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  From the February/March 2012 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 16th February and Thursday 15th 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.
Yet again the A399 is under repair for stabilisation works opposite Shutscombe Wood and the traffic lights will be in place for a considerable period. There will also be partial closures for patching works on two other roads in the parish namely Little Bray Lane from 30 January to 24 February and Brayford to Five Cross Way from 27 February to 14 March. Little Bray Lane is currently suffering from the effects of numerous lorries carting away timber from the significant felling works in Wort Wood and Gratton Wood. Mr Barrie Lowe, the landowner, has written to the Parish Council to apologise on behalf of the contractors for any inconvenience caused and is hoping to complete the works by the beginning of March. The wet weather is making the job extremely difficult and every effort will be made to clear mud from the roadway.
Snow Hopefully we may escape a deluge this winter and probably will as the Snow Warden has been kitted out with a high vis yellow jacket and a large yellow plastic shovel. Bagged salt has been placed at specific locations and a chain of command is in place. Fingers crossed. Also County Councillor Jeremy Yabsley has kindly organised finance for the provision of an additional salt bin at Leworthy Hill which will be installed shortly and ultimately be of benefit to parishioners in the Fullaford area.
Planning Applications Applications have been approved by the District Council for an agricultural building off Little Bray Lane and a new vehicular access at Mockham Down.
Christmas Carols Night The carols were a great success and from the collection on the night, 90 has been sent to the Air Ambulance and 90 is going to Brayford Boomerangs. The organisers of the evening did a wonderful job yet again and many thanks to all the parishioners who brought along extra food, etc.
Queen's Jubilee The Parish Council has decided to recognise this important event by providing a Commemorative Coin for each of the children living in the parish and under the age of 18 as at 5 June 2012. To ensure no child is missed out, would all parents kindly confirm the qualifying names to the Parish Clerk, Margaret Hartnoll on 710295. Additional coins will be available at a cost of 5 plus VAT, so if you would like any, please contact Margaret Hartnoll by 28 February. Various Jubilee celebrations are being planned for 4 June and Ruby White is acting as overall co-ordinator, so please contact her with ideas, requests and for further details.


Craft Group
It is hoped to form a craft group which will meet in the Methodist Schoolroom fortnightly. There is a meeting on 31 January for those wishing to find out more about it and it is hoped to have the first morning session on Tuesday 7 February, probably from 10-12.30. The cost will be 2 to include coffee and those wishing for further details should contact Dawn Jemmison.

Coffee Morning
Our Community Coffee Morning is on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30 am in the Methodist Schoolroom. Please come and join us.

Puddings and Song
Please put Puddings and Song in your diary for Saturday 21 April at 7 pm in High Bray Church.
Solos, singing, children, puddings .. Everyone is invited! Bring and share.

A Village Centre, Post Office and Shop?
An idea for a Centre/P.O./Shop is taking form: a place in the middle of the Village, with parking space, which would be open for all or part of the week, offering somewhere for people to gather for tea or coffee, with a space for children to play, and with Post Office facilities and a Shop for such items as people would want to have available. The Chapel has said that it supports the principle of the idea, and that the space in the Chapel building now used for Coffee Mornings and Sunday Children's group could be made available for the purpose. Steve Cotton, who runs the shop in Bratton Fleming, has said he would be glad to help out in the administration of a small shop and Post Office. The next step is to find out if you want such a Centre/Post Office/Shop, if you would use it, and if you feel having it in our Village will be sufficiently important that you would be willing to be involved in some way in its creation and operation. If you feel you might be able to be involved in any way, however limited your time, please let us know your thoughts by telephone or email about this potentially exciting project for our Village. Jonathan and Madeleine Brownell 710389

Garden Group
We meet on the third Wednesday of 10 months of the year, either to enjoy a lecture in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm, or, in the summer months, to visit a garden or nursery locally. The first meeting of 2012 will be held on Wednesday, 15 February, when we will enjoy a video on Stourhead House and Gardens.  Sarah Chesters from RHS Rosemoor and popular broadcaster on Sunday mornings on Radio Devon's Potting Shed, 9 am, is coming to Brayford Garden Group on Wednesday, 21 March at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Sarah will be giving a talk on her career in gardening, and will be happy to answer gardening questions. Charge for non-members is 3 (for members 1) to include tea and biscuits. (****** CANCELLED *******)

Methodist Chapel
We hold services each Sunday at 11.00 am and join with other Churches for a United Service on the 2nd Sunday of the month. On 11 March our preacher will be Rev. C. Tull.
High Bray Church
Standing room only at the Candlelit Carols on Christmas Eve, thank you to all readers, singers and support for the evening which raised 270 for Barnstaple Poverty Action Group. Thank you to the group who have "stoned up" the parking ground it was very muddy and wet so we are grateful for "dry landing space". We thank everyone who allows us to park cars on their driveways for big events we couldn't hold them without your help.

Charles Church
The Christmas services and festivities were truly memorable, and this year, thanks to helpful weather. Local people supported various carol events, including the Macmillan Nurses' evening at the Assembly Rooms and the carols on Christmas time. Also, the amazing performance of "Messiah" in South Molton Pannier Market, when 200 singers took part. A good video is available for 10 at South Molton Information Centre. A large sum was raised for the Devon Air Ambulance and the new Chemotherapy Unit in Barnstaple.
Dates for your diaries: Deanery Quiz, 3 February 7.30 pm at South Molton Methodist Church and Friday 30 March 7.30 pm at Umberleigh Parish Hall. Palm Sunday, 2 April 10.30 am Bishop Bob Evens at North Molton Church. Farewell Concert for Peter and Sue Attwood on Friday 25 May 7.30 pm at Charles Church. The Rev. Peter Attwood's last service will be at North Molton Parish Church on Sunday 24 June

"An evening with Bishop Bob" on Thursday 28 June at Filleigh Village Hall. Charles Festival Service on Sunday1 July in Charles Church followed by tea and a treasure hunt.

There will be a Diocese-wide Lent Course in this area again this year. Details later from Chris Whinney 760217. All the above dates are to give plenty of warning for what will be a very busy season. Sadly we have to prepare for the retirement of Rev. Peter Attwood. With our sincerest thanks for his 6 years of wonderful service to this community, we must support him in numbers as he prepares to leave. In addition to the Church services, there will be an evening of light entertainment for Peter and Sue on 25 May. Please come! The Rt. Rev. Bob Evens, the Bishop of Crediton, also retires this summer another great loss to us all. But there are two more opportunities (see above) to sample his great teaching and wisdom not forgetting his great sense of humour.

Brayford Community Singing Group
What a wonderful night at South Molton Assembly Rooms for carols supported by Brayford School. We all felt really proud that our little village could produce such talent, raising 1700 for Macmillan Cancer Care. Well done everybody.

Brayford WI
Another interesting Programme of lectures and events to look forward to in 2012! Mr John Aldritt gave a fascinating talk on the Origin of English Surnames at our January meeting. In February we are having a Members' Evening entitled Cooking is Fun! Members will enjoy each other's favourite recipes at this gastronomic special. Deborah Hastings is talking about Rag Rug Making on 14 March. Everyone is welcome to the meetings which are held on the second Wednesday in each month at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall. (A small amount of business is discussed first and speakers start around 8 pm.) Cost is 3 per evening, which includes a generous tea.

Village Hall
Thank you to Ray White who always makes the Hall very festive over the Christmas period. The Duck Race will be held on Monday, 4 June from 2.30 onwards as part of Jubilee celebrations. In the evening "Punch & Judy Magic Show" from 7-8 pm at the Village Hall followed by a "get-together" with local DJ Graham Bawden. Hopefully people will wear something in Jubilee colours. Later, we shall think about decorating the Village Hall with suitable colours for the evening. More details in the next Newsletter.

Mothers' Union
At the Deanery meeting, the Speaker Rev. Geoff Phillips gave an inspiring talk on his work on the care team of the Children's Hospice. The school uniforms which were not sold have been given to Operation Sunshine and will go to African Schools. Thank you Thelma for knitting the Nativity for our Story Bag for children in Church.

Brayford School
The last few weeks of term were as usual very busy. The children gave a wonderful performance of the Peace Child at the Christmas Carol service in the Village Hall. Thank you to the Mothers' Union for a fantastic spread for everyone. The children were also asked to sing at the Fatstock Fayre in South Molton and at the MacMillan Concert in the Assembly Rooms. We had lots of comments on how well the children sang, so well done to all who went. The Xmas Tree Festival organised by Di Heard raised over 100 - thank you Di. The last week of term saw the children having a well deserved party and also a Christmas buffet lunch with their parents. Thank you to the PTFA and Mrs Rawlings. 

This term the juniors will be having a residential week at Beam House when they will be taking part in many outdoor activities, such as climbing, surfing and abseiling - they are all looking forward to their week off school. Other activities planned are a day taking part in Forest School at Umberleigh, this week the children are having a fire safety talk and the juniors are going to South Molton Community College for an athletics event.

Brayford Boomerangs
We would like to welcome three new children to Boomerangs, Phoebe, Ethan and Joseph. They have all settled in really well and we hope they enjoy their time with us. This term the children will be learning about Light and Dark, doing various activities. Your may have noticed that each session we try and take the children for a short walk around the village. I know that most of you do, but could you please remember to slow right down when passing us on the roads. If you need any further information on Boomerangs, then please contact Kate Trawin (Chair) on 710401 or in session times (Tuesday and Friday 9.00 to 2.30) on 710718.


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