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  From the December 2014/January 2015 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 18th December and Thursday 15th 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.
Highways - Road Closure 
Major stability works are to be carried out along the A399 effectively from Shutscombe Hill north of the Hanson Quarry to Rockshead Hill to the south. The works commence on Monday 5 January and the road will be CLOSED until Friday 27 February. It is also anticipated that traffic lights will be in place for a further seven weeks until Friday 17 April. The alternative signed route will be via Aller Cross, A361 to Barnstaple then Bear Street to Bratton Fleming rejoining the A399 at Four Way Cross. Let us hope that all drivers keep to this route and not cause mayhem by driving down the narrow lanes that feed off the A399.
Various roadside hedges are in need of trimming and owners and occupiers are reminded of their legal duties to carry out such works under the Highways Act 1980. The parish council are required to report any complaints and the County Council have the power to undertake the work and claim back the costs involved. 
Lengthsman Tasks 
As mentioned in the last newsletter, Sam Jeyes has cleared many drains & gullies and the funds for this work have now been spent. The recent fall of autumn leaves has started to cause fresh blockages and as no further funds are available parishioners are urged to sweep away & clear any drains if they able to. 
Ambulance Service Open Evening 
In January the Ambulance Service will be holding an open evening to learn basic life support using the defibrillator - date to follow. 
Fuel Theft 
Several cases of petrol and diesel theft from vehicles have been reported. Fuel lines are being cut so not only is there the theft of expensive fuel but repairs to fuel lines are also very costly. Residents at Broomhill Villas have expressed concern that the thefts are taking place in the very early hours of the morning and the lack of street lighting is giving thieves better cover. The possibility of the lights being left on all night has been raised with the County Council. Also with the Christmas period fast approaching we all need to be extra vigilant to ensure valuables are secure and out of sight. Don't make it easy pickings for any thief in this Parish.
Electoral Review 
The Local Government Boundary Commission has formally commenced an electoral review of Devon County Council. The Commission is carrying out a public consultation to deliver electoral equality for voters across the county. At present, some county councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the county - the review aims to correct those imbalances. Everyone is encouraged to get involved with the consultation – view interactive maps of the county, draw your own boundaries and have your say at the consultation portal: 

Christmas Carols at The Nook
The date this year is Sunday 21 December at 7.00 pm. Everyone is welcome - please come along and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere that this event creates - if you are able to contribute some sausage rolls or mince pies they will indeed be appreciated.


Brayford Christmas Farmers' Market
For December, the Farmers' Market will offer about 35 tables in anticipation of Christmas presents and events: Besshill Farm Shop's prime local meats and veg., East & West Bakery breads & pasties (baked that morning), West Country hand made quiche, spicy sausage rolls, Scotch Eggs & local fresh cheeses, Fair Trade products from around the world, hand-made jewellery, local Bentwichen moorland honey, New Mill Farm woollen yarns, hand-knitted items, exotic foods & gifts from Turkey, hand-made photographic & 3D greeting cards, handbags, local jams & jellies, local photographic canvasses & prints, puzzles, home-made Christmas cakes, sewing items, wooden Crush Grind pepper mills, woodburner pokers & candle holders, & much more. In addition, this month the Market will host Geoff Mitchell's knife & scissor sharpening service, so bring along all your knives & scissors to be sharpened in time for Christmas dinner. Then to top it all, High Bray Church is hosting its roast turkey roll with all the trimmings, the Brayford Singing Group will lead us in a few Christmas carols, and who know, perhaps Father Christmas will arrive in time? Come on Saturday 13 December from 11 am to 1 pm for a lovely day out with family & friends at this wonderful West Country Market. 

Women's Institute
How marvellous to think that a gathering of rural ladies that began in Canada nearly 100 years ago, the Women’s Institute, has been enjoyed for 80 years here in Brayford! High Bray and Charles W.I. celebrated their birthday joyfully in the Village Hall on Wednesday 12 November. Guests were invited to dress in any style from the last eight decades and Vivien and Barrie from Torquay sang  

songs from these decades, while we tucked into our banquet. One of our longest-serving members, Mrs. Ruth Boyles, cut the splendid birthday cake made by Mrs. Pearl Latham. We will be dancing at our Christmas meeting on Wednesday 10 December. Our 2015 Programme will be printed by then, so do ask Mrs. Ruth Knights, Programme Secretary, for a copy of this if you are interested in joining us.

Brayford Show 2015
There will be a meeting to discuss 2015 Show at The Poltimore Arms at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 19 January 2015. Everyone is welcome to bring ideas. 

Youth Club
We spend happy evenings together on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 7 – 9 p.m., meeting in the Methodist School Room, unless otherwise stated. On 10 December they will be enjoying Ten Pin Bowling.On 14 January Youth Club members will plan their 2015 programme.Young people aged 11 to 16 are very welcome. Leaders: Mrs. Hilary Ayre, 710352 and Mr. Nick Jefferson, 740283. 

Quiz Evening  
Anthony would like to thank everyone who came to the Quiz Evening on 26 September in the Village Hall. We had 9 tables – the Winners were Table 2, Runner's Up Table 6 and Booby Prize Table 8. We raised £246 for High Bray Church.
Ray and Ruby would like to thank everyone for joining their Golden Wedding Celebrations and for raising £950 for the new Chemo Unit at North Devon Hospital. Also thanks to High Bray Ringers' faultless performance and Methodist, Charles & High Bray Churches for the gift of a beautiful bowl and rosebush, and for the blessing by Rev. Chris. 

Pop Up Craft and Design Event
Solder, Stitch & Turn @ Christmas is a pop up event showcasing the work of three North Devon makers which will take place on 4, 5 and 6 December from 10 am till 4 pm, with a late night on Friday till 6 pm. It will feature contemporary, unique, designed hand crafts from silver, wood and silk. An ideal opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts in a relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street. We are situated on the edge of South Molton in the highly populated Pathfield's Business Park next to Davison's accountants and the Wine Shop. (6 & 7 Lime Fields, Pathfield's Industrial Estate, South Molton, EX36 3BS). Free parking and delicious home-made refreshments. For more information contact Heather Everitt on 740351 or Sandra Adams on 710684. 


High Bray Church
This year's Candlelit Carols on Christmas Eve will be at 5 pm. Young and old from our community come together to sing the old carols and listen to each other tell the Christmas story. Remember to bring a candle and come early to get a seat (there were over 150 people last year) and limber up your voices to "make a joyful noise". 

High Bray's Shoebox and Winter Clothing Appeal
Thank you to all who donated towards this Christmas appeal to assist those in desperate need in the UK and in Eastern Europe this winter. Items were given from as far way as Bishops Nympton to Barnstaple, Charles & Brayford. People were so very generous! 


Methodist Chapel
West Buckland School gave us a superb concert, with excellent soloists and choir, and many talented instrumentalists. The next Community Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday, 3 December at 10.15 am when children from the school will come down and share carols etc. with us. They love a good audience, so do try to come. Our special services will be on 14 December at 4 pm when we will have a United Christingle service (Messy Church) with everyone welcome and tea to follow. On 28 December at 11 am there will be a Carol Service. On Mondays 12, 19 and 26 January and 2 February, Rev Stuart will lead us in four weekly sessions at Brayford, meeting at 7 pm. As we watch modern films or read books linked to them, we can feel that they are far from, or have no relevance,

to the message of Jesus. Yet the centre themes so often overlap with the gospel message. During our time of discussion and study we will be looking at the central themes from The Lord of the Rings, and relate them to the message of Jesus. So, over the course, we will think of Mission, Power, Wisdom and Guidance, and Courage, as shown in Tolkien's masterpiece and the Bible. You do not need to have read the book or seen the film to take part as the discussions will only start from this base. Each week is a stand alone session, so come when you can. There will be a warm welcome, in every sense of the word, to anyone who would like to join us. 

Brayford Boomerangs
The children have been enjoying our topic this term; light and dark. We have displayed the children's firework pictures in the hall and the children have enjoyed exploring shadows in our our dark tent with torches and puppets. The children have been busy making snowmen lanterns for the lantern parade on the 5 December in South Molton and we are looking forward to joining the school for Christmas lunch on the 11 December. We still have places available at Boomerangs so please get in touch if you have a child aged between 2 and 4. Our telephone number is 710718 in session times (Tuesday and Friday 9 am to 3.15 pm or Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm). 

Brayford Primary School
Our India topic is going well and the children have learnt a lot about the country and culture. We welcomed our friends from Mangalore, India in October. The two teachers from the Indian school spent the afternoon at Brayford and talked to the children about life in India. The children gained much from their visit. We are also getting together with the children from Umberleigh school to enjoy a day of Indian activities and an Indian musician will join us and run workshops with the children. This is something that we are all looking forward to. We say a well done to our junior class who took part in the netball tournament in October at South Molton Community School. They competed against other schools in the area and played well with a good sporting attitude. Overall they came third. December is a busy time at school and we have many special events planned to celebrate the season. The children will join the community coffee   

morning at the Methodist church on Wednesday 3 December where we will sing a few of the songs from our Christmas play. Come along for a sneak preview! Sunday 7 December – we will be singing in South Molton Fatstock Market between 12 and 2pm. Thursday 11 December – Christmas lunch. We would like to invite everyone to join us for our Christmas lunch which will take place in the Village Hall at 12 pm There will be roast turkey and Christmas pudding served. We will also serve tea and coffee for the grown ups. If you would like to join us then please contact the school before Friday 5 December to buy a ticket which will cost £5. It would be lovely to see lots of members of the community there. Wednesday 17 December – Christingle service and Christmas Play at High Bray Church at 6pm. The children will perform ‘Jesus' Christmas Party’. It would be lovely if you could join us to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. 

From the Newsletter Editor
A couple of things to note as we come up to Christmas - the change of time for the Candlelit Carols to 5 pm on Christmas Eve and the Carols at The Nook will now be on Sunday, 21 December at 7 pm instead of 17 December. So, lots going on, as usual in December, and, hopefully, we will all have time to see one another and enjoy the festivities. The First Aid Course should be taking place in February, so look out for the date which will be advised as soon as possible. Meantime, have a peaceful Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

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