Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 19th February
and Thursday 19th 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
Highways - Road Closure
The A399 is
currently closed and the remedial works are well under way. The diversion
signage is, however, unclear and inadequate and as a result lorries are
arriving at Newtown only to find that they are unable to turn around. Devon
County Highways have been asked to set out additional signage to restrict
large vehicles from going beyond Northland Cross. Vehicles of any size
wishing to access Brayford should leave the A399 at Northland Cross and
proceed to Molland Cross, Yarde Gate and then turn left at Yarde Down by the
TAP Fund 2015
It is anticipated that a small fund will be available this year and the
Parish Council have agreed to link with Kings Nympton again in order that
Tidyman works can be carried out in December. Such works are deemed to be
the best use of the funds as blocked drains etc can create a serious hazard.
With this topic in mind thanks must go to Geoff Collier and Ken Leworthy for
clearing blocked drains along the closed off section of the A399.
Centenary Gardens Project
Two beech trees have now been
purchased and will be planted out in March. Commemorative signs will also be
erected and the style and wording is in the process of being finalised.
Essential First Aid Course
This event will take place in
the Village Hall on Saturday, 28 February from
1.00pm to 4.00pm and although numbers are limited
please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like to attend.
An application for the erection of a summer house at Lamb Cottage Charles
has been approved by NDDC and also approved is a change of use for an annexe
to holiday accommodation at Oakmead House. Applications for the erection of
agricultural buildings at Little Bray Farm and Lower Hall Farm have both
been recommended for approval by the Parish Council.
Christmas Carols 2014
Carols at the Nook were a great
success and the sum of £135.25 was raised for the Devon Air Ambulance. The
event was much enjoyed by a good gathering and Sunday evening appeared to be
a popular timing. To all those generous people who organised and contributed
to such a successful evening - very many thanks.
Mr Barrie Lowe
It is with great sadness we are reporting that Barrie died suddenly on
Sunday, 18 January. Barrie came to Brayford about 15 years ago when he
bought Little Bray Farm. He was busy for a long time in
"restoring" the bungalow and it was during this time he started to
become known to the Brayford community. He became a very useful member of
the Parish Council – his Rosa Rugosa plantings survive both at Charles and
Brayford as growing examples. He helped with the Parish paths for some time.
A good example of the way he worked is illustrated by his identifying the
damp problem in his bungalow which was caused by rodents. The building had
open topped cavity walls but they were being filled with debris from above
– straw and various bits and pieces – so he found. He set to work and
over a long period of time, gradually worked his way around the walls taking
out a few bricks at a time and removing the debris. He got the job done and
then set about the inside. He was a qualified electronics engineer – and
many people here much appreciated his willingness to help mend or advise on
both electrical and mechanical problems. His ability to turn up quite
unannounced for a chat was well known. Clearly he was a very sociable
person, although at the same time, very quiet and reserved. He had an
amazing ability to store the most varied of old vehicles, which almost
always needed repair, and he enjoyed the challenge. He did not always
complete the project! He loved his motorbikes and owned a Harley among
others. The purchase of a new Morgan three wheeler was a surprise to all,
which also turned out to be another unexpected challenge. There are so many
stories we could all bring to this account, but that is not the purpose
here. This brief note above gives some idea of the man. We have been unable
to say "goodbye" here in the way we would wish now as Barrie sold
the farm a little while ago to start a new life. Unfortunately, it seems
that this did not materialise as he expected and it was only relatively
recently that he moved to a property near Derby, where his father and
brother live. We have known a man who was most sensitive and capable, kind
and loyal, not easy to understand at times and about whom we will always
have many fond memories.
Although Christmas has passed and we are still in the
depths of winter it is good to have an event to look forward to. Already
there is a hint of spring with the gentle twittering of birds, and snowdrops
and primroses peeping from the banks. Our season for planting is just around
the corner, so why not start preparing for the Brayford show to be held on Saturday,
15 August at Brayford Village Hall. There is a huge selection of
categories plus some new classifications to suit all ages. So, put the date
firmly in your diary as apart from being a competition it is also great
community entertainment for all the family. There will more information with
the next Newsletter on schedules, entry forms etc.
Don't forget the Village Market held on the
second Saturday of each month at the Village Hall from 11 am to 1 pm. The
next markets will be on Saturday, 14 February and Saturday, 14 March.
Lots of stalls and tea, coffee and cake to enjoy with your friends and
very much enjoyed by young people age 11 to 16, and they have produced their
own programme which is obtainable from the Leaders, Mrs Hilary Ayre (710352)
and Mr Nick Jefferson (740283). Meetings are held on the second and
fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm in the Methodist Schoolroom
unless otherwise stated. 11 February is swimming at The Calvert
Trust, 25 February, Skittles/Dodge Ball, 11 March, a walk and 25
March, Games at The Calvert Trust.
Community Singing Group
Do you like to sing? Do you like to have fun? Come and join us in singing
once a week on Thursdays at 7 pm at High Bray Church. There is no
need for previous singing experience, or auditions, or anything of the sort.
We are about to start planning our next Puddings & Song (8 May) and
would love to have more people in the community participate. Call Madeleine
Brownell on 710389 if you think you might like to come, or just come to
listen for one night to see what we do.
Thank you to Brayford School children for a really super Nativity in Church.
"Jesus' Christmas Party" was played to a packed Church and we all
enjoyed watching as they went around.
Spring has arrived in Charles Bottom, but not quite in
Charles. Charles Church Council meets on 19 February at 2.30 pm at
Town Barton, and Deanery Synod in the evening at 7.30 pm. The
quinquennial Inspection of the Church fabric is due this year. There is
always an air of apprehension coupled with reassuring confidence, the team
of supporters having done their best. Thanks are due to the group of friends
who enjoy the building and help to keep it in good order. The Charles
Village Stall at Brayford Village Market produces a modest but steady
income, mainly greetings and Christmas cards. Anything suitable for sale
will be gratefully received at the market or at Welcombe Farm. Thank you.
As in past years on Good Friday, people from our
villages will read aloud the 2000 year old Bible story of human frailty,
deception, treachery and death, each taking a part from the story. All are
welcome to come and listen, and to participate if you wish. 7 pm on
Friday, 3 April at High Bray Church. Celebrate Easter with an Easter Egg
hunt in the Churchyard at High Bray, all ages, with prizes, Songs, Readings
and Easter goodies for everyone. Come and join in the fun on 5 April at 3
pm. We will be looking for anyone with an hour or so to spare as we need
to rub down and Hammerite the gates to the churchyard, hopefully in April.
Brayford Methodist Church
Shrove Tuesday, 17 February at 10.30 am Churches together will be
holding a Pancake Party. We will also have a Bring and Buy. Proceeds from
the morning will be sent to the Chemotherapy Unit at North Devon District
Hospital. Our new Chairman of the District, Graham Thompson, will be
preaching on Sunday, 8 February. He will be in South Molton at 11 am and
North Molton at 6.30 pm. Women's World Day of Prayer – this year's service
will be on Friday, 6 March at 10.30 am at North Molton Methodist
Church. All women are invited to share the same service throughout the
world. If you have never attended before, come and share this special
experience. Messy Church will be on Sunday, 1 March from 3-5 pm at
the Methodist Schoolroom. Parents and children under ten are welcome.
2015 is the one
hundredth anniversary of the Women's Institute – 80 of these years have
been enjoyed in Brayford! Our Programme Secretary, Mrs Ruth Knights, has
produced another interesting programme for the year, so do ask her for a
copy if you haven't already received one. We were delighted to welcome Diana
Lewis and her colleague from North Devon Animal Ambulance in January. Diana
told us about the variety of animals/reptiles they rescue and re-home.
Everyone working for the charity is a volunteer and all money collected is
spent on the care of these rescued creatures. We are going to hear more
about Pilates on 11 February when Sarah Ayre is coming to talk to us.
We will be joining Goodleigh Garden Club for our March meeting (11 March)
to listen to Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter Garden. This
meeting is open to everyone and contact for tickets is David Hopkins (01271
345246). Ladies of all ages are invited to our meetings, cost £3.50
including high tea.
January not only marks the start of a new year but a new academic term at
Brayford Primary School. The children this term are learning about the
surrounding area through a topic entitled ‘On our Doorstep’. We are
currently studying the geography and history of Barnstaple and will be
taking trips into the town to explore it through first hand experience. The
children have been stepping back in time to explore how Barnstaple has
changed through history and looking in depth at why people settled there
many years ago. They will also be doing map work and becoming more familiar
with the geography of the area. After half term the children will be
studying an area closer to home and looking at Brayford in more detail. If
you have any old photographs of the village or any other items of interest
for the children then please drop these in to school – thank you. Our
links with Umberleigh and Pilton Bluecoat Schools are continuing and last
week the older children enjoyed an assembly and workshop at Pilton about how
to keep themselves safe. Both classes will also be taking trips out with the
children from Umberleigh school. We will also be taking part in a football
tournament at South Molton Community College where we hope to demonstrate
our sporting skills as well as enjoy playing as a team.
The children will be leading
an Easter service on Tuesday 24 March at 9.30am at High Bray Church.
We would be delighted if members of the community would join with us.
enjoyed playing in the little bit of snow we have had. They have done some
lovely winter displays for the Village Hall. We are now linking with the
infants at the Primary School on Fridays for play times which the children
look forward to. We are currently doing the theme of journeys and the
children have enjoyed pretending the role play corner is a train station.
Boomerangs and Brayford Primary School will be holding a Ferret Race evening
to raise money on 21 February at 7 pm in the Village Hall. The cost
is £3 to include a Hot Dog. Please call Beverley on 710908 if you would
like to sponsor a race or a ferret. 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).
These will begin
again on Wednesday 4 February at 10.30 am in the Methodist
Schoolroom. If you would like to take a turn at providing coffee and
biscuits or just come and enjoy, we would be pleased to see you. No fund
raising or money, just chat.
Anthony and Thelma Bawden are celebrating their Pearl Wedding Anniversary
and we send our love.
There will be a
refresher course on Tuesday, 10 February at 7 pm in the Village Hall.
Please come along if you can. We have two defibrillators in the community,
one in Brayford and one in Charles so it is important that we all know how
to use them.