EVENTS

Woodland Fair
Saturday 4 July at Wrangway
Blackdowns Woodland Fair and Waterloo 200 living history display

Exhibition 
Saturday 11 July 11am - 4pm
Sunday 12 July 2pm-4pm
Flock Together: an exhibition in which two artists track the movements of a farmer, his sheep and his dog.

At Cherry Hayes Farm, Smeatharpe. EX14 9RD


Festival
Friday and Saturday 7-8 August
Blackdown Hills Beer Festival

at Cherry Hayes Farm, Slough Lane, Smeatharpe, EX14 9RD.
Gates open 6.30pm on Fri & 1pm on Sat.


Fete
Saturday 28 August 2 - 4pm


Comedy
Saturday 3 October 7.30pm
Matt Harvey, the brilliant comic poet and Radio 4 host, is to perform at Clayhidon Parish Hall.

Folk music
Friday 30 October 7.30pm
The unique folk duo Blackheart are booked for Clayhidon Parish Hall. >Read more.

Other local events listings

NEWS

Council clerk's amazing 42-year stint
Past and present councillors of Clayhidon gathered to honour the service and commitment of two of their members and an incredible 42 years from the parish clerk, Michael Osmond.Alan Redwood and Robert Pike have both recently retired after 24 years service to the parish and Mr Osmond also retired after overseeing the May local elections.
A presentation evening was held in the church rooms on Thursday, 2 July with refreshments provided by the Clayhidon Friends.
>Read more.

Second crash at deadly junction
A four vehicle collision at the Ford Street junction with the ridge road on Wednesday, June 10, just after 9 am luckily involved no serious injuries.
But for the second time in ten days police, fire and ambulance were called to this highly dangerous crossroads and pressure is growing on Somerset Highways to make it safer. >Read more.

Local driver has multiple fractures
One of the most lethal road junctions in the Blackdowns claimed another victim on 1 June. A Clayhidon woman was trying to cross the ridge road at the top of Ford Street when her 4x4 car was in collision with a lorry. She was within a split second of being killed.  >Parish Council calls for action.

When will Somerset Highways do something about this deadly junction? >Comment.
Ready for the Clayhidon Bake Off?
Clayhidon's church fete on Saturday 29 August looks set to be a true classic.
Everyone's favourite ingredients will be there plus some modern twists.
There will be the fabulous dog show and dog and duck display, cream teas and classic cars, but there are also 12 classes to enter and enjoy some friendly competition with your neighbours.
The three categories include a handcrafted 3D item, a single bloom and in the great Clayhidon Bake Off the technical challenge of a Victoria sponge, a signature challenge of any entry in a muffin tin, plus perfect preserves.
The creative section also includes a painted item on canvas and handmade crafts. >Read more. 

John and Nicola in the pink
You've seen green ones, black ones and white ones, but now there are pink silage bales in our lovely Culm Valley. >Read more.

New faces join Parish Council
There were some new faces at Clayhidon Parish Council 18 May meeting, the first following the election. Read more.



 

       

          
       
      SNIPPETS 

      Parish calls for changes to cattle shed plan
      Several residents have expressed reservations about plans for a 474 square metre expansion of the cattle sheds at Callers Farm, Clayhidon planned by the Drew family.
      Clayhidon Parish Council voted on 15 June to support the application subject to restrictions
      It called for full landscaping of all sides of the building that are visible across the valley, and for a darker grey concrete side and roofing material to be used. If there is lighting to the building, then any potential light pollution should be mitigated so that it is not visible from across the valley.
      >Planning applications.
      >Minutes of 15 June meeting

      Concert delights
      The St Andrews concert on 6 June was delightful. 
      >Read more
       

      Pirate in the hills
      Have you heard the Blackdowns pirate? According to Newsweek magazine if you climb through a certain gap in a hedge on the crest of the Blackdowns, you'll stumble on a crime scene. “Tied to a branch in the canopy of an old birch tree is the transmitter for Rage FM, Taunton's only pirate radio station.” >Read more.

      Film shows at Clayhidon?
      Would you consider coming to Clayhidon Parish Hall to watch recent movies such as The Theory of Everything, Paddington, The Second Best Marigold Hotel, Boyhood and Far From the Madding Crowd?
      The hall committee is exploring the idea of inviting the cinema charity Moviola, which runs shows for rural communities all over Britain, to come to Clayhidon, and it’s looking for local film lovers to help. 
      >Read more.


      Extension idea for the parish hall
      Major improvements are being mooted for Clayhidon Parish Hall. The committee wants to build an extension to provide a store room for tables and chairs and a ‘green room’ where visiting performers can rest and prepare. It is also hoping to conquer the old problem of mouldy walls in the toilets, by adding a lining to stop condensation. >Read more.

      Our 5,000 readers
      There has been a huge jump in the number of users of the parish website – from to 2,065 in 2013/14 to 5,024, a rise of 87 per cent. >Read more.

      Have you got news?
      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 websiteclayhidon@gmail.com   or call Gareth or Alison on 681093.