Join the Clayhidon clean-up
It’s time for Clayhidon’s annual spring clean!
For the past three years a group of community minded people have collected sacks and sacks of rubbish from our lanes and hedges. Litter that has been thoughtlessly thrown out of car windows, fallen out of people's pockets, and unfortunately sometimes dropped from the recycling lorry.
So, before Spring starts in earnest, it would be good to have another clean up. I have the impression that there may be less rubbish this year, but this may be wishful thinking.
There are some very kind folk who pick up the crisp packets, cans and chocolate wrappers all year round. But just until the end of March I would be very grateful if they would put what they collect at the back of the parish hall.
I plan to hold the litter pick on Sunday, March 24 and will have grabbers, sacks and hi vis tabards for those who would like them, starting at 11 am from the parish hall. For those who can’t make that Sunday morning, we will collect the rubbish up until the following Friday, so please be very careful.
The Bolham Valley still doesn’t have many volunteers and the parish council has recently had complaints about rubbish near the Smeatharpe stadium. So even if you always clear up one particular area, would you please let me know if you can still do it, so we can try and cover most of our lanes. Phone me on 01823 681093 or email me at alisonweekes@gmail.com to let me know if you can help, and where you are able to litter pick.
If there are any large items, such as the car bumper near the ford on Hidewood Lane, please let me know and I will pick them up in a car. Thanks. - Alison Weekes.

Rubbish not


Black sack refuse could not be collected from Rosemary Lane,, Clayhidon on March 1 due to a road closure which prevented collection teams from getting through. Mid Devon District Council has apologised and asked everyone to keep their refuse until your next scheduled collection.

Repair Café 


The latest Blackdown Hills Repair Café in Hemyock was a huge success, with the parish hall packed with repairers and customers who brought in 120 items for repair. The next session is Saturday March 23, 10am to 12 noon. >Read more and watch a video.



eco house


 local support

Mid Devon councillors have turned down plans for an innovative and exceptional eco house in Clayhidon, by just one vote.
No local objections were made to Susan Annett's and Richard Brown's new house at Carlingwark and it was backed by the parish council, the community and the AONB. >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


'The Pink Floyd of folk music'

The last time the Red Dirt Skinners came to Clayhidon people reckoned it was one of the best gigs ever at the Parish Hall. 
That was 18 months ago and on Friday March 22 they are back as part of a UK tour promoting their new album Under Utopian Skies. This has won a host of awards, including Folk/Roots Album of the Year.
“If there’s a Pink Floyd of folk music these guys are it,” wrote a critic in Roots Music Canada.
Since their last gig here the Sussex husband and wife combo Rib and Sarah Skinner have moved to Canada, where they also have a big following.
Audiences on both sides of the Atlantic are wowed by Sarah’s breath-taking playing of the soprano sax, by Rob’s clever guitar playing, their close harmony singing, the emotional power of their songs and also by the sheer variety of the programme, which spans a range of genres, from Blues to Roots , Country, Rock, Pop, and Folk.
The show starts at 7.30 on March 22. Doors open at 7. Tickets £10, available from Caroline Bendle (01823 681047) or email carouselle@btinternet.com. Supper £5 if booked in advance. 
>Watch the Red Dirt Skinners on YouTube

From Vietnam to Berlin,  via Clayhidon 

Clayhidon Parish Hall welcomes  a globetrotting troubadour from Canada on Saturday 6 April, whose seven week European  tour follows tours of Vietnam and Taiwan.

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan's songbook is reminiscent of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape.

On stage Ryan has toured as a solo performer, opening for Country purists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash and Travis Tritt. His acoustic live show combines thumb-picking guitar styles, original folk and country ballads and vintage music from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Ryan has received over 20 nominations in Atlantic Canada, three Album of the Year awards in Nova Scotia, has written, produced and published music in Nashville. He has performed musical tribute shows to Hank Williams Sr. as well as Merle Travis, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash.

He is brought to Clayhidon courtesy of Devon’s rural touring agency, Villages in Action. His next gigs after Clayhidon are Munich and Berlin,

The show starts at 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00). Tickets are £10 for Adults, £8 for under 16 and £25 for family.  Supper £5 if booked in advance.  Available from Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or by emailing carouselle@btinternet.co.uk or from villagesinaction.co.uk

See more on www.facebook.com/iryancook/

Also coming soon to Clayhidon
Saturday 30 March 
Puzzle (15) Film in which  Kelly Macdonald stars as a downtrodden housewife with a talent for crossword puzzles.  "It’s nothing less than a simple, humane and tenderhearted triumph." >Trailer.

Saturday 6 April
Ryan Cook, globe trotting Canadian folk and country singer. See more on www.facebook.com/iryancook/

Saturday 27 April
 Stan and Ollie
(PG). this " gentle, sweet film" about the legendary comics is "a small delight, a warm hug of a movie with superb, spot-on performances, some big laughs, and genuinely touching moments". Starring Steve Coogan and John C.Reilly. >Trailer.

Saturday 4 May
Bowjangles, the all-singing, all-dancing comedy string quartet, winners of the 2018 Spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe.www.bowjangles.org/home

White stuff fashion

A traffic cone adorns the head of this fashion conscious  snowman outside Clayhidon Mill after six inches of the white stuff was dumped on the parish on February 1. >More snow pictures.
Cheesy geniuses
Fromage en Feu might have seemed a strange choice of band for Clayhidon, but their brilliant individual playing, and their high-tempo Eastern European music, proved hugely popular.
A packed parish hall greeted their first number with whoops and cheers and everything they played after that drew a similar response from an audience that bobbed, clapped and danced throughout a memorable evening (January 26).

Harmony and humour thrill Christmas concert audience
Nobody could remember the last time a male voice choir sang in Clayhidon Parish Hall, which might mean it never happened, but no-one is ever going to forget the wonderful Wyndham Singers' concert on December 14..
Their jolly director, Charles West, introduced them as a bunch of old farts, which seemed to delight them as much as it did the Christmas concert audience. We can be sure we will never hear old farts more glorious than these 16 harmonious gentlemen from Kentisbeare. 
Four Winds blow away rivals
Hemyock Parish Councillors Neil Punnett and Jocelyn Pritchard (right)with fellow Four Winds team members Richard and Lynda Price (left) were the runaway winners of the Clayhidon Quiz on December 7. Pictured here with quiz master Peter Walter and scorer Anne Langford, they were clearly the best of nine teams, beating their nearest rivals, The Deadbeats, by 145 points to 128. The event raised around £300 for hall funds.

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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

Clayhidon Parish Council
Annual Parish Meeting 
Monday 29th April 2018 
at 7.30pm, Parish Hall 
· Summary of the Year – Richard Kallaway
· Blackdown Support Group – Elizabeth McNabb
Tea & Cake
Everyone welcome
Richard Kallaway
Chairman,Clayhidon Parish Council
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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