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  From the June/July 2008 Newsletter:

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 19th June and Thursday 10th July in Brayford Village Hall.  
Neighbourhood Watch
Cllr. White reported that there has been more vandalism in the Church Porch – the notice-board has been set on fire. This has been reported to the Police. Peter Raymond has reported that three of his farm gates have been left open and he has found beer cans on his property. The dog notices have also been destroyed. The Police have been up to the Church area and have put up notices.  Obviously we would ask everyone to be vigilant. Contact details for the police can be found on the back page of the newsletter.
Road Conditions
Regarding the A399, Mr. Govier of D.C.C. has replied to the Parish Council letter about the poor condition of the road and a Structural Engineer will survey particularly weak areas and report back. Re-surfacing work will not be undertaken until structural repairs have been completed, and there are no programmed dates for this at the present time. G. Collier agreed to write again voicing the concerns of the Parish Council, as the road is becoming dangerous.
On other roads in the Parish, the Lengthsman reports that Grasspark Hill has blocked drains, and that pot holes still need attention in Little Bray Lane. On the plus side, some road surfacing has been carried out in the area.
Affordable Housing
Despite some uncertainty as to the status of the 106 Agreement reported last issue as due to be signed imminently, the contractors, Morgan Ashurst, are apparently active on-site and have sent a letter to neighbouring households explaining that work is to commence on 27th May, with completion due by the end of the year. Their on-site project manager may be contacted on 01598 710008 or 07813 056254.
Devon Boundary Committee
The structural review process is continuing, and views about the proposed Unitary Authority model of Local Government are now being invited. For more information, see and follow the link to the structural reviews page.
Play Area
As reported in the last issue, the Play Area lease has been signed. In addition, it has now been registered, allowing fund-raising activities to continue with gusto!

Wirefree Broadband
N.D.D.C. are working on a project to allow broadband internet to rural properties currently unable to receive a decent service.
For more information please contact Jan Kennedy at N.D.D.C. on 01271 388864, or 
STOP PRESS: Mr. Keith Denby has been granted funding and has offered to talk at the next Parish Council meeting about this.

Millennium Garden Update
The Huxtable plough looks splendid in the Millennium Garden, doesn't it?
We thank Marcus and Selina for the very welcome new flag flying by the bridge replacing the very “tatty model” and to Tony Bawden who keeps the bridge area so tidy for us all to enjoy.

Duck Race
Despite awful weather, over £1000 was raised. Special thanks to Joyce Prideaux for the use of her land to race the ducks. Also thanks to all that organised and helped on the day and to all of those that turned out on such an awful day.
Those Duck Race results:
1st prize of £75 Ken Osborne
2nd prize of £50 Emma Drew
3rd prize of £25 Jack Welch

Archaeological Dig
Brayford Archæology Group hosted a very successful activity week at Welcombe Farm in April. Many children from several schools were able to try digging, as well as Roman pot making. More than 20 volunteers received instruction (where necessary) in digging and recording under the guidance of Exeter University. The weather was kind to us, and many visitors were also able to enjoy the event. Sincere thanks are due to Jim Knights for organising and labouring, and Jane and Nick Horne and Ruth Knights for superb back-up with the logistics and home comforts!

Charles History Group
This year's summer exhibition is about houses in the Parish. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and there is plenty of help for those wishing to find out more about past inhabitants, building styles, farming methods etc. There is much information available from the census, land tax, estate papers etc. Many people have old photos etc. For more information, please contact Sarah Burnett.

Brayford School
The whole school recently went on the annual Exmoor Walk with Ione Willcock the Exmoor Ranger where we looked at water from ‘source to sea.’ The weather was excellent and a fantastic day was had by all.
The school football team recently took part in the SMCC tournament, winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 2. William Osborne scored some cracking goals and Edward Stone made some super saves.
The school photographer will be in school on Monday 2nd June. Infant portraits are available to anyone from the village at 9-00 am.
The Year 6 children are preparing for their move to senior school in September by taking part in a Junior Life skills course on 11th June and visiting their new schools. We wish them well.
Congratulations to ex-pupils Matthew Combes and Jamie Gosling who have 

been appointed Head Boy and Deputy-Head Boy respectively at South Molton Community College
The summer fundraiser this year is a Fun Event on Saturday 5th July at 4-00 pm. There will be team games and lots of stalls, cakes, raffle etc. 
The school play is on Monday 14th July at 2-00 pm and again on Tuesday 15th July at 6-30 pm. All welcome. Term ends on Friday 18th July.

Brayford School Reunion

Ruth Edwards, we all thank you for a wonderful evening. Greeting people, some for the first time in fifty years, was so good, and on a perfect spring evening, enjoyed by all from Maggie Johns, our most senior guest, to all the “little people” from our present very active school. £107 was raised for school funds. Thanks to Ray, Ruby, Nora, Val and all who helped.

Brayford Boomerangs Pre-school
In March we were inspected by Ofsted and received a glowing report. Our quality and standards of nursery education were found to be outstanding. The report said “Children are cared for in a bright, extremely welcoming and child friendly space.” We congratulate Sarah Beard our Pre-School Leader and her team on their excellent work.
This term the children have been learning all about “Mini Beasts” including spiders and their webs, worms, slugs and snails, culminating with an “Ugly Bug Ball” at the end of May.
A special welcome to Thomas, Florence, Aiden and Oliver who have joined us this term.

Gardening Club
The April meeting was our annual hands-on session planting up Summer Baskets and Tubs with David Hopkins, always good fun, and once again attracting some new faces. In May we had an talk on Clematis by Marigold Badcock who enthusiastically provided a wealth of interesting information illustrated with a varied selection of slides – a very enjoyable evening.

On Wednesday 18 June we will be visiting Blakewell Fisheries at Muddiford, with a talk on water features and bog gardens, and a tour, and refreshments available. We will be leaving from the Village Hall at 6.30pm prompt, so please be there in good time so we can sort out car sharing. On Wednesday 16 July we have another trip to RHS Rosemoor, meeting at the Village Hall at 10.00am. All are welcome.

Don't forget that the Brayford Flower Show is on Saturday 16 August.   Schedule & Entry Form

Methodist Church
Some special events coming up, summarised in the Diary:
On Saturday 14th June at 3-00 pm, a Strawberry Cream Tea.
On 13th July at 11-15 am and 6-30 pm, Preacher Rev. Robert McBain, previously a Minister in the village in the late 60’s will lead a United Service commemorating the Chapel Anniversary.
On Saturday 13th July from 10-30 am until 7-00 pm, an Open House at Mike and Norma Thorne's in Barnstaple, for Church Funds.
Sunday Club is on the second and third Sundays of each month. This is a time for young children (and their parents) to enjoy various activities.
The Family Service, a shorter service followed by coffee, is held on the last Sunday of each month.

High Bray Church
Please join us on Friday 11th July at 7-00pm for ‘Summer Praise,’ an evening of singing, chatting and enjoying a picnic outside, weather permitting. ‘Bring and share’ picnic-type food please, though drinks will be provided. If you have a favourite hymn to include, please get in touch with Madelaine or Ruby by Friday 29th June.
We now have a wheelchair in church, so don’t let the long path deter you; willing hands will help.
Congratulations to Horace and Mary Camp on their Diamond wedding anniversary.  Get Well Soon to Joyce Prideaux and Ros Childs, both recovering well from operations.
Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of the late Beryl Crudge (neé Prideaux) who was born in Brayford and lived here for many years.

Charles Church
Copies of the Church Annual Report are available from Sarah Burnett, and make for interesting reading. If anyone would like to receive ‘Hot News from the Churches’ please give your details to Sarah.
Congratulations to Alan Boddington and Cath Burgess on their wedding.
The Church Festival will be held on Sunday 22nd June at 6-30 pm. The exhibition of local history will be in the church then, and throughout the summer (see below).
The Ven. Chris Hewitson, with the music group Trilogy, will conduct another Taizé-style (musical and meditational) service on Sunday 6th July at 6-30 pm.

Women's Institute
On 11th June we are visiting the Cole’s farm at Rose Ash to see their Countryside Stewardship Land. Please meet at 6-00 pm in the Village Hall Car Park. On 9th July Candy Smiles is our speaker, and her talk is “How toxic are your Cosmetics.”

Mothers' Union
We were joined in May by Bratton Fleming Mothers' Union for a talk by Chris, Malcolm and Paul about their life and rehab at the ‘House of Heroes’ Project at Ovis Farm, South Lydcott.
On Tuesday 17th June there will be a Mothers' Union Roadshow at Matford, Exeter.  On Monday 23rd June, from 10-00 to 10-30, it will be The Quiet Day at Ilfracombe.  On Tuesday 15th July we have our Summer Lunch, at South Lydcott, starting at 12-30 pm.

Cancer Research Fund-raiser
Come to a Bring-and-Share BBQ at Broomhill Villas, Brayford on Saturday 21st June from 6-30 pm onwards to help raise funds for cancer research. 
Digital Camera Course
If you missed registering for the digital camera course at Brayford on Saturday 14th June, please contact Jane Horne.

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