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The Parish of Bratton Fleming, situated on the fringes of Exmoor, rises steeply from 70 metres to an exposed 320 metres. The prevailing moist south-westerly winds and many springs ensure that gardeners rarely suffer drought. The village, 7 miles east north east from Barnstaple, straddles the snowline and has often been cut off – though of recent years this has occurred less frequently. The countryside is wonderfully varied with farmland, woods, streams, deep valleys, typical Devon hedges and lanes, and a backdrop of the moorlands of Exmoor.

With a population of nearly 1000 “Bratton” is a thriving community with a rich mixture of amenities; small businesses, farms, clubs and social activities centred on its busy village. It boasts a Primary School with about 100 pupils; a Village Hall in constant use; a Parish Church hosting Anglicans and Methodists; a welcoming Baptist Church; that rural rarity, a Post Office; a garage with shop and newsagents; a well-stocked Village Stores; a Pub with a restaurant; a Sports Club, home to many sporting and social activities; a small industrial estate and a Village Green with locally crafted play equipment.

Annually the village lets its hair down and holds a festival which not only provides an opportunity to get together but also raises funds for local causes and national charities. The most recent festivals saw the village teeming with lepers, monks, grand medieval ladies and gentlemen, churls, villeins and serfs makyng merrie.

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