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.


Saturday 29 August 2 - 4pm

Flower Festival
Saturday 28 August - Monday 30 August
2pm - 5pm
at St.Andrew's Church, Clayhidon.
 Flower festival organised by the Friends of St Andrews, in aid of church funds and the Little Princess Trust
Cream teas served in the Church Room

Wildlife & countryside
Lots of wildlife and countryside events on the Blackdown Hills AONB website
Saturday 3 October 7.30pm
Matt Harvey, the brilliant comic poet and Radio 4 host, is to perform at Clayhidon Parish Hall.

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

Other local events listings


Entries pouring in for Church Fete

Entries are pouring in for Clayhidon Church Fete at Garlands Bower on Saturday 29 August, especially for The Great Clayhidon Bake Off which has been hugely popular

.” It seems the oven gloves are well and truly off and the game is on,” says Casey Blackmore on her special Church Fete Facebook page.”We are still looking for a couple more under 16s to take part in the Signature bake.”

“We would also like a couple more entries for the '3D Hand-crafted Item - Handmade by you from any three dimensional form (pottery, wood, metal etc...)'.

“Last but by no means least, we would like a few more of your finest fruit & vegetable animals or monsters and miniature gardens on a paper plate.

If anyone would like to take part in any of these (or any others) email .

>More about the fete

>More about the competition

>The Fete on Facebook


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.
>Read more.

Second crash at deadly junction
A four vehicle collision at the Ford Street junction with the ridge road on Wednesday, June 10, just after 9 am luckily involved no serious injuries.
But for the second time in ten days police, fire and ambulance were called to this highly dangerous crossroads and pressure is growing on Somerset Highways to make it safer. >Read more.

Local driver has multiple fractures
One of the most lethal road junctions in the Blackdowns claimed another victim on 1 June. A Clayhidon woman was trying to cross the ridge road at the top of Ford Street when her 4x4 car was in collision with a lorry. She was within a split second of being killed.  >Parish Council calls for action.

When will Somerset Highways do something about this deadly junction? >Comment.





      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. 

      Big changes afoot for footpaths 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

      Ready for the great Clayhidon Bake Off?
      Clayhidon's church fete on Saturday 29 August looks set to be a true classic.
      Everyone's favourite ingredients will be there plus some modern twists.
      There will be the fabulous dog show and dog and duck display, cream teas and classic cars. There are also 12 classes to enter and enjoy some friendly competition with your neighbours.
      The three categories include a handcrafted 3D item, a single bloom and in the great Clayhidon Bake Off the technical challenge of a Victoria sponge, a signature challenge of any entry in a muffin tin, plus perfect preserves.
      The creative section also includes a painted item on canvas and handmade crafts. >Read more. 

      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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