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
A Christmas Raffle was held at the Poltimore Arms which raised £200 for
Brayford Boomerangs. Many thanks to Steve and his customers for their
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
We start again on
the first Wednesday of the month from 5 February from 10.30 am to
12.pm. No fund raising, just coffee and chat.
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
There are two
defibrillators which are located at Brayford Village Hall and the garden
wall at Sunnybank Cottage, Charles.