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  From the February/March 2017 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 16th February and Thursday 16th 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.
Carols at The Nook
Another successful evening of song and laughter, much enjoyed by all who attended. So many parishioners contributed to this annual event with mulled wine, lots of foodie bites, wood to burn, the tree and not forgetting electricity for the lights to shine – you know who you are – thank you. Almost £250 was raised and this sum has been donated to the Children's Ward at North Devon Hospital.
Bird Flu
A serious matter. The recent outbreak has resulted in the entire country becoming a Prevention Zone until at least 28 February. All keepers of poultry and other captive birds MUST apply these rules: a: Keep all poultry indoors, b: Keep clean all water and feeding vessels, c: Ensure wild birds cannot access your birds' food or water d: Disinfect clothing and footwear at all times,
e: Cover open runs to prevent access by wild birds
Brayford Website
We are most grateful to Steve Warren for offering to update the website and generally raise the profile of the Parish for the benefit of the whole community. An embryo site can be viewed at “” and parishioners are invited to submit any constructive observations to the PC. In due course Steve will be making a formal presentation to the PC of the completed design proposal.
A delegation from Gunn and Goodleigh attended the Council Meeting on 19 January to seek our support in objecting to a planning application at Tree Beech Enterprise Park. There are already 71 industrial units at this location and the new application seeks permission for a further eight units now and more to follow on a greenfield site. Brayford and, in particular, Barnstaple Hill suffer from significant traffic to and from this development and the prospect of more traffic, noise and pollution linked with the ever failing fabric of the A399 is totally unacceptable. The PC will therefore register a strong objection accordingly.
Academy Trust Lease
The saga continues and a meeting will be held in the next week or two with the NDC legal department to try and obtain clear legal guidance as to how the matter can proceed.

Valentine's Day Farmers Market

This will be held on Saturday, 11 February from 11 am to 1 pm. Every stall holder will have something appropriate for the celebration: candies, chocolates, special cakes, etc. Come and see what they have created. A delightful way to celebrate in the community. Don't miss it.

Pilates Classes 
I am very keen to start a Pilates group in the village and would welcome anyone who would be interested in joining a new group to get in touch, I am very happy to teach at any level from beginners through to advanced levels or run a mixed ability session within a small or large group depending on needs. Please call Sarah Stone 711850 or email

Beautiful Pekin Bantam Rooster & Hen
Free to a good home. Six months old. The hen lays an egg a day. They are both very friendly, are free-range and in need of a loving home. We have too many roosters and they have begun to compete with each other. We are happy to deliver them to you. Please call Madeleine and Jonathan Brownell on 710389.

Village Hall
The Village Hall Events Committee is holding a Bingo Night on Saturday, 25 February in the Village Hall. A bar will be open and snacks available. Prize donations gratefully accepted. See details in the advertising leaflet. In addition, the committee is holding a Karaoke Night at the end of April in conjunction with the Women's Institute as a joint fund raising event. More details in the next Newsletter. Unfortunately, it has been necessary to raise the hire charges for the Village Hall from1 January 2017and these will now be as follows. All Day (9 am to 6 pm) *£120, Evenings (all rooms from 6 pm to midnight) *£60, Main Hall & Kitchen (per session morning/afternoon) *£30, Local Organisations (per session PC, Skittles, Market, WI) £15. Please note that a 10% discount applies to local bookings for the items marked with an asterisk. We are hoping to renew efforts to paint the outside of the Village Hall in the spring, so if you can help please let Geoff Dunford know on 710901. Also, don't forget that Joe Poole is now Bookings Secretary and can be contacted on 710236 or

Brayford Youth Club
Young people aged 11 to 16 are welcome to join the activities and the programme is produced by Club members. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 7-9 pm in the Methodist Chapel (unless otherwise advised). Leaders are Mrs Hilary Ayre, 710352 and Mr Nick Jefferson 740283. Activities in February and March are:8 February Exmoor Search and Rescue,22 February Short Mat Bowls, 8 March Club Night and 22 March Swimming. There will be a walk on12 April.

Women's Institute
Our first meeting of 2017 was a bright, cheery evening with everyone delighted to catch up on news and activities planned for the winter months. We were happy to welcome Anni Nicholls and her husband who have a Hedgehog Rescue Centre and to learn more about our beloved hedgehogs and, more importantly, how to care for them in the garden. Next month, 8 February, Shirley Blaylock is talking about Exmoor's Past and on8 March, Janet Coates is coming to talk about “Living with Dementia”. 

In the meantime, we have a Coffee Morning to look forward to at a member's home and lunch at Kentisbury Grange in February. Our Skittles Team are enjoying themselves and meeting new teams; theatre outings are planned; the walking group meet on the last Wednesday of each month and ideas for summer outings are encouraged. Visitors are welcome. Evenings cost £3.50 including high tea and annual membership is £39, which includes a monthly magazine.

Brayford Academy
We would like to wish everyone in the community a Happy New Year from the staff and children at the school. Thank you if you came to support us at the Christmas community lunch or the Nativity play at High Bray Church – the children really had a lovely 2016 Christmas at school. A new year, a new term and many new and exciting learning opportunities for the children. At the end of last term, the teaching staff spent time with colleagues from Pilton Bluecoat and Umberleigh to plan this term's topic which is “British Heroes and Villains”. The topic has started in full swing with the children dressing up on the first day back to school as their hero. There were some really interesting characters chosen and the children were able to explain their choice of hero really well. We had policemen, sporting heroes, Batman, nurses, book characters and even some people's grandads! We are continuing to explore this theme with a  

focus on British Heroes from the past and our heroes today. We will also be learning about British values: democracy, individual liberty, rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance. The children have really enjoyed a trip to the cinema this term to watch Roald Dahl's BFG. The infant class, who are reading the BFG in class benefited from seeing the film as it has helped them to visualise the characters and has really brought Roald Dahl's writing alive for them. The juniors have been inspired for their own film making project and experienced some true heroes and villains on the big screen. We kindly invite you to our community lunches this term which will be on Wednesday, 8 February, Wednesday, 8 March and Wednesday 26 April. Lunch will cost £5. Please ring the school office on 710345 to book a place.

Church Quiz Night
The next quiz night will be Friday 17 March in the Village Hall. It will be7.30 pm start with teams of six maximum. There will be eight categories. The charge for adults will be £3, 11-16 years £1 and under 10s free. There will be first, second and booby prizes plus a draw. Please bring your own drinks and come and enjoy a fun night for all.
Churches Together
High Bray, Charles and Methodist Churches are holding a joint Pancake Party on Shrove Tuesday, 28 February, at 3 pm at the Village Hall. Come promptly if you want to be enjoying your pancake before the children arrive at 3.30! Hilary is already in training as she suffered from repetitive fatigue syndrome in her tossing arm

Charles Church
Plenty of germs about since before Christmas and a few people with other illnesses to whom we wish a speedy improvement. The first Quiz Night which Charles has arranged at the Sportsman, Sandyway, was a great evening of good company and good food without too much taxing of the brain. £700 was raised towards the Church Tower Fund which has now reached £3,000. Work is due to start soon and there are more activities planned. Donations via Chris Whinney and Jonathan Hudson would be very welcome. The Library Van still calls in Charles – do use it if you can – next visits30 January and 27 February, 1111.30 am. At the same time, call into the Churchyard to enjoy the peace and the spring flowers.

Methodist Church
The lunch at the Poltimore at North Molton following the United Service was enjoyed by all. Services each Sunday at 11 am except for the second Sunday both months when there will be a United Service (12 February at High Bray and12 March at Methodist) at11.15 am.

High Bray Church
Christmas at High Bray was wonderful, a full church for “Straw-Order” with children from Brayford school's Nativity which is always very special. Well done to them. Thank you so much to the ringers, singers and readers at the Candlelit Carols which was a lovely way to start Christmas. The Church lunch at North Molton was a great success and we hope to hold another one in late summer. 
We send sympathy to the family and friends of the late Pauline Isaac (nee Lewis) whose funeral was held at High Bray on Friday, 13 January. The Lewis family lived at Whitefield and helped to restore the Church organ at High Bray.

From The Newsletter Editor 
I don’t think many people in our villages have escaped the horrible bugs that have been circulating, but hopefully we will all recover soon.


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