Film Night
Clayhidon Parish Hall

Friday 12 February, 7.30pm 

(doors open 7.00pm)

The Martian (12A)

Matt Damon, stranded on Mars, provides terrific
entertainment in Ridley Scott’s best film in years.
Tickets £6 or £20 family (2 adults + 2 children). Tel. 680607 or

Folk Music
Clayhidon Parish Hall
Wednesday 9 March 2016
Jim Causley
a folk singer and musician  who specialises in the traditional songs and music of the West Country, as 
well as his own original compositions,

A Villages in Action event
Tickets £8 (£6 concessions)
For tickets call Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or email

Film Night
Clayhidon Parish Hall
Friday 11 March 7.30pm
(doors open 7.00pm)
Everest (12A)

A star-studded cast recreates the 1996 Everest disaster. It’s a thrilling story and the       cinematography is awesome.
Tickets £6 or £20 family (2 adults + 2 children). Tel. 680607 or

 Film Night

Clayhidon Parish Hall
Friday 8 April, 8.00pm 
(doors open 7.30pm)
(note change of time)
The Dressmaker (12A)

Kate Winslet, armed only with a sewing machine, excels in this tale of revenge, a sizzling black comedy

Traditional Music
Clayhidon Parish Hall
13 April 2016
A breath taking musical journey, with unique arrangements of original music and traditional Irish tunes.
A Villages in Action event
Tickets £8 (£6 concessions)
For tickets call Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or email

 Wildlife & countryside

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

Other local events listings


Bluegrass band a storming success
An audience of over 80 at Clayhidon on 5 February enjoyed a demonstration of just how beautiful bluegrass music can be.
The Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band may not be from the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky, where this kind of music originates, but they sounded wonderful in the Blackdown Hills of Devon. 
Chairs were removed from the back of the hall to allow dancing, and as the evening wore on there was a lot of clumping and swaying and a good old fashioned country hoedown started.
Later the band posted this enthusiastic message on Facebook: "A fantastic crowd at last night's Clayhidon Parish Hall, deep in the Blackdown Hills. We don't think we've ever heard community singing quite like it - those guys rocked! Well done and thanks to all who came and all involved - we'll be back!"
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The river runs wild (again)
Clayhidon's mill stream burst its banks and set off down the hillside a quarter of a mile from its normal route. Ditches became fast-flowing brooks. Livestock had to be rescued as the Culm rose up quickly, overwhelming meadows and creating new rivers and islands. There was even a brief power cut which plunged much of the parish into darkness, It all happened within a few hours on 6 February as yet another fierce depression battered the south west,
Juggernaut takes the scenic route
The driver of this 44-ton lorry en route from Hull to Hemyock lost his way and ended up in one of Clayhidon's narrowest lanes. 
The lorry, loaded with wood for Brookridge Timber, overturned on 15 January at Cordet Smart's horse menage  on the river road. A wheel caught on  an ancient oak tree and flipped
the vehicle. The driver was unhurt. 
 It was the tree's second victim in five years. The driver of a lorry load of chickens hit the same tree after becoming confused by sat nav in 2011, and two cranes were needed to extricate it from a field at nearby Mill View. 
Trish Andrews, who lives at Mill View, has called for signs to make it clear that the route is unsuitable for big lorries, which are causing serious damage to banks and covering the lanes with mud.

Drama as cars run into Culm flood
Two fire engines and a paramedic were sent to Clayhidon when two cars became stuck at night in floodwater at the Hidewood Lane ford on 30 December.
Fire crews from Taunton and Wellington made sure everyone was safe and called paramedics to check them over.
The occupants, including a child, stayed in the cars as the flood water receded before they abandoned them for the night.
The incident brought a frightening end to a day dominated by Storm Frank. It began with a two hour power cut in the Willtown area of Clayhidon  and saw the River Culm transformed into a raging torrent.
The river swept across Battle Street, squeezing under the Mill bridge with only inches to spare, and roared under the bridge in Callers Lane (left). In places it was nearly ten times its normal width.
A postman was forced to abandon his van when he drove into another flood near Bellett's Farm.
While Storm Frank wreaked long term havoc in Scotland and the North of England, power was quickly restored to Clayhidon and the Culm soon subsided. >Flood pictures.


Seven object to farm building plans
Seven people have objected to plans to build an agricultural worker's house and livestock building at Ten Oaks Farm, Clayhidon. Parish councillors will receive a update on the controversial plans at their meeting on Monday 8 February.




Power tools stolen    from outbuildings
Cullompton police are warning Clayhidon residents not to leave high value power tools in outbuildings following two break-ins in the parish.
A police message posted on Facebook reads: "Overnight between Thursday 7th January and Friday 8th January two outbuildings were broken into close to the Somerset border. Please avoid leaving high value power tools in outbuildings at this time! 
"One of the properties broken into was insecure please review your security and locks on your buildings.
"If you see anyone or a vehicle acting suspiciously please call 999 immediately and where possible please record the registration of any such vehicle."

Soccer star's 
has EX-appeal
A famous footballer’s namesake is bringing EX appeal to an ancient Devon pub.
Wesley Sniejder, new landlord of the Merry Harriers, Clayhidon , can’t match the £2m a year Dutch superstar for riches or footballing genius, but he is almost certainly a better cook.
Wesley – usually known as Wayne to avoid confusion – is buying as much of his produce as possible from the EX postcode area and other parts of Devon.
>Read more.

Grants available to help Clayhidon students
Students living in Clayhidon and Hemyock, who attended local schools and are now in further or higher education, can apply for grants from the Mary Waldron Trust to help pay for books and equipment.
>Read more.

Have you got news?
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.


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