Friday and Saturday 7-8 August
Blackdown Hills Beer Festival

at Cherry Hayes Farm, Slough Lane, Smeatharpe, EX14 9RD.
Gates open 6.30pm on Fri & 1pm on Sat.

Saturday 28 August 2 - 4pm

Flower Festival
Saturday 28 August - Monday 30 August
2pm - 5pm
at St.Andrew's Church, Clayhidon.
 Flower festival organised by the Friends of St Andrews, in aid of church funds and the Little Princess Trust
Cream teas served in the Church Room

Wildlife & countryside
Lots of wildlife and countryside events on the Blackdown Hills AONB website
Saturday 3 October 7.30pm
Matt Harvey, the brilliant comic poet and Radio 4 host, is to perform at Clayhidon Parish Hall.

Folk music
Friday 30 October 7.30pm
A unique folk duo Blackheart are bbooked for Clayhidon Parish Hall. >Read more.

Other local events listings


Clayhidon Film Nights trial  

Helen Mirren, Russell Crowe, popcorn and ice cream will all be on the menu in the autumn in a two-night trial of Film Nights at Clayhidon Parish Hall.
A dozen enthusiasts recruited by the hall committee have teamed up with Moviola, which runs village hall film shows throughout the West Country, to launch what they hope will become regular monthly events.
Moviola will provide high quality projection and sound equipment. >Read more.

Wellington Monument under siege
This stunning image of multiple lightning strikes on the Wellington Monument was taken on 3 July by Lord Parker Photography. You can buy a high resolution copy from their studio in East Reach, Taunton or via their website on this link.

Council clerk's amazing 42-year stint
Past and present councillors of Clayhidon gathered to honour the service and commitment of two of their members and an incredible 42 years from the parish clerk, Michael Osmond.Alan Redwood and Robert Pike have both recently retired after 24 years service to the parish and Mr Osmond also retired after overseeing the May local elections.
A presentation evening was held in the church rooms on Thursday, 2 July with refreshments provided by the Clayhidon Friends.
>Read more.

Second crash at deadly junction
A four vehicle collision at the Ford Street junction with the ridge road on Wednesday, June 10, just after 9 am luckily involved no serious injuries.
But for the second time in ten days police, fire and ambulance were called to this highly dangerous crossroads and pressure is growing on Somerset Highways to make it safer. >Read more.

Local driver has multiple fractures
One of the most lethal road junctions in the Blackdowns claimed another victim on 1 June. A Clayhidon woman was trying to cross the ridge road at the top of Ford Street when her 4x4 car was in collision with a lorry. She was within a split second of being killed.  >Parish Council calls for action.

When will Somerset Highways do something about this deadly junction? >Comment.
Ready for the Clayhidon Bake Off?
Clayhidon's church fete on Saturday 29 August looks set to be a true classic.
Everyone's favourite ingredients will be there plus some modern twists.
There will be the fabulous dog show and dog and duck display, cream teas and classic cars. There are also 12 classes to enter and enjoy some friendly competition with your neighbours.
The three categories include a handcrafted 3D item, a single bloom and in the great Clayhidon Bake Off the technical challenge of a Victoria sponge, a signature challenge of any entry in a muffin tin, plus perfect preserves.
The creative section also includes a painted item on canvas and handmade crafts. >Read more. 





      Third crash in five weeks on ridge road
      There has been another crash on the ridge road - the third in just over a month. This time it was at the junction of Monument Hill and the Wrangway.
      Two cars collided on 4 July, and one ended up in a hedge. Police reported that no-one was injured.

      Farmhouse roof change supported by council
      A planning application to replace the thatched roof of Knowle Farm, Clayhidon with one of slate was supported by Clayhidon Parish Council at its meeting on 13 July. >Planning applications.

       Calls for changes to cattle shed plan
      Several residents have expressed reservations about plans for a 474 square metre expansion of the cattle sheds at Callers Farm, Clayhidon planned by the Drew family.
      Clayhidon Parish Council voted on 15 June to support the application subject to restrictions
      It called for full landscaping of all sides of the building that are visible across the valley, and for a darker grey concrete side and roofing material to be used. If there is lighting to the building, then any potential light pollution should be mitigated so that it is not visible from across the valley.
      >Planning applications.
      >Minutes of 15 June meeting

      Concert delights
      The St Andrews concert on 6 June was delightful. Read more 

      Pirate in the hills
      Have you heard the Blackdowns pirate? According to Newsweek magazine if you climb through a certain gap in a hedge on the crest of the Blackdowns, you'll stumble on a crime scene. “Tied to a branch in the canopy of an old birch tree is the transmitter for Rage FM, Taunton's only pirate radio station.” >Read more.

      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.
      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.

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      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.