Car boot sale boost for hall
A table top and car boot sale at Clayhidon Parish Hall  on 23 September raised £210 for the hall improvement appeal.  The hall was filled with tables stacked with a huge range second hand items, while in the car park sellers enjoyed a glorious weather. There was a roaring trade in teas and cakes made by committee members.

Drewfest and council give £3,000 to hall

Offers of financial support from Drewfest and Clayhidon Parish Council have given a huge boost to plans to improve Clayhidon Parish Hall.
Richard Drew is giving a £1,000 from the proceeds of this year’s Drewfest music festival in Clayhidon, while the council at its August meeting agreed a £2,000 grant.
The next stage of the improvement project is to renovate the roof. The hall committee is to apply in October to Viridor Credits for funding of between £30,000 and £40,000, but must raise 10% from third parties.  
Voting unanimously to give £2,000, the council added a “strong recommendation” that the committee takes advantage of any available grants and fits renewable energy panels to the roof at the same time. 
Gareth Weekes, hall committee chairman, said: “The council’s support for the hall this year has been fantastic, and combined with this incredibly generous gift from the Drew family we are now close to the 10% we need before we can apply to Viridor.”

Clayhidon Parish Council

Clayhidon in the dark over Merry Harriers rebuild plans

While everyone seems to be in favour of rebuilding the Merry Harriers, the plans submitted to Taunton Deane Borough Council  have stirred controversy for being out of keeping with the character of the Blackdowns – and for not being shown to Clayhidon people. >Read more.

Sunshine and sponges bring summer to an end
A church barbecue and hog roast on 27 August cleared a profit of £400 for St. Andrew's, Clayhidon.
Organised by Casey Blackmore, Gemma Gilbert and Nicola Bendle, it included a hotly contested Clayhidon Bake Off competition and entertainment from Julian Day with his racing ducks. >See more.

Tractor stolen
Clayhidon was the scene of two crimes and two incidents in August. PCSO Tracey Peters told the parish council: “ Between 12 – 16 August, a tractor was stolen from a paddock within a farm. Offenders appear to have cut the lock on the gate in order to gain access.
“On 28 August, a minor assault occurred at an event at Smeatharpe Stadium. Police attended a road traffic collision on 2 August, and we also received a report of a vehicle in a ditch on 29 August.”

National success for pony-mad Grace
Pony-mad Clayhidon seven-year-old Grace Gendall and her pony Crackle won great success at the SEIB Trailblazers Championships at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

Pint-sized cop on speed patrol
Everyone knows policemen get younger every year, but perhaps not as young as Clayhidon’s own pint-sized village speed cop, Ryland Higgins.
Viewed from the wheel of a speeding car,  Ryland and his radar detector might just be mistaken for the real thing for a second or two, before drivers realise he is an 11 year old with a toy.
He and his mum Lynda, landlady of the Half Moon Inn, will try anything to persuade drivers to slow down while passing through the hilltop centre of the parish.

If you know who did this please report them
Do you know who dumped their unwanted mattresses in this gateway near Shackles Cross, Clayhidon? Fly tipping is illegal and if you know you can help bring the perpetrator to justice by reporting it to Mid Devon District Council, either an online form on this link or by phoning 01884 255255. 

Gift to end parking chaos
It’s hoped that blocked lanes and parking chaos at Clayhidon’s parish hall have been abolished with the creation of a new car park by the parish council. >Read more

Red Dirt Skinners booked for hall
Audiences and critics rave about the Red Dirt Skinners, who are booked to play at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Friday 13 October.
They have won accolades at the British Blues Awards, and the British Country Music Award and were finalists in the Folk category for the UK Songwriting Awards.. >Read more.
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