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  From the February/March 2016 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 18th February and Thursday 17th 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.
Parish Projects
Village Hall Solar Panels: This project has been very reluctantly abandoned due to the installation jeopardising the integrity of the roof covering. When erected the roof had the benefit of a 20 year guarantee of which 10 years still remain. Should solar panels be fitted this guarantee would end with immediate effect and the contractors proposing to carry out the installation will only offer a one year guarantee. The project committee considered this to be an unacceptable position because without the appropriate guarantee the possibility of water penetration and resulting damage to the roof structure is a risk that cannot be taken.
Toilet at Charles
Various compostable toilet facilities have been identified and it is hoped that this project will proceed. However, the Church Council must decide precisely what they require and what will be acceptable on the land space available. As soon as the PC have their response the project can be formalised.

Car Parking at Charles
The village green is now established but there is concern about vehicles parking on the grass. Vehicles may be parked sensibly on the strips of chippings but there must be NO PARKING ON THE GRASS.
Home Safety
Devon & Somerset Fire Services attended the recent PC Meeting to highlight the need for every home to be fitted with a smoke alarm. In particular in every community there will be aged and vulnerable people who need to be identified and encouraged to have smoke alarms fitted – often free of charge. The Fire Service offer a free home fire safety visit and this can be arranged by calling 0800 0502 999.
School Academy Trust
This issue is still not resolved and the conflicting advice and legal opinions have highlighted the complexity of the matter. Whilst the PC fully supports the principle involved, legally they may not be in a position to grant a lease of the property and it is hoped that the academy executives will attend the next PC meeting to try to conclude the matter. 
HM The Queen, Official Birthday
Brayford PCC is proposing to organise a Village Celebration on the afternoon of Saturday, 11 June. It is hoped that this will not clash with any other event in the parish. 
The Royal Engineers
2016 marks the 300th Anniversary of “The Sappers” and there will be an open day at the RM Barracks at Chivenor on 21 May. The “Sappers” are wishing to find out all they can about their Corps' history and connections to the local community. Any parishioners with links or information are encouraged to contact Chivenor on 01271 857232 or write to RM Brracks, Chivenor, Barnstaple, EX31 4AZ.
Home Insulation
If your home was built before 1930 it's external walls are probably solid rather than cavity ones and funding is available towards the cost of insulating the outside of your walls. NDDC are working with CosyDevon and E.ON to create the funding. To see whether your home qualifies you are invited to call 0800 508 8353 for more information.
North Devon Motor Club
There will be a Classic Reliability Trial in the area and passing through High Bray on 31 January between the approximate hours of 11.15 am and 13.45 pm.

The next, eagerly awaited, High Bray Church Quiz Night will be on Friday, 1 April in the Village Hall with a 7.30 pm start. Eight categories, teams of up to six; draw, first, second and booby prizes. Adults £3, 11-16 years £1 and under 11s free. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided, but do bring your own drinks. It will be a fun night for all, so please try to come.

Brayford Farmers' Market
For The Valentine's Day Farmers' Market will be on Saturday, 13 February from 11 am to 1 pm with Valentine's Day cards & gifts, chocolates and sweets, Spring bulbs, along with all the other special and creative gifts & goodies our wonderful Stallholders offer us every Market Day. The Great Easter Market will be on Saturday 12 March from 11 am to 1 pm. In addition to the usual stalls, there will be a Children's Easter Egg Hunt with “Hen Helpers”, a Name the Sheep contest with the Grand Prize of a sumptuous Hamper, and there are rumours that a Giant Rabbit may appear. Don't miss it.

Youth Club
(for young people aged 11 to 16)
Leaders: Mrs Hilary Ayre 710352; 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 advised. On 27 January there will be short mat bowls and on 19 February Swimming, 24 February Wii Night/Pancakes, 9 March a Walk and 23 March short mat bowls. This is an informal and friendly club, much enjoyed by those who attend.
Community Coffee Morning
This will recommence in February, on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30 am to 12 noon in the Methodist Schoolroom. Please come for a coffee and chat. No fund raising!

Women's Institute
We were delighted to welcome David Guy and Jeffrey Herrington to our first meeting of 2016. We were fascinated to hear of their work as Mounted Policemen in London – a dedicated job, not without its dangers – notably protecting the city from riots and, in the 1970s and 1980s from the I.R.A. They are now involved in Horse Welfare and Mr Herrington also told us about the charity he helps called Adopt a Horse.
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With the help and guidance of our member, Jacci Gardner, we are making Fidget Blankets for the elderly at Chelfham Residential Home on Wednesday 10 February. We enjoyed a bright and friendly coffee morning, hosted by Ros Brooks and we have


more treats to look forward to during the winter months. Walkers meet on the last Wednesday of the month at the Village Hall at 11 am. Pearl Latham runs the W.I. Skittles Team. Travel Club will be discussing shortbreaks/holidays shortly and at our meeting on 9 March, we are listening to Roger Harding talk about The Many Butterflies of North Devon. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings.
Charles Church
On Sunday 6 March (Mother's Day), there will be a special event for families, mothers and their children. Starting time is 4.30 pm finishing with a cream tea. Beware! Clocks change on Easter Day.

Brayford School
It’s 2016 and the children have returned to school after their Christmas break with a great attitude to their learning. This term we are studying events from the Seventeenth Century including The Great Fire of London, The Plague and the Civil War. The children have had several opportunities to take part in special events to support their learning in this topic. The junior children have been to Pilton Bluecoat where an educational company, ‘Swords and Spindles’, transported them to the Seventeenth Century. They learnt details about the Barber Surgeon, Crime and Punishment and other aspects of life in this period of history. The children were told about the Civil War and were lucky enough to watch a musket being fired across the playground. The infant class have been joined by the Umberleigh infant children and Rob, from drama company, A Play in a Day. They spent the day learning more about The Great Fire of London through drama activities. The children worked hard to develop a play which they performed at the end of the day to parents. It was fantastic to see all the children taking part and showing the confidence to speak and act in front of such a big group of people. Well done KS1. We were very pleased to welcome our specialist music teacher, Bonnie Brayley, to our team this term. She works with the children every Friday afternoon teaching them singing and how to play certain musical instruments. Currently the infant children are learning how to play the African drums and the Junior class the recorders. The children are practising for a mini Proms concert 


which is to be held at the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple on Wednesday 16 March 6.00-7.30pm. Everyone is really excited about performing at the theatre – a fantastic experience for the children. Don’t forget that we have a toddler group running at the school every other Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 3.30pm welcoming babies and toddlers from birth to 5, so come and join in the fun and make new friends. You can enjoy free play, crafts, songs, stories and much more. Including a cuppa for the grown-ups and a healthy snack and soft drink for the little people. We are also lucky enough to share our facilities with the Brayford Brumble Bees, where on special occasions we team up and enjoy fun activities together. The next group will be on Wednesday 3 February at 2.00pm. It has been great to welcome members of the community to lunch recently. The children are always very keen to serve our guests and chat to them over a delicious roast dinner. Everyone is welcome to join us, all you need to do is ring the office to book a place on 01598 710345. The next community lunches are on Wednesday 10 February and Wednesday 9 March at 12.15pm.


High Bray Church
We had a super response to the Carol Services at High Bray, packed to capacity. Thank you to all readers and helpers who make these events happen. Good Friday service of quiet readings and Taize at 7 pm. Please come to share this time with us. Easter Sunday celebration will be 11.15 am in Church to include an egg hunt and “your best Easter Bonnet” followed by coffee and hot cross buns.
Methodist Church
All the Christmas village celebrations were well attended and enjoyed by the community and visitors. Our services are at 11 am each Sunday except the second Sunday which is a United Service at 11.15 am. Our minister, Rev. Stuart Inalls, will lead us when the United Service is at the Methodist Church on 13 March. Shrove Tuesday this year is on 9 February and Churches Together are having a Pancake Delights in the Village Hall at 3 pm. We hope to have pancake races, children's messy time, bring and buy, raffles, etc. pancakes will be £1 for adults and 50p for children (no limit to how many you can have). Proceeds are for the Bala Orphanage Appeal. Come early, before the children arrive at 3.30 pm. On Palm Sunday, 20 March, at 6.30 pm we will have a Choral service by the Circuit Choir with everyone welcome. On Tuesday 22 March at 10.30 am the children from our school will come down and share an Easter celebration. Please come and support them and enjoy coffee afterwards. We will be sharing in the High Bray Good Friday Quiet Service at 7 pm.

Our sympathies go to Alan and Mary Childs and family. Alan's mum Ros died last month. Ros lived for many years at Broomhill before moving into Alan & Mary's home.

From The Newsletter Editor 
Thanks to everyone for getting their copy in early. Lots of news and events this time. Plans for the Brayford Show are well under way, which will be on Saturday, 20 August but before that the Duck Race will be on Monday, 30 May.


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