Saturday 3 October 7.30pm
Matt Harvey, the brilliant comic poet and Radio 4 host, is to perform at Clayhidon Parish Hall.

Film Night
Friday 9 October 7.30pm
Helen Mirren stars in Woman in Gold. 

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

Film Night 

Friday 13 November, 7.30pm 

(doors open 7.00pm)

Russell Crowe directs and stars in

The Water Diviner (15)

Clayhidon Parish Hall

>Read more and watch the trailer

Wildlife & countryside
Lots of wildlife and countryside events on the Blackdown Hills AONB website

Other local events listings


Molly and Ellie ring the changes 
Molly Upton, aged 12, and music teacher and clarinettist Ellie Roberts helped ring the changes at Clayhidon Harvest Supper on 2 October. 
Mollie, granddaughter of the event’s long-standing entertainment presenter Brenda Persey, sang a song from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Ellie brought a touch of professional class to the event with a clarinet solo. 
Brenda, who promised further breaks in tradition in next year’s harvest supper, led the usual community singsong from her keyboard and recited hilarious westcountry poems.  Mike Reynolds ended the evening with a topical rendition of On Clayhidon on the Hill. 
Michael Hudson thanked the event’s new organiser, Casey Blackmore, who has taken over from Margaret Blackmore, Karen Pinder and her helpers who ran the catering, Alex Hill for providing Bollhayes Cider and apple juice, and the Rumwell Farm Shop for a gift pack of produce. A raffle raised £95 for the homeless.

With love from Clayhidon
In a poverty stricken African village a mother goes down on her knees to thank someone who by comparison is a billionaire. 
Pamela Reynolds, from Clayhidon, who has been sponsoring children through the international charity World Vision for more than 20 years, was on a visit to Uganda to see how donors’ money is being spent. 
“Nothing could have prepared me for the incredible week that we have just had,” said Pam, a retired Hemyock Primary School teacher. 
>Read more and see more pictures.

Riders and their mounts enjoyed the annual St Andrew’s horse riders’ service at Clayhidon on 20 September. Our former Rector, the Rev David Sherwood, returned from Ashburton for the afternoon to take the service in Garlands Bower.. >More pictures.

Fun and friendly fete a big success

A fun and friendly church fete was held in Clayhidon on 29 August involving a hotly contested bake off competition and a crowd pleasing duck and dog show.
Farmer's wife Thelma Blackmore won the Victoria sandwich cake class while the signature challenge in a muffin tin was won by dog show organiser Freddie Parker, with a group of marshmallow topped sheep.
The event was a real community occasion organised by the Friends of St Andrew's and the £1,000 raised was for the church and the Little Princess Trust. >Read more,     >Album of pictures from the fete.

Spectacular flower festival

Blooming marvellous: Some of the volunteers who have created spectacular displays for the St Andrew's Church flower festival. It lasts from Saturday 28 August until Monday 30 August, 2pm - 5pm. Cream teas will be served in the Church Room. From left: Alison Weekes, Margaret Prettejohn, Ann, Anne Chidgey, Kim Burridge, Anne Hughes, Pippa Lovering, Saranna Cogswell, Julie Bullett, and organiser Nicola Bendle>More pictures from the flower festival.

They're on top of the world
Katie Blackmore and Jake Porch were married on 13 June. and this stunning photograph was taken on the hill above Palmers, Clayhidon, home of Phil and Thelma Blackmore. Picture by Beth Wright Photograohy. >See more,

Councillors see video of trash dumping

The repeated dumping of rubbish opposite the entrance to the Kingsmead Centre, Clayhidon was raised at the latest meeting of the parish council. 
Councillors were shown a video of people dumping rubbish at the site and were told it was damaging the business. 
Police, Devon County council and enforcement officers from Mid Devon District Council are involved. The council asked district councillor Frank Rosamond and county councillor Ray Radford to lend support and apply pressure to resolve the matter. >Minutes in full.

Caravan chaos ends motor mayhem
Caravan Chaos was the name of the last race at a packed Smeatharpe Stadium on Sunday 16 August and it certainly lived up to its name, wrecked caravans all over the track. It brought to an entertaining climax another afternoon of motoring mayhem which included saloon stock cars and Old Skool National Bangers. >Read more.

Planners ignore pleas for screening
Mid Devon planners have ignored residents’ pleas for the latest 24-hour cattle shed at Callers Farm, Rosemary Lane to be screened by trees.
They have approved plans by RH Drew and Son to further expand the cattle complex without insisting on screening along the southern side of the building to hide it from the valley.
And they appear to have disregarded complaints about light pollution. The bright orange glow that annoys lovers of Clayhidon’s dark skies comes not from street lamps but from lights left on inside the existing sheds.
However they did insert conditions about external lights and screening of the less visible north eastern gable end of the new shed.  >Read more.

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.





      Still time to book the Wondermentalist
      Matt Harvey’s one man hit show Wondermentalist from the Edinburgh Festival comes to Clayhidon Parish Hall on Saturday 3 October. Tickets will be on sale at the door or in advance.
      The Guardian called this humorist and performance poet “not only funny, but tender and true”.The Scotsman hailed him as “one of the country’s finest performance poets”.
      The BBC’s Fi Glover said: “Matt’s poetry puts a smile on your face and leaves a little wisdom in your brain." 
      >Read more and book tickets.

      Councillors support extension plan
      Clayhidon Parish Councillors met on 14 September and voted to support a planning application for a single storey and a two storey extensions at Lytchett Farm by M and Mrs Carl Purbrick. 
      Council opposes plan to build house and garage
      Clayhidon Parish Council voted to oppose a planning application to build a home and garage to replace a caravan at Ten Oaks Farm. 
      At its planning meeting on 24 August the council doubted whether the business was viable and sustainable. “It notes there is no functional or financial justification information provided and nor is there any justification given for the 200% increase in the size of the agricultural building." 
      The council asked the Mid Devon District Councillor Frank Rosamond to call in the application for decision by planning committee. 

      Changes afoot for paths and bridleways
      Six proposals for change to the public rights of way in Clayhidon have been published on the parish consultation map and are under consideration. They are: 
      1. Suggested upgrading of Footpath No.14 (part) Clayhidon to a public
      2. Suggested addition of a public bridleway; Nick Reed’s Lane
      3. Suggested upgrading of Footpath No.31 Clayhidon Ridgewood Lane (part) and Footpath No.40, Hemyock Lemons Hill to a Bridleway
      4. Suggested addition of a public footpath as a continuation to join Bakers Farm footpath in Somerset
      5. Suggested downgrading of Bridleway No.38, Gotleigh Moor, Clayhidon to a public footpath
      6. Suggested addition of a public bridleway along Routy Lane near Newcot Cross.
      You can see full details of the proposals in a notice from Devon County Counci, and download the Clayhidon parish consultation map and the county Public Rights of Way Committee’s plans and reports on this link. 

      Houses planned to replace mobile homes
      Planning applications for houses to replace mobile homes at Ten Oaks Farm and Jewells Farmn are on the agenda for the parish council meeting at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Monday 10 August. 
      Other items on the agenda include updates on proposed schemes for a road warden and litter pickers in Clayhidon, plus a discussion about The Pound, a plot of land next to the Half Moon Inn.
      For full agenda click here.
      >Planning applications

      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.

      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.