Restoration of High Bray's BellsOur bells
restoration project is completed! We have received final approval of the
work, the Village Bell Ringers are practising every Monday at 7.30 pm, and
we have a long list of teams from all over the South West who want to come
and ring at High Bray. The Project Committee wishes to thank all those who,
in so many ways, helped to bring the bells back to Brayford; without you, it
wouldn’t have happened.
Coffee MorningPlease join us at
the Methodist School room on Wednesday 7 December from 10.30-12.00.
Brayford School children will be visiting us. Come and have a cup of
coffee. No cakes, no money, no bring and buy, just enjoy each others’
North Devon Village Calendar
to all who have purchased a calendar – we have sold 500 this year, a
record! There is, however, a correction which will need to be made for the
October page. We have had the page reprinted, so if you purchased and
received yours before 1 November please call Madeleine Brownell on 710389
and I will make the correction for you. If you received your Calendar after
1 November, then the replacement page will already have been inserted. I
apologise for this inconvenience, but thank you very much for all your
our A.G.M. on Wednesday 16 November, officers were elected or re-elected,
and Tony George has volunteered to act as Treasurer. Very shortly the 2012 programme will be decided
upon and will be available to everyone at our first meeting of the New Year
on Wednesday 15 February. The Garden Group is a friendly, undemanding
group of people interested, not only in gardens and the history of gardens,
but especially in the growing of vegetables and flowers in this variable
climate. We are always delighted to see fellow gardeners, so do come if you
have questions or simply to meet other like-minded friends. Meetings are
normally held in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on the third Wednesday of each
month. In the summer months we visit gardens. Membership fee is £10 p.a.
We now belong to the South Molton and Ashreigney Circuit. The chapels
that have joined us are Chulmleigh, Burrington, Kings Nympton, Stable Green
and Ashreigney, making a total of eleven chapels. Our staff will be working
across all the Churches in the newly formed Circuit. The staff consist of
Rev. Mark Noakes, B.A. Superintendent Minister based at South Molton 01769
572637, Rev. Sue Howe based at Chulmleigh 04598 740283 (Sue will be
preaching at Brayford on 4 December) and Circuit Youth Worker Nick Jefferson
based at North Molton 07735 504234. Nick now lives in the North Molton
Manse. Rona and Les Deacon, we gather, have settled well in Tiverton.
Everyone is welcome to join our services each Sunday at 11 am. On the
second Sunday of the month, we join our Anglican friends at High Bray and
Charles for a United Service at 11.15 on a rotational basis. Our Christmas
Day Service will be at 10.30 am.
It is true that we have sold a small patch of land down by the road
including the stone shed. It is also true that we are actively exploring
other ways in which we can meet the needs of the Community. Under discussion
with others is the possibility of a Shop or Post office. A Mother and Babies
weekly get together has started at 10.30 am on Thursday. We are open to any
suggestions – we are centrally placed with facilities largely unused. If
you have any thoughts, please let us know (01271 379164).
Our concert on 10 November was enjoyed by all who came. Thank you for all
the support received from the village. The excellent Circuit Choir will be
performing a Christmas Cantata on Saturday, 10 December at 7.30 pm. A
collection will be taken for the BBC Radio Devon Air Ambulance Appeal.
Our Christmas Eve Candlelit Service will be held at
6.30 pm, time to enjoy a good sing, no more shopping. A collection will be
taken during the last carol for Barnstaple Poverty Action Group. Happy
Christmas and New Year –we are blessed to belong to this caring community.
We have many newcomers to the village and we welcome
you all. There are many events during the festive season and we hope you
will take the opportunity to come along and get to know the Brayford
Calling all families and children to a Crib Service with
carols to sing, at Charles Church on Sunday, 18 December at 3 pm. Come
and play a part, and enjoy tea, mince pies and cake to follow. Contributions
to the tea and offers of help with decorating the Church will be most
welcome. On Christmas Day there will be a service of Holy Communion with
Carols at 8 am. The early hour has the advantage of leaving the rest of the
day clear for catering and entertaining!! The collection will be for the
Bala Orphanage in Kenya. Gifts of dry or tinned foods or clothes will be
collected during the month, in a basket in Church, for Barnstaple Poverty
Action as usual. Donations towards the publication of "In Touch"
would be welcome and should be handed to the Clergy or other Church
Officers. The next Parochial Church Council Meeting is at Church House,
Charles, on Friday 20 January at 7 pm by kind invitation of Pamela
& Jonathan. Date for Diaries – the next Deanery Quiz is on Friday 3
February – teams needed. In the extended
Missionary Community, now called the Edgemoor
Group, we have some really good news. The Rev. Dr. Andrew Jones (Vicar of
Bishops Nympton) has recently been awarded The Hoskins Prize (in memory of
W.G. Hoskins, Devon's foremost local historian and author of the famous book
"The Making of the English Landscape"), which is awarded for a
significant contribution to the study of local history. After much study,
and many sources, Andrew's book "Victorian North Devon – A Social
History" is a must for local historians – a good Christmas present
– and is available from Bishops Nympton Rectory and local book shops.
The following few weeks will be busy ones for W.I.
Members, as there are several extra outings to enjoy! The November meeting
was extremely interesting. Mrs Mollie Bond gave a slide show on the
beautiful city of Prague, and told us some of its history. Some members
thoroughly enjoyed the excellent production of The Sound of Music at the
Queen’s Theatre. We have planned for December a shopping trip to Exeter,
going by train from Umberleigh; lunch at the Calvert Trust; Christmas dinner
at The George, South Molton; and a member is hosting a Coffee Morning in her
home. Nick Romney has kindly said he will play music at our meeting on 14
December and by then our 2012 programme will be available.
We are missing four wooden tables – please could you
look in your shed or garage in case you forgot to return them. Just leave
them in the porch.
This item appears frequently and here it comes again. Please pick up your
dogs’ poo - there is a considerable fine if you are seen and reported.
Beware - this village has eyes. There is also a problem of dogs off the lead
and out of control. At one incident in Molland Wood the police had to be
called. Please don’t let your dogs frighten other people and their dogs.
Huge Thank You
Emily Ward wishes to say a huge thank you to all of the
people in the village who very kindly gave donations, sponsored her, and
supported the race night. This kind generosity means that she is very close
now to her target of £1500. This has enabled her to pay for her flights to
Kampala on 5 July. She will
be in Uganda for 10 days, working at the orphanage and visiting villages
around the area.