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  From the June/July 2010 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 17th June and on Thursday 22nd July 2010 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 website.
New Councillor
Welcome to our new Cllr. Mike Naden who recently moved to Fullaford.  Mike will be the Newsletter Liaison Officer and on the Planning Sub-committee.
Neighbourhood Watch
Everyone is advised to remove
keys from vehicles including tractors and quad bikes and, if possible, lock them away in sheds or garages, as there has been a spate of thefts recently. The recent serious poaching of deer was discussed with PC Adrian Micallef and he stated that it is illegal to shoot at night. PC Micallef also confirmed that vehicles parked on a public highway without a vehicle licence is also illegal.
High Bray Church Bells Project
Cllr. Jane Jeyes is applying for Heritage Funding through the
Lottery for the High Bray Church Bells.

Brayford School
This term has been quite busy at school. Year 6 and Year 2 had their SATS tests. London Residential Trip: most of the junior children went to London for 4 days. This was a great opportunity for them and they visited many places including the London Eye, the Natural History, Science and British Museums and even went to the theatre to see ‘Oliver’. Everyone had a fantastic experience. The children remaining in school went to Exmoor Zoo for the day and the children enjoyed the very entertaining talks and discussions about the animals. Sports Day will be at 1.30pm on Friday 11th June. The PTFA will be setting up Cream Teas, a Cake Stall and more from 3pm. Everyone welcome. 

The school play will be on Monday 19th (2pm and 6.30pm) and Tuesday 20th July (6.30pm). As the format of the play has changed this year due to less seating and more aisles being used as part of the performance, we are asking those bringing small children/babies to come to the afternoon performance on Monday 19th July at 2.00pm. As seats may be restricted at the evening performances, we ask that people book their seat.

The school is looking for a Clerk to the Governing Body. This is a paid position requiring agenda setting, minute taking and keeping documents & folders up to date. Please contact school for more information on 01598 710345.

Brayford Boomerangs
This term we say a special welcome to Sophie, Rhys, George and Isla who have joined us. Our topic this term is 'water'. We have enjoyed learning about the water cycle, rainbows, pond study and the life cycle of the frog. We are looking forward to exploring streams, boats, waterpower and fairy plate gardens. Our Sports Day will be on 30th June. Thank you to Sarah Beard our Pre-School Leader and Sam Short our Pre-School Assistant for making our sessions so much fun and so interesting. If you require any details about Brayford Boomerangs Pre-School please contact Fiona Tyson on 01598 710724. Our sessions run on a Tuesday and Friday morning between 9.15am – 12.45pm at Brayford Village Hall.

Gardening Club
In April Michael Gee gave us an illustrated talk on Mazzards and painted an evocative picture of a major North Devon industry now consigned to history. He enthusiastically explained his efforts to reintroduce Mazzard orchards and his involvement with Orchards Live - saving orchards in North Devon and Exmoor.
Our May talk was by Derek Burdett, who showed us a wide variety of Heucheras and explained their historical development. He also brought along a collection of other interesting and unusual plants, and provided lots of information on their characteristics and growing requirements.
On Wednesday 16th June we have a visit to a Blueberry Farm near Exford and will be meeting in the Village Hall car park at 6.30pm. On Wednesday 21st July we have a trip to Holbrook Garden at Sampford Peverell, meeting at the Village Hall at 10.30am.

Brayford Flower Show
Don’t forget the Flower Show is on Saturday 21st August – the Schedule, Rules and Entry Form has been distributed with the June/July newsletter.

Brayford WI
Our May meeting is traditionally the month we consider and vote on the W.I. Resolutions sent from H.Q.  This month we also had the pleasure of introducing Mrs. Sandra Adams of Beech Tree to members.  Sandra brought her lathe and showed us how she turned her delightful wooden, flowers, bowls, vases and described the work she does.  A very talented lady.  At our June meeting we are spending the evening wandering around Marwood gardens, which we all admire and enjoying a light supper there, which will be served in the new Restaurant, which was Dr. Smart's sitting room overlooking his lovely gardens.  On Wednesday 14th July the Rev. Andrew Jones is coming to talk to us on Women and Children in North Devon in the 19th Century.

Charles Church
In the community it has been a busy season for weddings, and the next one, on Saturday 5th June is between Lisa & Mark at High Bray Church. We send very best wishes to all the couples involved for future happiness. The Parochial Church Council meets at the Old Chapel on Tuesday 27th July at 7.30pm and the Patronal Festival will be a united Service on Sunday 20th June at 10.30am.
Methodist Chapel
We invite you to join us on Saturday 12th June 3pm for our popular, calorie filled Strawberries and Cream Teas and on Sunday 13th June at 11.30 am for a United Sausages and Sweets picnic down by the river. (The schoolchildren will be taking part in this village event). If wet we will move to the Chapel Hall.

High Bray Church
Puddings & Songs was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you for your support and all the delicious puddings.
We celebrated Tony Bawden’s special birthday in church and enjoyed each other’s company. Tony would like to thank everyone for cards and gifts received.
Well done Brayford School, the lunch you hosted was just "perfect". We all had a lovely time, meeting friends and enjoying food and entertainment from the children.
Electric work on the tower is now complete so you can actually see your way up the stairs to the bell chamber.
Ruby has completed the ‘Hospice Night-Walk’ from Bideford to Barnstaple with friends raising much needed funds for their support to us in times of need. Sunday 13th June ‘Churches together’ at 11.10am by Brayford Bridge. We are having an informal Community Service followed by ‘Sausages and Sweets’. Please come and join in, we would be grateful for any puddings please. 

Sculpture Exhibition
As part of the North Devon Arts Festival Open Studios, Nancy Kelly will be exhibiting sculpture in the garden of Mildmay. It will be on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the last three weekends in June from 10.30-4.30pm. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to look around. Mildmay is opposite the Methodist Chapel.
Nancy is also exhibiting at 360 Gallery at Filleigh Old Sawmills from Friday June 11th ~ Sunday 4th July.

Help for Moldova
A lorry will be leaving Exeter in the near future taking supplies to Moldova, the poorest country in Europe. If you have any children’s or adult's clothes (in good condition) that you would be happy to donate for the people there, ‘Homedale’ in Brayford village is a collection point. Please leave any clothes there by Wednesday 14th July to be sure of getting things to Exeter in good time. Thank you.




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