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  From the December 2010/January 2011 Newsletter: 

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 future meeting.
Neighbourhood Watch
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.
Council Tax
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 annual charge.
Leworthy Bridge
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 future elections.
Sand/Grit Bins
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 merrier.

Brayford School
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 Barnstaple.


Brayford Boomerangs
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. 

Gardening Club
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.


High Bray Church
Bishop Bob’s 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.
Methodist Chapel  
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 us. 
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.

Charles News
From Friday 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.

Brayford WI
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 sustaining tea.

Mothers' Union
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 January.


Village Calendar 2011
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 Village projects.
Please call Madeleine or Jonathan Brownell on 01598 710389 for a reservation, as soon as possible! Thank you.


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