As part of the Forest Schools project,
groups of children will be visiting Kedworthy Woods practising 5 minute
fires, charcoal making and flora identification. If you have any unwanted
child sized waterproofs or wellies school would be grateful for them. The
children will be singing carols at the Village Coffee Morning in the Chapel
on Wednesday 2nd December 10.30am and at the Fatstock
Fayre in South Molton on Sunday 13th December at 2pm. The
recent Bingo Night raised £195, and everyone had a great time. Thank you
for your help & the prize donations. The school Christmas Service will
be on Monday 14th December at 6.30pm ~ everyone is welcome
to join us. The last day of term is on Friday 18th December and
the children are looking forward to going to see the Cinderella pantomime in
Barnstaple in the afternoon. Back to school on Wednesday 6th
The School PTFA is actively raising funds for musical instruments and
Forest School items. We have a lovely recipe book on sale, price £5.
If you would like to view a copy or place an order please
contact Carole Gentle or the School on 01598 710345. Orders
required in time for Christmas will need to be placed by Wednesday 16th
December please: The book will also be available in the new
year. Great fundraising events will be taking place early in 2010 so
please look out for the posters!
Season's Greetings to everyone and thank you for your support throughout the
At our recent AGM the following officers were elected: Fiona Tyson Chair,
Kirstie Miller Secretary and Vice Chair, Sandra Pickard Treasurer and Grants
Co-ordinator, Di Heard Early Years Funding and Christmas Fair, and we
welcome Kate Trawin as a new committee member. A very special thank you and
a long service award must go to Samantha Boyles who retires from her duties
as our Treasurer of 7 years. Thank you Samantha for your fantastic support
and commitment to Boomerangs for all this time.
Congratulations to Sarah Beard our Pre-School Leader for attaining her
Foundation Degree in Early Years Education at Exeter University. We
currently have 7 children attending our Tuesday and Friday morning sessions
and this term our topic is FIRE; in line with Brayford Primary School. So
far this term we have enjoyed learning about the 'Great Fire of London' and
been making 'hot colour' pictures. We have collected windfall apples and
made apple pies. We have been looking at 'buildings' and have made some of
our own dolls houses and tractor sheds! We have published our own newspaper
and we are joining Brayford Primary School for a Fire Safety talk by our
local Fire Station. Term ends on Friday 18 December 2009 and starts again on
Friday 8 January 2010.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from us all.
Brayford School has a vacancy for a
Community Governor. If you feel you could give your time, energy, experience
and invaluable advice to our school and community please contact Mrs
Christine Bearman at the school on 01598 710345.
Uganda Trip for Amigos
Ben Ward would like to thank everyone who sponsored him for his bike ride.
He completed the 28 miles raising nearly £300. He would also like to thank
all those that have offered work for him to do in order to help raise the
£1500 that he needs to go to Kira Farm in July. He has now banked nearly
£600. Ben will be having a Christmas Quiz which is also in aid of his trip
to Uganda. It will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday 12th
December starting at 7.30pm. There will be teams of six, with teams of
children also invited, as he is planning to have a children’s quiz running
alongside the adults. £2 per adult ~ £1 per child. Bring your own
refreshments. Tea & coffee will be provided.
Our trip to RHS Rosemoor in October for "Apple Day" was not
blessed with good weather but those who braved the elements were rewarded
with a fascinating insight into the world of apples – and under cover! In
November, "Gardener’s Question Time" provided a wealth of useful
information from our panel of experts, followed by an excellent buffet
supper. There are no meetings in December and January but we start our 2010
programme on 17th February with what promises to be a very
interesting talk about bee keeping.
High Bray & Charles W.I. is so busy with ideas, projects and outings, we
seldom have a chance to catch up on news amongst ourselves, but we did
attempt to do this at our November A.G.M. Our Christmas evening on Wednesday
9th December, will be very interesting as we have invited Mrs
Penny Blower to give us advice on clothes and colours, and her talk is
entitled ‘Colour Me Beautiful’! Mrs Blower is well-known and well liked
in the area for her lively talks and advice. Do come – evenings with the
W.I. only cost £3. The 2010 programme will be available on 9th
We joined North Molton to hear Deacon Rhona talking
about becoming a Deacon. Deanery meeting at South Molton, all the officers
are keeping the same jobs. The speaker Marigold Seager-Berry talked about
‘The Commercialisation of Childhood’. On Monday 14th
December, the school Carol Service will be held at High Bray Church. Offers
for help with the food very welcome. Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy at
Purbrook to be held on Tuesday 19th January at 10.30am for
Mr Chris Saunders, Manager of House for Heroes, Ovis, has won the ‘Pride
of Britain Award’. Sophie Crane riding with the Devon and Somerset Pony
Club Team, came in 3rd in the Prince Philip Cup. (out of 250 Pony
Clubs). Gessica Boddington represented Great Britain Universities in the
light-weight double sculls and the light weight squad in Poland. Gessica and
her partner, Paul, have recently been presented with the Whaley-Cohen Award
by the Deputy Chief Constable and High Sheriff of Gloucester. This is given
to a member of the public who has performed meritous acts of support in law
& order. Gessica and Paul defended a lady who was being attacked by her
There is very good news of a Charles lass – born and bred – the
engagement of Lisa Elson to Mark. Lisa lived at Welcombe Farm for many years
before moving on to nursing, Oxford and many other adventures. Watch this
space for more news. In the meantime we send our love and very best wishes
to them. The funeral of Pat Pyne, late of Town Farm, took place on 7th
November. A packed church showed the love and respect held for him, during
his 73 years farming here. He had a keen sense of humour although a quiet
and friendly man. Memories of his services to the church and community were
shared as we remembered this gentle man. We send our love and our deep
sympathy to his wife Jean and his family. Capt. Peter Tatton Brown, a former
Church Warden, late of Grass Park Farm, also died recently. We send our deep
sympathy to his wife Geraldine and family.
Carols for Christmas is at Charles Church on Sunday 13th
December at 4pm. This special event for everyone, will be followed by
mince pies, and mulled wine. The collection will be for the BALA
Communion on Christmas morning will be at 8.15am. The
collection will be for Barnstaple Poverty Action Group. As before, a box
will be left in the church for any gifts, including clothes and other items.
Christmas cards are for sale from Anna Whinney. The next P.C.C. meeting is
on 2nd January at 7.30pm Sunnyside.
Our services are held at 11am and 6.30pm each Sunday, with a Circuit Service
at Duke Street, South Molton on the first Sunday evening of each month. Our
lively Sunday Club is held every 2nd and 3rd Sunday
from 11am ~ 12noon. It is well supported by the local 3 week olds to 11 year
olds. Our own minister is Deacon Rona Eastman (740283) and our Circuit
Minister is Bob Kitching (01769 572637). They will be pleased to help you if
you need then. Can we remind you of the Community Coffee mornings on the
first Wednesday of every month at 10.30am; everyone is welcome to this free
and friendly get together.
The Remembrance Service was very well attended and some of it was at the
War memorial before moving into the church.
Johnny’s ‘Evening of Wildlife’ (including Johnny’s own past life)
was held in November. How he made us laugh when confronted by an angry bull.
We raised £282 for church funds. Thank you if you supported us in any way.
Brayford school children will be holding their Christmas Carol Service in
church on Monday 14th December. ‘Exmoor Carollers’ are
coming to church on Saturday December 19th starting
at 8pm with a varied programme of carols, Christmas poems and time for us to
sing. Christmas ‘bites’ will be provided, donations on the door and a
warm welcome to all. On Christmas Eve feel the spirit of Christmas,
candlelit carols and readings as the dreaded shops finally close.
Next year!! We are having a Quiet Evening of Music on Tuesday 19th
January ~ more details nearer the time. A very happy Christmas and New
Year, thank you for your support. Look forward to seeing you in the New