Would you like to become a member of Clayhidon Parish Council?


Following the recent election Clayhidon Parish Council has a vacancy for one councillor.  The council is therefore looking to co-opt an additional member to its council.

 If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please contact the clerk to register your interest and come along to the Parish Hall on Wednesday 22nd May at 8pm.  The clerk is Donna Evans and her contact details are 01823 680968 or email clayhidonparishcouncil@gmail.com.

Council chooses new chairman
Clayhidon Parish Council chose a new chairman and vice chairman at its annual meeting on May 13.
Councillors elected Maurice Bendle, as chairman and Richard Drew as vice chairman after three councillors stood down - chairman Richard Kallaway, vice chairman Sue Hay and  Graham Langford. Richard Brown and Nick King are the new members and the council hopes to co-opt a third. 
Annual reports: what 10 local groups have been up to
Ten local organisations submitted annual reports to Clayhidon Parish Council in time for the annual parish meeting. You can read them all by following these links:

Anne takes the chair
Clayhidon Village Hall Committee has a new chair person - at least for the next three months.
Anne Langford was elected at the annual meeting on April 24, taking over from Gareth Weekes, who has stepped down after five years. She agreed to take the chair for three months "to see how it goes". >Read more.

Looking ahead to the end of life
Julia Bearne, service manager for Marie Curie, and based at Musgrove Park Hospital, talked to the Clayhidon Friend about the work that Marie Curie does for terminally ill people, their families and carers. >Read more.


How to get that

pothole mended

Is there a pothole in the road near you that's driving you mad?  Devon County has an easy-to-use reporting service that works well.  >Click here for more info.


alternative to

 top champagne

A magic brew bubbling quietly in a Clayhidon cellar is being hailed as Britain’s answer to the finest French champagne.
Bollhayes cider maker Alex Hill is winning hyperbolic reviews from food critics for his revival of cider fermented in bottles, champagne-style.  One wrote that it was like sipping a Grande Marque champagne worth £400 a bottle.  >Read more


Violin maestro to play Bach at parish hall
Listen to Thomas Bowes' latest album.

Why not not enjoy a classic Sunday afternoon with beautiful Bach and a cream tea and cake with friends or family at Clayhidon Parish Hall?
Thomas Bowes is one the UK's most versatile and accomplished violinists - as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and artistic director. He has travelled the world with his Bach Pilgrimage raising funds for various charities. 
He will play Bach's sonatas and partitas for us, and will give an introduction about Bach's music.
It's not often that the Upper Culm Valley has the privilege of such a virtuoso to play here, so do join us on-:
Sunday, 26th May, 2.30pm (doors 2pm)
at Clayhidon Parish Hall (EX15 3PL)
Tickets:   adult: £9,   child: £7,   family: £25
From David Bearne on 01823 680357
or book online at villagesinaction.co.uk 
Cream tea and cake £5 if booked in advance

Brilliant Bowjangles
Bowjangles. the all-singing, all dancing comedy string quartet came to Clayhidon on May 4 and delighted a packed audience with their unique brand of entertainment.  Their combination of Beethoven and Elgar with Harry Potter and Abba went down a storm. Bowjangles won the Spirit of the Fringe award at last  year's Edinburgh Festival,  The show was promoted by Villages in Action and Carn to Cove

Visit the Clayhidon Archive pages to find stories from previous years, or use the search box at the top of this page

Art Group wins £500 grant from county
Clayhidon Art Group has won a £500 grant from Devon County Council to help fund a project to celebrate and commemorate the Camden Group artists who visited Clayhidon in the early 20th century. 
The aim is to establish a collection of materials which can be used to stage local exhibitions, including historical information on the Camden Group, representations of their work, and contemporary works by members of the group.
So far, the group has spent around £470 of the grant money on a large concertina display screen, four free standing display easels and four table top display easels. 

Hall appeal for extra pairs of hands
If you enjoy performances we put on at Clayhidon Village Hall, would you consider helping the Hall team with further gigs, writes Anne Langford. Extra pairs of hands are a great boon, especially during larger events.
Also, we are looking for help with accommodating performers in local homes. The artists often come from other parts of the globe and sometimes require an over-night stay with breakfast, and perhaps an evening meal
We are working hard to raise funds for our Hall improvement programme, and any help would be much appreciated.
If you would like to know more, please email me, or contact any Committee member.
Anne Langford

New look
for parish

Clayhidon’s parish website is being revamped, with a new volunteer editor and a new look. Lucy Tonkin is taking over from Gareth Weekes, who started it eight years ago.
Thanks to a £500 grant from the Blackdown Hills AONB and Mid Devon District Council, www.clayhidon.org.uk is being professionally redesigned and rebuilt. The new site, which should be online by early April, will incorporate Facebook and Instagram.
“We want it to be more interactive,” said Lucy, who lives in Garlandhayes. “Local people will be able to add their comments and upload stories and pictures, and we hope the social media links will allow many more people to see what’s happening in Clayhidon.”
Gareth and his wife Alison started building the website in March 2011 and have since added a vast amount of material. It has been backed financially by Clayhidon Parish Council and hosts all the council’s agendas and minutes.
“In some years we have had nearly 6,000 visitors – amazing, given the tiny population of the parish,” said Gareth. “We built it using basic technology, which has become very restrictive. We have recently been unable to add photographs and even had to delete archive pages. The new-look site, which is being built and hosted by Damon Allen, of Bridport Radio, will be a big improvement."
Lucy can be contacted on 01823 216200 or email lucy.tonkin@hotmail.com

House plans on agenda
Two planning applications are to be discussed at a planning meeting of Clayhidon Parish Council on March 11.
The owners of  Harts Bungalow have applied to erect a side extension and a replacement garage.
The other application is to convert a barn to two dwellings, an extension to a stone wall and demolition of two agricultural buildings at Willtown Farm Buildings.

Council minutes

Click here for minutes of Clayhidon Parish Council's latest meeting. 

Clayhidon Parish Council meetings 2019

 Hall is reroofed despite bats. bureaucracy and bad weather

> Click here

£37,000 raised in seven months to fund hall improvements
Since the end of January Clayhidon Parish Hall Committee has raised nearly £37,000 through grants, donations and fundraising events. It needs to find another £63,000 to fund an extension housing new toilets, a parish archive and an artists’ dressing room/small meeting room and the conversion of the existing toilets to a furniture storeroom. > Read more.

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