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  From the June/July 2014 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 19th June and Thursday 17th 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.
Local Needs Housing
There are several public sector rented homes in the parish such as those at Hobbs Row that have local occupancy ties and therefore local applicants have priority when they become available. A situation arose recently whereby a local person almost lost the chance of a tenancy as the validity of the tie was not fully appreciated by the letting authority. In future any local applicant for a dwelling tenancy is urged to contact our District Councillor Richard Edgell who will ensure that their application is correctly assessed and prioritised. 

Western Power Electricity
Perhaps somewhat ominously the authority have sent the Parish Council information on how best to cope in the event of a power failure. In particular they suggest each home should have an analogue telephone, a torch with batteries, a power bank for charging essential items such as mobile phones, a rechargeable radio, a foil blanket and a reusable hand warmer. There we are then - be prepared - maybe Summer power cuts are on the horizon?
First Aid Course
A proposal has been received from St. John Ambulance to hold an Essential First Aid Course in the Village Hall. The course will only go ahead if there is a guarantee that a minimum number of 14 people will attend. Would any one interested please register their interest with our Parish Clerk Margaret Hartnoll on telephone number 710295 and if there is sufficient interest a date & time will be arranged.
Play Area
The use of the swings has scuffed away the rubber granules surfacing and a more permanent finish is being installed. The work is weather dependent and as and when it is carried out the swings will be out of bounds for a week or so until the job is completed.
Litter in the countryside
The waste department at North Devon Council have confirmed that the parish litter bin will be emptied monthly and other litter in the parish will be removed. It has been pointed out to the Council that some of the litter is flying off the back of the recycle lorry as it passes through the village and the operatives must take more care in securing the load.


The Flower Show
The Flower Show Schedule for Saturday, 16 August is attached with this Newsletter. Please contact any member of the new Committee if there are any queries:
Amanda Smith, 710979; Howard Tolley, 711828; Tony George, 710549; Margaret Hartnoll 710295; Jan Mitchell, 710177; Jacci Gardner 711843; Sara Burrows, 710256; Samantha Boyles, 710321; Sarah Stone, 710400. Very varied Schedule with something for everyone!


Village Farmers' Market
The May market was another success with more than 20 stalls of Spring plants & shrubs, woollen goods, hand-made greeting cards, fresh baked breads & cakes and Besshill's local meats and vegetables. Four tables for tea, coffee, homebaked biscuits and cakes were filled with friends and neighbours. The June Market is on Saturday, 14 June from 11 am to 1 pm and the July Market is on 12 July. 

Brayford Duck Race
This year's Duck Race was one of the best yet, greatly helped by lovely weather and the presence of Johnny Kingdom and his ITV camera crew. This year's winner was Jamie Robinson, second was Sam Ashdown and third the Heard family. The Dog Show and all the stalls raised lots of money and we are hoping the final figure raised will be around £1600 (exact figure in the next Newsletter). Thank you so much to all who contributed time, effort and, of course, money for making it so successful. 


Strawberry Tea
Come and join us at the Methodist Schoolroom on Saturday, 14 June at 3.00 pm and enjoying meeting friends. This is not for those trying to slim, but the rest of us will enjoy the feast.

Barn Dance 
There will be a Midsummer Barn Dance in the Village Hall on Saturday, 21 June at 7.30 pm in aid of Village Hall funds. For the price of £10 you can dance all evening to the Lucy Lastic Band, and supper is included. Please bring your own drinks and celebrate the Longest Day of the Year. Tickets available from Geoff Dunford, Ray White, Chris Hirst, Susan Goldbourne, Ruth Knights, Jane Jeyes, Anthony Bawden, Madeleine Brownell, Jane Horne, Sarah Stone or Jan Mitchell. 

Riverside Community Service
This will be held on Sunday 8 June at 11.15 am at The Bridge. This service is now becoming a tradition, led by the United Churches of High Bray, Charles and the Methodist Church. We welcome you all to come and sing with us and share the service, followed by a sausage barbecue. Any puddings would be gratefully received. Of course it won’t rain, BUT if it does, we hold the service in the Methodist Chapel. 

Brayford Youth Club
Congratulations to the Youth Club for raising the grand sum of £128 for North Devon Hospice. On presentation to the Hospice fund-raising manager, the young people were invited to the Hospice on 23rd July. Youth Club members are having another fund-raising day in September, this time for The Calvert Trust. More details to follow. Youth Club holds its meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, meeting in the Methodist School Room, unless otherwise advised, at 7 p.m. Programme for June and July is 11th June, Rounders and Barbecue; 26th June, Visit to The Calvert Trust; 9th July, Beach and Fish’n’Chips and 23rd July, Visit to N.D.Hospice. Contact: Mrs. Hilary Ayre, 710352; Mr. Nick Jefferson, 740283. 

Quiz Night 
A big thank you to everyone who came to the High Bray Church Quiz Night on 4 April. A total of £272 was raised. The Winners were Table 1, Runners up Table 6, Booby Prize Table 11. The next quiz night is 26 September. 

Puddings and Songs
Our Puddings & Song was the bet yet. Beginning "With catlike tread", (all the Singing Group in pirate hats), the programme included the School's Ukulele and Steel Pan bands, an uproarious round with each half of the Church trying to out-sing the other, the "Wizard of Oz" led by Anthony Bawden as the Tin Woodman, Andrew & Thomas Heard as the Scarecrows, Tony Bawden as The Cowardly Lion and Grace Heard as Dorothy, all in wonderful costumes, and concluded after Puddings galore, with "Land of Hope and Glory" whose volume raised High Bray's roof a foot or more. Participating were over 100 adults and another 20 children – standing room only. Our next Puddings & Song will be a Harvest Celebration in October – watch for the date.

Charles Church
Please note that the early service of Holy Communion, from July, will be at 8.30 am – a welcome relief for many! During the summer months, there will be a "Prayer Trek" around the local Churches, offering opportunities for peace, prayer, meditation, etc. for local people and visitors to the area. Look out for further information. The Patronal Festival on Sunday 22 June will be a service at 4 pm in the Church, followed by tea. Please note – no service of Holy Communion at 8 am that day. In June, we sadly see the departure/retirement of two members of the Clergy, Preb Chris & Alison Hewitson, and Preb Dr. Andrew & Jan Jones. They are very well known to

many of us and we have been richly blessed by their teaching, wisdom, hospitality and their insight into theology, the mysteries of the Bible, and, of course, local history. All thoroughly enjoyable – bad luck those who have missed it. 
High Bray Church
We are enjoying lots of visiting bell ringing teams. Listen out on Monday evenings as our own team are wonderful. There will be a PCC meeting on Tuesday, 1 July at 7.30 pm at Jonathan & Madeleine's at Whitefield.  

Methodist Chapel
Our Church was full to celebrate the life of Wilfred Yeo. He was a gentle, lovely man who had a full life surrounded by family and friends. We will miss his loyal membership of our congregation and send our love to Hilary, Brian and family. The Ayre family had previously arranged for Lauren and Aaron to be baptised on 25 May. This happy and well attended service was ably led by Rev. Sue. The all-age congregation welcomed them into the Church Fellowship. Our services are each Sunday at 11 am except for 8 June (Riverside) and 29 June (Duke Street, Sough Molton). 13 July - Mrs Sue Procter. 

Brayford WI
We are looking forward to visiting The Dog Trust in Ilfracombe on 11th June and, since being introduced to Giovanni’s Restaurant last year, we are delighted to be dining there once more. We had a merry gathering at the Spring Group Meeting and Marilyn Prout, the Flower Lady, delighted us with her innovative flower arrangements. On 9th July, Vanessa Glover is going to tell us about her rescue from a flooded river by the RNLI. We are also planning summer outings. These include a trip to the Craft Fair around Exeter Cathedral in July, an outing to Torrington and a day at the American Museum in Bath. Theatre Group much enjoyed "The Mousetrap" at The Queen’s Theatre and Walking Group saw Marwood Gardens at their most magical last month. We are always delighted to welcome ladies to our W.I.  

Brayford School 
The Year 6 children will be relieved that the SATs are over. They have all worked so hard to prepare for this, so a huge well done to them. Swimming has again started for 10 weeks at South Molton, something the children always look forward to. Years 5 & 6 are competing in a TAG rugby tournament organised and run by the students of Petroc on 3 June. This is a non-contact sport that introduces boys and girls to the fantastic game of rugby. We have a very good team this year, who have all been practising hard, so hopefully their work will end with a win! Last month two groups of girls performed at Puddings and Song. They played extremely well and are now going to perform at an annual music festival that the juniors attend at Filleigh. Good luck to them all. It is now heads down for the next few weeks till the end of the school year, and hopefully a hot dry summer! The school is now, again, under new leadership. Brayford and Umberleigh federation have joined Pilton Bluecoat Academy and Mr Paul Mulligan will be Headteacher over the three schools. We are very pleased to be welcoming Mr Mulligan to Brayford and we are all looking forward to working with staff and pupils across the three schools. 

Brayford Boomerangs
We welcome a new member of staff this term, Nikki Bourne. Nikki previously worked at Hollyoaks Nursery and we are very pleased to have her on our team. The children have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly this term and have enjoyed learning the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children have also planted sweet peas and we have been lucky enough with the weather to have some picnics outside. We have also been joining the Primary School for playtimes on Friday mornings which the children enjoy. After half term will start our new topic 'Summer'. We still have places available at Boomerangs so please get in touch if you have child aged between 2 and 4. Our telephone number is 710718 in session times (Tuesday and Friday 9 am to 3.15 pm or Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm). 


Ten Tors Challenge
Edward Stone was part of the team of 6 selected from South Molton Community College who took part in this years 35 mile Ten Tors Challenge over Dartmoor 10/11 May. The weather was awful but 5 out of the 6 in the team completed the challenge coming in at 15:52 on Sunday. Next year he hopes to be part of the team selected from the school to take on the 45 mile Challenge. Well done, Edward. 

Culmstock Wheels 
Over 360 classic and vintage cars, plus other vehicles of interest will be at Culmstock, EX15 3JP on Sunday, 6 July from 11 am to 4 pm. There will also be a huge car boot sale (no need to book), plus stalls and entertainment with afernoon attractions from 2.30 pm., all in aid of NSPCC. Admission prices Adults £5, Children (3-15) £3, Senior Citizens £4, Car Boot £6. More details from Lynda on 01823 661701. 

Mobile Library
The Library Van is back on the road and provides an excellent free service for all residents. Note the change of time – Mondays monthly 10.15-10.45 am at Brayford Garage and 11-11.30 am at Charles crossroads, with the next call on 2 June. 


Wild Flowers
We thank the Parish Council for its efforts to protect the wonderful wild flowers in the area at this time of year. It is hoped that serious strimming will be delayed this year, to protect the seeding flowers and wildlife.

From the Editor
Lots to enjoy coming up, so let’s hope for good, hot summer weather to ripen all our vegetables in time for the Flower Show. 

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