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  From the June/July 2007 Newsletter:

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 21st June (Agenda) and Thursday 19th July (Agenda) in Brayford Village Hall at 7.30pm.
Affordable Housing
The Planning Application for affordable housing has been received by NDDC Planning Office, and the plans have now been sent to the Parish Council.  The public are invited to view them at an Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting to be held on Thursday 7th June at 7.30pm. (Agenda)

Play Area

The Quiz Night in aid of Play Area Funds was a great success, raising £252. Another quiz will be organised for later in the year.
Weed Watch
Please be on the look out for any Ragwort, Water Hemlock and Japanese Knotweed. If you see any, please report the location to a Parish Councillor.
World Environment Day
The purpose of World Environment Day on 5 June each year is to raise awareness about environment issues and participate in all kinds of activities to celebrate the environment. For 2007 the international theme is climate change.  Everyone is being challenged to "ask yourself" what youíre currently doing to tackle climate change, what more you could be doing and what is stopping you at the moment. This year the message is "The Mend of the World is Now" (  Contact Heather Holland on 0192 316178 or email
Neighbourhood Watch
No crime to report on in the last period.  However, there was a meeting of the reconvened South Molton & District crime Prevention Panel held at the George Hotel on 16 May.  It was chaired by David Sewell and attended by about a dozen invited local people, including Sgt Dave Williams of the South Molton police.  The aim of the panel is to "Assist the police in preventing crime".  It had in the past done some useful work and still has money in the bank with which to help a restart. The intention is to act in a practical way, for example, in setting up property marking sessions in the area. The panel will meet bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of a month at 7pm at the George, the next one on 4 July.  Anyone interested in attending on behalf of the Parish should contact John White on 710805.

The Duck Race
We were very lucky that the weather improved and the river had just gone down enough to enable the ducks to race. It was lovely to see so many people there enjoying the sunshine and entertainment.  Local band Mascerano played, and there was lots to spend money on!  We had a Bouncy Castle again this year and a chance to win a trip in a light aircraft as well as "Beat the Goalie", plant stall, cake stall, bric-a-brac, face painting, cream teas, and much, much more.
The ducks came down in record time, just over four minutes, and the lucky winners were Jack Bryant (£75), Jim Knights (£50) and A Barrett (£25).  Other prize winners were Gerry Moore, Penny Crane, Joe Hillyer, Kim Snowball, Chris Buckingham, M Burrows, Michael Edwards, Dick Croft, B Bowley, S Holloway, D Wright, G Witherideg, N Huchinson, Ruby White, Selina Sinclair, Mary Camp and M Slee.
The Village Hall Committee would like to thank all those who helped and those who attended, without whom the day would not have been such a success.

Gardens Open
The gardens at Tanglewood and Upper Willesleigh, in Goodleigh, will be open to the public on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July from 2 to 5 pm in aid of the RNLI.  There will be cream teas, plants for sale and RNLI souvenirs.  There will be good parking at both gardens.  Admission is £2 each for adults, children free.  Please come and enjoy these lovely gardens and support a good cause at the same time.

Gardening Club
In April we had a great evening planting tubs and baskets, one of the best attended meetings for some time with several welcome new faces. Everyone went home with something to show for their efforts.  Many thanks, as always, to David Hopkins for supplying the plants, compost and advice.  Unfortunately our planned visit to Durcombe Water in May had to be cancelled at the last minute because of the weather, though some members adjourned to the pub instead!
On Wednesday 20 June we have a talk on Fuchsias by David Johnstone, as usual at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  On Wednesday 18 July we are having a group visit to RHS Rosemoor.  Meet in the Village Hall Car Park at 10am.
Don't forget the Brayford Flower Show is on Saturday 18 August

Brayford School
The Easter Service at the Methodist Chapel was well received with the children reproducing scenes to portray the very moving story. On May 22nd a TV crew visited the school to film Johnny Kingdom & Mrs Bond with the children.  The film footage will be used for the next Johnny Kingdom series in the autumn.
The Junior class are all looking forward to a surfing lesson at Westward Ho! this term. They will also be taking part in the BT Giant Sleepover on the evening of Sat 16th June. This is a National event with all schools registering in an attempt to get in the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest sleepover.
The photographer from Tempest will be in school on 20th June. If anyone locally would like a portrait photo of their child to be taken they are very welcome to come along to the school at 9.00am. 

All the children are currently rehearsing their parts for the end of year school play, Jack & the Beanstalk. This will be performed in the village hall on Monday 16th July at 2pm and Tuesday 17th July at 6.30pm.  Come along and join us.
The Summer Fete will be on Saturday 14th July from 2:30 to 4:30 - stalls, games, teas and lots more.
The school are collecting the Tesco & Sainsbury vouchers & Nestle box tops for books.  If you have any and would like to send them in we would be grateful.
Brayford Boomerangs
We have had an exciting half term, with a fantastic visit to the Fire Station where the children were shown around and even had a chance to try out the hoses for themselves!  The topic is now 'America' and the children have made Native American head-dresses, pancakes and even a totem-pole!  Sarah Beard is now our Playleader, assisted by Tracey Beasant.  They make a great team.  Please help us spread the Boomerangs word and mention us to family and friends with little ones.  If you need more information please telephone 710718.

Charles Church
Easter and Lent seem a long time ago, but will be remembered for a wealth of services and celebration, well attended and full of joy.  Thank you to Peter Attwood and all the Clergy.  A large crowd, overflowing the Parish Church, came to support the family of Seymour Husbands at his funeral on 20 April. Seymour was a greatly respected member of the community with his many skills, and will be greatly missed. A programme of summer music begins in July in the Parish Church.  On Friday 6 July at 7pm we will welcome The Moorland Singers with Richard Westcott.  On Friday 20 July at 7pm Mean Time will be paying a return visit by popular request with a multi-mix of recorders.  More information and tickets from Anna Whinney on 760217.  The Church Patronal Festival will be on Sunday, 24 June at 6.30pm when the preacher will be the Archdeacon on Barnstaple.

Methodist Church
We are in the process of replacing our railings at the entrance of our Church as, like some of us, they have seen better days! Services at 11am and 6.30 pm each Sunday.  Deacon Rona Eastman is in pastoral charge Tel. North Molton 01598 740283.  Sunday Club operates 2nd and 3rd Sundays at 11am when children and parents are welcome.  Donít forget the communal Coffee Morning on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30 until 12 (except August).  There will be a Strawberry Cream Tea in the Church Schoolroom on Saturday 16 June at 3pm.  United Service at High Bray Church at 11am on 10 June, when Rev. Bob Kitching, M.A., Methodist Superintendent, will be the preacher.  The Chapel Anniversary is on 29 July.  The service will be at 11 am when Rev. Ewart Cockram (former minister) will lead our worship.  A warm welcome to all.
High Bray Church

We are hoping to hold a Garden Party and Barbecue on 10 August for Church Funds, by kind invitation of Donald and Hilda Bawden.  More details in the next issue.  Any help gratefully accepted!

The Joys Of Living In Brayford
I have always enjoyed belonging to a village community, but I have really appreciated living in the Brayford community in the last five weeks since my accident.  I have been overwhelmed by all the "tender loving care" that has been shown to me and Jim by my WI friends, the Christian community and many other people.  We have had continuous support, with personal nursing by that special Dale Hooton, and the house and garden chores have been shared by dear friends.  The many cards, flowers, lovely gifts and especially the visits have made a very long, painful experience bearable.  A huge thank you to my wonderful husband (nurse, cook, shopper and cleaner) and everyone else who has helped us.  At a very difficult time in our lives, living in a community like Brayford is a real blessing.
Ruth Knights
Get Well Soon
Everyone in Brayford wishes you a speedy recovery Ruth.

Mothers' Union
On 20 June, at 2.30pm at Purbrook, Felicity Halfpenny will be talking about "Imprisonment".  On 22 June at 2.30pm Goodleigh MU will celebrate their Centenary with a special service at St Gregoryís Church, Goodleigh, led by the Archdeacon of Barnstaple, David Gunn-Johnson.  Marigold Seager-Berry will be the speaker and all are welcome. On 18 July at 12.30pm there will be a summer lunch at South Lydcott when the speaker will be Eileen MacCaig.  On 25 July at 11am there will be a Festival at Swimbridge Church and a picnic lunch.  Please come and join us.  At the Barnstaple Archdeaconry Festival, David Gunn-Johnson was enrolled as a full member of the MU.

Womens' Institute
Our Resolutions meeting was much enlivened by a talk on Past W.I.s by Phillys Bond.  The next meeting will be on 13 June when we will be taking a tour around the CARE Village at Blackerton, with tea.  We will be meeting in the Village Hall Car Park at 6.30pm.  Our meeting on 11 July will be a talk by Christine Doe on the History of Lace in England.  This will be in the Village Hall at 7.15pm.  Donít forget our monthly walks, details of which can be obtained from Pauline Nichols.

Fashion Show
A ladiesí fashion show will be held at the Village Hall on Friday 29 June, 7pm for 7:30 start, hosted by Off The Peg, starring local ladies. This is your chance to see, try and buy high street clothes at a fraction of the cost over a glass of wine and some light refreshments.
Tickets £5 available from school parents or contact Sarah 710400, all proceeds raised to be split between Boomerangs Playgroup, Brayford Primary School and the Village Play Area.

Baptist Chapel
There is a meeting in the Baptist Chapel at 3pm on Monday 16th July to discuss the future of the graveyard.

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