rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the April/May 2007
Annual Parish Meeting and Parish Council Meetings
The Annual Parish Meeting (all welcome) will be held on Thursday 19th
April at 7.30pm in the Methodist Schoolroom (Agenda), followed by a normal Parish
Council Meeting (Agenda). The following month's Parish Council Meeting,
including the AGM, will be held on Thursday
17th May in
Brayford Village Hall at 7.30pm. (AGM Agenda)
BT are renewing poles and overhead cabling in
April resulting in the closure of the road from Kimbland Cross to Thornpark
Cross from 15-22 April.
The road maintenance budget has been
cut, so although pot-holes are being filled in, other tasks are not being
carried out at present. Including the sweeping of Grasspark Hill.
Best Kept Village Competition
A reminder to everyone that the
judging of the best Kept Village Competition starts in May and a judge comes
in May, June and July. Please help to keep the village tidy by picking up
rubbish if you see any lying around.
Devon Adult & Community Learning
Caroline Verney gave an interesting
presentation to the Parish Council about the courses that are available for
rural communities. A day’s introductory workshop is free and there are
lots of topics including painting, writing, spinning, dyeing, patchwork,
willow weaving, soft furnishing, floristry, art history, digital photography
and French. It is also hoped to run a computer course in the Village Hall.
For more details telephone 01271 864171
A parishioner has had domestic fuel
stolen from his tank this month, so there is a thief around and PC George
Furneaux urges continued vigilance. The weather can still be wintery
and as we know the cost of heating oil is high, a tankful is an attractive
proposition to a thief; so keep a check on the contents.
Brayford Quiz Night 2007
It's going to be big, and because it is in aid of the village
play area project, it is going to be for everyone! If you're up for a
testing night of fun, challenge, intellectual stimulation.....well maybe!,
and good company then this new quiz night will be for you. This
time is going to be bigger and better, but harder and testing of all
subjects, of all knowledge and of all ages. So gather your friends,
relatives, or anyone that might help you help us to raise money
and have a good time, for all ages we are looking for teams of 6, if
you struggle don't worry because we can help you find a team on the night.
There will be team prizes, a raffle, refreshments and you're welcome to
bring your own drink if you wish, there will be spot prizes and some
surprises. All proceeds will go to the play area project so children are
welcome, in fact they're essential as there will be questions for them too.
So, if you thought Fame Academy was a walk in the park, Red Nose night was
fun, and Wembley Stadium being finished a miracle, do not miss the return of
Brayford's Big Fun Quiz Night 2007, it will be big and you will have to be
WHEN: FRIDAY APRIL 27TH
WHERE: BRAYFORD VILLAGE HALL
Entry Fee: £2.50 each Adult; £1.00 each Child.
Pay on the night, or send your team name and payment to Dave Gosling, Post
Box Cottage, Brayford.
We need to raise as much as possible so tell everyone you know and pass the
word on, your support as always is appreciated so help make this a community
night of fun and competition.....who knows, you may even win!..........start
reading and swotting up because the clock is ticking.
We had an enjoyable trip to Heddon Hall to see the February Hellebores and,
of course, the rest of the gardens, followed by a chance to buy some
Hellebores and then a welcome cup of tea indoors. In March, Terry
Shapland gave us a fascinating talk on the activities of the Community
Composting Group at Bratton Fleming. The Group takes in green waste
from residents of the Parish, turns it into free compost, and is paid by the
tonne for doing so. If sufficient committed volunteers could be
motivated, perhaps Brayford could do something similar?
On Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall we are having a
hands-on session, planting up hanging baskets and tubs with David Hopkins -
plants and compost will be available to buy, but bring your own tubs etc.
On Wednesday 16th May we are visiting the steeply terraced garden at
Durcombe Water, Barbrook, set beside open moorland and featuring spring-fed
streams, ponds and waterfalls.
Unfortunately we missed the February Newsletter so although it all seems
along time ago now we wanted to thank all those supported our Christmas
Fair, held jointly with Boomerangs and special thanks to the Mothers Union
for providing refreshments after our Carol Service. The school has had a
visit from Global Action to talk on all the things that can be recycled. The
children enjoyed a morning of drumming with Drumcrazy when some children
from Swimbridge School joined them. The school Junk Band would like to make
a request for any Large plastic containers (cleaned and sterilised) that
could be donated. The junior class have been to the North Wyke, Science
Experimental Farm, at Okehampton to take part in some exciting workshops. We
welcomed 4 new children to the school at the start of term, 2 in reception,
1 each in year 2 and 3. The children all took part in a Talent show within
the class for Red Nose Day, the yr 6 children being the controversial
judges. They all did extremely well and had good fun raising a total of
£106.47 for Comic Relief . There will be an Easter Service at Brayford
Methodist Chapel on Thursday 5th April at 9.30 am and
everyone is welcome.
In addition to their topic for this half term, the children have enjoyed
learning about the Chinese New Year and sampling some authentic dishes: They
also celebrated World Book Day by bringing in their favourite books and
dressing up as book characters. For Mother's Day and Comic Relief the
children invited mums and grandparents to a lunch prepared by themselves
(with a little help!) when their strawberry (Red Nose) cakes went down a
treat! Hopefully by now anyone interested will have seen the jobs
advertised. Chris has decided not to return to Boomerangs following the
arrival of little Evan. If you are interested in applying please do so by
the end of March. Please don't forget to mention us to friends and families
with pre-school children. We have a lot to offer and run three and a half
hour sessions on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents are welcome to come
along with their children to have a look and a prospectus is available.
Please telephone Karen (Chair) or Sarah (Playleader) (either during session
time or leave a message).
People from the Team of Four Churches met during Lent for a helpful study of
the Lord’s Prayer with Peter Attwood. During Holy Week, starting on Monday
2 April, our Lent preparation for Easter will continue with daily services
of Holy Communion at North Molton Parish Church at 8 pm, and on Good Friday,
6 April, an evening service at 7 pm. This year a new Electoral Roll is
prepared in time for the Annual Church Meeting on Tuesday 24 April at the
Old Chapel, Charles Bottom at 7.30 pm.
A beautiful new notice-board for Church
information has been given by Fay and Norman Harrison, in memory of Norman’s
mother, Kathleen. This is a replacement and was fitted by Stuart Brooks. It
will be appreciated by those with dainty fingers, being easier to use! Thank
you to those involved. Please note the dates of three events during the
summer. Pational Festival weekend 23/24 June, Concert by Moorland Singers 6
July, Return Concert by the popular "Meantime" group of musicians
Mothering Sunday flowers were arranged by Alice and Henry, with a bit of
help from gran-ma Ruth. Thank you. Please join our Easter services. The
Church organ is no longer "Squeaking" since Geoff Mitchell’s
repair. Again we say a huge thank you to him.
At our February Meeting, Louise Burgess talked about the Taw & Torridge
Sitting Service which was set up with Lottery Funding. She also ran the
Bideford Half Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support. In March we attended
Exeter Cathedral for the commissioning service of Mary Steer, Diocesan
President, Rev. Tim Deacon, MU Diocesan Chaplin, new Trustees and Deanery
leaders and Rt Rev. Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, as a full member of
the Mothers’ Union.
On 18 April, our speaker will be Rona Eastman at 2.30 pm at Joan Greenwood’s.
At 10 am on 24 April there is a Deanery Committee Meeting at Duke Street,
South Molton. At 10 am on 3 May the speaker will be the Bishop of
Crediton for the Barnstaple Branch Centenary at St Peter’s Church
Barnstaple. At 10.30 am on 11 May there is a Spring Council Meeting at
As Norah Clark said, after Wednesday’s W.I. evening, there is little
comedy on television these days, and it is good to have a laugh – which we
all did while listening to Geoffrey Green from N.D. Library, Barnstaple,
talk about "More than just books". Mr. Green had worked for the
Library in different roles for 40 years, and has clearly brought
entertainment with learning to a huge variety of people in North and
mid-Devon – old and young, sometimes disabled or blind, but all encouraged
Liz Lilicrap from Kentisbury will introduce us to Herbal Medicine on 11th
April. The Spring Group meeting is being held in North Molton on Friday
27th April at 7.30 p.m., and the Spring Council Meeting in
Exeter is on Thursday 19th April. The March walk is at
Marwood on Wednesday 28th, contact is Pauline Nichols,
710534. A group of W.I. ladies will be going to see The Mikado at Queen’s
Theatre on Friday 23rd March.
Charles, High Bray, North Molton, and Twitchen Churches are looking for
business people to purchase a month’s sponsorship of our 2008 calendar.
The calendar will be in a month at a glance format, with verses of poetry
and exquisite local photographs. It will also include a special local
directory for very local businesses & services. We are hoping to have
each month sponsored by one business, where your name, business, and
telephone number will be exhibited just below the calendar, and be on view
for that whole month. The cost for this will be £50 for a month‘s
sponsorship. In addition, we are putting together a ‘local directory’ at
the back for smaller businesses. This will include your name, business,
telephone number, and location. This directory will limited to smaller
businesses, and provide the villages with a list of very local businesses.
Listing in this Directory will be available for £10. Time is going on for
getting this together; so we have set a deadline for April 30, 2007 for
sponsorship. If you are interested in participating in this church and
community project, would you please contact Christopher & Alison
Hewetson , Ray and Ruby White, or Jonathan and Madeleine Brownell.
Special thanks to the
Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the Newsletter.
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Brayford Village Hall
Supported by Brayford Parish Council