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  From the June/July 2015 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 18th June and Thursday 16th 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.
Job Vacancy for Parish Clerk
Margaret Hartnoll has decided to retire from her post as Parish Clerk and we will be very sad to see her go as her ability and conscientious approach to the job for many years have been outstanding. The PC are therefore seeking a replacement Clerk for what is one of the most rewarding jobs in a local community. Clerks pride themselves in having a good deal of common sense, confidence to handle the administrative work, being a good organiser, IT literate and able to get on with people. Underwriting these qualities is a sense of public duty - of wanting to help others in the community. Do you think YOU could fill the bill? if so please contact Margaret on 710295 or the Chairman Brian Symons on 710294. The job is open to applications until the 30 June. 
Brayford School
The village school is now part of a Multi Academy Trust linked to Umberleigh School and the Bluecoat School in Pilton Barnstaple. Due to an unusual legal position, the school buildings currently have no registered owner and the Parish Council have been asked to act as Trustee. In that capacity the PC can grant a 125 year lease to the Academy Trust thus securing the future of the school in Brayford. A draft lease has been prepared and is currently being considered by the PC and provided that there is no risk of financial or other liability the formalisation will proceed. In the event the matter is completed Cllr Steve MacAllister has volunteered to join the Board of Governors at the Academy Trust thus ensuring that the PC are kept fully advised that the terms of the Lease are properly & fully complied with.
Project Update
In remembrance of the Great War the oak trees have now been planted and as soon as the signs have been made up they will be erected at the two locations. A new project for the benefit of the parish is now needed and residents are invited to submit suggestions.
Planning Applications
An application for alterations at Hillcroft bungalow has been received - ref. 62/14/15/002. In brief it is proposed that the asbestos roof is removed and replaced by a slate clad more steeply pitched roof to allow bedrooms at first floor level. Walls to remain rendered with part timber clad gables.
Refuse Collection
Complaints have been received about scattered rubbish in one or two locations in the more remote parts of the parish. The problem is occurring because rubbish is being put out several days before it is due for collection and is being attacked by wildlife then spread by the wind. It is important that rubbish is put out by 7am on collection day or the evening before and even then bags should be covered to prevent vermin attack.

Duck Race
Thank you so much to everyone for setting up and, very importantly, clearing up before and after the Duck Race – teamwork to perfection. It was a great day and the Jazz Band made it all go with a swing. The ducks had a good journey down the river and the winning duck belonged to Tace Dunford, second was Ben Ward and third Brian Symons. The Dog Show was a great success and we all enjoyed the many stalls. Many thanks to all who helped in so many ways to raise over £1,800 for Village Hall funds. You may remember that last year Johnny Kingdom came with a film crew to the Duck Race and this is due to go out on ITV on Monday, 1 June at 8 pm as part of his new series “Johnny Kingdom's Wild Exmoor”.

Smugglers Charity Bike Ride
On Sunday, 7 June there will be a big charity bike ride in aid of North Devon Hospice. There are four routes of varying lengths and riders will be coming through Brayford on the way to the Moor at some point in the day although starts are staggered. Entry is still open for anyone who is keen. Look out for Simon (our postman)!

Youth Club
Leaders: Mrs Hilary Ayre, 710352 and Mr Nick Jefferson, 740283. This is a Club for 11 to 16 year olds and is held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 pm. The young people decide their own programme and lots of outdoor activities are planned for June, July and August. This summer's Junior School leavers are warmly invited to join in with the fun on 22 July and during August. On 13 May, the youngsters presented a cheque for £140, through their own fund raising, to The Calvert Turst. Well done Youth Club!

Stoke Rivers Art Show & Plant Sale
Paintings, Engravings & Photographs by well-known local artists for sale Friday 19 and 20 June from 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday 21 June from 10 am to 3 pm . Also, on Sunday 21 June from 10 am to 3 pm Plant & Garden Sale with interesting plants (many from specialist nurseries), garden tools (second hand), Willow Work, Pottery, etc. Refreshments all day. All at Stoke Rivers Village Hall. 

Gardens Open
Sunday, 7 June 1-5.30 pm - Eight village gardens will be open in George Nympton in aid of the village Church. Teas, plant and craft stalls, church flower display, pony rides, racing stables, lunches at the Castle Inn (bookings 01769 479593). Entry £5 adults, ú1 children, under 5 free. Saturday, 13 and Sunday 14 June from 10.30 am to 5 pm – Floral Art in the Garden at Barleycott, Blakewell, near Muddiford. Teas, raffle and various stalls. All proceeds are for North Devon Hospice. Tickets on the gate £3.50.

Charles Church
Charles Church Patronal Festival, Sunday, 28 June at 4 pm. A special day for old and new friends of the Church to gather for a service, followed by tea. Gifts of flower arrangements will be most welcome (more details from Gloria on 01271 379151). Very best wishes to Lisa and Mark Murthen on Mark's approaching ordination on 20 June and to Kelsey (nee Boddington) and Matthew Alford on the birth of their daughter, Charley Pauline.

High Bray Church
We have had three very happy occasions. Puddings & Songs, welcome baptism to the family of High Bray to Olive Dwight and lovely wedding of Ryan and Hannah Greenwood – the Church full for all events with very happy people. Thank you Anthony Bawden, the Quiz Night was a super fun night as well as raising funds for the Church. There is a PCC meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday, 7 July at Broomhill. Please come or send you thoughts to Ray or Ruby.

Brayford Methodist Church
Our annual Strawberry Tea will be on Saturday, 6 June at 3 pm in the Methodist Schoolroom. Everyone is welcome (not suitable for members of Weight Watchers!). £4 for adults and £2 for children under 11. We are looking forward to the Community Riverside Service and Barbecue on Sunday, 12 July at 11.15 am. Our services are every Sunday at 11 am apart from 14 June which is a United Service at 11.15 am and 12 July (see above).


Brayford WI
At our A.G.M. in May, we were sustained by Cheese and Wine and our Bring 'n Buy stall raised some money for the Institute. The W.I. is celebrating its hundredth birthday this year. The National A.G.M. is being held at The Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 4 June and being relayed to W.I.s all over the country. The Plough in Torrington is one of the venues, and some us us will be going to enjoy the meeting there. Also, one of our members will be taking tea with the Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace in early June. We have been invited to the Dartnall Racing Stables at Shutescombe on 10 June. W.I. Ladies feel they would like to raise some money for the earthquake victims in Nepal and as “Friends of the W.I.”, they are inviting everyone to a fund raising Coffee Morning at the Methodist Schoolroom on Friday, 12 June at 10.30 am. There will be a few stalls – cakes, books, plants, etc. Renee and Terry Dover will show a film of their school near Katmandu, which has survived, but the homes of the children have not. Sarah Witheridge is giving legal advice on 8 July, and our Summer Outing is to Wells and Glastonbury on Wednesday 15 July. Ladies are warmly invited to join our meetings, cost £3 per evening, including Tea. Husbands are welcome to social functions.

Brayford School 
The summer term is moving fast and we have already reached the half term break. The children have been working really hard on the summer term topic which is titled ‘Wet and Wild’. The junior children have been studying the world’s seas and oceans and related geographical features including: cliffs, beaches, coasts, kelp fields, ice caps and the sea bed. We have been exploring the impact of climate change and how this could affect the earth and how we can contribute to conservation. The infant children have been focussing on the wild rainforests. They have been studying the animals, fruits, plants and insects that lurk beneath. At the end of April the children went on a school trip to Plymouth Aquarium where they were fascinated to see all kinds of ocean creatures. The children were led on a tour by the Aquarium staff and told many strange and wonderful facts about the animals which live in our seas. A great day out for everyone! The children have many sporting events to look forward to after half term including a tag rugby festival at Petroc College in Barnstaple and a cricket tournament at Umberleigh school with the partners from our multi-academy trust – Pilton Bluecoat and Umberleigh. 

Also in June and July, the children will be taught cricket by Barney Huxtable from ‘Chance to Shine’ who is a very experienced level 2 coach and current County player for Devon. As we are approaching the end of the academic year there are several events to which we would like to invite you. On Saturday, 20 June, the PTFA are holding a Big Breakfast at the school to raise funds for the children – the Big Breakfast is the day before Father’s day so bring your Dads and Grandads along to enjoy the feast. Sports Day will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 2 July at 1.30pm. The children will be taking part in team events and individual races. The PTFA will be laying on a barbeque and cakes. Finally our end of year play will take place on Wednesday 15 July at 2pm and 6pm in the Village Hall where our year six children, who will be moving on to South Molton Community College, will be the stars of the show!

Our condolences to Tony and Fred Bawden and families on the death of their sister, Freda Seviour. Freda was very well known in Brayford and loved to come home to support our events.

From The Newsletter Editor 
Hope you all enjoyed the Duck Race. There were 24 prizes in all, so well worth buying lots of ducks. There is a lot of work still to be done at the Village Hall and the money raised at the Duck Race is very important as it is the main source of funding repairs and renovations. Have a great summer!


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