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  From the April/May 2011 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 21st April and on Thursday 19th May 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).  Anyone living within the parish is most welcome to come along to a monthly meeting so if you have a local issue of any kind that you would like considered we will be pleased to see you at any future meeting.
Annual Parish Meeting
The PC Meeting in April will start with the Annual Parish Meeting.  All residents are welcome to come alomg and raise any appropriate issues.
Bells Project Update

Work to repair the bell frame will start on 28 March, with the bells being replaced during the week commencing 4 April. A Celebration Event will be held on Saturday 23 April with an Easter Egg Hunt and a Cup Cake competition (prizes for Junior/Senior/Adults).
2.00 pm Cup Cake entry to be received.
2.30 pm Thanksgiving Service with Bishop Bob
3.00 pm Bell Ringing
3.30 pm Cup Cake Judging
Afternoon tea/coffee/cakes will be served
Neighbourhood Watch

The community support officer attended the last council meeting but other than one or two road accidents there has been very little crime reported - perhaps a good sign that our community vigilance is aware to all.
Road Pot Holes

A lot of pot holes have been reported to the county highways and within the last two weeks many have been repaired and hopefully the remainder will be made good very soon.
Charles Village Green

A Licence from the County Council is now in place and work has commenced to tidy up and generally improve the area in question. A work party has been arranged for Saturday 26th March starting at 10am and any willing helpers will be much appreciated.
Roadside Litter

A certain amount of litter has been seen dropping from the recycle lorry and following a complaint to the ND Recycle Department their acknowledgement has been received and hopefully the problem will now cease.
Royal Wedding
Unfortunately, there will not be a village celebration of the Royal Wedding, but the specially commissioned mugs will be presented to the school children.


Brayford School
The topic this term is the Victorians.  The children have been learning all about Queen Victoria, her children, how long she reigned and how she dressed.  In the infant class they have been looking at toys from the past and the present.  The children are also learning about Victorian school life, how the schools were run, what they used to record their work and how differently the children were taught.  Near the end of term we will be organising a Victorian day when the children will experience what it was like to go to school in the era.
During Forest School the children have been making dreamcatchers, wood cookies and picture frames.  We have also had an afternoon investigating the trees in the churchyard, finding the different species, how big they are and why they might have been planted there.


Brayford Boomerangs
The children have been learning about the Weather this last half term doing various activities. We have done some fundraising as well; the Quiz and Carvery night was a great success. A big thank you goes to all those who came and supported us but a very big thank you go to Sandra and Bruce Pickard. The children also did a Cake Make and Bake with a sale of the produce after to raise fund for resources for their Home Corner.
April will be a short month for us as we have the Easter Holidays in between. Friday April 1st we are having a Mothers Day Lunch with the children performing some of the songs they have been learning. Friday 8th April the children will be joining the school in an Easter Egg Hunt.
If you require anymore details regarding Pre-school then please ring Kate Trawin on 01598 710401 or Pre-school on 01598 710718 in session times 9.00am to 2.30pm Tuesdays and Fridays.


Country Dancing 
Come country dancing to Bloater Town Country Band on Friday 13 May from 8-11.30 in the Village Hall. Tickets £10 to include "Bangers/Burgers" in aid of North Devon Beagles.
Ring 710437/710472.

Gardening Club
In February Anna Whinney gave us lots of useful information about wormeries and brought one to show us. David Hopkins showed us a video of the Lost Gardens of Heligan in March and added his own enlightening comments.
On Wednesday 20th April our meeting is "Flower Arrangements for Easter" (7.30pm in the Village Hall), and on Wednesday 18th May we are having an afternoon trip to Marwood Hill Gardens.
   Full programme
Brayford Flower Show
This year’s Flower Show will be on Saturday 20th August, and a list of classes is here. The full schedule and entry form will be distributed with the June/July Newsletter.

High Bray Church
We do thank everyone who gave their time once again to put up the portable shed in the Churchyard. Huge thank you to Geoff Mitchell for his brilliant repair of the electric organ which sounds wonderful and organist Tony Poling is so pleased to be able to play it again. Thanks also to Steve and Kath for £225 in lieu of presents for the Bell fund for her special birthday. On Good Friday at 7pm there will be a reading of Saint Matthew Gospel – all welcome to this quiet time.

Methodist Chapel
On Good Friday, 22 April, there will be a Meditation led by Rev. Mark Noakes at 10.00 am. Apart from this, our usual services will be held every Sunday at 11 am, with Sunday School on the second and third Sunday of each Month.

Puddings and Song is Back! 
With songs, skits, and stories, and lots of Puddings! Young and ‘old’, come join in the singing and fun. Bring and share a favourite Pudding, and get your voice limbered up for ‘I whistle a happy tune’, ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Get me to the church on time’, ‘Poor, poor farmer’ and many more! Friday, May 6, at 7pm - High Bray Church


Brayford WI
The April/May programme has been swapped around, and on 13 April we are very much looking forward to meeting Peggy Armitage from Bratton Fleming. Mrs Armitage is a quilter and her talk is entitled "Kuwait to Exmoor, A Quilter's Journey". Wednesday, 11 May is the W.I. Resolutions evening, which will be much enlivened by Jane Horne talking about being a novice bee-keeper. All are welcome at our meetings. Cost is £3 per meeting, including delicious high tea!

Brayford Singers
Brayford Singers are an informal singing group which was formed about four years ago, we mainly meet for fun and companionship once a week, there are around 20 members. We are a mixed group of ages that hale mainly from Brayford village, the membership is both secular and from church and Methodist chapel and everyone is welcome. We like to sing for fun, but also attempt to sing to the best of our ability, and non music readers are always welcome. The musical content is varied, both sacred and secular and we sing at the occasional community event, mainly based in or around the village. However we are desperately looking for someone who could accompany us on the piano/organ as we have mainly struggled on in the last four years unaccompanied. If you feel you could come and join us and provide accompaniment then please give Sandra a call on 710684.

Mothers' Union
Members attended the Women's World Day of Prayer at North Molton. The Exeter meeting speaker was John Vinton on Bye Buy Childhood. On 5 April at 10am the Deanery Meting is at Duke Street, South Molton. On 18 April at 2.45pm there will be a St George's Day service at Appledore Church. Finally, on Tuesday 17 May starting at 10.30am, we will have a "Day of Reflection" at High Bray Church, so please bring a packed lunch.


Duck Race/Village Hall
Yes, it's that time of year again and the annual Duck Race will be held on Monday 30 May at the Bridge if fine, and if not, in the Village Hall. Any ideas/offers of help for stalls/entertainment to any of the Committee members (Geoff Dunford, Geoff Nicholl, Anthony Bawden, Ray White, Jane Jeyes, Di Heard, Sarah Stone, Jan Mitchell, Ros Brooks) will be gratefully received. This is the only fundraiser held in aid of Village Hall funds and, as I am sure everyone who uses the Hall is aware, there is a lot of renewal/remedial work to do so it is very important that we raise as much money as possible. Whilst on the subject of the Village Hall, many thanks are due to the work party who decorated the kitchen (Geoff Dunford, Ray & Ruby White, Geoff Nicholl) and to Geoff Mitchell and Geoff Nicholl who spent many hours replacing pipes/fittings and repairing the water heater after we had 8 burst pipes over the Christmas holidays.

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