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Neil Parish back with bigger majority
Neil Parish retained his Parliamentary seat of Tiverton & Honiton on 8 June with another huge majority, despite the Labour vote more than doubling. The full results are:
  • Caroline Kolek, Labour, 15,670
  • Neil Parish, Conservative, 35,471
  • Gill Westcott, Green Party, 2035
  • Matthew Wilson, Liberal Democrats, 4,639

    The turnout was 72%, 2% more than in May 2015. The Lib Dems and the Greens both lost ground.
Working wonders with fabric
Clayhidon Friends welcomed Yvonne Whittamore, who gave a fascinating talk and demonstration of the art of making things out of fabric.

Mystery of the reappearing bus shelter explained
Who uncovered the bus shelter at Clayhidon Crossway?
Several residents have been wondering who has cleared up years of ivy and undergrowth from the shelter recently.
The answer is Chris Houghton, Clayhidon's new parish lengthsman, who has been working in the parish since the autumn.
The parish council has been unhappy for years at the lack of work done by Devon County Council on this kind of maintenance of parish drains and roads and finally, last year, agreed to get the work done itself.
Mr Houghton had agreed to be a road warden initially and has had Highways training last November and been given lengthsman equipment.

She loved music, dancing and her African homeland

Obituary for Dee Carter:  first class mum and famously forthright Clayhidon resident.

Chairman recalls highlights of a busy year
A Royal Street party, our MP opening the church fete and the promise of faster broadband were three of the highlights of 2016 recalled by Clayhidon Parish Council chairman Richard Kallaway at the annual parish meeting on 20 March.

Beware fraudsters sending emails
Fraudsters are sending out a high volume of phishing emails to personal and business email addresses, pretending to come from various email addresses, which have been compromised, say Devon and Cornwall Police. >Read more

Project to save the Culm's crayfish
The River Culm is at the centre of a project to save Britain's only native crayfish from extinction, Clayhidon Parish Meeting was told on 20 March.
In Devon, only two small populations survive. The other is on the Creedy/Yeo.
The white-clawed crayfish is facing extinction because of an invasive alien crayfish, falling water quality and habitat change.
>Read more

Please join us for a walk    and a cream tea

Please join us with your friends and family this Sunday, 2 July, for a gentle, sociable walk followed by a cream tea.
Caroline Bendle will lead a stroll  through the beautiful Upper Culm Valley, starting at Clayhidon Parish Hall at 2.30pm. Most people will find the going easy. Depending on who turns up, we may run two walks at the same time - one mainly off road and one through the lanes more suitable for people pushing buggies.
Fresh baked Devon scones with jam, cream and tea will be served from 3.00pm – and even if you don’t come on a walk you are welcome to join us.
It’s open to all ages, and we are hoping it will be a sociable mid-summer fundraiser for the hall improvement fund. The cost is £5 per head or £2.50 for under-16s. If you are definitely coming please let Caroline know on 01823 681047 or email If you’re not sure yet, just turn up.
- Clayhidon Hall Committee

Rubbish day change
Rubbish collection day has changed to Monday for many Clayhidon households. Residents were given little notice of the switch. >Read more
'Lovely lady's' wise words
The speaker at the Clayhidon Friends' June meeting was 88-year-old Marian Bull, who gave a wonderful talk about her life. The herdsman's wife who became a writer, local newspaper correspondent and later a talented calligrapher, loves quotes and shared some her favourites with her audience.  >Read more. 
Danger junction scythed
Alex Hill and Chris Houghton, the parish lengths man, have  done a magnificent job clearing the undergrowth at the Ford Street junction on the top road.
Alex scythed a section of the Clayhidon side of the dangerous four way junction on 2 June to make it safer for all residents struggling with visibility as they try to cross. Somerset Highways always say when asked that they will get round to clearing the weeds which block the view of high speed traffic but they are always months too late.
As Alex points out, the cost of accidents in police, fire and ambulance time let alone to the people involved would pay for the work many times over.
Somerset Highways has also said recently they won't replace the signpost knocked over in an accident nearly two years ago. But if they would produce it maybe the local community could do the work.
Some slow down, dangerous crossing signs might help too.

Ray Radford wins  by a mile
Ray Radford was the runaway winner in the Uffculme and Willand division of the the Devon County Council election on 4 May, gaining 52% of the vote and helping the Conservatives retain control of the county. 
The results were.  
Simon Clist, Liberal Democrat, 805, 21.9%;
Margaret Dennis, independent, 414, 11.59%;
Fiona Hutton,  Labour, 298, 8.19%;
Jo Norton, Green, 224, 6.1%;
Ray Radford, Conservative, 1,932, 52.5%. 
>Results in full.  
>Democracy in Devon         

Is this the loveliest walk in the parish?Was there ever a bluebell season to match April 2017?  And throughout Clayhidon's network of well cared-for public footpaths is there a lovelier place to stroll than this beautifully maintained track through the wood below Carlingwark?

Service for a Clayhidon hero
A memorial service  marking the 100th anniversary of the death of one of Clayhidon's First World War heroes,  Corporal Hubert Bright, was held in Holcombe Church, near Dawlish.
After surviving two of the greatest battles of the war, Hubert was fighting in the Machine Gun Corps when he was killed on 17 April 1917, one of 100,000 Allied troops to be lost or injured in the Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered. 
Although his mother came from Holcombe, he had spent  part of his adolescence at Burrows Farm, Clayhidon. His name and that of his brother who was lost at sea a year later, are recorded on the Clayhidon war memorial and on the roll of honour in the parish hall.

The Merry Harriers public house is to be rebuilt and a national pub chain is interested in buying the site, says the owner, Reg Payne, according to  the Wellington Weekly News. He said he was planning a new pub on the site and hoped  to be able to move it back from the road. Mr Payne told the newspaper it would  be rebuilt. The insurance companies had agreed a settlement, but this had taken  a long time because the fires were suspicious >Read more

Parishioners learn First Aid
Twelve people from the parish took part in an all day first aid course on 25 March at the parish hall, paid for by money raised at Drewfest.
 >Read more

How a few words from you could win finance for hall
Could you spare a few minutes to write a letter or email in support of the Hall Committee’s plans for extending and modernising Clayhidon Parish Hall? Evidence of strong community support could make all the difference to a potential corporate sponsor’s decision to back the scheme. >Read more.

66 years on - their wedding reception venue has gone

Victor and Ivy Stamp have more cause than most of the  passers-by who stopped to watch the demolition of the Merry Harriers to be sad about the end of a once- fine pub. They had their wedding reception here 66 years ago. >Read more

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Film night record
Sixty five people paid to watch Tom Hanks in Sully at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 17 March. It was by far the biggest audience since film nights started at the hall in 2015. The hall was so crowded some people had to sit on the stage.

When Jane Austen's aunt escaped the noose
The story of when Jane Austen's aunt was tried for theft at Taunton Assizes was told to Clayhidon Local History Group in a fascinating talk. >Read more.

Nautical farewell to Patrick
St Andrew's Church was crowded for the funeral on 9 March of Patrick Meredith. There was a nautical theme as family, friends and neighbours said goodbye to the Royal Navy war veteran. >Obituary and funeral report.

Another crash at blackspot
A WOMAN was taken to hospital with a serious stomach injury after yet another crash on the Clayhidon/Ford Street crossroads on 2 March. >Read more

Update on ultra-fast broadband
The arrival in Clayhidon of ultra-fast broadband has been rescheduled to late summer. Gigaclear's sub-contractors have already started work in Churchinford and further road works are already booked to allow fibre cable laying in Rawridge, Upottery, Smeatharpe, Churchinford and Churchstanton . The first properties in those parishes are now due to be connected between May and July and Clayhidon connections can be expected to follow shortly afterwards.
>Read more.

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