The first meeting
of 2013 will be held in the Methodist School Room at 7 pm on Wednesday 30
January. All young people, 11+, are invited. Please come fired with
enthusiasm and ideas. Leader Mrs Hilary Ayre, telephone 710352.
again on Wednesday 6 February from 10.30 am to 12 pm. If the Chapel
Schoolroom is not available it will be at Ruby's house. Please come along
– no cakes or fund raising!!
Don't forget our Village Market returns on
Saturdays 9 February and 9 March from 11 am to 1 pm. Lots of food and crafts
Floods, rain and six to eight inches of snow around the
district are hopefully behind us, but we shall not forget the last year and
all that the weather threw at us. Thankfully, all the Christmas events
survived, remembering particularly the visit of the Exmoor Carollers, who
rang the bells and entertained us with old carols found on Exmoor. Thank you
for donations totalling £214 for the Church, and to those who supplied the
lovely Christmas tea. The Crib Service filled the Church, the children
taking the figures to the crib as the carols were sung, and singing
"Away in a Manger". Thank you to Tom, Emma & Ted for reading,
singing and playing the trumpet so well. We welcome new residents to
Victoria Cottage and Higher Barn Park and hope they will be happy here. The
very popular Deanery Quiz (secular content!) is proceeding and teams of 4
from any parish will be very welcome at South Molton Methodist Church Hall
on Friday, 1 February at 7.30pm and then 5 April.
damaged ceiling is now being repaired and we hope to be back in the near
future. Meanwhile services have been continued, when weather permits, in the
schoolroom. The postponed concert with the Circuit Choir will be held on Saturday,
23 March at 7.30 pm, either in the Village Hall or at the Chapel. This
will be a very good evening's entertainment and we would be pleased to have
your support. We have another Messy Church session on 3 February at 3 pm.
Children and adults have a fun afternoon with plenty of activities. There
will be a Good Friday Service at 10.30 am on 29 March and on Easter
Sunday, Mrs Sheila Collier will lead the Café Church. This is a new, more
informal type of Service. Everyone is invited.
We welcome Archie James Symons, son of
James and Helen, into the family of High Bray Church. We also welcomed Rev.
David Baker and his family, who will be living at North Molton. The School
Nativity held in the Church was performed with dedication and joy – how we
all enjoyed the evening with each child playing their part to perfection.
Candlelit Carols on Christmas Eve was so packed with people even sitting in
the aisles. Thank you so much to all who attended and to our readers. We
raised over £300 for Barnstaple Poverty Action Group, such a good cause in
these cold, wet times. Easter services at High Bray are a "Taize"
evening on Monday 25 March at 7 pm. If you have not heard of this, it
is very gentle singing and music. On Good Friday, 29 March at 7 pm,
there will be a reading of St Matthew, another quiet evening, followed on Easter
Sunday by a joyous celebration at 6pm.
some business to attend to at our first meeting of the year, and our
Secretary drew our attention to the several lectures we could attend in
North Devon – as varied as A Forensic Science Day at Bishops Nympton
Village Hall on 20 March and a Pudding Party at Umberleigh Village
Hall on 26 February. We were delighted to welcome Mrs Val Biebuyck as
our speaker. Val lives at High Bray and we have admired her paintings and
photographs at the Brayford Farmers' Markets. To learn the simple secrets of
good art photography was fascinating. Please remember that our next W.I.
Meeting will be held on the THIRD Wednesday (20 February) as on 13
February ALL GARDENERS are invited to join Goodleigh Garden Club at 7
for 7.30pm, when Toby Buckland from BBC Gardeners' World will be their
speaker. Cost £7.50. This will be held at Goodleigh Village Hall. On 20
February Jonathan Edmunds will be talking about Education and the Vote
for Women (1860-1939). On Wednesday, 13 March, Kirsty Crosby and Gina
Dyer from Libra School will be coming to talk to us.
The new term has started with snow disruptions (no complaints
from the children) and a new teacher! We would like to give a warm welcome
to Miss Melanie Webb. Miss Webb has brought a wealth of new skills to the
school, including singing and languages. We are all looking forward to
working with her. The children have another busy term, the topic being
"Digging up the Past", with a trip to Charmouth at the end of term
with Umberleigh, which children from both schools are looking forward to.
Also, children from Key Stage 2 from both schools will be visiting the
theatre in Barnstaple to watch a children's theatre production of The
Tempest. The infants will be visiting the theatre to watch The Owl that was
Afraid of the Dark. The juniors will also be visiting Exeter University to
watch a performance by the Devon Youth Orchestra.
Boomerangs Pre-School is held in Brayford Village Hall, adjacent to the
Primary School, three times a week and is led by Laura Manley. Boomerangs
currently have a limited number of places available on Tuesdays
(8.45am-2.30 pm), Wednesdays (8.45 am – 1 pm), and Fridays (8.45 am-2.30
pm). It is one of the most cost effective pre-schools in the area,
charging just £2.90/hour and £1 for the optional 8.45-9.00 am Early Bird
sessions. Boomerangs offers 15 hours free childcare via Early Years scheme
for over threes, and accepts "2gether" Funding, for two year olds
who meet the criteria. If you have a child under five, why not take
advantage of our free trial session offer over the next few weeks.