Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 17th April
(beginning with the Annual Parish Meeting) and Thursday 15th 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
Charles Village Green
The project has now been approved and consent given for the Section 106
funds to be released to pay for the works that will be carried out by A
& B Contractors after their tender was accepted at the last PC Meeting.
The works are expected to commence within the next month or so as the Spring
ground conditions become suitable. When complete a picnic table will be
installed so that all parishioners and visitors can rest a while and enjoy
the beauty of this new amenity area – in addition a waterproof noticeboard
will be erected for all appropriate news.
A new picnic table with
benches has been installed and it has been decided that the old toilet hut
will remain for the time being. The structure is in a reasonably sound
condition and being largely covered in creeping ivy it continues to be an
At last one
set of traffic lights has been removed after the completion of works to the
A399 embankment opposite Hunstone Wood. Although one set of lights remains
adjacent to Walscott Wood the repair works are well under way and should be
completed before the Easter weekend. A number of thirty mile per hour
repeater signs have been erected whilst the various works are undertaken but
it is unclear as to whether they will remain a permanent restriction -
clarification is being sought.
Sheep and Lambing Time
The lambing season is now well under way and ewes with their lambs are
appearing in pastures all around the parish. Just days ago a shepherd
inspecting his flock was suddenly aware of a spaniel running loose amongst
some sheep whilst the owner walked along the adjacent road seemingly
unconcerned. In this instance no harm was done but dog walkers are reminded
that farmers are entitled to shoot dogs that chase and maul ewes and their
lambs. When in the vicinity of sheep at this vulnerable time please keep
dogs close to heel and preferably on a lead.
Having combined with Kings Nympton Parish in accordance with the scheme
rules, some £600 has now been allocated to Brayford Parish and this sum
will be spent on maintaining and clearing drains, culverts and ditches.
Parishioners are invited to notify the Parish Council of any areas that they
are concerned about & require attention.
This year's Duck Race will be held on Monday 26 May. There
will also be a Dog Show starting at 1.30 pm outside the Methodist
Chapel. More details can be obtained from Amanda Smith on 710979. The
rest of the fun starts at 2.30 pm. We are also holding a Plant Sale and
would be grateful for donations of all your spare plants (especially all
those perennials you split up and don't have room for, and extra vegetable
plants you sowed and don't need). Please contact Jane Horne on 710092.
Anyone who would like to run a stall or help in any way will be
enthusiastically encouraged! Ducks will be on sale soon. More details can be
obtained from Geoff Dunford (710901), Jan Mitchell (710177), Raymond White
(710417) or any other member of the Village Hall Committee.
Village Farmers' Market
The next Village
Market is on Saturday, 12 April. We will have, as always, Ray Hobbs
on his accordion, Besshill Farm Shop’s prime local meats & veg, East
& West Bakery breads & pasties – baked that morning, West Country
hand made quiche, and hand made spicy sausage rolls, early Spring bedding
plants, hand-made jewellery, home-baked cakes, honey, New Mill Farm woollen
products, Tracy’s arts & crafts, home made chocolate truffles,
upholstery fabrics & expertise, and much more! There will also be Easter
Egg decorating led by Diane Heard. There are tables for having tea &
coffee and for conversations amongst friends & neighbours. It is a
wonderful local Market. Come on Saturday, 12 April for a lovely day
out with family & friends. The Market opens at 11am, and offers
tea, coffee & homemade cakes until 1pm. The May market will be on
Saturday, 10 May.
Brayford Youth Club
This is run
by Hilary Ayre and Nick Jefferson and meets on the second and fourth
Wednesday of each month at the Methodist Chapel. On 9 April there is
a Sumo Night and on 23 April, swimming or beach walk. Full programme
can be obtained from Hilary on 710752.
Quiz Night in Brayford
Anthony Bawden, as Ringmaster, has put together a set of questions to
challenge Devon’s keenest professionals. Come and enjoy the fun, coveted
prizes and Raffle. Eight question categories. Bring your own picnic and
drink; £3 Adults, £1 for 11 – 16 year olds; 10 & under free. Make up
a table of 6 beforehand or just come along and we’ll put together a table
for you to join. Friday, 4 April, at 7 for 7:30 pm start at the
Brayford Village Hall.
mobile Phones and Computers
‘Computers for Charities’
is collecting old mobile
phones, and old but working laptops, servers, PCs & Macs (less than 5
years old), for sending to underdeveloped countries. If you have some that
you would like to send on to a useful home, please call: 01598 710389. They
will be collected in late October from Brayford and sent abroad.
A full programme led by the Brayford Community Singing Group, costumed skits
and songs, performances by the School - including a steel band and a ukulele
group, the tables full of Puddings, and songs that you all will know
and will find yourself singing to raise the roof. Bring a pudding, if you
can, and don’t miss it! Friday, 9 May at 7 pm at High Bray Church.
On Good Friday, 18 April, members of our
Village will meet at High Bray Church at 7pm to take roles in the
reading to each other the story of what happened on that day some 2000 years
ago, with the community Singing Group offering Taize chants as part of the
reading. All are welcome; come and participate or just listen in a quiet
time of reflection. Easter’s Celebration of the renewal of life and the
Spring of the year will be at High Bray at 11:15 on Sunday, 20 April.
not be having a Good Friday service, but will join with High Bray Church at
7.00 pm. The Lent Tuesday meetings, led by Rev. David Baker, have been well
supported, leading to interesting discussions about our lives today. There
will be a Messy Church in May for children and adults. The date will be
advertised around the villages.
embroiderer from North Molton, gave a fascinating account of her artistic
career to date and how it has evolved. Now Heather embroiders beautiful
Masonic Banners, and also, butterflies. The many exquisite butterfly
brooches, necklaces, bracelets were on display and a joy to see. The Spring
Group Meeting is hosted by High Bray and Charles WI on Friday, 25 April and
we will enjoy welcoming WI members from the Group and Marilyn, The Flower
Lady, who will be demonstrating spring flower arranging. Ladies from the WI
Theatre Group enjoyed a day in Plymouth and an excellent production of The
Lion King. The Walking Group are bound for Marwood Gardens on 2 April. Our
next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9 April at 7.15 pm at
Village Hall. We are looking forward to meeting Ruth Spires who is going to
talk to us about Historic North Devon Pottery So, ladies, if you have dug up
some interesting pieces of pottery in your garden, do bring it for
School Governor Vacancies
The Brayford and Umberleigh Federation of Schools is looking for individuals
to join our Governing Body. This is a unique opportunity to become involved
in a vital part of our community. Please apply via SGOSS
or for further information contact our Clerk
This term we
have been doing 'People who help us' and 'Spring' as our topics. The
children enjoyed a visit from our local policeman Neil and his police car,
which the children thought was brilliant. A big thank you to everybody who
attended our quiz and carvery evening; the money we raised has been put
towards getting some brightly coloured rugs and some new resources. Your
support is much appreciated. We still have places available at Boomerangs so
please get in touch if you have a child aged between 2 and 4. Our telephone
number is 710718 in session times (Tuesday and Friday 9 am to 3.15 pm or
Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm).
The Coffee Morning
in April will be on Thursday, 3 April (not Wednesday). Brayford
School will be doing an Easter Service. Please be seated by 10.20 am. Come
and enjoy, they are always a delight to listen to.
It is so lovely to see Fred out and about and driving again after his
illness. We all send love and good wishes for his special Birthday.
There is now a
Recycling Bin in the Village Hall car park for clothes and shoes. This is in
aid of "Planet Aid UK" – your donations will make a difference.