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  From the August/September 2012 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 16th August and Thursday 20th 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.
Jubilee Celebrations
The Fourth of June was indeed a memorable day in our Parish with a very well attended Duck Race and a super evening of entertainment at the Village Hall. Many residents contributed to the success of all the events and, in particular, Ruby White is to be thanked for her unstinting efforts to ensure a special day; thanks also to Dave Hendy and Graham Bawden for the entertainment and to Paula Roddy for the Jubilee cake. The Jubilee Beacon was also a great success and many thanks must to go Andy & Penny Crane for the use of their land and their generous hospitality on the night. Thanks also to Marcus & Selina Sinclair for the flag by the bridge.
Memorial Coins
were distributed to all the qualifying children and there are, in fact, a few left over. They can be purchased at a price of 5 each from the Parish Clerk.


The Highways Officer attended the last meeting and was given a considerable list of outstanding potholes and blocked drains that have been reported across the Parish. He will make every effort to ensure the County Council contractors complete these works as soon as possible. Timber lorries will shortly be passing through the village for a period of about two months as further tree felling is taking place in Gratton Wood.

Parish Project
The High Bray Church Bells refurbishment project was a resounding success and thought is now being given to a fresh community project to take us into 2013. Already proposed is an adult fitness area incorporating various exercise equipment, but the Parish Council is open to ideas and invites suggestions for consideration at the next monthly meeting. Please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance and come along in person to the next meeting to outline your proposal.
Two machines are now on order, but there is a slight delay in the supply of the specialist boxes to house them in. However, a date has been arranged for a full presentation and user instruction at the Village Hall. This important demonstration will teach everyone how to use the machine and will be a full evening session commencing at 6.30 pm on 15 September. Numbers will be limited and all those wishing to attend are requested to register their interest with Cllr Alan Boddington on 710241.
Public Footpaths
There is concern over the improper use of public footpaths in that dogs are being allowed to run wild over adjacent farmland and plastic "poo bags" are not being taken away by dog owners and disposed of correctly. A public footpath permits a right to cross private land for access only from point of entrance to point of exit as defined on any Ordnance Survey map. Should animals be grazing, dogs must be kept on a lead the whole time and if there is no stock present a dog must be at the owner's side and not stray from the designated route. Adjacent farmland is not an exercise/play area and should be treated with due respect. The right to roam does not apply. All dog faeces must be picked up by the owners and taken home for hygienic disposal. A new permissive footpath has been created by Mr. Andrew Downs from Oreton Cross towards Grass Park to the east. From the gate at the junction the path deviates to the south of the existing footpath for walkers to achieve a closer view of the ancient standing stones.


Duck Race and Dog Show
Well, weren't we the lucky ones it was the only nice day in the whole week! And what a good day it was. So many people came to support the ducks and they really appreciated it. The Dog Show was a real success also, bringing in lots of new people, including Ian with Sage the American Eagle Owl, who was an amazing creature. At the end of the day we made 1875 which I think is an all-time record, so thank you to everyone who contributed, and especially to the Methodist Chapel who not only let us use the car park and grass, but also did teas up there. The Duck Race winners were (from first prize) Steve Barns, M Tucker, D Woodwood, Jack Flyn-Evans, Andy Crane, John Buckingham, Riley Moore, Andrew Heard, Veronica Ley, Mike Wright, Margaret Hartnoll, Duncan Moore, Thelma Folland, Daisy Miller, Tate Dunford, Liam Stubbs, Thomas Robins, Val Maddox, Jeremy Thorne, Faye Leaworthy, Tate Dunford, Bev Ayre, Pops Heard, Bill Maddox, Rosie Dog, Jamie Austen, Oscar Hartsuiker, Roger Hickman, Alice Friend and Pete Turner. The winner of the "Guess the weight of the Rabbit" (5.13 kg) was Brian Ayre, the winner of the Treasure Hunt was Veronica Stone (treasure hidden on the island square 17) and the number of sweets in the jar was 84, won by Bridget.

Flower Show
The Flower Show for this Jubilee Year will be held on Saturday 18 August in Brayford Village Hall. The show will be opened by Mr & Mrs Ray Boyles at 3.30 pm. The Schedule is being sent out with the Newsletter lots of variety, so please do enter! Every entry helps to make the Show a success and a pleasure to attend.


Rules and Entry Form

Exmoor Sponsored Walk
Children's Hospice South West is hosting a 12 mile circular walk on Sunday, 23 September, giving a chance to enjoy the lovely autumnal colours and diverse and spectacular landscape, as well as supporting such a worthwhile charity. Walkers will set off from Hawkridge at 9.30 am and on completion will enjoy refreshments, including a burger van and tea and coffee. There is no registration fee but walkers are encouraged to raise sponsorship for the charity. For further information and to register, please contact Ivan Huxtable on 01769 540835 or Little Bridge House on 01271 325270.

Youth Club
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 7-9 pm in the Methodist School Room, unless otherwise stated Programme for the next few months can be obtained from Mrs Hilary Ayre, Leader, telephone 710352. In August meetings will be held on the 8th and 22nd.

Wort And Gratton Woods Larch Extraction
On behalf of the contractors, Barrie Lowe apologises for any disturbance caused by timber lorries through the village and to the residents of Little Bray for any disruption.

Village Shop/Post Office/
Community Centre 

Those interested in creating a Shop/Post Office in our Village will meet at the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom on Thursday, 9 August at 7.30 pm to report on possible sites investigated since our last meeting, and ideas for a monthly Farmers' & Craft Market while we get our permanent site set. Please come, all welcome. Jonathan & Madeleine Brownell 710389.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
This is on Saturday, 29 September at 10.30 am. We hope you will note the date in your diary and come and support this worthy cause again. It has become an annual, wonderful village get together. We will be pleased to receive any saleable items, cakes, plants, produce or stalls to help boost the amount we can send to the Devon Macmillan office. We have sent over 800 in 2010 and 2011, which reflects the generosity of Brayford people. Offers of help or goods please contact Ruth on 710014.

Tour Of Britain Cycle Race
Stage 7 of this year's race will be from Barnstaple to Dartmouth on 15 September. The stage starts at 10.15 am and heads out to Instow, Bideford, Torrington, Hatherleigh, etc. More details will be available on the Tour website and it should be featured in the North Devon Journal nearer the time.

Charles Church
Glory be that the sunshine has now returned a relief and a blessing for our farmers, growers, gardeners, the Olympics and those on holiday. Interviews are taking place for a successor to The Rev. Peter Attwood, and, in the meantime, we thank Chris Whinney and the retired Clergy for their care. To quote Chris Whinney's tribute in "In Touch" - "Peter hit the ground running, and although supposed to be part time, he worked round the clock, seven days a week for us, coming to all the PCCs, coffee mornings, concerts and get togethers. He baptised our children, married us and buried us". We owe him a deep debt of gratitude.

Advance warning for diaries of the Harvest Festival on Sunday, 14 October at 11.15 am and the famous barbecue. Saturday, 8 September Ride a Stride for Devon Historic Churches Trust will pass through Charles. On 16 December at 3 pm, the Exmoor Carollers and a Crib Service with Carols on 23 December.
Methodist Chapel
On 5 August, Messy Church from 3 to 5 pm. This is an informal lively session to include craft work, cooking, singing, refreshments and generally a fun time for all the family. We had a great community afternoon last time, so do come and join us.

High Bray Church
We are holding "Songs of Praise" by the river on Sunday, 12 August at 11.15 am followed by "Bangers & Beans" by the river and bring and share puddings. Please come and join in this happy time together.

We are very sad to record the death of Mrs Joan Greenwood. The church was full for her funeral at which we were grateful to Mrs Ruth Boyles for giving the very moving eulogy on behalf of us all. Joan was always first to offer her help. We shall miss her cheerful smile.

Brayford WI
Heather Loan from Canine Partners brought her own special dog to demonstrate training these special animals to live with and help people who are sick or disabled. It was a very interesting meeting. Our summer lunch is in late July at South Deans, by kind invitation of Jim and Ruth Knights. In September, we will look forward to welcoming Diane Tolley from Charles to talk about Fashion in the 1920s/1930s, when those who wish can dress in period clothes. Everyone is welcome. Meetings, including delicious tea, cost 3 per evening.

Quiz Night
This will be held on Friday, 7 September at 7 for 7.30 pm start in the Village Hall in aid of High Bray Church. It is for teams of six with a charge of 3 for adults and 1 for the 11-16s. There will be a prize for First Place, Runner Up and Booby, also be a draw. There will be free tea and coffee but you are welcome to bring what else you would like to drink.

Congratulations and best wishes to Kelsey & Matthew on their wedding on 23 June at High Bray, with the church bells ringing, and commiserations that the great event, by evening, experienced the great deluge never to be forgotten! Congratulations also to Rachel Ley and Alex Walker married at East Buckland. We wish them all every happiness for their futures together.

Brayford School 
Friday, 20 July brought the end of the school year for the children at Brayford Primary School. We said a fond farewell to Jodie, Charlotte and Kieran and wish them all the best of luck at South Molton Community College. Friday also brought an end of 12 years' service from Christine Bearman. Chris started out her career at Brayford School as a teacher, she then stepped up to the position of Headteacher. For 6 years Chris has been Head at the school. In that time she has worked hard to make sure that the school has maintained its very important place in the local community and, also, within the wider community. Chris was presented with gifts and flowers at the end of term play which was, for her, quite an emotional evening. Chris will go on to pastures new in the South of France and we all wish her, and her family, the best of luck. 

This year's school play was all about the Olympics. The children and staff had great fun and as usual it all went very well. Thank you to all who helped at the two performances. There have been many events this term, including Olympic sports at SMCC, swimming and visitors. One memorable visitor was children's author, Pat Hutchins, who came in to talk to the children about her years as a writer and illustrator. The children were enthralled as she showed them her drawings and books. Hopefully the weather will brighten and the children will have a warm and safe summer holiday. Autumn term starts on Wednesday, 5 September.

Brayford Boomerangs
What an emotional end to our summer term. We had to say goodbye to twelve children who will be going up to school after the holidays. Ten of those children will be going to Brayford Primary School. We enjoyed our last day in the sunshine and playing lots of games outside. It was a joy to see the children being able to play outside again after having such awful weather! In the autumn term we will be welcoming three new children to Boomerangs, Maisie, Winston and Aimee. I hope they will enjoy their time with us. A date for your diaries, on Saturday 22 September we will be holding a Table Top sale from 1.00 to 4.00 pm. If you would like to book a table, then please phone Kate on 710401. If you require any more information on Boomerangs, then please phone Kate Trawin (Chair) on 710401 or 710718 in session times, Tuesday and Friday 9.00 am to 2.30 pm or Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm.


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