who gave their time and transport to help. At present there are several people very unwell in our villages, we send our love and pray for a return to good health.

Charles Church
The severe winter weather may already be a distant memory, but it played havoc with all the usual festivities in the parish and we hope for better this year. Stuart and George took full advantage of breaks in the weather to complete work on the church tower. It is great work and it is looking fine. We continue to collect funds for the final payments, due shortly.

Brayford WI
P.C. Adrian Micallef from S.M. Police Force came to our afternoon meeting to advise on Safety for Women - very topical at present - and also gave many hints on Safety in your Home. We were very pleased to entertain him at our afternoon tea. Back to our usual time of 7.15 p.m. in February, when we are much looking forward to a musical evening with Nick Rumney. All are welcome!

The Brayford Singers were invited to Castlehill to lead the singing at Christmas with the Brayford School children. How proud we felt of their wonderful performance. Altogether £1800.00 was raised. Very well done everyone.

Mothers' Union
We would like to thank everyone who supported our Coffee Morning when we raised £93.00. Maureen Styler came to High Bray church on Jan 16th to show us patterns’ and samples of ‘Altar Frontals’. Monday 14th February we will join with North Molton to hear Rosemary Tulls talk on ‘Faithful Relationship’ in the old school. Friday 25th March at 11.00am ~ Lady Day Service at South Molton church.


Painting of High Bray Church 
Brin Harvey has a watercolour painting of High Bray Church that he would like to sell to someone in the Parish. On the back of the painting is a manuscript note which reads "To be returned to the Rev Edmonds" and signed " Eliza Melhuish". Eliza Melhuish was the wife of the vicar from about 1843 to 1873 when Rev Edmonds took over until he left in 1890. Since Eliza Melhuish died in 1902 the picture is clearly well over 100 years old and may well have been given to Rev Edmonds as a leaving gift in 1890. The painting measures 14" x 10" and is in its original frame measuring 24" x 18". If anyone is interested and would like to discuss inspection and value, please contact


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