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  From the June/July 2016 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 16th June and Thursday 21st 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.
Devon County Planning Application at Hansons Quarry
This application to relocate soil storage bunds on land at Gards Pit has created significant objection from residents in Charles. Both the Parish Council and NDDC have formally objected to the proposal. The planning officer is hoping to determine the application at the beginning of June and the matter may well be referred to the Full Planning Committee on the 15 June. With controversial applications such as this all parishioners are always welcome to attend the monthly PC meetings to raise their concerns and have a full discussion. It is to be regretted that in this instance no concerns were formally raised but verbal abuse was directed at members of the PC.
School Academy Trust
Solicitors for the Academy have now set out replies to the various concerns the PC had relating to their appointment as Trustees and the associated Lease to the Academy. The conclusions are now deemed to be acceptable and the PC have confirmed their willingness to act so that a Lease can now be prepared. It is hoped that this procedure when completed will ensure the school in Brayford will continue to exist for many years to come.
Neighbourhood Watch
We are fortunate that very little crime is occurring in the parish and the Devon & Cornwall Police have confirmed an overall reduction in crime to the 31 March this year. The Crime Survey for England showed that almost 72% of respondents said that our force do a good or excellent job - this means that compared to other forces in England our force has the highest levels of public confidence.
Commemoration Medals
Just a reminder that a batch of medals have been ordered so if you have eligible children to receive a free medal please make sure the PC are aware of your details.
Parish Council AGM
This was held on the 19 May and due to their dedication and commitment to the well being and fair governance of our parish, Brian Symons was duly elected chairman with Norman Barrow as vice chairman. There was no change in the list of supporting councillors.

Duck Race/Dog Show
Don't forget the annual village “get-together” at Brayford Bridge on Monday, 30 May. Dog Show starts at 1.30 pm at the Methodist Church and has classes for all types of dog. The events at the Bridge commence at 2.30 pm with lots of stalls including plants for sale, barbecue, cream teas and your last chance to purchase the winning duck.


HM The Queen's Ninetieth Birthday Celebration
There will be a special Village Market on Saturday, 11 June from 11 am to 1 pm offering celebratory items for sale, Raffle prize for a Flower Planter and Market Voucher, plus Daffodil cards to be redeemed for bulbs which will be planted around the village in the Autumn with a plaque noting this landmark in history. This planting will be funded by the Parish Council. From 1 to 3 pm there will be children's games at the School organised by Paula Roddy. To round the day off High Bray and Charles Women's Institute invite you all to the Village Hall from 3-5 pm for a traditional tea to celebrate the occasion. There will be no charge for the tea but donations will be invited to send to North Devon Hospice.

Brayford Show 2016
The Show will be held on Saturday, 20 August in the Village Hall and the detailed schedule, together with entry forms will be distributed with the August Newsletter. But just a quick update – for those of you waiting for the Chelsea Bun recipe, it has been decided to change this category so just call 711828 or email and we will let you have the new recipe. We also left the Fruit Cordial off the recently issued schedule... but it's back on. So get ready to pick your blackcurrants.

Youth Club
(for young people aged 11 to 16)
Leaders: Hilary Ayre 710352 and Nick Jefferson 740283
Youth Club meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm unless otherwise stated, The young people have produced a new programme for the next twelve months. There is a trip to Sherdon Water on 7 June, a Treasure Hunt on 22 June and paint balling on Thursday 7 July. On 13 July, green bowling and the younger ones are proposing a Village clean up on 27 July. After last year's Village clean up the Youth Club raised £210.70 and presented their cheque to Cancer Research – well done all of you.

Women's Institute
We had a very busy A.G.M. With a Bring and Buy Stall and Cheese and Wine to fortify us – there is always so much to discuss and plan. Our next meeting is on 8 June and we have been invited to a tour around Liscombe Farm on Exmoor followed by dinner. At the end of June, we are filling a mini-bus and spending a day in Bath and on 13 July Fran Greenaway and Jacky Massos are talking about their charity Care for Kids. Our monthly walk is held on the last Wednesday of each month, meeting in the Village Hall car park at 11 am. The W.I.'s Wedding Anniversary flower arrangement for the 3-Churches Flower Festival is Emerald (55 years).

Anthony's Quiz Night
High Bray Church Quiz held on 1 April raised a total of £320. 13 teams participated and the winners were Table 12 with 94 points, runners up Table 4 with 86 points with the Booby prize going to Table 10 with 41 points. The next quiz will be Friday 2 September in the Village Hall. Thank you to everyone who came.


Brayford School
The first part of the summer term has flown by and we are set to be very busy during the last part of the academic year. The children this term are learning all about Brazil and we kicked off our topic with a trip to the Eden Project. The children became rainforest explorers for the day and learnt how to build a shelter, find food and purify water. The children learnt many interesting facts about rainforest plants and we all had a fantastic day out. This trip continues to enhance the curriculum which we believe should provide memorable and real life experiences for the children. There are many sporting events this term, one being a trip to Braunton Athletics Track to take part in a mini Olympic Celebration with the children from Umberleigh and Pilton Bluecoat.  


The children will be studying the origins of the Olympic Games and how the events have evolved. The children will be finding out about different athletes and developing their maths learning through an Olympic theme. The infant children will also be taking part in an athletics festival at South Molton Community College and the junior children a Tag Rugby competition in Barnstaple. Finally we will hold our Sports Day Event on Tuesday 21 June. Everyone is welcome to join us – it will start at 1.30pm and the PTFA will be serving cream teas throughout the afternoon.


It is a long way off but we are all really looking forward to September as we will welcome several new children and also a new teacher for an additional junior class. As our numbers have increased we have decided to split the junior class in two so the children continue to receive a high quality learning experience. Also, if you know anyone who has pre-school aged children we are now taking applications for the autumn term. An application form and more information is available on our website

Charles Church
For the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations, it was good to be able to see the beacon on the moor close to Five Barrows from this side of the Valley. Other celebrations have included the wedding of Andrew Faulkner and Amy Nelson, followed by the wedding of Esther Wilkinson in July. We send very best wishes for their futures. To those who have recently been bereaved, we offer our sympathy and concern, particularly to Jane and Nick Horne on the death of Jane's mother Elsie, a lovely lady and a popular visitor to Charles. The Quinquennial Inspection of the Church indicates a fair number of repairs are required including major repairs to the tower and the bells. Minor repairs have already been addressed, the bells inspected by Taylors and a quote obtained for the tower. Details of the report and plans of work can be obtained from the Church Wardens or members and any help in raising the £23,000 required will be most welcome. On Saturday, 11 June at 7.30 pm in the Church, there will be a celebratory concert for the Queen's 90th Birthday. The Jubilate Choir will perform an evening of light and entertaining music with wine and refreshments – a dreamy summer evening. Tickets are £5 on the door and all proceeds will start the Tower Fund. If you are planning a family trip to the Big Sheep, do look out for a Clun Forest Ram (stage name Forest Gump!) who kindly exchanged his life on the farm at Welcombe in order to entertain the nation.

High Bray Church
Puddings and Songs was a wonderful evening with different people bringing their talents along with Brayford school children. The Church was full and “Land of Hope and Glory” raised the rafters. Thank you for your support. There are some changes to June services. We will be joining North Molton on 12 June at 11 am to celebrate the Queen's Birthday and the following Sunday we will be joining the Methodist Church at the Flower Festival Service (see under Methodist Church). There will be a happy event at High Bray on Saturday, 16 July when Lee and Becky will be married. We wish them love and happiness and a sunny day.

Methodist Church
We continue to have weekly services on Sundays at 11 am, except for United services. Our June United Service will be very special. High Bray, Charles and the Chapel are holding a FLOWER FESTIVAL on June 18 and 19 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Methodist Church. The theme is Wedding Anniversaries and each village group will be represented. On Saturday there will be coffee served from 10 am with our annual Strawberry Tea in the afternoon. On Sunday there will be a Family Service at 11.15 am led by Rev. David Baker with Cream Teas in the afternoon. We are replacing our main doors and hope they will be ready for this special occasion. You can be assured of a warm welcome to this village event.


From The Newsletter Editor 
Hopefully, we will have fine weather for all our events in the coming months - see you all at the Duck Race.




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