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.
Nicola and John Bendle of Gladhayes first saw pink wrap when they were on holiday in New Zealand in February, and found out it was for Breast Cancer awareness and fundraising.
So they asked for it when they got home and managed to get some from Martin Waterman of Tiverton.
Agricultural contractor Jamie Thomson, who did their baling, was so tickled pink he put it on Facebook straightaway.
Supplies are limited apparently!
New faces join Parish Council
There were some new faces at Clayhidon Parish Council 18 May meeting, the first following the election. Alison Weekes and Graham Langford were elected in place of two veteran councillors. Robert Pike and Alan Redwood, who stood down, had both served 24 years. And it was the last meeting for Michael Osmund after 42 years as clerk. Richard Kallaway, who was re-elected as chairman,  paid tribute to all three and thanked them for their loyal service to the parish. Also attending was Donna Evans, clerk to Hemyock Parish Council, who is standing in for Michael Osmond while a permanent replacement is found. 
Pictured, from left are: Graham Langford, Richard Drew, Donna Evans, Maurice Bendle, Sue Hay (vice chairman), Richard Kallaway, Alex Hill, Alison Weekes and Michael Osmond. 

How blue is my valley . . .
A view of Clayhidon from Lillycombe Lane as the bluebell season reaches its peak on 12 May.

Injured Sandra gets to the finish line
An injury after 11 miles of the London Marathon didn't stop Sandra Aldworth, from Clayhidon. When her knee “packed up”  she carried on walking – for another 15 miles. For more on this, including how to sponsor the Brownies leader click here.




      Free concert at St Andrew's
      A free concert by five “very talented” musicians will take place  at St Andrew’s Church, Clayhidon on Saturday 6 June at 7pm.
      Katy Young on harp will perform with a clarinettist, flautist, double bass player and guitarist.
      The concert is free, though donations will be welcome, in support of the Church. Refreshments wil be served afterwards.

      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. 

      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.


      Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer - Clayhidon 
      >Read more.

      Tories' crushing win in Tiverton & Honiton
      Neil Parish held onto his seat as MP for Tiverton & Honiton in a crushing victory at the General Election on 7 May. The UKIP candidate came second. 
      >Results in full.
      >Candidates' comments.

      Hughes and Rosamond top District Council poll
      In the Mid Devon District Council elections, Tory candidate Glanmor Hughes and long-standing independent councillor Frank Rosamond were elected in the Upper Culm Ward. David Graham came within 300 votes of Mr Rosamond, but failed to get in. The votes cast were: Graham 768, Hughes 1,401, Rosamond 1,066. The Tories now have an overall majority on the council. >Results in full.

      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.

      Planning applications
      A replacement thatched roof and extensions at Burrow Farm Clayhidon are among the latest planning applications submitted to Mid Devon District Council.

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