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  From the June/July 2019 Newsletter: 


Planning Application at Shutscombe Hill
This application for a dwelling and butchery building has become a very controversial issue with over 100 residents registering their objections on the NDDC planning portal. The PC discussed the matter at the April meeting and their recommendations have been formally submitted. The consultation period has been extended to 24 June and further representations are welcome to the NDDC Planning website under Ref: 66417.

Recent Local Elections
District Cllr Richard Edgell stood down at the end of his term in office and the PC were united in their thanks for his support and guidance over the last few years. At the April PC meeting Cllr Liz Bulled was congratulated on her election success and the PC look forward to a good working relationship over the next 4 years.

Parish Council Vacancy
The PC are inviting applications from anyone who has lived in the parish for the last twelve months or more and is at least 18 years of age. Parish Councillors are elected representatives and serve for a 4 year term. Councillors contribute to the work of the Council by suggesting ideas, influencing policy, engaging in constructive debate and by responding to the needs and views of the community. Councillors are also required to act in an ethical way, declare an interest when necessary and comply with the Code of Conduct. Anyone interested is requested to contact the Clerk, Joe Poole on 710236.

Speeding Traffic
Little Bray Lane is reported to be becoming a "rat run" with vehicles travelling much too fast particularly now the roadside hedges are growing out and vision is reduced. Although the speed limit is 30 mph this in reality is too fast on the narrow winding lanes and drivers need to show more caution.

Neighbourhood Watch
There is growing concern after a recent attempted break-in to steal a dog and a report of men in a white van stopping to talk to dog walkers. Dogs are being stolen not just because of their value but also to be used in illegal fighting. Anyone seeing anything suspicious should contact the police immediately

The Patronal Festival will be on Monday evening, 24 June at 6.30 pm.

On 2 June we are joining with South Molton Methodists at Duke Street. On 9 June we will host a United Service. On 15 June at 3 pm we will enjoy our annual Strawberry Tea, so we hope you will join us for an afternoon treat. On 16 June at 9.15 am we are looking forward to Martin Hickman leading us. This is an all age morning with everyone welcome to share a special time together. On 23 June at 11 am Rev. Anthony Huxtable will be joining us. Antony lived here many years ago and many people may still remember him. I am sure he would love to see old friends at this service. On 30 June at 11 am Mrs Sue Procter will be here, on 7 July at 11 am we will welcome Mr D Summers and on 14 July our United Service will be at Charles Church. On 21 July at 11 am we welcome Mrs Gloria Manning and on 28 July at 11 am Mr Arthur Mildon will take Holy Communion.

The Treasure Hunt held on 14 April in conjunction with the Women's Institute was a huge success. Great fun was had in solving the clues set by Val and Mike Warner and the evening meal provided by the W.I. was, as always, the highlight of the day. Both the Village Hall Committee and the W.I. are very grateful for the support given to what is becoming an Annual event. In the last week of July through to early August the Village Hall Committee have arranged for the inside of the Village Hall to be redecorated. The Farmers Market will still take place as will the Annual Brayford Show. The redecoration is part of the planned refurbishment programme which hopefully will be completed next year with the redecoration of the outside of the hall. The Village Hall Committee is still looking for younger members to join the management team. Anyone interested in supporting an active, but ageing committee would be very welcome. Contact Joe Poole on 710236 or

Enclosed with this Newsletter is a list of categories for this year's Show which will take place on Saturday 17 August. This will give everyone time to think about their entries as we would really like to have as many as possible. The full schedule with entry forms will go out with the August edition of the Newsletter.

We are having the happy event of a wedding at High Bray on 22 June so on Monday 17 June we are giving the church a "spring clean" and the outside a "trim". Any offers of help would be gratefully appreciated. Please ring Ruby on 710417.

Our June meeting will be a bit different - we are meeting in the Village Hall car park at 5 pm on Wednesday 12 June and going to Woolacombe to watch David Kennard's sheepdog demonstration at Burrough Farm, followed by fish and chips. Ten ladies had a lovely sunny trip to Padstow and Boscastle a week ago - the sun shone all day long. Some of us are going to La Petite Bouchee at the end of June to watch a cookery demonstration and sample delicious cuisine. At our meeting on 10 July we look forward to welcoming a speaker from "Farms for City Children." Our walking group is active once more - meeting on thelast Wednesday of each month at 11 am in the Village Hall Car Park.

Take a step back in time to the 17th century when a band of ferocious brigands known as The Doones wrought terror over Exmoor and a pair of star crossed lovers wished to wed. Well then join us from 3 pm on Sunday 23 June in Charles to be part of the re-enactment of that marriage of Lorna Doone (Lady Dugal), a wealthy heiress of noble birth, to yeoman farmer John (Jan) Ridd. To set the scene our Pageant begins in Victorian times 150 years ago when R D Blackmore first published his most famous book Lorna Doone and enjoy entertainment from that era together with an interview with the man himself. Following the wedding you will be invited to enjoy supper and libations, all for the modest sum of £10 (£5 for under 14). To book tickets or for more information phone 710350/710769 or visit our Facebook page lornadoonepageant. Please note limited tickets are available so book early to avoid disappointment. Please note on 30 June at 2 pm we will be opening the Charles Village History Exhibition in the Church which will run until the end of September. Cream teas will be served on the opening day only. Regret limited wheelchair access to the Church.

Our Community Coffee mornings have been well supported on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30 to 12 noon in the Methodist School Room. The hostess for June is Gayle but as yet we have no one for July.

We will all be enjoying the river at the bridge in the summer. We are so lucky to be able to use this lovely space so please respect the use by closing the gate and not leaving any litter. The cows do not know the "Highway Code".

We have all started the new term with enthusiasm and our topic is "On Safari". The infant children will be investigating the following question, "If you went on an African Safari ... What would you discover?". They will be finding out about and studying African safari animals as well as using books to compare England and Africa. The junior aged children will develop an awareness of our place in the world and understand how our actions can have a positive impact both locally and globally. They will develop a sense of awe and wonder about the diversity of wildlife and landscapes in our world. The children will learn about the African elephant and its plight in the wild. You will be able to view some of the children's artwork from this term at the Brayford Show in August. The children enjoyed a trip to Paignton Zoo last week as part of their topic learning. They were able to see a variety of strange and wonderful creatures and discovered which ones originated in Africa. We were treated to a workshop run by a member of staff at the zoo, where the children were able to handle an elephant's tooth, tusk, a lion's skin, rhino horn and a giraffe's vertebra. They had a great day of learning. We were only able to take the children on this wonderful trip due to the support of the PTFA who paid for the transport. If anyone has an interest in the village school and would like to join the PTFA please ring the school office. We are always open to new families interested in the school and they are welcome to come and visit at any time by ringing the office to let us know when it is convenient. More information about the school can be found on our website or our Facebook page http@// The next community lunch at school will be on Wednesday 12 June at a cost of £5. Please ring the school office to book a place - 710345.

William Cutclifffe was one of the first Baptist ministers in North Devon. In the early 1980s his great, great grandson, Richard, visited the Brayford Chapel and located the Manse with William's name on the pastor stone. William was born in 1806, appointed pastor in 1831, retired in 1876 and was subsequently buried in 1879 in Oxford. Richard has been unable to track any of William's siblings or parents and would like to know if anyone in the village can help with information. Please contact

The weather might not have been as hot as last year but lots of people came to enjoy the barbecue and cream teas as well as all the stalls. The jazz band entertained as usual and there were plenty of plants to buy, as well as bric-a-brac and games such as Splat the Rat and the ever popular Golf Range across the river. The 1100 ducks seemed to take a fair while to make their way down to the finish but in first place was Sam Jeyes, second Andy Crane, third Rosie Boyles, fourth Chris Hirst, fifth Millie Brown and sixth Tim Guest. By the next issue Joe will have totalled up all the monies donated and give us a final figure. A lot of effort is put into this event by all the volunteers setting up and taking down and, of course, running the stalls, so a big thank you to all of you who make the Duck Race possible for us to enjoy.

The item about being sensible when using the river by the bridge makes it seem like summer is here. Letís hope the weather catches up and we have a lovely summer season so we all have lots of produce to enter into the Brayford Show in August.

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