Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 18th June and on Thursday
16th July 2009 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), and also on the Brayford
The judges from the C.P.R.E./M.V.F. Best Kept Village Competition will be
wandering around in May, June and July.
A plaque describing provenance etc. of the Huxtable plough in the Millennium
Garden is being prepared, but if historians in the village find out more
about it, the Parish Council would be interested in their research.
The A399 will be closed from 7pm till midnight from June 22nd - 26th near
Lion's Rump when the Forestry Commission will be felling trees.
Village Play Area
County Councillor Jeremy Yabsley has very kindly donated £1000 from his
County Council Charity Fund, to the Play Area Account. Cllr. Boddington and
David Gosling have applied for more grants, the results of which should be
known by the end of June.
Keep your sheds and garages locked. There has also been an increase in
oil thefts so please keep a check on your tanks especially if there seems to
be a much greater amount of fuel used. Be vigilant for any suspicious
vehicles/persons. For advice or to voice concerns contact PC Julie Bradshaw
or PCSO Michael Livett at South Molton Station on 01769 575053.
A permissive access agreement has made a new walk available in the
The Duck Race
This was, as usual, a great village Event. Due to the weather warnings
of possible thunderstorms it was decided too risky to set up all the stalls
in the field, so we all met in the Village Hall. We all had an enjoyable
afternoon spending all our money on the various stalls, eating cream teas
and being entertained by Ray Hobbs on accordion. The Duck Race went ahead as
planned with the river level pretty well ideal.
Prize winners were follows:
1st Kate Burnett
2nd Jack Carter
3rd Jessica Gouldbourne
4th Attie Rene
5th Fiona Tyson
6th Sam Heath
7th Sam Bourne
8th Riannah Walsh
9th Andy Crane
At the initial count, with a few expenses to come, it looks like the Village
Hall funds will be boosted by just over £1250. A big thank you to all who
gave up their time to run and support the event so willingly and we will all
be rewarded by improvements to the car park which we hope to achieve this
In April David Hopkins brought along a wide
selection of plants for our annual hands-on session planting up hanging
baskets and tubs, and we all went away with something worthwhile to show for
our efforts. In May, Debbie Hastings gave us a fascinating talk and slide
show on Victorian Gardens. On Wednesday 17 June we are having a
practical course on propagation given by Anna Whinney at Charles Bottom –
meet at the Village Hall at 6.00pm sharp. On Wednesday 15 July
we have a day out visiting Westcountry Nurseries to see the National
Collection of Lupins, followed by lunch and a tour at Cheristow Lavender
Farm – leave from the Village Hall at 10.00am.
Looking ahead, don’t forget the Flower Show on Saturday 15 August -
let’s hope for lots of entries again this year.
The Preliminary Schedule is now available.
This term the children enjoyed a visit from the Life Caravan where they
learnt about keeping healthy, fitness and our bodies. The children starting
school in September will be beginning their induction after half term. On Tuesday
16th June the Year 5 children will be having an activity day at the
Simonsbath House Hotel and on Friday 10th July Year 6 will be going
to Skern Lodge for their residential weekend.
We will be doing our Exmoor Walk as part of Forest Schools, and Simon Miller
has kindly lent us his wood, also for Forest Schools. The school
photographer will be in school on Wednesday 17th June. Toddlers are
welcome between 9 and 9.30am. Due to bad weather the school sports day was
postponed and will now be held on Friday 19th June, and
School Fete is due to be held from 2pm on Saturday 20th June in the
Village Hall and school grounds. Please look out for the posters giving
details of the exciting events planned. We have delayed the Curry Evening
until the autumn term, details to follow nearer the time. Some of the staff
will be taking part in the 'Race for Life' on Sunday 12th July.
The infant class will be going to the Music Festival at SMCC on Wednesday
The school play will be performed on Monday 13th July at 2pm and Tuesday
14th July at 6.30pm. The leavers concert wil1 be in the afternoon of the
last day of term, Friday 17th July.
On Wednesday 15th June, our summer meeting will be at Castle Hill,
where we are invited to walk around the gardens in the early evening, and
will enjoy dinner in the West Wing restaurant at 8pm. Our July meeting will
be held in the Village Hall, and we are looking forward to meeting Spence
Kingdom, who is going to Entertain us! This is on Wednesday 8th July at
7.15pm. Visitors are always welcome.
Ruby would like to thank everyone who sponsored her group. We raised around
£380 for North Devon Hospice and MacMillan Nurses. It was a beautiful night
with a full moon all the way and, although not a race, we did 11 miles in
3hrs and 20mins, looking very fetching in our pink wigs as we talked of
friends past and present who have benefited from both of these very caring
At the A.G.M. of the North Devon Conservative Association, Sir Richard Peek
was elected Chairman of the Association.
The Brayford Branch won the Silver Rose Bowl following the success of the
Antiques Evening and Ploughman's Supper, which was held in October 2008. The
Brayford Branch will be holding a Ploughman's supper and Auction Sale on a
50/50 Basis, Pledges or Outright Sale on Friday 23rd October in the
Village Hall, so now is the time to start looking for your attic treasures!
More details nearer the date.
On May 14th we attended the 'Day for Reflection' at South Molton led by
Peter Attwood. On Ascension Day
we went to Swimbridge Church and were then given a talk about a premature
babies unit and we were updated on the latest technology. On Tuesday 16th
June at 2.30pm, Rona Eastman will be giving us a talk at Joan
Greenwood's. On Tuesday 21st July at 12 noon we will be meeting at
South Lydcott for our 'Summer Lunch' where Lisa will be telling us all about
Our services are held at 11am and 6.30pm each Sunday, with a Circuit Service
at Duke Street, South Molton on the first Sunday evening of each month. Our
lively Sunday Club is held every 2nd and 3rd Sunday from 11am to 12noon. It
is well supported by the local 3 week-olds to 11 year-olds. Our own minister
is Deacon Rona Eastman (740283) and our Circuit Minister is Bob Kitching
(01769 572637). They will be pleased to help you if you need them.
Coffee and Tea
Community Coffee Mornings will be held on Wednesday 3rd June and Wednesday
1st July from 10.30am to 12.00 at the Methodist Church School Room.
There will be no Coffee Morning in August. On Saturday 13th June a
Strawberry Cream Tea is being held in the School Room to raise funds for the
church. Everyone is welcome.
We all enjoyed Bishop Bob Evans visit to Brayford. We gathered by the
river and the children were entertained by Chris Whinney and Chris Hurst
then the Brayford singers led us all in some rousing songs followed by a
cream tea. For all who helped or came and enjoyed the afternoon we thank
Special thanks to Fred & Drinda for the electricity supply. On Friday
31 July we are hoping to have Summer Praise by the river at 7pm, weather
permitting! If you have a favourite song, please let Madeline on 710389 or
Tony on 710446 know your choice.
June promises to be a very busy month in the area of Charles, at the height
of summer. Plans are well advance for a young parishioner to be baptised and
for Rachel Burnett to be married in the parish church on Saturday 27th
June. We send good wishes to those involved in such special events, and
to their families. Another historical exhibition will be staged in the
church from early July, featuring a few more local families and almost
famous clergy from times past. Thanks to those stalwarts who have helped to
get the churchyard grass cut and have repaired, polished and sewn in
readiness for these events, including the Patronal Festival on Sunday
28th June at 10.30am with coffee and cake to follow.
Mike & Norma's daughter Judith completed her first Marathon on Sunday
26th April in a time of 4hrs and 20mins. Thanks everyone who supported her
in any way. All donations have gone to her chosen charity the Sebastian
Adult Learning Life-styles,
& Complementary Therapies. Telephone 0845 1551014 to request a brochure
or visit our website www.devon.gov.uk/adultlearning
Choose from a variety of courses in Maths, English, Computing, Languages
Arts & Crafts, Healthy
(Country Holidays for Inner City Kids)
We are a local charity based in Brentor and we provide respite breaks to
disadvantaged children from all over the UK. This year our summer
fayre - Teddy Bears Picnic - will be held on Sunday 12th July.
Please join us if you can. Thank you in advance for any support you can give
Tel: 01822 811020 for details.
Family History Research
Barbara Curtis, who once lived at
High Bray, is researching her family history. Her mother was Jean Paterson
neé Down who was born in 1935 and died in August 2008. She lived at Beech
Trees, and her grandmother Francis Hagley lived at the cottage overlooking
the church. Barbara’s grandfather was Bill Down who married Beatrice
Hagley, daughter of Francis. He was a farm labourer and they lived at Ovis
and Muxworthy, and also Cape Farm, Bratton Fleming in the 1960s. Barbara
cannot find the names of Bill Down’s parents and would be very grateful if
anyone can help – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This year the run at the Manor Grounds, Lynmouth, Devon is on Sunday 20th September,
starting at 12noon. The main race is 10 miles. Entry details 01598 753573.
The children's race is a lap of the Manor.
Celebrations are taking place at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 27th June
to mark its 1100th Anniversary. For children aged 5 - 11 at 2.30pm to 4.45pm
there is a Children's Celebration with Jim Bailey.
More details: tel: Katherine Lyddon on 01392 294937.
Songs of Praise with Judi Spiers and Canon David Winter will be at 5.15pm -
6.15pm. There is a poster of events in The Nook.
Special thanks to the
Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the Newsletter.
A new garden to
open this year...
near Gunn, Barnstaple
Sunday July 5th, 12.00 -
Supported by Brayford Parish Council