Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 12th April
(starting with the Annual Parish Meeting) and Thursday 17th May
(including 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). 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
Parish Councillor Vacancies
now been filled and the Parish Council are pleased to welcome Mrs Bridget
Wilson from High Bray and Mr Kenny Leworthy of Brayford.
Best Kept Village Competition
has entered for this year and there will be three unannounced inspections
one a month in May, June and July. Accordingly, we need everything to be
looking as pristine as possible by the end of April and maintained so until
the end of July. If you are aware of any untidy areas that require some
concerted action, please advise any Councillor so that an action plan can be
Parish Council meeting was attended by the Community Engagement Officer for
the Devon Ambulance Service, who gave a brief description and demonstration
of a machine made by Cardiac Science. At a cost of £1275 it is not the
cheapest available, but it is well recommended and a decision was taken to
purchase two machines one to be installed in the porch of the Village
Hall and the other at a location to be determined in Charles. There will be
a full demonstration and general discussion concerning emergency life
support at the Village Hall in due course and everyone is encouraged to come
along to fully understand the use and application of this most important
life saving device. The date and time will be announced shortly and notices
will be displayed.
The major works on the A399 are, unfortunately,
proceeding slowly with periods when the workforce are totally absent.
Complaints have been received about the faulty traffic lights causing a
significant traffic hazard the police have been notified and it is hoped
that the problem will not re-occur. At Brayford Crossroads, the new
kerbstones are causing problems for larger vehicles and trailers attempting
to turn into the village from the Combe Martin direction. The Highways
Officer is investigating the possibility of reducing the height of the
kerbstones and associated works to make the manoeuvre more acceptable.
Applications have been submitted to the District Council
for a pair of semi detached houses and one detached house at land off Little
Bray Lane. Also an application for a Managers Dwelling at Higher
Shutescombe has been received.
appears to have been abandoned would the owner please remove it by
the end of March otherwise it
will be disposed of. The sandpit is to be filled with soil and grassed over
and the work involved will be carried out shortly as weather conditions
The Duck Race is to be held on Monday, 4 June, which is also the Queen's
Jubilee weekend. At a recent meeting, several ideas for making the day a
little different from usual were discussed and these came from the various
representatives of village organisations who make up the Committee. Some of
these ideas are already being organised. However, two proposals are looking
for volunteers who could organise and run them. These are a Tug of War
competition and an exhibition of old (or not so old) village photographs. A
further idea for the following day, which is also a Bank Holiday, is a
Treasure Hunt around the parish and again, we are hoping for a volunteer
organiser. Anyone who feels that they could help with any of the above
suggestions, or has different ideas to make the day special, please contact
one of the Village Hall Committee. There will be a further meeting on
Thursday, 10 May at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.
On Monday 4 June, after the Duck Race, there will be a Punch, Judy &
Magic Show at 7 pm in the Village Hall, followed by a Bring and Share
Supper. Please bring your own liquid refreshment. Graham Bawden will be
providing music for dancing or listening. In the day evening, please wear
"Jubilee" colours if you have them. On Monday 21 May, Ruby will be
having a Coffee Day from 9 am to 9 pm with a Bring and Buy to raise money
for the above event. Please, please support this as we want everyone to have
a Free Evening but we do need to raise money for the Magic Man and music.
A Youth Club in Brayford!
Following the introductory meeting
held on Saturday, 8 March, GREAT ENTHUSIASM was shown for the formation of a
YOUTH CLUB. Mrs Hilary Ayres and Youth Leader, Nick Jefferies, are inviting
young people at Senior School, and their parents, to an INAUGURAL MEETING to
be held in the Methodist Chapel School Room on Wednesday, 26 April at 7.30
pm. Please come with lots of ideas and friends. Enrolment forms will be
Country DanceOn Friday 11 May
from 7.30 to 11.30 pm there will be music from "Hips and Haws".
The evening will cost £10 to include Ploughman's Supper, North Devon
Beagles, Bar so come and enjoy the evening last year's was lots of fun.
and Song is Back
There will be Puddings, singing, dancing and playing at High Bray Church on
Saturday, 21 April at 7 pm. "I'm a Gnu", "Widdicombe
Fair", "Bring me sunshine", and many more; Toby Boyles on
trumpet, Flora on violin, Matthew Gentle & Barney Thorne on guitar,
Grace and James Heard singing, a surprise visit from "The Gnu" (!)
Don't miss the fun and bring a pudding, if you can.
Village Centre, Post Office and Shop in Brayford/Charles?
More information is contained in a questionnaire
enclosed with the Newsletter. Completed questionnaires will be
collected on Friday, 20 April. Then if you think this is an
interesting project, come and exchange ideas and suggestions on Tuesday, 25
April at 7.30 pm at the Chapel School Room.
After much serious discussion, it was reluctantly decided
that meetings of the Gardening Club will take a sabbatical year, and
meetings will be restricted to two or three garden outings during 2012. This
is due to lack of support. Sarah Chesters, booked for March, has been
cancelled. Members, with volunteers hopefully, will plant around the village
in patriotic colours, and, of course, the Flower Show will be held as usual.
The date for this is Saturday, 18 August 2012 at 3.30 pm in the Village
Hall, and a copy of the Schedule was enclosed with the Newsletter to
encourage you all in your creative and horticultural skills!
Our Easter Services are on Good Friday at 10 am with meditation
led by our Minister, Rev. Mark Noakes and on Easter Sunday there will be a
United Service at Charles at 11.15 am.
At our recent Church Council, Jonathan and Madeleine Brownell updated us on
the progress made in the possibility of a Shop/Post Office happening, here
in the village. After the update, when our visitors had left the Church
Council had a full and frank discussion on all aspects of the matter. The
conclusion was unanimous we are 100% behind the project and have no
hesitation in making our premises available to forward the project. We are
ideally placed in the centre of the village, with many facilities. We are
anxious to promote this venture as a Community Project with all sections of
the village involved and be Community owned.
The Rev. Peter Attwood will be retiring in June this year
and he will be greatly missed. Plans are afoot for the last services, the
last this and the last that, so check the programme dates. The Bishop of
Crediton, Bob Evens, will also be retiring and his last service in this area
will be on Sunday 1 April, Palm Sunday at North Molton, 10.30 am, followed
by a buffet lunch. At Charles, we plan to celebrate Peter & Sue
Attwood's very happy years with us with an evening's entertainment in the
Church at 7.30 pm on Friday, 25 May. The usual glass of wine and a light
refreshment or two will be served. Everyone is welcome, please come and wish
them well in their well-earned retirement. Profiles on the individual
parishes have been prepared and discussions are on-going with the Bishop and
Archdeacon to advertise for a new Vicar after Easter.
Good Friday, 6 April at 7 pm we shall be reading St
Mark's account of the passion with music so please come and join this quiet
time with us. On Sunday, 8 April, there will be a Joint Service at Charles
Church at 11.15 celebrating Easter Day - warm welcome to all. On Sunday, 13
May, there will be a United Service at High Bray at 11 15 am please make
a special effort to come as we are celebrating Rev. Peter Attwood's time
with us as he prepares to move to Somerset in June.
to Mick and Chris Smith on their 45th wedding anniversary on 1
April (they were married AFTER 12 pm).
"Cooking is Fun" was
well named for the February meeting, as several members brought their
favourite dish with recipe, for sampling, and Mrs Ruth Edwards demonstrated
a delicious vegetarian dish. On Wednesday 14 March, Deborah Hastings
demonstrated Rag Rug making, with us all sitting round tables making our own
miniature rag rug! Our competition was an item made with re-cycled
materials. On Wednesday 11 April, Polly Dowden, a former nurse, will
introduce us to the healing merits of Kinesiology. The competition is
Grandmother's health tip. On 9 May we will hold our A.G.M. Followed by a
Bring & Buy. Meetings start at 7.15 pm, speakers usually begin at 7.45
pm. Everyone is welcome. Meetings cost £3.50 which includes a delicious
We are now going over to North Molton Mothers' Union as we are only 4. Our
speaker in February was Inspector Rodger Bartlett of the Christian Police
Association. Lyn Flat was the speaker for the Women's World Day of Prayer
which was done by the Women of Malaysia. Mrs Rosemary Tull spoke about
"Your Gift". On 3 April we have a Deanery meeting at South Molton
and on 16 April we meet at North Molton Old School at 2.30 pm. We have also
attended a Goodleigh MU meeting which was "The Easter Story in
Flowers" by Brenda Davison and proceeds went to the Women of Kenya.
We have received notification that many bus passes will expire on 31 March
2013. If you have changed address since your original pass was issued, you
will need to update your details with Devon County Council as soon as
possible. Also, if you or your appearance has changed significantly, you
will need to provide a new photo before your pass is renewed. Contact DCC on
01392 383688 or 01271 383688.
Another busy few weeks for all the children in both
classes. The whole school joined Umberleigh school for a day of forest
school activities at Umberleigh's forest school. Activities included fire
lighting, den building and cookie making. The weather was fantastic and all
the children had a great time with lots of new friends being made. The Year
4 children took part in the Devon Small Schools' football tournament. They
won the North Devon tournament held at Bideford, which meant that they then
had to go to Cullompton for the next round. Unfortunately, they did not win
this, but had a great day. Another sporting day was held at Barnstaple Rugby
Club, tag rugby. A number of children attended this day and ended up being
second in their pool. Well done to them and to the coaches, Andrew Heard,
Simon Miller and Fiona Tyson.
Junior Class from Umberleigh School came to Brayford for a Samba Drumming
morning. A fun morning using drums, tambourines, bells and whistles. This
workshop was organised as part of the geography topic, Brazil. A day at
Rosemoor on Friday 23 March was also great fun. The Juniors learnt about
weaving and how to dye using natural materials, while the Infants planted
potatoes and vegetables. In the afternoon, the Juniors had great fun
orienteering around the beautiful gardens. The children will be performing a
small play about the Selfish Giant for their Easter service in the Chapel on
Friday, 30 March. Everyone is welcome.
This term we have opened Pre-school on a Wednesday morning from 9am to 1 pm
to enable us to offer the full 15 hours for funded children three years
upwards. We are taking the Wednesday group on an outing to the Honey Farm in
May, which I am sure they will enjoy. Our topic for this term will be fairy
tales and fairy tale creatures. We have a few budding princesses and knights
at pre-school. If anyone has any Tesco or Sainsbury schools vouchers that
they are not sure what to do with, then please bring them down to pre-school
as we are collecting them. Anyone wanting further information on pre-school,
then please phone Kate Trawin (Chair) on 710401 or 710718 in session times
(Tuesday and Friday 9 am to 2.30 pm and Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm)