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  From the October/November 2008 Newsletter:

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 16th October and Thursday 20th November in Brayford Village Hall.  
Children’s Play Area
David Gosling has applied for a Lottery Grant and a grant from the Bridge Trust. There is to be a fund-raising event (with a difference) in the Village Hall on Saturday 17th January 2009.
C.P.R.E. and M.V.F’s ‘Best Kept Village in Devon Competition’ results.
Brayford had an excellent report, and scored 93%. Here are just a few of the comments made.
‘It was immediately obvious to us on visiting this tiny village that ‘care of the environment’ was top of the agenda. The Playgroup was in progress at the Village Hall when we arrived so we saw these tiny children being encouraged to grow vegetables and flowers and the playground of the School nearby was in tiptop condition. The Bus Shelter was litter free and displayed community activity notices and the Millennium Garden was a delight and the ancient ploughshare (painted up brightly) had been installed as a reminder of the village’s connections with its farming background. The private buildings visible from the road were beautifully tended. On the way to High Bray Church we saw the newly renovated Village Pound, which had excellent notice boards describing its history. The gardens belonging to the cluster of houses surrounding the church were full of colour and the churchyard gave a wonderful impression of community spirit with the well-kept war memorial and the grass having been mown so carefully that all the wild flowers were still standing in and around the gravestones. Inside and out, the church was obviously much loved’. 
Affordable Housing
It has been suggested that the site be named after its previous owner, the late Fred Hobbs, farmer.
Road Closures
Little Bray Lane is now closed and will be expected to remain closed until Monday 13th October
Wi-Fi Broadband
Mr Denby is going round local parishes talking about wire-free broadband for rural areas, for those who cannot receive telephone-line broadband.  Mr Denby has offered to be the point of contact for Brayford, and anyone interested in this wi-fi broadband system can be put on his list. Contact:

The Big End of Year 2008 Quiz  Friday November 14th at 7.30pm.
Come one and all, to the Village Hall for the Play Area 2008 Quiz.
You can study and read, and Encyclopead but don’t get in a tiz.
With fun for all, we will have a ball, teams of 6 are all you need.
With children’s questions too, all that’s needed is you, and friends that can help you succeed.
Bring a drink and some friends.  Entry is £3 for Adults and £1 for children over 11, children under 11 free.
Tickets on the door, raffle included.

Cleaner Wanted

A cleaner is needed urgently for the Village Hall.  Approximately 5 hours per week to suit. More details from Geoff Dunford.

Brayford School
We started the autumn term on 3rd September with a ‘new look’ school. It was great to see so many at our opening ceremony with Mrs Bond and Johnny Kingdom. The school looks fantastic now that it has been redecorated throughout and we have lots of new furniture. The learning environment is designed to create motivation and enthusiasm and the children love their new school. We welcome Miss Lewis to the infant class. We also welcome 3 new children to the infant class, Darcy, James & Daisy.
All the children will be performing at the Community Harvest Festival on Tuesday 7th October and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Brayford Boomerangs

Christmas Fair 2008

Saturday 6th December, 1.30pm to 4.00pm.  Don't forget to put this lovely village event firmly on your calendar! There will be lots to whet your appetite and an opportunity to buy individual gifts for the festive season. As always, there will be plenty of homemade cakes, a raffle, exciting competitions or maybe just come along and enjoy a cuppa and a chat! Please bring your family and friends to this popular event, which supports many local and national good causes. More details will be displayed on posters around the village nearer the time. If you would like to book a table or two please contact Carole - it would be lovely to see even more homemade arts and crafts this year. For any further information please contact Carole or Fiona.

Brayford Boomerangs Pre-School is a registered charity and is run by a voluntary committee. The following officers were re-elected at our recent AGM: Fiona Tyson Chair, Kirstie Miller Secretary and Vice Chair, Samantha Boyles Treasurer, Di Heard and Eve Evetts Committee, and Sandra Pickard Grants Coordinator.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of us at any time if you require further information about our Pre-School.
This term our children will be learning about different forms of transport; planes, trains and automobiles and of course not forgetting tractors and a smattering of motor racing!  We are also looking forward to joining the Community Harvest Celebration on Tuesday 7th October. 

Pre-School Vacancy    *** Position now filled ***
We currently have a vacancy for a Pre-School Assistant. This role involves supporting our Leader and working with parents to provide Early Years Foundation Stage Learning and Care for our 2-5 year olds. This position is for Tuesday and Friday mornings between 8.30am and 1.30pm term times only. If you enjoy working with young children and would like to become part of our friendly team, please contact Fiona Tyson for an application form.

Brayford Womens' Institute
The October meeting is to be held on Wednesday 8th, when Mrs. Hurst will talk about Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. In November, which is our A.G.M. month, we have the pleasure of listening to Mr. Spence Kingdom talk on "Entertainment". We are looking forward to both interesting talks, and welcome anyone who would like to join us. Meetings start at 7.15 pm and are held in Brayford Village Hall. 

Mothers Union

In May we sent a letter to Nick Harvey concerning the amount of violence shown on TV, especially in the soaps. We would like to thank everyone who signed our letter. We have had three letters from the House of Commons and Ofcom (The independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries)
Our next meetings will be: Tuesday 21st October 2.30pm at Joan’s, Speaker Greta Bray, then, Tuesday 18th November 10.00am ~ Deanery Meeting at South Molton. 

Brayford Conservatives Antiques Valuation and Supper 

To be held in the Village Hall on Friday 10th October at 7.30 pm.  Mr. Chris Hampton, Auctioneer, has kindly offered to value your favourite antique (please bring no more than one item). Ploughman's supper & one glass of wine £10 per ticket. Please book in advance from Sir Richard Peek 01598 710245, Mrs. Drinda Gardner or Conservative Assn. 01271 343101. Bar and Raffle.

Gardening Club
Despite the difficult growing conditions, this year's Flower Show was very well supported with an impressive array of exhibits, and the increase in children’s entries was particularly encouraging. Thanks to everyone involved.
Cup and trophy winners were:
Most Points in Show   Bill Maddox
Runner-up                  Roz Brooks
Ladies Most Points     Roz Brooks
Gents Most Points      Bill Maddox
Potato Cup                 Bill Maddox
Collection of Veg Cup  Lisa Ward
Vegetable Cup            Bill Maddox
Sweet Pea Cup          Jane Horne
Flower Cup                Gill Brown
Arrangements Cup      Roz Brooks
Cookery Cup              Amanda Smith
Craft Cup                   Dawn Jemmison
Best Exhibit Cup        Dawn Jemmison
Children’s Trophies: 
Under 8 Most Points   Grace Heard
Under 8 Runner-up     Jodie Pierson
8-14 Most Points       Jessica Harrison
8-14 Runner-up          Barney Thorne

Our AGM is on Wednesday 22nd October at 7.30pm followed by a plant swap, and on Wednesday 19th November we have an early Christmas meal at the Village Hall. Looking ahead to Wednesday 17th December, Brenda Davison will be giving a talk entitled "Christmas Carols in Flowers" followed by a light buffet supper. Anyone who has seen Brenda in the past will know how entertaining her evenings are. We plan to be selling tickets nearer the time.

Charles "Village News"
We welcome more newcomers to Charles and wish them well in their new house. Sadly, we said goodbye to a well-known and much loved figure in the community, Stan Richards, for many years a farmer and Church Warden at High Bray.
September will go out on a high after a hectic month of activities. Two teams from Charles were well placed at the Quiz Night – another triumph and much enjoyed.
Charles Church hosted the launch of the new “Family of Four Churches”, North Molton, High Bray, Twitchen and Charles, at a packed and memorable service. Then a Harvest Celebration and Sausage Sizzle were blessed with the fruit of a good day for a while, and were much enjoyed by a great gathering of all ages. Loads of groceries and produce were taken to Barnstaple Poverty Action Group.
A date for your diaries – a party entitled “A Country Christmas Celebration” on Friday 12th December at 7pm in Charles Church. Come one and all. Not forgetting Christmas, there will be the usual local Christmas cards for sale. 

Emergency First Aid Course
The planned September course has been delayed until Saturday January 17th 2009. It will be a certified course of Emergency First Aid for adults, children, and infants. £28 per person. It will start approx. 10am and finish 4pm (more details later). It will be held at the Village Hall. Spaces limited to 16 people. Please call Ruby White or Madeleine Brownell to reserve a place.
Village Calendars
The 2009 Village Calendars are now in!!! £5 each; all proceeds go to community projects; 3 pages of faces and events; each month with a local photograph. They are a useful size (A4) and make wonderful Christmas presents.

There is a limited supply, so reserve yours now by calling or talking to  Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell or Christopher or Alison Hewetson. 

Community Harvest
At the Village Hall on Tuesday 7th October starting at 7pm. We would welcome produce/flowers/plants to sell at the end of the evening raising money to send another ‘Shelter Box’ to a much-needed venue. Bring and Share Supper so please bring some extra “pennies” to Bring & Buy.

High Bray Church Quiz Night
Winners ~ Table 8 with 174 points
Booby Prize ~ Table 11 with 124 points
13 Teams took part and a fun night was had by all, young & old alike.
The Church would like to thank everyone who turned up and anyone who gave a donation or a Draw Prize. A total of £340 was raised for Church funds.

High Bray Church
We send our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Stan Richards. Stan was a wonderful 90 year old who worked hard for our church. We shall miss his humour and guidance.
The Remembrance Service is on Sunday November 9th.  We shall gather at 10.45am for silence at 11.00am. Please come and join us.

Puddings and Song!
Back by popular demand, on Friday October 17th at High Bray Church - 6:45pm for wine & refreshments, and we'll start singing at 7pm. You'll know all the songs already! - 'Any dream will do'; 'O what a beautiful morning'; ' The hippopotamus song'; 'Big rock candy mountain', and many more!  Bring and share puddings at half time about 7:45pm.
No entry fee. Everyone can participate. Bring the children; they'll love it! 


Wheel Done! by Tony Bament
This is a tale of “Mum Resilient”
And her son Mark with an idea brilliant
Gladys Bament from Maxworthy Farm
Was helping her son, didn’t see any harm
To a load of bullock from it’s shed
Into a trailer, so they went ahead
The bullock, a calf, was a large lump
And gave poor Gladys a helluva bump
It knocked her over and up in the air
And of course she was in despair
She landed heavily on her hip
And the pain was giving her gyp
So how could Mark ease Mum’s pain?
And get her home? Oh come on brain
Then quickly as an arrow, the idea came
Use the old wheelbarrow!
This he did with some success
And got her out of the muddy mess
With buttocks well seated and legs on high
He wheeled her home and got her dry
The Medics took her to A & E
Where her story caused much hilarity

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