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Church coffee morning

The St Andrew's Church Christmas Coffee Morning at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 9 December  was a great success, raising £460 for church funds. >Read more.

Scrooge brings a blast of cold air

Was it a coincidence that a deep chill blew into Clayhidon on 7 December at the very moment Ebenezer Scrooge turned up at the parish hall?
Actor David Mynne, in his one-man production of A Christmas Carol, played the grumpy old miser to a T, not to mention a host of memorable Dickens characters. 
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Headless Chickens win quiz

The Headless Chickens are this year's Brains of Clayhidon after the closest parish quiz for years, when they beat the Deadbeats in a tie-break. >Read more

New green barn 
is a dazzlerThis dazzling new farm building at Poacher’s Rest, Clayhidon has caught parish councillors and neighbours by surprise as planning rules meant it did not require local consultation. >Read more










Can you help the Repair Cafe? 

 The Blackdown Hills Transition Group is setting up a Repair Café  to reduce waste and is  seeking skilled  volunteers who can repair toys, bicycles, clothing, computers, garden tools, small items of furniture and small electrical appliances. >Read more.


Could beavers prevent floods?

Could beaver dams help reduce flooding downstream, asks Tim Clewer, of the Blackdown Hills Transition Group. >Read more.

 Lorry problems discussed

The latest lorry to get stuck on the lanes was discussed by Clayhidon Parish councillors at their meeting on 13 November. A number of possible solutions were discussed. Chairman Richard Kallaway is to speak to landowners near Gladhayes bridge to pursue the idea of creating a turning area to enable lorries to turn.
The clerk, Donna Evans, is to discuss with a highways officer additional signage, including a sign at the top of Callers Lane informing lorries to turn down Callers Lane to avoid Gladhayes bridge. Alison Weekes is to pursue the problem with the Blackdown Hills Parish Network.
A planning application for permission to build a home and reception office at the Kingsmead Centre was also discussed. >Read more. 


Gigaclear gets ready for a month of road closures

Gigaclear is to start digging up Clayhidon’s lanes in February 2018 and laying underground fibre optic cables and connection pots.
Part of the price of having among the fastest broadband speeds in the world will be three weeks of traffic disruption, with many roads having to be closed.
Clayhidon people worried that Gigaclear might be bypassing the parish are taking comfort from publication of a map showing the proposed roadworks. However the Bolham Valley remains outside the network.
> For a list of closures and link to an interactive map showing where and when to expect disruption click here.


Planners approve new
Merry Harriers plans
The Merry Harriers is to rise again from the ashes. Planning permission has been given for a new pub on the site of the historic building wrecked by fire last year. >Read more.



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