Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 16th April and on Thursday
21st May 2009 at 7.30pm in Brayford Village Hall. The first part of
the April meeting will be the Annual Parish Meeting, to which all
parishioners are invited.
Village Play Area - Can You Help?
Can you spare some time this Easter weekend? We are looking for willing
volunteers to help with some preparation groundwork for the village play
area. If you can spare any time from 9.30 onwards on Easter Saturday we
would appreciate your help. We will meet in the Village Hall and
refreshments will be provided during the day – if you can bring your own
gardening tools and a sense of humour we look forward to seeing you. This
community project is for all to enjoy, so please get involved and help if
There is a group of thieves in South Molton who are stealing quad bikes,
strimmers etc for onward selling, so please keep your sheds and garages
locked. There has also been and increase in oil thefts, so please keep a
check on your tanks, especially if there seems to have been an increase in
oil used. Be vihilant for any suspicious vehicles/persons. For advice or to
voice concerns contact PC Julie Bradshaw or PCSO Micheal Livett at South
Molton Police Station on 01769 575053.
In February we had an interesting, entertaining and well attended talk on
Agapanthus by Dick Fulcher, of Pine Cottage Plants, who holds the National
Collection. In March, Terry Lay shared his experiences of growing vegetables
in North Devon, enlivened with some amusing anecdotes.
Our meeting on Wednesday 15th April is the ever popular hands-on
session with David Hopkins guiding us through the process of planting up
Hanging Baskets and Tubs - as usual, bring your own baskets and tubs, but
plants and compost will be available to buy. On Wednesday 20th May we
have a talk and slide show by Debbie Hastings on Victorian Gardens. Both
meetings are at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and all are welcome.
We have welcomed two new children into the junior class this term.
Lisa is working on the Forest Schools project and the infant children are
thoroughly enjoying this. They learn more about the environment and how to
enjoy it safely. They have so far made dens, looked at trees and twigs, and
had a teddy bears picnic. All the infant children are taking part whatever
the weather; they go out wearing waterproofs and wellies if necessary. All
the children came to school in their pyjamas and dressing gowns for Red Nose
Day, and paid for the privilege and raised £87.33. The school is once again
collecting vouchers from Sainsburys and Tesco, so any spare vouchers would
be gratefully received. As with previous years, the children will be going
to the Methodist Chapel on Thursday 2nd April for their Easter
service. They will leave the school at 9.15am for their silent pilgrimage to
the chapel, when everyone is welcome to join them. School finishes this term
on Friday 3rd April for the Easter holidays and we return back to
school on Monday 20th April.
Harrison will be running a cake stall on the last Monday of each month to
raise funds for the PTFA. The next cake stall will be on Monday 25th
April, 3pm at the school. The Activity Day was great fun and enjoyed by all
– it raised approximately £130 for PTFA funds. Sports Day is planned for
Friday 22nd May starting at 1.30pm.
This term our topic has been "Light and Dark", and we have
enjoyed learning about: reflections, shadows, rainbows, the sun and the
moon, and about night creatures such as owls. We held a "Mothers Day
Lunch" and our children made daffodil posies and cards as gifts. Thank
you to everyone who joined us for this. We are looking forward to an
"Easter Egg Hunt" and making Easter cards just before we break for
our Easter holidays. We send Sarah Beard our pre-school leader all our love
and best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to see her back at Boomerangs
We were so grateful in February to Mr Chris Hurst who came at the last
minute laden with heather and wonderful items he had made, to talk about
leatherwork. We were thrilled to tool our own individual bookmark. Mrs
Peacock always gives us a lively history lesson when we have the pleasure of
welcoming her to our WI, and this month the subject was Cameos. She brought
a wonderful selection and enthralled us with their Greek and Roman
connections, also explained how they are made from shells from the
Mediterranean. On April 8th we are having a "Fun walk
through the last century of hats" with Hilary Hammond. Do come –
7.15pm in the Village Hall.
A curry night is being planned for May/June and tickets will be on sale
Ruby will again be taking part in this, all being well. Last year our group
did the ten miles Bideford to Barnstaple in three hours, raising money for
Macmillan Nurses and North Devon Hospice. It is on Saturday 8th
May, and any sponsors gratefully received.
Mike and Norma’s daughter Judith spent her childhood in Brayford and is
now with the Metropolitan Police on London. Jude is running the marathon on
Sunday 26th April and is seeking support by way of sponsorship.
She is running in support of an ex colleague who lost his son Sebastian at
the age of 7 to cancer. A trust is aiming to provide relief for similarly
placed families. www.sebastianactiontrust.org
Some of us went to North Molton and Bratton Fleming for the "Woman’s
World Day of Prayer". On Tuesday April 28th at 10am, the
Deanery meeting will be held at South Molton and Midge Davison will be
speaking on parenting. On Thursday May 14th at 10.30am, "A
Day for Reflection" led by Rev Peter Atwood is being held at North
Our services are held at 11am and 6.30pm each Sunday, with a Circuit Service
at Duke Street, South Molton on the first Sunday evening of each month. Our
lively Sunday Club is held every 2nd and 3rd Sunday
from 11am to 12 noon. It is well supported by the local 3 week olds to 11
year olds. Our own minister is Deacon Rona Eastman and out Circuit Minister
is Bob Kitching. They will be pleased to help you if you need them. Can we
remind you of the community Coffee Mornings on the first Wednesday of every
month at 10.30am – everyone is welcome to this free and friendly
Puddings and Song was another super evening. If you missed it, come next
time. Our leading light of the singing group has just returned from hospital
and won’t be doing the London Marathon this time, but watch this space!
Bishop Bob, a wonderful, kind, funny and caring man, will be visiting our
village on Saturday afternoon on May 2nd – come and say
"hello". Good Friday will be a quiet service of prayer and
thoughts. Please come if you can – 7pm at High Bray Church.
During Holy Week there will be services at North Molton Parish Church each
evening at 8pm, and on Good Friday evening at High Bray Church at 7pm. On
Easter Sunday 12th April, all the churches will celebrate this
special day at Brayford Methodist Church at 11.15am, so there will be no
service at Charles or High Bray. Easter cards are available in the church,
as are a great variety of greetings cards. All proceeds are used for the
upkeep of the church building. On Sunday 3rd May, Bishop Bob, the
Bishop of Crediton, will be at South Molton Parish Church for the Deanery
Confirmation at 10am, a date that should not be missed. He returns again in
June and he, all the clergy and, we hope, several thousand, will celebrate
with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Please look out for the publicity, out
Jill Luton is holding Aerobics classes at the Village Hall on Thursday
evenings from 7 to 8pm (during term time). If you are able to come, it would
be good to see you there.
Brayford Railway Modelling Group
Are there any railway modellers in Brayford who would be interested in
forming an informal group, initially just meeting on an occasional basis in
members' homes to share ideas? If so, please contact either Nick Horne on
or David Swash firstname.lastname@example.org
Hobbs Family History
John Hobbs, from Westbury on
Trym, Bristol, is researching his family tree and has found that the Hobbs
family came from North/South Molton. He is interested in John Hobbs, born
1823 in South Molton, who married a Catherine Hoile, born 1820 at Charles.
If anyone is able to provide any relevant information he would be grateful.
Please contact: email@example.com
On behalf of everyone in the new houses, the newsletter editor would like to
thank Brayford Parish Council and everyone who helped with the building of
Hobbs Row. Most of us have now moved in and have been made to feel very
welcome by everyone, including the three churches who left lovely gift bags
at our doors.
Special thanks to the
Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the Newsletter.
Supported by Brayford Parish Council