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  From the October/November 2012 Newsletter: 

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 future meeting.
Jubilee Coins
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
The Bells
Project Booklet is now on the website, so please have a look. It contains some fascinating history of Brayford from some of our residents.

Play Area

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
If you have any ideas for new projects which would benefit the village please contact one of your Parish Councillors or Margaret Hartnoll, Parish Clerk.
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 Competition
Brayford had an excellent report and received a score of 88%.

Devon Heritage Services
County 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 Centre).

Budget Meeting 

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.

Village Hall
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.

Flower Show
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.

Village Market
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.

Youth Club
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.

Coffee Morning
Our usual event will be held in the Methodist School Room at 10.30 am to 12 pm on Wednesday 3 October.

Puddings and Songs 
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. 

Charles Church
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.

Methodist Chapel
Our 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.

High Bray Church
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’ home.

Brayford WI
Diane 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 foul.

Quiz 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.
Best Wishes
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.

Brayford School 
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, etc. 

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.

Brayford Boomerangs
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).


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