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  From the August/September 2014 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 21st August and Thursday 25th 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.
Charles Village Green
The groundworks for this project are now complete and by the time you read this the grass will have received its first cut and no doubt be looking splendid. The picnic table is also about to be installed and parishioners are encouraged to visit this new amenity. The road chippings that form the edging are intended for occasional car parking BUT please do not drive over the Green itself a few large stones may be placed in a line to ensure that motorists do not stray too far.

TAP Fund & Lengthsman Tasks
The Parish Council are seeking someone to clear drains, gullies, etc. within the Parish and payment will be from the approved fund. Would anyone interested in this casual work please contact Brian Symons on 710294.
Play Area
Rubber matting has now been fitted beneath the swings and additional rubber granules have been laid to create a more satisfactory and safer environment. The swing seats have been raised slightly and if users feel that further adjustment is required please contact Steve MacAllister on 710254. During the school holidays a working party will meet to carry out some maintenance jobs within the play area including weeding & tree pruning. 
First Aid Course
Significant interest has now been received and the Course will certainly go ahead the date and time will be confirmed shortly and it is anticipated that it will be a Saturday morning, probably in September.
North Devon Cancer Care Car Service
There is a new door to door car service for patients needing to travel to North Devon District Hospital's Chemotherapy Department for oncology treatment and would otherwise be unable to attend due to lack of public or private means of travel. The scheme is co-ordinated by Go North Devon Ltd and further information is available on 01271 314332. 


The Flower Show
It's nearly here! If you don't have an entry form, please get one here.  And have your entries in by Wednesday, 13 August. We hope it will be well supported and even if you can't enter anything, please come along at 3.30 pm on Saturday, 16 August in the Village Hall to see the exhibits, find out who won all the prizes and enjoy a superb tea.  Rules and Schedule


Village Farmers' Market
The next market is on Saturday, 9 August from 11 am to 1 pm in the Village Hall and then on Saturday, 13 September at the same time. Come and meet up with friends and neighbours for tea, coffee and cakes while you shop. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Another year has vanished and it is now time to ask you to make a note of the date in your diary for this year's event on Saturday, 27 September from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm in the Village Hall. For many years now we, as a village, have supported this worthy charity. Unfortunately Macmillan has had to help many people locally. With the support of the regular helpers and the generosity of the community, over 800 has been donated each year for the last three years. There will be the usual stalls, super raffle and delicious refreshments. Any offers of prizes, goods for sale, cakes, plants, etc. would be appreciated. Contact Ruth Knights for any further information 710014. PLEASE COME. 


Village Hall
We are hoping to have the new ceiling and lights installed in the skittle alley in August and shall be needing lots of help cleaning and decorating. Don't be shy your Village Hall needs you. Please contact Geoff Dunford on 710901.  
Community Coffee Morning
There will be no coffee morning in August, but please enjoy Ruth's excellent coffee at the Village Market. 

Dog Agility
Amanda Smith of Hobbs Row has qualified to represent Team GB at the Para Agility World Cup in Milan in September, with her dog Gracie-Mae. Amanda suffers with Psoriatic Arthritis and needs the aid of a stick but refuses to give up doing agility. Unfortunately she is not eligible for Government grants or Lottery funding so has to raise 1500 to cover travel, hire of a van to travel and sleep in, camping fees and entry fees. If anyone feels they can help Amanda please call her on 710979. More information on the event can be found on

Youth Club (11-16 Year Olds)
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm unless otherwise stated on the programme. There is a new programme available and this includes: 13 August a walk or Village Clean Up, 27 August Hospice Visit (meet at 6 pm at the Chapel), 6 September Day trip with North Molton Youth Club to Plymouth. New members are always welcome. Leaders Mrs Hilary Ayre 710352 and Mr Nick Jefferson 740283. 

Quiz Night 
High Bray Church Quiz Night is on Friday 26 September 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start in the Village Hall. Teams are up to 6 people and our Quizmaster, Anthony Bawden, will have nine topics for us to bend our brains over. Adults 3, 11-16 years 1 and under 10s free. There will be a prize for first, second and booby, plus a draw. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Otherwise bring your own drink and join us for a fun night for all.  

Single Wicket Competition
Announcing the Charles and Brayford Kwik Cricket Challenge (Single Wicket) taking place on Sunday, 31 August starting at midday, 100 m from Charles Church (car parking available). All Kwik Cricket equipment will be provided (no hard balls, helmets or pads) and there will be competitions for all ages. Entry fee 1 for students of any age, and 2 for adults payable on the day with proceeds to the Village Hall and Charles Church. Further details from Dianne
Tolley on 711828. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fun. Only a tropical storm will stop play!


High Bray Church
Would you like to do Church flowers in May or August 2015? You don't have to be expert and we shall be grateful. No Explorers during August Gill Tewkesbury has been very faithful and needs a little rest. Thank you Gill from us all. There is a special prayer station in Church just pop in. On 31 August there will be a United Service in Bishops Nympton Village Hall at 10.30 am and a Bring and Share lunch. 


Methodist Chapel
We will be welcoming our new Superintendent Minister, Rev. Stuart Innalls in September. He will be supported by Rev. Verity Phillips at Chulmleigh. We are all extremely sorry to have to say goodbye to Rev. Sue Howe. She had great energy and enthusiasm and was a gifted preacher. Our services throughout August and September will be each Sunday at 11 am except the second Sunday each month when the United Service is at 11.15 am (High Bray in August and Methodist Church in September). We are concerned that, as the Local Churches, we are serving our local community to the best of our abilities.

 In the autumn, we are proposing to call upon you and ask for your cooperation in answering a few simple questions to help us. Nothing we ask is likely to be sensitive, but your answers will be treated in confidence. Questionnaires will be destroyed once the analysis has been completed and we will gladly make a copy of the analysis available to you. Please give some thought about the way in which our centrally sited buildings could be used more frequently for everyone's benefit. 

Brayford WI
At our July meeting, Vanessa Glover had us all gripping on to our seats in suspense as she recounted her rescue from the raging floods in December 2012. Vanessa's praise for the bravery and kindness of her rescuers, volunteers from the R.N.L.I. was very moving. We have no meeting in August, but a series of outings for those who can join in during the summer. Reports have been excellent following visits to the Craft Festival around Exeter Cathedral, a visit to Dartington Glass and the Museum in Torrington, the dazzling Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the American Museum near Bath and a glorious walk around Mortehoe. Mrs Ruth Knights is holding lunch party in her lovely garden in August for the W.I. Charity A.C.W.W. Our meeting on 10 September will be interesting a representative is coming from Quickes Cheese to talk to us. Guests are always welcome (3.50 including high tea).   

Brayford Boomerangs
After a busy summer term, we say goodbye to Willow, Georgia, Maisy and Phoebe as they are off to "big" school in September. The children have been growing sweet peas, which are in front of the Village Hall. Please feel free to pick some if passing as we won't be there to look after them now we have broken up. The children had a wonderful end of term party with Dave Hendy, the magician. A big thank you to everyone who gave us the Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers; we collected quite a few and managed to order quite a few new resources with them. 
Brayford School - Well Done

Well done to the children from Brayford Primary School on an excellent performance of "Junglebook". Everyone played their part to perfection and thanks to Lisa Ward and back-up team the stage was dressed just like a jungle involving lots of hard work.  

Update from the Thomsons 
After having "no fixed abode" for 3 weeks, then finally getting the key to "camp out" in our bedroom for another few days, we really began to wonder if we were doing the right thing. How can Ian and I thank all you Brayford lot, far too many to mention by name, but we know that you know who you are. It was very, very hard to leave you, but the memories you gave to us both, we will cherish forever. The "send-off" given to us after Puddings & Song" was something else! We will never, ever forget, how could we we are still mopping up. We will hopefully be in Brayford for a couple of days in November and will try to see as many as possible then. Until then, take care and God bless, we love and miss you so very, very much. Ian & Margie and Honey too.

We say goodbye to Barrie Lowe of Little Bray Farm, who is retiring from farming/forestry and moving to Wales and welcome Mr & Mrs Frost from Somerset who are looking forward to farming at Little Bray. 

From the Editor
Competitive instincts to the fore this month with the Flower Show and the Single Wicket Competition, plus the Quiz in September!

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