rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the October/November
Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 19th October (Agenda)
16th November in
Brayford Village Hall at 7.30pm. (Agenda)
Best Kept Village Competition
We were delighted to be told that
Brayford is Runner Up in the New Entry Category of the above competition. We
were complimented on the absence of litter and they commented, "That
although small, Brayford is not compact, and so to keep it tidy must require
a co-ordinated effort. Furthermore, houses, gardens, walls and fences were
all well maintained and in good condition. The Churchyard was well cared for
and it was good to see that when it was mown some areas rich in wild flowers
had been left to flourish. The Parish Pound, restored as a Jubilee Project,
was immaculate. Footpaths and signs were all in good order."
Parish Councillors were concerned that drivers in Charles are speeding
in the village. Speeding vehicles should be reported to the police on 08452
777444 or 01769 572221. This equally applies to vehicles speeding along the
A399 in the village. The SLOW DOWN signs do not seem to be having much
effect and there has been some very fast moving traffic.
If anyone is interested in being on a Working Committee, please contact
There is an increasing amount of dog mess being left in the village. Donít
forget there are hefty fines for not clearing up after your dogs.
At the September meeting of the Parish Council, it was agreed that Tony
Abbott would be the villager who will replace Joe Stampfli as the Brayford
Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. Tony lives in the heart of the settlement,
has done the job before when he lived and worked in Enfield, Middlesex, and
in addition has gained police experience working as a special constable from
the former well known (to some) police station at Bow Street. If you see or
hear anything in the valley of concern please contact him. Tony George
at Charles or John White at High Bray continue to be contact points for
reporting crime or vandalism.
Sergeant Helena Searle, from South Molton, who attended the PC meeting was
pleased to say that there had been no crime reported during the past month.
Community Harvest CelebrationPlease join us at Brayford Village
Hall on Tuesday, 3rd October at 7 pm. We shall be
celebrating Harvest and having a Bring & Share Supper, together with
Brayford School. Gifts brought on the evening will be sold in aid of "Shelterbox",
who provide much needed help to places when disasters happen. "Shelterbox"
is ready to give immediate relief. A donation box will also be
available. Please come!
The 85th Brayford Flower ShowWell what a lovely show!
Entries were up by over 100, 367 entries in total. Many thanks to
everyone who helped: to Jan Bakay for making a lovely cake to celebrate our
85th Show, and to David Swash for producing the souvenir
Well done everyone for all your hard work.
Most points in Show Brian Stirland
Lady with most points Dawn Jemmison
Gent with most points Brian Stirland
Vegetables most points Brian Stirland
Best collection of veg. Bill Maddox
Best exhibit in show Hilda Bawden
Sweet Pea Cup
Childrenís Cup 8-14 Ben Thorne
Childrenís Cup Under 8 Barney Thorne
The School Marrow competition winners were Terrie-Anne Groves and Ella
Kingdon. They share £5. All the other marrow growers will each get 50p
later in school.
We had an enjoyable meeting at Donald & Hilda Bawdenís in September.
It is always interesting to look round their lovely garden and enjoy a chat
and a glass of wine. On 18th October we are holding a
short AGM and we will be planting bulbs in containers to sell at the
Christmas Fair in December.
On 15th November we will be having a Christmas Meal in the
Village Hall, the details of which will be finalised at our next meeting.
Audrey Smith is starting an extra Beginners Yoga Class from Monday, 2nd
October at Goodleigh Village Hall from 1.00 to 2.30 pm. There is also an
advanced class at Goodleigh Village Hall on Thursdays starting on 28th
September from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. For more details please ring Audrey or
Donít forget our usual coffee morning on the first Wednesday of the
month (4th October) at 10.30 am in the Methodist Schoolroom.
Calvert Trust are again putting on two Christmas lunches on Wednesday,
13th and Thursday, 14th December. Whether you have
been before or never visited the Centre, why not join us for a delicious
three-course lunch, accompanied by live festive music. With great food and a
Christmas carol sing-a-long, the lunches are sure to be lots of fun! The
festivities will start at 12.30 for lunch at 1 pm. The price is £16.95 per
person, which includes reception drinks. For further details and to book,
please contact on 763221. We look forward to celebrating Christmas with you.
The annual Devon Historic Churches sponsored walk took place on a
wonderful day and, thanks to sponsors, £50 was raised. On September 30th
a large group of supporters witnessed the licensing of Clive Whinney as
Reader in the Church of England. He joins the team of clergy in this area
and we thank him for his devoted service to the Church and community.
Margaret and Seymour Husbands celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary and
we send congratulations and very best wishes to them on reaching this
This yearís Harvest Thanksgiving is on Sunday, 1st October
at 11 am when the preacher will be Rev. Amos Cresswell (ex President of the
Conference), with a Circuit Service led by Circuit staff at 6.30 pm. There
will be a Church Council Meeting on Tuesday, 10th October
at 7.30 pm at the Methodist Church. The Barnstaple Male Voice Choir will be
coming to give a concert on Tuesday, 14th November at 7.30
pm in the Methodist Church.
Our Harvest Festival Service will be on Sunday 8th October at
11.15 am with a cup of coffee to follow. The Church roof repair has been
carried out "on budget" and we would like to thank you once again
for all you did to support us and help keep our lovely old Church OPEN.
In August we heard of the death of John
Lawrence, late of Church House, after a long illness. On 13th
September a service of celebration and thanksgiving for his life took place
in Charles Church. A large number his friends were able to appreciate a
beautiful service conducted by the Rev. Peter Attwood. He was remembered as
the hub of the village, a friend to many, and a lovely, warm and happy man.
Parish Councillor, Church Warden, and Neighbourhood Watch Warden were some
of the official roles he held. After a long life in Burma and India, he was
very thankful to retire to Charles. We send our heartfelt sympathy to Joan,
John, Jacqui and all the family.
An unusual and special Christmas present! A 2007 Diary with twelve poems,
season by season, chosen by Christopher Hewetson; twelve photographs to
match of people, landscapes and animals in Charles, Brayford, North Molton
and Twitchen by Alison Hewetson and Madeleine Brownell; and professionally
bound in A5 size by XDS Printing in Taunton. The sale of the Diary will be
for the benefit of our rural villages, and is on sale at £5 each in local
shops, or call Christopher on or Madeleine with your orders.
For our return in September we had a theme of colour through the whole
school. This has resulted in some wonderful displays decorating many areas.
As part of this week the children made kites. Great fun was had by all on
Friday 8th September when they tested them. They all flew and
were a great success! The topic this term is "on the move", with
the infants concentrating on transport and the juniors on invaders and
settlers. Video conferencing is now in place and both classes have
"hooked up" with their peers at Broadhembury school in Honiton.
The intention in the future is to "hook up" with schools in inner
cities to promote multi-cultural issues. The staff were extremely grateful
for their new staffroom, which has given them a much needed place to have
meetings and discussions.
Our new school council chairperson is Ben Thorne, with Chilli Small and
Natasha Evely as his deputies. They have already initiated some interesting
ideas and we look forward to informing you of their progress. We
congratulate all the children and parents who helped or took part in the
Barnstaple Carnival on Sat 18th Sept. They dressed as what they
would like to be when they grow up and ranged from pop stars and grand prix
drivers to farmers and millionaires! We are pleased to announce they won
We have had a great start to the new term, with very good numbers attending
the sessions. Our Playleader, Chris, is soon to commence her maternity
leave. We would like to wish her all the very best and look forward to
seeing her again soon. Sarah Beard will be stepping into Chrisí shoes
whilst she is away and Carole will be assisting Sarah. Our AGM took place on
26th September. Please come along to the Village Hall on 9th
December and join us for a coffee, a chat, a mince pie and take a look
around the Christmas stalls. Look out for posters nearer the time! If you
would like to book a stall, please telephone Carole Gentle. We would also
like to say a great big thanks to all those, including Ray White and Geoff
Dunsford, who have made the Village Hall look so lovely.
School Governor Vacancies
Two vacancies have arisen on the Governing Body of Brayford School. If you
are interested in becoming a Community Governor and supporting our local
school please apply in writing to Fiona Tyson, Chair of Governors or contact
her for more information. Thank you to Ruth Knights who is retiring after
eight years of service as a Governor. Ruth has been a dedicated, committed
and supportive Governor and her much valued experience will be greatly
missed. Thank you also to Shirley Barrow for all her hard work who also
leaves the Governing Body.
Special thanks to the
Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the Newsletter.
Supported by Brayford Parish Council