She loved music, dancing and her African homeland

Obituary for Dee Carter:  first class mum and famously forthright Clayhidon resident.

Chairman recalls highlights of a busy year
A Royal Street party, our MP opening the church fete and the promise of faster broadband were three of the highlights of 2016 recalled by Clayhidon Parish Council chairman Richard Kallaway at the annual parish meeting on 20 March.

Beware fraudsters sending emails
Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised, say Devon and Cornwall Police. >Read more

Project to save the Culm's crayfish
The River Culm is at the centre of a project to save Britain's only native crayfish from extinction, Clayhidon Parish Meeting was told on 20 March.
In Devon, only two small populations survive. The other is on the Creedy/Yeo.
The white-clawed crayfish is facing extinction because of an invasive alien crayfish, falling water quality and habitat change.
>Read more

They want your vote on 4 May
The candidates, left to right: Simon Clist, Margaret Dennis, Fiona Hutton, Jo Norton and Ray Radford
Psst! Do you know there’s a Devon County Council election on Thursday May 4 – and that you are expected to vote?
There has been so little publicity and an almost total absence of electioneering, so we can expect a low turnout. 
The polling station at Clayhidon Parish Hall will open at 8am and close at 10pm. Clayhidon is in the Willand and Uffculme division and there are five candidates: 
    Simon John Clist, Liberal Democrat, of Windward Edge, Hemyock. 
    Margaret Dennis, Independent, of 2 Damson Close, The Orchards, Willand. 
     Fiona Hutton, Labour, of 26 Richmond Close, Sampford Peverel. 
     Jo Norton, The Green Party, of Beacon View, Red Ball, Burlescombe.
    Ray Radford, Conservative of, 1 Townsend Gardens, Halberton.

Is this the loveliest walk in the parish?
Was there ever a bluebell season to match April 2017?  And throughout Clayhidon's network of well cared-for public footpaths is there a lovelier place to stroll than this beautifully maintained track through the wood below Carlingwark?
Service for a Clayhidon hero
A memorial service  marking the 100th anniversary of the death of one of Clayhidon's First World War heroes,  Corporal Hubert Bright, was held in Holcombe Church, near Dawlish.
After surviving two of the greatest battles of the war, Hubert was fighting in the Machine Gun Corps when he was killed on 17 April 1917, one of 100,000 Allied troops to be lost or injured in the Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered. 
Although his mother came from Holcombe, he had spent  part of his adolescence at Burrows Farm, Clayhidon. His name and that of his brother who was lost at sea a year later, are recorded on the Clayhidon war memorial and on the roll of honour in the parish hall.

Film Night postponed

Due to an unfortunate double booking of Clayhidon Parish Hall the 21 April  Film Night showing of A United Kingdom has had to be postponed until 5 May.

The Merry Harriers public house is to be rebuilt and a national pub chain is interested in buying the site, says the owner, Reg Payne, according to  the Somerset Live website. >Read more

Parishioners learn First Aid
Twelve people from the parish took part in an all day first aid course on 25 March at the parish hall, paid for by money raised at Drewfest.
 >Read more

How a few words from you could win finance for hall
Could you spare a few minutes to write a letter or email in support of the Hall Committee’s plans for extending and modernising Clayhidon Parish Hall? Evidence of strong community support could make all the difference to a potential corporate sponsor’s decision to back the scheme. >Read more.

66 years on - their wedding reception venue has gone

Victor and Ivy Stamp have more cause than most of the  passers-by who stopped to watch the demolition of the Merry Harriers to be sad about the end of a once- fine pub. They had their wedding reception here 66 years ago. >Read more

Spring is sprung
Spring is sprung and the banks of the River Culm at Clayhidon are festooned with wild daffodils. >Another picture

Thank you, litter pickers
- anyone else like to help?
Thank you so much to all the volunteers who have picked up a huge amount of crisp packets, sweet papers, cans, bottles, coffee cups and broken car bits in the last few days,  writes Alison Weekes.
We still have time to collect a few more bags before we ask the council to come and take it away from the back of the village hall, so more collections will be gratefully received. >Read more

Big Breakfast bags a record
Clayhidon's Cancer Research UK volunteers served 100 breakfasts in the parish hall on 11 March, raised £1,200 and laid on a great social occasion. Pam Reynolds started the Clayhidon Big Breakfast with Margaret Wenham 15 years ago, using a two burner stove in the church rooms. They are still running it and this year's event was more successful than ever, just beating last year's record sum.

Guitar wizards spell end of arts scheme
Clayhidon's long association with Villages in Action, Devon's performing arts scheme, ended on 10 March when two brilliant guitarists, Kit Holmes and Al Greenwood, performed in the parish hall.

Woolly jumpers galore
For Trish Andrews happiness is a brand new shed full of healthy lambs and contented ewes.
It would be hard to find anyone who loves sheep quite as much as Trish, of Mill View, Clayhidon. Farming is in her blood, and at lambing time  she and her husband Tim take it in turns to endure long cold nights seeing the little woolly jumpers safely into the world.
Not that she is complaining. Their new shed replaces an ancient and grotty chicken shed, soon to be demolished. "For me this is as good as winning the lottery," she says.

Do you recognise this farm?
Is this Gollick Farm, Clayhidon?  It was painted by Charles Ginner, one of the celebrated Camden Town Group of artists who stayed in the parish and produced many fine pictures of the Blackdown Hills, and is simply called 'Clayhidon 1914'.
Some of the best of these pictures have been borrowed from museums, galleries and private owners for a unique exhibition, which opens  in Taunton’s Museum of Somerset on Saturday 25 March. The curators asked if anyone could identify  'Clayhidon 1914'.  Maurice Bendle says it looks  like Gollick, where he lives, but there is probably "too much artistic licence" for it to be the same place. >Read more.

Alex makes a storming return
Local singer/songwriter Alex Hart made a storming return to her home valley on 26 February, when she played to a capacity audience at Clayhidon Parish Hall. The gig raised around £850 for the hall.  >Read more.

Clayhidon Parish Council
To read the minutes of the April meeting click here

Clayhidon Charity
To read the minutes of the latest meeting of the Clayhidon Charity click here

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Film night record
Sixty five people paid to watch Tom Hanks in Sully at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 17 March. It was by far the biggest audience since film nights started at the hall in 2015. The hall was so crowded some people had to sit on the stage.

When Jane Austen's aunt escaped the noose
The story of when Jane Austen's aunt was tried for theft at Taunton Assizes was told to Clayhidon Local History Group in a fascinating talk. >Read more.

WWI twins to be honoured in church services
Two of Clayhidon’s fallen heroes from World War I are to be honoured in special church services on the 100th anniversary of their deaths.
Reginald and Hubert Bright were the twin sons of Frederick and Charlotte Bright, of Burrows Farm, Clayhidon. They were born in their mother’s home village of Holcombe, near Dawlish and it there that both will be remembered.
Hubert was killed at the age of 20 in the Battle of Arras in 1917. Reginald’s body was never found after he was swept overboard from a Royal Navy destroyer ten months later.
Campbell Brown is seeking information from living relatives and is hoping to invite them to the services. >Read more.

Nautical farewell to Patrick
St Andrew's Church was crowded for the funeral on 9 March of Patrick Meredith. There was a nautical theme as family, friends and neighbours said goodbye to the Royal Navy war veteran. >Obituary and funeral report.

Another crash at blackspot
A WOMAN was taken to hospital with a serious stomach injury after yet another crash on the Clayhidon/Ford Street crossroads on 2 March. >Read more

Update on ultra-fast broadband
The arrival in Clayhidon of ultra-fast broadband has been rescheduled to late summer. Gigaclear's sub-contractors have already started work in Churchinford and further road works are already booked to allow fibre cable laying in Rawridge, Upottery, Smeatharpe, Churchinford and Churchstanton . The first properties in those parishes are now due to be connected between May and July and Clayhidon connections can be expected to follow shortly afterwards.
>Read more.

Inspiring trek
in Nepal
Clayhidon Friends welcomed Ian Williams to the Parish Hall and raised funds for the St Margaret’s Hospice in Somerset. He talked about the inspirational friendships he made while trekking in Nepal soon after a devastating earthquake. >Read more.

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