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  From the April/May 2012 Newsletter: 

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 future meeting.
Parish Councillor Vacancies
These have 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
The village 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 formulated.
Public Access Defibrillator
The last 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. 
Planning Applications
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 Manager’s Dwelling at Higher Shutescombe has been received.
Play Area
A bicycle 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 permit.


Duck Race
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.

Jubilee Celebrations
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 ready.

Country Dance
On 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.

Puddings 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.

A 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.

Gardening Club
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!

Methodist Chapel
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.

Charles Church
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.

High Bray Church
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. 

Congratulations to Mick and Chris Smith on their 45th wedding anniversary on 1 April (they were married AFTER 12 pm).

Brayford WI
"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 tea.

Mothers' Union
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.

Bus Passes
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.

Brayford School
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.

The 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.

Brayford Boomerangs
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)


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