Clayhidon Parish Hall
Saturday 25 February, 7.30pm
Doors open 7pm

The Alex Hart Band

Alex Hart describes her music as “West Country Country” and she has been influenced by artists as diverse as K.T.Tunstall and Doris Day.   The former Uffculme School pupil, who has a strong local following, has played at Ronnie Scott’s and The Troubadour in London. Her cover of Wish I Didn’t Miss You (with Electronic Youth) went to no.2 in the Music Week Club Charts.
There will be a licensed bar as usual and we are expecting a full house for this talented local performer. To make sure of your tickets call  Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or email Tickets £8.50 (£6.50 concessions). Light supper £5.  >Read more and listen to Alex Hart online.

Live gigs and
films at Clayhidon Parish Hall

Friday 10 March, 7.30pm
Kit Holmes
Her unique blend of blues-driven soul, sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing has wowed audiences across the UK. The Observer described her as “Macy Gray meets Nick Drake”. She comes to Clayhidon as part of a Villages in Action tour.

Friday 17 March, 7.30pm
Sully (12A)
Tom Hanks stars as the real-life American pilot who became a hero after safely landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River. The film follows the story of what happened next.
>Click here to watch the trailer

Friday 21 April, 8.00pm
A United Kingdom (12A)

A black African prince and white  English girl fall in love and  provoke a racist backlash from almost everyone. The   inspiring romance behind of the founding of Botswana. Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

.>Click here to watch the trailer


Tickets on the door or reserve via Lucy Ball 01823 680607

Live Gigs
Tickets from Caroline Bendle 01823 681047 pr via email

Lots of wildlife and countryside events on the Blackdown Hills AONB website

Other local events listings

Hall extension approved

Mid Devon District Council has given planning permission for an extension to Clayhidon Parish Hall, to include new toilets, a meeting room that would double as a changing room for performers plus a small upstairs room for a parish archive.
The existing toilets will be converted into a storage area for tables and chairs.  Planners have imposed a condition that the new roof much match the natural slate of the existing roof,
The hall committee meets on 1 March to plan how to seek funding for the project.
The parish council has already agreed to fund a car park extension, thanks to a donation of land by Russell and Caroline Bendle, and an offer of practical help with surfacing by the Country and Western Club. The car park has also been given planning condition.
  >Read more.    >Parish Council Agenda.

Sassenach whisky lovers toast Burns
Haggis, cock-a-leekie-soup and cranachan – all the traditional elements of a Burns Night supper - were enjoyed by members and guests of the Clayhidon Whisky Appreciation Society at the Half Moon Inn, when they celebrated the 258th anniversary of Robbie Burns’ birth.
The only connection between the society and Burns seems to be the enjoyment of whisky, but that was enough to get the Sassenachs of Devon to recite some of his poems, including the famous “address to the Haggis”.
David Ball proposed a toast to the lassies, to which Saranna Cogswell responded with a toast to the laddies in an evening of speeches, poetry, enlightenment and much humour.

History Group celebrate a new year

Clayhidon Local History Group started 2017 with their annual dinner. The group, which meets on the third Thursday of every month in the Church Room, has issued  an open invitation to everyone to join them. Read their programme of activities for the year on this link

Disappointment as Gigaclear  announces broadband delay

Dozens of Clayhidon residents who signed up for Gigaclear in the hope that they would be getting ultra-fast broadband by the spring are likely to be disappointed. The company has announced it is reviewing its timetable. It has won contracts to deliver fibre broadband to thousands more homes in the region and this means a delay for customers in the Ford Street and Clayhidon area. >Read more

Council to fund hall car park

Clayhidon Parish Council is giving financial help towards parking improvements at the Parish Hall.
At its December meeting the council agreed to pay the cost of creating 13 extra parking spaces, plus the £594 legal costs of Russell and Caroline Bendle, who are donating part of their field. It has already paid the £192 planning fee to Mid Devon District Council.
The country and western club has also offered to help with surfacing the new car park.
Parish Clerk Donna Evans is to submit an application to County Councillor Ray Radford for assistance with the parking extension from his Locality Budget fund. >Council minutes.
Meanwhile the parish hall committee has paid the architect’s fees and other expenses as part of a planned extension to the hall. This would house new toilets, a meeting room that would double as a changing room for performers plus a small upstairs room for a parish archive.
The existing toilets would be converted into a storage area for tables and chairs.  >Read more.

Ex-owner's sadness at loss

of Merry Harriers

Mervin Procter,  a former owner of the Merry Harriers, has told the Somerset County Gazette of his sadness at the destruction of the old inn, which was his family home in the 1970s and 80s.
Police are appealing for witnesses
Rise and fall of the Merry Harriers
From UK Licensees of the Year to a smouldering ruin
>Click here

to an arson attack which they believe caused the fire that destroyed the Merry Harriers on Sunday night (18 December).
Investigating officer Det Sgt Darren Lipscomb said: “We believe the fire was started deliberately at around 10pm and we are treating it as arson. The building was empty so no-one was hurt, but significant damage was caused.

“As part of our investigation we’re keen to speak to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around the time.
“Did you drive past and perhaps see a vehicle parked next to the building or see people standing nearby? If you saw or heard anything out of the ordinary then please get in touch.” >Read more.

Paper lantern wonderland

This spectacular paper train wowed the hundreds of people who turned out to watch the Hemyock Parade of Lights on 3 December. There many fine lantern designs, including a full-size cow.
Picture by Yvonne Roth.

Alas, they are easy winners

Alas Smith and Saunders were the runaway winners of this year's Clayhidon Quiz at the Parish Hall on 3 December. Bill and Viv Smith and Louise and Lee Saunders are pictured with quiz master Peter Walter, who devised another eclectic and entertaining  mix of themed questions. The winners finished seven points clear of their nearest rivals, the Tipton Terriers who in turn narrowly beat the Parish Council into third place. Eleven teams took part.  The event, which included a ploughman's supper, made a profit of around £350 for hall funds.

Agenda for Parish Council
13 February

Email scam
Devon and Cornwall Police are warning of fraudsters who send emails to people expecting to pay a bill for property repairs. >Read more

Poultry must be kept indoors
Even tiny flocks of poultry must be kept indoors under a new Government decree aimed at stopping the spread of bird flu, Clayhidon Parish Council has been told. >Read more.

Dunkeswell tragedy
Police are treating the deaths of a married couple at Abbey Mill Farm, Dunkeswell  as "domestic related murder and suicide". There is a full report by The Telegraph on this link.

Parish council meeting dates
For Clayhidon Parish Council's schedule of meetings 2017
> Click here

Carols and candles
Carols by Candlelight, which traditionally used to be organised by Clayhidon Women's Institute, was revived on 16 December for the first time in years. Around 50 people turned up and sang with gusto to the accompaniment of the Bishopwood Belles hand bell ringers and local organist Brenda Persey. The event was organised by the parish hall committee, who laid on mulled wine, mulled apple juice and mince pies and raised £111 for Save the Children. The hall had been beautifully decorated for Christmas by the Country and Western Club.

Coffee morning
Clayhidon Friends raised £171 for Macmillan with a coffee morning. >Read more.

Boardwalk saves walkers from bog

Walkers can cross a deep bog in Clayhidon now that a boardwalk has been 'floated' across the mire by the parish council.
>More details and pictures.

At last, parish has a lengthsman to keep the drains clear

Clayhidon has a parish lengthsman again after many years without anyone to carry out minor maintenance tasks on our roads, drains and ditches.
The parish council has appointed Chris Houghton, of Rosemary Lane, who will be called out when needed.
Please report any problems with ditches and drains to the parish clerk, Donna Evans, on 680968.
Chris has just completed a highways training course.  He will be clearing drainage areas, trimming hedges to gain access to drainage and other outlets, clearing debris and keeping signs maintained. >Parish Council minutes.  

Fallen heroes remembered
Clayhidon's fallen heroes in two world wars were remembered at a service at St. Andrew's Church on 13 November, followed by a minute's silence outside..
>More pictures 

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If you have news of a Clayhidon event and would like to use this website to publicise it, or if you have any local information or pictures worth sharing, email   or call Gareth or Alison on 681093.
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