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  From the June/July 2013 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 27th June and Thursday 25th 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.
A Local Plan Workshop took place recently with discussion between Planning Officers and representatives of several local parishes including Brayford. Strong views were made that an extra category of development should be added to the Local Plan to enable small villages such as Brayford to achieve some additional housing. Following discussion with parishioners who have expressed interest in the future planning of Brayford, the Parish Council is now submitting a final response to the consultation process.

Neighbourhood Watch
It is reported that fuel has been drained and stolen from a number of vehicles in the local area during the hours of darkness. As a separate issue "travelling people" have been calling at properties offering tools for sale – a degree of awareness is therefore recommended.
Play Area
A proposal to install a pair of swings is under consideration and subject to costing it is hoped that they will be installed on the old sandpit area. 
After lengthy delays by the suppliers, the units and casings have now been fitted. One is installed by the main entrance into the Village Hall and the other is at Sunnyside Cottage in Charles. Thanks must go to Stuart and Ros Brooks for allowing this installation on their property. Thanks also to Alan Boddington for pursuing this lengthy project in true bulldog fashion. 
Local Authority Mortgage Scheme – only 5% deposit required
A scheme has been introduced whereby NDDC provides an indemnity so that Lloyds TSB bank can offer a mortgage of up to 95% of the purchase price. The scheme is for first time buyers, is for existing housing not new build and the maximum loan amount is £150,000. Anyone interested should visit a Lloyds Branch and ask for details of the "Local Lend a Hand Scheme". 

Flower Show
Don't forget to grow, sew, bake, etc. for the upcoming Flower Show at the Village Hall on Saturday, 17 August. There are lots of classes to enter for all ages. A schedule was sent with the last Newsletter, and there will be another with the next Newsletter. If you need one before that, please contact the Editor.  The full Schedule, Rules and Entry Form is also available here.


Brayford Farmers' Market
We had a wonderful Market in May, with over 100 people coming to enjoy the local meats, pasties & soup, freshly baked bread, local cheeses, eggs, sausages, baked cakes, honey, gifts, jewellery, jams & jellies, and much more. Ruth Edwards and Marion Wright served tea and coffee with delicious biscuits, brownies and flapjacks. Ray Hobbs played the accordion and Jacci Gardner gave a free sewing demonstration. Much visiting and local chat was had by all. The next Market will be on 8 June from 11 am to 1 pm in Brayford Village Hall when there will be a free demonstration on making hanging baskets. Put the date in your diary to come and enjoy a day out. If you wish to order some of the excellent bread ahead of time, please call Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell on 710389 before 5 June

Youth Club
This continues to be enjoyed by our young people. On 12 June, there will be a Sumo night at the Chapel Schoolroom, on 26 June a walk and on 10 July there is an outing to the beach. The young people make their own programme and welcome friends age 11+. Contact is Hilary Ayre on 710352. 

North Devon Journal
Jamie Richards has taken on the task of writing up village news and events in the pages of the North Devon Journal every week. The deadline for the paper is noon on Mondays, so if you have anything you would like included please let Jamie know in good time. His telephone number is 710333 or email jamie @


Sewing Bee
Yes, the Sewing Bee Bug has bitten Brayford! Jacci Gardner, who is a qualified and experienced teacher in dressmaking and pattern cutting, is offering sewing lessons, so if you have been watching the programme, of even if you haven't seen it, and would like to learn or refresh your sewing skills, contact Jacci on 711843.

Charles Church
The display of primroses and anemones in the Churchyard was probably the best in living memory – do hope you saw it. The Patron Saint of the Church is St John the Baptist and his festival will be celebrated at a service in the Church at 6 pm on 23 June, followed by drinks, wine and light refreshments. To coincide with the Festival an exhibition of local history will be placed in the Church and will be available to view, daily, until September. It will be a fitting reminder of the may hours of work and study given by Sarah Burnett, Pamela Hudson and many others in the team, over many years. Packs of notelets (6 for £1.20) will be on sale, proceeds towards maintenance of the Churchyard. A few notable celebrations of late – the Ruby Weddings of Chris & Anna Whinney and Pearl & Raymond Latham – best wishes and congratulations to them and to Kelsey (Boddington) and Matthew on the birth of their daughter Josie Val.

Methodist Chapel
We invite you to share a delicious strawberry tea with your friends and acquaintances from the village from 3 pm on Saturday 22 June. We were so sorry to hear that Gladys Barrow has broken her leg. She was making such good progress following her knee operation. We wish her a speedy recovery. Please see the Diary for details of our services. 
High Bray Church
We are so pleased to have bought a super second hand organ that sounds wonderful – thank you to Jonathan, Tony and Margaret for all their hard work getting just the right one. Puddings & Songs was full of talent – lots of young and not so young having fun and then enjoying wonderful puddings. PCC meeting at Ray & Ruby's on Thursday 25 June at 7.30 pm.

Duck Race
Well, we might have been lucky with the weather last year, but not this year!! The rain held off for the start of the Dog Show, but after that the ducks were the only ones who enjoyed the wet weather. The decision had already been made to take to the Village Hall, and, in spite of the rain, there was a good turnout with all but 75 of the 1,000 ducks taking to the river. This year's winners were Teresa Maddox, Norma Thorne, Sylvia Davie, Dick Raymond, Dave Venning, Mark Hawkins, Lucy Tyson, Sandra Lang, Bill Hill, Dale Hooton, Judy Thorne, Luca de Russett, Henry Nicholson, Steve Folland, Alfie Richardson, Andrew Tucker, Chloe Quinlan and Jane Jeyes. Thank you to all who helped and supported the event which has, so far, raised over £1,100 with some monies still to come.

Brayford WI
Our June meeting is always an outing. On 12 June we are visiting the Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station and having a talk about the RNLI and the part it plays in this seaside harbour town. This will be followed by supper at one of the delightful restaurants. On 10 July we are looking forward to welcoming Sandi Wildash-Daws, who is going to tell us how to put on a show at the Queens Theatre. We have recently formed a Theatre Group so, who knows, we might soon form a Drama Society within the W.I.
Thank You
The family of the late Chrissie Leworthy would like to thank everyone for the cards of sympathy during our sad time of loss. We would like to thank Rev. Chris Whinney for the lovely service he did, also the reading by Madeleine Brownell. We will all miss Chrissie so very much.

Brayford School 
We must give a big welcome to our new junior class teacher, Mrs Linzi Langdon. She has settled in well. The children have been very busy with lots of sports activities. The first was a quick cricket competition for the Year 5s at Instow. The children played exceptionally well and ended up winning their group. This means that they will be going to Newton Abbot on 10 June for a regional final. Congratulations to them and we will keep our fingers crossed for the weather to stay bright! We also took part in a rounders and football competition. We were not quite so lucky with those, but a great time was had by all. Year 6 have completed the dreaded SATS and are now looking forward to their last few weeks at the school. The rest of this half term, the children will be practising their play, Midsummer Night's Dream. This is in line with our topic of the Theatre and Shakespeare. We will also be practising for sports day. Hopefully the weather will shine and we will be wearing sun cream and sunhats rather than woolly jumpers and hats.


Brayford Boomerangs
The pre-school is delighted to welcome two new members of staff to the team. Sam Austen, who previously taught at Brayford Primary School is now Play Leader, and Amanda Stubbs is the new Assistant. Meanwhile, Kelly Bawden, who was previously Assistant, has moved into the Deputy Play Leader position. Sam Austen explains: "The appointment of myself and Amanda has allowed the Pre School to increase its hours from 2.30 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays to 3.15 pm. This fits in especially well for parents who have children both at Pre and Primary Schools, as collection times are now 3.15 and 3.30 pm respectively. We have also introduced a selection of free fruit and a glass of milk for all the Boomerangs children during the morning break, to help encourage healthy eating." Boomerangs is held in Brayford Village Hall, adjacent to the Primary School, three times a week on Tuesdays and Fridays (8.45 am-3.15 pm) and Wednesdays (8.45 am to 1 pm). It is one of the most cost effective pre schools in the area, charging just £2.90 per hour and £1 for the optional 8.45-9am Early Bird sessions. Unlike some other pre schools in the area, Boomerangs accept two year olds and "2gether" Funding and 15 hours free childcare via Early Year scheme for the over threes. To find out more about Boomerangs, make an informal visit, or to enrol your child, please contact Sam Austen on 710718 during session times or go to

Night Walk
This was in aid if North Devon Hospice and eleven miles were completed by Tracey, Charlotte, Sheila and Ruby on a beautiful evening in company with 1,500 other ladies.
Christian Aid
Thank you to everybody who gave. This money goes directly to teach people how to sustain themselves.


From the Newsletter Editor
It was lovely to see so many people on Monday at the Duck Race, in spite of the weather. Let’s hope the long, hot summer we are due will start soon. Don’t forget to send in your copy in good time, and remember to contact Jamie Richards if you have anything for the North Devon Journal.

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