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  From the December 2009/January 2010 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 17th December and on Thursday 21st January 2009 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), and also on the Brayford website.
The Pound
It has been decided that stones are collected to finish the wall in cocks and hens method. Please could anyone offer suitable stones for this purpose? If so, please telephone Cllr. Norman Barrow on 710569 who has kindly offered to store them until we have enough to complete the job.
Church Bells
It is hoped that a new Parish Council project will be to restore the bells to ringing condition at High Bray Church. This is a non-denominational village project requested by parishioners. Quotations are being sought at the present time.
Village Play Area
With many thanks to David Gosling and Cllr. Alan Boddington, who worked hard to secure grants and organise the work, we can now announce that the Play Area Project is nearing completion. The Official Opening by Johnny Kingdom is on Saturday 5th December from 1.15pm.

Hobbs Row
The official opening by Hastoe’s of Hobbs Row was a happy occasion, and the new occupants of the houses were presented with flowers from Hastoe’s.
Neighbourhood Watch
We are happy to welcome our new Parish Councillor, Mr Tony George of Valley View, Newtown Bridge. Cllr. George will be P.C. Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator/Police Liaison Officer. 

Brayford School
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 January 2010. 
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 year.

Brayford Boomerangs
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.

Community Governor
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.

Gardening Club
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.

Brayford WI
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 December.

Mothers' Union
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 M.U. funds.

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 partner.

Charles Church
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 orphanage. 

Holy 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.
Methodist Chapel

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.

High Bray Church
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 Year.


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