rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the August/September 2006
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
Martin Hickman of North Molton has kindly agreed to be the Parish
Council's new Internal Auditor.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 HallThe 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.
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
We are hoping to learn more about pruning at our meeting on Wednesday, 20th
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.
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.
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
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.
"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
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".
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Supported by Brayford Parish Council