Cider Drinkers win again
Clayhidon’s Quiz Night on 14 November proved to be yet another intellectual triumph for parish masterminds, the Cider Drinkers, in the face of the stiffest competition in years.
Winning for the umpteenth time, Margaret Blackmore and Alex Hill were this year without Bee Hill, who died in May. Lucy Ball took her place. They are pictured with quizmaster Peter Walter and scorer Sue Johns.
The Parish Hall was packed. Fifteen teams entered and organiser Caroline Bendle had to turn away late entries for lack of space. The hall committee laid on snacks and a raffle.
Parish remembers its dead
The Remembrance Sunday service at St Andrew's Church, Clayhidon on 9 November was followed by a short service outside by the village war memorial.
Led by the Rev John Bolton of Sampford Peverell, the congregation sang the National Anthem and observed the silence along with millions of others countrywide.
Mr Bolton read the names of those lost in the First World War, Hubert John Bright, Reginald Charles Bright, Frank Drake, John Honniball, Gilbert Hutchings, William Richards and William Trickey, and in the Second World War, Wilfred E Greenslade and Frank A J Hutchings.
We will remember them.
Thankyou to post lady Marion
Thanks for everything: Richard Kallaway and parish councillors make a presentation to Marion Tuckey.
Clayhidon’s answer to Postman Pat has retired after 17 years chugging around the parish in her little red van with a box of dog biscuits.
Training puppies to sit when she arrived with the mail was Marion Tuckey’s survival strategy after she was savaged by a spaniel.
Apart from the odd nip from a puppy and the occasional scrape trying to avoid other drivers in the narrow lanes, Marion’s long stint as much loved parish post lady has been quiet – sometimes a little too quiet.
Hot on Your Heels . . .
Hot on Your Heels jive classes started in Clayhidon Parish Hall on 16 October. A dozen jivers braved a thunderstorm for the first of an eight-week series. Gordon Coomber and dance partner Clare (pictured left) led them through the basic steps, to the sounds of classic rock’n’roll. The weekly lessons, formerly held in Hemyock, will progress from beginners through to intermediate. Book ahead on 077481 54897 - £3 for individuals and £5 for couples.
A great day for riders' service
This year's Riders' Service for St Andrew's Church, Clayhidon was very well attended on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the end of September, writes Pam Reynolds. There were about 40 horses and several coaches and many people sitting on the straw bales.
After the service the riders went for a ride through neighbouring fields then returned to lovely refreshments which were ready for them on Garlands Bower. >More pictures.
A century of supper success
Clayhidon’s long tradition of harvest suppers continued on 3 October, when 68 sat down for a four-course meal with guest of honour, the Archdeacon of Exeter, the Venerable Christopher Futcher.
It was a poignant night for the Blackmore family, who have been helping to run these suppers for more than 100 years. Margaret Blackmore retired after almost a lifetime’s service. Michael Hudson presented her with a gift from the Harvest Home Committee.
Dozens of guests signed a thank you card to Margaret, presented by Casey Blackmore, who is to continue the family tradition by taking her place on the committee.
Michael thanked Karen Pinder and her catering and waitressing team, Alex Hill, for generously providing Bollhayes cider and apple juice, Rumwell Farm Shop for giving a beautiful raffle prize and Brenda Persey for organising the concert.
Brenda led the after-supper entertainment by playing the organ and the accordion, and the audience sang along with many old favourites. Ron White, Clayhidon’s answer to Joe Grundy, gave a hilarious explanation of the names of St Andrew’s choir members.
And no harvest supper would be complete without Mike Reynolds singing Clayhidon on The Hill, as topical and relevant as ever.
Latest planning applications
Plans have been submitted by Mr and Mrs G Slabbert for a pitched roof with storage space over their existing garage at Barpark, Clayhidon.
Mr M Goodridge has applied for change of use of an outbuilding to additional accommodation at Knowle Farm, Clayhidon .
They are among the latest applications submitted to Mid Devon District Council
Terror stalked our ghostly old roads
The ghosts of hanged rebel soldiers and “Spunkies” or "Will-o’-the-Wisps" (unbaptized children) were widely believed to haunt the wastes and moors of Clayhidon and other remote parts of the Blackdown Hills, according to an academic study.
Stories of lost souls wandering the hills were common and bandits and thieves traded on local superstition and fear to move through the landscape unchallenged, says Lucy Ryder.
Fire damages Clayhidon home
A house at Blackdown Court, Clayhidon was badly damaged by fire on 16 August while the occupants were out, the Mid Devon Gazette reports. >Read more.
Did you see the Vulcan flypast?
No-one knew it was coming and only those who heard the deafening roar of its engines and rushed outside would have seen it disappearing westward along the Culm.
The 54-year-old aircraft, the world's oldest complete Vulcan, was on its way from its base in Doncaster to the Culdrose Air Show in Cornwall.
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