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From the August/September 2006 Newsletter:

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 17th August and Thursday 14th September in Brayford Village Hall at 7.30pm.    Agenda 17 Aug
Internal Auditor
Martin Hickman of North Molton has kindly agreed to be the Parish Council's new Internal Auditor.
Electoral Register
North Devon District Council are looking for local people to make house-to-house enquiries to properties which have not returned the annual canvass form. A payment will be made but no details have yet been agreed as to how much this will be. Canvass time would be in November. Anyone interested in carrying out this work should telephone Mrs J Dark on 01271 388277 or email

The Pound
Jane Jeyes represented the Parish Council at the recent Barnstaple and District Civic Society Award evening, when the Annual Conservation Award, 2006, and President’s Shield, were presented to her for the Restoration of Brayford Parish Pound.
Play Area
Initial plans have been received from David Wilson Partnership for the village play area. A Working Committee has to be established within the Parish to help with fund raising.
Neighbourhood Watch
From mid May to date, the police report the theft of money from a telephone box and vandalism at Brayford School. A new representative is being sought in the village to replace Joe Stampfli, who is abroad this year. Please contact John White if you are interested.

Village Hall
The time has arrived when we need to carry out a much needed decoration of the inside of the Village Hall. Thanks to the generosity of Pat and Tom, and the impressive organisational skills of Selina, the Come Dancing evening raised around £400, which we have allocated to the redecoration.
The ideal time, bookings wise, will be the week beginning Monday 21st August, when we will be extremely grateful for as much help as we can get. Anyone who feels able to assist, please contact Ray White or Geoff Dunsford.

Gardening Club
Our visit to Orswell Cottage Organic Garden, by kind invitation of John and Sue Lugg, proved a most interesting and enjoyable evening. The cottage garden, which is delightful and is full of usual shrubs, roses and herbaceous plants, led us up to the acres of vegetables, grown organically on a five year rotation. We also met the friendly goats and admired the poultry.
We are hoping to learn more about pruning at our meeting on Wednesday, 20th September. 

Brayford Flower Show
The 85th Brayford Flower Show is on Saturday, 19th August in the Village Hall, opening at 3.30pm.

Apart from all the usual displays of Vegetables, Flowers, Cookery and Handicrafts, there will be teas and other light refreshments available, and perhaps some more attractions too!
The Village Hall will be open from 9.30am until 11.30am for competitors to stage their exhibits.
Entry Form

Coffee Mornings
The Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will take place on Friday, 29th September at 10.30 am in the Methodist Hall. An early invitation is extended to everyone to support this very worthy cause. We hope to have a big cake stall, bring and buy, bric a brac, etc. We were most grateful for the fantastic support we received last year when we managed to raise over £460. Many thanks from Ruth Knights and friends.
Please note there is no Coffee Morning on the first Wednesday in August. These will resume in September in the Methodist School Room as usual.

Flower Festival
The Methodist Flower Festival was a very colourful affair. High Bray and Charles joined in the theme of the "Rainbow". Each window was done in a different colour of the rainbow. Well done Gladys Barrow for "masterminding" the event.
Several churches will be joining in together for what is to a "reasonable" walk in aid of Devon Historic Churches Trust on Saturday, 9th September. This is always an enjoyable event, open to all, as a whole or in parts. Come and walk a mile! We will finish at North Molton for tea and an evening service. More information from Anna Whinney.

Methodist Church
We have a special service on Sunday, 30th July when we celebrate the Chapel Anniversary. The service at 11 am will be taken by Anthony Huxtable who was born at Shutescombe. Please join us.
From September, our services will sometimes be merged with North Molton.  On Sunday, 17th September this will include the 6.30 pm service, which will be at North Molton.  More announcements will be made in Church nearer the time.
Our Harvest Festival this year will be at 11.00 am on Sunday 1st October and our preacher will be Reverend Amos Cresswell.

High Bray Church
"Thank you" – small words for a huge response to our Gift Evening Auction, which raised an amazing £3,500!!! If the estimate stays as quoted, we should have enough to repair the roof. As with all village events, there is a great need to support each other’s events to keep our village ALIVE.
At the Gift Auction, there were two lots of eggs under the hammer. The first lot were in a lovely basket with a handle. Gill Brown actually won the second lot of eggs (not in a basket), but was given the first lot at the end. If the person who bid for the first lot of eggs would like to claim the basket, please call Gill and "she will hand it over".

Charles Church
A wonderful summer day added to the success and pleasure of the visit of the Bishop of Crediton on Sunday, 11th June. Cold drinks and refreshments were served outside and friends, old and new, were able to view the local history display in the Church. This exhibition will be on view, in the Church, throughout the summer, together with cards of local interest for sale.
The next special event will be an evening concert at Charles Church on Saturday, 19th August at 7 pm. Tickets cost £6 and are available from Anna Whinney or any Church member. An impressive group of young musicians on tour will perform a buzzing programme of music – "The Birds and the B’s…!! Wine or soft drinks will be included. Proceeds are for Church funds.
We also look forward to the wedding of Nicola Yeo and Matthew Thomas, to whom we send our best wishes.
Harvest Festival at Charles Church is on Sunday, 10th September at 6.30 pm. Gifts of fresh or preserved food, clothes, shoes, etc. can be left in the Church and will be given to Barnstaple Poverty Action Group.

Brayford School
We have had a very successful summer term. Sports day was enjoyed by children and parents alike, WREN music presented the Greenwood Show, the infants attended the music Festival at South Molton Community College and the whole school participated in tag Rugby training, coached by Pat MacManus. We also went on our annual Exmoor Walk, this year from Killington to Hunters Inn, studying forests and taking in Beacon and Voley Castles en route. The school council would like to thank all those who have supported their sponsored events this term.
The school play, Robin Hood, was a resounding success with every child taking part. Thank you to all those who attended to support the children, despite the heat!
Finally, we say goodbye to a fantastic Year 6, who have achieved success in all aspects of school life, including some excellent SAT results. We wish them well as they move on to secondary school.

Brayford Boomerangs
Huge thanks to all those who supported and helped out with the Masked Ball. Everyone had a fantastic time and The Sonix provided us with some great music.
On the last day of term the children of the group invited their parents along to Sports Day, followed by a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. We all had a wonderful time; however, we are sad to wave "farewell" to some of the children as they move on up to school.
From October, we have a temporary post available to cover maternity leave. If you know someone who would be interested in applying, please contact Karen Hillyer.
The new prospectus is available. Please call Karen if you, or someone you know, would like a copy.
Many thanks to Jane Dymond for the very colourful display of flowers you provide and look after at the Village Hall. It really is much appreciated.

Mothers Union
The summer lunch went well. Thank you to all who brought food, etc. and to Renee and Terry Dover who told us about well building and schools which they work with in Nepal.
A coach will be going to Boniface Centre, Crediton, on 16th September at 10-10.30 am, when the World Wide President Trish Heywood will attend. Please bring sandwiches for lunch but drinks will be provided.

Women's Institute
The walking group meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 11 am in the Village Hall car park.
Our summer lunch this year will be held on Friday, 11th August at 12.30 pm at Ruth Knights’.
We will be back to normal meetings on Wednesday, 13th September when Mavis Clark will come to talk about "The Silk Trail to China".  This begins at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall.

The Chairman of the Barnstaple and District Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Arnold Bradbury, is very grateful to all who contributed to the recent House-to-House collection in Brayford, which raised £95.92 for this very worthwhile charity, which relies solely on voluntary contribution to save lives at sea and on our beaches.

If anyone could help the Newsletter Editor with getting the Newsletter printed, she would be very grateful. It is usually copied at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple, so it could be someone who works in Barnstaple who could leave it in the morning and collect it later.

Special thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the Newsletter.

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