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  From the December 2017/January 2018 Newsletter: 


Affordable Housing in Brayford
The Devon Rural Housing Partnership receives funding from NDDC to assist in the provision of affordable homes in parishes such as Brayford. However, this all depends on the need that may or may not exist and so the PC would like to hear from anyone, young or old, who is in need of a home within the parish. In the first instance, please contact our Clerk on 710236.

The Devon & Cornwall Alert system is now live and everyone is encouraged to sign up to the system. You can register as a local resident or business owner, etc. and you will receive bespoke alerts and information specific to your requirements. To find out more visit the website at

Glow Gold Campaign
This project has been launched to raise awareness of childhood cancer as nationwide there are 4,000 children diagnosed every year. The campaign for 2018 will include "A Garden of Gold" with the intention that public parks, private gardens, prominent visual displays, etc. are created to display yellow and gold flowers. These should be planted to achieve bloom in late August/early September in recognition of children who have gained their wings and those still fighting. Let us hope the gardeners of the parish can provide a fine display next September.

Road Warden Scheme
This is a new agreement between DCC and parish councils which enables them to deliver minor works around the public highway. The PC is considering the appointment of a Road Warden to co-ordinate works such as clearing weeds, cutting hedges, cleaning signs, repairing finger posts, clearing drains, etc., etc. The Warden will need the support of local volunteers and we invite all interested persons to register with our Clerk, Joe Poole, on 710236.

Christmas Carols at The Nook
This will take place at 7 pm on Sunday 17 December. We hope the weather will be good this year and look forward to seeing lots of familiar and new faces there.

Doreen and Sally would like to say a sincere thank you to those who ran stalls, donated items, made cakes and came to the coffee morning held at Brayford Village Hall on Saturday 7 October in support of Macmillan Nursing. We raised £870 for this worthy charity - a truly wonderful effort.

Join us and enjoy a "Big Breakfast" in aid of The North Devon Hospice to be held at Brayford Village Hall on Saturday 24 February 2018. Breakfast will be served between 9 and 11.30 am. For further information please contact Doreen Woodrow on 710409.

We had a full house to enjoy the varied musical programme for our Annual Concert and Gift Evening. Thank you all for coming and giving so generously. We are pleased that the children from Brayford School will come to the Community Coffee Morning on Wednesday 6 December at 10.30 am. The United Advent Service will be led by Charles Church on 10 December at 11.15 am. Our new venture, will be on 17 December at 9.15 am. The talented Sue Radley will lead us in a Crafty Christmas with breakfast refreshments including bacon butties. We hope younger people and families will join us for a friendly get together before they have their other social Sunday activities. There will be a service on Christmas Eve at 11 am. We will not have a Christmas Day Service, but you will find a warm welcome at North Molton Methodist Church at 11 am. We hope you are able to enjoy the friendship and joy that Christmas celebrations can bring, and that 2018 will be a peaceful, healthy and fulfilling year for you.

This real Village Fair and Market will be on Saturday 9 December from 11 am to 1 pm in the Village Hall. We will have Santa's Grotto with elves, games and prizes for young and old, a sumptuous Prize Raffle, a special Christmas Roast with bun, and our traditional Stall Holders including Bentwitchen honey, Besshill joints of local meats and veg, home-made artistic cards, East & West Bakery fresh breads, South West Cheese Shop quiche and sausage rolls, lots of knitted local crafts of all sorts, beeswax candles, take-home local ready-made savoury pies, organic local lamb and lots of beautiful handmade Christmas wreaths and decorations. In addition, we will have handmade baked goods from the PTA and interesting presents for all the family. Facebook: Brayford Farmers Market

Thank you all so much for over 50 bags of clothes, bedding, shoes and shoe boxes which have been sent to EnCompass charity in Barnstaple. We are all very happy that Anthony Bawden is making good progress after his operation and hope to see him out and about soon. Christmas Eve Candlelit Carols will again be at High Bray Church starting at 5 pm with young and old members of our village reading the traditional story of Christmas. If you can come a little early, there will be mulled wine and juice for everyone and time to wish each other a Happy Christmas before we all begin singing. All are welcome to sing, listen and join with friends and neighbours in a moment of joyful companionship. There will be organised parking and a wheelchair available should you need it. The end of the year is a good time to thank all who give High Bray Church their support with flowers, cleaning, mowing, car parking, singing, catering, bell ringing, organ playing, etc. We couldn't stay "open" without your help - bless you all.

The Bingo evening on 21 October was a great success with everyone going home with a prize. The events committee are now in the process of planning events for 2018. Provisional dates are as follows: 3 March Bingo, 11 May Anthony's Quiz Night, 28 May Duck Race, 2 September Table Top Sale, 27 October Bingo. During 2018 it is our intention to commence work on resurfacing the car park as well as planned refurbishment/redecoration of both the inside and outside of the Village Hall. During this period of work there is bound to be some disruption of facilities but we hope to keep this to a minimum and in particular take advantage of school holidays. We are still searching for someone to take over the duties of Secretary of the Village Hall Management Committee. As we have said before, the work is not too onerous as the Committee meets only every 2/3 months. However, the role is important and we would welcome anyone with some spare time to take on this task. Please contact Joe Poole on 710236.

Leaders: Mrs Lisa Ward 710488 and Mr Nick Jefferson 740283 Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Methodist Chapel School Room unless otherwise advised. The next meeting is on Wednesday 13 December when ideas for the 2018 programme will be discussed. Members of Youth Club have collected, through fund raising, over £200 for Children's Hospice and they presented their cheque to the Hospice last Monday. Well done. 11 to 16 year olds are warmly welcome with their ideas and enthusiasm.

Here at Brayford Academy we cannot believe it is nearly the end of November and Christmas is fast approaching. It has been a very busy and enjoyable term with the children learning a great deal through the Space topic. The Brumble Bees and Reception children enjoyed an evening under the stars a couple of weeks ago. They were able to complete crafts, cook marshmallows on the camp fire and go on a woodland walk where they searched for aliens! They were also able to take a good look at the stars as we were lucky to have a clear night. The children were fully engaged in the activities and listened really carefully to the adults leading the groups. We were very proud of them and their positive attitudes. We were also very impressed with the older children when we took them to Wimbleball on Exmoor last week. The children from Year 1 to Year 6 alongside the other schools in TEAM met the education officers of Exmoor at Wimbleball and took part in night time activities. The children were able to learn about luminous fungi, cook over the camp fire, meet some nocturnal animals from Exmoor Zoo and star gaze as the sky was very clear and the stars very bright. It was an unforgettable experience for us all. We have also had a topic linked day where the children and adults arrived at school as aliens, astronauts and space scientists. During the day the children learnt many new facts about space travel and the history behind it including carrying out some scientific tests. It was really good to see all the children (and parents) getting fully involved in our topic and it was clear that a lot of time and effort was put into the costumes. Our Christmas preparations are well underway and we are planning some events which we would like to invite the community to. We will be singing at the Chapel on Wednesday 6 December at 10.30 am. Our Christmas nativity play will take place on Monday 11 December at 2 pm and 6 pm at High Bray Church. We expect the evening performance to be attended by most parents so the afternoon performance would be easier to find a seat. Christmas Dinner in the Village Hall will be on Wednesday 13 December at a cost of £5. Please ring the school office to book a place as soon as possible on 710345. Next term the first community lunch at school will be on Wednesday 17 January, followed by Wednesday 21 February and Tuesday 20 March.

Our Christmas Party meeting is on Wednesday 13 December and we are much looking forward to welcoming Mrs Brenda Davison whose flower arrangements are always inspirational. Some members are starting the Advent season by joining Devon Women's Institutes at Exeter Cathedral Residential Home. Each year we have a different venue for our Christmas Dinner and this year we have chosen The Sportsmanís Inn at Sandy Way. We are making plans for 2018 which include a Craft Day in the Village Hall on Monday 5 February. We have outings to the cinema planned and those who love to walk meet on the last Wednesday of each month. Skittles is also in full swing. Our first meeting of the New Year will be held on Wednesday 10 Januarywhen the speaker will be a representative of North Devon Hospice. Visitors are always welcome.

A big thank you and local recognition for many services rendered are due to Jane Jeyes, Jan Mitchell and Geoff Dunford. For many years they have given their time and expertise to the running of the Village Hall and the social life of the Village and we do thank them. We send our best wishes to a lady celebrating her nintieth birthday. Congratulations. The Vicar, David Baker, will be conducting a quiet musical and meditative service at Charles in a Taize style onSunday, 3 December - a chance for a bit of peace ahead of the rush. On Sunday 10 December at the Chapel, an Advent Carol Service, the first of its kind for many years. Anyone who would like to place a winter style decoration of greenery in the Church for the Christmas period would be most welcome to do so. Any questions to Margaret Faulkner on 710440.

Donít forget these Free Energy Clinics at The Amory Centre in South Molton from 2 to 5 pm on 5 December and 9 January for advice on saving energy, money and carbon.

Lots to look forward to in the coming months. On behalf of all our contributors, we wish you a very happy festive season and hope for a peaceful new year.

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