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  From the June/July 2017 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 15th June and Thursday 20th 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.
Annual Parish Meeting
This event on 20 April was attended by just one stalwart member of the parish but alas no others – quiet contentment clearly rules.
Devon County Election
It was good to see that Cllr Jeremy Yabsley retained his seat at the recent election with 58% of the vote and a majority of 1065. Cllr Yabsley's continued presence at our monthly meetings will be most welcome and his Council briefings are always much appreciated.
NDDC Recycling
A new kerbside caddy has been delivered to some homes in the parish and from 5 June all food waste must go into this small bin and not into the existing green/black bins or bags. Also from 5 June the trial of three weekly black bin collections will commence in the trial area only which takes in all properties at Fullaford, plus Natsley and Rockley.
Go North Devon
This charitable organisation provides a shop mobility service for anyone with mobility problems who needs help getting around the shops in Barnstaple. You can borrow a mobility scooter, manual or electric wheelchair for the day, or you can take out a longer term hire if you need it over the weekend or evenings. They also run a Cancer Care Car to get you to cancer related hospital appointments. Call 01271 328866 or go to for more details, to book your scooter or place on the Cancer Care Car.

KWIK Cricket 
It's hard to believe, but it is nearly time to once again stage the Charles and Brayford “Single Wicket”, Kwik Cricket Challenge – held annually just a few hundred yards from Charles Church. Last year the late summer sun was a welcoming inspiration for every “competitor” and the cream teas were delicious although some people did bring their own picnics and liquid refreshments. The fields were splendidly manicured and the wonderful views of Exmoor, simply beyond words of description. Oh yes, and over thirty people entered the events, a single wicket competition for boys and girls under 12 and another held for everyone else – Mums, Dads, older kids, grandparents. This year the Kwik Cricket will be held a month earlier – at the start of the summer holidays – Sunday, 23 July, starting at midday – and it should be finished around tea-time. And of course it will be simply fun, so no hard balls, helmets or pads. Just turn up on the day to enter (Adults £2 and Children £1). All of the proceeds this year will go to Charles Church Tower Fund. With all of the equipment being provided, all you have to do is come along on 23 July and enjoy the fun. Signposted from Charles Church, with on-site car parking. If you would like further information, please contact Dianne Tolley on 711828 or email

Brayford Show
Saturday 5 August is the date of this year's Show – brought forward by a couple of weeks to give all of the cut flower exhibitors a chance to enter quality blooms. Because of the earlier date, the Show Schedule was to have been included within this issue of the Newsletter, but we have decided to make a “special delivery” of the schedule and entry form early in July – a decision that will certainly save me from saying “now where did I put that form”. This year's Show includes a few new classes, together with more possibilities for those of us who love growing tomatoes and all other kinds of vegetables, and for the third year the schedule includes a class where the judges will come to you – planters and hanging baskets will be judged at your home. Any hidden passion for “writing” will be satisfied this year by, “A day in the life of ...” - 250 words as a poem, prose, limerick..... you choose. If you are like me, then I'm sure last year's schedule can be found somewhere under a pile of old books, so have a search and look through all of the regular classes, but to give you some advance warning, here are a few of the new ones. The heaviest marrow, 5 pods of peas, a pot fuchsia, a vase of roses, flower arrangements including a Lorna Doone theme and “dare to be different”, a piece of jewellery, crochet item, piece of ceramic, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Birthday Cake, Bakewell Tart (recipe to be provided), Seeded Brown Loaf, Focaccia, 5 Savoury Parmiers. Children's classes include photography, cake making and so much more ...together with a design for the Charles Church 2017 Christmas card. The Sculpture class created a lot of interest last year, so it's back again. Why not create something from scrap, or “found materials” and bring it along to the Village Hall.

Brayford Village Hall
Many thanks to all those who supported the Curry/Karaoke night. The curry, which was superb, was supplied by the W.I. and sold out on the night with many having home take-aways. We discovered a new, young singing talent in Charlotte and the standard of all performances was excellent. A great night, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. £260 was raised, much appreciated by the Village Hall Committee and the W.I. as this was a joint fund raising event. The demand for us to arrange another Bingo Night has not fallen on deaf ears and the Committee will be hosting the next one on Saturday, 1 July. Doors open at 7 pm, eyes down 7.30 pm. Ten Game Book is £5 with prize games of Full Line, Two Lines and Full House, Flyers are £1. A bar will be open and snacks, tea and coffee available. As before, Anthony “Quizy” Bawden and Steve “Herby” Warren will be your Bingo callers. It promises to be an even better night than last time with fantastic prizes. Tell your friends and come along. On 2 September we will be holding a Village Table Top Sale. Priority for tables will be for residents of Brayford Parish and more details will be in the next Newsletter. Start emptying your attics in preparation for what could be a regular feature of the Village Hall fund raising calendar. If anyone feels the wish to further their decorating skills, we need to do some painting inside and out of the Village Hall this year, so please feel free to volunteer.

Youth Club
Leaders:Hilary Ayre 710352/Nick Jefferson 740283
 This very popular club is held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm for 11 to 16 year olds, meeting in the Methodist Schoolroom unless otherwise advised. The programme is decided by the young people. 14 June, Sherdon Water: 28 June, Village Clean up: 13 July (Thursday) Paint Balling. A new lady leader is required – please telephone Mrs Hilary Ayre if you would like to take part in this lively team.

Women's Institute
There is nowhere lovelier than our little pocket of North Devon in the Spring sunshine when wildflowers are out in abundance and we feel encouraged to make plans for our gardens and for the coming months. And we have been doing exactly this. We enjoyed a coffee morning at our member Dianne's home in Charles, where we were also able to buy plants and place orders for our vegetables grown by her husband to raise money for the Charles Tower Fund. 
Some members spent a wonderful Spring day along the River Dart at Agatha Christie's Greenway House and some members went to the W.I. Charity Lunch (ACWW) in Barnstaple to hear how money raised by the W.I. helps women in far-off countries to help themselves and their families.

No money is wasted. We made poppies for the First World War Commemoration at the recent Devon Show. Last month we enjoyed our usual cheese and wine party following the A.G.M. Our new President is Mrs Valerie Walker. On 14 June Jane Williams is talking about Silk Scarves and on 12 July Julie Elkin is coming to remind us how important Bees are to our existence. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings which are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall

Brayford Academy
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. This term the children are learning all about The Vikings and we kicked off our topic with a trip to Pilton Bluecoat Academy where we enjoyed an event led by “The Multi Storey Theatre Company”. The children became Vikings for the day, dressing appropriately and learning about aspects of Viking life and several Viking myths. This event 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.
The children have taken part in a cricket and rounders festival at South Molton Community College and will travel to Barnstaple rugby club next week to play the game against many other schools in the area.

 The infant children have also been active and shared a multi-skills festival where they were able to practise their running, jumping, throwing and catching skills with other children from the area. Our pre-school “The Brumble Bees” has been busy learning about animals and been on a trip to Exmoor Zoo. Despite the rain, the children made the most of the day and enjoyed seeing and learning about the animals there. The plastic crocodile was particularly interesting! 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 

Also, this term, we will be preparing for the end of another academic year and practising an end of year play. This will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 11 July at 2 pm and 6 pm. We will hold our Sports Day Event on Thursday 22 June at 1.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us at both of these events. Thank you for your support at Community lunch; we really enjoy your company at these meal times. The next lunch will be on Wednesday 21 June.

Charles Church
Time to get out your diaries and check all the dates of a wonderful selection of events during these summer months. The Yard Sale in Charles Village during the afternoon of Sunday, 4 June will have anything and everything for sale. Cream teas will be available with all proceeds going towards the Charles Tower Repair Fund. Any items for sale would be very welcome and could be collected if necessary (telephone Jonathan on 710350). The repair work to the Church Tower has now been completed – fundraising will continue during the summer so that we can finish paying for the work. On Friday, 23 June we will welcome the return of the popular Jubilate Choir who offer an evening of light and familiar music in the Church at 7.30 pm in aid of Tower Funds, including refreshments. On Sunday 25 June at 4 pm the Patronal Festival Service will be held in the Church with tea to follow. 

Looking ahead, there will be an evening with Jo, the Bard of Exeter on 6 October, Charles United Harvest Festival on 8 October and a Quiz Evening at The Sportsmans Arms on 24 November. At the Coffee Morning and Plant Sale at Howard and Dianne Tolley's home £200 was raised for the Tower Fund. This and all other donations recently received have been gratefully received by the Treasurer.  
Methodist Church

There will be a Coffee Morning at 10.30 am on Wednesday 7 June in the Methodist Schoolroom. On Saturday, 17 June from 3 pm, we will be holding the ever popular Strawberry Tea, again in the Schoolroom. We hope to see lots there to enjoy the sumptuous cakes as well as the cream teas. We are hosting this year's Riverside Service led by Rev. Linda Pearce at 11.15 am on Sunday 11 June. If the weather is wet it will be held in the Schoolroom.

High Bray Church
Puddings & Song was a very happy evening, full of local talent with a packed Church to hear the Brayford School Choir and Recorder Group. Clive Faulkner led the men's quartet and our own Church & Community Singers were followed by wonderful puddings. If you helped in any way or supported us by coming, thank you. We welcomed Rumi Hartnoll into the family of High Bray Church. Her baptism last month attended by family and friends was a happy time and the baby smiled all the way through. On 30 July High Bray is hosting the Edgemoor Group Service at 10.30 am. If you have time to spare, grass cutters are always welcomed at High Bray.

From The Newsletter Editor 
Hopefully we will have lovely weather for all our outdoor events, although we did need the rain last weekend to top up the river for the Duck Race. The Brayford Show Schedules will be delivered separately in a few weeks, so please try and enter as much as you can and make it a huge success.


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