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  From the October/November 2016 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 13th October and Thursday 17th 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.
Councillor Vacancy
Cllr Ken Leworthy has resigned from the Council as he is leaving Brayford to live in South Molton. Our thanks go to Ken for his dedication to the undertaking and his willingness to carry out numerous tasks during his period in office. A replacement is now sought and any parishioner interested in the position is requested to contact the Clerk, Margaret Hartnoll on 710295.
House to Rent
A three bedroom house at Broomhill Villas is currently vacant and being renovated by the landlords, North Devon Homes. Any interested parishioners need to be on the ND Housing List and should make direct application without delay. 
Exmoor Rural Housing Network
This is a new project to assist local people in finding Affordable Homes and also to help owners of redundant buildings or holiday lets to convert them into suitable homes. Further detail is available from the Network Coordinator Sue Southwell on 01392 248919 ext 7121.
The last Newsletter made reference to possible tree felling at the Hanson Quarry and an application has now been lodged to fell, coppice and prune numerous trees. A site visit by Councillors is imminent and their conclusions will be reported to NDDC shortly.
Dog Fouling at High Bray Church
Complaints have been received concerning dogs running loose in the churchyard and owners not picking up the mess left. This is totally unacceptable and could well lead to a fine imposed by the Dog Warden when the culprit is identified. 
Non Urgent Police Contact
Difficulty in making contact with the Police on the 101 telephone number is often experienced but as an alternative you can email any concerns you may have to Barnstaple Road Closure – Following massive opposition to the proposed road closure on Goodleigh Road, it appears the works are going ahead and the road will be closed from22 October to 4 November– make a diary note to take an alternative route to Barnstaple. 

2017 North Devon Village Calendars
Just off the printing press, the 2017 Calendars have arrived. £6 each, as before: find yourself in the snapshot pages and admire the photographs of the beautiful world we live in. Call 710389 for your copies. Send a bit of North Devon to your family for Christmas.

Harvest Puddings and Song
The next event is on Friday 21 October at 7 pm in High Bray Church, with songs, stories, pieces by the Brayford Academy children, Puddings in the Interval (please contribute if you can) all ending with “Rule Britannia” complete with flags. Come and join the village in a night of fun.

KWIK Cricket Charles
The second Charles and Brayford “Single Wicket” Kwik Cricket Challenge was held on a beautiful late summer's day, just a few hundred yards from Charles Church. It might have rained all morning, but from 1.30 pm the sun shone and everyone agreed that the cream teas were delicious. The fields were splendidly manicured and the wonderful views of Exmoor served as an inspirational backdrop for the thirty or so people who joined in the fun – playing or simply watching. Harry Pickard won the competition, which was held for boys and girls along with everyone else – mums, dads, and grandparents – all ages withheld! And as a result of the great community event, £120 was raised for Charles Church Tower fund.

Brayford Show 2016
Despite the very warm September, and the “odd fine day” in June, July and August, it wasn't a great summer.... but the variable weather conditions couldn't dampen the spirit of this year's show. It certainly didn't disappoint and our Village Hall was wonderfully resplendent on Saturday 20 August. The 2016 event included a few new classes, together with the usual opportunities for those of us who love growing tomatoes, all other kinds of vegetables and colourful plants. Brayford's hidden passion for “amusing writing” was truly exposed with Malcolm Gardner's clever Limerick entry, and the cookery, art, photography and handicraft sections were all well represented. Children's classes including photography, cake making and so much more were supplemented by a super display of work from all of the children attending our local primary school. Once again the Sculpture class created a lot of interest, so don't throw any of that old rubbish away, save it up for your 2017 exhibit. Admission to the show was once again free, and it was really pleasing to see so many visitors coming in through the door to view all of the entries and of course enjoying the village tea that followed the prize giving. The “Best Exhibit” in Show Cup was awarded to Kate Collier (adult) and Flora Boyles (under 12). The “Most Points in Show” Cup was won by Jacci Gardner.


Brayford Youth Club
Leaders Hilary Ayre on 710352 and Nick Jefferson on 740283.
Youth Club meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month,7-9 pmunless otherwise stated. The young people produce their own programme. There is a Night Walk on 12 October, Dodge Ball on26 October, a Sumo Night on9 November and Swimming on 23 November.

Women's Institute
Our September meeting started on a reflective note while we remembered Ivy Harrison who was a long term W.I. Member and was looking forward to celebrating 50 years with the W.I. next January. Mrs Caroline Channing gave an interesting talk on ablution habits over the years. Mike and Val Warner have very kindly agreed to talk about their travels along the Amazon, Machu Picchu and The Galapagos at our meeting on12 October. Also at this meeting, we will be submitting Competitions for the Autumn Group Meeting which High Bray and Charles W.I. are hosting on 2 November. The speaker then is Mr David Squire from RHS Rosemoor Gardens. 

 The D.F.W.I. Autumn Council meeting is being held at the Queen's Theatre on 12 October when the main Speaker will be Michael Bowyer, well-known floral designer. While Travel Club ladies are enjoying the delights of Lake Garda, those left behind will be having a fun dinner at The New Inn, Goodleigh. We are looking forward to welcoming Helen Chugg to our meeting on 9 November to talk more about Antiques – this time The Edwardian Era. Our meetings are held in Brayford Village Hall at7.15 pm on the second Wednesday of each month – visitors are always welcome.

Brayford Academy
At Brayford Academy we have made a positive start to the new school year and the children have been working really hard over the past few weeks. Our topic this term is called ‘What a load of Rubbish’. The children will learn about what happens to our waste and how to look after our world by reducing, reusing and recycling. We have already visited Carymoor Environmental Trust in Somerset where the children were able to see a landfill site in operation and comprehend how large an area of land needs to be to receive the waste. The older children learnt many interesting facts about how the landfill system worked and discovered new words like methane and leachate! The younger children were able to make handmade paper from recycled paper and learnt more about recycling whilst being pirates! The visit to Carymoor and the workshops completed were not only successful on the day but have instigated a lot of discussion. This was a really worthwhile trip to help make our curriculum and the children’s learning fit into the real world. The children have been inspired to think about the impact waste has on our planet. 

We are pleased to welcome several new families to Brayford Academy this term and our numbers have grown enough for there to be two junior classes as well as the infants class and of course the Brumble Bees pre-school unit. We are still welcoming Mrs Brayley, Mr King and Madame Wilkinson; specialist teachers in music, PE and French. Our school is full of enthusiastic and hard working staff and children – a lovely place to be. 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 19 October, Wednesday 16 November, Wednesday 7 December – Christmas community lunch in the village hall. 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 710345.

Village Hall
After more than 30 years, Ray & Ruby White are stepping down as Booking Secretaries for the Village Hall on 31 December so we need to find someone willing to carry this on to ensure our Village Hall stays open – could you help? We are all very grateful to Ray & Ruby for all their efforts on behalf of the Village Hall. We also need to find a Treasurer for the Village Hall Committee. It is not a very onerous task for someone who knows a little bookkeeping but it is a vital one to keep the Village Hall going. All the old tables have been sold raising over £200 to help pay for the lovely new tables now in use. OnSaturday, 29 October there will be a Halloween Party in the Village Hall from6.30-10.30 pm. Look out for more details in the Village.


Macmillan Coffee Morning
A sincere thank you to those who ran stalls, donated items, made cakes and came to the coffee morning in support of Macmillan Nursing held in Brayford Village Hall on Saturday 17 September. We raised over £900 for this worthy charity – a truly wonderful effort.

Charles Church
Harvest celebrations at Charles will take place at the Church on Sunday 9 October at 11 15 am followed by the usual and popular barbecue lunch. The collection will be for repairs to the church Tower and gifts of tinned and dried food, etc are requested for the homeless and needy and may be left in the church. The first fund raising event for the Tower Fund will be a Quiz Evening at the Sportsmans Arms, Sandy Way on Saturday 26 November. This is a very popular evening and tickets priced £11 will include the meal and can be obtained from Jane Horne, Margaret Faulkner or Gloria Elson and also on sale at the next Farmers Market in Brayford. Draw prizes for the evening to Gloria please. Thanks to Victor and Gerald Dartnall for arranging a collection of £127 at their Open Day and to Dianne & Howard Tolley for an entertaining afternoon's cricket and tea, contributions also to the Tower Fund.  
We send heartfelt sympathy to Annie and Stuart Whitehead on the death of Annie's mother after a long illness. A sizeable group of friends attended the funeral of Ivy Harrison. A long time resident of Charles, she was a loyal friend to many, a diligent servant at Charles Church and respected member of the W.I. 

Her talents with sewing and crafts were well known and she had been recognised by the Village Show Committee for consistent success in the craft section The teapot with which she was presented, she gave to Charles Church shortly before her death. She will be remembered for her sense of humour, her loyalty and faithfulness. News has just reached us of the death of her husband Norman, married for over 60 years. The Funeral will be on7 October at the Crematorium. Anyone with serious telephone problems can report the details to our MPs office in Barnstaple where Davie Hoare will be glad to hear and assist if possible. Email, 01271 327990.
High Bray Church Quiz
Anthony Bawden would like to thank all those who came to his latest Quiz Night on 2 September. A total of £302 was raised from eleven tables. The winners were Table 10 with 104 points, runner up was Table 6 with 95 points and the booby prize went to Table 5 with 59 points. Thank you also for all the draw prizes and donations.

Methodist Church
We were pleased that Emma Dwight's children's mornings went so well during the summer holidays. Harvest Service is on 2 October at 11 am. Many people will remember Rev Bob McBain, a former minister who will lead our service. We are hoping our new glass doors will be in situ. We offer everyone a warm welcome to this special celebration. Our Annual Gift Evening and Concert will be on Wednesday, 9 November at 7 pm. West Buckland School choirs, soloists and musicians will entertain us and your support would be appreciated. Please put the date on your calendar and encourage local talent on your doorstep. We send our love and congratulations to Rev. Penny Lawson, who was ordained recently at Exeter Cathedral.
High Bray Church
Harvest Communion will be on16 October at 11.15 am. Any gifts brought for the altar table will be given to South Molton Food Bank. On Remembrance
Sunday Simon Rooksby will be collecting bedding, clothes, shoes and toiletries to take to Eastern European Countries. On Sunday, 4 December at 4 pm do come and enjoy the Exmoor Carollers with mulled wine and mince pies. 

Donations For The Elderly & Destitute High Bray Church's annual collection and donation of Shoeboxes, adult clothing, blankets, children's clothing, medicines, old mobile phones, toys, nappies, etc. will be collected by members of High Bray Church and distributed via Church communities to those in dire need in Britain and Eastern Europe (refugees and those living on the streets). If you have anything that you would like to give between now and the end of October please call Madeleine of Jonathan Brownell on 710389 or contact Gloria and Mike Elson in Charles for further information.

From The Newsletter Editor 
Lots of harvest celebrations in October so hopefully there will be a convenient date for those who wish to attend. Please let me have copy for Christmas


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