Councillors co-opt doctor
Clayhidon Parish Council has co-opted a retired Emeritus Professor of Pathology, David Turner, as its seventh councillor.
He has lived at Battens Farm with wife Juliet since 1997, and during a long and distinguished medical career served on the Government Pesticides Committee. He told councillors he had finally given up running competitive marathons.
>Minutes of June 10 meeting.

Water main bursts again

Poachers Rest bid
to go commercial 

The owners of Poachers Rest, Clayhidon have applied to change the terms of their planning permission to allow full commercial equestrian use of the property. This will be discussed by the parish council at its meeting on June 10, along with other issues, including  who councillors wish to co-opt as their seventh member.

Murder and mayhem: a life in the Met
Tony Cooper spoke to Clayhidon Friends about his life in the Metropolitan Police. At one shout during the Kray twins' reign of terror he was called to a murder at the Blind Beggar public house, but all 72 of the people drinking in the Pub insisted they were in the toilet.  >Read more

Council chooses new chairman
Clayhidon Parish Council chose a new chairman and vice chairman at its annual meeting on May 13.
Councillors elected Maurice Bendle, as chairman and Richard Drew as vice chairman after three councillors stood down - chairman Richard Kallaway, vice chairman Sue Hay and  Graham Langford. Richard Brown and Nick King are the new members and the council hopes to co-opt a third. 
Annual reports: what 10 local groups have been up to
Ten local organisations submitted annual reports to Clayhidon Parish Council in time for the annual parish meeting. You can read them all by following these links:

Anne takes the chair
Clayhidon Village Hall Committee has a new chair person - at least for the next three months.
Anne Langford was elected at the annual meeting on April 24, taking over from Gareth Weekes, who has stepped down after five years. She agreed to take the chair for three months "to see how it goes". >Read more.

Looking ahead to the end of life
Julia Bearne, service manager for Marie Curie, and based at Musgrove Park Hospital, talked to the Clayhidon Friend about the work that Marie Curie does for terminally ill people, their families and carers. >Read more.


How to get that

pothole mended

Is there a pothole in the road near you that's driving you mad?  Devon County has an easy-to-use reporting service that works well.  >Click here for more info.


alternative to

 top champagne

A magic brew bubbling quietly in a Clayhidon cellar is being hailed as Britain’s answer to the finest French champagne.
Bollhayes cider maker Alex Hill is winning hyperbolic reviews from food critics for his revival of cider fermented in bottles, champagne-style.  One wrote that it was like sipping a Grande Marque champagne worth £400 a bottle.  >Read more


Who are the flytippers?
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Vigil for D-Day heroes

Smeatharpe’s moment in history – when American warplanes crammed with paratroopers roared down the runway to fight in Normandy - was remembered in a moving ceremony on June 5t.
At ten past ten, 75 years to the minute after the first aircraft took off, around 60 people gathered in the darkness and stood in silent remembrance.
Among them were the son and grandson of Colonel Charles H. Young, commanding officer of the 439th Troop Carrier Group.
Smeatharpe – known as RAF Upottery – was made famous as the airfield where Easy Company set out for D-Day in the epic American TV series Band of Brothers. The story of the airfield and those who flew from there is brilliantly told by the organises of this annual vigil, the South West Airfields Heritage Trust, both on their website and at their heritage centre museum in a Smeatharpe Nissen hut.

Violin Virtuosity

Those who flocked to the beach or sped up the motorway over the Bank Holiday weekend (26 May) bmissed a rare musical occasion on Sunday afternoon at Clayhidon Village Hall. 
Thomas Bowes, a versatile and accomplished violinist, played some of Bach's sonatas and partitas to an audience who moved not a muscle as he played, so transfixed they were by his energy and dexterity.
He gave a short introduction to Bach's work, and between pieces, some of the composer's history.
On his "little wooden box", Thomas played music which sounded like a string quartet in full flow - all due, not just to Bach's brilliance at composition, but also to the violinist's incredible skill with his 360 year old instrument (made by ati from Cremona, Italy in 1659 for those who are interested).
The audience also enjoyed a cream tea and cake in the interval, and after an encore of the well know Preludio from Partita No 3 in E major, agreed with a round of applause that classical music should come to Clayhidon - Anne Langford.

Brilliant Bowjangles

Bowjangles. the all-singing, all dancing comedy string quartet came to Clayhidon on May 4 and delighted a packed audience with their unique brand of entertainment.  Their combination of Beethoven and Elgar with Harry Potter and Abba went down a storm. Bowjangles won the Spirit of the Fringe award at last  year's Edinburgh Festival,  The show was promoted by Villages in Action and Carn to Cove

Visit the Clayhidon Archive pages to find stories from previous years, or use the search box at the top of this page

Art Group wins £500 grant from county
Clayhidon Art Group has won a £500 grant from Devon County Council to help fund a project to celebrate and commemorate the Camden Group artists who visited Clayhidon in the early 20th century. 
The aim is to establish a collection of materials which can be used to stage local exhibitions, including historical information on the Camden Group, representations of their work, and contemporary works by members of the group.
So far, the group has spent around £470 of the grant money on a large concertina display screen, four free standing display easels and four table top display easels. 

Hall appeal for extra pairs of hands
If you enjoy performances we put on at Clayhidon Village Hall, would you consider helping the Hall team with further gigs, writes Anne Langford. Extra pairs of hands are a great boon, especially during larger events.
Also, we are looking for help with accommodating performers in local homes. The artists often come from other parts of the globe and sometimes require an over-night stay with breakfast, and perhaps an evening meal
We are working hard to raise funds for our Hall improvement programme, and any help would be much appreciated.
If you would like to know more, please email me, or contact any Committee member.
Anne Langford

New look
for parish

Clayhidon’s parish website is being revamped, with a new volunteer editor and a new look. Lucy Tonkin is taking over from Gareth Weekes, who started it eight years ago.
Thanks to a £500 grant from the Blackdown Hills AONB and Mid Devon District Council, www.clayhidon.org.uk is being professionally redesigned and rebuilt. The new site, which should be online by early April, will incorporate Facebook and Instagram.
“We want it to be more interactive,” said Lucy, who lives in Garlandhayes. “Local people will be able to add their comments and upload stories and pictures, and we hope the social media links will allow many more people to see what’s happening in Clayhidon.”
Gareth and his wife Alison started building the website in March 2011 and have since added a vast amount of material. It has been backed financially by Clayhidon Parish Council and hosts all the council’s agendas and minutes.
“In some years we have had nearly 6,000 visitors – amazing, given the tiny population of the parish,” said Gareth. “We built it using basic technology, which has become very restrictive. We have recently been unable to add photographs and even had to delete archive pages. The new-look site, which is being built and hosted by Damon Allen, of Bridport Radio, will be a big improvement."
Lucy can be contacted on 01823 216200 or email lucy.tonkin@hotmail.com

Council minutes

Click here for minutes of Clayhidon Parish Council's latest meeting. 

Clayhidon Parish Council meetings 2019

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