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  From the October/November 2015 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 15th October and Thursday 19th 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.
Parish Project
Ideas for a project have been requested in previous newsletters and the only suggestion to come forward is from the village hall committee. The proposal is to install 16 photo voltaic panels on the roof of the village hall and the feed in tariff income so generated would be approximately 700 annually. The first estimate received for the supply and installation is for the sum of 6800 plus VAT. The Parish Council will shortly be receiving the sum of 7119 from Juwi Renewable Energies as a share of the community fund relating to the solar panel array at Capelands Farm and it is this income that will in effect pay for the hall project. The Parish Council would be eligible to claim back any VAT element. The costs of running and maintaining the hall are considerable so any income that can be created would be most welcome. However before the project can be recognised there is a need to ensure that the roof structure is capable of taking the weight of the panels and to this end a structural engineer's report is being commissioned. Also the parish council are required to seek community approval and so any parishioner who wishes to express an opinion is requested to contact the Clerk, Polly Hartnoll on telephone 01598 710128 ideally within the next two weeks as there is a degree of urgency.

School Academy Trust 
The future of the village school is still under review as there is a complicated legal need for the Parish Council to become Trustees. As Landlords the PC would grant a 125 year Lease to the Academy but the legal advice given to the PC so far has given cause for concern. Whilst the PC is most anxious to ensure that the school continues to exist there is a worry that the proposed Trusteeship could result in significant future liability particularly in the event that the school were to close and the Lease be terminated. It is relevant to note that the original owners, the Acland family stipulated that the buildings can only be used for educational purposes which severely restricts any future alternative commercial use. The PC are now awaiting the outcome of further legal consultations but hold a very positive view.

The 2016 North Devon Village Calendar - Tenth Anniversary Edition
Of course, the best yet..... It has just arrived, and looks wonderful with many snapshots of local events. It is still
6 per calendar. Please contact Jonathan or Madeleine Brownell if you would like to reserve one. They go quickly, so do not wait until November, we will likely be sold out.  
Cover Picture

Harvest Puddings and Song
A village celebration of Harvest and thanksgiving and fun on Friday, 16 October at 7 pm in High Bray Church. Songs of all sorts, sung by members of the villages, the Brayford Singing Group, and the whole audience. Lots, and lots of Bring and Share Puddings. If you haven't been before, now is the time to come. Arrive early as we fill the Church with the community in celebration.

Brayford Show 2015
Despite the desperately cold and windy spring, together with a disappointing summer, which made it such a difficult time for garden lovers, entries to the 2015 show were well up on last year. The late frosts and cold daytime temperatures might have frustrated vegetable, fruit and flower growers but local enthusiasm for the show was undiminished, and the Village Hall was full to bursting with colour and quality produce on 15 August. This year, the Show schedule included a wealth of new classes, together with more possibilities for those of us who love growing tomatoes and all other kinds of vegetables. And for the first time the show included a class where the judges visited the homes of entrants, to see the planters and hanging baskets in the splendour of their own setting. Entries to all classes were much higher than in 2014 in fact the hall was full with nearly 400 exhibits, over 100 more than last year. Admission to the show was free, and for the first time the competition entries were free too.  It seems that this departure from the past approach was well received, as space to circulate in the hall was certainly restricted! The village tea, held after the prize giving, was an opportunity for everyone to have a good chat and share their thoughts on, the best in show. And the best in show award... went to Anna Whinney, for her wonderful and quite splendid hand stitched quilt. A sincere thank you is sent out to all of the helpers who made the 2015 Show such a great eventand to all of you who entered one of the 86 classes, congratulations, the standard of entry was extremely high. Now I wonder how many weeks it is to August 2016...!


How would you like to try your hand at bell-ringing? High Bray Church Bell-ringers are looking for new members to join their group. No experience is necessary, just go along to one of their practice sessions on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm in the Church.

Youth Club
Leaders: Mrs Hilary Ayre 710352; Mr Nick Jefferson: 740283.
All young people in and around Brayford, age 11 to 16 are welcome. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm in the Methodist School Room. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 October for a walk and please come with ideas for the new programme. Warm and grateful thanks are extended to Sarah Harrison for her stalwart work as Treasurer over the years. In late summer, before the young people returned to school, they cheerfully involved themselves in a Village Clean Up and raised 210 for Cancer Research. Well done all of you. There is a vacancy for a fun-loving lady volunteer who likes working with young people to join the team.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
We would like to thank all the people who supported our Coffee Morning. It was a sunny morning and our guests seemed to enjoy meeting up. We were very thrilled to exceed our previous record and banked 900! Dale and I realise we are not in the first flush of youth (although, in fairness, she is 8 months younger than me). We hope someone younger will organise this village event next year. Our volunteers are very willing to help on the day and I have listed everything involved in the organising. We need to financially support this valuable work, as sadly many local people benefit from MacMillan to help in their lives. Sincere thanks to all the helpers over more than ten years of fundraising from Ruth Knights.

Women's Institute
After a busy August, everyone was delighted to meet up again in September. Our meeting started on a celebratory note singing Happy Birthday to one of longest serving W.I. Members Mrs Ruth Boyles. Although disappointed that Mrs Ruth Kingdom was unable to join us after all, we were very pleased to welcome Mr Bertie Scanbrook, who has come to live in the village and is already actively involved in village life. Bertie gave a fascinating account of his life as an outward bound coach to disabled servicemen and others. On 14 October, Karin Frances will be our speaker on Interior Design. In the meantime, some members of the W.I. Travel Club will be going to Sicily for a week and others having dinner at The Stags Head, Filleigh. Skittles has recommenced and our walkers meet on the last Wednesday morning of each month. Theatre/Cinema Club outings are planned. We are enjoying the company of our new members. All ladies are very welcome.

Charles Church
Sadly, the Kwik Cricket match between Charles & Brayford was utterly rained off, but a good tea was still enjoyed in the Tolley's garden, producing much needed donations for Charles Church and Brayford Village Hall. Thanks to Victor & Gerald Dartnoll their Open Day produced very welcome donations for Charles Church. The Harvest Service at Charles Church will be on Sunday, 11 October at 11.15 am. Following the service, there will be the traditional Barbecue Lunch to which all are welcome. Offerings of a pudding will also be welcome. Please write in your diaries now the date of Saturday, 12 December at 4.30 pm when we are very fortunate to be able to welcome the folk group, the Exmoor Carollers. They are very popular with their collection of carols sourced from Exmoor. Entry is free, with retiring collection. Seasonal refreshments will be served. 

We said farewell to a very long term resident, Margaret Husbands, widow of Seymour, famous for his shire horses. Having moved to South Molton, she will still be in touch with friends, but she will be missed. Very best wishes to Jonathan & Kate Collier on their recent marriage. Shoebox time again!
High Bray Church
Harvest Celebrations are on Sunday 18 October at 11.15 am. Please could you bring something non perishable for the altar table to be passed on to the food bank at South Molton. Remembrance Service will begin at 10.50 am on Sunday 8 November. Simon Rooksby will be collecting larger items of bedding/clothes/footwear.

Methodist Chapel
Our Harvest Festival Service will be at 11 am on Sunday 4 October. We are very pleased to welcome Rev. Antony Huxtable back to Brayford. We have been fortunate enough to book the excellent Barnstaple Ladies Choir to entertain us for our Annual Concert on Friday, 6 November at 7.30 pm. There will be the usual buffet supper to follow. This is our Gift Evening and the proceeds will help to maintain the Chapel in Brayford.

Brayford Primary School 
We have made a positive start to the new school year. Both classes are studying inventors and inventions where they will be finding out about inventors that have influenced our lives today as well as being creative with their own invention ideas. In a few weeks time we will all travel to Bristol to visit the science museum - @Bristol. The children will have the opportunity to take part in animation workshops and explore the museum. An exciting day out for all!
We are really pleased this year to have opened our new pre-school unit which is called Brumble Bees. Some conversions were made to the infant classroom over the holidays to secure good provision for these young children. The school is delighted now to be able to offer pre-school education for three year olds. The Brumble Bees unit would like to invite you to an open afternoon on Thursday, 8 October at 2pm. 

You will have the opportunity to see the new facility and talk to Mr Mulligan and Miss Mummery about the provision available and not to mention a cream tea! If you know of any parents with young children who would be interested to find out more about Brumble Bees, then please pass this message on to them. 
We are very lucky to be able to provide the children with a hot lunch every day at school cooked by Mrs Beverley Ayre. We would like to invite members of the community to share these mealtimes with us. If you would like to join the children and staff for a roast dinner, we will be offering this on the following dates: Wednesday 4 November, Wednesday 18 November, Wednesday 2 December. It will be served at midday and will cost
5 for two courses and tea/coffee. A place will need to be booked by the preceding Friday by phoning the school office between 9am and 12 noon on 01598 710345. 

Finally we would like to invite you to a special French themed evening on Tuesday, 24 November in the Village Hall at 6pm. The children have been learning French with Madame Wilkinson this term and we would like to share this with you. The children will present French songs and sketches to the audience and their work from across the curriculum will be displayed. We will also be watching the film Hugo (U) (in English), which is based on the junior class book and Mrs Beverley Ayre will be serving some French themed food for you to enjoy. This will cost 4 per adult, children will be free. If you would like to book a ticket then please phone the school office between 9am and 12 noon on 01598 710345.

Lots of lovely people are celebrating. Congratulations to Ruth Boyles on reaching 90 years of age, Brian & Hilary Ayre on their Ruby Wedding, Mike & Ruth Edwards on their Golden Wedding and Roger Grimmond & Doreen Woodrow on their marriage. We wish you all happy time with family and friends.

Our love and sympathy to Tony, Anthony and all the Bawden family on the death of Rosie who, before illness prevented her, took a very active part in the church and forming the ladies skittle team. The full church and wonderful eulogy from Anthony were a fitting tribute.

From The Newsletter Editor 
At last, we have some fine weather
. Unfortunately it has come after the children have returned to school I have asked for copy earlier next time so that I can get the Newsletter finished in good time for early December as there is usually so much going on at that time of year, so thank you in advance.


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