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  From the February/March 2014 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 20th February and Thursday 20th 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.
Fireworks at New Year's Eve
A number of parishioners have raised their concerns over the private firework party that took place after midnight on 31 December. Whilst the Parish Council has no authority to control such events, it can highlight these issues for open debate in the community. Reports say that the number of fireworks and the duration were just not acceptable to adjoining occupiers and was regarded as an act of extremely anti-social behaviour. The organiser is invited to respond in the next Parish Newsletter. Previously, the Parish Council has stressed the need to notify Mr Victor Dartnall at Shutescombe Stables of fireworks planned around 5 November. In future will organisers please ensure that Mr Dartnall is notified of fireworks planned at any other time of the year as well.

Dogs at the Millennium Garden
It was reported in the last Newsletter that a plastic bag of dog mess had been left within the garden area. Some parishioners will have noticed that, more recently, another bag of mess has been left actually hanging on the NO DOGS sign. It is difficult to understand the logic behind this unsociable act and dog walkers are asked, yet again, to take home and properly dispose of all dog faeces. It is an offence not to clean up and punishable by a fine of up to £75. It is also reported that a stray/loose dog has been roaming the village and undoubtedly depositing mess in public areas. If this, or any other loose dog, can be caught and does not have a collar for identification, please call the Dog Warden on 01271 38870 and they will come and collect the animal. Should the owner wish to subsequently retrieve the dog a fine will be payable to NDCC. 
Molland Wood & Tarka Trail
Groups of quad bikes are reportedly speeding through Molland Wood and the Forestry Commission are concerned by the nature of this illegal activity. The entrance gate is kept locked at all times and although the culprits are able to ride through an adjacent gap the Forestry Commission confirm that they will be carrying out works to seal off this point of entry. The only quad bikes permitted to enter the wood are members of the local pheasant shoot who hold keys for official access.


Brayford Flower Show
The Brayford Flower Show 2014 is under new management, as previously announced, and the preliminary Schedule is included with the Newsletter (less recipe). The date is Saturday 16 August, at 3.30 pm in Brayford Village Hall. We hope that by circulating the schedule now, we will inspire you to grow flowers and vegetables to enter the show. 


Village Farmers' Market
The next Village Market will be in the Village Hall on Saturday, 8 February from 11 am to 1 pm, and again on Saturday, 8 March at the same time. Come and buy your fresh produce and meet friends at the same time.

Youth Club
The Brayford Youth Club Programme from January to July 2014 is now available and is full of interesting and fun evenings. The Youth Club is for 11 to 16 year olds and Leaders are Mrs Hilary Ayre (Tel. 710352 and Mr Nick Jefferson (Tel. 740283). On 12 February Youth Club will be playing Skittles and on 26 February, Short Mat Bowls in South Molton. On 12 March there will be a Pancake Night and on 26 March a games evening at Calvert Trust.

Christmas Raffle 
A Christmas Raffle was held at the Poltimore Arms which raised £200 for Brayford Boomerangs. Many thanks to Steve and his customers for their generous support.

Messy Church
There will be an afternoon of Messy Church at Brayford Methodist Chapel on Sunday, 23 February from 3-5 pm for children of all ages with their parents or carers. The theme for this session is God The Creator. Come and join in with arts and crafts, singing and refreshments.

Charles Church
It may be a distant memory, but surely last Christmas was a memorable one. Thanks go to George, Georgiana, Hugo and Olivia who endured frosty conditions to design and make some new Christmas cards in aid of the Church buildings with Diana's help and Howard's refreshments. The cards were sold at Brayford Farmers' Market. An oversized Christmas tree (a long story!) made it inside the Church with the help of some strong men, and the decorated tree was much admired, even though we lost the Vicar in its branches. The bells were rung for the Festival and families and children enjoyed lighting candles and setting the crib scene during a quiet and seasonal occasion. Chris and Anna Whinney's two grandchildren, Isla and Rebecca, were baptised into the family of the Church, bringing to six the total for the year. A mystery fairy visited the Churchyard in December as the grass was mown around the current graves. The fairy turned out to be Stuart Faulkener, all the way from Frithelstock, and we thank him. Reminders – the Church Electoral Roll will be renewed this year, more details next time. The challenging Deanery Quiz – Friday 31 January at Bishops Nympton Village Hall and Friday 11 April, Chawleigh Village Hall, both at 7.30 pm. 

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Jones is unfortunately retiring this year – the last of his series of Bible Studies is something not to be missed. "How to read the Prophets", Tuesdays 25 February, 4, 11 and 18 March at 12.30 pm in Bishops Nympton Rectory. To register, telephone 01769 660427 or more details from Margaret Faulkner.   

High Bray Church
We had wonderful full Churches for all the Christmas services – thank you so much to all the readers, ringers and everyone who made the effort to come. Mothering Sunday service is on 30 March at 11.30 am. This is also the day the clocks change, so don't be caught out. Just been up to the Church and the snowdrops are making a welcome return, not put off by all the rain, so perhaps Spring is round the corner. 
Quiz Night
There will be an extra Quiz Night this spring on Friday, 4 April at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start at the Village Hall in aid of funds for High Bray Church. Teams of 4-6 people, Adults £3 each, 11-16 year olds £1 each, under 10 years free. First prize, second price and booby prize plus Draw. Bring Your Own drinks. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. Don't miss it.

Methodist Chapel
John Thorne's house was full for his community lunch. Although it was a dreadful day weatherwise, the guests enjoyed a warm and friendly social time together. He was delighted that £557 was donated towards Chapel funds, and thanks everyone who came. Because winter will still be with us, we have decided to have another community lunch on Wednesday, 19 February in the Chapel Schoolroom. There is easy parking, so please join us. This is not a fund raiser, just an opportunity to enjoy sharing lunch. (It would be helpful to have some idea of numbers). Rev. Mark Noakes has been accepted for a Chaplaincy in the Royal Navy and will be offered a posting in the near future. We send our love and congratulations to Gladys and John Barrow, who are celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 10 February. John has been a Local Preacher since 1954 and Gladys joined him in 1966. We, and the Circuit, are so grateful for their commitment and encouragement in leading our services. The Brayford School children will be coming to the Chapel on Thursday, 3 April at 10.30 am. Everyone is welcome. 

Brayford WI
We were very pleased to start the new year with a Refresher Course on First Aid with Clare Farrow. This has been followed by a very friendly lunch, hosted by Barbara Davis in Charles, to raise funds for North Devon Hospice. On 12 February, Robert Sanderson, husband of our member Caroline, is talking to us about the Credit Crunch and Personal Finances. On 12 March, Heather Everitt is coming to show us her beautiful embroideries. Our Skittles ladies are enjoying monthly practice evenings in the Village Hall and the Theatre Group has outings planned. The Walking Group will be out and about again as soon as it stops raining. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 7.15 pm in Brayford Village Hall and all ladies are welcome. 

Brayford School 
We start another exciting and busy term with a new Headteacher, Mr Tim Gurney and a new Infant class teacher Mrs Nic Forder. We wish to give them both an extremely warm welcome. The junior class children have started 2014 with a weekly visit to the Falcons Gymnastic facility in Barnstaple. This newly built gymnastics facility provides first class training to children in North Devon, and our children are lucky enough to be able to go each week, until half term, to experience all of the elements of gymnastics. They have had great fun and each week they are able to have a go on the different areas with guidance from first class coaches. The infant class has been learning all about dragons. In literacy they are studying ‘Zog’, a dragon who is learning to be a fully trained dragon. They will also be learning all about Chinese New Year, including where in the world China is, all about their culture and tasting Chinese food. 

The Junior class topic this term is ‘all the fun of the fair’. They are making Punch and Judy puppets, making their own fairground games and hoping to finish off the term with a fairground fete with different games and stalls including a Punch and Judy show!   

Brayford Boomerangs

Due to chicken pox and various other illnesses we had a very quiet December! Everyone seems better now and the children have been busy making lovely Winter pictures for our Winter display in the hall. We are now doing nursery rhymes as our topic. The children have been enjoying making props for their play and turning our role play area into a bakery. We still have places available at Boomerangs so please get in touch if you have child aged between 2 and 4. Our telephone number is 710718 in session times (Tuesday and Friday 9 am to 3.15 pm or Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm). 


Coffee Mornings
We start again on the first Wednesday of the month from 5 February from 10.30 am to No fund raising, just coffee and chat. 

Welcome Home 
Welcome home to Fred Bawden after a long stay in hospital. It will be good to see Fred going on his "walks" when he feels ready. Love from us all.   

There are two defibrillators which are located at Brayford Village Hall and the garden wall at Sunnybank Cottage, Charles. 


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