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  From the February/March 2018 Newsletter: 


Community Fund Payment
At long last the PC have received just over 7,000 as their share of the funds resulting from the Solar Panel Array at Capelands Farm. As a result the PC have been pleased to pledge 4,000 towards the cost of resurfacing the Village Hall car park.

Parking at The Nook
Vehicles are being parked for extended and over night periods and the PC must point out that vehicles should only be left in this area for visiting and very occasional use only.

Devon Air Ambulance
Volunteers are needed for box collecting, giving talks, attending presentations, assisting in the charity shops or helping out at annual events. Volunteering can really make a difference to your own life and the lives of others. It would suit anyone who would like to get out of the house, make new friends, do something worthwhile - all whilst having fun. No matter how much time you can spare and whoever you are, you will fit in just fine. To find out how to register and get started please contact the Volunteer Manager, Cara Jones on 01392 466666 or email

This is held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Methodist Schoolroom starting on 7 February from 10.30 am to 12 pm. This is not a fundraiser, just come and enjoy a chat and free coffee and meet up with other villagers.

Our service onSunday 4 February at 11 am is a Covenant Service led by Rev. Stuart Innalls. On Sunday 18 February at 9.15 am come and join us for a more informal family friendly morning. We welcomed some new faces at our last 9.15 and everyone enjoyed sharing a bacon butty or alternative breakfast together. It is our turn to host the United Service on 11 March at 11.15 am. It is Mothering Sunday and will be led by Deacon Cole. Everyone is very welcome to share this celebration.

All those at Brayford Academy would like to wish the community a Happy New Year. The children enjoyed their Christmas holiday and have returned to school raring to learn. We are focusing our learning around the country of China this term and will be exploring the geography of China and comparing the country with our own. We will find out about significant natural and man-made features of the country and study certain aspects of the Chinese culture, including Chinese New Year. We will learn about some of China's history and how the events have shaped the country it is today. In March the children will take part in a Proms Concert with children from Umberleigh and Pilton Bluecoat Academies at the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple. The children will be singing a Chinese song and performing a fan dance. This concert will be a celebration of the musical talents that we have in our Multi Academy Trust and it will be an amazing opportunity for the children to perform on stage at a proper theatre. Mr Mulligan will be retiring at the end of this half term on 9 February. He has dedicated himself to working for and on behalf of children in education for over 45 years as Teacher, Head Teacher of many different schools, Educational Advisor and Ofsted Inspector. He joined Pilton Bluecoat School as Head Teacher in 2004 and became CEO of TEAM MAT, including Brayford School in 2014. All those at Brayford Academy would like to wish him a happy retirement. We very much enjoy the company of the community at our community lunches. The dates for the next lunches are: Wednesday 21 February and Tuesday 20 March. If you would like to join us then please telephone the school office on 710345 to order your lunch which will cost 5. We look forward to seeing you.

Well done everybody who came out to help in the recent flood in the village - community spirit is alive and working in Brayford.

Thanks to generous grants from Brayford Parish Council, North Devon Grants Dept., Brayford Academy and Cllrs. Edgell and Yabsley, the Village Hall Management Committee is now in a position to have the car park re-surfaced. We have signed with a contractor, who will start the work during week commencing 12 February and will probably run over into the following week ending 24 February. Exact starting and finishing times will depend on the weather and no doubt other factors will come into play. During the work the car park will be closed to all vehicles. In the interest of Health and Safety, we are closing the Village Hall during working hours. The site will be made safe at the end of each day so that urgent use of the Village Hall can still be maintained by pedestrian traffic only. We would expect that this use will be at a minimum and the Village Hall Management Committee can take no responsibility for any injury caused to anyone using the site. Brayford Academy have been advised of the above and asked to contact all parents who currently use the site as a dropping off /collection point for their children. The Events Committee have now finalised their plans and dates of events for the remainder of 2018 are: Saturday 3 March - Bingo - leaflet enclosed, doors opening 7 pm eyes down 7.30 pm, Sunday 22 April - Car Rally - in conjunction with the Women's Institute, Friday 11 May - Anthony's Quiz Night, Monday 28 May - Duck Race, Sunday 2 September - Table Top Sale, Saturday 27 October - Bingo. The Management Committee is trying to include younger members into the Management Team. Anyone interested in joining the Committee please contact Joe Poole on 710236 or email

Since Christmas it has been a period of mud, mizzle and mist, with some serious germs circulating. Spring is on the way as snowdrops are already appearing, so hopefully everyone will soon be feeling a lot better. The next thanksgiving is for our mothers when there will be a special event at the Methodist Church at 11.15 am on 11 March when we can show our appreciation. All ages welcome.

"Let's Sing", South Molton Community Choir, welcome new members. They meet on Wednesday evenings 7-8.30 pm in South Molton Scout Hut (by the Cattle Market). No auditions, just good fun Choir. No previous experience needed. Also, South Molton Singers meet onThursdays from 7.30-9.00 pm in South Molton Infants School (by Honey Farm). At present they are rehearsing Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan. Some Brayford residents already sing with these groups, and all are invited to support and grow your local Choir. More information from John Parkhouse on

As always we have a very full programme for 2018. We very much enjoyed listening to our member, Doreen Woodrow, talk about the work of North Devon Hospice and the importance of fund raising for its survival. Lydia Huxtable is coming to talk about her V.S.O. work in Africa at our February meeting. Some members are driving to Wheddon Cross on 9 February to join groups of walkers through the Snowdrop Valley. We are looking forward to a Craft Day in the Village Hall on5 February. Friends are welcome to join us - please talk to a W.I. member. Our member Barbara, is hosting a soup lunch on 8 March to raise funds for the Denman College (W.I.) Appeal as well as for our own W.I. and our President is busy planning a Treasure Hunt for everyone to be held in the Spring. Our speaker in March is Sue Ashmore who is talking about Cadenza Alpacas. We are hoping that she will bring some with her. Our meetings are held on thesecond Wednesday of each month at 7.15 pm. Visitors are always welcome.

Send the winter sodden glooms packing by coming to the Village Markets on the second Saturday each month. 10 February and 10 March from 11 am to 1 pm. The March Spring Market will have animals there for everyone's delight, and we hope for more - keep your eye on the Village Facebook page and the North Devon Journal Community news pages for updates.

Well done and thank you Brayford Academy for a super performance in church of "Out Of This World" - their new and old nativity was another triumph with the church full for both performances. Candlelit Carols saw the church busting at the seams with so many people packed in to enjoy the carols, mulled wine and readings. Thank you everyone who helped make this special evening. 400 was raised for EnCompass, a charity for the homeless. We all enjoyed the Three Church Lunch at the Poltimore inn at North Molton - thank you Hilary for the quiz following lunch. Members of our villages will meet at 7 pm on Friday 30 March (Good Friday) in a candlelit High Bray Church to read to each other the story of The Passion, taking the parts of 2,000 years ago. Come and participate or just listen as the story unfolds. We wil also have a Family Service and Celebration starting at 11.15 am on Sunday 1 April with a BBQ, Easter Egg Hunt and outdoor games to follow (weather permitting.). Dig out your Easter Hat and join the fun.

Love and best wishes to Fred Bawden who is, at present, in South Molton Cottage Hospital. We hope you will soon be home again.

Please come along and support your local Big Breakfast at the Village Hall from 9 to 11.30 am on Saturday, 24 February 2018 in aid of North Devon Hospice. 6.50 for a delicious Big Breakfast with vegetarian option and a raffle. Phone Doreen on 710409 to book your place or just turn up on the day.

I hope by the time you receive this Newsletter that the horrid bugs have gone away (mine included). A bit of sunshine would be nice.

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