Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 18th October and Thursday
22nd 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
There are six coins left that can be purchased at a cost price of £5
each. Please contact Margaret Hartnoll on 710295 if you are interested.
Bells Project Booklet
Project Booklet is now on the website, so please have a look. It contains
some fascinating history of Brayford from some of our residents.
The old sandpit has now been filled in and turfed and the
path will be tarmacked in the near future.
Ideas for New Village Projects
you have any ideas for new projects which would benefit the village please
contact one of your Parish Councillors or Margaret Hartnoll,
There is a vacancy on the Parish Council as Bridget Wilson is moving to
Wales. If you would like the join the Parish Council, please get in touch
with the Chairman, Brian Symons or the
Parish Clerk. We
wish Bridget and John all the best for their move and thank Bridget for her
work in the Parish.
Best Kept Village
had an excellent report and received a score of 88%.
archives service and county local studies collections, historic registers of
Devon Registration Services and selected county archaeological records will
be housed at Great Moor House, Sowton Business park, Exeter (Devon Heritage
This will be held
on 22 November when the precept for next year will be set.
There are now two defibrillators in the village,
recognisable by the Green Heart Sign. They are presently located at Ray
& Ruby White’s, 1 Broomhill Villas, Brayford and Alan Boddington’s,
Glebe Farm (outside office), Charles (follow the signs to AB Linear
Services). The final sitings, once the new cases have been received, will be
at Brayford Village Hall and Sunnyside Cottage, Charles (just below the
Church entrance). For those who could not attend the training session, they
can be used by anyone – the machine itself will tell you what to do. If
someone is having a heart attack the first thing to do is start CPR
(cardiopulmonary resuscitation) immediately and get someone to call the
emergency services. Then send someone to fetch a defibrillator. We are
trying to compile a list of people in the village who will fetch the box and
bring it to you. If you are contactable most of the time and have a vehicle
please let Alan Boddington know on 710241.
At a recent Village Hall Committee
Meeting/AGM, it was agreed that the Committee needed some "new
blood". Both our Chairman, Geoff Dunford, and Secretary, Jane Jeyes,
have served in these positions for many years and would like to stand down.
For those who are not aware, the Committee has a representative from all the
organisations who use the Village Hall, plus others in and around the
village who are willing to help keep our community amenity going. We have
many new people now in the village and it would be nice if they felt they
could be involved in the Village Hall. We don’t have many meetings during
the year and, usually, our only fundraising event is the Duck Race. However,
if anyone has any ideas for fundraising and can help us to keep the Hall
going, it would be greatly appreciated. Please call Geoff Dunford on 710901.
The Flower Show was a great success even though the weather did
not help with the growing season. Everyone made a huge effort and entries
were all of a high standard and a pleasure to see. Mrs Ruth Boyles opened
the Show. Anyone who has taken photographs is invited to send them to the
Website Administrator. The Flower Show organisers would like to ask
parishioners for some feedback please. Garden Club is having a sabbatical
year, but there is a meeting at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 17 October in
the Village Hall, when everyone is invited to give ideas for the 2013 Show,
and, also, to say whether or not they will support Garden Club in future. A
new President for Garden Club is needed.
The next market will be on Saturday, 13 October at the
earlier time of 10.30 am through to 1 pm in the Village Hall. There should
be local meats, veggies, dairy, eggs, sausages, pasties, etc., along with
artwork, handmade soaps, Bon Bons sweets, handmade jewellery, bric a brac/jumble
& books, baked goods, plants, collectibles, handmade local woollen
items, North Devon Village Calendars, handmade walking sticks, and much
more. There will be tea and coffee as well as snacks, and entry is free. For
more details contact Madeleine Brownell on 710389, or Margaret Hartnoll on
710295 between 30 September and 8 October.
Meetings are held
on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 7-9 pm in the
Methodist School Room, unless otherwise stated. The visit to Woodlands
Activity Centre with North Molton Youth Club in September was very much
enjoyed. 26 September was Search and Rescue Night! This is a club for young
people, age 11 upwards to enjoy meeting up in a relaxed atmosphere. Leaders
are Hilary Ayres and Nick Jefferson.
event will be held in the Methodist School Room at 10.30 am to 12 pm on
Wednesday 3 October.
Don’t miss this very varied evening
of music and song on Saturday, 20 October at 7 pm with Bring and Share
puddings. High Bray Church welcomes you all.
We give a warm welcome to Andrew & Amy who have come
to live at Welcombe Farm Cottage and also to the Rev. David Baker and his
family to North Molton Vicarage. Our new Vicar’s licensing will be on Wednesday,
7 November – more details later. Two important dates to take note of.
Harvest Festival at Charles Church is on Sunday, 14 October at 11.15 am.
Food and clothing for the homeless will be collected at this service. A
Community Harvest barbecue will follow the service. We hope there will be a
good turnout for this special social event. On Sunday 16 December at 3 pm
at Charles Church the Exmoor Carollers will sing their local carols
followed by a Christmas Tea for all.
Harvest Festival is on Sunday 7 October at 11 am with Rev. Mark Noakes. The
Community Harvest Celebrations will also be held in the Chapel on Tuesday 9
October at 7 pm and Rev. Chris Toll will lead us. There will refreshments to
follow. All proceeds to Shelterbox. Everyone is welcome. The Prayer
Fellowship group meet on alternative Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm and the
next meeting will be on 16 October. There will be a concert on Thursday, 7
November at 7.30 pm when the Circuit Choir will entertain us and this will
be followed by a supper. This is our Gift Evening and the proceeds are for
Chapel Funds. The next Messy Church is planned for 4 November from 3-5 pm.
Families are especially welcome, and everyone enjoyed the last one! Don’t
forget that Sunday Club meet on the 3rd and 4th Sundays
of the month at 11 am. Anyone under 11 years is welcome.
We have enjoyed several events. The Songs
of Praise "raised the roof", followed by Bangers ‘n Beans, then
Harvest Service when Clare from Barnstaple Poverty Action gave a clear
picture of the work done to help people in great need and gratefully took
seven bags of produce and three blankets back with her. We were so pleased
to welcome our Methodist friends to both these events. Bell Ringing Festival
brought ringers from all around to take part in competition which was won by
Burrington, but we loved the Brayford team!!. Little Explorers, run by Gill
Tewkesbury is on the third Sunday of the month at 11.15 am Sunday Service in
Church, with the Explorers in the transformed belfry at the same time. There
will be a PCC meeting at 7.30 pm on 23 October in Mike & Ruth Edwards’
Tolley, who has recently moved to Charles, gave a fascinating talk on
fashions in the 1920s and 30s, bringing with her many varied items of
interest, including models to show off her beautiful clothes. After the
fashion show, we tucked into a delicious "Edwardian" high tea,
served most daintily on best bone china tea sets! Another fun evening is
planned for 10 October, when Helen Hudson is coming to show us some
of her creative sewing, and to encourage us to make something ourselves. On 14
November, Mollie Bond will be telling us about The Last Romanov Tsarina.
Visitors are welcome and the cost is £3 including tea. W.I. Ladies are
always active and some of High Bray and Charles travellers enjoyed a
marvellous weekend recently, visiting Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
Some ladies will be going by coach to Dunster by Candlelight on 7 December
and some to Worcester on Friday 30 November.
The Autumn Council meeting is at Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple on 16 October
when the guest speaker will be Philip Serrel, Antiques Expert. The Group
Meeting is in the Methodist School Room, South Molton on Monday 29
October. Every last Wednesday each month, ladies who like to go walking
meet at the Village Hall at 11 am and decide where to go, in fine weather or
Night Thank You
Many thanks to all who supported Anthony’s Quiz night.
Some of us found the questions "challenging", but it was a fun
night enjoyed by all who came.
Welcome to the Warner family who are moving into High Bray Farmhouse. We
hope you will enjoy living in Brayford and look forward to seeing you at
some of our events.
Congratulations to Tim & Grady on the birth of Dougal,
grandson for Tom & Fran Rivensburgh at Broomhill, also to Bill and Val
Maddox, who celebrate their Golden Wedding on Saturday, 3 November.
Our love and thoughts are with Thelma and family of the late
Shirley Sharp who lived most of her life in Brayford and was a very active
member of the community doing lots of events for charities.
Several people have recently had operations and we hope they all continue to
make a full recovery and are back to enjoying seeing everyone again.
After a sad farewell to Chris Bearman at the end of the summer
term, the new term brought us new children and a new head teacher. We would
like to give a warm welcome to all the new children, nine that started in
reception and two new children that moved to the village in the summer. We
would also like to welcome Sue Kite to the school as our new head teacher.
Sue is also head teacher at Umberleigh school and will be running both
schools, spending alternate days in each. This term’s topic is
communication. We hope to be taking the children on trips to a radio and TV
studio. We will also be studying the different forms of communication that
have been invented and used over time, including semaphore, Morse code,
We will be celebrating FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) day on 28 September,
with forest based activities in the morning and a walk along part of the
Tarka Trail in the afternoon. On 9 October, the children will be performing
at the Community Harvest Festival at the Chapel at 7 pm. Clive Pig, an
author and storyteller, will be coming in on 12 October to lead a workshop
on the joys of stories and telling them.
Brayford School PTFA will be holding a Quiz and Carvery
at the Sportsmans Inn on 2 November at 7-7.30 pm start. This is for
teams of 6 and will cost £10 per head, including food. Telephone Susan on
01271 830007 for tickets.
We welcomed to Pre-school some new children, Winstone, Nathaniel,
Aimee and Georgia who are enjoying their time with us. The children, this
term, are learning about Dinosaurs, reading lots of stories and enjoying
various activities. A date for your diaries is Saturday, 24 November for
our Christmas Fair in the Village Hall. This year we will have Tempest
Photography attending, so if you would like the chance to have some lovely
photos taken, then this will be your opportunity. If you would like any more
information on Pre-school, then please phone 710718 in session times
(Tuesday and Friday 9.00-2.30) or Wednesday (9.00 to 1.00).