The new children have all settled in well at the school this term. The
infants recently spent an energetic and enjoyable morning at the school
Tarka Tennis event.
You may have seen the posters for the Bingo Evening at the Village Hall on
the 28th November. This is to raise money to purchase a video
camera for the school. Please come along and bring a friend or two, it
should be a great evening. The House of Fun Theatre Co. visited the school
on 25th November and performed a play called ‘Lost Lionel’,
and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The play is linked to their
work this term.
The Children will once again be going to see the Pantomime at the Queens
Theatre for their Christmas treat at the end of this term.
The Children will be singing Carols on Wednesday 3rd December
at the Village Coffee Morning and at the Christmas Carol Service on Monday
15th December at the High Bray Church, starting at 6.30pm,
everyone is welcome.
Christmas Fair 2008
Saturday 6th December, 1.30pm to 4.00pm.
Please don't forget to put the Christmas Fair at the Village Hall on both
your Christmas shopping and social calendars! We will have fantastic stalls
again this year, including lots of gift ideas, sheepskin items, jewellery,
handmade cards, scarves, glass-painting, preserves, skincare products,
wooden angels, confectionery, cakes, books, patchwork items, glove puppets,
bird boxes, stocking fillers, calendars, RNLI and North Devon Hospice stalls
and more. We also have a cookery and cookware demonstration, raffle,
refreshments, fun children's activities, face painting and, back by popular
demand, Santa will be popping in too! Children might also like to enter the
Christmas Cracker fancy dress competition.
Entry is free and refreshments will be available! Please come!
Donations of home-made cakes, biscuits, sweets and preserves would be
gratefully received for our cake stall or tasty morsels for our refreshment
kitchen would be much appreciated – thank you, Fiona.
Deacon Rona is
a regular visitor to us at Boomerangs and we'd like to give her special
thanks for her time. She recently enjoyed a 'Tractor visit' with us. Thanks
to Oliver Jemmison for bringing his tractor in.
Deacon Rona's Beasties, Bugs and Butterflies party on 31 October 2008
at the Village Hall was enjoyed by all of the children who were in fancy
dress. Lots of laughter, games, activities and meeting the 'Bug Man' and his
creepy crawlies made for a fun packed evening – Thank you Rona.
– we welcome Samanatha Short to Boomerangs Pre-School as our new
Assistant; who joined us in September 2008. Sam is well known to our
children already as she is also Daisy and Florence's nanny. Sam gained her
qualifications in child care at Mid Devon College. Best wishes in your new
post from us all at Boomerangs.
Gardening – our children have
recently enjoyed planting a variety of bulbs and pansies in the tubs at the
front of the Village Hall. We hope that this will provide some springtime
colour for you all to enjoy.
Topics that our children will be
learning about this term are 'understanding feelings' and Christmas.
Boomerangs children will be taking part in the Brayford Primary School's
carol service at High Bray Church on Monday 15 December 2008 at 6.30pm;
so we do hope you will come and join us for this special event.
Brayford Womens' Institute.
Nora Huxtable, a well-known local author and speaker, is coming to entertain
us with Farmyard Tales at our Christmas Meeting, to be held on Wednesday
10th December. Guests are very welcome; it will be a
fun evening with festive high tea! Programmes for 2009 will also be
available and we do have interesting speakers. Mrs. Derham is coming on Wednesday
14th January to teach us how to write the History of Brayford
W.I., and to give hints on how to write our family history.
Would you please collect the Holiday Tokens from the ‘Western Morning News’
and ‘ The North Devon Journal’. Last year Mothers Union did 104
holidays. We are having a Coffee Morning 10.30am on Wednesday 20th
January at Purbrook. The school Carol service will be at High Bray
Church on Monday 15th December at 6.30pm ~ please help
North Devon Hospice
Light up a Life services - this is an
opportunity to remember a loved one this Christmas by lighting a candle in
their memory at one of the uplifting December services. The nearest
churches, dates and times are listed for you in the diary page.
The 2009 Village Calendars are now in, £5 each; all proceeds go to community projects; 3 pages of faces and events; each month with a local photograph.
They are a useful size (A4) and make wonderful Christmas presents.
There is a limited supply, so reserve yours now by calling or talking
to Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell or Christopher or Alison Hewetson.
First Aid Course
This will be a 3 level course (adults, children, babies) and is scheduled
for Saturday 17th January 2009 at Brayford Village Hall. It will start
around 10.30am and finish around 3pm. The cost is £25 each. Please call Ruby White
or Madeleine Brownell for a reservation and for further details; only 18
places are available on a first come first served basis.
Can you spare about 8 hours, spread
out over weeks, if you wish? I am looking for someone to assist me
in cleaning: washing floors, windows, skirting boards, carpets, etc. If
so, please call Madeleine Brownell, Brayford.
Just a reminder of our Service times: Sunday Worship is at 11.00am and
6.30pm. Sunday Club 11.00am until 12.00noon every 2nd & 3rd
Sunday of the month. All children welcome. Special Christmas Service
dates are listed on the Diary page.
Charles "County Christmas"
This will be an evening of entertainment at Charles Church on Friday 12th
December at 7.00pm, with mulled wine and mince pies. No charge for
admission but there will be a collection for The Devon Air Ambulance
Service. Barnstaple Poverty Action group would be glad to receive gifts of
food and a basket will remain in the church to receive them. The Christmas
Day Service will be at 8.15am – Holy Communion with Carols.
We have heard back from "Shelter Box", the result of our community
harvest helped to send a box to the Congo. Well done everyone and thank you
for your support.
Thank you: Dave & Lynn Gosling who "came home" to raise money
for the play area. We had a super quiz and all enjoyed the evening.
A bunch of keys has been found in church. Please contact Ray White.
Dog mess - since I have been contributing to the newsletter over several
years now, every couple of months someone says ‘don’t forget to mention
dogs mess’. Please use a bag BOTH sides of the river, churchyard and
Christmas services are being planned, the School Carol Service in church at
6.30pm on Monday December 15th, Candlelit Carols on Christmas
Eve at 6.30pm. Don’t miss these special times in church.
A very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year, from all at High Bray
Puddings & Songs - a new date for your diary, Friday 20th
February. Would you like to take part? Please contact Madeleine.