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Friday 8 December



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Lorry problems discussed

The latest lorry to get stuck on the lanes was discussed by Clayhidon Parish councillors at their meeting on 13 November. A number of possible solutions were discussed. Chairman Richard Kallaway is to speak to landowners near Gladhayes bridge to pursue the idea of creating a turning area to enable lorries to turn.
The clerk, Donna Evans, is to discuss with a  highways officer additional signage, including a sign at the top of Callers Lane informing lorries to turn down Callers Lane to avoid Gladhayes bridge. Alison Weekes is to pursue the problem with the Blackdown Hills Parish Network.
A planning application for permission to build a home and reception office at the Kingsmead Centre was also discussed. >Read more. 

St Andrew's fund raisers

Two more coffee mornings to raise funds for St Andrew's Church, Clayhidon are coming up. The first is on Saturday 18 November – mainly hosted by the gentlemen of the parish. This will be in the Church Room and the ladies can sit down for a coffee.
The second one is a big event in the Parish Hall on 9 December. Donations for any of the stalls will be most welcome.

Coffee morning success

Clayhidon Friends raised £225 at a coffee morning at Acre Ridge on 11 November in aid of Macmillan. >Read more.

Gigaclear gets ready for a month of road closures

Gigaclear is to start digging up Clayhidon’s lanes in February 2018 and laying underground fibre optic cables and connection pots.
Part of the price of having among the fastest broadband speeds in the world will be three weeks of traffic disruption, with many roads having to be closed.
Clayhidon people worried that Gigaclear might be bypassing the parish are taking comfort from publication of a map showing the proposed roadworks. However the Bolham Valley remains outside the network.
> For a list of closures and link to an interactive map showing where and when to expect disruption click here.

Planners approve new
Merry Harriers plans

The Merry Harriers is to rise again from the ashes. Planning permission has been given for a new pub on the site of the historic building wrecked by fire last year.
But Taunton Deane District Council planners have taken on board criticisms that the original design was too suburban and out of keeping with the Blackdown Hills. They have insisted on a revised design more typical of the area, including a stone boundary wall,
The front of the pub is to be rendered all over instead of the original plan for red brick on the lower half of the building.
The planners have also imposed road safety conditions covering drivers' visibility and the surface of the car park and have insisted on the builders providing  habitats for bats and swallows. You can see all the planning documents for the new Merry Harriers on this link.

The night Clayhidon rocked
You don’t often hear the phrase “Clayhidon rocks” but we did on 3 November when the 3 Daft Monkeys drove up from west Cornwall and put on a fabulous show at the parish hall. >Read more.

A great night with
the Red Dirt Skinners 
It’s not often music makes the hairs rise on the back of the neck, but it happened to me and I suspect a few others at Clayhidon Parish Hall when Sarah Skinner picked up her soprano saxophone and played a piece called Daybreak.
“Best gig we’ve ever had,” said one lady, who has been coming to hall events for years, and another agreed.
>Read more on the Dirt Red Skinners in Clayhidon.

How to help Culm crayfish
Volunteers to help protect the River Culm's endangered white clawed crayfish are being sought by the Blackdown Hills AONB. The Culm Community Crayfish project aims to encourage local people to learn about and look after the crayfish and other species clinging to a fragile existence in the river. The scheme is being financed by the National Lottery and other organisations. >Read more.

House and reception centre planned for Kingsmead
A new building, including a dwelling and campsite reception facilities, is being planned by the Kingsmead Centre, Clayhidon.   The owners have applied for planning permission, and it was discussed at the parish council meeting on Monday 9 October. >Planning application.

Can you help the Repair Cafe? 

 The Blackdown Hills Transition Group is setting up a Repair Café  to reduce waste and is  seeking skilled  volunteers who can repair toys, bicycles, clothing, computers, garden tools, small items of furniture and small electrical appliances. >Read more.

Could beavers prevent floods?

Could beaver dams help reduce flooding downstream, asks Tim Clewer, of the Blackdown Hills Transition Group. >Read more.

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