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  From the August/September 2013 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 15th August and Thursday 26th 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.
The emerging Local Plan will now include a "small village" category and although it will not actually list the qualifying villages, it will instead set out criteria that a settlement would need to meet. The Policy Officer has stated that the plan would be supportive of growth in Brayford and he envisages a further five or so dwellings, especially if there is actual local support for growth.

Neighbourhood Watch
An Ifor Williams trailer has been stolen from within the parish and the thieves were able to remove a security fitting. It yet again underlines the need for constant vigilance and the highest level of anti theft measures.
Play Area
The apparatus has been cleaned, the footbridge wire renewed and Cllr Leworthy has made a sound repair to the stream bank and grating. A pair of swings are being purchased and it is hoped that they will be erected by mid August. There will be one flat seat for larger children and a cradle seat for toddlers.  
Millennium Garden
The area of bank swept away by the exceptional flood waters in December has now been replaced by timber posts and rails. Brackets will shortly be fitted in order that the rails can be quickly removed in the event that future flooding is imminent. It is hoped that this measure will help to ensure that the adjacent properties do not again suffer from significant flood water.  
There is concern about the temporary traffic lights that seem to be forever somewhere along the A399. Bad driving practices are being seen and this is probably due to general driver frustration. It is understood that the long term cost of hiring lights can sometimes equate to the actual cost of the repair work required. Devon County Highways have been asked to undertake the works as a matter of urgency.

Concern has been raised about the "Danger/Shooting" signage at Rockshead. The Firearms Department at Exeter Constabulary have been consulted and they confirm that the owners hold valid firearm certification for shooting on their property. The signage highlights the possibility of unexpected loud bangs from shooting that could occur whilst walking the public footpath.  

Brayford Flower Show
Included with the Newsletter is an entry form for the Flower Show on Saturday, 17 August.  Please try and enter as many categories as possible and make the Show one to remember.  The full Schedule, Rules and Entry Form is also available here.


Brayford Farmers' Market
Brayford's popular Farmers' Market is held on the second Saturday of each month at the Village Hall from 11am to 1pm.  Admission is free and prices are competitive.

Youth Club
We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 7-9 pm in the Methodist School Room, unless otherwise stated. A new programme is available and includes 14 August an outing to Calvert Trust, 28 August trip to the beach and barbecue, 7 September trip to Plymouth. For more details contact Hilary Ayre on 710352.


Congratulations to Jamie & Polly Hartnoll who married last month. Everyone looked splendid at the "Devon Tea" and Caribbean evening given in their honour at Little Bray. Well done Chris, Margaret and Suzi for a wonderful time despite the rain. 


Our sympathy to the family of the late Michael Jemmison who passed away in Spain. We send our love to parents Ron & Lily. A remembrance service will be held in Brayford Methodist Chapel on Saturday, 3 August at 2.30 pm. Also, Pamela Osbourne Thorne, who lived at Broomhill for many years, lost her long and courageous fight with cancer last month. Pam was a great knitter and produced lovely garments overnight. We remember Sarah & Jessica Harrison, Pam's daughter and granddaughter who still live at Broomhill.

Charles Church
At an inspiring and well attended service at Charles Church on 15 July, on a beautiful summer day, there was a surprise bonus when all the bells were rung. It was rather hot for the ringers, but was much appreciated. The local history exhibition continues in the Church during August and September. On Sunday 6 October, viewers are invited to tea in the Church from 4.30 pm, for a final get together as the Exhibition ends. A service of Evensong or Songs of Praise will follow at 6.30 pm. The Induction of the Rev. Dr. Michael Grandy as the new Vicar of South Molton will take place on 4 September. Discussions with the Parish Council continue concerning the "Village Green". 

Methodist Chapel
We would like to thank everyone who supported our Strawberry Tea. It was a very successful and happy occasion. Gladys Barrow would like to thank everyone for their cards, flowers, prayers and good wishes following her unfortunate accident. She is making steady progress. We are pleased to say that Mike Thorne is also feeling better and joining in our activities again. 
High Bray Church
High Bray Churchyard always looks very tidy and we thank Tony Bawden and Ray White for looking after our loved ones with such care.

Quiz Night 
A quiz night in aid of High Bray Church funds will be held on Friday, 6 September at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. This is for teams of a maximum of six people with a cost of 3 for adults and 1 for 11-16 year olds with 10 and under free. There will be a draw, first team prize, second team prize and booby prize. Bring your own drinks.

Brayford WI
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.15 pm at the Village Hall. In August there is no meeting, but we have planned a trip to Rosemoor (RHS Garden) on Wednesday 21 August, meeting at the Village at midday. The W.I. Is an excellent way to get to know new ladies, we always have an interesting programme and also meet up for walks, garden trips, shopping days, lunch, theatre, cinema, museums and art galleries. The Devon Federation also organises a variety of outings. A special thank you to all those who supported the Strawberry Tea, held in aid of Breast Cancer Care on a very hot afternoon at Little Bray House. 300 was raised for the charity. Sandi Wildash-Daws from the Queens Theatre spoke enthusiastically about her commitment to the Amateur Drama Group which puts on many of the plays we enjoy locally. The cost of putting on shows is enormous and Sandi's talk made us more determined than ever to support local theatre. 

On 11 September, our own enterprising W.I. Member, Jacci Gardner, is going to show us how to revive our dining room chairs. On 9 October, Nick Brend, husband of member Christine Brend, will talk about his life as a furniture maker. The Autumn Council meeting is on Friday 18 September at The Guildhall, Plymouth when the speaker will be Toyah Wilcox. 
Mothers' Union 

Our Archdeaconry meeting was held at Ilfracombe when the speaker was our new President, Bridget Vinton. The collection was for Overseas and Wheels (so that workers do not have to walk everywhere doing schools, nursing, etc.) Our Deanery stall in South Molton Market on 30 May was also for Overseas and Wheels. In July at North Molton, the speaker was Ruth, a street pastor from Barnstaple. We have given books to the leavers - It's Your move, your guide to moving to secondary School. 

Brayford Boomerangs
The children have been having great fun over the last few weeks. Each term we have a theme and this is currently pirates. We have had a treasure hunt outside and at the end of term there will be a day out at Atlantis, Bideford, where pirates are also the theme. In September, for the first time, we hope to enter a float in South Molton Carnival and have chosen Peter Pan, so pirates, mermaids and fairies should all be there! If you have a child under five who might like to join us, why not take advantage of our free trial session offer at the start of next term in September. For more information contact Sam Austen, Pre School Leader on 710718 during session times (Tuesday and Friday 8.45 am to 3.15 pm and Wednesdays 8.45 am to pm) or go to

Gift Auction 
On Saturday, 24 August at 7 pm in the Village Hall, there will be an extraordinary and delightful Gift Auction, raising funds for the new High Bray Church organ. So far contributed: an overflowing picnic hamper of smoked salmon, wine, meats, condiments, chocolates, a day (including lunch) with the North Molton Shoot, a chauffeured picnic in a classic 1948 Bristol on Exmoor, a day's fly fishing with all equipment supplied, bottles of malt whiskey and good wines, a Fortnam & Mason boxed set of Crusted Port with F & M filter & bottle opener, a day's sailing with the Commodore of the North Devon Yacht Club, the choice of a BMW or Mini for the weekend, a massage, a box of Besshill meats, a 2 course meal for four at Jacci's Pop-Up Restaurant and much, much more. All contributions gratefully received. No entrance fee, bring your own drink, come and see what's on offer and have a great night out with friends. 


Community Sunday at the Bridge 
There will be a Community Sunday Songs of Praise at the Bridge in Brayford on Sunday, 11 August at 11.15 am, with a barbecue to follow. All ages welcome and singing ability not important. No entrance fee or required contribution, just come and enjoy a morning of songs with a delicious lunch to follow. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning 
We will be holding our Annual Charity Event again at 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday, 28 September in the Village Hall. We have had such generous support for the work of Macmillan in North Devon for many years now. The loyal helpers turn up each year to offer their help and we would be most grateful for your continued support. We hope to be at the September Farmer's Market to collect any items you could donate either for sale or for a raffle, etc. Your unwanted saleable items might be just what someone else needs.

Removing Bees from your House
Remove bees, etc. from your windows, without fear of being stung, by using an empty matchbox. Simply slide the match box open and place over the bee. Then close the box very carefully and release the bee outside.

Dishwasher Advice
Did you know that, in our area of soft water, you need not use dishwasher salt. More details from South West Water's website.

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