Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 16th December
2010 and on Thursday 20th January 2011 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
Farms in the parish have been called on by someone wishing to buy old
batteries - this may be genuine but all such visits by strangers should be
noted by taking the vehicle registration number. On such occasions, you may
not think that it warrants a police report but our Watch co-ordinator Tony
George would appreciate a call on 710549.
We have all suffered the hardship of an exceptionally high parish precept
over the last two years but it is comforting to report that the parish
budget is being assessed for the next financial year with the expenditure
back to normal levels and a rebate will be applied to reduce next years
The new slate parish boundary marker sign is now in place.
Register of Electors
The deadline to register your
eligibility to vote has now expired and it is disappointing that within the
parish 36 households have
made no return and have lost their right to vote in
When your nearest grit bin is low on salt/grit, please telephone D.C.C.
Highways Dept., quoting the Bin number. Tel: 01271 327711.
Christmas Carols at The Nook
A Christmas tree has been donated by Cllr Barrie Lowe and the associated
lights etc will be in place for an evening of song and rejoice on Wednesday
22nd December at 7pm - everyone welcome - the more the
The children have been
enjoying Forest school activities this Autumn Term. They also had a great
time at Goodleigh school teaming up with the Goodleigh children
to celebrate Diwali. The children have also been rehearsing for the Fatstock
Fayre in South Molton on Sunday 12th December at 1.30pm,
and for their own Christmas Carol Service at High Bray Church on Monday
13th December at 6.30pm. Everyone welcome. The last day of
term on Friday 17th December will finish with a trip to
see ‘Aladdin’ at the Queens Theatre
In October we had our harvest celebration lunch. We invited
parents/carers and new children and mums to enjoy our harvest songs that the
children performed, and a wonderful bring and share lunch which was enjoyed
by all. The children collected leaves and made welly print, veg print and
autumnal pictures. In November we welcomed Tyler from High Bray to
Boomerangs. I hope he is enjoying his sessions with us. It has been a busy
month, we have been preparing for the Christmas Fair, which took place on
November 27th, and the children
have been busy making Christmas decorations to sell on their
own stall. In the new year our session times will change and run on a
Tuesday and Friday between 9.00am and 2.30pm at Brayford Village Hall. If
you require any more details about Pre-school then please contact Kate
Trawin (Chair) on 01598 710401. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.
In October, Nick Horne gave us an informative and very
entertaining talk and demonstration on building bird and bat boxes, with the
opportunity to have a go. Boxes made on the night were purchased and more
ordered from Nick. After the formalities of our AGM in November, at which
the existing committee were re-elected, we had a buffet supper and a quiz
session, all good fun. There are no meetings in December and January, but we
start our 2011 programme in February - details in the next Newsletter.
visit was wonderful, he is a very special man who in one very packed day did
‘Ladies Breakfast’ in North Molton, ‘Remembrance’ at South Molton,
Chumleigh School and finally Filleigh Village Hall. ‘Dance Night’ for
the Bell Fund was a huge success and raised over £2,000 as well as being
such fun. Smart people everywhere. Well done Bridget Wilson & Geoff
Dunsford our champions!! School Carols at 6.30pm on Monday 13th
December and Candlelit Carols on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm. We send
our best wishes to everyone for helping in a year of many activities. Thank
you for your support to keep our church open for all.
A very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
At our Coffee Morning on Wednesday 1st December at
10.30am, we are hoping the school children will be able to come and sing to
The Circuit Christingle Service is on Sunday 5th
December at 4.00pm followed by a Bring and Share tea. Everyone
welcome. We send our good wishes and prayers to Chris Whinney for his
Ordination Service in December.
There is no village coffee morning in January - meet again on Wednesday 1st
February, 10.30am till 12.00 noon. Please come and join in, a very warm
welcome to all.
14th January the library van will change its day to
Friday arriving at 11.25am leaving at 11.55am. Don’t forget, use it or
lose it. Fund raising for the Church Tower Repair fund has continued
throughout the autumn with great enthusiasm. Thanks to all who have
contributed so generously. Stuart and George have almost finished the
repointing and a final push for funds will start again in the new year. The
Social Evening at Church House on Friday 3rd December has
been postponed to a later date. The beautiful hand-made doll’s name, was
drawn from a long list and won by Nora Clark with the name Iris.
Well done Nora. The Christmas Carol Service and Crib Service will take place
at 3.00pm on Sunday 19th December. Children will bring
nativity figures to the crib together with the Christmas story. Tea and
cakes will follow the service. A very important date for the community
will be the ordination as Deacon of Chris Whinney in Exeter Cathedral on Sunday
12th December at 10.00am (not 10.30am). There will be a bus
(or several) leaving from North Molton square at 8.30am prompt. Book a seat
through Helen Clark (740297) at £6 per person. On return from Exeter there
will be a lunch in the Old School to welcome Chris. Everyone welcome. Please
make every effort to support and encourage him.
The Presentation with Slides scheduled for Friday 3rd December,
Christian response to Eastern Europe, has been
postponed to the Spring, due to difficult weather conditions.
Christmas Carols at Castle Hill
The Brayford Singing Group and children from the Brayford Primary School
have been asked to lead the singing at the Macmillan Christmas Carol
Festival at Castle Hill on Thursday 16th December. They
are participating not only by singing, but also by contributing to
Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity which has been so needed, and so
appreciated, in our own community. Thank you to all who are taking part.
Special Birthdays - for special Ladies. Mary Camp and Christine
Leworthy are celebrating their 90th birthdays. Congratulations
and love from us all in Brayford.
Judy Thorne livened our AGM meeting in November by
demonstrating gift-wrapping, so that we can now give gifts that look as
lovely as those bought from French and Italian boutiques. Mrs.
Lynn Prust (Flower Arranging Flower Show Judge) is encouraging us to make a Christmas "swag" on Wednesday 8th
December followed by our usual merry Christmas party. Truro was chosen
as Christmas shopping trip city this year by High Bray and Charles WI
ladies, who all loved exploring this beautiful city on a fine
November day. We will be meeting at The Black Venus for our Christmas dinner
this year, when the 2011 Programme will be produced, with many more
interesting activities to look forward to.
We are happy that Mrs. Ruth
Knights has agreed to continue as President for the coming year and that
Mrs. Pearl Latham will be Treasurer. We would find it hard to manage
without the cheerful efficiency of Mrs. Patricia Witheridge as our
Secretary, and we are so delighted that our younger members are contributing
their ideas at Committee meetings. On 12th January, at 2.30 pm, two
police officers from South Molton will give us advice on Personal Safety for
Women. All are welcome. £3 for visitors, which includes
In October we filled shoe boxes for the elderly. In November at the Deanery
meeting, speaker Jenny Facey told us about her trip to Nepal and the Leprosy
Hospital. Food is needed for the school children’s Carol Service at High
Bray Church. Next meeting at Purbrook Cottage on Tuesday 18th
The 2011 North Devon Village Calendar is available - an A3 wall calendar, as last year.
The cost is £5 each, with
envelope for posting - a wonderful Christmas present, and all the proceeds go to
Please call Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell on 01598 710389 for a
reservation, as soon as possible! Thank you.