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  From the October/November 2010 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 21st October and on Wednesday 24th November 2010 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).  Anyone living within the parish is most welcome to come along to a monthly meeting so if you have a local issue of any kind that you would like considered we will be pleased to see you at any future meeting.
Several blocked road drains and pot holes have been reported to the PC and highways maintenance will be attending to them shortly. Charles Village Green is in need of attention and through the winter months volunteers will be appreciated to help with this project - please contact any Parish Council member if you can spare a little time.
The missing parish boundary marker at Leaworthy Bridge is to be replaced at last - a suitably inscribed slate stone has been prepared and will be installed shortly.

Neighbourhood Watch
Rural burglaries continue to occur with quad bikes a particular villains favourite but just a week or two ago a flock of 25 lambs were taken from a field. If you have any likely items at risk within your property there are alarmed padlocks at a price of £12 each available to purchase from South Molton police station.
A399 Closure
The County Council have to close the A399 for a stretch near Mockham for Highway Structural Repairs, from Monday 4th October to Friday 5th November.

Brayford School
We returned to school on 3rd Sept and welcomed 2 new children. The whole school walked to Kedworthy Woods on Friday 24th Sept. We had good weather and even the youngest children managed the long walk. The children found out about the plants along the way and enjoyed marshmallows toasted on the camp fire. We have some new after school activities this term including Tag Rugby’, Netball and coming soon ‘Ball Skills’. The children will be singing at the Harvest Festival on Tuesday 5th October. We hope to see you all there.

Brayford Boomerangs
Welcome back everyone after the school holidays. We would like to welcome Laura Manley our new Team Leader and Di Heard as Assistant.  Also welcome to Lucas and Emma, two new children who have joined us at Boomerangs.  I would also like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to Fiona Tyson who has stood down as our Chairman. She has done so much great work for us over the years and will be missed a lot. We welcome Gill Tewkesbury as a new committee member. This term the children will be learning about history and time.

We will be taking part in the Harvest Service, which takes place at the village hall on Tuesday 5th OctoberOur Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday November 27th, to book tables please phone Di Heard on 01598 710356.  Also we will be having our own Christmas Sing Along at Boomerangs on Friday December 17th which will be open to all at the Village Hall. For details about Brayford Boomerangs Pre-school please contact Kate Trawin (Chairman) on 01598 710401. Our sessions run on a Tuesday and Friday morning between 9.15am and 12.45pm at Brayford Village Hall.

Gardening Club
In September we had a talk on Cider and Cider Vinegar, with an emphasis on the health benefits of the latter – several of us took the opportunity to buy some. On Wednesday 20 October our meeting is "Bugs, Birds & Bat Boxes", a practical demonstration by Nick Horne, and on Wednesday 17 November we have our AGM and End of Year Buffet. Both meetings are at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Brayford Flower Show
With over 300 entries we had another successful Flower Show this year. The innovation of tablecloths and dividers provided a great visual improvement and made the setting up of the hall much easier and more flexible. The separate Potato Competition was good fun, especially for those getting their hands dirty during the weighing session! The prize for the heaviest crop went to Hilary Ayre, and for the heaviest potato to Geoff Nicholls. Thanks to all those involved and everyone who entered. The trophy winners were:

Most Points in Show  
Runner-up Most Points
Ladies Most Points
Gents Most Points
Potato Cup (shared)
Collection of Vegetables Cup
Vegetable Cup
Sweet Pea Cup
Flower Cup
Flower Arrangements Cup
Cookery Cup
Craft Cup
Best Exhibit in Show

Di Heard
Bill Maddox
Di Heard
Bill Maddox
Syd Street/Andrew Wright
Bill Maddox
Bill Maddox
Pauline Down
Pauline Down
Margaret Hartnoll
Di Heard
Paula Roddy
Pauline Nicholls

Under 8 Most Points    Grace Heard
Under 8 Runner-up       Luke Roddy
8-14 Most Points         Maddie Boyles
8-14 Runner-up            Jessica Harrison

High Bray Church
We had a super walk with Peter & Bridget Edwards for Devon Historic Churches, raising £160, followed by cream tea at Redlands. The view over Instow were spectacular. Pudding & Songs, the church was filled to overflowing. A wonderful evening with all our local talent coming together. Visitors from near and as far away as Taunton joining in the singing, pupils and recent pupils from Brayford School and stars in the making Jodie Pierson, Charlotte Stone, Matthew Gentle, Barney Thorne, Rachael Maundrell, Libby Walsh, Jessica Harrison and Maddie Boyles. A huge thank you for giving and supporting these events, two things for which this village is very special.
Anthony’s ‘Quiz Night’ filled with fun and some brain power £336 was raised thank you Anthony for putting on the evening.
No Community Coffee Morning
On Wednesday 6th October, but please support Sarah Burnett's coffee morning for Charles Church instead.

Charles Church
A very busy month for the Parish in September has seen good progress on the repairs to the church tower, which included re-pointing to the south & west faces, repairing damage to the windows and string courses. Stuart Brooks is in charge of building work & scaffolding. Half the work has been completed and paid for. Total cost for the work is expected to be £15000. The PCC is very grateful for donations already received and is now planning the following fundraising events:
Coffee Morning/Bring and Buy
on Wednesday
6th October 10am – 12.00 & 7pm – 9pm in the evening at Victoria Cottage. On sale will be Christmas cards, notelets, craft items and produce. Glass of wine included. Sale of freshly gathered and dried garden flower seeds (by Anna Whinney). £1.00 per packet includes well known and unusual flowers from Anna’s brilliant garden.


Music & Lights
Entertainment at Charles Church
on Saturday 23rd October at 7.30pm. Featuring local talent. Free entry & a glass of wine or similar. Donations would be welcome for the tower fund at the event. All enquiries to Anna, Sarah
or Margaret.
Mr Down of Orestone died aged 77 on 14th July.
A packed church at Charles showed the great respect and affection in which he was held, he will be greatly missed by all his friends.
Happy events with the safe arrival of grandchildren for Ros & Stuart Brooks, Chris & Anna Whinney, Sarah Burnett and Terence & Maggie Widmer.

Brayford WI
We loved our evening of jewellery making with our talented member, Caroline Sanderson - most of us going home with a splendid necklace made of beautiful beads.  Mrs. Peacock, popular historian, is talking to us on Wednesday 13th October on Georgian Ladies. Visitors are welcome, cost £3 per evening, which includes delicious tea and cakes. The W.I. Autumn Group meeting is being hosted by High Bray and Charles W.I. this year, and Mrs. Penny Adie, Two Moors Festival, will be guest speaker on
Monday 1st November.

Community Harvest
At the Village Hall on Tuesday 5th October at 7pm. Gifts brought to the Harvest table will be sold at the end of the evening for "Shelter Box". Bring and Share Supper" please come and join the evening.

MacMillan Coffee Morning 
Thanks to everyone for making the coffee morning so friendly & successful and for their generous support raising over £780.00. Well done everybody.
Bell Fund Dance Night
At the Village Hall on Saturday 13th November, please see posters nearer the time for more details.


Village Calendar 2011
The 2011 North Devon Village Calendar is available!!! We sold out by mid October last year, and are taking reservations now for all who wish to have some. All the proceeds go to village projects: the Play Area, the High Bray bells project, the Boomerangs, the Brayford Singing Group, the North Molton Quilt club, etc.. Please help us support these projects. All the photos are local, with a local business directory of sponsors, as well. The calendar is professionally printed this year; it is an A3 wall calendar, as last year. The cost is £5 each, with envelope for posting - a wonderful Christmas present... Please call Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell on 01598 710389 for a reservation, as soon as possible! Thank you.

Shoeboxes for the elderly for Christmas
Can you donate a shoebox for the poor and elderly in Eastern Europe this Christmas? All that is required are shoeboxes with anything small & useful: gloves, toothpaste, aftershave, perfume, flannel, scarf, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, comb, hat, lipstick - anything like this. Things that we take for granted, but which are luxuries when you are destitute in a bitterly, cold climate. Also hoped for: blankets, jumpers, duvets, and any donations you feel you could make towards this project, led and organized by Computers for Charities; a national and international charity based solely on volunteers. Please contact Madeleine Brownell (01598 710389) for more details or for delivery of your contributions, donated items by the end of October (please don't seal the shoeboxes as they will need to be checked by customs).

Many thanks to all who gave clothes recently for the Moldovan people. Hugh Scudder from Christian Response to Eastern Europe, who regularly delivers help to this poor country, will be at Brayford Village Hall on Friday 3rd December at 7.30 p.m. to tell us of this work, show slides, and answer questions. Light refreshments to follow.
North Devon Conservative Assn
There is no longer a Brayford Branch, but the North Molton Branch is having a Cheese and Wine Party at Burch, near North Molton, by kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Fraser, on Friday 1st October at 7 p.m.  Tickets £10 from the N.D. Conservative Assn. office, tel. 01271 343101, or from Mrs. Joy Kerby in North Molton, Tel: 01598 740549.



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