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  From the October/November 2013 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 17th October and Thursday 21st 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
Not for the first time a quad bike has been stolen from the parish and our PCS Officer strongly recommends that farmers have tractors and quad bikes satellite chipped as well as locked inside a secure building. 
Play Area
The new double swings have now been installed by a team of parish councillors and thanks must go to Norman Barrow for providing a tractor and concrete mixing facility. Also a particular thanks must go to Richard Barrow of A & B Contractors for providing a mini digger and to Ken Leworthy for his specialist expertise throughout the project.  
Millennium Garden
The two life saving throw lines have again been interfered with and one is missing completely. This is selfish vandalism and the person responsible is a disgrace to the community. Anyone with information as to the culprit is urged to contact any member of the parish council. It has also been reported that children have been kicking footballs against a car parked in front of the adjoining garage. This is not acceptable and perhaps all children can be made aware that they may use the school playing field outside school hours for this type of activity. Dog fouling has been reported in the Millennium garden area and again we request that all dog owners be more thoughtful and pick up and remove any fouling that occurs anywhere in the village.
The kerbstones at Brayford cross roads have been dropped and although not exactly as requested it will certainly be easier to make a north turn on to the A399. Speeding vehicles are being reported through the village lanes and a cat has been bowled over. Unfortunately County Highways will not agree to a 20 mile per hour limit and we request all drivers to slow down as there are places where the legal limit of 30mph is too fast. Devon County Highways have responded to the concerns raised with regard to the traffic lights on the A399. Simply put, the lights will remain in place until such time that funding can be made available. Residents are thanked for their patience whilst these on going wall issues are resolved.


November Fireworks
As firework parties occur over several nights around the 5th November it would be greatly appreciated if party organisers notify in advance surrounding farmers and especially Mr Dartnall at Higher Shutscombe Stables.
Defibrillator Course
A refresher course will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday, 27 November at 7 pm. For more details and to book a place telephone Margaret Hartnoll on 710295


Brayford Flower Show
Very warm thanks are extended to our retiring Chairman, Mrs Dawn Jemmison, who has worked tirelessly over the last 13 years, bringing the Show together. We all know how much work this has entailed. The 2013 Flower Show was, again, colourful and delightful. Grateful thanks to Mr & Mrs Geoff Nicholls and Mrs Irene George, who are also retiring this year from the Committee. Their hard work and enthusiasm has made a big difference. The Flower Show Committee meets only about three times a year and new members are encouraged. Dawn has said she will call a meeting with remaining members of the Committee and recruits and list all the tasks with everyone present, so next year should progress smoothly. 


Village Farmers' Market
Our next Market is at the Village Hall on Saturday, 12 October (second Saturday of each month) with Besshill's prime local meats and veg., fresh East & West Bakery breads, West Country Cheese hand-made quiches and sausage rolls, hand-made jewellery, home-baked cakes, vintage items, home-made jams/jellies/honey, Fair Trade, and much more. In addition, our October Market will hold a special auction, in aid of the Hospice, of hand-made designer women's clothing & accessories. The Market opens at 11 am with Ray Hobbs on his accordion and offers tea, coffee and cakes until 1 pm.

Quiz Night 
We know you all love quiz nights, so please come along to the Sportsman Inn on 25 October at 7 for 7.30 pm. There will be the usual carvery for the price of 10 each, to include entry to the quiz for teams of up to 6 people. This is aid of Brayford Primary School. 

Youth Club
Lively Youth Club summer evenings were spent at The Calvert Trust and the beach and a happy day was spent in Plymouth. Future events: 9 October Club night, 23 October Karaoke night, 13 November Night Walk and 27 November a Sumo Night. Unless otherwise stated Youth Club is held in the Methodist School Room at 7 pm. Contacts: Hilary Ayre 710352 and Nick Jefferson 740283. 


2014 Village Calendars 
They're here, 5 each, the best yet. They will be available at the October Farmers Market (12 October), the Village Coffee Mornings at the Methodist Chapel (2 October and 6 November), the High Bray Harvest Celebration (20 October) and by calling Madeleine & Jonathan at 710389. A wonderful way to keep your family in touch with our village at Christmas. Warning: last year, we sold out before December. All proceeds will go to support Village projects. 


Community Organ & Singing Concert
At 7 pm on Saturday, 23 November, High Bray will host a special organ concert by Tony Poling, North Devon's best organist, and the Brayford Community Singing Group, to present High Bray's new Allen organ. Hymns, spirituals and ragtime, come and listen to what our new organ can do. A Bring & Share buffet supper will follow the Concert so do come and enjoy a wonderful evening out.

Charles Church
Lots of celebrations and congratulations are due this time, so we send very best wishes to Ron & Lily Jemmison on another great milestone of 60 years together, Ruby White another special birthday, Ivy & Norman Harrison's special 60 Anniversary and Ros & Stuart Brooks Golden Anniversary. Alan Boddington's restoration of The Poltimore Inn at North Molton is now complete and proving popular with its customers. The family are also celebrating the birth of two grandchildren Kelsey & Matthew Alford's daughter, Jose, and Gessica & Paul Rice have a son, Oliver. Rachel & Laura (nee Burnett) returned to Charles Church on 29 September for the very happy event, the Christening & Blessing of their individual sons. A United Harvest Festival will be at Charles Church on Sunday, 13 October at 11.15 am, followed by the usual barbecue and super puddings. It will be the final service for Howard & Helen Friend before they leave for Africa. Howard will be the Preacher. Facilities will be available in the Church for the collection of food and clothing for the local food bank. Everyone is very welcome to this event and many will want to show appreciation to Howard for his work with the Church and the Hospice. The closure of the local history exhibition with tea and cream cakes on Sunday, 6 October has been cancelled, but Evensong will be, as usual, at 6.30 pm. 

High Bray Church
August has been amazing, supported by our community and friends at all our events. The Service and barbecue by the river is growing every year, thank you Julian Tewkesbury for the music and all of those who helped on a, thankfully, sunny day. We had an successful Auction evening, raising 3,500 towards our super "new to us" Church organ. We all had a wonderful time together with lots of laughter and good humour. Our very best wishes go to Dr Howard & Helen Friend as they go off on their travels. Anthony's Quiz Night was again a rousing success raising 255 to keep our lovely Church open to all. We had 13 tables the winners were Table 7, Runners Up Table 4 and Booby Prize Table 15. Thanks to all who came and all who helped. There are some changes to the next few Sunday Services: Harvest Celebration on Sunday, 20 October is at 4 pm followed by a Harvest Tea in Church, so there will be no 11.15 am Service or Explorers' Sunday School the next day. On Sunday, 3 November High Bray will host the 4 Church Service at 10.30 am please stay for tea and coffee after the Service. On Sunday, 10 November High Bray will hold a United Remembrance Service please gather at the Church gate at 10.50 am for the reading of the names of those of our village who gave their lives for their Country (we will have tea and coffee after the service). 

Methodist Chapel
We hope everyone enjoyed our wonderful summer, autumn is certainly here, with hedges full of blackberries, trees beginning to turn, and darker evenings. Our Harvest Celebrations are on Sunday, 6 October at 11 am with Rev J Richards and at 6.30 pm Harvest Praise singing our favourite hymns. Do come and enjoy the fellowship. The Community Harvest Service is on Tuesday 8 October at 7 pm. Join with the village in a service led by Rev. Sue Howe with refreshments to follow and sale of produce for local poverty group in Barnstaple, Compass South West. There will be a Gift Day on Thursday, 7 November at 7.30pm with supper to follow. There will be a collection in aid of Church Funds.

Brayford WI
The first of the Autumn evenings was held on Wednesday, 11 September and our talented member, Mrs Jacci Gardner, demonstrated how to upholster a chair. Several members of The Travel Club were in Croatia staying near Dubrovnik which is a fascinating and very beautiful city, especially when seen from the sea. Every day dawned bright, sunny and warm and we walked, swam and explored the lovely area. To compensate, remaining members enjoyed dinner out one evening at The Stag's Head! We are looking forward to welcoming Nick Brend, Furniture Maker on 9 October and Professor Brian Kirby is giving us a lighthearted look at Longevity on 13 November. Everyone is welcome cost 3.50 including high tea. 

Brayford School 
The school had a fantastic beginning to the new year. The infant class has eight new reception children, the juniors have a new teacher and the whole school has had a makeover. We would like to wish a very warm welcome to Mrs Mitchell. She joins the juniors for a year while Mrs Langdon has her maternity leave. We also welcome Mrs King who is with the school on Fridays. The school now has 47 pupils, which is the most for quite a number of years. The reception children have settled in well and are enjoying life at school. The school is looking fantastic with a new library and office. Already, this term, we have had a wonderful trip to Pinkery Pond with Umberleigh school, where the children investigated how farming has influenced the changing landscape around the Pinkery Farm, and how lime has affected the soil acidity. The children had a stall at the Macmillan coffee morning where they sold peppermint creams which they made at school. Thank you to all of those that helped on the day, to Mrs Langdon and to all of you that braved the peppermint creams and bought some! 

Brayford Boomerangs
The children have settled well after a lovely summer holiday! With our numbers being lower this term it has made it easy for us to go on lots of lovely walks and the children have really enjoyed blackberry picking! We started the term off learning colours and have used stories about a multicoloured patchwork elephant called Elmer to help us! The children have painted a beautiful patchwork Elmer which is on display in the hall. We are currently doing the topic 'Ourselves' and over the next few weeks we will be doing Autumn as our theme. For more information contact Sam Austen, Pre-School Leader on 710718 during session times (Tuesday and Friday 8.45 am to 3.15 pm and Wednesdays 8.45 am to 1 pm) or go to

Pledge Auction 
Dulverton West Foxhounds are holding a Sale of Pledges on Saturday, 16 November at 7 for 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. There will be a bar and light refreshments.


Brayford Community Singing Group 
Enjoy singing? Enjoy being with people who are having fun together? We meet once a week at High Bray Church on Thursdays from 7-8.30 pm. We desperately need sopranos and altos. Men greatly appreciated, as well. No prior musical experience or expertise necessary, just a desire to come each week and have fun (think of Puddings & Songs). This Autumn we will be practising for a concert in November, singing Christmas carols in preparation for Christmas Eve and planning for our next Puddings and Songs in the New Year. Please call Madeleine Brownell on 710389.

Wanted - Iron Melting Slag 
Do you have slag in your garden or on your land? If so, then please come and tell me, Lee Bray, at Brayford Village Hall on 9 November between 1 and 4 pm. As many of those reading this will know, almost 2,000 years ago, Brayford was the scene of intense iron smelting which has left waste, in the form of slag (a hard, grey, dense material) scattered all over the village. Over the last ten years, there have been several archaeological excavations which have each added a little more to our knowledge of those ancient residents of Brayford. Now, a project, led by Dr Lee Bray of Devon County Council, is aiming to draw the results of this work together to publish what we know. As part of this, we are trying to find out how large an area was covered by ancient Brayford, and, perhaps, where different activities were carried out. So, please come along and put your mark on the map to help us even if you haven't found any slag, please tell us knowing where there isn't any is important too!


A Devonmade Christmas
A warm welcome awaits you in the Old School Rooms, The Square, North Molton for an exclusive three day event, now in its fourth year, featuring the very best of original, locally handmade, contemporary products all under one roof, offering you the opportunity to buy original work direct from local Artists and Craftspeople. A chance to fill your stockings with original gifts that cannot be found on the High Street. Come and meet the makers and relax over coffee and home-made cake. Free admission, festive refreshments, disabled access and free parking. Friday, 1 November, Saturday, 2 November and Sunday 3 November from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. 

Fancy Dress Party
Come and join in the Fancy Dress Party in support of Children in Need at the Village Hall on Saturday, 9 November from 7.30 pm onwards. Bring and Share Supper, tea & coffee, but please bring your own "Liquid Refreshments". 

Macmillan Coffee Morning 
We are delighted to announce a current balance of 801.61! Many thanks to all those who helped make it such a great success and, of course, to all those who gave money to such a worthy cause. If you are able to gift aid your donation, please contact Ruth Knights on 710014 to sign the form. 

Defibrillators - A Refresher Course by St. John's Ambulance SW
Tuesday 26th November in the Village Hall at 7pm - an invitation to everyone in the parish

Flooding Seminar
Friday 1st November, 10am to 1pm in Filleigh Village Hall
A seminar held by NDC to help North Devon communities to find out about flooding issues and prepare for the future.

Road Closure
The A399 from Friendship Farm to Blackmoor Gate will be closed for 4 weeks for resurfacing from 5th November 2013

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