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  From the April/May 2014 Newsletter: 

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 future meeting.
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. 

Millennium Garden
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 interesting feature.
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.
TAP Fund
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.


Brayford Duck Race
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. 

Spectacular 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.

Old 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.

Puddings and Songs
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.

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.  

Methodist Chapel
We will 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.  

Brayford WI
Heather Everitt, 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 

Brayford 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 identification.
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 website  
or for further information contact our Clerk to Governors

Brayford Boomerangs
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). 


Community Coffee Morning
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. 

Good News 
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.

Recycling Bin
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. 


From the Editor
Very busy in April this year, so hopefully you will not miss anything. Please help us at the Duck Race if you can. Your Village Hall needs your support. We need lots of money for refurbishment to bring the Hall up to date, so all donations will be important.

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