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  From the August/September 2018 Newsletter: 


Parking at The Nook
The February Newsletter made reference to car parking at The Nook as complaints had been received concerning inappropriate use. The PC have been contacted again as it would appear cars are still being left for extended periods. It would, therefore, be appreciated if the offending owners take notice of the OCCASIONAL USE RESTRICTION to avoid the possibility of preventative measures being exercised. Also the tarmac surface has deteriorated over the years and grants are now being sought towards the cost of resurfacing in the near future.

We had a super time at the Strawberry Tea in June and enjoyed the use of our new space in the Church and so many past members coming out to join us was an absolute delight. Thank you everyone. We enjoyed a wonderful service by the bridge with our United Church friends in July. Our 9.15 is due on 19 August and we would welcome anyone who would like to join us for a bacon roll, cup of tea and informal service with crafts. Our annual Gift Evening Concert is on Friday 2 November with Jubilate Choir giving us a programme of music which we know will be a good evening. Everyone is welcome to join us. We are missing our wonderful friend, Ron Jemmison who sadly passed away. Ron was a lovely organist and steward for our Church as well as helping with so many of the tasks around the Church. Our love and prayers go out to Lily and family and his smile will always be with us.

The High Bray Church Quiz will take place on Friday 28 September in the Village Hall at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. There will be eight categories: Food & Drink, Years & Years, Gardeners' Whirl, Tales of Old, Time & Date, Numbers Game, US Presidents, Nursery Rhymes. First Prize, second prize and booby prize for teams of six maximum, plus Prize Draw. Adults 3, 11-16 years 1, under 10s free. Bring your own drink. Please join us for fun night for all.

If you have been into Church lately you will see we have had a lot of repair work to floor boards. At present the back pews are stored at Whitefield for a twelve month period while we decide the best use of the new space. Your thoughts and ideas are welcomed. Safety in and around the Church is very important. If you see any danger please tell Ray, Tony or Rev. David Baker. A hard back copy of "Bells Book" is missing from the Church. If you have it please could you return it to the Church. Many thanks.

We enjoyed Mr David Webb's talk about Otters and The Otter Trust at our July meeting. Since then, we have wandered around Rosemoor Gardens with an official guide and met many other cheerful people over tea at the Hospice at Halsannery House, near Bideford. We are looking forward to another outing in August, this time to Bickleigh followed by a tour around Fursdon House. The W.I. Autumn Group Meeting is celebrating the Suffragette movement at Killerton House on 2 September. We resume normal meetings in September - this month the meeting will be held on the first Wednesday of the month i.e. 5 September - Anita-Clare Field is coming from La Petite Bouchee to talk to us and give a demonstration. On Wednesday 10 October we invite you to come and hear about Nelson and Trafalgar from Paddy King-Fretts whose relative was with Lord Nelson on HMS Victory. This is a wonderful story about a close relative and the men he commanded in this terrible but victorious battle. We welcome visitors (4 per evening including high tea).

The young people have been able to celebrate our wonderful summery weather by having beach outings to Saunton Sands, barbequeing at Sherdon and generally being out and about together. There are no Club meetings during August. Ideas for the new programme will be welcome in September - second Wednesday, 12 September - so anyone aged 11 to 16 is very welcome. Please come with thoughts and ideas for the 2018-2019 programme. Youth Club meets at the Methodist Chapel School room at 7 pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Whoever would have imagined that we should have such a wonderful summer. It gives us a chance to wear all the dresses, shirts and hats that have not had much of an airing in recent years. Some will remember the serious burn off in 1976 - all the fields were brown but the cattle were content with "toast & water" according to the old vets (fortunately the water kept running - just). Another Quiz at The Sportsmans' Inn has been booked for 24 November. Improvements to the lighting and heating in the Church are planned and quotes being obtained. The Harvest Thanksgiving (very appropriate this year) will be on 14 October, followed by the popular barbeque.

Wow, what a great summer it has been so far, and if you have been able to get water to your plants then the results will no doubt be very rewarding giving you a fantastic opportunity to enter the flower and produce sections of this year's Show. Yes, Saturday 18 August is the date for the 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 fourth 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 writing, test your ability "in memory of 1914-18", not forgetting the cookery, art, photography and handicraft sections. Children's classes include photography, biscuit making and so much more. The Sculpture class always creates a lot of interest, so it's back. Why not create something in memory of 1918 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 2018 event the biggest and best ever. The doors to the Show will open a bit earlier this year 3 pm - giving more time to view all of the fantastic competition entries.

It's hard to believe, but this year will be the fifth staging of the Charles and Brayford "Single Wicket", Kwik Cricket Challenge - held annually just a few hundred yards from Charles Church. Last year the late summer sun was a welcoming inspiration for every competitor and the cream teas were delicious, although some people did bring their own picnics and liquid refreshments. The fields will be once again splendidly manicured, despite the very hot and dry summer and the wonderful views of Exmoor will be as always simply beyond words of description. Last year over thirty people entered the events, a single wicket competition for boys and girls under 12, and another held for everyone else - mums, dads, older kids, grandparents. This year the Kwik Cricket will be held on Sunday 19 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 the day to enjoy the fun and cream teas, signposted from Charles Church, with on-site car parking. If you would like further information, please contact Dianne Tolley on 711828 or email For weather reports on the day phone 07944 528501.

We have approached the end of the summer term very quickly and we are pleased to report a very successful year. The children have embraced the learning opportunities we have provided for them and produced some very good work and made very good progress. All year groups have flourished this year and we are proud of all the children and their attitude towards school. We took a group of the children to enjoy a meal out at Pizza Express yesterday in recognition of their hard work this year in gaining 100 merits. Consistent effort and hard work is needed in order to gain 100 merits and these children truly deserved a special treat of dinner out with our CEO, Mrs Nicholas. One of the many strengths of TEAM MAT is that we have a wealth of dedicated and experienced senior leaders who are ready to take on additional challenges and responsibilities. From September, Miss Corrinne Smith, Head of School at Brayford, will take the reins of Head of School at Umberleigh as well. Due to lower pupil numbers and the inevitable impact on the budget, we will be reducing the number of classes at Brayford from three to two in September. Miss Rayna Sheppard will remain at the school as Class 2 teacher, supported by Mrs Lisa Ward and Miss Sophie Mummery will continue as Class 1 teacher supported by Mrs Sue Townsend, Mrs Sheila Crump and Mrs Amanda Rowe. In addition, Mrs Gillian Ashcroft will continue to offer teacher non-contact cover. Although based at Umberleigh, Corrinne will be spending a dedicated amount of time at Brayford and will have a direct impact on the school's continued success. Next term we will be studying World War One. If there is anyone with any information or memorabilia from this period that they could share with the children then this would be very welcome. Finally, thank you to the members of the community who have joined us for lunch this year. We very much enjoy your company and hope you have enjoyed talking to the children and sharing a delicious lunch. The dates for next term's lunches are: Wednesday 19 September, Wednesday 17 October, Wednesday 21 November and Christmas lunch in the Village Hall will be on Thursday 13 December. If you would like to join us then please phone the school office on 710345 to order your lunch which will cost 5. We look forward to seeing you.

On 5 August at 6.30 pm, South Molton Pannier Market will feature a choir formed of 200 singers from across Devon (including several from Brayford) performing a range of popular pieces from Nessun Dorma to West Side Story in aid of North Devon Hospice. Tickets are available from North Devon Hospice's South Street Shop, South Molton or call 01769 574522.

On Wednesday 5 September our hostess at the Methodist Schoolroom will be Mrs Bridget Golightly. Could you help with other months? 10.30 am to 12 pm. No money is exchanged, just coffee and biscuits.

This year's Duck Race proved to be one of the most successful ever. The weather was absolutely perfect and it turned out to be a truly family affair with so many children enjoying the stalls and the river setting. Once again thanks to Joyce for the use of the field and to everyone who helped organise and run the event on the day. More than 2,000 was raised for the Village Hall Funds and we are very grateful for the Village support. The plans and quotes for the refurbishment of the Village Hall kitchen are now complete and we now wait to see if our request for a grant from the Lottery Fund to assist the financing of the work will be accepted. If we are successful the work will be carried out during the latter part of the year. You will have noticed that we have painted a strip of yellow lines from the Village Hall car park entrance to the doors of the hall. This area must be kept clear of parked cars at all times and is for the use of the Emergency Services. This is a requirement of our Premises Licence and we would ask everyone using the car park to respect the lined area and park responsibly. We have no fund raising events planned for August/September but we will be holding our annual October Bingo Night on Saturday 27 October and for us a new event on Saturday 17 November Ferret Racing. More information in the next Newsletter.

Busy times for everybody in such lovely weather. Hope you all do well at the Brayford Show.

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