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Do you have a piece of Clayhidon history to share in a royal exhibition?
Is there a piece of Clayhidon history lurking in your loft? If so the Local History Group would like to borrow it for an exhibition in St Andrew's Church on the weekend of 10 - 12 June to mark The Queen's 90th birthday.
Organiser Pam Pam Reynolds is appealing for any photographs that people are willing to lend for the weekend 
"Photos of Clayhidon during the last 90 years; events which have any relevance to the Queen; changes in work, such as closure of any mills, dairy, etc. the school and its history; the men who went to war; new ‘industry’ like potteries, cider production; changes in transport and so much more." She has made out a list of topics to be included and will accept any further suggestions as people think of them.
"I’m sure there is a wealth of history lurking in people’s lofts and cupboards that they would be pleased to show and to see. I would be delighted to hear from anyone if they give me a ring," said Pam. Her number is 680481.
>Read more about Clayhidon's royal birthday weekend

Pony power brings new life to Turbary

This tawny owl chick got a surprise when it peeped out of its nest box on the Clayhidon Turbary and found itself facing the lens of Edric Hopkinson.
The Turbary was once the place where the poor of the parish would cut peat and gorse for their fires, and the way they used the land created ideal conditions for a huge variety of wildlife, Edric told the parish meeting on 18 April.
But over recent decades this unique 13.7 hectare area of heath and bog was overwhelmed by purple moor-grass, bracken and encroaching woodland and this perfect habitat for many unusual species began to disappear.
After a deal with the parish council Edric and a team of helpers from Devon Wildlife Trust have been putting that right by harnessing the chomping power of four Exmoor ponies.
One recent study of invertebrates found 298 species on the site, including a terrifyingly weird looking species of jumping spider and several insect-eating plants.
>Read more and see the incredible jumping spider.

Brilliant Dallahan wow hall​

It's hard to categorise Dallahan, who played at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 13 April. They were much more than an Irish folk band. One moment they would be playing a traditional jig, then suddenly they would slide into a divine Hungarian gypsy tune, and then before you realised what had happened they were into jazz funk. Above they were three outstanding musicians playing extraordinary ever-changing rhythms and all perfectly synchronised.
Nearing the end of a tour that has taken in Scotland, Denmark, Germany and Nepal, Dallahan were brought to Clayhidon by Villages in Action. The near-capacity audience gave them an enthusiastic reception, and the general consensus was that it had been a great night.

Happy 90th birthday to Miss Blackmore
Relations flocked in from far and wide for a tea at Clayhidon Parish Hall to celebrate the 90th birthday of Miss Margaret Blackmore on 2 April.

Local trials for Devon Youth Games
Devon Rotary Youth Games 2016 are fast approaching and the organisers are now holding their Mid Devon trials for a range of sports which cover a wide age group and the whole district. Participants must not have competed at County, Regional or National level for the sport. Other eligibility criteria will apply and differ for each sport. Please ask the relevant Team Manager for details. 
Competitors will be chosen from children attending a school within the Mid Devon area or who live in Mid Devon.






      Students missing chance for
      cash help
      Clayhidon students are missing out on getting financial help for their studies.
      The Mary Waldron Trust has not received any applications for funds this year, Clayhidon Parish Council chairman Richard Kallaway told councillors at their meeting on 11 April.
      This fund assists students in higher and further education (including Richard Huish College) with purchases of books and equipment, including computer requisites. 
      Applicants should normally live in Hemyock or Clayhidon and must have received full time education at one or more of: Hemyock Primary School, Uffculme School and PETROC (East Devon College). 
      More details can be obtained from the Secretary, Mike Reynolds, Hidon Mill, Clayhidon, EX15 3PL. Phone 680481 email
                    >Minutes in full

      Telephone scam

      If you receive a phone call to say you have paid too much council tax, be aware that it may be a scam by fraudsters, say police. >Read more.

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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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