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  From the June/July 2012 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 28th June and Thursday 19th July 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).  Anyone living within the parish is most welcome to come along to a monthly meeting so if you have a local issue of any kind that you would like considered we will be pleased to see you at any future meeting.
Best Kept Village Competition
The judges will, by now, probably have made their first visit but will make others in June and July, so we have to "keep tidy". The garden walls at The Nook have been rebuilt and replanted thanks to Ken Leworthy, Norman Rottenbury and Chris Hirst, as has the wall on the corner of Bray Cross and Ken Leworthy has repaired the steps on the footpath from the road to the Church.


The works on the A399 are continuing and do not look as if they will be finished any time soon.
High Bray Church Bells
A sample booklet has been produced by Jane Jeyes and Julian Tewkesbury and will now be sent to the chosen printer, so should be available soon.

Village Liaison Officers
Our two new Councillors have become your Village Liaison Officers, Ken Leworthy for Brayford and Bridget Wilson for High Bray. A full list of Councillors and their responsibilities and contact details are on the village noticeboards.


Duck Race and Dog Show
The annual Duck Race is on 4 June, and there will be even more fun this year. Apart from the excitement of the race itself, there will be lots of stalls including Smashing Plates, Win the Hire of a Mini for a Day, Water Squirter, Cream Teas, Hot Dogs, Cakes, Golf, Teddy Bears and many more. The children are having a Fancy Dress Competition and decorating crowns at 3 pm. Also we are holding a Dog Show which Amanda Smith is very kindly organising. Not only do we have Pedigree Classes, but Fun Classes (Most Appealing Eyes, Waggiest Tail, Best Child Handler, etc) and Agility Classes – so something for all dogs. More details can be obtained from Amanda. The Dog Show will be held at the Methodist Chapel from 1 pm and the Duck Race festivities start at 2 pm at the Bridge (Village Hall if wet).

Jubilee Celebrations
The fun continues into the evening at the Village Hall. At 7 pm there will be a Magic Show followed by a Bring 'n' Share Supper and music from Graham Bawden. All the celebrations are paid for thanks to all you good people who supported Ruby's Coffee Day, amounting to an amazing £300, which is enough to pay for the entertainment. Thank you so much and please come along and enjoy the event. Our beacon at Five Barrows will be lit at 10.15 pm.

Youth Club
Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, starting at 7.30 pm, in the Methodist Schoolroom Everyone (11+) is welcome and do bring a friend.

Plant Sale
At Stoke Rivers Village Hall on 17 June from 10 am to 3pm, there will be a plant sale at which some of North Devon’s leading nurseries will have stalls, and there will be dovecotes, willow structures/supports, driftwood items and photography. Refreshments will be available all day.

Emily's Trip to Uganda 
Emily Ward is all set to go on the 5 July. After all injections, tablets (and a panicky renewal of a passport), she is ready!  She is able to take an extra suitcase with items that are needed at the farm. If anyone has an old suitcase (will not be coming back!) or old single duvets and covers that she could take please could they get in touch.

Art Trek 2012 
This is happening in July as usual and we have a new contributor in the village. You can visit Valerie Biebuyck at Kiln Cottage, High Bray, look at Valerie's paintings and impressionist photographic art and enjoy a cup of tea, coffee and cake, or a glass of wine from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 13-15, 20-22, and 27-29 July. 
Also, on the first two weekends above, three local craftspeople are exhibiting in the old school rooms in North Molton. In addition to demonstrations, there will be workshops in machine embroidery and silver jewellery and one hour taster sessions for beginners in woodturning.

Gardening Club
Members of the Gardening Club still meet informally and tidy the village where required, while making plans to visit local gardens. Don't forget to start planting and creating for the Flower Show!

Methodist Chapel
The much enjoyed Strawberry Tea will be on Saturday, 23 June from 3 pm. Please put it in your diary and have a light lunch! A "Time to Talk of God" Service will be held on Sunday, 3 June at 11 am. Everyone is most welcome. Details of other services are in the Diary.

High Bray Church
Good Puddings & Songs was a very good evening with talented young and "more mature" putting on a wonderful show. Joan Greenwood is at Eastleigh Care Home in South Molton and would always welcome a visit if you are in the town. Amongst our friends are several very poorly people and we send our love as they face the days ahead.

Charles Church
The Congratulations to Kelsey Boddington and Matthew Alford to be married at High Bray in June, and to Rachel Ley and Alex Walker at East Buckland in July. Welcome to new friends at Holly Cottage, and to Stuart and Catherine at West Blakewell whose son, George, was baptised in the Church in March. We said a very sad farewell to Bridget and Peter Edwards who have served the Church and community in many spheres, sharing with us their many talents. More farewells, Bishop Bob Evens is retiring, but there will be one more, final, opportunity to hear him, and enjoy his entertaining company over supper at Filleigh Village Hall on 28 June. All are welcome, but places are limited – to book contact Chris on 760721. We send best wishes to Chris and Anna Whinney on the birth of a second grandchild, Rebecca, in April, to Miranda and Michael. 

The Church Patronal Festival will be at 3 pm on Sunday, 1st July, with tea and other happenings. At the end of June, we must say farewell to Rev. Peter and Mrs Sue Attwood, as they go off to their delayed, but very well earned "retirement" They will be very sorely missed in their Parishes and further afield. Many familiar will be thankful for Peter's care and ministry in sad and happy times, and we all appreciate the amount of time he has given us. Their time with us has been great fun and very beneficial to so many.
Messy Church 
This will be held again on Saturday, 5 August from 3-5 pm. It is open to 3-10 year olds (of course anyone is welcome!) and lots of fun is had. This is held in the Methodist Schoolroom.

Brayford WI
The new W.I. Policy is to combine the Resolutions meeting with our A.G.M. And this made a very busy evening in May. We were very pleased to meet the new W.I. Adviser for our area, Mrs Catherine Williams, who guided us through the formalities of electing a new President. Mrs Ruth Knights has been trying to retire for some years, but has been such a splendid President, we have been loathe to let her go! Ruth was presented with a bouquet of flowers with our grateful thanks and love. There was a small reshuffle in the Committee and Ruth Knights and Margaret Hartnoll swapped jobs. The Bring 'n' Buy stall was busy and profitable. 

On Wednesday, 13 June we are visiting Chambercombe Manor in Ilfracombe, meeting in the Village Hall car park at 1.30 pm. On Wednesday , 11 July, we are looking forward to a talk given by Mrs Heather Loan from the charity Canine Partners. The first Women's Institute originated in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada in 1897 as a branch of the Farmer's Institute. The first W.I. In Britain started in 1914 under the auspices of the Agricultural Organisations Society, to revitalise rural communications, led by Canadian, Madge Watt. You are very welcome to our meetings, £3 per evening, including high tea. 

Mobile Library
Did you know the Mobile Library stops fortnightly at Brayford Bus Shelter on Fridays from 10.30-11.15 am followed by Charles Crossroads from 11.25-11.55. Membership of the Library is free. There is no charge for borrowing books and there is great choice. You may hire a DVD from as little as £1 a fortnight. Non fiction books, large print and children's books can be reserved free. You can reserve books online and collect them from the mobile library. Children have extra fun joining the Book Track and Summer Reading Challenge. Why not go along the next time the mobile library visits. Like so many other things, if we do not use it, we'll probably lose it!

School Governor Vacancy
Brayford School currently has a vacancy for a Community Governor (member of the public appointed by the governing body to represent community interests). School governors play a valuable role in education. Our Governing Body is a group made up of parents, school staff (including the Head Teacher) and people from the local community, who, together, oversee the development of the school and make decisions about a wide range of issues. We help to determine the aims and values of the School, our priorities for development and help to monitor that the decisions are having the desired effect. Our Governing Body is split into two committees, Curriculum and Personnel and the other Finance and Building issues. Committees meet termly to discuss relevant issues in more detail and then feed back to the Full Governing Body meetings which are held half-termly. Training will be provided. The role of any Governor is voluntary but any expenses incurred as a result of your role will be reimbursed. Find out more about the benefits of becoming a school governor from SGOSS and for more information please contact Bruce Pickard, Chair on 01598 710319.

Brayford School 
The junior children had a great start to the half term with a residential at Beam House at Bideford. All the children had a great time with many of them conquering their fears completing some very scary challenges including abseiling, climbing, and the high ropes. Friday brought a couple of very tired and emotional members of staff, and the children were quite tired as well! The infants did not miss out as they had a very enjoyable trip to Exmoor Zoo, and another to the Quince Honey Farm. All the children joined Umberleigh School on a visit to see the Olympic torch in Barnstaple. We travelled to Umberleigh on a bus to catch the train into Barnstaple. Great fun! Author, Clive Pigg, came into school to show the children his storytelling skills. He was very energetic and inspired the children to come up with their own stories that that they told to the rest of the children. As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, Friday 1 June will be party time. The children and staff are coming to school dressed as a decade, either 1950s, 1960s and so on. Games, food and quizzes are planned also from these decades. Hard work has also started on the Summer play. For times and dates of performances, please ring the school.

Brayford Boomerangs
Boomerangs are celebrating their 10th anniversary on Friday 25 May with a magic show and party games for the children. How time flies and we are really flying now with more children now than ever at preschool. Well done to all the committee and staff, past and present, for making it such a success. The children who are going up to school in September will be starting their taster days on Wednesday, 30 May. They are all quite excited about the big step up to school. If anyone has any Tesco vouchers that they are not sure what to do with, then please bring them to preschool as we are collecting them. Anyone wanting more information on preschool, please contact Kate Trawin (Chair) on 710401, or 710718 in session times (Tuesday & Friday 9-2.30 and Wednesday 9-1.00).


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