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  From the December 2015/January 2016 Newsletter: 

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council Meetings will be held on Thursday 17th December 2015 and Thursday 21st January 2016 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.
Parish Projects
The proposal to install photo voltaic panels on the roof of the Village Hall has
been fully endorsed and under written by the Parish Council. A Village Hall sub committee has considered all aspects of the installation works, examined the quotations received and has decided to award the contract to Molesolar +, a part of moleenergy. This company is a joint venture between Mole Valley Farmers and a well established solar provider based in Totnes, South Devon. There is a reduction in the feed in tariff from 1 January and it is hoped that the works can be completed by the 31 December. The Parish Council will fund the project initially but the major part of the expense will be covered by the Capeland Farm Community Fund of £7119 which we hope to receive early in the New Year.
Further Project
Cllr Alan Boddington has proposed the installation of a toilet facility at Charles to benefit in particular all visitors to the Church at Charles. There will be further discussion at the next PC Meeting but any parishioners are welcome to comment on this proposal and any ideas are welcome.

Highways - Road Closure
A section of the A399 just north of Hansons Quarry was repaired last year but depressions have appeared in the surface and Devon County Council have decided to carry out full structural repairs including a new retaining wall. As a result the road will be closed to all traffic for 8 weeks commencing on the 4 January following which there will be temporary traffic lights for a further period of 7 weeks. The alternative signed route will be via Aller Cross, A361 to Barnstaple then Bear Street to Bratton Fleming rejoining the A399 at Four Cross Way. 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.

Dangerous Driving
The Parish Council have received several reports of vehicles being driven much too fast through the parish - in particular down from Little Bray. At this time of year with wet roads and leaf build up our parish lanes require even more driver care than ever - registration numbers of speeding vehicles should be reported in the first instance to our Parish Clerk on 710128.

Exmoor Superfast Broadband
The Connecting Devon & Somerset programme is making good progress in rolling out Superfast BB across Exmoor. In partnership with Exmoor National Park there are public meetings to explain the next phase of works envisaged. The nearest meeting to Brayford will be in Parracombe on the 30 November at 7.00pm - alternatively at Lynton Town Hall on the 10 December. Further details from Matt Barrow telephone 01392 38222. 

Christmas Tree Wanted
We are in need of a good sound tree to place at The Nook - ideally around 15 feet in height - do you have one?  If so please contact our Clerk on 710128.

Christmas Carols at The Nook
The date this year is Sunday, 20 December at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome - please come along and enjoy the lovely atmosphere that this event creates. If you are able to contribute some sausage rolls, mince pies or something similar they will be much appreciated. Mulled wine will be provided to lubricate the vocal chords and thus ensure full voice of all those that so partake.

Pop Up Craft and Design Event
Solder, Stitch & Turn @ Christmas will be held on 3, 4 & 5 December 2015 from 10am till 5pm, a pop up event showcasing the work of three North Devon makers, now in its second year, including contemporary unique designs hand crafted from silver, wood and silk. An ideal opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts in a relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street. Watch pieces being made with demonstrations throughout the three days. This event supports local makers directly and is part of “Small Business Saturday”. We are situated on the edge of South Molton in the highly populated Pathfield's Business Park (behind Mole Valley head office) next to Davison's accountants and the Wine Shop. On approaching South Molton, just follow the luminous arrows to find us, 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 01598 740351 or Sandra Adams on 01598 710684.

Anthony would like to thank all those who supported his Quiz evening, which raised £235 for High Bray Church. The winners were Table 1, runners up Table 4 and Wooden Spoon winners Table 12.

Christmas Brayford Market
For the Christmas Market on 12 December, Father Christmas has offered to come with his elves and will receive visitors in his Grotto. The five foot Christmas Reindeer will be displayed and there will be a Beef Roast, Mulled Cider, Mince Pies and Carols. We will also have our many tables with wonderful freshly baked goods, fresh local meats, breads, arts & crafts, Fair Trade. Knitted items of all sorts, pasties, prepared take-home meals and much more. There is a bonus for coming. Enter the “Naming of our Christmas Reindeer” competition and your names will go into our Christmas Market Hamper Prize Draw, with the winner announced during the Market. This is the time to spoil yourself, your family, and to find delightful Christmas gifts.

Youth Club
Leaders: Mrs Hilary Ayre; 710352 Mr Nick Jefferson 740283.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 pm in the Methodist School Room, unless otherwise advised. All young people aged from 11 to 16 years are very welcome. On Wednesday 9 December there is to be a joint Club with South Molton. No club on 23 December, but a Christmas Treat on 13 January, short mat bowls on 27 January and swimming on 19 February.

Bringing Us Together in the Face of Terrorism
On Friday evening, 20 November, some thirty members of our Villages gathered in High Bray Church for a silent, candlelit half hour of remembrance, with a single bell tolling overhead, and to give each other mutual support and confidence.
The 2016 North Devon Village Calendar
We have only a few Calendars left for 2016, so do not wait until December, we will likely be sold out. Please contact Jonathan or Madeleine Brownell on 710389.

Women's Institute
Sally from Lyn Candles entertained us with her lively demonstration on candle-making at our November meeting which was much enjoyed. So, too, was the Group Meeting with Dr Peter Marsden, archaeologist, as speaker, held in Filleigh Village Hall. We are now looking forward to our, always merry, Christmas meeting to be held in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 9 December. Members can bring guests and please remember that our meetings are open to all. The 2016 programme will be available shortly. W.I. Skittles Group are making great progress and Lunch Club has been joining them on their “away” legs. New films are released promptly to Lynton Cinema, which has become a favourite venue for High Bray and Charles W.I. Ladies who enjoy the cinema. Walkers meet on the last Wednesday morning of each month at the Village Hall. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 January at 7.15 pm. 

Charles News
A sad month for all in Charles, when Malcolm Faulkner passed away, after a long fight against cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and the family at this difficult time and we will offer all the support we can in the coming months. A magnificent celebration of Malcolm’s remarkable life was given at Charles Church on 21 November with a large congregation within and outside the church for the funeral service and to hear the tributes from family and friends. We all met later at the Village Hall for refreshments and much conversation. A collection was taken with proceeds for the North Devon Hospice and the church. On a happier note, Gloria and Michael Elson became grandparents in early November with the birth of Hannah Zoe to Lisa and Mark. Congratulations all round and our best wishes to Hannah, Mum and Dad and proud grandparents. In the coming weeks to Christmas, we will be hosting the Exmoor Carollers at the Church on Saturday, 12 December starting at 4.30 pm – with traditional and Exmoor carols, poems and readings. If you missed the Exmoor Carollers at Twitchen on the 28 November, you are not too late to see them at Charles. Even if you are really busy before Christmas, events such as these are not to be missed. There is a Carol Service at Charles on Sunday December 20 at 4 p.m. With tea and cakes after the service, and we are invited to join the Carol Service at Brayford Methodist Church on Sunday December 27 at 11 a.m.

High Bray Church
With donations from people as far away as Bishops Nympton and Fremington, we were able to give Simon Rooksby of Computers for Charities over 75 full large bags of warm clothing, blankets, boots, hats, mittens and sleeping bags and over 30 Christmas Shoeboxes filled with small items as gifts for Christmas to those who have nothing. We filled his van to within the last few inches. The High Bray Harvest Puddings & Song in October raised over £115 as a donation to the Charity towards fuel expenses in picking up and delivering all the items we have gathered. Thank you to all who were able to donate this year.
Methodist Chapel
Many thanks for supporting our Gift Evening. The Barnstaple Ladies Choir gave a superb performance. It was a great evening of entertainment and the supper was enjoyed by a good crowd. The generous giving raised £2,200 towards the maintenance of the Church. The Christmas Community Coffee Morning is at 10.30 am on Wednesday 2 December. The children are coming down to sing to us and share refreshments. No charge for this happy event. There will be a Christingle Service at 4 pm on Sunday, 13 December. This is a United Service followed by tea and our Carol Service will be at 11 am on Sunday 27 December. Everyone is welcome to both services.

Brayford Academy
The Autumn term at Brayford Academy has been very productive and busy. The children have been enjoying the topic “Inventors and Inventions” and produced some fantastic pieces of work. They had a great day at The Bristol Science Museum and learnt many new ideas about the human body, farming and much more. Our “Brumble Bees” preschool unit has been running really well this term and the provision for these children continues to be improved. We are now creeping ever closer to Christmas and have many events to prepare for which we would like to invite everyone to. Singing in the Methodist Church at 10.30 am on Wednesday, 2 December, Community Lunch in the School at 12.15 pm on Wednesday, 2 December, Children's Christmas Nativity Play at High Bray Church at 6.30 pm on Tuesday, 15 December and Christmas Lunch at the Village Hall at 1 pm on Wednesday, 16 December. Please telephone the school office on 710345 if you wish to book a place for the lunches.

70s Disco
Jodie and Hannah would like to thank everyone for coming to their Disco. They raised £250 towards their planned trip.


Our love and sympathy to the families of the late Malcolm Faulkner and Pam Hobbs, whose deaths occurred in November. Both were well loved members of our community.


From The Newsletter Editor 
All our contributors and I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year.


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