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  From the October/November 2011 Newsletter: 

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 future meeting.
Neighbourhood Watch

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.

Planning Applications
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.
Play Area
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.
Millennium Garden
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 Competition
The 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 Harvest
On 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
Another 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
Runner up:                       Pauline Nicholls
Ladies most points:          Pauline Nicholls
Gents most points:           Bill Maddox
Potato Cup:                     Bill Maddox
Collection of Veg Cup:      Bill Maddox
Vegetables Cup:               Bill Maddox
Sweet Pea Cup:               Pauline Down
Flower Cup:                     Margaret Hartnoll
Flower Arrangement Cup:  Roz Brooks
Cookery Cup:                   Amanda Smith
Craft Cup:                        Sarah Stone
Under 8 most points:        Flora Boyles
Under 8 runner up:            Kane Roddy, Luke Roddy (shared)
8-14 most points:             Charlotte Stone
8-14 runner up:                 Maddie Boyles
Best Flower Arrangement: Hilda Bawden
Best Exhibit in show:        Pauline Nicholls
Gardening Club
Sadly, 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.

Methodist Chapel
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. 

High Bray Church
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 area. 

Charles Church
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.

Brayford WI
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.

Village Hall
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.

Charles Village
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!

Brayford School
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.

Devonmade Christmas
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.


Ferret Racing
This will take place in the Village Hall on 15 October, starting at 7 pm. Come and join in the fun for all ages.



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