Calling the Clayhidon Community

Please help clear up Clayhidon by joining the litter pick on Sunday 25 March, says Parish Councillor Alison Weekes, High visibility jackets and grabbers will be provided. Read more.

CPC backs house plan

A highly unusual application to build an “architecturally outstanding” modern house on the hill above Carlingwark, Clayhidon is to be considered by Mid Devon planners, 
Clayhidon Parish Council voted by a majority of three to one to support plans, by Susan Annett and Richard Brown, for a four-bedroom beech-beamed building with “an agricultural look”. 
Planning laws normally prevent new homes on the green belt, unless they meet specific criteria, not least that they should be architecturally outstanding. 
You can read what was said at the parish council meeting on 12 March on this link. The full application should be available for examination on Mid Devon’s website on this link , but there has been a recurring technical problem with the site making it hard to use.

110 turn up for breakfast

When you invite an entire parish for a slap-up full English breakfast you can never  be quite sure how many will turn up. But when 110 hungry people arrived for this year's Clayhidon Big Breakfast  at the Parish Hall volunteers were well prepared. They raised £1,160 for Cancer Research UK. >Lots more pictures.

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The Culm freezes over

 There's a river under there somewhere. The Culm completely froze over in places on  2 March.  It's thought to be the first time this has happened in about 20 years. The whole parish was effectively snowed in for the first two days of spring, when Storm Emma collided with the Beast From The East - a freezing gale that blew from Siberia. 

Blues Night rocks

The prospect of two blues bands - the Moosehead Blues Band and 11th Hour - drew a crowd of nearly 50 to Clayhidon Parish Hall for what turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
It soon emerged that this wasn’t just going to be a Blues Night as advertised, as both  bands slipped into classic rock and roll covers.
The hall committee organised a raffle, supper and a licensed bar and made a profit of more than £400. >Read more.

Hedge champ's double gift

Colin Risdon, Britain’s national champion Devon hedge layer, has used his famous skills to raise £200 for Clayhidon charities and open up another lovely public view of the Culm Valley.
For weeks, Colin has been working on Maurice Bendle’s hedge along the top road between the Half Moon Inn and Battle Street. He offered one day’s training to anyone interested in learning the craft and donated his fees to the Parish Hall improvement fund and St Andrew’s Church.
Hall chairman Gareth Weekes said: “We greatly appreciate Colin’s generosity. We have a lot to do to bring the hall up to standard and we need every penny we can get. This was a wonderful way to raise money.”

Gigaclear reassures critics

The public turned out in force for Clayhidon Parish Council’s meeting on 19 February – and everyone who wanted to speak had their say. Many were there to comment and ask questions about the laying of fibre-optic cable in the parish. 
If the officials from Gigaclear, MGM Utilities, Devon County Council and Connecting Devon & Somerset had expected a hard time from the audience, it never happened. All signs of hostility melted away as people praised the work teams. Their most vocal critics had apparently already had their say about the damage to roads and verges and been listened to. >Read more.  > Clayhidon Parish Council minutes

Join the war on potholes

There’s a simple way to get Devon County Council to repair Clayhidon’s potholed roads – and everyone in the parish can play a part, says parish councillor Graham Langford.
If there is a pothole in your vicinity 40mm deep,  with a vertical edge and at least 300mm wide , simply  go online via this link and mark the spot on the map.
If it is not repaired, go online and report it again and again, says Graham. Every report is logged  and his  theory is “in the end they will get so fed up with logging it they will come out and fix it.”
There are many isolated deep craters, but parish councillors agreed that the worst stretch is between in the parish hall and Hidewood Farm, which former councillor Alan Redwood described as “almost impassable “. At its meeting on 19 February the council decided to make this the priority when it approaches Dave Ashford, Devon CC’s new man in charge of maintenance in this district
> Clayhidon Parish Council minutes

Amazing Film of Hemyock
Go and see ‘The Amazing Film of Hemyock ‘ and you will find it it not only amazingly well filmed but fascinating and absorbing and amusing in equal measure, writes Alison Weekes.
There are even quite a few well known Clayhidon faces in it.
I must admit that the thought of two hours watching life in Hemyock over the last seven years didn’t sound that riveting, but it truly was.
Jenny Parsons has spent many many hours making this labour of love. Something that in 50 years time will give people such a snapshot of current life in this area of The Blackdowns that it will be treasured. >Read more. 

Spring turns back to winter
Winter returned to the Blackdowns on 18 March when an easterly gale dumped nearly a foot of snow on Clayhidon. >More snow images in the Clayhidon picture gallery.

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