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  From the April/May 2016 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 21st April and Thursday 19th 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.
Planning at Gunn
A planning application has been submitted to considerably expand the Enterprise Park at Tree Beech in Gunn and the Parish Council are concerned by the knock on effect this could have on Brayford and the junction with the A399. Goodleigh and Gunn fought hard to prevent this totally inappropriate development originally and are now dead against any future expansion. Brayford PC are formally objecting to the application accordingly. 
School Academy Trust
Members of the PC met recently with the Senior Executive of the Academy Trust and a representative from their solicitors Michelmores. The proposed Lease was discussed in some detail and the meeting ended on a very constructive note. The solicitors are now preparing a letter of intent setting out the key points and possible risk factors that can be covered by their professional indemnity and thereby extended to ensure that the PC is not exposed in any way. This final document will be carefully considered at the April meeting of the PC and all being well a positive endorsement will result and thus ensure the School in Brayford continues to exist for the foreseeable future.
HM Queen Elizabeth II Ninetieth Birthday
On Thursday 21 April Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her Ninetieth birthday and to commemorate this historic event Tower Mint are producing a special medal and all children aged 16 and under and living in the parish will receive a medal free of charge by desire of the PC. The names of all eligible children are therefore needed and parents are requested to contact any member of the PC accordingly by the 10 April. On Thursday 21 April beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom in celebration of The Queen's Birthday and subject to the land owners consent the PC propose to arrange a bonfire celebration at Kedworthy Down - similar to the event that took place for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The time for lighting the bonfire is to be confirmed.

Anthony's Quiz Night
Don't forget this important event on Friday 1 April, starting at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Teams of up to six, 8 categories: transport, cricket, science, mottoes, geography, horse racing, wars & warfare, places/things/events – so start doing your research now. Adults £3, 11-16 years £1, under 10s free. Tea, coffee & biscuits available, or bring your own drinks and picnics.

Queen's Birthday Market
The Brayford Farmers Market will celebrate the Queen's Birthday with special items available at the stalls and a Fancy Dress Contest with a Royal Theme. Think ahead for your costume. After the Market, there will be games, barbecue, May Pole and picnics. Then the Women's Institute will be hosting an Afternoon Tea. All of this will be happening with a centre on the Village Hall, starting at 11 am on Saturday 11 June.

Brayford Show 2016
Last year, spring and early summer proved to be a pretty difficult time for garden lovers. Late frosts and cold daytime temperatures certainly frustrated vegetable and fruit growers – although quite surprisingly the strawberries were great. But garden lovers are always optimistic, and the weather is simply something to battle against….along with slugs and snails. This year’s show will be held on Saturday August 20 and of course it is much more than a celebration of gardening skills. The Show schedule can be found within this newsletter, and it includes a few new classes, together with more possibilities for those of us who love growing tomatoes and all other kinds of vegetables. Oh, and after the enthusiasm shown last year, we have included a class where the judges will come to you - planters and hanging baskets will be judged at your home in the week before the show. And if you have a hidden passion for writing ‘funny prose’, you will be pleased to know that this year we want to receive your Limerick – any length and any subject. The show will also offer a long list of opportunities to display your skills in a wide range of subjects... cookery, art, photography, handicraft and not forgetting a piece of sculpture from scrap materials. Children’s classes include photography, cake making, designing a Christmas card and so much more… Admission to the show will be free and, just like last year, the competition entries will be free as well…so why not ‘give it a go’. Please read the Show Schedule and help us make the 2016 event the biggest and best ever. Further details, and the application form, will be distributed with this newsletter, in the summer.

Duck Race
This year's Duck Race will be on Monday, 30 May, the only fundraising event for the Village Hall. Please buy a duck at £1. We would be very grateful for any prizes for the Duck Race and the draw. Last year lots of people came at 9 am to get the field ready. Please do come back this year, we really need you. If anyone would like to have a stall at the Duck Race, you will be very welcome. We will have the jazz band, cream teas, barbecue, massive plant sale, and all the other usual fun events.


Brayford Flower Festival
Members of Brayford Methodist, Charles and High Bray Churches have arranged a Flower Festival at Brayford Methodist Church on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June from 10 am to 6 pm each day. A Community Service will be held on the Sunday at 11.15 am.


Puddings and Song
Building on our many successes, the Brayford Singing Group will be hosting another wonderful evening of songs, skits, celebration and PUDDINGS on Friday 13 May at 7 pm in High Bray Church. We will have the School singing with the Singing Group, a skit by the ladies in the Brayford/Charles community with costumes, songs by “Trilogy” and lots of songs for everyone to sing. Don't miss it.


Youth Club
(for young people aged 11 to 16)
Leaders: Hilary Ayre 710352: Nick Jefferson 740283 Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm in the Methodist School Room unless otherwise advised. The members plan their own programme and this includes: 13 April Joint party with South Molton Youth Club, 27 April talk and presentation by Cancer Research, 11 May a walk at the beach and on 25 May a bike ride.


Women's Institute
At our March meeting, we so enjoyed listening to Roger Harding talk so enthusiastically about butterflies we may see in North Devon. It brought summer nearer and with it ideas for many butterfly-viewing walks. On 13 April we are looking forward to listening to our member's daughter, Gemma Davis, talk about her life as a Veterinary Nurse. Our A.G.M. On 11 May will be enlightened, as always, by Cheese and Wine refreshments and a Bring and Buy stall. W.I. Spring Group meeting is on Friday, 29 April at Bishops Nympton Village Hall. In the meantime, we are planning walks, theatre and cinema outings and a trip to Bath Museum of Costume. All Welcome. We meet in the Village Hall at 7.15 pm on the second Wednesday of each month.


Plant Sale
On Monday, 18 April, there will be an early and local opportunity to acquire early season plants, including perennials, herbs and vegetables, at a special plant sale at Lamb Cottage, Charles. From 11 am tea, coffee and cakes will be available. All the proceeds will be given to Charles Church and the Bala Orphanage in Kenya. Please bring along your own spare plants for sale and any unwanted pots.



Brayford School
The spring term has been very busy and lots of fun. We finished our 1600’s topic with a Civil War battle reenactment at Pilton Bluecoat School. At the reenactment they were able to bring the history of the time to life. It was really good for the children to act out the different parts of the battle and experience this with a large group of other children. The year threes charged on their horses, year four fired the cannon, year five fired their muskets and year six fought with their pikes. The infant class enjoyed watching the battle and it was good for them to come into contact with the children from Pilton and Umberleigh. It was really great fun and a successful learning experience for all. The children performed at the Proms Concert at the Queens Theatre on Wednesday 16 March. There was a great deal of talent showcased at this event including Lucy Tyson and Florence Miller ballet dancing and Bethany Trawin singing a solo. The school joined forces with Pilton Bluecoat and Umberleigh schools to play recorders, drums and sing. This had all been organised by our specialist music teacher, Mrs Brayley, who joined our team in January. It was amazing to see how much Mrs Brayley had done with the children in this short space of time and everybody thoroughly enjoyed being part of or watching the concert. A fantastic event. 


Don’t forget that we have a toddler group running at the school every other Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 3.30pm welcoming babies and toddlers from birth to 5, to come and join in the fun and make new friends. You can enjoy free play, crafts, songs and stories with the Brumble Bees and the reception children. The first session for this will be on Wednesday 13 April. It has been great to welcome members of the community to lunch recently. The children are always very keen to serve our guests and chat to them over a delicious roast dinner. Everyone is welcome to join us, all you need to do is ring the office to book a place on 01598 710345. The next community lunches are on Wednesday 20 April, Wednesday 18 May, Wednesday 15 June and Wednesday 13 July. Everyone from Brayford Academy want to wish the community a very Happy Easter.

High Bray Church
Later in May, we would be grateful for anyone who could join the Church mowing team. We celebrated Jonathan Brownell's milestone birthday last month. We do thank Jonathan and Madeleine for all they do to keep our community alive. There will be a PCC meeting at 7 pm on 19 April at Whitefield.

Methodist Church
The Circuit Choir's Easter Programme on Palm Sunday was excellent. Sunday services will be at 11 am as usual. This year our Strawberry Tea will be held on Saturday, 18 June to coincide with the Flower Festival (more details in next Newsletter). There will be an important meeting on Wednesday 4 May at 11 am for all those involved in the Flower Festival.

Charles Church
There will be a working party in the Churchyard on Tuesday, 19 April from 11 am. Any volunteers, skilled or unskilled will be very welcome. Bring and share lunch, followed by a meeting for PCC members at 2 pm.

Big Breakfast
Rachel Pierson would like to thank everyone who came to the Big Breakfast on 20 February. There were lots of local people and a good atmosphere. The girls raised over £300 that morning. They really appreciate everyone's support.

Defibrillator Training
It is essential that we all come to feel confident and comfortable with the local defibrillators which are located in Charles and Brayford. There will be a training evening which includes CPR, free of charge, at 7 pm on 12 April at the Poltimore Inn in North Molton. Please contact the pub on 740338 to reserve a space.

Village Hall 
At the last meeting we decided to replace the paper towels with electric hand dryers: also to get new tables as the old ones are getting very tired after 53 years. So, every penny raised at the Duck Race will be put back into the Village Hall. When the better weather comes, we will need to paint the side and back of the Hall. Meanwhile there is lots of tidying up outside if you are bored. Please contact Geoff Dunford on 710901.

Pancake Day
Many thanks to all who attended our Pancake Day, which raised £208 for Rev. Chris Whinney's Bala orphanage.


From The Newsletter Editor 
Let’s hope we have some lovely sunny weather to enjoy all the up and coming events.


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