Big changes on parish council

Clayhidon is to lose three long standing parish councillors and gain two new members.
Chairman Richard Kallaway, Sue Hay and Graham Langford decided not to stand again for election.
There were only six candidates standing for the seven seats on the council, not enough to trigger a poll on May 2, and so Jill May, the Mid Devon Returning Officer, has announced the result of an uncontested election.
The newcomers are Richard Brown, of Carlingwark, and Nick King of Dunns Green Farm.
The four councillors who stood again and are to retain their seats without election are Maurice Bendle, Jamie Blackmore, Richard Drew and Alison Weekes.
This leaves the council with six members, who will have the power to co-opt a seventh.

>Election announcement.

Minutes of April meeting

Annual Parish Meeting 
Monday 29th April 2018 
at 7.30pm, Parish Hall 
· Summary of the Year – Richard Kallaway
· Blackdown Support Group – Elizabeth McNabb
Tea & Cake
Everyone welcome
Richard Kallaway
Chairman,Clayhidon Parish Council


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


Country music star with a mix of mellow sounds

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Canadian singer Ryan Cook comes to Clayhidon on Saturday 6 April with a lovely mellow sound somewhere between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the-wool country.

With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan’s songbook also  has echoes of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. On stage Ryan has toured as a solo performer opening for Country purists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash and Travis Tritt.

His acoustic live show combines thumb picking guitar styles, original folk and country ballads and vintage music from the 1940s and 1950s. ''If you like Hank Williams you'll love Ryan''  was how Ontario-based Rob Skinner of the Red Dirt Skinners put it when he played in Clayhidon last Friday.

Ryan, who is on a world tour a world tour that includes Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei and Berlin,  has been booked for the parish hall through Devon's rural touring agency, Villages in Action. You get a flavour of the man and his music from these videos  and plenty of others on YouTube and Facebook. https://youtu.be/fp-ROqfY6Hs

Ryan Cook is at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Saturday 6 April at 7.30pm (doors open at 7). Tickets are £10 for Adults, £8 for under 16 and £25 for family.  Supper £5 if booked in advance.  Available from Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or by emailing carouselle@btinternet.co.uk or from villagesinaction.co.uk . As usual there'll be a licensed bar.

Also coming soon to Clayhidon

Saturday 27 April
 Stan and Ollie
(PG). this " gentle, sweet film" about the legendary comics is "a small delight, a warm hug of a movie with superb, spot-on performances, some big laughs, and genuinely touching moments". Starring Steve Coogan and John C.Reilly. >Trailer.

Saturday 4 May
Bowjangles, the all-singing, all-dancing comedy string quartet, winners of the 2018 Spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe.www.bowjangles.org/home

ating their nearest rivals, The Deadbeats, by 145 points to 128. The event raised around £300 for hall funds.

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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

House plans on agenda
Two planning applications are to be discussed at a planning meeting of Clayhidon Parish Council on March 11.
The owners of  Harts Bungalow have applied to erect a side extension and a replacement garage.
The other application is to convert a barn to two dwellings, an extension to a stone wall and demolition of two agricultural buildings at Willtown Farm Buildings.

Council minutes

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

Clayhidon Parish Council meetings 2019

 Hall is reroofed despite bats. bureaucracy and bad weather

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£37,000 raised in seven months to fund hall improvements
Since the end of January Clayhidon Parish Hall Committee has raised nearly £37,000 through grants, donations and fundraising events. It needs to find another £63,000 to fund an extension housing new toilets, a parish archive and an artists’ dressing room/small meeting room and the conversion of the existing toilets to a furniture storeroom. > Read more.

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