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  From the October/November 2009 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 15th October and on Thursday 19th November 2009 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), and also on the Brayford website.
The Huxtable Plough
The unveiling of the plaque for the Huxtable Plough, by retiring Parish Councillor John White, marks the completion of this Parish Council project.  Local residents and visitors alike enjoy this area and it is extremely well maintained by Tony Bawden.
Village Play Area
Another project nearing completion is the new Play Area.  David Gosling has continued his sterling work for Brayford, although now living in South Molton, and with Parish Councillor Alan Boddington is working within the budget to ensure that children can enjoy this new facility as soon as possible.


Parish Councillor Vacancy
There is a vacancy for Parish Councillor - please submit applications to the Chairman of the Parish Council, c/o The Clerk, Little Bray House, Brayford, by Saturday 10th October 2009.
Neighbourhood Watch
No crime has been reported.  PCSO Mike Livett has logged: a tree down on the A399; a report on anti-social behaviour.
G. Collier attended the recent Police Liaison meeting, and the police hope to set up a better communication scheme and to reinstate interest in the Police Force in Neighbourhood Watch schemes.  There are thieves around stealing from outhouses: tools, equipment, quad bikes.  Everyone is advised to lock shed doors and to be vigilant.  For advice or to voice concerns contact PCSO Mike Livett at South Molton Police Station on 01769 575053.

Gardening Club
At our AGM in September the existing Committee was re-elected en bloc and ideas for our 2010 programme were discussed. On Sunday 11th October we are visiting RHS Rosemoor for their "Apple Day", and will be leaving from the Village Hall at 10am. On Wednesday 18th November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall itís "Gardenerís Question Time" Ė we will have a panel of experts to answer your gardening queries and provide lots of helpful advice, followed by a buffet.

Brayford Flower Show
This year's Flower Show was another successful event with a high standard of entries and plenty of visitors. Thanks to Lynn and David Gosling for opening the show to the public, and to the Gardening Club Committee and members for organising the day. Cup and trophy winners were:

Most Points in Show - Bill Maddox
Runner-up - Diane Heard
Ladies Most Points - Diane Heard
Gents Most Points - Bill Maddox
Potato Cup - Bill Maddox
Collection of Veg Cup - Bill Maddox
Vegetable Cup - Bill Maddox
Sweet Pea Cup - Pauline Walker
Flower Cup - Ron Jemmison
Arrangements Cup - Hilda Bawden/Roz
    Brooks (shared)

Cookery Cup - Diane Heard
Craft Cup - David Swash
Best Exhibit Cup - Pauline Nicholls
Childrenís Trophies:
Under 8 Most Points - Grace Heard
Under 8 Runner-up - Bethany Trawin
8-14 Most Points - Jessica Harrison
8-14 Runner-up - Maddie Boyles

Brayford School
We returned to school on 3rd September with 5 new children, 3 in reception and 2 in the junior class.  We would like to wish them all a warm welcome.  Harvest Festival is to be held on Tuesday 6th October in the Village Hall at 6.30pm.  The schoolchildren will be singing at this event and we look forward to seeing you all there.  Don't forget the Christmas Bingo on Thursday 26th November, 7pm for a 7.30pm prompt start.  The last Bongo Night was great fun.  There will be lots of prizes to be won, so make sure you come along and join us, all welcome.

Brayford Boomerangs
The Boomerangs Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 28th November in the Village Hall from 1pm.  Lots of good buys, Santa's Grotto, refreshments and a draw.  Come along for a great afternoon out.  Anyone interested in booking a table please contact Di Heard.

Ben from High Bray has been chosen as part of a group of 24 local school children to go to Kira Farm in Uganda.  Kira Farm is run by the North Devon based charity Amigos.  The group is going for 10 days, building a bando hut, installing a brick making machine and working with the children during their lessons.  To be able to go to Uganda, Ben needs to raise £1500.  He has already raised £150 over the school holidays, and will be raising the rest by different fundraising events in the village and with the rest of the group elsewhere.  Please contact Ben if you have any any jobs that he could do or you would like to sponsor him in this worthwhile cause.

Brayford WI
Alice Cooper, Fund-raising Officer of the Peninsular Medical School Foundation in Plymouth journeyed some distance to update us on the facilities and progress of this new medical school.  We were all most interested in her lively talk, and delighted that their research programmes are highly regarded in the medical world.  We shall look forward to welcoming an enthusiast from South Molton Museum on Wednesday 14th October.  Everyone is welcome to our meetings.

Mothers' Union
Members attended the festival at Swimbridge Church.  There will be no service on Tuesday 20th October - members will meet on another date in a member's home.  On Tuesday 17th November at 10am the Deanery Meeting will be held at Duke Street, South Molton.

North Devon Conservatives Auction
On Friday 23rd October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall we are having an auction of sale items, 50/50 on pledges, so do come along.  Tickets are £10 each to include a Ploughman's Supper and one drink, and can be purchased from the Conservative Office (01271 343101) or on the door. We would appreciate you ordering your tickets in advance to help the caterers..  We look forward to seeing you for an enjoyable evening. 

Methodist Chapel
We had a wonderful time on 6th September - Nick, Tracey, Ben and Barney brought their dear baby Noah Nicholas to be dedicated.  The Chapel was full with family and friends to welcome Noah for this special service.  There was great singing from the young and the more "mature", talks and prayers that challenged us.  Everyone enjoyed refreshments afterwards.  Our love and prayers go with this lovely family.
We warmly welcome you to our Harvest Celebrations, which will be held on Sunday 4th October, 11am and 6.30pm.  The preacher at these services will be the Reverend A. Roberts from Exmouth.  We look forward to hearing the Exeter Male Voice praise group.  They are coming to entertain us on Thursday 12th November at 7.30pm, followed by a buffet supper.  Everyone is most welcome, so please put this date in your diary.

Our services are held at 11am and 6.30pm each Sunday, with a Circuit Service at Duke Street, South Molton on the first Sunday evening of each month.  Our lively Sunday Club is held every 2nd and 3rd Sunday from 11am to 12 noon.  It is well supported by the local 3 week olds to 11 year olds.  Our own minister is Deacon Rona Eastman and our Circuit minister is Bob Kitching.  They will be pleased to help you if you need them.  Can we remind you of the community coffee mornings on the first Wednesday of every month at 10.30am - everyone is welcome to this free and friendly get together.

High Bray Church
We had a busy time in church with two beautiful weddings, everyone looking smart and happy.  Anthony's Quiz Night was successful and we raised a grand total of £375.  Thank you to everyone who came for the donations and draw prizes. 16 teams took part with Table 4 winning, runners-up on Table 16, and last was Table 3.  A good time was had by all.  A big thank you from your Quiz Master Anthony.
Looking forward to Friday 20th November, we are having an evening with Johnny Kingdom, our local "celeb", at the Village Hall.  With a film show, quiz and a talk from Johnny about his life with animals, it will be a very lively night - don't miss it!  Admission will be £3.00 (children free), with a bring and share supper.
Community Harvest
Join us on Tuesday 6th October at 7pm in the Village Hall for a bring and share supper.  Could you please bring a gift for the harvest table?  These will be sold at the end of the evening, raising money for Brayford School's project with Freedom Church.

Charles Church
The Harvest Festival and Sausage Sizzle were blessed with a wonderful summer day and many families and friends enjoyed the service of Thanksgiving and the scrumptious food that followed.  Best wishes to Catherine and Nic on their marriage at High Bray, and to Poppy and Andrew who were married in September.  The Parochial Church Council will meet on Monday 12th October at Victoria Cottage.  Two dates for you diaries:  A harvest concert of music and light entertainment on Saturday 10th October at 7.30pm in Charles Church.  This is an opportunity to enjoy the talents of local people, with light refreshments and seasonal dishes.  On Friday 30th October at 7pm, also in Charles Church, there will be a recital by Dr Richard Westcott and friends.  Admission is free with a retiring collection for maintenance of the church and churchyard.  There is still an opportunity to see the Ideal History Exhibition.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you so much to all the loyal helpers.  Our numbers were down a little, possible due to clashes with other social events.  However, the generosity of the Brayford community helped to raise over £700.  Thank you for all your support, we hope you enjoyed the morning.


2010 North Devon Village Calendar
They are here!  Even better than last year with larger photos and larger calendar writing space, it contains a local business sponsors directory for reference when you need work done.  The proceeds, as always, will go to a village community project.






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