Jodie Pierson and Hannah Facey are having a fund raising 70s/80s Disco on
Friday, 7 August at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Fancy dress is optional.
Tickets are £10 per adult and £5 per child under 12 to include a roast
pork bap and pudding (vegetarian option available). Bring your own drinks.
For tickets please ring Hannah or Jodie on 710634. Hannah and Jodie are
going to Uganda with Amigos (as many other young people from the Village
have done before) to help with their work there and all proceeds from the
evening will go towards their trip.
The Church Quiz held on Friday 22 May raised a grand total of £190. The
winners were Table 2 with 175 points, second Table 4 with 145 and the booby
prize went to Table 9 with 77 points. Thank you for all donations and draw
prizes. The next quiz will be on Friday, 11 September at 7.30 pm in the
Village Hall. Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied, but you are welcome to
bring your own drinks. Teams should be of six or less and entry is £3 for
adults, £1 for 11-16 year olds, with under 10s free. Draw prizes will be
gratefully received. As usual this is in aid of High Bray Church. Please
come and enjoy the thrill of competition.
We will be holding the Annual Village Macmillan Coffee Morning in the
Village Hall on Saturday, 19 September, as the WI holiday clashes with the
following week. We do hope we will still get our wonderful support towards
this important work in North Devon. Any saleable items will be gratefully
received either at around 9 am on the day, or we will collect beforehand.
Contact Ruth Knights on 710014.
This year, spring and early summer has proved to be a pretty difficult time
for garden lovers. Late frosts and cold daytime temperatures have certainly
frustrated vegetable and fruit growers – although quite surprisingly the
strawberries were great this year! But despite the weather, the show will go
on. Yes, Saturday August 15th is still the date for this year’s Brayford
Show. The Show schedule includes
lots of new classes, together with more possibilities for those of us who
love growing tomatoes and all other kinds of vegetables. Oh, and for the
first time the schedule includes a class where the judges will come to you -
planters and hanging baskets will be judged at your home... And if you have
a hidden passion for riting, you will be pleased to know that we want to
receive your short story on a wide range of subjects...not forgetting the
cookery, art, photography and handicraft sections. Children’s classes
include photography, cake making, story writing and so much more…
Admission to the show is free, and for the first time the competition
entries will be free as well…so why not ‘give it a go’. Last year we
held a ‘village tea’ after the prize giving…and it was a great
success, so it’s going to be repeated! Please read the Show Schedule and
help us make the 2015 event the biggest and best ever. Schedule Rules
We had a new addition to the Market's variety of stalls at the July Market,
as Whiddon Valley's Fish & Chips Wagon joined us outside the Village
Hall from 11 am until after 1pm, when “Last Orders” had to be called to
the line of people waiting to be served. As a result, we are hoping they
will be back at our next Market, on Saturday, 8 August joining Besshill's
fresh veggies and local meats, fresh bread from East and West Bakery baked
that morning, beautiful bedding plants, local crafts, woollens, eggs, honey
and cards, and, of course, Ruth, Nora and Marion's tea, coffee and cakes,
all accompanied by Joe Poole's lovely guitar music.
Leaders: Mrs Hilary Ayre 710352; Mr Nick Jefferson:
Young people, 11-16+, there is a great Youth Club programme for August.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9
pm, meeting at the Methodist Chapel unless otherwise advised. Wednesday 12
August – Village Clean Up (for Cancer Research), Wednesday 26 August –
To the Beach and a special trip is planned for 5 September.
Pasturage In Brayford
About 10 acres of hill pasture and 5 acres of flat, with stream in between.
All or part, as required, available now - with very small linhay by stream
and access direct to lane. Terms negotiable after viewing. Come and have a
look. Please call Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell on 710389.
Kwik Cricket returns to Charles for a second year. It's hard to believe, but
it is almost a year ago that the first Charles and Brayford “Single Wicket”
Kwik Cricket Challenge was held on a beautiful late summer's day, just a few
hundred yards from Charles Church. The sun shone, the cream teas were
delicious … although some people brought their own picnics and liquid
refreshments! The fields were splendidly manicured, and the wonderful views
out towards Exmoor beyond words of description. Oh yes, and over thirty
people entered the events … a single wicket competition for boys and girls
under 12 and another for everyone else – mums, dads, kids, grandparents.
This year the event will be held on Sunday, 23 August, starting at midday ..
and it should finish around tea-time. And, of course, it will be simply fun
… so no hard balls, helmets or pads! Just turn up on the day to enter
(adults £2 and children £1) all of the proceeds will go to Charles Church
and the Village Hall. With all of the equipment being provided, all you have
to do is come along on the day and enjoy the fun .. signposted from Charles
Church, with onsite car parking. If you would like further information,
please contact Dianne Tolley on 711828.
The rain last Sunday moved our singing and barbecue into the Chapel, but
didn't lessen the fun we and the children had in joining in rousing songs
with Julian Tewkesbury's trio of guitar, keyboard and drums, and Gill
leading the children in acting out the story of Moses in the bulrushes,
complete with costumes for everyone. The barbecue, organised by Ruby,
Hilary, Gloria and numerous others was its usual success, with talk and
laughter continuing on into the afternoon. Thank you all for a wonderful
community celebration and raising £170 for the Children's Hospice. We are
hoping to be able to repeat the success of this event some time later this
Community Coffee Morning
There will be no meeting in August but we return again on Wednesday, 2
September at 10.30 am in the Methodist Schoolroom.
Congratulations to Maurice and Margaret Tucker who
celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary last month.
We shall miss the great charm and efficiency of
our Parish Clerk, Margaret Hartnoll, as she hangs up her decorative hab!
Thank you for those years of service. An oak tree has been planted on the
village green in remembrance of the Great War. The Church celebrated its
birthday at the Patronal Festival and a good crowd turned up for the service
and tea. Working parties have been busy in the Churchyard and Church and
Martin has done a wonderful job keeping the grass looking good. Those who
have graves there do appreciate this and any donations towards the cost
would be appreciated.
Important dates: 11 October Charles Harvest
Festival followed by Barbecue lunch and puddings – welcome to all.
Saturday, 12 December the Exmoor Carollers return to Charles Church at 4.30
pm plus a Christmas Tea. This very popular “folk” group bring a lovely
selection of carols from Exmoor, sourced by them from past residents. A
great start to the real Christmas. In October, the usual Christmas shoe
boxes will be filled and collected. Collection possible 710440 or enquiries
to Gloria 01271 379131. Our condolences go to those who have recently lost
close relatives and friends.
little team of “grass cutters” is growing – can you spare an hour once
a fortnight please? As usual, please see the Diary for our services.
Brayford Methodist Chapel
will be the usual service at 11 am each Sunday except the second Sunday of
the month which is a United service at 11.15 am.
were delighted to welcome our Secretary's kind and friendly daughter, Sarah
Witheridge, an Exeter Solicitor to our July meeting. Sarah gave us sound
advice on willmaking, setting up a Power of Attorney and answered legal
questions before being persuaded to join us for tea and cakes. June has been
a busy and sociable month. We had a memorable visit to the Dartnoll Racing
Stables followed by an excellent supper at The Poltimore Arms; a trip to
Lynton Cinema to see “A Royal Night Out”; some members went to the
Flower Festival at Crediton Church and we are planning a further cinema
outing on 22 July. Thanks to all of you who supported the community coffee
morning held at the Chapel to raise money for Nepalese earthquake victims.
Terry and Renee Dover's talk on their school near Kathmandu was inspiring
and they are so grateful for the £470 for their Ladies Without Roofs
charity, and we were also able to send £50 to the Gurkhas for which we have
been very warmly thanked. Our summer outing to Wells and Glastonbury was
very much enjoyed. The weather was kind and we wandered through a delightful
outdoor market on our way to Wells Cathedral. Not only were we enthralled by
the beauty of the Cathedral but also by the film crew inside. Glastonbury
not only boasts fascinating and unusual shops, but also beautiful Abbey
ruins set in lovely parkland. The monthly walk will be held on the last
Wednesday of July, meeting at 11 am in the Village Hall car park. Mrs Ruth
Kingdom's talk on 9 September is “Barnstaple to The Gambia”.
academic year has been a great one at Brayford Primary Academy and it’s
hard to believe that it is July already. The children have worked extremely
hard over the last three terms and have a fantastic attitude to school and
their learning. We were very proud of our year six children who excelled in
their statutory tests reaching levels which were above the national
expectation. They are certainly ready for secondary school and we wish them
all the best. We have also been able to develop our partnership with
Umberleigh and Pilton Bluecoat school and the children have taken part in
several sporting activities and curriculum visits. The children have also
enjoyed residential trips with their peers from our partner schools where
they have been able to make new friendships and develop their personal and
social skills. We are looking forward to the new academic year in September
when we will have many more interesting and exciting topics and activities
to facilitate the children’s learning. We are especially pleased to
announce that the school will be opening it’s new Foundation Stage Unit
for 3-5 year olds. This unit will be known as ‘Brumble Bees’ and will be
on the school site. The ‘Brumble Bees’ will have the opportunity to work
and play alongside the older children in the infants class. Finally we would
like to thank members of the community for supporting the school this year
by attending sporting events, church services and drama productions. Have a
This is the proposed new Foundation Stage Unit for 3-5 year olds at Brayford
Academy and will open for 3 days a week with 6 half day sessions of 3 hours
per session. These are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 12 pm and
from 12 to 3 pm. If they wish, children can enjoy a free lunch. Children
attending a morning session will receive an additional half hour free from
12 noon during which time they may stay for a free lunch. Those choosing an
afternoon session may have a free lunch at 12 noon. Children attending an
afternoon session will receive an additional half hour free from 3 pm so
that all children can finish at 3.30 pm (if they wish). Parents will be able
to use their Early Years Funding Vouchers or pay £3.70 per hour. Please
contact the school on 710345 if you are interested in your child joining “Brumble
Thank you to Edward Stone for making the Village Hall look very tidy,
trimming the hedge and surrounds, to Jan Mitchell for cleaning the very
dirty carpets, and to Kevin Robins for replacing the fire door. There is
always plenty to do if you have some spare time.
condolences to Brett and Louise Jones on the death of Brett's father, Sefton
Jones, who drove the School taxi for Brayford for many years, and to Martin
and Stella Hickman, whose son, Roger, at just 35 years old lost his brave
fight against cancer.
The Newsletter Editor
in this edition are the Brayford Show and Kwik Cricket details. A lot of
preparation goes into these events and hopefully lots of people will support