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  From the August/September 2020 Newsletter:            (August September Newsletter pdf)

Under the current government regulations relating to COVID 19 Parish Council business is being managed remotely and for the time being public participation at meetings is not possible. However in the interim parishioners are requested to raise any matters of concern with the Parish Clerk Joe Poole on 710326 or by email to

Telephone Box Removal
British Telecom propose to remove the service from the red phone-box adjacent to the bridge and North Devon District Council are consulting the public as to whether or not they are happy to see the service discontinued. The PC feel that until there is an adequate level of mobile phone signal in that part of the village the box and service should remain live for emergency purposes. Everyone is invited to register their views and can do so before the 6th August by email to and specifying Phone Box removal at Brayford in particular as others are under similar review. Alternatively write to the Planning Dept at Lynton House Commercial Road Barnstaple EX31 1DG.

Millennium Green
Reports of vehicles parking on the grass at the entrance to this area have caused concern and the PC have arranged for two large boulders to be placed to create a barrier thus preventing any future vehicle misuse.

A 399 Junction
The PC have been notified that vehicles parking just as you drop down into the village from the main road are causing a hazard to cyclists in particular. There is a suggestion that a section of yellow lines and parking restrictions should be put in place and the PC have referred the matter to the Highways Authority.

A number of essential repairs are needed to the footbridge and various play items so the area will shortly be closed off during the school holidays for the works to be carried out.

Business Grants
The Business Grants scheme closes on 28 August. If any local businesses are interested they should get in touch with North Devon District Council or alternatively contact our District Councillor Liz Bulled ( as soon as possible.

Julian Tewkesbury and family would like to thank everyone for their very kind messages and support following the death of Julian's mother Dorothy Sheridan. They are most grateful and uplifted to know that she was held in such high regard.

The mobile library is out and about again. It will be in Brayford Village Centre between 10 and 10.30 am on 10 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 and 30 November. You will have to use the Choose and Collect Pre-Ordering Service as people are not allowed on board under the Coronavirus rules. If you have not heard from the library regarding this service please contact Tiverton Library by email or telephone 01884 244644 during normal opening hours. Remember to tell library staff you are a customer of the mobile library and which stop you use when you get in touch. New customers are also welcome. Please contact Tiverton Library to set up a new mobile library membership and we will endeavour to deliver to you too. You do need a mobile library card even if you are already a member of a library without wheels. You can find an A-Z of where we visit and our timetable on our webpage

Sadly it will not be possible to hold our usual Macmillan Coffee Morning this year for obvious reasons. As we are all aware charities are finding fundraising extremely difficult in the current situation, so if you feel you could make a donation, however small, to Macmillan or the North Devon Hospice we are sure they would be very grateful.

A recent Government grant designed to provide financial assistance to help with the running of village halls has been welcomed by the Village Hall management committee. With careful husbanding of finances we should be able to meet our running costs for the next financial period thus taking the pressure off trying to raise money during the current lockdown restrictions. At present there are no indications as to when the Village Hall can reopen and all indications suggest the reopening will be on a phased basis respecting social distancing and other safety measures. The committee appreciates the effect of the lockdown on the running of local organisations, social events and the regular club meetings. We hope these can be reintroduced in the very near future.

We have all missed worshipping together every Sunday. Some of us have followed printed Services each week and others have shared a Zoomed Service. We have tried to keep in contact with each other and I am happy to say that everyone has been in good health. Reopening the Chapel will be complicated both in preparation and use. Extensive lists of regulations are quite daunting. Many of our Members are either self isolating or shielding, so timing is also important. The earliest Rev. Stuart thinks will be possible will be mid September, assuming we do not have any further waves of the virus. South Molton and then North Molton Methodist Churches will be the first to open locally. Our beautiful area has been a real blessing to all around Brayford. We hope you will all be able to continue to thrive in these challenging times.

In order to celebrate 100 years of Women’s Institute in Devon we met in each other’s gardens in groups of 6 for a cream tea. This happened throughout Devon, thus enabling us to keep in touch with each other during these unusual times. Now Lockdown Rules have relaxed a little more we are having Committee Meetings outside to discuss topical issues. Our July speaker was coming from N.D. Hospice and we are raising funds in any way we can to help them. So many of our friends and family have benefitted from the care of Hospice nurses. Our member Dianne and her husband raised £720 for the Hospice from the sale of their plants in May. Monthly walks are still taking place. The last one was to Trentishoe with a picnic and a July walk is anticipated. Kathryn, from The Women’s Refuge, is grateful for donated items collected by Ruth Knights and Babs Carlton and some of us are now knitting squares for blankets for the newly decorated rooms in the Women’s Refuge. These will be colour co-ordinated for each room. We are hoping to contribute to the National W.I. Resolutions list and our suggestion is to introduce A Good Citizenship Scheme in our educational system, starting in Nursery School and going on to age 18. We are also hoping to plant three Acer trees of modest height on the bank facing the Village Hall. Permission is being sought to do this. Our summer outing this year will be to Marwood Gardens in August. New ideas, new friends always welcome.

If you have lost a family member or friend through Covid-19 there are various organisations that can provide you with emotional and spiritual support. They are: North Devon Healthcare on 01271 322362, Cruse Bereavment Care on 0300 330 5466, Families in Grief on 01237 479027, Marie Curie on 0800 3047 412 and North Devon Hospice on 01271 347225.

Good news – High Bray Church is open on Wednesdays from 2-4 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. Please use all the Covid 19 precautions available (there is sanitiser in the Church) and keep to the areas that are clearly marked. We welcome you back and know that you will be sensible with social distancing.

We would like to thank Jonathan and Madeleine Brownell for organising supplies from Bess Hill and East West Bakery to be delivered to the village during lockdown. It was a great help to know that these were available to those who did not or could not venture to the shops.

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