Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 20th August and on Thursday
17th September 2009 at 7.30pm in Brayford Village Hall. Parish
Council meeting minutes are on show at 4 notice boards - The Nook, Village
Hall, High Bray and Charles (by the Church), and also on the Brayford
The Freedom of Information Act, new publication scheme, will be available on
the website. Also on the website is an Accommodation page, to advertise
costs £5 per year to be paid to the Parish Clerk. To advertise in the
Newsletter costs £3 - £5 per advertisement, also to be paid to the Parish
Village Play Area
David Gosling and Alan Boddington are hoping to assemble volunteers during
the school holidays for further work on the Play Area - notices will be put
round the village!
P.C. D.Chapman and P.C. F.Clopet came to the Parish Council meeting in
July. They have agreed to help re-vamp our Neighbourhood Watch
scheme, and will set up a meeting shortly to give advice on Best
Practice. They still are reminding everyone to keep sheds/garages
locked and thieves are still around looking for quad bikes, strimmers
etc. They also warned that travellers, driving yellow tipper
vehicles, are offering to tarmac drives etc. Make sure of the
legitimacy of anyone you employ to carry out work. For advice or to voice
concerns contact PC Julie Bradshaw or PCSO Michael Livett at South Molton
Station on 01769 575053.
Brayford Flower Show
This year the Flower Show is on Saturday 15 August, opening to the
public at 3.30pm. In addition to the displays of Flowers, Vegetables,
Arrangements, Cookery and Handicrafts there will be refreshments and a
raffle. If you’ve never entered before why not have a go this year – it’s
a very friendly and relaxed show, and the more entries there are the better
it will be.
Schedule and Entry Form
Many thanks to all who supported the school ‘Summer Fete’. In excess
of £300 was raised for school funds. The school play, which was enjoyed by
everyone, was hard work preparing for the performances but it all went well.
We were really proud of them.
Our Year 6 children recently went on their residential trip to Skern Lodge
with Mrs Bearman. They had an energetic but wonderful weekend. The trip made
a good end for their years spent at Brayford school. They will be moving on
to their respective schools in September and we wish them well.
In September we will be joined by 3 new children in the Infant class and 2
new children in the Junior class. We would like to wish them all a warm
welcome. We return to school in Thursday 3rd September.
Well done and thank you to the pupils of Brayford school. We spent the
evening watching them perform ‘Ballooning Around the World’, every pupil
(and helpers) playing their part to put together this wonderful evening.
There was even a celebrity, Johnny Kingdom, who is very interested in his
old school and was happy to attend. Well done - everybody!!!
This term our children have enjoyed several sessions in the infants
classroom at Brayford School, whilst the school children held their play
rehearsals in the Village Hall. Our Sports Day was a lot of fun, cheering,
shouting and laughter for everyone and of course the obligatory parents race
which was only a little competitive! Our children enjoyed digging up,
preparing, cooking and eating delicious new potatoes which they had grown in
their vegetable tubs outside the Village Hall. We welcome Cate who has
joined us this term. We say goodbye and good luck to Oli, Luke and Oli who
moves up to Brayford Primary School in September 2009 and we also say
farewell to Dylan and William. Term starts again on Friday 4 September 2009.
We wish everyone happy summer holidays.
Spence Kingdom's reminiscences of his Brayford childhood were very
interesting and entertaining. We all very much enjoyed his visit at
our July meeting. Our President, Mrs. Ruth Knights is kindly hosting the W.I.
annual lunch in the relaxed atmosphere and lovely gardens of South
Deans at the end of July. We are hoping that the Peninsular School of
Medicine will send a lecturer on Wednesday 9th September
to talk about their research into Diabetes, Neurology, Human and Environment
Thank you Ruth and Mike Edwards, as usual a super ‘Summer Lunch’
followed by a talk by Lisa Elson who has just completed six months as a
nurse in Vietnam. We are so glad she enjoyed her time there and most
importantly, came back safely, thank you to all who helped in anyway. In
June we went to Brayford school to talk to the infants about what we ate and
did when we were aged 7 years old and moving on books were given to the
leavers at the school. Rev Peter Attwood will lead the Festival at Landkey
Church on Thursday 10th September at 10.30am.
We are holding an Auction on Friday 23rd October at 7.30pm
in the Village Hall to raise funds for the North Devon Constituency so this
is a date for your diaries. The auction will consist of either 50/50 ,
Pledges or outright Sales, with entries taken on the night, so now is the
time to be sorting out your attic treasures and we look forward to seeing
you for an enjoyable evening. Tickets £10 each to include a Ploughman’s
Supper and one drink, can be purchased from the Conservative Office (tel.
01271 343101) or by tel. 01598 710081 or on the door.
Our services are held at 11am and 6.30pm each Sunday, with a Circuit Service
at Duke Street, South Molton on the first Sunday evening of each month. Our
lively Sunday Club is held every 2nd and 3rd Sunday
from 11am ~ 12noon. It is well supported by the local 3 week olds to 11 year
olds. Our own minister is Deacon Rona Eastman (740283) and our Circuit
Minister is Bob Kitching (01769 572637). They will be pleased to help you if
you need then. Can we remind you of the community Coffee mornings on the
first Wednesday of every month at 10.30am, everyone is welcome to this free
and friendly get together.
Ray and Ruby visited Exeter Cathedral green for 1100 years of
Christianity in Devon. Around 7,000 people were there all singing and taking
part in worship, full of Bishops, Priests and lay people enjoying the day
which also included puppets, swizzhorn blowing, jazz and sideshows.
High Bray Church Quiz will be held at the Village Hall on Friday 4th
September, 7-7.30pm start. Teams of six will be needed, the questions
are for young and old. Prizes for 1st and 2nd plus
Booby Prize and Draw. Entry charge ~ Adults £3, 11-16yrs £1 and 10 and
under free. Bring own food & drink.
Everyone enjoyed the wedding of Rachel Burnett to Chris Hogg in June.
It was a real village affair with everyone joining in the preparations,
which made it all the more special. Chris' family and friends were there
from New Zealand and experienced Devon hospitality, and a welcome they
assure us they will never forget. It was so good to see many of the
guests in the Church service next day. We all send our best wishes to
them for their future life together. Congratulations to the Boddington
girls, Kelsey and Gessica, on achieving their medical qualifications. Both
have jobs to go to in the South West and we wish them well. A history
exhibition is up in the church at Charles. Following the course run by Rev
Andrew Jones we decided to develop his theme on 19th century
North Devon clergy. We hope people will take a bit of time to pop in and see
it. Advanced notice of the Autumn Concert, A Harvest Cornucopia to be held
in the church on Saturday 10th October at 7.30. It will be
an evening of music and light entertainment by local performers, planned and
coordinated by Margaret Faulkner.
The MacMillan Coffee
We are hoping to hold our village MacMillan Coffee Morning on Saturday
19th September ~ 10.30am ~ 1pm. There will be several stalls
and we would welcome any produce, saleable items, Bric a Brac, cakes etc. If
you would like your own stall, please phone. We will also have a Dutch
Auction of any more expensive items on a 50/50 basis. It would be helpful to
have any goods for the stalls on Friday evening - 7pm at the Village Hall.
We also hope to have a children’s Fancy Dress competition at 11.30am.
Refreshments and a Raffle etc. Thank you for your support last year when we
broke our previous record and raised £775.28. Please send your
contributions, and if possible join us. (any queries contact 710014).
Dartmoor Military Heritage Weekendto be held over the weekend of 12th
and 13th September. A large attendance is expected at both
the Heritage Weekend and the Rally from the ex-Service community of Devon as
well as representatives from the many branches of the Royal British Legion
across the county and the general public.
Attractions include how the Military look after Dartmoor, a fitness trail,
laser rifle ranges, climbing walls, a display of vintage military vehicles,
demonstrations by the Army and Air Force Cadets. The opportunity to meet
regular soldiers of the Army and Royal Marines, bands, models, free fall and
a guided walk on the moor each day at 2 pm. Parking and entry are free, and
refreshments are available in the NAAFI. Children are particularly welcome
with plenty of things to see and do. For further information see
R.N.L.I.The Chairman of the Barnstaple branch
of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution thanks everyone who generously
contributed to the recent house-to-house collection, which raised £115 for
the funds to save lives at sea and on our beaches.
Several of us enjoyed the open day, can you believe it, it was a
wonderful hot sunny day of prayer and worship. Freedom band played, filling
the ‘shed’ and our hearts with joyful music. ‘Ovis’ where hearts and
minds are given time to heal life’s problems is a very caring place.
Special thanks to the
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