A rural parish in North Devon, England including Brayford village, High Bray and Charles, and a part of Exmoor National Park


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  From the June/July 2018 Newsletter: 


Annual General Meeting
This was held on 17 May and in the absence of any parishioners it is to be assumed that you are all content with the performance of YOUR parish council. Brian Symons was re-elected as Chairman, Norman Barrow as Vice Chairman and the remaining Councillors have all indicated to serve for the coming year. An updated list will be posted to the parish website and as ever do please contact any team member should you have an issue to raise.

Academy Lease
This matter is moving forward but at a slow pace. The original documentation prepared by solicitors Crosse Wyatt has at last been received and passed on to the legal department at NDDC. We now await this department to consider the full evidence and report back with their findings and guidance as to how the PC can resolve the problem to ensure the school's continued existence.

Broadband Connection
Earlier this year the Government issued guidelines encouraging the Church of England to use its buildings and other property to improve broadband, mobile and WiFi connectivity for local communities. The use of churches to host digital infrastructure will help to deliver the Government's commitment for everyone to get good quality mobile connectivity where they live, work and travel. Airband is the largest wireless Internet Service Provider in the UK and the PC has been in discussion with the Company for some while to try and achieve a better service for Brayford. The possibility of using the tower at High Bray Church is under consideration and the decision is awaited.

Highways Maintenance
The poor state of parish roads is an ongoing issue with numerous pot holes still evident. The PC continues to push for urgent repairs and the District and County Councillors tell us that repairs are behind schedule due to the financial situation, the very bad weather earlier in the year and concern that the appointed contractors are not able to fulfil their contractual conditions. Every effort is being made to improve the situation but in the meantime all drivers must be "pot hole aware" and drive with due caution.

Best wishes to Fred Bawden who is now living at Eastleigh Care Home in South Molton and would love to see anyone from Brayford for a visit.

News has reached us of the recent death in Exminster of Joan Lawrence, a long time resident of Charles. She will always be remembered, with her husband John, for their ever open door for all who cared to call in. On their retirement from tea planting in India they were quick to join in every new experience, socially and in serving the community. John was Church Warden and Joan - Treasurer, Secretary, organist, etc. at the Church, goat keeper, milk recorder and member of the W.I. They were greatly loved and are still missed. Burial of ashes at Charles in the near future. On Sunday 24 June at 4 pm at Charles Church there is a Festival Service for the Patron Saint St John The Baptist followed by tea. As part of the celebration we shall rejoice in the local wild flowers in poetry, paintings and flowers. Any who would like to join in would be most welcome, details from Anna 760217 or Annie 710769. Howard Tolley held another successful plant sale - there may be some plants left, so if you missed it contact him on 711828.

April was a lively month, starting with a delightful celebratory tea for our popular member, Mrs Ruth Knights, on her special birthday. Many of us buy delicious bread from Brayford Village Market which is supplied by East/West Bakery in Barnstaple, so we were particularly happy to welcome Mrs Principe and her son, who work for the family firm, to our April meeting. They told us how they started in the bakery business some years ago and how the business runs now. Two members attended the Spring Council Meeting in Torquay. The Car Treasure Hunt, with supper afterwards, organised by the Village Hall Committee and the W.I. were much enjoyed. Morris men entertained us at the Spring Group Meeting held at Filleigh Village Hall. We had our A.G.M./cheese and wine evening in May and sixteen of us went to Bath one sunny day. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 13 June when our speaker is talking about Gold - A journey through the Ages and on Wednesday 11 July a speaker from the Otter Trust will be talking to us. Guests are always welcome. Cost is £4 which includes a delicious high tea.

Our love and sympathy to Sarah and Jess Harrison on the death of Mark who lived at Broomhill for many years.

We have had a sunny start to the Summer term and the children are enjoying a topic based around explorers, with the infants class studying Christopher Columbus and the older children looking at Howard Carter and his exploration of Ancient Egypt. We are planning to create some art work inspired by the topic to display at the Brayford Show this summer. A couple of our children had the opportunity to take part in a residential trip to London, with other children from across the Trust at the end of last term. They had a fun filled week exploring the sights and sounds of the city. They were able to visit the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, The London Eye and Harry Potter Studios as well as watch a show - Aladdin. The children were able to make new friends with those from Pilton and Umberleigh and had some truly unforgettable experiences on this trip. Four of our older children completed the Exmoor Challenge at the beginning of this month. They walked 16 miles across the moors, starting at 9 am and finishing at approximately 4 pm. They had to navigate their own way using the map and directions provided without any adult support or instruction. The day was very hot and this proved to be an added challenge for the walkers. We were extremely pleased and proud to see them as they approached the final stretch to the finishing line. Emotions were high and the team were exhausted but the determination and strength of character they showed was incredible. We are so proud of our four youngsters for taking on and completing this challenge as it was a real test of their physical and mental strength and resilience, their resolve and camaraderie never faltered. Our year six children have completed their SATs test and will be soon preparing for the next step of their education at South Molton Community College. It doesn't seem two minutes ago that they were the fresh young faces in reception - time goes by so quickly. However, there is lots of learning and enjoyment left at Brayford for them before the end of term including a residential trip to The Ultimate High Adventure Centre in Bideford where they will be taking part in activities such as surfing, rock climbing and kayaking. The children deserve this fun filled week after their hard work and we hope they have an amazing time and make many happy memories. We very much enjoy the company of the community at our community lunches. The dates for the next lunches are: Tuesday 19 June and Tuesday 10 July. If you would like to join us then please phone and school office on 710345 to order your lunch which will cost £5. We look forward to seeing you.

On Sunday, 10 June the United Service will be 11.15 am with Rev. Stuart Innalls. On Saturday 16 June have a light lunch as it is Strawberry Tea time in the Methodist School Room from 3 pm onwards. On 17 June we will have a Breakfast Meeting at 9.15 am led by Tina Lay, All Age Fellowship. Sunday 15 July is the Riverside Service at 11.15 am. Services on other Sundays will be at 11 am.

I hope you all enjoyed my community tea party. Thank you so much for coming. My lovely W.I. friends were kind enough to help me maintain the W.I. reputation for great food. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful cards and very generous donations of £553 shared between Action for Children, and the W.I. charity ACWW which trains women in the Third World to feed their families and lift them out of poverty. Brayford is a caring, friendly generous community and hopefully we will all help to keep it that way. Ruth Knights

We will take a break for July and August and be back again in September but you can enjoy coffee at the Village Markets.

The plant sale and coffee morning held by Howard and Dianne Tolley in Charles on Bank Holiday Monday raised just over £500 for Parkinsons UK. Thank you to all those who spent time and money in support of the charity.

This is held in the Methodist Chapel School Room on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 pm (for 11 to 16 year olds) Leaders: Lisa Ward 710488 and Nick Jefferson 740283. There is an exciting programme for the summer, starting with a Village Clean Up in early June, followed by a visit to North Devon Hospice to present a cheque for over £200 raised by Youth Club. There are beach trips on the agenda, tenpin bowling and a visit to Sherdon is planned. The outing to the Barnstaple Fire Station was most interesting but curtailed by the alarm going off suddenly and the firemen dashing off on a rescue trip. Next meeting is Wednesday 13 June. All young people aged 11 to 16 are welcome.

The Car Treasure Hunt proved to be a huge success, both financially and socially. Thanks to Val and Mike Warner who planned the Hunt route and set the clues. The afternoon was extremely entertaining and caused a lot of amusement and mind stretching. The following meal made by Jacci Gardner and her helpers fed more than 50 people in royal style. Our thanks to all the supporting sponsors for their donations and prizes. We have already planned a repeat event for next year in conjunction with the Women's Institute and expect it will be even bigger and better than this year.

On 8 July, weather permitting, we are having a Riverside Service by Brayford Bridge at 11.15 am. Come and join in with a "sausage sizzle" and Bring and Share puddings afterwards.

The Church Quiz held on 27 April raised a total of £290 with nine teams playing. The winners were Table 3 with 281 points, runners up Table 8 with 262 points and the Booby prize went to Table 9 with 131 points. Thank you everyone for a great night.

We had a delightful evening at High Bray Church on 18 May with lots of children from Brayford Academy singing in harmony and dressed as jungle animals from "Bare Necessities". We enjoyed the Brayford Singing Group singing "Barcarolle" and hand clapping "All night, all day". The audience led us in a challenging round of "O when the Saints" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" without a flaw. And, there were lots and lots of Puddings. Come and join us on 19 October at 7 pm for the Harvest Puddings & Song.

We had a wonderful May Market with animals, children, adults and lots of local produce and crafts. We had "Rosie" the black pet lamb, a tortoise, a duck, some 3 day old chicks and their mother and "Bubble" and "Squeak" the Shetland ponies. All delighted us with their presence and all enjoying our affection. On 9 June from 11 am to 1 pm we will have "Rosie" the lamb back again as one of our stall holders, Charmain Woolley, will be demonstrating how to spin wool on her spinning wheel and will be using Rosie's mother's wool. Try your hand at spinning as well. We will also have Bratton Fleming Stores taking a table for the first time. They will be bringing delicious cakes, sweets and other items which in between Markets can be found at the Bratton Fleming Shop & Tea Room. Come and be a part of this, learn to spin, pat Rosie and see all the delicious and interesting local produce available to us at this special market.

Many apologies to the W.I. for leaving their news out of the last Newsletter. I hope you are all busy preparing your produce and making cakes and crafts for the Brayford Show in August. Letís make it the best Show yet.

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