A great night with
the Red Dirt Skinners 
It’s not often music makes the hairs rise on the back of the neck, but it happened to me and I suspect a few others at Clayhidon Parish Hall when Sarah Skinner picked up her soprano saxophone and played a piece called Daybreak.
“Best gig we’ve ever had,” said one lady, who has been coming to hall events for years, and another agreed.
>Read more on the Dirt Red Skinners in Clayhidon.

How to help Culm crayfish
Volunteers to help protect the River Culm's endangered white clawed crayfish are being sought by the Blackdown Hills AONB. The Culm Community Crayfish project aims to encourage local people to learn about and look after the crayfish and other species clinging to a fragile existence in the river. The scheme is being financed by the National Lottery and other organisations. >Read more.

House and reception centre planned for Kingsmead
A new building, including a dwelling and campsite reception facilities, is being planned by the Kingsmead Centre, Clayhidon.   The owners have applied for planning permission, and it was discussed at the parish council meeting on Monday 9 October. >Planning application.

Can you help identify these old parish photographs?
Clayhidon Local History Group
>Could these be your ancestors? If you have an idea who they are Clayhidon Local History Group would like to hear from you. >Read more.

Car boot sale raises the roof

A table top and car boot sale at Clayhidon Parish Hall  on 23 September raised £210 for the hall improvement appeal.  The hall was filled with tables stacked with a huge range second hand items, while in the car park sellers enjoyed a glorious weather. There was a roaring trade in teas and cakes made by committee members.

Drewfest and council boost for hall improvement fund

Offers of financial support from Drewfest and Clayhidon Parish Council have given a huge boost to plans to improve Clayhidon Parish Hall.
Richard Drew is giving a £1,000 from the proceeds of this year’s Drewfest music festival in Clayhidon, while the council at its August meeting agreed a £2,000 grant.
The next stage of the improvement project is to renovate the roof. The hall committee is to apply in October to Viridor Credits for funding of between £30,000 and £40,000, but must raise 10% from third parties.  
Voting unanimously to give £2,000, the council added a “strong recommendation” that the committee takes advantage of any available grants and fits renewable energy panels to the roof at the same time. 
Gareth Weekes, hall committee chairman, said: “The council’s support for the hall this year has been fantastic, and combined with this incredibly generous gift from the Drew family we are now close to the 10% we need before we can apply to Viridor.”

What's on in Clayhidon
3 Daft Monkeys

Gift to end parking chaos
It’s hoped that blocked lanes and parking chaos at Clayhidon’s parish hall have been abolished with the creation of a new car park by the parish council. >Read more

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