At our meeting in October, it was decided to continue
meeting as a Garden Club every other month, making plans as we go along. Our
first meeting will be held on Monday, 18 February at 2.30 pm in the
Methodist Schoolroom. This will primarily be to discuss the Flower Show
Schedule. Do come Ė ideas and suggestions are welcome. Mr David Hopkins,
Chair of Goodleigh Garden Club has invited us to the Club's Special Meeting
on Wednesday, 13 February in Goodleigh Village Hall, when Toby
Buckland, BBC Gardeners' World will be there to give a fascinating talk.
Contacts for Flower Show/Garden Club are Dawn Jemmison 710701 and Margaret
Just a reminder
that meetings are held at the Methodist Schoolroom on the second and fourth
Wednesdays of each month and all young people (11+) are invited. The
Christmas meeting is on Wednesday 12 December at 7 pm. This is
proving to be a popular meeting place for our teenagers with a varied
programme of their own making. Contacts Hilary Ayres 710352 and Nick
coffee morning will be on Wednesday, 5 December from 10.30 am to 12 pm in
the Methodist Schoolroom. Shall we make it special for Christmas? Bring a
few goodies and everyone to help on the day please. The children from
Brayford School will be coming along to sing carols for us.
The calendar is now almost sold out. Jonathan, Madeleine
and Chris work very hard each year to produce and sell this for Community
Funds. Thank you.
We are fortunate to welcome the new Vicar to our
parishes, the Rev. David Baker and his family. Based at the Vicarage in
North Milton, he has a challenging task to get to know us in these four
parishes and, as time goes on, all the parishes in the Edgemoor Group.
Please help him to find his way about as we donít want to lose him too
soon! A working party recently spent a useful time working in the Churchyard
- our thanks to them and also to all who so generously donated food and
clothes to BPAG at Harvest. Thanks are also due to all the Clergy who looked
after us during the interregnum.
The production of greetings cards in aid of the Church expenses has begun
again. New greeting cards, at 40p each, are available in the Church, plus
packs of notelets, 6 for £1.20. All are available from any Church member.
Many folk in the wider community have had serious health problems Ė we
wish them a speedy recovery. With Christmas fast approaching, please check
all publicity for times and places of a variety of events. In particular, on
Sunday, 16 December at 3 pm in Charles Church, the well known Exmoor
Carollers will entertain. A Christmas tea will be laid on Ė entry is free
but the Carollers hope for generous donations in support of the
Church. The programme includes local
collected from all over Exmoor Ė a delightful experience for all. On Sunday,
23 December at 3 pm, there will be a Crib Service Ė local
participation, carols and tea. The collection will be in aid of the Bala
Orphanage. From Saturday 15 December a basket will be left in the Church for
gifts of food, clothes and blankets for the homeless. It will be emptied
regularly and will remain until Christmas day.
so sorry we had to postpone the Gift Evening. The excellent Circuit Choir
had rehearsed a wonderful programme for us. Unfortunately, a part of the
ceiling came down in the chapel, and after taking advice from our surveyor,
we realised we had no alternative but to stop using the room until repairs
were done. We now need the whole ceiling repaired. Quite a challenge, if we
are going to keep this village landmark up and running. We hope to have the
Concert in the New Year, when we will appreciate your support. Services will
be every Sunday at 11 am, except the United Service on 9 December,
when our own Minister, Rev. Mark Noakes will be leading us at 11.15 am. Christmas
Services are on 23 December at 11 am and Christmas Day at 10.30
Our new vicar, Rev. David Baker, was
licensed at North Molton on 7 November, and we welcomed his family to High
Bray last Sunday. We would like to thank Rev. Chris Whinney who has been
(and we hope still will be) a tower of strength, knowledge and care while we
have been in interregnum. Can it really be Christmas! The Christmas Eve
Candlelit Service will be at 6.30 pm with the collection in aid of
Barnstaple Poverty Action Group. Donít miss these two wonderful events.
The next meeting is on 22 January
2013 at 7.30 pm at Broomhill. During the winter months, if weather gets
frosty/snowy, please phone 710417 before setting out for services as we donít
want any "mishaps" with the hedges!
disappointed that Molly Bond could not come in November to talk about The
Last Romanov Tsarina, but were all pleased to meet Alison Hunt from North
Devon Hospice who spoke movingly about her job as chief fundraiser. With
Christmas looming on the horizon, diaries are being filled rapidly, and
include D.F.W.I. Christmas Shopping trip to Worcester on 30 November, our
own Christmas dinner at The George in early December, Dunster by Candlight
on 7 December and W.I. Christmas party on Wednesday, 12 December, at which
Hilary from Hilaryís Hats will entertain us. At the Autumn Council Meeting
in October, overwhelming approval was given for the W.I. to urge H.M.ís
Government to legislate against the sale and release of sky (Chinese)
lanterns and the mass release of balloons because of the damage that can be
done to animals, crops and property. Our Skittles team has enjoyed some
challenging games during October. The North Devon Carol Concert will be held
at Georgeham Church on 13 December at 2.30 pm. At our first meeting
of the New Year, Wednesday, 9 January, Mrs Val Beibuyck from High
Bray is giving us Simple Secrets for producing good art photography and on Wednesday
20 February , Jonathan Edmunds is talking about Education and the Vote
for Women (1860-1939).
Well, the build up to Christmas has begun in earnest this month.
Ofsted has been and gone and left us with a very deserving "Good"!
A big thank you to all for the hard work from everyone at the School. The
children will be taking a trip to Arlington on Monday, 3 December. They will
follow the various different trails recreated from the Faraway Tree story
and take part in different themed activities, collecting a special prize at
the end of the day. The Fatstock Fayre in the Pannier Market, South Molton,
is taking place again this year, on Sunday, 9 December at approximately 1
pm. The children have been invited to sing Christmas Carols for everyone
to enjoy. Do go along, it is a great event. On Monday 17 December at 6 pm,
we are having a Carol Service at High Bray Church, with a Nativity tableau
by the Infants. Brayford Mothersí Union ladies are serving refreshments
afterwards. Everyone is welcome, although please be aware of the parking
restrictions. We also need to say a sad farewell to two of our teachers,
Samantha Austen and Tracey Hooper, who are both leaving at Christmas. Tracey
has been with us for 7 years teaching the juniors and infants and Samantha
has been with us for just one year and worked with the infants. We wish them
the best of luck in their new adventures.
I would like to start by thanking everyone for their help and support for
the Christmas Fair. A lot of fun and enjoyment was had by all. Father
Christmas was a real hit with the children, just magical!
A big thank you goes out to him for fitting us into his busy schedule.
Another date for your diary is our Quiz and Carvery, which will be held on Friday,
22 February at the Sportsmanís Inn, Sandyway. If you need any more
info about Preschool then please ring 710718 in session times (Tuesday and
Friday 9 am to 2.30 pm or Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm).