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  From the August/September 2011 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 18th August and Thursday 15th September 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).  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.
Neighbourhood Watch

The Community Support Officer PCSO Rozputynski attended the meeting on 21 July and there was discussion on the prevailing low level of police cover for Brayford. The problem was highlighted by the fact that PCSO Rozputynski and just one police officer cover a territory of 364 square miles. Although the Council are endeavouring to secure a better level of cover, it faces the current government spending cuts proposal to reduce police numbers by 14 per cent over the next 4 years. Very recent thefts of a trailer from Popham and a quad bike from Thornpark underline yet again the need for every resident to be watchful and report anything suspicious as a matter of urgency.

The Highways Officer, Richard Sabels, kindly attended the 21 July meeting to report on a considerable amount of tarmac patching that has been completed, but acknowledges that the road problems at Hudleigh Mill and Little Bray Lane are outstanding. Drain gulleys in the parish are to be pumped and cleaned on 28/29 September and looking further ahead there is to be a significant closure of the A399 for major works in the vicinity of the Hanson Quarry scheduled for the period 31 October to 11 November. With regard to winter road gritting, the Council are very concerned by the news of a proposal to withdraw future gritting of the highway from Thornpark to Goodleigh. This is a significant section of highway used by many residents and the Council will be lodging a formal objection.
Wind Turbines
Wind turbines could be creeping closer to Brayford as a planning application has been submitted for the erection of a 40 metre high Anemometer Mast at Barnacott Farm, adjacent to the road from Kimbland Cross to Ditch End Cross and just inside Stoke Rivers parish
development of this nature, if permitted, is usually the precursor for the validity of a wind farm. The proposed site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as such the proposal is thought to be contrary to local planning policy. The Parish Council were unanimous in their objection to the proposal and will be advising NDDC accordingly.

Parish Councillors Required
There are still two vacancies for Parish Councillors and anyone who might be interested is most welcome to come along to the next meeting for an informal chat about what is involved.





Gardening Club
In June, our informal Quiz Night was good fun with a nice mix of questions, and in July the weather cheered up somewhat for our trip to Blakewell Fishery and Water Garden, an interesting visit with some lovely gardens and the chance to catch some fish for supper.

*** Meeting Cancelled *** On Wednesday, 21 September, we have
"An Evening with Herbs" at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.
Brayford Flower Show
Don't forget the 90th Flower Show on Saturday 20th August with public entry for viewing and prize-giving from 3.30pm. The full schedule and entry form was distributed with the last Newsletter, and is also available here.  If you've never entered before, why not have a go this year - the more entries the better.

Community Sunday
On Sunday 14 August at 11.15 we are having a Community Service down by the river at Brayford Bridge, followed by
"Bangers & Beans", and bring and share puddings and singing. Do come and join in, children especially welcome. Warning!!! Parents, expect them to get wet in the river!! Dry clothes a good idea.
Methodist Chapel
Apart from Community Sunday our usual services are at 11am each Sunday, including a joint service on 11 September.

Charles Church
New arrivals include the Davies family, who have moved into Town Barton Barn. We trust they will be very happy in the Community. Best wishes to Leah Jemmison on her marriage to Andy. We were shocked at the news of the sudden death of Graeme Wilkinson. With Jenny, he had served many of us through their business, Griffins Yard in South Molton. He had many interests lined up for his retirement, so he will be missed. We send condolences to Jenny and his children. Just a reminder that the Library Van is still coming to the Village. Do support it if you can. Next visit is Friday, 12 August from 11.25 to 11.45am. 

The Midsummer Concert of light entertainment at the Church on 25 June missed the full moon and a summer evening, but was a great evening of variety and music. A handsome sum of 300 was raised, so thanks to all who came, starred and enjoyed with such enthusiasm.
High Bray Church
We are having lots of visiting bell teams from near and far. Do come and watch if you wish. The church is always open to all. Jonathan and Ruby will be meeting others to discuss the "Hot News" future what would you like?  Please let us know.

Brayford WI
Our Open Meeting on 13 July was well attended. We were delighted to welcome Jim Knights and to learn more about the archaeological sites surrounding us. We were so inspired by this interesting talk, that the WI Ladies' monthly walk will be going to some of these pre-historic sites. Our President, Ruth Knights, and Jim, are kindly hosting the annual lunch in their lovely garden in early August. On Wednesday, 13 September, a representative from the Cats Protection League is coming to talk to us. New members are welcome, and meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Village Hall at 7.15pm.

Village Hall
What a difference the lovely new windows make in the kitchen. Thank you to Geoff Nicholls for master minding this for us.  Our Village Hall looks really smart with the new windows and fresh paint inside and out.  There are still many jobs left to do, but many thanks to the Village Hall Committee and everyone else who has helped with the painting, etc.  Work is always on-going so if you have an hour or two to spare it would really help us.
Thanks should also go to Chris and Mick Smith and Sally and Chris Hirst for their green fingers in keeping the "telephone island" and the Nook looking colourful. The Gardening Club also tries to keep the Nook tidy, but they would be pleased to have any offers of plants. The riverside near the bridge always looks inviting thanks to the regular mowing, etc. that Tony and Anthony Bawden undertake. We do appreciate all your efforts to make Brayford such a lovely place for us all to enjoy.

Mothers' Union
The altar frontals are now in Church thank you to everyone for supporting our Coffee Mornings at Ruth Boyles' house. We attended the Deanery Cream Tea at Chittlehampton and the Operation Sunshine Lunch at North Molton. Thank you for coming to our summer lunch in June. Operation Sunshine is a Christian charity which collects, sorts and packs good quality second hand and new clothing, household goods, tools, crafts, medical and educational supplies to help those in great need. They need tools, kitchen equipment, clothing and shoes, crafts and sewing equipment, needles, threads, scissors, buttons, knitting needles, wool, sewing machines, pens, school uniforms, paper, pencils, wellington boots. If you can offer anything, please contact Ruth Edwards on 710375. We will take everything to North Molton and they will take it to Tavistock to be put in a container.


Snapshots Wanted For The Village Calendar
Do you have snapshots of family, anyone in the village, or surrounding area which might be fun to have in the North Devon Village Calendar: the Duck Race, Brayford School events, the Boomerangs, Puddings & Song, skittles, cricket, walks, beach, High Bray bells events, playing in the river ....... anything?  Please save them and if possible, put them on a CD for me to include in the Calendar.
Contact Madeleine Brownell on 710389.


Quiz Night
There will be a quiz night in aid of High Bray Church on Friday 2 September at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Teams of six can enter and there will be eight categories. There will be prizes for First, Runner Up and Booby, plus a draw. Entry fees are 3 for adults, 1 for 11-16s and Under 10s free. Tea and biscuits at half-time, but please bring what else you would like to drink. Great fun for all.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
We hope to have a Village Coffee Morning for this worthwhile charity on Saturday 1 October at 10.30 in the Village Hall.  Last year, we were able to send Macmillan over 800. This was only possible because the committee worked so hard for the morning and you, the village, supported us so generously. Please put this on your calendar and support us yet again. Any offers of help of good, please call Ruth Knights on 710014.


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