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  From the April/May 2015 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 16th April and Thursday 21st 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.
TAP Fund 2015
North Devon Council have confirmed that the princely sum of 383.90 is assigned to Brayford but the money cannot be used for the same project as last year. Some alternative "Tidyman" jobs such as remedial work in the Play Area will qualify and parishioners are invited to submit ideas for something appropriate - the sum is quite nominal so we must ensure it is spent wisely. With regard to the Play Area thanks go to Tony George for cleaning the equipment and generally tidying up the site.
First Aid Course & Defibrillator
This was a successful & over subscribed event and the twelve candidates who took part all passed with flying colours and duly received Certificates of Competence. The Course was funded by a grant from NDC so thanks to the Council for a much appreciated event.  As to the defibrillator a representative from South West Ambulance spoke at the Village Hall on the 10th February and gave the annual AED awareness talk.  Also the battery was replaced and Cllr Steve MacAllister has agreed to check the installation on a regular basis.
Pot-holes are still evident in many locations and although they have been reported to South West Highways remedial work is still awaited. It is understood that the funding expires at the end of this financial year so SWH are being hotly pursued by our Lengthsman. A drain cleaning vehicle from SWH has been operating in the Parish over recent days which was good to see. The subsidence works on the A399 are almost complete and both sets of traffic lights have been removed.  There is however concern that at the upper site where the post & wire fence was replaced the tarmac surface has already sunk and cracking has occurred - SWH have been advised. At the other location to the south, the new stone walling looks very smart and as the contractors have incorporated a stone kerb it is to be hoped that the wall will not be struck and damaged by passing lorries as has happened elsewhere.
Planning Applications
An application for unrestricted residential use at Hillcroft Bungalow at 5 Cross Way has been approved and the new owners, Mr & Mrs Bob Hall, are welcomed to the Parish. An application for yet another solar panel array has been submitted at Knightacott Cross, Bratton Fleming and although it is in Bratton Fleming Parish, Brayford PC have been asked to comment.  The almost adjacent Capelands Farm solar array is nearing completion and that extends to 22 hectares. The PC is of the view that another 4.8 hectares is simply too much in this location and the fact that the owners actually appear to live in Hampshire adds another dimension to the argument.
Exmoor National Park : Field Services Internship
The Park Authority are offering an opportunity for two applicants to join their Field Service Team, based at Exford, for a 12 month internship placement.  Candidates will receive a monthly allowance as well as support to obtain nationally recognised certification for core estate management skills. A great opportunity indeed - for full details telephone the Authority on 01398 322205. Be quick - closing date 9th April.


Duck Race
This year's Duck Race will be held on Monday 25 May from 2.30 pm at Brayford Bridge with a Dog Show commencing at 1 pm in the grounds of the Methodist Church. We are hoping to have lots of stalls and entertainment and need lots of help please. (Contact Geoff Dunford on 710901 if you can help or have ideas for a stall). Come and meet up with family and friends and have a great day.


Charles KWIK Cricket Challenge 2015
After last year's successful and inaugural Kwik Cricket Challenge, a date has been provisionally set for this summer's event. Sunday 12 July is the date when everyone from Charles and Brayford....and beyond....will be welcomed to visit Charles to take part in a 'single wicket' competition...yes that's don't need to be in a team! The competition is open to all ages, and of course women and girls are encouraged to take part in a great afternoon of friendly sport. All of the equipment will be provided by the organisers. Cream teas will be available, with all of the proceeds shared between the Village Hall and Charles Church. Further details will be available closer to the event and we look forward to seeing you in July.


Brayford Show 2015
It might seem a long way off, but plans are already taking shape for this year's Brayford Show. Yes, Saturday, 15 August is still quite a few months away, but as you consider sowing your vegetable seeds and making plans for the summer bedding displays, just give a moment's thought to a possible winning entry in the Show. The Show schedule has lots of new classes and, for the first time, includes a class where the judges come to you - planters and hanging baskets will be judged at your home.. And if you have a hidden passion for writing, you will be pleased to see that we want to receive your short story on a wide range of subjects and not forgetting the cookery, art, photography and handicraft sections.


Village Market
The next markets are on Saturday 11 April and Saturday 9 May from 11 am to 1 pm. It's spring and Linda Darke is back with her tables full of flowers and plants and shrubs - something for everyone. In addition, we will have Ruth Spires' hand made wooden spoons & crafts made from wood and wool, and tables of antique jewellery, along with our dependable friends offering local honey, wool and woven items, a feast of local veggies and meats, fresh bread and quiche, and much, much more.

Youth Club for 11 to 16 year olds
Leaders: Mrs Hilary Ayre, 710352 and Mr Nick Jefferson, 740283.
Lots of activities are planned by the young people for the summer. On 8 April, they will visit the Fire Station in Barnstaple; 22 April is a Club Wii Night and 13 May Games at the Calvert Trust. They are planning a meal fund-raiser on 27 May. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 7-9 pm in the Methodist School Room, unless otherwise stated. Programmes can be obtained from the Leaders.


Exmoor National Park 
The Exmoor Local Access Forum is looking for volunteers who have the passion, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to help to improve public access to land in Exmoor National Park and open-air recreation and enjoyment. If you are interested in outdoor recreation or sport, wildlife conservation, cultural heritage, outdoor education, health and well
-being, tourism, local business, or you are a landowner/manager, then you could make a difference to access and recreation on Exmoor. Interested? Then please find further details and download an application form from the Authority's website


There will be a quiz at The Sportsman Inn, Sandyway on Friday 17 April at 7 pm for 7.30 pm.  This is for teams of four or six and costs 10 including a carvery supper. Please make an effort to support this event to raise money for the Village Hall.  If you could give a draw prize it would be much appreciated. Contact Raymond on 710417 for further details.

Puddings and Song
Puddings and Song is back on Friday 8 May at 7 pm at High Bray Church with songs, stories, skits and fun for and by everyone of all ages. Where else could you hear and sing along to a song from Les Miserables, the Chatanooga Choo Choo and The Ugly Bugs' Ball all in the same evening? Come and bring along a Pudding to share, a good strong voice (singing on key isn't a requirement) and leave those troubles behind for an evening of family and community fun. 
Quiz Night
High Bray Church Quiz will be held on Friday, 22 May with a 7.30 pm start at the Village Hall. The quiz will be in eight categories for teams of 6 (or less) with prizes for first, second and booby, plus a draw. There will be tea and biscuits but you are welcome to bring your own drink. Entry is 3 for adults, 1 for 11-16 years with under 10s free. Come and join us for a fun night with fiendish questions and doubtful rulings from the Chairman

High Bray Church
Weather permitting, we are hoping to rub down and paint the Church gates from 7 April onwards. Ray and Ruby would be pleased to welcome your help.
Easter Sunday Celebration
On Easter Sunday afternoon, there will be a Village Celebration of Spring with songs, stories and an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg & Spoon race, with tea and Hot Cross Buns for everyone. It's at High Bray Church on Sunday 5 April at 3.30 pm. And, there will be an Easter Parade, so bring a home-decorated hat or bonnet for everyone to cheer.
Good Friday Candlelight Reading
On Good Friday evening at 7 pm at High Bray Church, we will again read to each other in candlelight the story of the events and the people of 2,000 years ago, with the parts taken by members of the village. All are welcome to read, to join in a Taize hymn, or just listen.

Brayford Methodist Church
The Churches Together had a very successful Pancake Party on Shrove Tuesday. Hilary tossed over 100 pancakes to serve a large crowd of all ages. Most customers had 2 pancakes and quite a few familiar faces turned up again, at the end of the queue! Gloria took an amazing 420 for NDDH towards their new Chemotherapy Unit. Thank you for your support and for making the morning so enjoyable. We will be joining High Bray on Good Friday at 7 pm. Our Easter service will be at 11 am on Sunday 5 April. There will be services at 11 am every Sunday except 12 April which is a United Service and 10 May, also a United Service at 11.15 am.

Brayford WI
At the March meeting, High Bray and Charles W.I. ladies joined Goodleigh Garden Club to listen to the lively and very interesting talk by Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter Garden in East Sussex. Mr. David Hopkins, Chairman of Goodleigh Garden Club has since, by popular request, booked a 48-seater coach for an overnight trip to Great Dixter and Sissinghurst Gardens on 18 June, staying in Tunbridge Wells. The cost is 99, deposit 25.  Please telephone David, 01271-345246 for more details. On Wednesday 8 April a member of the Drive Safer, Drive Longer team is coming to talk to us and our A.G.M. and Bring and Buy/Cheese and Wine evening is on Wednesday 13 May.

Brayford School 
Easter is just around the corner and the children have worked hard throughout the Spring Term. They have been studying the surrounding area and have produced some interesting pieces of work connected to this topic. We have also enjoyed Science Week where the children became Change Champions and learnt about melting and freezing and carried out some exciting experiments. The parents were able to join us for an afternoon where much fun was had designing and making Bottle Rockets which we launched across the playground. Buzz Aldrin may have been interested in a few! 

Our Year Five children were able to join Pilton Bluecoat and Umberleigh pupils on a residential trip to London this term; visiting the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, Harry Potter Studios and watching a show at the theatre were some of the activities they enjoyed. The children gained much from visiting a city as well as mixing with a larger group of children of their own age, many new experiences and friendships were made. The children have taken part in sporting activities at South Molton Community College. The infants' class was able to learn and practise their throwing, running and catching skills at a Multi-skills Festival and the juniors' class fought hard in a Football Tournament. They will be taking part in a tag rugby tournament next term. We hope the children and their families have a restful and enjoyable Easter break.

Best Wishes
Best wishes go to Ryan Greenwood and Hannah Robbins on their wedding at High Bray next month.  We hope the sun shines for them.

Our congratulations to Chris and Jane Jeyes who are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary this month - a good time to say thank you to Jane for all
her hard work for the Parish Council and Village Hall.



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