New waste 

New waste and recycling calendars for all Mid Devon residents will soon be dropping through letterboxes.

The calendars give the date for future waste and recycling collections (including bank holidays and Christmas); it is a six page leaflet that also includes helpful separation guidance and infographics showing what the council achieved in 2017/18.


If you ever mislay your calendar, it’s easy to check your next collection online using the Collection day look-up facility on the council’s Recycling & rubbish webpages.
Deliveries will be completed by the end of September, so if you haven’t received your leaflet by then, email Customer Services customerservices@middevon.gov.uk, or call 01884 255 255.

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.

Clayhidon Autumn Programme >More information

Fifties to Naughties music night

“From the Fifties to the Noughties” in pop,  rock and blues kicks off an autumn of entertainment at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Saturday 6 October.

Local covers band Bar None will span more than  60 years of music, from the rhythms that used to make Grannie and Grandpa get up and start jiving right up to the present day.

FILM NIGHT Friday 12 October – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A).

Lily James, Michiel Huisman and Tom Courtney lead the cast of this “irresistible wartime romantic mystery”.

LIVE CABARET  Friday 16 November – Charlie Bicknell stars in Shameless Angel. (with poster if you have space)

Brazenly witty, contentious and often achingly funny, with songs from the likes of Tim Minchin, Fascinating Aida, Amanda Palmer, as well as her own wicked and inimitable songs, Shameless Angel comes to Clayhidon with the support f Villages in Action and Carn to Cove.

‘A high octane mix of English rose, vamp and Cruella de Vil, Charlie’s shamelessly sexy, murderously funny. You have been warned. Roses have thorns,’ said  The Observer

>More details.

100 turn up for Brunchtime
Galley slaves: A few of the kitchen crew who helped at Brunchtime

Brunchtime at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 8 September proved another enjoyable addition to Clayhidon social life,
Nearly 100 people - many more than expected - turned up during the three and a half-hour session. Organisers were kept frantically busy cooking and serving a choice of Full English or bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon. They ran so low on ingredients they had to send out for more.
The event raised around £800 for hall improvement funds, £100 of which came from a raffle. Chairman Gareth Weekes thanked members of the hall committee for a great effort and also other helpers including Bob and Doreen Pike, Jane Adair, Kim Burridge,, Julia Bearne, Alison Weekes,George Slabbert  and Chris James, who generously provided the eggs and Michael and Anthea Coates who supplied the sausages and bacon.

Bridal dresses are a big draw

The wedding exhibition at St. Andrews over three days of the Bank Holiday weekend was a great success with plenty of visitors and donations.
The Clayhidon History Group's organising team, led by Pam Reynolds, of Thelma Blackmore, Bridget Drummy and Val Slabbert, decorated the church with 15 wedding dresses on mannequins, some complete with original headdresses and shoes. Also on display were photos, albums and details of all weddings which have taken place at the church this century and last.
Peter Fisher put together a second exhibition, recording biographical details of all the servicemen from Clayhidon killed in the First World War.
Cream teas and cake were on offer in the church room.
The church was beautifully decorated by the flower ladies, led by Nicola Bendle, who also organised the hog roast held on the Sunday.
The marquee unfortunately blew down in the heavy rain, so the event was moved to the parish hall.>More pictures
Belfry bats halt hall repairs
Bats have forced contractors to stop work on Clayhidon Parish Hall. A small colony of long-eared bats was discovered roosting in the loft while its new slate roof was being fitted.
Kevin Bowden, of Wellington roofing firm Courtney Bowden and Son, found six adult bats when he stripped the slates behind the belfry of the 125 year old former schoolroom. 
Complying with bat protection laws could mean a hold-up of nearly three months in the work, which is being funded by a £25,800 grant by Viridor Credits. >Read more

£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.

Council minutes
Two planning applications - at The Knowle and Little Rosegarland - were discussed at Clayhidon Parish Council's planning meeting on Monday 10 September.

Volunteer drivers needed

Organisers of the Blackdown Hills Community Bus are  appealing for volunteer drivers - anyone over the age of 18 and under 70, with a full, clean driving licence. >Read more

Water main bursts
Dozens of homes in Clayhidon were without water or experienced severely reduced pressure on July 25, when a nine-inch water main burst near Deadbeer. The farm drive was turned into a stream as thousands of litres flowed down to the Culm, and South West Water subcontractors had to send to Exeter for a new pipe.

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