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  From the December 2012/January 2013 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 13th December and Thursday 17th January 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.
New Parish Councillor
Stephen MacAllister has been living in Brayford since 2007 and is well known to many of you. We are delighted to welcome him to be part of the team to assist in managing parish matters for the benefit of all residents.
Planning Applications
Exmoor Park Ref: 62/14/12/002 Footpath/track at Sherracombe Wood.
North Devon Ref: 55875 Extension to poultry houses at Higher Hall.
These two applications are currently being considered and both have attracted significant public attendance at the last two parish council meetings. The parish council will respond to both applications purely on the factual/technical aspects of each case. However, as there are clearly very strong feelings within the community, it is important that any individual parishioner wishing to support or reject either proposal should write independently to the appropriate planning office without delay.
Millennium Garden
Two new signs have been installed stating that dogs are not permitted on to the Garden area to ensure that no fouling can occur. The Garden is an important amenity for the enjoyment of young and old alike but following a recent accident, particular care needs to be taken at the point of entrance where vehicles may be manoeuvring.
Play Area
A quotation to tarmac the footpath has been accepted and the work will be carried out as soon as the weather conditions permit.
The ongoing heavy rains have resulted in many drains being blocked. The Highways Officer has been informed and he hopes to get the gullies pumped and cleared very soon.
The suppliers are still awaiting boxes from the manufacturers and, therefore, in the meantime the two defibrillators will in the event of an emergency be available from Alan Boddington in Charles (710241) and in Brayford from Ruby White (710417).
Carols at The Nook
Please join us on Wednesday, 19 December at 7pm for carols, mulled wine and mince pies. We look forward to seeing as many as possible there and hope the weather will be good.


Garden Club/Flower Show
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 Hartnoll 710295.


Village Market
This will be on Saturday, 8 December from 11 am to 1 pm in the Village Hall. There will be a Christmas Raffle and we are hoping the children will sing some Carols. Please come and support your local growers, producers and crafts people.

Youth Club
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 Jefferson 740283.

Coffee Morning
The next 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.

Village Calendar 
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.

Charles Church
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

carols 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.

Methodist Chapel
We are 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 am.

High Bray Church
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.
arochial Church Council
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!

Brayford WI
We were 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).

Brayford School 
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.


Brayford Boomerangs
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).

Equine Herpes Outbreak at Higher Shutscombe
Letter from Clive Hamblin MRCVS "This virus is a very common infective agent which occurs in the horse population worldwide. It is primarily a respiratory virus, similar to a "cold" virus in people, with the symptoms of a temperature, nasal discharge and perhaps coughing, although many members of the population may show none of these signs. It is spread by airborne transmission. On rare occasions this relatively innocuous virus will attack the central nervous system leading to lack of co-ordination and possibly paralysis of the hind limbs and sometimes even the fore limbs in severe cases. This is known as EHV-1 Paralytic form. Victor Dartnall vaccinates his horses with the commercially available vaccine against EHV-1, although it is patently not failsafe. The BHA has a ruling all such neurological cases must be reported to the Department of Equine Science and Welfare, which is obliged to close a racing yard until clinical and laboratory evidence promotes the return to normal operations. I can only commend Victor Dartnall and his veterinary team, all of whom have followed the regulations to the letter, implementing bio containment and bio security in a very professional manner, including putting out a statement to the benefit of other trainers in the hope of achieving the common goal of containing this infections. I am sure your readers will wish Victor and his string well and look forward to a speedy return to the winnerís enclosure."


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