Mid Devon votes to leave but 12,000 don't take part
People in Mid Devon voted by a majority of 3,206 that Britain should quit the European Union. More than 12,000 people (one in five electors) failed to vote.
The figures from the 23 June referendum were:
Remain, 22,400 (46.66%)
Leave, 25,606 (53.34%)
Leave majority 3,206 (6.68%)
Electorate 60,531. Turnout 48,006 (79.31%)

The Queen and I
Margaret Blackmore reflects on her 90 years - and the Queen's

My Clayhidon childhood

She went to school in Clayhidon the year the Queen was born.
Click here for Mary Ridgeway's fascinating stories of her childhood 90 years ago.

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 Half Moon keeps on shining
Lynda, Dorian and Ryland Higgins are celebrating ten years at the Half Moon Inn, Clayhidon with a mini festival next weekend (1-3 July)
 On Saturday July 2 there’ll be a barbecue and mini beer festival in The Half Moon’s beautiful beer garden, which enjoys the best view for miles around. 
A jazz trio, the Charlie Earnshaw Trio will follow Sunday lunch on July 3, with Devon cream teas available all afternoon..
How did the Half Moon survive one of the toughest decades in UK pub history?

Cardboard Queen at parish weekend
Clayhidon farmers Richard Kallaway and Phil Blackmore apparently chatting to the Queen when she visited Clayhidon to celebrate her 90th birthday on 11 June.
Nearly 100 parishioners turned up at a parish hall festooned with union jacks for a royal tea party, and because her real majesty was busy elsewhere a life-size cardboard cut-out was recruited to welcome well-wishers.
The party at the parish hall was part of a weekend of events in Clayhidon. It was followed on Sunday by a special service in St. Andrew's Church. There was also an exhibition of events in the parish over the past 90 years including the recollections of local people who had met the Queen.

Big turnout for  John Law's funeral
There was a big turnout for the funeral of John Law at St Andrew's Church, Clayhidon on 8 June, when family mourners, led by his wife Judy, neighbours and friends from all over the country came to celebrate the life of a much respected and warmly loved man.
Tributes were paid by Richard Dimbleby, his friend and former colleague at SCAT, where John had been vice principal,  and by his stepson Jamie. Ginny Hutt read a variation of David Harkins' moving poem She Is Gone. 
The service, conducted by the Rev David Burton, opened and closed with jazz records - Glenn Miller's In the Mood and Acker Bilk's Coming For To Carry Me Home. Brenda Persey was organist.
A collection was made in aid of Parkinson's UK.
A reception at the Half Moon Inn was followed by a private cremation.
John, who had been suffering from Parkinson's, died suddenly  on May 27, aged 81, after a fall at his home, Bridge House, Clayhidon.
Another triumph for satnav
It's wonderful where your satellite navigation system can take you if you let it. Who would have thought you could bring a 44 tonne lorry all the way down Rosemary Lane, for instance? This driver did on 8 June, apparently knocking bits off walls and buildings as he drove deeper into trouble. Did he not see the signs warning HGV drivers to keep out? 
And although he didn't manage to get beyond the bridge below Gladhayes, where the turning proved too tight, he did manage to reverse out of his difficulties. This is more than most juggernaut drivers do when they enter the deadly web of narrow lanes that make up Clayhidon. What comes down doesn't usually go back up in one piece. Later police appealed for information about the incident.

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.





      UK's fastest broadband in Clayhidon?
      Believe it or not, Clayhidon is bang in the middle of a project to bring ultra-fast broadband to the Blackdown Hills.
      If it goes ahead you could download a movie in less than one minute or upload 200 holiday photos in under nine seconds.
      Gigaclear has announced plans to bring the best broadband speeds in the UK to local homes and businesses. If enough potential customers are willing to commit to buying their service, Gigaclear promise speeds up to 33 times faster than the UK average.
      MP Neil Parish is backing the scheme and parish and district councillors and officers and broadband campaigners have been invited to a briefing in Hemyock Parish Hall on Monday 4 July. >Read more

      Menage light pollution threat to our dark skies
      Another unexpected light pollution threat to the dark night sky above Clayhidon was identified by parish councillors when they discussed plans for a horse ménage opposite Heazle Farm.
      The applicant had previously assured the parish council that he did not intend to light the ménage. But members had since learned that he had been in correspondence with a Mid Devon District planning officer about the possibility of adding lights.
      The parish has instructed the clerk, Donna Evans, to let the planners know about this apparent contradiction and give examples of other ménages in the parish.
      These include two commercial ménages with lights ­- Heazle Riding Centre, which is indoors, and Hidonfields – and five without lighting, Cordwents Farm, Lillycombe Farm, Hidonfields Farm (next to the lit ménage), Barley Meade and Ringdown House.
      Mrs Evans was asked to copy the Blackdown Hills AONB Planning Officer in on correspondence. The AONB Partnership is running a campaign to protect the hills’ natural, starry skies and offers advice to landowners. >Read more.
      Other matters discussed by the council included:

      ‘Unsuitable for HGV’ signs 
      The clerk has requested new signs from Highways at several locations in the parish. Willy Pike, Neighbourhood Highways Officer, confirmed that Highways do not like to erect new signs and will need to survey the particular locations. His report is awaited.
      The council discussed the lorry that recently came down Rosemary Lane, damaging houses and banks on its way, before finally becoming stuck at Gladhayes Bridge.
      The clerk, Donna Evans, is to write to the Highways bridge team to ascertain the weight limit of Gladhayes Bridge and to ask for improved signage around the parish and approaching roads. Clerk to write also to the Blackdown Hills Parish Network and the AONB for help and support.

      Extra parking space for hall
      Russell Bendle has kindly agreed to allow the parish council to use his land to form additional car parking spaces adjacent to the Parish Hall. The parish council will need to resolve any planning, Highway and drainage issues; manage the removal and reinstatement of a hedgerow and pay any legal fees.
      The estimated cost is £2,000. Richard Kallaway, parish council chairman, will lead the project and arrange for plans and costings to be prepared. Sue Hay suggested her husband may help with plans. The clerk is to investigate planning issues. Richard Drew offered to help with obtaining estimates for materials etc.

      Parish accounts online
      For the first time ever the annual accounts of Clayhidon Parish Council are published online and you can find them and various associated documents on this link.

      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.

      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.


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