Jivers brave thunderstorm for new classes
Hot on Your Heels jive classes started in Clayhidon Parish Hall on 16 October. A dozen jivers braved a thunderstorm for the first of an eight-week series. Gordon Coomber and dance partner Clare (pictured left) led them through the basic steps, to the sounds of classic rock’n’roll. The weekly lessons, formerly held in Hemyock, will progress from beginners through to intermediate. Book ahead on 077481 54897  - £3 for individuals and £5 for couples. >See flyer.

Autumn entertainment at Clayhidon Parish Hall
There's plenty to keep you entertained at Clayhidon Parish Hall as the nights draw in.
  • It's Quiz Night on 14 November -- can the organisers help you join a team?
  • Did you hear Ange Hardy on Radio 2? See her and Steve Pledger on 26 November for what promises to be a glorious evening of modern folk.
  • Jive classes started last week, but there's still time to join.
  • Borrow the hall for badminton - it's cheap!
  • And from the nearby village of Sheldon see an intriguing one-man show, Beneath Our Albion Sky.
>Click here to see what's coming up and book soon to be sure of a seat.

A great day for riders' service

This year's Riders' Service for St Andrew's Church, Clayhidon was very well attended on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the end of September, writes Pam Reynolds. There were about 40 horses and several coaches and many people sitting on the straw bales.
After the service the riders went for a ride through neighbouring fields then returned to lovely refreshments which were ready for them on Garlands Bower. >More pictures.

A century of supper success
Clayhidon’s long tradition of harvest suppers continued on 3 October, when 68 sat down for a four-course meal with guest of honour, the Archdeacon of Exeter, the Venerable Christopher Futcher.
It was a poignant night for the Blackmore family, who have been helping to run these suppers for more than 100 years. Margaret Blackmore retired after almost a lifetime’s service. Michael Hudson presented her with a gift from the Harvest Home Committee.
Dozens of guests signed a thank you card to Margaret, presented by Casey Blackmore, who is to continue the family tradition by taking her place on the committee.
Michael thanked Karen Pinder and her catering and waitressing team, Alex Hill, for generously providing Bollhayes cider and apple juice, Rumwell Farm Shop for giving a beautiful raffle prize and Brenda Persey for organising the concert.
Brenda led the after-supper entertainment by playing the organ and the accordion, and the audience sang along with many old favourites. Ron White, Clayhidon’s answer to Joe Grundy, gave a hilarious explanation of the names of St Andrew’s choir members.
And no harvest supper would be complete without Mike Reynolds singing Clayhidon on The Hill, as topical and relevant as ever.

Warm, mellifluous - and deeply relaxing
Kate Howden and Paul Jones, a pair of singer-songwriters who go under the name of howdenjones, sang and strummed to an enthusiastic audience at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 26 September.
We have heard some brilliant guitar playing at the hall in recent years – remember Leon Hunt? – but none as warm and mellifluous as these two talented performers.
Virtually every number in their two 45-minute sets was an original song by Paul, a Merseysider born and bred, whose name could justly be added to the Mersey Poets. The lyrics were poetic, based on closely observed details of life and sometimes bizarre local stories, and the tunes quite beautiful.
And between the songs Kate and Paul told amusing anecdotes. It all made for a gentle and thoroughly entertaining evening.  
They lulled the Clayhidon audience into such a state of deep relaxation they even managed to get us to join some of the choruses, including an unforgettable, almost passionate communal rendering of the Elvis song I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. Amazing!
Fire wrecks farm buildings

Fears that the River Culm was badly polluted after a fire at a Clayhidon farm have been allayed by the Environment Agency.
A barn full of hay and a workshop at Palmers were lost to a severe fire in the early hours of 2 September. Diesel from a 2,000-litre tank spilled across the road and some found its way into the River Culm, where the Environment Agency placed a boom to stop it spreading downstream. 
Thirty five firemen attended after Thelma and Phil Blackmore awoke at 4am to the sound of popping and saw their outbuildings ablaze. They moved their cows and calves to safety before the fire brigade arrived. Hours later the hay barn was still burning and all the tools in the workshop had been lost. 
The Environment Agency told BBC Radio Devon it had removed the trapped fuel and the environmental impact seemed "minimal". It did not anticipate any long-term impacts" and no fish had been reported dead.

Where to buy the local history book everyone is talking about
This beautifully produced book records the lives of people in the Upper Culm valley before, during and after the Great War. 
Every soldier, sailor and airman who served is here, along with many touching stories. After months of intensive research by a team of volunteers  it is now on sale, price £10, at Hemyock Post Office and the Strand Stores, Culmstock.



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      'We will remember 
      9 November 2014 


      There will be a Service of Remembrance in St Andrew’s Church at 10am. The congregation will come out to stand in the Church Drive facing the War Memorial to join any others who have already gathered.
      The names of all the men from Clayhidon who were killed in the First and Second World Wars will be read out.

      Planning applications
      Plans for a barn conversion at Smiths Cottage Farm, Clayhidon are among the latest applications submitted to Mid Devon District Council

      Terror stalked our ghostly old roads
      The ghosts of hanged rebel soldiers and “Spunkies” or "Will-o’-the-Wisps" (unbaptized children) were widely believed to haunt the wastes and moors of Clayhidon and other remote parts of the Blackdown Hills, according to an academic study.
      Stories of lost souls wandering the hills were common and bandits and thieves traded on local superstition and fear to move through the landscape unchallenged, says Lucy Ryder.

      Fire damages Clayhidon home
      A house at Blackdown Court, Clayhidon was badly damaged by fire on 16 August while the occupants were out, the Mid Devon Gazette reports. >Read more.

      Did you see the Vulcan flypast?
      Clayhidon was treated to a low level flypast of Britain's iconic Vulcan nuclear bomber on 31 August. 
      No-one knew it was coming and only those who heard the deafening roar of its engines and rushed outside would have seen it disappearing westward along the Culm. 
      The 54-year-old aircraft, the world's oldest complete Vulcan, was on its way from its base in Doncaster to the Culdrose Air Show in Cornwall.

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