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
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.
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.
Brayford Duck Race
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.
KWIK Cricket Challenge 2015
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
right...you 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.