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  From the April/May 2017 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 20th April and Thursday 18th 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.
Academy Trust Lease
The PC has received a very positive response from Tania McGovern at NDDC and her legal guidance will certainly help to ensure the PC makes the right decision in determining this important matter. The Academy is not prepared to cover any further costs incurred by the PC and therefore an initial expenditure of £300 will be settled from PC funds. Even though the final outcome is still uncertain the future of Brayford School is paramount and the PC will commit to further expenditure if necessary.
NDDC Weekly Bin Collections
Rodney Cann and Dennis Shopland representing the Operational Services Department at NDDC attended the recent committee meeting to outline proposed changes to the collections service. From 5 June food waste must not be placed in the green or black wheelie bins or black bags. A new small bin called a kerbside caddy will be delivered to all households prior to 5 June and this must be used for food waste. Free collections of garden waste will stop in June and any parishioners who desire this service will be obliged to pay £36 a year to continue. The Fullaford area of the Parish comprising about 15 dwellings is to be included in a trialling plan for a three weekly black bin collection commencing 5 June. All queries can be answered on a dedicated phone line at NDDC 01271 388360. Messrs Cann and Shopland were made aware of the various failings of the present collection service and will be considering a list of complaints set out by the PC.
Peter Burlton, Wartime Evacuee
Peter was evacuated from London due to the aerial bombing in World War 2 and by chance he came to Brayford in 1940. Now in his eighties he recently made contact with the PC and it is hoped he will shortly set out his memories of the five years he spent in Brayford. There are probably a few of our senior citizens who will recall those school days and possibly remember Peter.
Annual Parish Meeting
This will take place prior to the next PC Committee Meeting on Thursday 20 April at 7.30 pm and all parishioners are encouraged to come along and raise any matters and meet the PC team face to face.

Easter Farmers Market

Saturday, 8 April at 11 am to 1 pm in Brayford Village Hall. A special day for getting ready for Easter. A stall for decorating Easter eggs, and perhaps making Easter bonnets. We also have new stalls at the Market with delicious and interesting new items for sale: homemade savoury pies which got rave reviews at the last Market, home-made artistic cards and other personal items. Also, plants of all sorts and sizes, fresh baked bread, special spices and herbs, Jacci's delicious baked goods – gluten free and vegetarian as well, Besshill's fresh local meats and much, much more. Tea, coffee and biscuits for all.

Duck Race 
This year's Duck Race will be on Monday 29 May at Brayford Bridge at 2 pm. There will also be the annual Brayford Family Dog Show starting at 1 pm in the Methodist Church Car Park. Music will be provided at The Bridge by the Jazz Ramblers and apart from the actual race itself there will be a tremendous plant sale, cakes, raffle, teas, ice creams, BBQ and many other attractions to keep us all amused, along with lots of prizes. The first prize for the Duck Race is £75, second is £50 and third is £25. To make the event successful we will need lots of help setting up and dismantling. We had a great response last year so we look forward to seeing you all again this year.

Brayford Show
It's going to be a great summer ….. mind you I say that every year, and it normally leads to me getting along to Mole Valley to buy new “wellies” and another raincoat. But despite my in-built pessimism, the Show will go on. And this year, a little bit earlier. Saturday 5 August is the date for this year's Brayford Show – to give all of the cut flower exhibitors a chance to enter quality blooms. Because of the earlier date, the Show Schedule will be included within the June issue of this Newsletter, and it will include a few new classes, together with more possibilities for those of us who love growing tomatoes and all the other kinds of vegetables. And for the third year, the Schedule includes a class where the judges will come to you – planters and hanging baskets will be judged at your home. Any hidden passion for “writing” will be satisfied this year by “A Day in the Life Of...” 250 words as a poem, prose, choose. If you are like me, then I'm sure last year's Schedule can be found under a pile of books, so have a look at all of the “regular classes”..and to give you some advance warning here are a few of the new ones. The heaviest marrow, 5 pods of peas, a pot fuchsia, a vase of roses (any number and variety). The flower arrangements include a Lorna Doone theme and “dare to be different”. Craft items include a piece of jewellery, a crochet item, and a piece of ceramic. Cookery classes include lemon drizzle cake, 4 chocolate brownies, Bakewell Tart (recipe provided), seeded brown loaf, focaccia, 5 savoury palmiers. Children’s classes include photography, cake making and so much more, together with a design for the Charles Church 2017 Christmas card. The Sculpture class created a lot of interest last year, so it's back again. Why not create something from scrap, or “found materials” and bring it along to the Village Hall? And for the very first time, we will stage a Classic and “Much Loved” Car Show – entries will be limited to 15 cars, so please contact Howard Tolley now if you would like to enter your vehicle on The Show has just about broken even in the last few years, because of the great voluntary effort, support from the Parish Council and the ongoing generosity received from a number of individuals and companies. We think the hard work is worth it. Admission to the Show is 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 when it is issued in June and enter as many classes as you like. Help us make the 2017 event the biggest and best ever.

Brayford Village Hall
Our thanks to the organisers of the recent Bingo night and to all those who came to support the Village Hall fund raising event. It was a great night and we raised £400. Having received many requests to repeat the event we have decided to hold two further Bingo nights this year, one in June and another in October. Details and dates in forthcoming Newsletters. The next fund raising event is the Curry/Karaoke Night on Saturday 29 April. This event is being organised in conjunction with the Women's Institute who are going to provide a meal to remember: a choice of two Curries. This will be a great night for the singers and non-singers of Brayford. We will have the very best Karaoke equipment to make everyone sound like their favourite artist, and, hopefully, some talent scouts searching for exciting new singers. Please come along and put Brayford on the map.

Youth Club
After many years devoted commitment to Youth Club, Mrs Hilary Ayre would like pass on her Leadership role to another enthusiastic lady. The Youth Club is thriving with around 15 members and anyone who would like to take over this lively role would find it fun and worthwhile. Warm and grateful thanks are sent to Hilary for her dedication to our young people over the years. Youth Club is for 11-16 year olds and Leaders at present are Hilary Ayre 710352 and Nick Jefferson 740283. Youth Club meets at the Methodist School Room at 7 pm unless otherwise advised. Programme for next two months: 12 April Walk, 26 April Dodgeball, 10 May Swimming, 24 May Beach trip.

Women's Institute
Our programme for the year is always lively and extra events ensure that there is never a dull moment for W.I. Members. We were very pleased to welcome Janet Coates in March who spoke about Living with Dementia – a subject close to everyone's hearts these days. On 12 April, Matt Wilcox is coming from the Youth Offenders Team to talk to us and 10 May is our AGM/Cheese and Wine Evening. Some members will be attending the Spring Group meeting on 21 April hosted by Heasley Mill W.I. The Speaker is Jackie Jumo – Grand Bard of Exeter and a stand-up Poet. Other members will go to Torquay for the Spring Council Meeting on 12 April. Many other outings are planned. Visitors are welcome, cost £3.50 including high tea.

We send our love and sympathy to Mike Thorne and family on the death of Norma, who we all loved. She was full of humour and lived life to the full. We all enjoyed her company when they lived for many years at Rock Villa and Dallyns before moving to Barnstaple. Norma & Mike were keen village event attenders – we shall miss her.

Brayford Academy
The children and staff at Brayford Academy have been very busy this term. We have been focusing on British Heroes from the past and our heroes today. We have also been learning about British values: democracy, individual liberty, rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance. The children have been learning new skills on the i-pads, where they have used a green screen to film their own stories. These films will be showcased next week at South Molton Community College at our very own Oscars Night. We will celebrate the children’s hard work alongside those from Umberleigh Academy. 

There will be Oscar awards for Best Actress, Actor and Film Director. We are all looking forward to putting on our glad rags and attending the awards. All the staff and children at Brayford Academy would like to wish everyone in the community a very Happy Easter. Next term the community lunches will be on Wednesday 26 April, Wednesday 24 May, Wednesday 21 June and Wednesday 12 July. Lunch will cost £5. Please ring the school office to book a place on 710345.

Church Quiz
The Church Quiz held on Friday 17 March raised over £300. There were 10 tables and the winners were Table 10, Runners-up Table 9 and Booby Prize went to Table 6. Anthony sends many thanks to all who came and made it such a great evening.

Charles Church
The Library Van will be calling on Mondays 27 March, 24 April and 22 May between 11 and 11.30 am on the Village Green. Repairs to the road between School Hill and Welcombe Cross are complete and much appreciated. The planned work on the Church Tower and the bells has been proceeding. Anyone willing to donate towards the cost of this work is asked to contact Jonathan Hudson, Churchwarden, on 710350 or the Rev. Chris Whinney on 760217 or any member of the Church Council. Further fundraising is planned. The Annual Church meeting (to which everyone is welcome) will be held in the Church on Sunday 2 April during the evening service at 6.30 pm.

Methodist Church
As part of our worship development we now hold Cafe Churches at intervals. They are informal, thought provoking sessions for families and people of all ages. Our next one will be on Sunday 30 April at 11 am when Rev. Linda Pearce will lead us. The last two meetings were friendly and enjoyable so please come and join us. Palm Sunday is a United Service at 11.15 am at Charles Church. Our Easter Sunday Service is at 11 am as are our weekly services.

High Bray Church
We all had a good time at the recent Pancake Day event and raised £230 for Rev. Whinney's Bala School in Kenya. We were well supported by School mums, thank you all. On Good Friday there will be a quiet reading and singing in the Church at 7 pm (14 April) and on Easter Day (16 April) we hope you will come and join in the service with an Egg Hunt and Easter buns and please wear an Easter hat (gentlemen as well). On Friday 12 May at 7 pm there will be another evening of singing and young talent at Puddings & Songs & Savouries. All are most welcome to join in.

From The Newsletter Editor 
Lots of events to look forward to starting with Easter and ending with the Duck Race, not to mention the Curry Karaoke. Let’s hope the weather will improve so that we can enjoy the outdoor activities. It’s somehow just not the same when it rains on Duck Race Day.


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