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  From the April/May 2010 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 15th April following the Annual Parish Meeting, and on Thursday 20th May 2010 following the AGM 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), and also on the Brayford website.
High Bray Church Bells Project
Cllr. A. Boddington is chairing a sub-Committee consisting of J. Brownell, T. Bawden, G. Dunford, Jane Jeyes, R. Tyson and R. White. Trusts for possible grants are being investigated at the present time. A site visit with David Knight from the Church Buildings Council was successful. James Clark, Bells Advisor and Chairman of the Council’s Towers and Belfries was also supportive of the project.

Complaints have been received that litter is being thrown out of car windows by drivers travelling through Charles village.

Cllr. Ray Dart has installed the lifebuoy "throw" at the bridge at the Millennium Garden.


Brayford School
Brayford School has welcomed four new children and one child who has returned to the school this term. Three in Reception, one in Year 2 and one in Year 4. The Junior children will be going on a residential trip to London on Tuesday 18th May for four days. All the children are really looking forward to this trip and there are some exciting activities and a day out for the children remaining at school. Fundraising activities are taking place including a ‘Boogie Night’ which was held in March and a ‘Spring Sunday Lunch’ taking place on Sunday 25th April in the Village Hall. Tickets are available from the school at £10 per adult and £5 per child for a drink on arrival, 2-course roast beef lunch followed by tea & coffee (vegetarian option available). The children will be helping on the day and providing entertainment based on the ‘Oliver Twist’ play they will be going to see at the theatre in London. The school Easter Service will be on Wednesday 31st March in the Village Hall at 1.45pm. Everyone welcome.

Brayford Boomerangs
We currently have 9 children attending, 8 on a Tuesday morning and 6 on a Friday morning. This term our children have enjoyed learning about 'wind'– how we can use it, windmills, flying and energy etc. They have been making windsocks, paper aeroplanes and measuring how far their planes can fly. We have planted some new potatoes, carrots and sweet peas in our tubs. All of our children are making great progress with 'letters and sounds' learning; which we are focusing on with support from Miss Lewis. Our children are learning to use the new laptop; it is very popular every time it comes out! We all enjoyed a lovely mothers day lunch. Our children invited new mums and their little ones from our community to come, meet and join us for a cup of coffee and cakes made by our children. For the summer term, our topic will be 'water'. Ideas and activities for this is planned jointly with Brayford School to enable us to share resources and ideas and work together on occasions, which the children especially enjoy. If you require any details about Brayford Boomerangs Pre-School please have a look at our website

Garden Sculpture
As part of the North Devon Arts Festival Open Studios, Nancy Kelly will be exhibiting sculpture in the garden of ‘Mildmay’. It will be on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the last three weekends in June from 10.30am ~ 4.30pm.  Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to come and look round. We are opposite the Methodist Chapel (on the corner).
2011 Village Calendar
Anyone who can offer me snapshots of people in our Villages - please contact me. Best would be to put them on a CD for inclusion in the 2011 calendar. I will need them by the end of May, at the latest. Many thanks, Madeleine Brownell. 

Gardening Club
Our first meeting of the year was a fascinating talk on Bees by Tony Wright, packed with information and including an insight into the life cycle of a hive. In March, David Hopkins gave us the benefit of his great experience with lots of hints and tips about vegetable growing. It was gratifying to welcome eight new members to the club.
On Wednesday 21st April we have a talk by Michael Gee on Mazzards (Cherries), and on Wednesday 19th May Derek Burdett will be telling us all about Heucheras. Both meetings are in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Brayford Flower Show
Have you got your potato for the Grow a Spud competition? If not please contact Dawn Jemmison as only potatoes purchased from the Gardening Club will be eligible to enter, £1.00 each. The Gardening Club will supply you with a tub to grow your potato in or if you prefer to use your own a 15" diameter and 15" deep tub is the size required. The Flower Show is on Saturday 21st August and we look forward to lots of entries to produce a successful show.


Brayford WI
Claire Joselin of the Dogs Trust gave an interesting and informative talk on the Dogs Trust and its 100 year history. At the Rehoming Centre in Ilfracombe there are approx. 70 lost and abandoned dogs being cared for. A large percentage are found happy homes. We were much entertained by Claire’s dog, Sky which she has adopted from the Dog Trust. Tom Bartlett from Berrynarbor is our speaker on Wednesday 14th April, and he is an expert on postcards of North Devon.  Visitors are welcome.

Mothers' Union
On March 20th several members attended a Communing Service in Exeter Cathedral also a ‘Lady Day’ service at Torrington on March 25th. Future dates include ‘Wave of Prayer’ at 6pm-6.30pm on Friday April 9th, Council at Filleigh on Tuesday April 27th and a ‘Day of Reflection’ at Landkey on Wednesday May 12th at 10.30am.

High Bray Church
Community spirit was alive and well once again during the Feb-March snow as helpers turned out to clear the snow from the village to allow the funeral of the late Donald Bowden to take place. Donald and Hilda had lived in Brayford for several years and Donald was a very well known gentleman who we all loved, the three hundred people at his funeral a measure of his popularity. Donald and Hilda hosted many events at their home and were always very generous to High Bray Church. We send our love and deepest sympathy to all the family.

Charles Church
Gloria and Michael Elson celebrate their Ruby Wedding on Tuesday 30th March, we send them very best wishes and congratulations. More celebrations in April when we celebrate 40 years since his ordination for the Ven. Chris Hewitson. There will be a festival type service to mark this event at North Molton Parish Church on Sunday 18th April at 10.30am for the Four Churches; Bishop Bob will be the Celebrant. Then with the Rev. Bob Andrews, we celebrate his 45 years since Ordination at Litchfield on Sunday May 30th. The church A.G.M is on Tuesday 20th April, 7.30pm at The Church House.

Methodist Chapel
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 ~ 12noon. It is well supported by the local 3 year olds to 11 year olds. Our own minister is Deacon Rona Eastman (740283) and our Circuit Minister is Bob Kitching (01769 572637). They will be pleased to help you if you need them.

Community Coffee Mornings
There will be community coffee mornings on Wednesday 7th April and Wednesday 5th May at 10.30am at the Chapel. Do come and have a chat with your friends or if you are new to the village or haven’t been before, there is a warm welcome.

 At the recent public meeting to discuss the restoration of the High Bray church bells, the meeting unanimously voted to proceed. The Parish Council, present at the meeting, among others, is looking into ways of funding the work before work can be commissioned and started. We have had a letter from the Bala orphanage in Kenya thanking us for our donation. Every penny is used for the children, as there are no administration costs. Be warned!! We have two summer weddings and I shall be chasing everyone for a spring clean in late April/early May. A.G.M on Thursday 22nd April 7.30pm at 1 Broomhill, please come and share your thoughts.
Puddings & Songs
Come & Sing with our community. Bring a pudding, any kind of Pudding; we all sing for awhile - children and all; then break for a half hour of Puddings and chat; then sing some more. All old favourites! Friday 30th April at 7pm at High Bray Church.

Easter at North Devon Museum

Between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday 7th April special art and craft activities are taking place at the North Devon Museum, which is funded by North Devon Council. Visitors can look at traditional bird and bloom designs as inspiration to create their own exotic birds and funky flowers. A second session is also taking place between 2pm and 4pm on the Wednesday 14th April to finish off work or to start something new. Lead Member for Community and Leisure, Councillor Dick Jones says: "This is the perfect opportunity for the whole family to have a go at giving traditional pictures a fresh new modern look. I encourage everyone to visit the museum as there is always something going on. So come along and see for yourself.

Easter Treats at Barnstaple Pannier Market
Free food, furry animals, Morris dancers and the arrival of the Easter bunny are just some of the things on offer at Barnstaple Pannier Market from Friday 2nd April. This Easter the market, which is managed by North Devon Council, will be offering a seasonal experience, with something for everyone. On Good Friday, the market will be staging its first Easter Feast, where some traders in the market will be offering free samples of their produce to customers.  It is a chance for people to try before they buy and experience what is good in local produce.
Easter Saturday is a day for all the family, with treats including:
- The arrival of North Devon Animal Ambulance and their furry friends.
- Borderline Morris dancers performing in Butchers Row.
- The market’s very own Easter bunny, offering free treats to the younger shoppers.
- The usual market stalls offering a variety of products.
Councillor Dick Jones, Lead Member for Community and Leisure, says: "We are pleased to be offering activities for all the family this Easter.  On Good Friday, visitors to the market can expect to sample produce such as sausages, cheese and chutneys.  Whilst on Saturday, the whole family can come along to visit the animals, enjoy the dancing and meet the market’s very own Easter bunny."


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