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.
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
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 @ thegrassrootsproject.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.brayfordboomerangs.org.