Coming soon: The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band
After a brilliant gig here earlier this year
The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band are returning to Clayhidon Parish Hall by popular demand at 7.30 pm on Friday 14 October.  Anyone who was at their spring concert will remember a great night of live music and banter, and they're eager to come back for more.

An autumn of entertainment
 in Clayhidon

Half Moon Inn
8.30pm Friday 
7 October

An evening of red hot R'n'B, jump jive & Soul, provided by Big Azza & The Jukesters.

Parish Hall
7.30 pm Friday
14 October
After a great concert here earlier this year The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band are back by popular demand. 

Parish Hall
7.30 pm Friday
21 October

Money Monster (15) is a riveting thriller directed by Jodie Foster, with George Clooney as a TV financial show host whose programme is hijacked by a gunman. Also stars an on-top-form Julia Roberts as show director.

Parish Hall
7.30 pm Wednesday
9 November
are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

Parish Hall
7.30 pm Friday
18 November
Kate Beckinsale gives a mesmerising performance as a scandalous widow in the hit British period comedy Love and Friendship (U) “Excellent cast, delicious, witty ­– simply great fun,” wrote one critic. “Terrifically fresh and oh-so wonderfully wicked,” wrote another.

Parish Hall
7.30 pm Saturday 
3 December

Parish Hall
Quiz Night
Watch this space for more details.
Parish Hall
7.30 pm Friday
16 December
Carols by Candlelight
Sing along with mulled wine, mince pies and handbells. Watch this space for more details.
Lots of wildlife and countryside events on the Blackdown Hills AONB website

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Graham's not
dreaming and he's     not joking

"For the past three or four months I have had to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming," broadband campaigner Graham Long told a public meeting in Clayhidon Parish Hall on 20 September.
"Gigaclear is going to bring into our area the fastest broadband anywhere in the world, and I am not joking. It will be better than anything in Exeter or Plymouth.
"It will be the best the world can offer," he added, comparing the importance of its arrival to the coming of the railway to the west country in the 19th century.
Graham, an Upottery Parish Councillor, who has been in the national media with  his campaign for faster broadband for the Blackdowns,  was speaking at a meeting called by Gigaclear, who specialise in laying ultra fast broadband networks in rural areas. 
So far 57 people in the Ford Street and Clayhidon area have pledged to pay for the service if and when it goes ahead, but unless another 103 sign up it's not going to happen.
Darren Thompson, regional sales manager, told a highly interested audience of 50 this would be a £500,000 investment. The scattered nature of development here meant this was a particularly expensive project, costing the firm £1,600 per household, more than three times the cost in Upottery and Churchinford, and it would not go ahead unless it hit the 160 target.
People here would not pay any more than other areas, but a higher percentage of households, 45%,  was required before Gigaclear would start work on laying its fibre optic cable network, and that would probably be next April,
Darren and his sales team were encouraged by the size of the turnout and by the enthusiasm of the audience. He answered numerous questions, and urged people living in areas outside the original network to convince their neighbours to sign up. If enough did so the project designers would alter their plans to include them.
Read more.
Gigaclear's Darren Thompson answers questions from the floor.

Fete pulls in the crowds and finds a new bake-off champ
Clayhidon Church Fete raised a record £1,200 towards the cost of repairing the roof of St Andrew’s in a triumph for organisers Nicola and Caroline Bendle and their team of helpers.
The Great Clayhidon Bake-Off produced a new champion – Alice Manfield (pictured left), from Rosemary Lane.  >Read more.  >See all the pictures

Bangers and smashA huge crowd of all ages enjoyed an afternoon of bangers and stock car racing at Smeatharpe Stadium on August Bank Holiday Monday. Daredevil drivers risked their necks and cars in a thrilling display of crazy driving and crashes.

Chapel and pub agree to heart machines
There’s good news for Clayhidon people at risk of heart attacks. Defibrillators are to be installed by Clayhidon Parish Council outside The Half Moon and Rosemary Lane Chapel .
Three parishes of Clayhidon, Culmstock & Hemyock have agreed a four-year lease with the SW Ambulance Trust for six defibrillator, at a cost of £1,800 for the first defibrillator and £1,000 per defibrillator thereafter. These would be fully maintained and insured and yearly training given.
The pub and the chapel have kindly given permission for the cabinets and defibrillators to be installed on an external wall.
.>Read more and see the full parish council minutes.

Prince Philip visits Clayhidon
When the Duke of Edinburgh came to Clayhidon on 31 July he was probably the first member of royalty to visit the parish in its history of over 700 years.
He flew in by helicopter as guest of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Fenix Carriages. It was a private visit. The media were not told he was coming and virtually no-one in the parish knew about it.
Prince Philip’s enthusiasm for competitive carriage driving prompted  Mark Broadbent of Fenix to invite him to join a Worshipful Company trip to see the work he and his colleagues are doing in designing and building carriages and restoring old coaches.
“We had a wonderful tour of the workshops,” said Mark, who has known the Prince for years and competed against him many times. “The Prince was very complimentary and it was an honour and privilege to have him visit.
Vacancy for parish councillor after Alex Hill resigns
Alex Hill has resigned after five years as a Clayhidon Parish Councillor. This leaves a vacancy which the council could fill by co-opting a replacement. But if 10 electors demanded it there would have to be an election. He told the council at its meeting on 12 September that he was finding it increasingly difficult to attend meetings.
>Read more     >Minutes of 12 September meeting.

Look out for new waste calendar
A new 2016/17 recycling and waste collection calendar will be delivered this month by Mid Devon District Council.sample-calendarAs well as giving details of your collection days, there will be information about how to separate your recycling, the subscription-based garden waste collection and how to apply. >Read more.

Road closure
The road at Jennings Farm, Clayhidon will be closed between 23 and 26 September for surface patching work, South West Highways have warned. Diversion signs will be put up. Work generally will be undertaken between the hours of 07:00 and 18:00, although these times - and the dates - may vary.

Charity seeks minibus and
car volunteers
Volunteer drivers are being sought by a Tiverton-based charity to help the old, disabled and lonely in the upper Culm valley and other rural areas. >Read more.

The day I met the Queen

Quintessential quilter
The brilliance of the late Joan Harris's needlework has been on display at St Andrew's Church, Clayhidon over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Click poster to enlarge

To Casey and Jamie - a son!
Many congratulations to Casey and Jamie Blackmore of Palmers, Clayhidon on the birth in Exeter of their first child, Thomas Alan, on Saturday, July 9.
Thomas was 6lbs 11oz and is a sixth grandchild for Thelma and Phil Blackmore.

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   or call Gareth or Alison on 681093.

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