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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.