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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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,
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.
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