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  From the August/September 2015 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 20th August and Thursday 17th 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.
Parish Clerk
A n
ew Clerk has been appointed and the person selected is in fact daughter in law to Margaret  Hartnoll so a smooth handover is assured. Polly Hartnoll will be fully installed by the August Committee Meeting and can be contacted by mobile phone on number 07866585325 or by email to Our thanks go to Margaret for all her hard work and dedication for many years - we will miss her.
Brayford School
The proposed Lease as mentioned in the last Newsletter is being considered by an independent solicitor and a final decision as to whether or not the Parish Council will enter into a legal agreement is dependent on this important legal guidance.
Village Project
Ideas for a new project have been requested from parishioners but as yet there has been very little response. The only possible idea at the time of writing is the installation of solar or rather photovoltaic panels onto the roof of the Village Hall. The suitability of the structure and likely costs of such a development are being looked into and it is hoped that figures will be available for the next Parish Council meeting.
Planning Applications
An application has been submitted to NDDC for a new dwelling at The Oaks in Little Bray Lane. Whilst the PC have no objection in principle to a dwelling at this location they consider the current application unacceptable due to size, design and positioning of the proposal.
Neighbourhood Watch
Generally the parish is enjoying a crime free period and long may it continue but there are warnings in the region of a number of dogs being stolen and subsequently used for illegal baiting and fighting. Any dogs so taken end up savaged and killed so dog owners are encouraged to secure their pets appropriately. The night time theft of fuel from cars appears to have ceased and it is reported that a local person has been arrested and charged with incidents in Brayford and Bratton Fleming so let us hope that is the end of the problem.


70s/80s Disco
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.


Anthony's Quiz Night
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.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
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.


Brayford Show
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  Entry Form

Village Farmers' Market
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.


Youth Club
Leaders: Mrs Hilary Ayre 710352; Mr Nick Jefferson: 740283.
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.
Free 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
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.

Community Sunday
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 year.
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.

Charles Church
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.

High Bray Church
Our 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
There 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. 


Brayford WI
We 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”.

Brayford Primary School 
This 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 great summer! 

Brumble Bees
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 Bees”.

Village Hall
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.

Our 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.

From The Newsletter Editor 
Included 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 them. 


 Thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing Newsletter information.

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