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  From the August/September 2016 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 11th August and Thursday 15th 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The recent County Council application at Hanson's Quarry has been withdrawn, hopefully passions in Charles have now calmed down and in the interests of community harmony the previous reference to verbal abuse is withdrawn. At the committee meeting on the 21 July it was good to see a Charles resident come forward to express concerns over a fresh matter relating to trees at the quarry that might be at risk of felling. Following discussion it was agreed that Hanson's will be notified of the concerns raised and if necessary NDDC will be approached to see if Tree Preservation Orders might be appropriate. Another planning matter was discussed at the meeting on the 21 July and it was useful to have the applicants in attendance. The Council do encourage public participation in regard to all matters - not just planning so all parishioners are very welcome to come along to the monthly meetings and raise any matters that merit full consideration.
School Academy Trust
The formal Lease has at last been received by the Council and it is anticipated that it will be legally completed in the next few days. 
Village Hall
The electric hand driers have now been installed and thanks go to Councillor Richard Edgell for securing a grant of £250 towards the cost. 
Village Website
The present editor David Swash feels that it is in need of updating but he is no longer living in the area and has limited time to apply to further development. A relatively new resident to Brayford has offered to help and is being approached to see what can be agreed.
Gateway to Northern Devon Link Road Strategy
Devon County Council have set out their recommendations for various improvements to the A361 and the consultation period is just ending. Most of the proposed improvements are to the busiest sections between South Molton and Bideford and include expanded roundabouts and new sections of three lane carriageway. The PC have notified their full support for the scheme and it is to be hoped that government funding can be secured to ensure this busy commuter, leisure and freight route is updated to cope with the growing demands for decades to come. 

Duck Race
What a great day we had! Thanks to all who helped and came to support the day and we hope you all enjoyed it. The winning duck wishes to remain anonymous and has donated the prize money back to the Village Hall, for which many thanks, second was S. Thorne and third was Sara Burrows. The estimate of profit for the day is just under £2,000 so thank you for your generosity and, as you can see elsewhere in the Newsletter, we have already purchased some new tables.

Brayford Village Market
The next market will be on Saturday 13 August from 11 am to 1 pm in Brayford Village Hall. The usual stallholders will be there: Bentwichen honey, Southwest Cheese Shop quiche & sausage rolls, lots of knitted & local woollen items & beeswax candles, Jacci's scrumptious goodies & exotic items, Ruth's quirky handmade spoons made from local woods, handmade jewellery, special herbs & spices, take home local ready-made meals and organic local lamb and lots of beautiful bedding plants ready for Autumn. Look for news & photos on Facebook: Brayford Farmers Market. 

KWIK Cricket Returns to Charles
It’s hard to believe, but it is almost two years 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 of Exmoor, simply 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. Last year the event was rained off – although an impromptu garden party raised quite a bit of ‘cash’ for the church, and village hall. This year the event will be held on Sunday 28 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 this year will go to Charles Church – tower fund. With all of the equipment being provided, all you have to do is come along on and enjoy the fun…signposted from Charles Church, with on-site car parking. If you would like further information, please contact Dianne Tolley, on 711828.

Brayford Show 2016
It’s not been a great summer….so far…but despite the weather, the show will go on. Yes, Saturday August 20 is still the date for this year’s Brayford Show. The Show schedule can be found within this newsletter, and it includes a few new classes, together with more possibilities for those of us who love growing tomatoes and all other kinds of vegetables. And for the second year 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 ‘amusing writing’, you will be pleased to know that we want to receive your very own Limerick, on any subject ...not forgetting the cookery, art, photography and handicraft sections. Children’s classes include photography, cake making and so much more… The Sculpture class created a lot of interest last year…so it’s back….why not create something from scrap, or ‘found materials’, and bring it along to the Village Hall. Admission to the show is free, and just like last year, the competition entries will be free as well…so why not ‘give it a go’. The ‘Village Tea’ after the prize giving has always been very popular, so it’s going to be repeated! Please read the Show Schedule…enter as many classes as you like, and help us make the 2016 event the biggest and best ever.         
Schedule        Entry Form

Brayford Youth Club
Youth Leaders Hilary Ayre on 710352 and Nick Jefferson on 740283.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm in the Methodist School Room, unless otherwise advised (11-16 year olds). The young people have decided to do a Village Clean Up on 27 July. On 10 August there is a Beach Trip, 24 August green bowling, Saturday 3 September a big trip to Woodlands, 14 September Games Night and BBQ and on 28 September swimming. 

Women's Institute
At our July meeting, we welcomed Justine from Care for Kids, a local charity designed to help with the unexpected expenses incurred when a sick child is taken to hospital for lengthy treatment. Members' favourite cinema is at Lynton, which is very up-to-date with its films and Absolutely Fabulous was much enjoyed recently. We do not have a meeting in August but are looking forward to visiting Minehead and enjoying a steam train outing on 17 August. 

 A further outing is planned along the River Dart on 21 September and a visit to Greenways, Agatha Christie's house. This is also when Travel Club venture forth, this time to Lake Garda. In the meantime, we will meet on 14 September to hear Caroline Channing talk about Bathrooms – Then and Now. Visitors are always welcome. 

Brayford Academy
We have reached the end of the summer term and what a busy time it’s been. The children performed their end of term play ‘Go for Gold’, a couple of weeks ago and they were fantastic. The audience enjoyed great acting, singing and dancing and it was so good to see all the children enjoying themselves on stage. If you were able to be there then we hope you enjoyed watching the performance – thank you for supporting us. We have said farewell to our year six children who are off to start their secondary school education in September. They have worked hard this year and we wish them all the best for their time at ‘Big School’! 

It is a long way off but we are all really looking forward to September as we will welcome several new children and also a new teacher, Miss Sheppard, for an additional junior class. As our numbers have increased we have decided to split the junior class in two so the children continue to receive a high quality learning experience. Also, if you know anyone who has pre-school aged children we are now taking applications for the autumn term. An application form and more information is available on our website 

Village Hall
There is lots of painting if you have spare time during the school holidays, please ring Geoff on 710901 or Ruby 710417 if you can help. The wooden tables in the Village Hall are being replaced with lightweight ones and the old wooden ones are for sale at £7 each - ideal for sheds and gardens. You may reserve ONE by contacting Ruby. 


Macmillan Coffee Morning
A Macmillan coffee morning is being held in the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 17th September.  Please come along and support this worthy cause.

Charles Church
The walls of the old Church reverberated to the most wonderful music and singing at the wedding of Esther Wilkinson and Jonathan Rees. For those able to squeeze in it was a delightful occasion. The sun shone, the bells rang and the flowers were so lovely. Then the guests followed Ester & Jonathan across the fields to Hudley Mill for tea, accompanied by music. The plans for repairs to the Church, the tower and the bells are ongoing. It is the only public building we have and it has been cared for and used by generations for hundreds of years. We want to leave it in good order for generations to come. 

High Bray Church Quiz
The next quiz will be on Friday 2 September at 7 pm for 7.30 pm start at the Village Hall. As usual teams will be of up to six people and there will be eight categories (gardening & plants, film, famous people, food, The Bible, musical instruments, quotes, churches & cathedrals). Adults £3, 11-16 year olds £1, Under 10s free and there will also be a draw. Prizes for first, second and booby. Tea, coffee and biscuits available or bring your own drinks. 

Methodist Church
The Churches Together Flower Festival weekend was a most enjoyable event. Each village group took a wedding anniversary and celebrated it with flowers. The whole building looked beautiful and smelt lovely too! The Strawberry tea was well supported and £456.80 helped the Chapel funds. The Sunday Service, cream teas and flower donations were shared between High Bray and Charles Churches, each Church having £327.90 towards their funds. Everyone involved enjoyed the experience. Thanks to all who helped in any way. Our replacement glass doors should be installed in the near future. 

Songs Of Praise/Barbecue
Come and join the community in our annual outdoor celebration at Brayford Bridge on 14 August at 11.15 am. Singing by everyone, something by the children, the Lord's Prayer & Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd), all followed by a Barbecue and games for all. If raining it will be held in the Methodist Chapel. 

Donations For The Elderly & Destitute Advance notice for High Bray Church's annual collection and donation of Shoeboxes, clothing, blankets, children's clothing, medicines, old mobile phones, etc. These are collected by members of High Bray Church and collected by the charity which distributes them directly via church communities to people in Britain and Eastern Europe. Please let us know if you have anything that you feel you might be able to give. Anything we have been given will be donated in early November to the Charity. If you have anything that you would like to give between now and the end of October please call Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell on 710389 or contact Gloria and Mike Elson in Charles for further information.

War Evacuees
Sadly we need to announce the passing of Sid Penfold in Canada. He was evacuated early in the 1940s from Tottenham to Brayford with his sister Rose. Sid was billeted in Newtown with Mr and Mrs Jim Harding and his sister Rose with Mr and Mrs Alf Huxtable who farmed at what is now our editor's home, Vale House, previously Bray Vale. Sid settled in Canada and raised his family there but Brayford was always close to his heart and he kept in touch via the Newsletter and Journal. 

Congratulations to Ryan & Hannah Greenwood on the birth of baby Lola and to Lee & Becky Rawlinson who were married at High Bray Church. We send them all the very best wishes for the future. 


Our condolences to Reverend Chris and Anna Whinney on the death of Chris's mother. Chris & Anna do so much in our parishes and we send them our sympathy on their loss.

From The Newsletter Editor 
Thanks to everyone for getting copy in so quickly so that we can hopefully distribute the Brayford Show schedule in good time for you all to enter loads of items. Good Luck!

 Thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing Newsletter information.

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