Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 19th December and Thursday
16th January 2014 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
and several parishioners attended a recent seminar hosted by the
Environmental Agency to discuss the ongoing flooding problems that occur
particularly in our parish when the River Bray rises. Several properties sit
within the flood plain and it was disappointing to learn that no funds are
available for river dredging or any other preventative measures. The newly
installed removable rails in the Millennium Garden do help flood water to
escape across the adjacent field but the fall to the river is not sufficient
to solve the problem. Water tight doors are apparently available via the
Agency for fitting to eligible properties and other self help measures for
drains and vents were discussed at the meeting.
Dog walkers are again in the spotlight for the wrong reasons after a
plastic bag full of dog mess was found within the garden area. The Dog
Warden is now visiting the parish on a regular basis and an instant fine
will be issued to the owner if the culprit is observed. The wooden bench has
been refurbished and is now back in place but the circular picnic table is
beyond repair and is to be replaced shortly. A proposal to demolish the ivy
clad shed is being considered but opinion is split and so the Council would
be pleased to receive parishioners' thoughts before making a decision.
The new swings are very popular and indeed a great success but the
rubber chipping ground cover is proving to be unsatisfactory. Alternatives
have been considered and rubber playmats set on to a concrete base in the
central area are the most cost effective way to create a better finish. The
swings will be out of bounds whilst this work is carried out as and when
weather conditions permit.
The A399 continues to cause frustration when a third set of traffic
lights were recently in place whilst further dangerous road edgings were
examined. There is also a problem with standing water particularly to the
north of Newtown Bridge with recent freezing temperatures causing ice to
form and the road was closed whilst at least four vehicles were retrieved
after skidding accidents.
Charles Village Green
Estimates have been received for the proposed drainage and improvement
works to create an attractive landscaped area. A grant application is being
submitted and if successful the associated works will be planned for early
Christmas Carols at The
Planning is in full swing for the tree, lights, nibbles and mulled wine
to ensure an enjoyable family evening of song at 7pm on Wednesday 18th
December - in the event the weather is bad on the night, the event will
take place on Friday 20th December.
A group of enthusiasts met at The Poltimore Arms in
October to learn from the retiring Chairman, Mrs. Dawn Jemmison, how much is
involved in the running of a Flower Show. Tasks were, as evenly as possible,
distributed and the 2014 Flower Show will run under the chairmanship of
Amanda Smith, ably assisted by Howard Tolley of Charles, with many
enthusiastic assistants the more the merrier! A further meeting will be
held in January/February to sort out the Schedule and finalise the date of
the Show this is normally held on the 3rd Saturday in August. A copy of
the Schedule will be sent out with the February Newsletter which, we hope,
will fire everyone with enthusiasm as, without entries, there is no Flower
Village Farmers' Market
Our next Market is
on Saturday 14 December (second Saturday of each month) with Besshill
Farms prime local meats and vegetables, East & West Bakery Breads
baked that morning, West Country Cheese hand-made quiches and sausage rolls,
hand-made jewellery, home-baked cakes, vintage items, home-made
jams/jellies/honey, Fair Trade and much more. In addition, our December
Market will have locally made Christmas wreaths and decorations, a Santa's
Grotto, and a Turkey Roast for everyone. The market opens at 11 am with Ray
Hobbs on his accordion and offers tea, coffee and cakes until 1 pm. The
January market will be on Saturday, 11 January.
Meeting is on Wednesday 11 December at 7 p.m, meeting at the School
Room, Methodist Chapel for a trip to the Climbing Wall in South Molton.
Youth Club is open to young people, age 11 16 and the first meeting of
2014 will be held on Wednesday 8 January. A DVD will be shown AND
with ideas for the planning of the SPRING PROGRAMME! Meetings are held at 7
p.m. in the School Room, Methodist Chapel, Brayford, unless otherwise
A community 'CHRISTINGLE SERVICE" will be held at Brayford Methodist
Church on Sunday 8th December at 4pm. starting with a tea and then a
Service at 4.30pm. It is a lovely service of lights, with the local
children, for everyone to enjoy so do come along and join us.
The very popular Deanery Quiz has returned for those
brave souls who participate. The next Quiz night is on 31 January at 7.30
pm in Bishops Nympton Village Hall - details from Michael
"Brains" Wall on 01769 580265. Christmas cards and notelets are
available for sale in the Church, through PCC members or the Village Market.
Proceeds for maintenance of the Church. Watch out for more details of the
Christmas Services, particularly a quiet service of Carols, readings and a
Christmas tea on Sunday 22 December at 3 pm all ages welcome.
Offers of help from youngsters to assist with the crib would be most
We have had a letter of thanks from Barnstaple
Poverty Action for the very generous donations of food and money from
Harvest celebrations. Tony Poling played amazing music at the concert last
Saturday, supported by Brayford Community Singers, which was much enjoyed by
all, not forgetting faultless "ringing" of the bells by our team.
The list of the carol services is on the back of the newsletter. There will
be a beautiful, candlelit gathering on Christmas Eve of Lessons and
Carols at 6.30 pm with everyone singing carols and Lessons read by many
in the community. Bring a candle, your family and come to this very special
would like to thank everyone for supporting the excellent Concert given by
the Newton St Petroc Male Voice Choir. We all had a great evening. The full
to capacity audience gave very generously and over £2,165 was donated to
Church Funds. Our Carol Service will be on Sunday 22 December at 11 am and
there will be a Family Service on Christmas Day at 10.30 am. In the
New Year, come and have a friendly lunch date at Meadowcroft on Wednesday,
15 January at 12.30 pm by kind invitation of John Thorne. Donations
towards Chapel renovations will be appreciated.
We were amused to
hear ways to live to be 110 by Professor Brian Kirby at our November meeting
but a tricycle to race around on in our old age may have to be motorised
for Brayford! We are much looking forward to our Christmas Dinner in early
December at The Poltimore Inn in North Molton. Our Christmas meeting is on Wednesday
11 December when the Rev. Andrew and Mrs. Jan Jones are going to regale
us with "Tales of Christmases past, with musical interludes".
Guests are always welcome to our meetings (cost £3, which includes an
excellent tea). We are now proud to announce that we have a W.I. Skittles
Club! This is also a good time of year for the Theatre Club outings. On 15
January 2014 we are going to be reminded that we should Keep Fit by
Clare Farrow, who will also update us on Emergency First Aid skills.
Soon after the half term holiday, the children went to Umberleigh to watch a
performance of Michael Morporgo's, I Believe in Unicorns. A great surprise
awaited them as Michael Morporgo joined them to watch the play. They were
able to ask the famous author questions about his writing and his books. We
are all avid readers of his fabulous books, so this was a real treat. The
children have been busy learning new songs and carols in time for Christmas.
On 8 December, we will be performing at the annual Fatstock Fayre in
South Molton which is held in the Pannier Market at 1.45 pm. Please
do come along as it is a great event, which the children really enjoy taking
part in. Our Christmas performance this year will be on 19 December at 6
pm at High Bray Church. All are welcome, but please be aware of the
High Bray and share lifts to reduce the chaos! Cakes were sold for Children
in Need day by the children and £92.74 was raised. Well done to all. Last
day of term is Friday, 20 December and the first day of the spring
term is Tuesday 7 January.
Boomerangs is to have a Bingo Night on 10 December. Eyes downs at 8
pm in Brayford Village Hall. If you would like any other information
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our sympathy goes
to the families of the late Tony Moule and Harold Withers. Tony lived at
High Bray most of his life and Mike & Gloria Elston were part of
Harold's family and still very much part of "Brayford Life".
A grateful granny would like to thank the Parish Council for happy times on
the new swings at the Play Area.
On behalf of
myself and all our contributors, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry
Christmas and Healthy and Prosperous New Year. There is a lot happening in
the Village in the next month, so we all look forward to meeting you