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  From the December 2018 / January 2019 Newsletter: 


Dog Excrement
Further to guidance in the last Newsletter, NDDC have now advised that as Brayford does not have a designated dog bin, the litter bin at The Nook can be used. However, they require droppings to be double wrapped - not just a single bag - and deposited in the bin in a sensible manner. The litter bin at the Village Hall has been removed as NDDC will not offer an emptying service. It is the responsibility of people using the Hall to take home their own waste after using the premises.

Tarmac The Nook
A quotation for this work has been approved and accepted. Subject to weather conditions it is anticipated the job will be carried out in January. Thanks go to Cllrs Jeremy Yabsley and Richard Edgell for their financial support.

Play Area
The Pirate Ship repair has been approved and a local carpenter will carry out the work within the next few weeks subject to suitable weather.

Brayford Academy Lease
For some considerable time the PC have been willing to act as nominee landlord to regularise the position of the school to ensure its long term existence. However, the Academy Trust have finally decided that there is no longer a need for the PC to be involved and the status quo can be maintained.

Newsletter Advertising
Anyone wishing to place an advert in the newsletter should contact Jan Mitchell (710177) in the first instance to discuss subject and space. Once approved by Jan the advertiser must contact Joe Poole (710236) to pay the cost of £3 per advert in advance of publication.

Christmas Carols @ The Nook
A final reminder that this popular event will take place on Sunday 16 December at 7 pm. The PC will provide some mulled wine and there have been various offers of mince pies and sausage rolls. All are very welcome and additional food contributions will be appreciated. There will also be a collection for the Devon Air Ambulance.

Bells rang out on Remembrance Sunday and our Church was full. Simon Rooksby took a very large van of clothes, bedding and shoe boxes to deliver in December, also £304 collection money so thank you everyone. Candlelit Carols on Christmas Eve will start at 4.30 pm this year so parking can be in daylight. This is such a special occasion and we would love you to join in. Sympathy and love to Margaret Hartnoll and family. Margaret's Mum Mary Langley Jones died at Chelfam House last month and to the family of the late Mary Bennet (nee Tucker) who lived at High Bray for many years. Get well soon Michael Edwards following his operation and Mick and Chris Smith who have both been unwell. Next year - at North Molton Church, lunch will be on Sunday 13 January at a cost of £18 for main course, dessert and coffee plus a Quiz. Please let Gloria, Hilary or Ruby know if you would like to come.

A sincere thank you to those who ran stalls, donated items, made cakes and came to the Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan Nursing and the North Devon Hospice held in Brayford Village Hall on Saturday 29 September. We raised over £730 for these worthy charities - a truly wonderful effort.

Saturday, 8 December from 11 am to 1 pm in Brayford Village Hall. Wonderful stalls with all the Christmas gifts you might want and may not find elsewhere. Father Christmas in an exquisite Grotto, singing Christmas Carols together and the sumptuous Christmas Raffle with Hamper, Jacci's delicious Christmas Cake, large cuddly children's toys, wine, etc. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in all the celebration to start the Christmas season.

Date for your diary. Join us for a "Big Breakfast" in aid of North Devon Hospice at Brayford Village Hall on Saturday, 2 March 2019. Breakfast will be served between 9 am and 11.30 am. For further information please contact Doreen Woodrow on 710409.

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 World War One topic. The infant class have enjoyed a day out at War Horse Farm and a trip to Cobbaton Combat Museum. At the farm they enjoyed seeing the farm's animals which included horses, dogs, chickens, ducks and of course cows. The children explored the milking parlour and the World War 1 exhibition which included a very noisy trench and were treated to a tractor ride around the farm. The junior class had a great day at Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset. The long journey was certainly rewarded with an exciting, interesting and educational day. The children were able to explore the reconstructed trenches and find out more about what life was like for soldiers on the front line. They also had the opportunity to sit in an original World War 1 tank and learn about its design and use. As well as this they had the time to look in detail at the many tanks at the museum. These "Big Events" provide a memorable experience for the children and enhance and support their learning back in the classroom. At Brayford Academy we really value Forest School as it offers all learners the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a natural environment. It also develops self awareness, self regulation, intrinsic motivation, empathy, independence, a positive mental attitude and good social communication skills. In order to enhance the children’s Forest School experiences the children took part in a couple of days of Forest School activities at Umberleigh Academy. They worked alongside the children from Umberleigh Academy in Pitt Woods where they were able to make new friends and learn extra skills. A very successful couple of days, which we plan to repeat next term. As we come to the end of the first term of the new academic year it is good to reflect on the fantastic events and learning opportunities the children have experienced. The children have worked hard and shown a dedication to their learning with good experiences in the classroom as well as out on trips. The staff have been pleased to see that the children’s enjoyment of school continues to be strong and that they embrace the chances to improve themselves and grow as individuals. Our Christmas preparations are well under way and we are planning some events which we would like to invite the community to. Our Christmas nativity play will take place on Tuesday 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 Thursday 13 December. Lunch will cost £5. Please ring the school office to book a place asap. Next term the first community lunch at school will be on Wednesday 23 January followed by Wednesday 27 February and Tuesday 19 March. For more details please contact the school. If you would like to know more about Brayford Academy please see our website or phone the school on 01598 710345.

We enjoyed two very pleasant days recently: one doing crafts in the Village Hall in October and also some of us attended a lecture at St. John's Garden Centre on the joys of gardening. We had a very interesting speaker, Lisette de Roche from Priestland Birch Products at our November meeting. December will be busy with Carols at Exeter Cathedral, our annual Christmas dinner, when husbands are invited this year, we are going to The Poltimore Inn in North Molton. Our skittlers are enjoying success with their "playing away" matches. Our Christmas party on 12 December will include Christmas wreath making. We are starting the New Year on a serious note when, at our meeting on 9 January, we are having a "Driving Safer for Longer" workshop. Visitors are always welcome.

The Jubilate Concert was excellent and much enjoyed. We appreciated the generous donations towards the upkeep of our Church. On Wednesday 5 December at 10.30 am the Brayford Academy children will come down to our Community Coffee Morning. A warm welcome to everyone who would like to join us. On 9 December there will be a Christingle Service at 4 pm which is a United Service. We hope local children will come with their parents. On 16 December at 9.15 will have a Christmas theme led by Sheila Collier and our Christmas Service will be at 11 am on 23 December. On 30 December there will be a United Service at North Molton Methodist Church at 11 am. Services throughout January will be at 11 am except for 13 January when there will be a United Service at Charles Church at 11.15 am.

It is probably timely to remind everyone of the existence of two defibrillators in the district - one at Brayford Village Hall and one at Charles, near the Church, on the wall of Sunnyside by kind permission of Ros and Stuart Brooks. There are some changes to the usual Christmas services, in particular there will be Pre-Christmas Communion on Sunday 23 December at 11.15 am in place of the service at 8.30 am, and on Christmas Day the service will be at 10 am at North Molton Parish Church. At the Harvest Festival a collection for Water Aid was made. The year 2019 is the 150 Anniversary of the publication of R.D. Blackmore's novel "Lorna Doone" so in Charles we plan to recognise this date. It is not well known that R.D. Blackmore had a long association with this parish, both through his family (some of whom are buried in the Churchyard) and through the inspiration that he had from his time spent with his uncle, the Rector. Plans are in the early stages for an event and exhibition during the weekend of 23 June 2019. Anyone interested in local history or wishing to participate in some way, please enquire through Jonathan Hudson 710350, Annie Whitehead 710769 or Margaret Faulkner 710440.

Once again the generous support of the village resulted in a successful Bingo evening. We are beginning to build a regular clientele for what is always a fun event with everyone going home with a prize. Our next Bingo night is on 9 February 2019 so come and join in the fun. Before that, on Saturday 1 December we are holding our first Ferret Racing Night. Come along, it should be great fun. With grant assistance we are hopeful that during next year we will be in a position to redecorate both the inside and outside of the Village Hall. In addition, we are now beginning to consider how we can improve the facilities that we offer. If anyone wishes to contribute ideas to our longer term plans please contact any of the Village Hall Management Committee. Can we remind everyone that there is no waste bin the Village Hall now. It is the responsibility of everyone using the Hall and its car park to take home their own waste.

An exciting programme for the year is being drawn up by the young members of Brayford Youth Club and will be distributed at the next meeting. Meetings are held at the Methodist Schoolroom at 7 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month - unless otherwise stated. Leaders Lisa Ward 710488 and Nick Jefferson 740283. 11-16 year olds are warmly welcome with their ideas.

Our contributors join with me in wishing you all the compliments of the season and a very happy and peaceful New Year.

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