rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
August/September 2008 Newsletter:
Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday
21st August and Thursday 18th September in Brayford Village Hall.
The junction at Bray Cross towards Lydcott and the junction with Mill Lane
will be closed from Tuesday 30th September for drainage works.
Work should be finished by Friday 3rd October except for access.
The Parish Council welcomed 2 new councillors, Mr Adam Stone and Mr Ray
Dart, and the new parish newsletter editor Janice Higgs. For ease all round
could everyone make sure that information for the newsletter reaches Janice
in good time before the closing dates.
Morgan Ashurst have begun work on site - they are an experienced and
considerate company. It has been confirmed that Little Bray Lane will be
closed for the installation of services - temporary closure for through
traffic from Monday 15th September to an anticipated finish on 13th
October, with access to land or premises only.
David Gosling has applied for two grants, and will apply also for a Lottery
grant. It is hoped that a working party can be formed to prune
hedges/shrubs/ trees and put up a boundary fence during the school holidays.
There has been vandalism at the Methodist Chapel. Matches have been dropped
into the fuel tank; the oil pipe has been broken and oil has trickled out,
and one of the floors has been flooded. There have been 3 further incidents
reported to the Police; two obstructions of vehicles, and an attempted fuel
theft at the quarries. The Police stress the importance of vigilance,
particularly if oil tanks are visible from the road.
Tour of Britain Cycle Race
The Tour of Britain Cycle Race will reach Exmoor on Tuesday 9th
September. Mr Edgell distributed leaflets and posters.
Mr Denby is going round local parishes talking about wire-free broadband for
rural areas, for those who cannot receive telephone-line broadband. The
project was started by Somerset County Council two years ago. NDDC and
Exmoor National Park are interested in the project, and there is some money
for the infrastructure. The aerial is approx 30ft high (planning permission
not required), and should be attached to a building in the highest point of
the 5-mile area it can cover.
Mr Denby has offered to be the point of contact for Brayford, and anyone
interested in this wi-fi broadband system can be put on his list. Contact:
Brayford Village Quiz Night
Bring your own team of no more than 6 or just come and join up as a team on
the night with friends and neighbours. There will be trophies, booby prizes,
a raffle with spectacular choices, a bring and share supper and
refreshments. Put the date in your calendar: Friday 11th
September at 7pm (7.30pm start) in Brayford Village Hall.
We hope you are able to support our annual effort for Macmillan. There will
be a change of date as most of the helpers are away in Tuscany at the end of
September! We will have a coffee morning on Saturday 13th
September from 10.30am to 1.00pm in the Village Hall. We plan to have many
stalls and competitions for the children - saleable items would be
You helped raise over £700 last year so we have a challenge on our hands!
Many tanks to all who braved the rain to support us on 21st June
for Broomhill’s Big BBQ. A fun night was had by all, raising a total of
£515 for cancer research - this includes sponsorship from the Race For Life
and donations from the BBQ evening. It has been suggested that this could be
an annual event, so watch this space next year! Thanks to Sarah and Davina
for all their hard work. We say a fond farewell to Simon and Davina - they
have been part of the "Broomhill Family" for more than 13 years,
and we wish them well in their new home in South Molton. Welcome to Eddy and
Ann who have come to live at Broomhill - we hope that they will settle in
and be happy there.
First Aid Course
Would you be interested in a day Emergency First Aid Course (morning into
early afternoon), to be given in Brayford Village Hall on Saturday 20th
September at a cost of approx £30. Please contact Ruby or Madeleine to make
reservations - perhaps we can help someone someday.
An exhibition entitled "Agriculture in the Past" will shortly be
shown at South Molton Museum, and this will include photographs of Brayford,
compiled by John White.
The Chairman and Committee of the Barnstaple and District branch of the
Royal National Lifeboat Institution thank all who generously supported the
recent house-to-house collection. Locally £107 was raised for funds to save
lives at sea and for the lifeguards who patrol our South West coastal
The school held their fun event on Saturday 5th July and although
the weather was not good it was well attended and raised £416.72 for PTFA
funds. Many thanks to everyone involved.
The school play was performed on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th
July. The performances were absolutely brilliant, the children sang
beautifully, and many of us had a tear in our eye.
We said a very sad farewell to Mrs Wildig, the infant class teacher, at the
end of term. Her laughter and enthusiasm has filled the school for many
years. We also see Mrs Pierson, our mealtime assistant, leaving as she takes
up employment elsewhere, and of course our 3 Year Six children will be
moving on to South Molton Community College and West Buckland. We will miss
them all very much.
We will be joined by Miss Lewis in the
infant class and look forward to her arrival and the children who will be
starting in September.
During the holiday the school will be having a "make-over". The
whole school will be redecorated and have new furnishing. When we return to
school on Wednesday 3rd September we would like to invite people
to come and view the changes around the new look school between 9.00am and
Brayford Boomerangs Pre-school
Our children have enjoyed a summer term packed with fun activities. This has
included a trip to Quince Honey Farm at South Molton where they learned all
about honey bees.
Our children have enjoyed digging up,
preparing, cooking and eating delicious new potatoes they had grown in their
vegetable tubs outside the Village Hall. Sports Day was a lot of fun,
cheering, shouting and laughter for everyone. In particular, we enjoyed a
lovely new take on the "relay race" with children running with
little posies of flowers instead of a baton!
Ione Willock, ENPA Ranger, lead our children on a "Mini beast and
bug" walk along the banks of the river. Even summer drizzle couldn’t
dampen the childrens’ enthusiasm and fascination for all the creatures.
This term we say goodbye and good luck to Daisy who moves up to Brayford
Primary School in September. Finally, we’d like to congratulate Brayford
Primary School on their School Play; it was an amazing production. All of
the children performed fantastically and it was a wonderful show for all our
community - thank you.
Gardening Club and Flower Show
In July we had a group
outing to RHS Rosemoor – good weather, an enjoyable lunch and, as always,
something new to see made for a very pleasant visit.
The Brayford Flower Show this year is on Saturday 16th August, opening to
the public at 3.30pm. If you’ve never entered why not try this year –
the more entries there are, the better the show will be. Schedule & Entry Form
On Wednesday 17th September we are visiting the steeply terraced garden
at Durcombe Water, Barbrook, set beside open moorland and featuring
spring-fed streams, ponds and waterfalls. We shall be leaving from the
Village Hall at 2.00pm (this is a change to the original time).
Community Coffee Morning
There will be no coffee morning in August. We meet again on Wednesday 3rd
September in the Methodist Schoolroom. Could you take a turn to make the
coffee between 10.30am and 12 noon? No offer refused.
High Bray Church
We are grateful to Chris, Tony and Anthony for pollarding the church’s
trees, and Ray White for cutting grass. Our churchyard looks very tidy.
Thank you Ruth (and Mike) for a super lunch - we had a wonderful time of
A Joyful Evening!
About 70 young and old braved the weather and raised the roof with song at
High Bray Church on Friday 11th July. Summer Praise Gospel songs,
and quiet, and rousing hymns had even our Vicar waving his arms about with
the children in "Wide, wide is the ocean"! We all brought our
picnics inside, and what with trying each other’s dishes, nothing was
left. What a wonderful community evening of enjoyment.
The next Puddings and Song will be at High Bray on Friday 17th
October. Put it in your diary and COME!
Harvest Festival and Sausage Sizzle
The village Harvest Festival Lunch and Sausage Sizzle at Charles Church will
be on Sunday 14th September at 11.15am. A basket will left in the
church before and on the day for gifts of food for the Barnstaple Poverty
Action Group. Children are invited to bring their harvest gifts to the
church on the day - everyone is welcome.
Charles Parish News
The next parochial Church Council meeting will be on Monday 22nd
September at Victoria Cottage.
The Filleigh Church Festival was a great success and £107 was raised for
overseas work. Thanks to all who came and those who supplied food for the
summer lunch. Thanks also to the speaker Rev Peter Atwood who spoke of a
trip he is organising to Austria in September 2010 to see the Oberammergau
Passion Play. Chris Whinney will be the speaker at our next meeting at
2.30pm on Tuesday 16th September at Charles Church.
Duck Race Photos
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