County wants to use local knowledgeDr Phil Norrey, chief executive of Devon County Council (pictured here with Richard Kallaway, chairman of Clayhidon Parish Council) told Clayhidon Councillors that Devon would like to use their local knowledge. He said the county wanted to work with them on assessing the priorities for road maintenance so it could spend its limited financial resources more smartly. >Read more.
Gatlings sell the Merry Harriers
Peter and Angela Gatling have sold the Merry Harriers, Clayhidon to two of their most frequent diners.
After eight years of running one of Britain’s most successful country pubs, the Gatlings are taking a rest and looking for a new venture.
The new owners are Reg and Lesley Payne, who live in Willand. They are employing all the Gatlings’ staff, including Jamie Cox, who has been promoted to manager. >Read more.
Tamsin's leather creations go online
Brimley Hill resident Tamsin Burt is making a name for herself on the world wide web as a creator of beautiful hand-made leather goods. She developed her skills as a leather worker travelling with horses on the lanes of Devon and Somerset. Harness repairs played a vital part in day to day life.
Today in her workshop she creates her pieces from beautiful, high quality English and American hides, with buckles and fittings from the harness makers. All of Tamsin's work is crafted and sewn by hand, using waxed linen thread and harness stitch. Most items are made to order.
All kinds of bespoke orders are taken, from tool pouches and sheaths, lap-top cases and satchels, to belts, hand-bags and much more. >Visit her online gallery at www.tamsinburtleatherworks.co.uk .
Late blaze of autumn glory
A burst of November sunshine produces a late blaze of autumn glory in the woodlands of Clayhidon.
Rockies are the new brains on the block
The new Brains of Clayhidon 2013 are The Rockies. Julie and Stephen Bullett and John and Barbara Long, who all live in the parish, won the Clayhidon quiz on 15 November, beating long established teams by a country mile. Peter Walter was the quiz master at the Parish Hall as usual. The evening was a great success and raised £199 for hall funds.
Friends event raises £400 for church
A Christmas sale and lunch for the Friends of St Andrews on Saturday, November 16, made a profit of just under £400.Clayhidon paid tribute to its war dead on 10 November. Nearly 30 parishioners gathered for a service in St Andrew’s Church and afterwards stood in silence beside the war memorial while the Rev Chris Hudson read out the names of the fallen from two world wars.
The event included a sale of work by members of the Clayhidon Art group organised by Jeremy Cogswell and Bill Smith which realised some £100.
The lunch event at the parish hall was organised by the committee of Nicola Bendle, Helen Gendall, Margaret Prettejohn, Kim Burridge, Doreen Pike and Margaret Blackmore.
Parish remembers its fallen war heroes
Among the congregation was second world war veteran Patrick Meredith, of Lillycombe, Clayhidon. After joining the Royal Navy in 1941, he served as a 17 year old midshipman on motor torpedo boats in the Dover Straits, then joined the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth in Durban and took part in action against the Japanese off Burma and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
On display inside the church was a display of the late Jack Collard’s cap and medals commemorating the former St Andrew’s treasurer’s service in the Merchant Marine on the Arctic convoys.
Forty six men from Clayhidon fought in the first world war and seven died. In the second world war 20 men and women served in the armed forces and two never returned. >Clayhidon Roll of Honour
Hickman & Cassidy 's great night out
Judging by the standing ovation at the end of the James Hickman and Dan Cassidy gig on 2 November, everyone in the audience seemed to really enjoy both their stylish performance with its rich variety of music and the amusing way in which they related to the audience, writes Bee Hill.
Their programme seemed to offer something for everyone – zingy jigs and reels, plaintive songs, lilting Irish airs, foot-tapping swing and a gorgeously romantic waltz that our favourite dancers, Jane & Steve, have decided is a “just-must-have” for their wedding celebration next year!
It’s always gratifying to sell out of tickets and even more so when the departing audience are so radiant with appreciative smiles and comments about both the show and the hospitality they received.
The event made a profit for the Parish Hall of £700.
The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will be marked next summer in Clayhidon, Hemyock and Culmstock.
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Hundreds sign Blackdowns
petition for fast broadband
Nearly 800 local people have signed a Blackdowns petition calling for faster broadband for all Devon and Somerset villages.
Neil Parish MP has agreed to chair an open public meeting on CDS broadband in Upottery parish at a date yet to be confirmed. CDS and BT are expected to send representatives to that meeting.
John Hart, leader of Devon County Council attended the Blackdown Hills Parish Network meeting on 13 November and answered questions on CDS broadband
A full report of what he said is on the Upottery website.
Bridges fixed,but parish roads still in poor condition
The state of Clayhidon's roads continued to cause concern at the parish council meeting on 7 October, writes Sue Hay.
The Highways Department has recently done considerable repair work to bridges over the Culm but there are still many sites that need further work around our Parish.