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  From the October/November 2014 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 16th October and Thursday 20th 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.
The Skittle Alley ceiling has now been replaced and new lighting installed - greatly improving this well used facility. Unfortunately the Lottery Grant for the main works was not sufficient to cover the costs of insulating the ceiling plus additional electrical works that were necessary. As the village hall is such an important amenity for the entire community the Parish Council have unanimously agreed to underwrite the additional expenditure to ensure the completion & success of the entire project.
Lengthsman Tasks 
Alan Boyles had agreed to undertake the drain clearing etc in accordance with the TAP Fund Scheme but due to an operation he has been obliged to withdraw - we wish him a speedy recovery. However a replacement volunteer has come forward in the name of Sam Jeyes and he has made an excellent start to this important work. If any resident is aware of a blocked drain that needs to be brought to Sam's attention please advise the parish clerk on 710295.
Play Area 
It was reported that the trees were in need of significant pruning and appropriate works have now been carried out at no cost. Thanks go to the Parish Councillors who volunteered their time to make this area so much lighter & more agreeable.
Attention Dog Owners 
For the umpteenth time dog mess has been reported and on this occasion it is within the Churchyard at High Bray. The Dog Warden has been notified and we repeat that fines will be imposed on any owner who allows their dog to foul any public area whether it is within the village or any country lanes beyond.
Millennium Garden Flood Prevention 
It has been reported that rubbish was left by the slip railings that are removed in the event of rising flood water from the river. Residents must ensure that this area is kept clear at all time to minimise the flood risk to adjacent properties.
Centenary Gardens Project 
In memory of the fallen from the 1914 First World War the North Devon Council on behalf of the Royal British Legion is encouraging parishes to plant a tree or trees to record this event. The parish council have decided to purchase two English oak trees that will be approximately two to three metres tall and to be planted one at High Bray & one at Charles within the "adopted" verge areas.
Exmoor Rural Crime Initiative 
A public seminar to discuss all relevant matters including the poaching & illegal shooting of red deer is to be held at Exford Village Hall on Wednesday 15 October at 7.30pm.


The Flower Show
The Show was a successful and happy family occasion. Each year brings its challenges with our varying climate, but there were colourful entries and splendid craftwork. Cup winners were: 
Vegetable and Gents Overall: Howard Tolley; Potato: Andrew Wright 
Flower: shared between Anny Whinney, Pauline Down and Mick Smith; Sweet Pea: Malcolm Faulkner
Flower Arrangement: shared between Ruby White and Lisa Ward; Cookery: Jacci Gardner,
Craft and Ladies Overall: Sarah Stone
Under 8: Cate Tewkesbury;  8-11: Jessica Gouldbourne;  Runner Up: Flora Boyles
12-16: Charlotte Stone;  Runner Up: shared between Edward Stone and Maddy Boyles
Best Exhibit: Vivienne Yeo;   Most Points in Show: Sarah Stone
Thank you to all the judges. Please give ideas or comments you may have to improve/change the Schedule to any member of the Committee. Input from you all is important. The post-Flower show meeting will be held at The Poltimore Arms on Monday 6 October at 7.30 pm.


2015 North Devon Village Calendar
The calendars are here and ready for sale. They will be available at the Village Markets on the second Saturday of each month at the Village Hall. They will also be available at the South Molton Market on 16 and 23 October, or by telephone if you call Madeleine and Jonathan Brownell on 710389. They are excellent Christmas presents and can easily be sent abroad for friends and family who live elsewhere to remind them of home. The Calendars are £6 each and all proceeds go to support village projects. Thank you for your support. 

Harvest Puddings and Song
Our next Puddings & Song will be on Friday, 17 October at 7 pm at High Bray Church. Songs to sing, skits to see, children & adults in costume having fun together. Don't miss this evening of community fun and Thanksgiving for our Harvest and our Good Fortune. All ages welcome and encouraged. There will be Bring & Share savouries and puddings in the break. Free and Fun! Join the community this evening. 


Village Hall
How wonderful to see the new ceiling in the skittle alley and all newly painted. Thank you so much to all who gave their time for a job well done. 

Ray and Ruby would like to thank everyone for cards and messages during Ray's stay in hospital. At the time of writing he is moving towards the hospital door! 


Youth Club
The village clean up was a great success and raised £150 for the Calvert Trust – thank you everyone. The meeting on 8 October will be an outing to the Calvert Trust, 22 October is Sumo Night, 12 November is a night walk and 26 November is Club Night. All young people aged from 11 to 16 are very welcome to our meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The young people plan their own programme. Suggestions are always welcome. Programmes can be obtained from the Leaders, Hilary Ayre, 710352 and Nick Jefferson on 740283. 

There are many, many families who will face a winter of extreme cold and privation this year in the UK and Eastern Europe. A volunteer charity called "Computers for Charities" ( has been engaged for 21 years bringing needed supplies and relief to these people. For 10 years High Bray Church has been a conduit for items collected in North Devon. If you feel you can help, please call Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell on 710389, and we can arrange a time to pick up something from you. The items that are needed are:- in date medicines, dressings, children's nappies, adults continence support products, food stuffs, sweets, chocolate, sleeping bags are distributed as required. Warm clothing for adults, children and babies are also welcomed - blankets and duvets, warm gloves, scarves, handkerchiefs, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, paper, pens, small toys, perfume for ladies and basic toiletries. Decide whether you would like to support the elderly or children and label the box clearly e.g. Adult Male/ Female or Male Child/Female and age. If you are able to make a shoebox, wrapping it with Christmas paper is always appreciated – containing anything you might feel useful. Please pack and label clearly. We will need to have any items you feel you can give by 30 October. Please call 710389 if you have any questions or can participate in this project. Thank you. 

KWIK Cricket Competition
The first Charles & Brayford Kwik Cricket competition was held on Sunday 31 August. The sun shone brilliantly and the views back to the Exmoor hills, simply stunning.... and with the horses safely back in their stables, giving only a passing look to the ladies serving cream teas, the day was indeed set fair for the single wicket event. Dianne Tolley had prepared the outfield and wicket with such care and attention that most of the spectators anticipated the England Test team's arrival before the day was out. But, in the end it was 20 adults and 8 youngsters from the villages who took part in the two competitions. Mark Heal won the adult competition, which saw as many women take part as men... and the ladies weren't there to simply make up the numbers! The junior competition was won by Jack Pickard. £120 was raised on the day and the proceeds were donated to the Village Hall and Charles Church. The players loved it, the spectators had a great afternoon..... See you ALL next year. 


Charles Church
This wonderful summer, for which we are truly thankful, has seen a great variety of social events, with Charles well represented. At the Duck Race a magnificent plant stall raised £235. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in August, at Charles, teams of enthusiasts turned out for Kwik Cricket. Sunshine, tea, a great view and exercise for those who wanted it, made a lovely afternoon by invitation of Diane and Howard Tolley, and raised £120 to be divided between Charles Church and Brayford Village Hall. Victor Dartnall arranged for a collection to be taken at his Open Day, when a welcome sum of about £205 was given for the North Devon Chemotherapy Unit and Charles Church. Our congratulations and best wishes were sent to Michael and Gloria's son-in-law, Mark Murthen on his ordination, and to Helen Hudson on achieving a BA(Hons) in Humanities. Congratulations also to Steward Davis on his engagement. There was a good turn out from Charles at the Village Show

with considerable success and the Sweet Pea Cup returned to Charles. The Harvest Festival Thanksgiving on Sunday, 12 October at 11.15 am will be followed by the popular barbecue lunch – don't miss it. We all send warmest congratulations to Raymond and Ruby White on their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Their work and interest in and for the community is well noted, and we send our love and thanks to them. News has come of the death of Meriel Oliver, the wife of a past Rector and Bishop of Hereford, the Rt. Rev. John Oliver. There will be a thanksgiving service in the Cathedral on 27 November. Details from Margaret Faulkner on 710440. 

High Bray Church
On Sunday, 19 October we will be holding our annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service at 11.15 am. Could you please bring something suitable for the Food Bank. 

Methodist Chapel
Our services are each Sunday at 11 am except the second Sunday when we join with the other Churches for a United Service at 11.15 am. We were pleased to see our new minister, Stuart Innalls, at the Community Coffee Morning, and he thanked you for the warm welcome. He will lead our Harvest Service on 5 October. There will also be a Songs of Praise at 6.30 pm. Everyone will be most welcome – hymn favourites to Gladys Barrow please. Our Annual Concert will be on Thursday, 7 November at 7 pm. We are looking forward to a musical evening provided by West Buckland School. Supper will follow. Try not to forget the Community Coffee Morning on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30 am in the Schoolroom – it is free and friendly, what’s not to like? 


Brayford WI
It was a great pleasure to welcome Stuart from Quicke's Cheese to our September meeting. Stuart is not only an entertaining speaker, but brought with him a great deal of knowledge on traditional cheese-making, with delicious samples. Caroline, one of our gifted members, is organising an interesting workshop for us at our meeting on 8 October and on 12 November we are celebrating, with great aplomb, 80 years of the Women's Institute in Brayford! During October, we have the W.I. Autumn Council Meeting at The Queen's Theatre and the Group Meeting is being hosted by Heasley W.I. (in North Molton) on 24 October. Our meetings are held at 7.15 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at the Village Hall. A warm invitation is extended to all ladies.     

Brayford Primary School
September marked the start of a new year for those at Brayford Primary School and many changes have taken place. The children have started their new year groups where Miss Sophie Mummery is teaching the infants class and Miss Corrinne Smith the juniors class. We have also started our partnership with Pilton Bluecoat Academy and the children have welcomed Mr Mulligan for assemblies. During this term the year five and six children will have the opportunity to join the Pilton and Umberleigh children at Pilton school, where they will be lucky enough to speak, via radio, to astronaut Alexander Gurst from the International Space Station. An amazing experience for them all! The children this term are studying India which includes the geography and history of the country as well as the art and religions. Later in the term, some guests from India will visit Pilton Bluecoat where our children will be able to meet them and learn more about their lives and culture. A new term and many new experiences to look forward to! 

Our sympathy goes to Pam, Alan, Sam and Veronica, family of the late Ray Hobbs. Ray's music was enjoyed at many village occasions and the number of people in (and outside) the Church for his funeral was a measure of the respect felt by us all. 

From the Newsletter Editor
So, autumn again and does anyone care if they never see another courgette again (until next year that is). Please make sure I have all copy good and early next time as it will be the Christmas issue and there is always so much happening at the beginning of December we like to get the Newsletter out as soon as possible. 

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