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Murder marker restored

Clayhidon’s famous murder marker – which for more than a century has reminded passers-by of a brutal robbery - has been restored to pristine condition. 
Alex Hill, of Bollhayes, has cleared the undergrowth and repainted the unusual memorial in the hedge beside the spot in Battle Street where George Sparks beat William Blackmore to death with a pair of blacksmith’s tongs in 1853. 
The judge wept with grief as he donned his black cap and sentenced Sparks. A crowd of thousands, including
  many children, watched him hang in Exeter. 
The story is told in all its dramatic detail in Pamela Reynolds’ book, Clayhidon, A Devon Parish in the Nineteenth Century.




Monster truck hits bridge


It was designed for Europe's autobahns and motorways, and when this huge poultry wagon ventured into the narrow lanes of the Blackdowns an accident was inevitable. 
No-one was hurt, but Gladhayes Bridge, Clayhidon, recently restored at great expense, was cracked. Parish councillors are hopping mad, wondering why Devon highways departments do not put  up signs.
Some of them met Neil Parish MP recently to urge him to use his influence. Now parish councillor Graham Langford has asked if there is any reason why action correcting the road signage in Rosemary Lane should not be taken now, "or why temporary advisory route signs off the main ridge road for these lorries be put in place pending an holistic Blackdowns approach?"


150 turn out for party
Perfect weather, a lovely location, a good band and 150 people in the mood to party – it all added up to a brilliant Midsummer Party and Barn Dance on 30 June, the first big fundraising event for Clayhidon Parish Hall’s planned extension. 
It was a proper old-fashioned village social, with Clayhidon’s oldest and newest families taking part. “This is amazing – it’s like a French village party,” said one of the newcomers. But this was very definitely an English event. The Stirabout Ceilidh band led the dancing and appeared to enjoy themselves as much as the dancers.


'No comment' on Higher Heazle plan
A planning application has been submitted for Higher Barn & Lower Barn, Higher Heazle, Clayhidon. Mid Devon planners have been asked for permission to retain a change of use from holiday let and office to residential use (incidental to main dwelling, Higher Heazle) as holiday let and residential dwellings. Clayhidon Parish Council decided at its meeting on 11 June to make no comment. >Parish Council Minutes, 11 June.
Bringing books to rural Devon
Devon County Council wants to consider ways of reaching  more people who can't easily access Devon’s 50 public libraries. >Read more and follow link to take part in consultation.

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