Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 20th October and Thursday
17th November 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
The only significant criminal activity close to
the Parish has been the theft of nine cattle from a field at North Molton.
Animal thefts do occur from time to time, so please report anything stock
related that you may notice and feel suspicious about, particularly after
dark. The Police contact number for non emergency matters has been changed
from 08562 777 444 to a more simple 101. Please make a note of this number
to report and discuss all non urgent police related issues.
The Highways Officer again attended the last
meeting and was given a list of yet more pot holes that still require
attention. There was discussion about the proposed Snow Warden Scheme, but
the detail is still unclear. However, a volunteer will be required to
organise and implement a gritting plan – someone with a quad bike would be
particularly well suited to the role.
As at 22 September, NDDC had indicated that the
application for a large detached house adjacent to The Oaks, Little Bray
Lane would refused - however, the applicant may lodge an Appeal in which
case the Parish Council will robustly support the planning refusal. The
planning application for a Local Needs Dwelling on part of the same site is
expected to be approved imminently.
There have been problems with the pond and, as a result, it is to be
removed and replaced with a sand pit – volunteers to help with this work
are encouraged to contact Norman Barrow.
Two new life saving throw lines will shortly be attached to the bridge
stonework – one on either side of the river. Hopefully, they will never be
needed, but please make yourself aware of where they are located.
The Pound at High Bray
The stone wall is to be re-capped and it is hoped that the job will be
completed before the onset of frosty weather.
Quiz Night for Exmoor Villages
There is to be an inter village competition at Luxborough on 28 October
- anyone keen to join in and make up a team should contact the Parish Clerk,
Margaret Hartnoll on 710295, for more details – entries close 14 October.
Your Parish Needs You
Two Councillor vacancies still exist and although open to either sex, we
would be particularly pleased to welcome a lady applicant so as to maintain
a happy gender balance. Anyone interested in applying but not sure what is
involved is very welcome to come along to the next meeting.
Best Kept Village CompetitionThe Judges were very complimentary
about Brayford, saying how much they enjoyed their visit. They were
heartened that so much money had been raised, and lottery bid successful, to
restore the Church Bells and mentioned that the Churchyard was well kept .
They also mentioned the Millennium Garden and the Play Area and how nice the
verges and gardens looked. Their only recommendation was the need for
refurbishment at the Village Hall, but had noted from the Village Website
that this was underway and that volunteers were sought to help.
Community HarvestOn Tuesday, 4 October at 7 pm there
will be a Community Harvest Service at the Methodist Chapel. Rev. Chris
Whinney will lead the service, which will be followed by a Bring and Share
Supper. Please bring your gifts for the harvest table, which will then be
sold for Shelterbox, who do such good work all over the world. To date
Brayford has sent three boxes.
Uganda Trip Race Night
Emily Ward will be following in her brother, Ben's, footsteps by going to
Uganda with the North Devon based charity Amigos next July. But first she
needs to raise £1,500. she has already raised £500 by completing a 180
foot sponsored abseil at Hartland for the Hospice and for her own
fundraising pot. She has also, this summer, been giving cricket coaching
sessions to children at the School. To raiser further funds, she is
arranging a Race Night at the Village Hall on Saturday, 29 October. She is
looking for sponsors for each race (£20) and horse owners (£3). If you
cannot come on the night but would like to be a proud horse owner, please
give Emily a ring on 710488. The evening starts at 7.30 pm, bring your own
bottle and come long and have a great fun evening.
Brayford Flower Show
successful Flower Show this year, with lots of particularly good entries in
the Flower Arrangements section. As usual, thanks to everyone involved in
organising the show, everyone who entered, and everyone who came along to
view. Trophy winners were:
Most points in show: Bill Maddox
Ladies most points: Pauline Nicholls
Gents most points:
Collection of Veg Cup: Bill Maddox
Sweet Pea Cup:
Flower Arrangement Cup: Roz Brooks
Under 8 most points: Flora Boyles
Under 8 runner up:
Kane Roddy, Luke Roddy (shared)
8-14 most points:
8-14 runner up:
Best Flower Arrangement: Hilda Bawden
Best Exhibit in show: Pauline Nicholls
we have waved goodbye to our Treasurer, David Swash of Catkins, who sold his
house very quickly and has moved to Hampshire. David worked quietly and
efficiently as Treasurer of the Gardening Club and Flower Show and will be
very much missed. The next meeting will be held in the Village Hall on
Wednesday, 19 October. This is entitled "A Jackanory of Plants".
The final meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, 16 November, which is
the AGM and Quiz Night. Please do come if you are interested in
gardens/gardening of any description/anything related to gardens. We will
need to revise our Gardening Club Committee and ideas are very welcome. We
will be compiling our Programme for 2012 in December and January and our
first meeting of the New Year will be held on Wednesday, 15 February in the
Village Hall. The Annual Flower Show will be held in August 2012.
Harvest Thanksgiving service is on Sunday, 2 October, at 11am and the
Preacher is Rev. Hext. The children from the School and Boomerangs will be
taking part. EVERYONE is most welcome. Thursday, 10 November is our Gift
Day. The Windy Cross Singers from Torrington will give a concert at 7.30 pm.
Everyone is welcome. Deacon Rhona has settled happily in Tiverton. Nick
Jefferson, our Youth Worker for the area is now living, with his family, at
Molemead in North Molton. Rev. Sue Howe is joining our circuit and will be
living in Chulmleigh.
The Riverside Service was a great success. Everyone
enjoyed the talk by Rev. Mark Noakes with Rev. Peter Attwood leading events.
Thank you all who gave such super puddings and to Fred Bawden for a welcome
cup of tea. Quiz Night was very well attended. Anthony Bawden put so much
effort into the questions – a bit too much effort for some of us!! He
raised £260 for Church funds – thank you for your support. High Bray, as
with most other churches, now belongs to a group of eleven instead of four.
Our group's name is "Edgemoor" and drawn from Bishops Nympton
Please note that the monthly service of Holy Communion on
the fourth Sunday of every month will, from Sunday 23 October commence at 8
am instead of 8.15 am. Harvest Festival at Charles will be a service of
thanksgiving on Sunday 9 October at 11.15 am. Gifts of produce and other
food, clothing, etc. will be given to Barnstaple Poverty Action Group and a
basket for gifts will be left in the Church during the preceding week.
Following the service, at about 12.15 pm, there will be the usual Sausage
Sizzle, with lots of lovely puddings, wine, cordial, etc. Enquiries and
offers of help to Jane 710092 or Margaret 710440. Repairs to the exterior of
the Church Tower look really good and its interior is now dry. At Victor
Dartnall's Open Day in August, we were invited to take a collection towards
the cost of the repairs and we are extremely grateful to Victor, his guests
and clients for their generosity in raising over £500.
We enjoyed a busy and lively first night back from
the summer break with a talk by Lydia Shelton about the work of the Cats
Protection. It is comforting to know that lost cats are often found and
returned to their owners through this charity, and that everything possible
is done to keep rescued cats healthy and happily re-homed. Many outings are
planned for the coming year, including a trip to the theatre to see The
Sound of Music. On Wednesday 12 October, Caroline Sanderson will be holding
a Craft Workshop, and on Wednesday 9 November, Mrs Mollie Bond is talking to
us with pictures, about the beautiful city of Prague. Visitors are welcome.
Painting has been "dogged" by rain but we hope
to make a big effort for October. Mick Smith has done some repairs to the
plaster that was falling off and is now looking very tidy.
PLEASE, ALL HIRERS MAKE SURE YOU TURN OFF THE HEATING. THERE IS NOW A LIGHT
NEAR THE FRONT DOOR, WHICH IF ON INDICATES THAT ONE OR MORE OF THE HEATERS
IS STILL ON.
Two teams from Charles entered Anthony Bawden's brilliant
Quiz Night at Brayford with the help of some useful little grey cells, years
of experience and some canny tactics, both teams were well placed! We
welcome to Bear's Rock, Newtown, Mr Charles Mitford Cust. Another
opportunity for Quiz fiends to excel is the very popular Deanery Quiz. Teams
of four should register with Michael Wall 01769 580265 or Andrew Jones 01769
550427 to participate in the epic on Fridays 26 November, 3 February, 30
March at various locations. Quote from Bishop Bob "Any known
participants will be automatically debarred from P.C.C. Membership"
Time to sign up, I think!
The end of term saw the school children performing their play and sports
day. The rain held off long enough for everyone to have a great time. Thank
you to everyone who was involved. We also said a sad farewell to Mrs
Blackett, Miss Lewis and Year Six. We wish them all good luck. The new
school year saw two new teachers starting, Mr Berry in the Juniors and Miss
Austen in the Infants, also four new children - a huge welcome to them all.
The topic this term is Beginnings, which is the start of the whole year's
focus on the Olympics. The whole school will be going to Bristol to the
Science Museum for day of activities and exploration on 19 October - all the
children are very excited. The School is looking for a Community Governor
– if you would like more details on what this entails, please contact the
School on 710345.
A warm welcome awaits you in the Old School Rooms, North Molton for an
exclusive three day event featuring a variety of local handmade products.
This is a chance to fill your stockings with more original gifts than can be
found on the High Street. The very best of local handmade, contemporary
products all under one roof. Festive refreshments, disabled access and free
parking. Free admission. Friday 4 November 12 to 8 pm, Saturday 5 November
and Sunday 6 November 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.
This will take place in the Village Hall on 15 October, starting at 7 pm.
Come and join in the fun for all ages.