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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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