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  From the December 2007/January 2008 Newsletter:

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 20th December (Agenda) and Thursday 17th January (Agenda) in Brayford Village Hall at 7.30pm.
Carols At The Nook
This popular event will be held on Tuesday 18 December at 7 pm. Sheila and Rachel Collier will provide the music and song sheets. There will be mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies. There will be a collection for the Play Area. We hope you will all come and enjoy this event as usual.
Affordable Housing
Having been granted Planning Permission, Hastoes Housing Association is now obtaining the relevant legal documentation for affordable houses and is awaiting final tenders from constructors. There will be more news, hopefully, in January.
Neighbourhood Watch
The bad news is that there has been a break-in at the quarry and theft of fuel from vehicles in the village.  This last is similar to several thefts from vehicles and their fuel in the North Molton area and in an effort to bring the problem to owners the local police carried out a sweep on vehicle security over a recent weekend.  They identified 60 cases where property was on view in cars, or where vehicles were inadequately secured and letters were sent to registered keepers. The good news is that the South Molton police unit expect to have a new beat officer in post by February to cover our area, and two newly trained PCSO's will begin work in December this year. 

Your Newsletter
Would you like to help with the printed Newsletter? Of course you would! We need someone to help distribute the Newsletter in the centre and to the east of the village. The Editor would also like some help with editing, or even someone to take it over, and thinks it would be good to get some fresh ideas as she has been editing for over three years. She would be very willing to help and as we have lots of new people in the village, it is a great way of getting to know everyone.


Brayford Boomerangs
Our Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, 1 December from 1.30-4pm in the Village Hall and will be opened by David Kennard and one of his famous collie dogs, Swift. There will be lots to enjoy; refreshments, Christmas stalls, fancy dress competition for the children and Father Christmas has promised to drop in too! We have nine children attending at present and topics they have been learning about have included quarries, our Churches, people’s jobs and road safety. They have also enjoyed a farm visit and are off to the Pantomime at the Queen’s Theatre shortly. Grace, Toby and James will be moving up to the Reception Year of Brayford Primary School in January and we wish them all the best in this, their next stage of learning. Thank you to all those who came along to our Coffee Morning and enjoyed and yummy cakes and biscuits. We raised a fantastic £250. Finally, we would like to wish everyone in our community a peaceful and joyous Christmas and to say a big thank you for the wonderful support you all give our Pre-School.
Brayford School
Johnny Kingdom visited the school again on 1 November. He talked to the children about "Autumn". The children had brought in a large collection of antlers found locally and were able to give him the names of parts of the antler. The visit was for further television footage for the next Johnny Kingdom series, which will probably go out in the Spring. The TV Crew were then invited to enjoy Mrs Rawlings’ delicious roast dinner with the children. Brayford School arranged a Diwali Day on 9 November and were joined by children from Goodleigh Primary School. The workshops included Cooking, Indian Dance, Rangoli Patterns, Mendhi Patterns and Diva Lamps. The day finished with a display and celebration with parents and friends, where everyone had a chance to taste Indian food (some of which the children had helped make). The North Devon Journal came and took photos and Westcountry TV came and to record some footage, which was shown on the news on Monday 12 November. Many thanks to all who came and supported us. 
On Monday 26 November the junior class are linking with the National Space Centre to be part of an experimental Space mission. The wonders of modern technology! Our Christmas Service will be at High Bray Church on Monday 17 December at 6.30 pm when all are welcome. All the children at school will be going to the Pantomime at The Queens Theatre on Thursday 20 December to see Dick Whittington to finish the term. We will have more new children joining us full time in January. The new reception children have already started their induction at school by attending on Wednesdays. All are settling in well.
New Year’s Eve Village Bash
See 2008 in with your friends at Brayford’s New Year’s Eve Village Bash, taking place at the Village Hall from 8 pm till very late. Dancing will be to Brayford’s very own band "MASCERANO" and a disco. Bring and Share Supper – some beer provided, but bring a bottle (or 2!). Tickets are £5 per head, children free and very welcome (or on the night with a small surcharge). Any profits will support local village charities, together with Air Ambulance. If you would like to come along, simply fill in and tear off the bottom of the flyer enclosed with the Newsletter  and return with payment to Martyn and Mary at The Old Manse, Brayford. Keep the numbered top part of flyer and present on the night. We hope to see you – remember there are limited tickets!
Brayford Big Quiz
This is a quiz for all ages, including a children’s quiz, and is for teams of up to six people. There will be questions on all subjects and a review of 2007. There will also be a fun area to keep the children entertained. Please bring food and drink and friends to help you think. There will be refreshments too, and a question for you! This all takes place in the Village Hall on Saturday 12 January at 7.30 pm. Charges are adults £2.50 and children £1 payable on entry and proceeds are in aid of the Village Play Area.
South Molton Town Band is coming to Brayford Village Hall for a concert on Thursday, 6 December at 8 pm, which will include Christmas music. Admission is £5 including refreshments and proceeds will go towards the Village Hall and Band Funds.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you so much for all the efforts of the willing helpers and everyone who generously supported us. We were thrilled to bank £762. All the unsold items were taken to the Hospice Shops, so will help their funds.
Methodist Church
A recent concert in the Village Hall for Church Funds was highly successful. We thank the organisers and the Barnstaple Concert Band for a really entertaining evening. Our Christingle Service will be at 6.30 pm on Sunday 9 December. This is very much child orientated and any children will be welcome. Our Carol Service, organised by Tracey, is again a family event and will be held at 6.30 pm on Sunday 23 December. A time has yet to be arranged for the Christmas Morning Service.
Minister Rev. Bob Kitching MA
01769 572637
Deacon Rona Eastman B Th
01598 740283
Sunday Services 11 am and 6.30 pm (Tel 710248 to check 6.30 service).
Sunday Club 2nd and 3rd Sundays
All children welcome.

Our Church has been saddened to lose Margaret Thorne at an all too early age. Our thoughts go out to John and the family at this time. Margaret, throughout her married life, gave unstintingly of her time to our Chapel and the Circuit. The packed Church for her funeral at Duke Street, South Molton, was testimony to the love and affection in which so many people held her.
High Bray Church
We would like to invite you to the "Candlelit Carols" on Christmas Eve at 6.30 pm. Please bring your own candle in a holder and await the Christmas magic to enfold you. The Community Harvest raised nearly £400, enough to send a Shelter Box to keep 20 people alive. We have just heard our Shelter Box was sent to Peru. Thank you for your support.
Charles Church
As the season of goodwill approaches, there are many festive events to look out for. The Carol Service at Charles will be on Sunday 16 December at 6.30 pm. A team of visiting bell ringers recently rang 50 changes in two and a half hours on the six bells at Charles Church. It was good to hear such a lovely sound. Budding, or talented, quiz fanatics are needed to form teams for the South Molton Deanery Quiz Nights on 18 January at Chittlehamholt and 4 April at West Anstey. A varied, general knowledge is needed, so a mixed age team is best. Teams from Charles and High Bray excelled themselves last year, but fresh blood would be welcome. Volunteers can get more information from Sarah Burnett. There is still time to place orders for Christmas cards.
Puddings and Song
"What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor"?  Come join in the singing and fun, and find out! "Puddings and Song" returns to High Bray Church on January 25, at 7:00 pm (come fifteen minutes early for refreshments...), with no admission fee, and with skits and stories by some of our neighbours, lots of songs including at least one by the children, and wine, refreshments, and all sorts of puddings. Chase away the January 'glooms', and, as an added bonus, find out what we will do with the Drunken Sailor!
Computers & Mobile Phones for Africa
Do you have a redundant computer or mobile phone? Don't throw it away. Donate it to a registered charity, 'Computers for Charities', which refurbishes them & sends them to African communities needing assistance in getting started. Please call Madeleine Brownell on 710389 if you have anything you would like to donate. This is an ongoing project. We have sent 85 computers from North Devon to Africa so far! Thank you for your generosity.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of the late Vera Martin. Vera was very active in all village events and very involved in her work for the Blind. Mervin and Vera lived many years in Brayford before moving to Barnstaple and finally Lynton.
Gardening Club
Our meeting in October was a fascinating talk on Fruit Pruning by Stuart Holder from Chivenor, postponed from September. Stuart gave lots of useful information about the why, when and how of pruning, together with a rare insight into the mechanism by which plants respond to parts of their structure being removed. This was followed by a question and answer session, and a plant swap. In November we had our AGM, also postponed by a month, at which the Committee for 2008 was chosen:
Chairman:  Dawn Jemmison
Vice Chairman:  Ruth Knights
Treasurer:  David Swash
Secretary:  Margaret Hartnoll
Programme Sec:  Jane Horne
Catering:  Pauline Nicholls
Village Hall Rep:  Geoff Nicholls
Subscriptions for 2008 were set at £10, with a charge of £2 per meeting for occasional members and guests. Lots of suggestions for 2008 were discussed and the final Programme will be published in time for the February meeting. After the AGM we enjoyed some cheese & wine, followed by an entertaining selection of gardening hints and tips from David Hopkins.
 On Wednesday 19 December members of the club will be demonstrating "Flower Arranging with Presents in Mind". This, as usual, is at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, and there should be an opportunity to come away with some of the results. We will also be bringing a selection of festive refreshments to enjoy – all are most welcome.
Mothers' Union
We held a Quiet Day, which went well, and £42 was sent for Overseas Workers. We are doing teas for the Boomerangs Christmas Fair on 1 December. Please bring food for the School Carol Service at 6.30 pm in High Bray Church. Please save the Holiday Vouchers, which are in the papers in early January, also the entry form so we can send people on holiday. There will be a Coffee Morning at Purbrook on Tuesday 15 January at 10.30 am in aid of MU Funds.
Women's Institute
Two very enjoyable meetings were held in the Village Hall in October. Mrs Ann Muxworthy stepped in at the last minute and brought her beautiful quilts and other stunning items made at Step-by-Step and spoke to us most enthusiastically on Patchwork and Quilting. Also, Helen Bamber, a well-known lecturer on Textiles spoke about her travels in South America, with many examples of the craftwork in these countries on 26 October. Mrs Rosemary Wedlake, a favourite WI Speaker, most entertaining and funny, will be visiting our Christmas party evening and making Christmas decorations, on Wednesday 12 December. Mrs Bridget Edwards is taking about her travels to India in January and this meeting will be held on Wednesday 9 January at 2.30 pm in the Village Hall. Visitors are always welcome, so if you are new to the area, do come!
Walking the Dog
Would the person walking their dog/s in the centre of the village and not clearing up the mess they leave please do so. This has been especially noticeable in the last few weeks and is not pleasant for others walking in the village. There are also hefty fines for failing to clear up after your dog.

 Special thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the Newsletter.

JOB VACANCIES at Brayford Primary School
Brayford, Barnstaple EX32 7QJ (Roll: 34)
P/T Teaching Assistant – 0.2 FTE
Required to work across a range of subject areas offering support to students in their learning. This post is to be worked over 38 weeks per annum.
Closing date: 07/01/08. Interview date: 14/01/08.
P/T Teaching Assistant – 0.4 FTE
Required as soon as possible to support a child with Special Educational Needs in Foundation Stage. This post is temporary for as long as the child remains at the school. This post is to be worked over 38 weeks per annum.
Closing date: 07/01/08. Interview date: 14/01/08.
Mealtime Assistant - Part time – 5.5 hours per week
Required as soon as possible to support a child with Special Educational Needs for 1.1 hours per day. This post is temporary for as long as the child is at the school. This post is to be worked over 38 weeks per annum.
Closing date: 07/01/08. Interview date: 14/01/08.
A CRB disclosure is required for all the above posts which potentially may be amalgamated. Experience is preferred but not essential as training will be provided.
You will need to be friendly, caring, and enthusiastic and enjoy working with children as part of a happy team.
Please apply by letter enclosing CV and details of 2 referees to the Headteacher. 
FUNDRAISING for Brayford Boomerangs
Do you do any shopping online? If so you could possibly raise a lot of money for Brayford Boomerangs Pre-School!
"HOW" ? you ask - well if you access your normal shopping sites via a site called  then the shops you visit will pledge to donate money (either a one off donation of up to £50 or a % of your total spend) to your chosen cause i.e. Brayford Boomerangs.
All you do is register yourself on the easyfundraising homepage - indicating Brayford Boomerangs as your preferred cause and then whenever you want to shop just remember to access your shops via this site and BINGO - MONEY FOR NOTHING!
Thank you in advance, from all the children of Boomerangs.

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