A specially devised 
Service of celebration & thanksgiving 
(non Communion) for 
Her Majesty, The Queen.
The same service as is being used by the whole nation.
Special Refreshments will be served

Uffculme reunion
Class of 78
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Wildlife & countryside

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

Other local events listings


The day I met The Queen
Have you met The Queen? A surprising number of Clayhidon people have, and their stories are to be told in an exhibition in St Andrew's Church on the weekend of 10 - 12 June to mark The Queen's 90th birthday.
If you have met her majesty and would like to share the experience call Pam Reynolds on 680481.
Is there a piece of Clayhidon history from the last 90 years lurking in your loft? If so the Local History Group would like to borrow it for the same exhibition.
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. 
>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. 
>Minutes of annual parish meeting.

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.






      One of the busiest years ever for hall
      Adding monthly Film Nights to a full programme of live events made 2015/16 one of the busiest years ever for Clayhidon Parish Hall.
      The hall committee’s “highly committed” members were thanked at their AGM for all their hard work in ensuring the success of a packed schedule.

      A thousand pages on parish web
      There are now more than a thousand pages on the Clayhidon parish website. In the past year the site, which was founded in 2011, was visited more frequently than in previous years and people spent much more time reading it, according to Google Analytics.
      Virtually all the parish council minutes dating back to 2002 have been added. The latest minutes from parish clerk Donna Evans are added within days of a meeting. This makes it an increasingly useful archive from which information can be recovered easily by using the Search box at the top of each page. >Read more.

      Who stole the
      Half Moon signs?
      Someone is stealing pub signs advertising the Half Moon Inn, Clayhidon and police are appealing for information.
      Three signs have gone missing and landlady Lynda Higgins says the thefts are damaging business. Neighbourhood beat manager PC Johnny Haynes asks anyone with information to contact Cullompton police on 101 quoting CR/24082/16 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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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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