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  From the August/September 2010 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 19th August and on Thursday 16th September 2010 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 website.  Anyone living within the parish is most welcome to come along to a monthly meeting so if you have a local issue of any kind that you would like considered we will be pleased to see you at any future meeting.
Weeds and Trees
The yellow-headed ragwort notifiable weed is now appearing in places and anyone finding it on their property should remove it with gloves and dispose of it appropriately. There is also another fungal disease already in the parish named phytophera ramorum, also known as Sudden Oak Death.  Initially it kills the tops of Japanese Larch but can also affect oak trees - affected trees must be felled and destroyed with guidance from the Forestry Commission. Still on the subject of trees the FC do have grants available for the creation of new woodlands & maintenance of existing - Cllr Lowe has good knowledge on this matter or the FC website is

A399 Closure
The County Council have to close the A399 for a stretch near Mockham for Highway Structural Repairs, from Monday 4th October to Friday 5th November.

Brayford School
The School Play ‘Wind in the Willows’ was brilliantly performed on 3 occasions by the children and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The last day of term was spent at Lynmouth with Iony, the Exmoor Ranger, where the children explored the life within rock pools. The day ended with the Year 6 ‘Leavers Concert’ and the children performed for teachers, pupils & parents saying their goodbyes. We wish them all the best of luck in their new schools. Three members of staff are also moving on to pastures new, Sarah Harrison, Juliet Rowe and Sarah Beard - they also will be greatly missed. We return to school on Thursday 2nd September.

Brayford Boomerangs
s term our topic has been 'water'. We have enjoyed learning about speedy shoots, sinking divers, floating objects, paddle boats, water power, fairy plate gardens and we have enjoyed decorating fish pictures for the flower show. Our sports day on Friday 30th June was enjoyed by everyone with fun and laughter all the way. 
School Lunches -
Brayford Primary School have offered our children the opportunity to enjoy Mrs Rawlings' delicious School Lunches on a Tuesday and Friday at the School which we will be starting from September. 
Staff news -
we wish Sarah Beard our Pre-School Leader farewell and Good Luck as she leaves us to move on to a full time position at South Molton Community College. Sarah has been with us for more that 4 years and has

brought many fresh ideas to our setting and given much to our children through her teachings. We also say farewell to Samantha Short our Pre-School assistant who is moving to pastures new. We will miss both Sarah and Sam greatly and we thank them for all their hard work and dedication to our setting. In September we look forward to welcoming Mrs Laura Manley as our new Pre-School Leader and Mrs Di Heard as our Pre-School Assistant. Happy Holidays everyone.

If you require any details about Brayford Boomerangs Pre-School please contact Fiona Tyson on 01598 710724. Our sessions run on a Tuesday and Friday morning between 9.15am – 12.45pm at Brayford Village Hall.

Gardening Club
We had an excellent trip to Sharcott Blueberry Farm near Exford - lovely weather, a beautiful and interesting location and a delicious cream tea with blueberry jam. On Wednesday 15 September we have a talk on Cider & Cider Vinegar by Becky Hartnoll, as usual at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Brayford Flower Show
Brayford Flower Show is on Saturday 21 August in the Village Hall, opening for public viewing at 3.30pm. The Schedule and Entry Form was distributed with the last Newsletter and is also available here. If you’ve never entered before why not try this year? It’s a friendly and informal show, and the more entries we get the better it will be. Don’t forget that weighing for the special potato competition is on Friday 20 August – please bring your potatoes, still in their pots and compost, to the Village Hall from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. 

Methodist Chapel
There will not be a Community Coffee Morning in August. We were sorry to say goodbye to Rev. Bob Kitching and his wife, Val - they have retired and moved to Chandlers Ford.  We shall miss his excellent preaching. The new minister in the Manse at South Molton will be Rev. Mark Noakes.  His welcoming Service will be on Friday 3rd September at Duke Street 7.30pm.  Mark will preach at our Evening Service on Sunday 19th September. Our Harvest Festival Services will be on Sunday 3rd October. In the morning, Rev S. N. Price will lead the service and the evening will be the Circuit Service with Mr Ron Smith. 

High Bray Church
BBQ Picnic with Soft Drinks! Quiz, Church Yard Search, Games & Live Music!  We are on our way to restoring to the village the sound of High Bray’s ancient bells and we are celebrating on Friday 6th August at 6.30pm in the High Bray churchyard.
We will have pictures of the bells (two date back before Henry VIII), exhibits of how bells are pealed and an explanation of how the bells are to be brought down out of the tower (one weighs over a ton) to be fitted
with new fastenings and then hoisted back up to their chamber. No charge, although any contributions to the project gratefully received. Come & enjoy a community evening.
We celebrated two beautiful weddings at High Bray, Mark & Lisa and Simon & Amanda both blessed with lovely weather. Congratulations and very best wishes
from us all. 
On Sunday 8th August, Simon Rooksby is coming to tell of his work in Africa, taking and mending old

computers from here. Please join us if you can. We are having a "Church Walk" again this year, Peter & Bridget Edwards have kindly invited us to Fremington on Saturday 11th September from where we’ll start. More details later. 
Puddings & Songs on Friday 24th September at 7.30pm at High Bray church, again a very varied selection, something for everyone especially ‘ Farmers’!! Bring a ‘pudd’ and enjoy a ‘pudd’ everyone most welcome.
High Bray Church Quiz Night

Fun for young and old on Friday 3rd September at the Village Hall 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. There are 8 categories for teams of 6 persons ~ Adults £3.00 11-16 year olds £1.00 and under 10 years free. Bring your own food & drink, tea & biscuits will be provided at half time. There is a 1st Prize for the winners and a 2nd Prize for the runners up with a Booby Prize for last place and a Prize Draw for everyone.

Mothers' Union
The Archdeaconry Service is on Thursday 23rd September at 2.30pm at Ilfracombe Parish Church, a short service followed by a cream tea. The speaker Mrs Vivien Kityo is the General Trustee for Kampala, Uganda. Many branches knit squares, which we have been sending to Uganda for homes and refugees.

MacMillan Coffee Morning 
On Saturday 25th September we hope to hold our annual community coffee morning for this charity that has helped so many local families. We would be grateful for any saleable items, raffle prizes, produce etc. Please come and support us as you have done in the past.

Brayford WI
We all much enjoyed listening to the Rev. Andrew Jones on Women and Children in the 19th Century in North Devon, and were fascinated by the lively life they led, in some cases. Caroline Sanderson is helping us to make jewellery on Wednesday 8th September, and Mrs. Peacock will talk about Georgian Ladies on Wednesday 13th October. Please join us if you would like to. Cost, including high tea is £3, and we meet on the 2nd Wednesday each month.



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