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  From the October/November 2017 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 19th October and Thursday 16th 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.
Planning Applications
The Planning Department at North Devon District Council is no longer sending hard copies of planning applications to the PC. The reason appears to be a money saving exercise but this places more costs and time on the PC who will now be required to download plans and documents from the Planning website if they choose to make a full appraisal. The matter is to be discussed at the September committee meeting and a final decision will be made as to what level of response will be undertaken with future applications. The Planning Register is freely available online and parishioners are encouraged to access this facility and view the detail of any application they may be affected by. Anyone wishing to register a comment can do so directly online and they will be most welcome to attend any PC meeting to seek an endorsement to any response that may be appropriate.
Broadband Speeds
There is no doubt that download speeds in Brayford are amongst the worst in the country and nowhere near the 10Mbs that the government say is the lowest acceptable speed to fulfil the basic needs of a UK home. The PC have been in touch with Peter Heaton Jones for clarification and the situation will be explained at the next PC meeting by his Constituency Manger, David Hoare with reference to the Digital Economy Bill. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Don't forget the Macmillan Coffee Morning at Brayford Village Hall on Saturday 7 October from 10 am to 1 pm. There will be all the usual stalls, lovely cakes this year and we hope to have a DVD and CD stall, so if you have any that are not being watched or listened to, please pass them on and make a difference. Please come and support this wonderful charity. All contributions gratefully received. Further details from Sally Hirst on 710771.

Brayford Show
It was a funny old year in the garden, late frosts, dry periods, very wet days and just the "odd very hot day", was it in June? Not a great summer, but the variable weather conditions couldn't dampen the spirit of this year's show and our Village Hall was wonderfully resplendent on Saturday 5 August. The 2017 event included a few new classes, together with the usual opportunities for those of us who love growing tomatoes along with such a wide variety of quality vegetables and colourful plants. Brayford's hidden passion for old cars was truly exposed this year with a wonderful display of classics from the past. First place went to Malcolm Gardner's lovely Morris Traveller. All of the cookery classes were once again very popular and competitive. Children's classes including photography, cake making and so much more, were supplemented by a fantastic entry from all of the children attending our local primary school. "The Vikings" certainly left their mark. 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 sitting down to have a chat at the "Village Tea" following the prize giving. The "Best Exhibit in Show" Cup was awarded to Samantha Boyles (Adult) and Flora Boyles (under 12). The "Most Points in Show" Cup was won by Val Warner. The total number of entries this year was 348, compared with 363 in 2016, 381 in 2015 and 263 in 2014. Please let us know if you have any ideas to improve the Show. And finally a sincere "Thank You" to all of the "helpers" who give up their time to make your Show such a great event. Another year gone.... time to plan for 2018. Complete list of cup winners: Vegetables Most Points - Bill Maddox, Potato - Hilary A'brook, Flower - Chris Smith, Sweet Pea - Chris Smith, Arrangements Anna Whinney, Cookery - Jacci Gardner, Handicrafts Dawn Jemmison, Art & Photography - Jamie Hartnoll, Under 12s - Pheobe Jackson, Ladies overall - Val Warner, Gents overall - Bill Maddox, Most Points in Show - Val Warner, Best adult exhibit - Samantha Boyles, Best Child Exhibit - Flora Boyles, Most entries (Adult) - Val Warner, Most entries (Child) - Flora Boyles, Classic Car Malcolm Gardner.

Brayford Farmers' Market
If you haven't come to a Brayford Farmers Market, you've been missing something. It is the best in North Devon, friendly, interesting and fresh local food and crafts, tea, coffee and home-made cakes. The next market is on Saturday 14 October at the Village Hall. Officially open from11 am to 1 pm, but everyone is welcome from 10 am onwards.

Harvest Puddings and Song Celebration
This will be on Friday, 20 October, 7 pm start at High Bray Church. Everyone of every age is welcome. Bring a Pudding to share and your voice to join in singing "Lily The Pink", "We Plough The Fields and Scatter", "I Can Drive a Tractor", and be prepared for a Brayford special revival of "The Lambeth Walk". Brayford Primary School will be singing "Waving The Flag", "Do-Re-Mi" and "One Call Away" with their usual aplomb, the Brayford Singing Group will sing "Wings, a Harvest "Myfanwy" written by the Singing Group and "Lean On Me" and we will be fortunate enough to have Clive Faulkner's "Harmony 4 Quartet" again in both halves. Don't miss it. We have a wheelchair for anyone wishing assistance and plenty of willing hands to help. Parking will be available through the generosity of High Bray neighbours.

Village Hall
On Saturday 21 October we are holding another Bingo night. Doors open at 7 pm, eyes down at 7.30 pm. 10 game books are 5 with prizes for full line, two lines and full house. Flyers are 1. Over 50 prizes to be won so make sure you do not miss this very popular event. Children welcome. More information at After many years Geoff Dunford, Jane Jeyes and Jan Mitchell are standing down from their respective roles as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. We are very grateful for all they have done over the years and know this sentiment will be echoed around the village. A new Chairman has been appointed, Joe Poole and a new Treasurer, Judy Bott. The Committee is now looking for a replacement Secretary. Anyone interested in helping the management committee in the role will be welcomed. Please contact Joe Poole on 710236 or Meetings are normally every 2/3 months so the role is not too onerous. A project under the aegis of the Parish Council has been put in place to resurface the Village Hall car park. The Committee is currently exploring the possibility of obtaining financial support from several organisations to assist with the costs of the project. This process may take some months but it is our expectation that work will commence in the early part of next year.

High Bray Church Quiz
Anthony's Quiz Night on 15 September raised a total of 285. There were eight tables and the winners were Table 5 with 188 points, runners up were Table 6 with 180 points. The booby prize went to Table 9 with 132 points. Thank you everyone for a great night.

Remembrance Service 
Members of our villages will gather at the gate of High Bray Church on 12 November at 10.45 am to remember those who have died serving their country and to acknowledge those young men and women who, today, are facing the many conflicts around the globe in order to keep us safe at home. Please join us for this important recognition of their service.

Dehumidifier For Sale
High Bray Church is selling a 2 year old Sealey Industrial Compressor Dehumidifier SDH50 which has a dehumidifying capacity of 50 litres/day, on wheels, in excellent condition, needing only a new humidistat. Offered for sale for 80, only because the interior of the Church is too cold in winter for it to run effectively. Please call Jonathan Brownell on 710389 for further details.

Youth Club
Leaders Mrs Lisa Ward 710488 and Mr Nick Jefferson 740283. The Youth Club meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month in the Methodist Schoolroom and anyone from 11-16 years old is very welcome to come along. A new programme should be available soon so please contact one of the leaders for more information.

Women's Institute
We enjoyed a bright and lively start to the Autumn programme with a Fashion Show. Our member, Dianne, dressed some of our W.I. ladies in her beautiful and varied 1920s/30s dresses and displayed jewellery and other memorabilia of that period. There are many activities to look forward to over the coming few months including a Health Research Day, Floral Art, a Craft day to organise, Skittles, Walks and trips to the cinema. 

Our Autumn Group meeting will be held in South Molton on 23 October and our next meeting is on 11 October when we will welcome Rosemary Harding, who is a hairdresser and beautician. Peter Hood is coming on 8 November to talk about recipes from Tudor and Stuart times. Visitors are always welcome. We charge 3.50 which includes a delicious high tea. 

Brayford Academy
The start to the school year is going well at Brayford Academy with the children learning about "Space - The Final Frontier" this term. They have already enjoyed a trip to High Bickington Community Hall to visit Mr Barker and his Planetarium. The children were fascinated to see the stars and planets projected in the dome and learnt many interesting facts about our solar system. Later this half term we will be taking a trip to Wimbleball on Exmoor for a "Dark Skies" experience. The children will get the opportunity to experience a "Dark Trail", learn about bats and nocturnal animals, star gaze and use a telescope. We are very much looking forward to this memorable experience.  

During this coming academic year there will be some changes across the Trust. We do not anticipate expanding the number of schools, but we are looking to build upon the experiences we give our children and consolidate our good practice. Additionally, Mr Mulligan will be saying goodbye to our community when he retires at the end of Spring half term. After careful consideration, the Trustees have appointed Mrs Nicholas as TEAM Executive Head after Mr Mulligan's departure. The Trustees are very committed to ensuring a smooth transition during this period of change and a way forward that will secure the current ethos and values of the Trust. If there is anyone in the community with an interest in joining our PTFA group, then please contact the school.

We are always looking for willing volunteers to help fundraise for extra trips and treats for the children - no qualifications needed. This year the PTFA would like to raise money to buy some new lights and a microphone system for the children's drama and singing performances. All willing volunteers will be very welcome. This term the community lunches will be on Wednesday 18 October, Tuesday 7 November and Christmas Dinner, in the Village Hall on Wednesday 13 December. Lunch will cost 5. Please ring the school office to book a place 710345.

Charles Church
Good wishes to Becky Warren and Michael Faulkner who are to be married in October. Quiz fans please note there will be another Quiz Evening at the Sportsmans Arms with a carvery on Friday 24 November at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome. To reserve a table please telephone Jonathan on 710350. The Harvest Festival at Charles is on Sunday 8 October at 11.15 am followed by a barbecue. The collection will be for the Bala Orphanage and donations of tins, packets of food, etc. will be given to the Food Bank. Advance notice that there may be a Taize style service at Charles Church on Sunday 3 December at 6.30 pm led by the Rev. David Baker.

High Bray Church
For 800 years, Brayford's church has stood on the hill above our village open to everyone. High Bray is never locked (the old door takes some effort to open, pull towards you and turn the handle to raise the latch). Now, as it has always been, whether you are a church-goer or not, that building offers a welcome place of quiet and peace, a place to gather thoughts together, to consider what to do in a difficult time, or just to be alone and silent for a while. Everyone is welcome there - any time, any day. Dates to remember: Harvest Festival Service is 15 October at 11.15 am. Any gifts will be passed on to the South Molton Food Bank. Thank you so much to the mowing team. The Churchyard looks loved and well cared for after the last mow of the season.

Methodist Church
We are celebrating our Harvest Festival on Sunday 1 October at 11.00 am when Mr Martin Hickman will lead our service. Everyone will be most welcome. On 15 October we will be having a new venture, a get together for everyone at 9.15 am. There will be a breakfast of baps including bacon or cheese, coffee or other drinks and an interesting time together led by our own minister Stuart Innalls. Do come - this will leave the rest of the day for leisure. On Thursday, 2 November we will have our Annual Concert when the Newton St. Petrock Male Voice Choir will be visiting us. There will be a Buffet Supper afterwards. On Sunday 26 November we will welcome Rev. Graham Thompson, our Chairman of the District.

Drop-In Energy Clinic 
Drop in to new Free Energy Clinics from 361 Energy CIC. Fully trained energy advisers will be on hand to bring you all the latest advice about energy use helping you save energy, money and carbon. Bring your latest electric bills to get advice on tariff and supplier switching, apply for warm home discount, get energy saving advice and tips and book your free home energy visits. Fuel and water debt advice and Smart Meter Advice also available. Next clinics are at the Amory Centre in South Molton from 2 to 5 pm on 3 October and 7 November. 01271 599361.

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