Brayford Village

Welcome to the community website for Brayford village, a rural parish in North Devon. This site is provided by Brayford Parish Council. Please feel free to browse the content.

It is the intention that the newsfeed on this site, highlighted on this homepage and in full here will become the "official" source of news to parishoners from the council.

Amongst the newsfeed we will provide important and useful links to other websites and "tag" article accordingly for ease of use and discovery!

Important Information

High Bray Church Tower Appeal - Auction of Pledges

High Bray Church has been open to our Village for over 800 years: for Services, Easter & Harvest Celebrations, weddings & funerals, and more recently 'Puddings & Song', Bell Ringers, the Singing Group, and the School Christmas Play.

Now the tower needs urgent repair, and if not repaired, it will limit the use of our Church.

This auction is to help raise the £32,000.00 which is needed to repair the church tower. All proceeds will go to the tower repair project. We are very grateful for any support you can offer!

The online auction is LIVE now - please use the link below to get involved. 

https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/highbraychurchtowerappeal

Relaxation of COVID 19 rules - Village Hall

As from Monday 19th July most legal limits on social contact were removed. There is no longer any limit on gatherings inside or outside or on social distancing.

However. the government's position is that people should continue to exercise caution, common sense and personal responsibility.

The village hall have decided to continue to provide hand sanitisers, one way access and support the voluntary continuation of social distancing whilst the pandemic continues at its current level. 

Latest Parish News

Updated information for Public Bus Services in Devon

Stagecoach are making changes to several of their commercial services from 23rd January. These are related to ongoing driver issues due to the pandemic and recruitment problems. The expectation is that the reduced timetables will help minimise short-notice cancellations.

The changes are:

Exeter and Crediton

A Alphington – City Centre – Thornpark Rise:  Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes.

E1, E2 Exwick – City Centre:  Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes on each route.

H, H1, H2 St Davids Station – City Centre – Digby:  Some journeys will extend from St Davids Station to Cowley Bridge to replace services 5, 5A, 5B and 5C in Wrefords Lane and West Garth Road, with a 30 minute daytime frequency.

I/J Digby – Countess Wear – City Centre – Whipton – Digby:  Daytime frequency reduced to every 30 minutes on each route.

R/S Rifford Road – City Centre circular:   Daytime frequency reduced to every 40 minutes on each route.

5, 5A, 5B, 5C Exeter – Crediton – North Devon/Chulmleigh/OkehamptonThese services will no longer operate via West Garth Road and Wrefords Lane in Cowley Bridge due to a forthcoming weight limit. A replacement service is provided as part of service H, H1 and H2. In Crediton services 5 and 5C will operate via the Railway Station increasing this section to two buses an hour. Service 5A and 5B will operate via Exeter Road and the A377.

 G – Hamlin Gardens: Country Bus recently surrendered the contract for this service.  Following a tender exercise, Greenslades Coaches will operate the service from Monday 24th January 2022 sticking to the existing timetable.

North Devon

11A/11C Barnstaple – Whiddon Valley: Daytime frequency reduced to every 60 minutes on each route.

21/21A/21C Ilfracombe/Georgeham – Barnstaple – Bideford – Appledore/Westward Ho!: The section of route from Bideford to Appledore and Westward Ho! is reduced to every 60 minutes on each leg.  The section of route from Barnstaple to Braunton West Meadow Road is reduced to every 60 minutes, this being the journey which continues to Georgeham.

155 Exeter – South Molton – Barnstaple: The 1450 journey from South Molton to Barnstaple reverts to operating on Saturdays and during School Holidays. The 1535 journey from South Molton School to Barnstaple is reinstated.

815/821 Appledore/Westward Ho! – Park School & 921 Westward Ho! – Pilton Community College: Minor changes to the time at Barnstaple Bus Station on the morning journeys.

819 Bude – Atlantic Academy: The afternoon journey has revised timings.

903/904 Fremington – Pilton Community College: The afternoon journey has revised timings.

Postponement of Fundraising Events.

In view of the extremely high covid infection rates it has been decided to postpone the BINGO evening planned to take place on Saturday 22nd January 2022 and the Ferret Racing evening on Saturday 19th February 2022.

We realise this will be a disappointment to many but feel we cannot take the risk of spreading the Omicron variant throughout the village.

As soon as the level of infections reduce we will reschedule both events.

Brayford Village & Farmers Market

Brayford Village & Farmers Market

We are seeing a sudden increase of Covid infections in the area, and gathering together, which we all want to do, will just put our vulnerable and our youngest members of the family at risk. With regret, we are postponing our January 8th Village & Farmers Market to February 12th at the Village Hall. We hope to see you all then!

High Bray Church - COVID UPDATE

With Covid racing through our Village and community, we have decided that holding our traditional Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols Service at High Bray Church just wouldn’t be responsible, putting our friends and neighbours at greater risk.

All of us are very disappointed, as that community celebration is a joyous part of our Christmas; but we’re looking forward to 2022!

With our wishes to all for a better and healthier New Year.

All Saints High Bray Church

High Bray Church Tower Appeal

The High Bray Church Tower Appeal Auction has finished and with extra donations raised £ 5,000.00. We are very, very grateful to all who took part in participating in the Auction and to those who offered donations towards the Appeal.

From all those who enjoy High Bray Church and its Churchyard

Avian Flu around again...

An update from Devon and Somerset Trading Standards:

https://www.devonsomersettradingstandards.gov.uk/avian-influenza-prevention-zone-declared-across-great-britain/

Poultry keepers must take action now to protect their flocks from bird flu this winter. From 5pm on Wednesday 3 November 2021 it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks.

Please see the link above for full information.

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