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  From the April/May 2018 Newsletter: 


Flood Risk Management
Devon County Council are keen to gather local information in regard to the impact of flooding in Brayford. Details of flooding to individual properties will only be recorded on DCC’s flood risk database and will not be disclosed in any public document. You can report flooding to your property via the SWIM (Severe Weather Incident Management) website, a new online flood reporting tool which the public can use to record current or recent flooding to properties. Additionally, DCC are currently offering those at risk to apply for a Property Level Resilience (PLR) grant scheme, which can be used to help fund the provision of resistance measures that will help reduce the risk of flooding to individual properties. Individual property owners can apply for the PLR grant and, if successful, receive up to £5,000 for PLR measures for their property (e.g. flood gates, flood doors etc). For more information, see the PLR Policy or contact a member of the DCC Flood Risk Management team (call 01392 383000 and ask for ‘Flood Risk’, or email

Waste Bin at The Nook
It has been reported that someone is putting plastic bags of dog excrement in the waste bin. Would the offending dog owner please cease this un-neighbourly behaviour and take any future bags home. There is no statutory duty for NDDC or the PC to provide a designated dog litter bin and dog owners must ensure that their pet’s poo is taken home for disposal. Failure to do so can result in a fixed penalty of £75 or a maximum fine of £1,000.

Snow clearance
There are no doubt several worthy parishioners who have made a big effort to clear the recent snow and in particular the residents of Fullaford would like to thank Nick, Albert, Andy and Nicky for a great job done.

This year's Show will take place on Saturday 18 August in the Village Hall. Enclosed with the Newsletter you will find an advance list of the classes for this year's Show just so you know you are growing the right things, can practise baking and get crafting. We are hoping for a record entry this year and the Show will be free to enter yet again.

The May Village Market on Saturday 12 May from 11 am to 1 pm will be a special one - Bunny rabbits, baby lambs, a Shetland pony, newly hatched chicks and ducklings and perhaps a Siberian Owl - all gather together to celebrate Spring with us. There will, of course, be all the excellent local produce of meats, veggies, freshly baked breads, homemade pies, Fair Trade items, wool and woollen items and flowers galore. Come and join the fun.

On the fourth Sunday in each month, Julian Tewkesbury hosts "Informal songs, prayer and Fellowship" which turns out each time with a different mix of conversation, thoughtful words and silence and songs. All are welcome whether you go to church or not. It is at High Bray Church at 6 pm each fourth Sunday.

Snow has played havoc with our Sunday services but in true community spirit we have all helped each other. Members of our community will again read to each other the account of Jesus' crucifixion in a candlelit High Bray Church at 7 pm on Good Friday, 30 March. It is a moving story of human suffering and challenge; there is no sermon, no prayers, no message other than the story itself. Join us to listen and, if you wish, to participate in this quiet moment. An Easter celebration will happen at High Bray on Easter morning 1 April starting at 11.15 am with a short service, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt, games and a "Sausage Sizzle". Remember to wear your Easter bonnet. Come and join your neighbours in a community celebration of the re-awakening of the year to new life. Note: To reduce the traffic jam at the Church, there will be car-sharing organised at the Village Hall parking area from 10.30 am onwards. The Church A.G.M. is onTuesday 10 April at Whitefield. Please try to come.

Anthony Bawden's Quiz Night returns to the Village Hall on Friday, 27 April at 7 pm with a whole new set of questions to flummox us all. As always, answers will be loudly contested, prizes of all sorts will be awarded and fun will be enjoyed by everyone. Either put together a table of a maximum of six friends or come and join a table. There is always room and everyone is welcome. Bring your own picnic and drink. Prizes for First, Runner Up and Booby. £3 for adults, £1 for 11-16 year olds and under 10s free. 10 categories: Year 2017, Celebrity, Culture, Film, Music, News, R.I.P., Science & Technology, Sport, TV, Lucky Dip. See Brayford Community News in the North Devon Journal nearer the time for more details.

Puddings and Song is back on Friday 18 May at 7 pm at High Bray Church. Songs, skits, costumes by the Brayford Academy, the Brayford Singing Group and all the community plus Puddings of all sorts during the interval. Tune up your voice in the bathtub and join us for an evening of community song, fun and laughter. Don't miss it.

There will be a Quiz and Carvery on Friday 4 May at the Sportsman's Inn, Sandy Way. The time is 7 pm for 7.30 pm and is for teams of 6 people. Book your table/team with Sheila on 01598 711835. This is organised by the Rotary Club of South Molton in support of local charities and projects.

The resurfacing of the Village Hall car park was successfully carried out during the school holidays. Our thanks to everyone taking care using the Village Hall during the week. The resurfacing work is just the first part of an ambitious plan to improve the Village Hall facilities on behalf of the whole community. It is our intention, over the next few years, to completely refurbish the outside and inside of the hall. Priority will be given to necessary outside repainting/repairs and a new kitchen. The speed at which this work can be undertaken is dependent on how quickly money can be raised to pay for each aspect of the plan. We are in the process of obtaining quotes/design covering all the work in preparation for contacting a number of organisations that consider grants for capital investment of this type. Although there is no guarantee as to their response, we are hoping that we are as fortunate as we were this year in obtaining financial support for the car park. Most organisations, when considering a grant application, expect the request to include a commitment to "match fund". In other words, a commitment by us to finance at least a percentage of the total costs involved. The Village Hall has only limited funds which is why we are trying, with your support, to raise capital via our fund raising events. In this regard, will you please support us in the fund raising events that the Committee has arranged for the next two months. On Saturday 7 April we are holding a Bingo night. This event has always been popular and we can guarantee a great fun evening with prizes for everyone. (see attached leaflet) On Sunday 22 April, in conjunction with High Bray & Charles Women's Institute we are planning a Car Treasure Hunt. Included in the price will be a 2 course meal served at 6 pm at the end of the hunt. We want to make this a social event and, therefore, hope that everyone will stay after the meal to enjoy some grown up games, music, raffle and a bar. (see attached leaflet) Entry forms per car can be obtained from Val Warner (710613 or Joe Poole (710236 Then on 28 May we will be holding our Annual Duck Race. This year we are looking for more volunteers to run additional stalls to entertain our visitors and there will be a beer tent for the grown ups. As always, this is a great day out for the family and we hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Big Breakfast in Brayford Village Hall in support of North Devon Hospice. To all of you who helped in anyway, serving, washing up, donating prizes or simply enjoying our breakfast - THANK YOU. We raised an amazing £1400. By supporting our Hospice in this way you are making a real difference to the people in our community suffering from cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

We have had a very busy and productive Spring term at Brayford Academy. The children have learnt a great deal through the China topic and enjoyed many extra experiences based around the topic. We have made a trip to Witheridge Academy to take part in a very exciting workshop led by "Sounds Roadshow". The children were able to complete Chinese musical workshops and use two 15 metre dragons each needing eight children to operate and a lion costume. They took part in ribbon dancing and played lots of Chinese drums, gongs and cymbals. A Chinese banquet was also kindly provided by the cook at Witheridge Academy and a highlight for the day for many of the children was making new friends. The year five and six children have been busy improving their cycling skills and learning how to stay safe on the roads with a representative from "Bikeability". Bikeability is today's cycle training programme. It's like cycling proficiency but better. It's about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today's roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling. Brayford Academy's Pre-school "Brumble Bees" have been out and about this term starting with a trip to Chanter's Bakery where they were able to create some delicious treats including pizza and cup cakes. The children learnt how the bakery prepares and bakes the cakes and bread. There were lots of hands on experiences and the children gained a great deal from the trip. Additionally the Brumble Bees enjoyed a trip to Rosemoor alongside children from Umberleigh's pre-school. They were able to explore the natural environment and discover the colours and changes of the season. They also looked closely at frogspawn and learned about the life cycle of the frog and took part in a woodland walk. A great experience for our three year olds. Our pre-school places great importance on these extra trips and visits as they are rich learning opportunities for our 3 to 5 year olds. We feel that these experiences play a key part in our children's development and that they stimulate their curiosity about discovering the world around them whilst engaging their interest and inspiring them to learn. Please like and share our Facebook page "Brayford Brumble Bees Preschool". We very much enjoy the company of the community at our community lunches. The dates for the next lunches are: Wednesday 25 April, Wednesday 23 May, Tuesday 19 June and Tuesday 10 July. If you would like to join us then please phone the school office on 710345 to order your lunch which will cost £5. We look forward to seeing you.

The popular annual North Devon Hospice moonlit walk is back and organisers are hoping women of all ages (over 16) will sign up to have both a great night out and at the same time supporting a great local cause. Our North Devon Hospice is providing more care during the night than ever before. Both on our Bedded Unit and in peoples' own homes the need for round-the-clock nursing is growing. Organisers hope the women of North Devon will step up to the challenge and sign up for Nightwalk on Saturday 19 May. The date coincides with the Royal Wedding so organisers believe there will be an atmosphere of celebration on the night. There will be entertainers, light installations, glow, live music, fire jugglers, free soup at Fremington Quay to add to the atmosphere along the Tarka Trail, not to mention a free butty and cuppa at your finish. This wonderful ladies' night out is hoping to raise £100,000 towards the dedicated teams of hospice night nurses who care and support local patients and families in their homes and in our bedded unit. Starting points are at Barnstaple, Instow, Bideford, Torrington and route lengths range from 3 to 11 miles. So there really is a Nightwalk for everyone. Buses, courtesy of Stagecoach, will be on hand to take Nightwalkers back to their starting point. Sign up at or call the Nightwalk team on 01271 347232 for a simple registration form.

Please be aware of responsible use of footpaths. There have been reports, not for the first time, of dog poo bags (empty and full) being left on footpaths, along with balls and other objects, in the fields with footpaths crossing. Even if fields are empty at the moment, they will probably soon have sheep and cattle grazing and it can be extremely harmful if these animals digest plastic items, not to mention unsightly and unpleasant for other people walking. Also, please do not let your pets roam around the fields to leave their poo. Lastly, please close all gates behind you.

The month of March brought challenging weather conditions for those who had to travel about but the views were a sight and revived the old sayings and memories. For instance, the snow slow to clear is a warning of more to come - waiting for the next! Thank you to those in the parish who turned out to clear the drifts and best wishes to those who are still ill, in hospital or at home.

Unfortunately the heavy snow made it necessary to cancel two services in March. Several of our members have been so ill they have had to be hospitalised. Christine Faulkner is now home, Gladys Barrow is making progress at home now, but Ron Jemmison is still being cared for in hospital. We send them our love and good wishes for better health. On Easter Sunday, 1 April we will be joining the United Celebration at High Bray Church at 11.15 am and on 8 April again a United Service at Charles Church at 11.15 am. On 15 April we will be holding our Breakfast Fellowship at 9.15 am which is an all age get together. Come and join us for an informal thought provoking meeting. We have had our floor treated, lovely new glass doors and now we have had our new chairs delivered. These are very comfortable. Do come and road test them for yourselves, you will find a warm welcome. A date for your diary is our Strawberry Tea. Our delicious afternoon teas will be served on Saturday 16 June from 3 to 6 pm.

Let’s hope we have some wonderful Spring weather to make the primroses and violets bloom beautifully. Thanks for all your copy handed in on time as usual.

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