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>Click on this link to see the past year's annual reports to the parish council from:
Clayhidon Parish Hall
Footpaths
Clayhidon Friends
Clayhidon Art Group
Rosemary Lane Chapel
Clayhidon Local History Group
Blackdown Support Group
Violet Chapman Trust


Signpost is back

At last! The traditional signpost on the crossroads at the top of Ford Street, which  was wrecked in a serious accident three years ago, has been rebuilt using funds from a Somerset heritage scheme.  It was returned to its old site on 3 May. Picture by Yvonne Roth.


Shedloads of comedy

What do you get when you cross a former Cambridge music scholar and conductor of the Scottish Opera with an ex-bricklayer with a voice like Mario Lanza?
Answer: A pain in the jaw from laughing so much, according to one man who watched the Opera Dudes at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 14 April.
Before the show was over they had posted a video of themselves on Facebook, taking the mickey out the hall's artists' dressing room, a garden shed behind the stage. 
Read our review.



Parish Council minutes
See full minutes of Clayhidon Parish Council meeting on 9 April on this link.


110 turn up for breakfast

When you invite an entire parish for a slap-up full English breakfast you can never  be quite sure how many will turn up. But when 110 hungry people arrived for this year's Clayhidon Big Breakfast  at the Parish Hall volunteers were well prepared. They raised £1,160 for Cancer Research UK. >Lots more pictures.

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Hedge champ's double gift

Colin Risdon, Britain’s national champion Devon hedge layer, has used his famous skills to raise £200 for Clayhidon charities and open up another lovely public view of the Culm Valley.
For weeks, Colin has been working on Maurice Bendle’s hedge along the top road between the Half Moon Inn and Battle Street. He offered one day’s training to anyone interested in learning the craft and donated his fees to the Parish Hall improvement fund and St Andrew’s Church.
Hall chairman Gareth Weekes said: “We greatly appreciate Colin’s generosity. We have a lot to do to bring the hall up to standard and we need every penny we can get. This was a wonderful way to raise money.”


Join the war on potholes

There’s a simple way to get Devon County Council to repair Clayhidon’s potholed roads – and everyone in the parish can play a part, says parish councillor Graham Langford.
If there is a pothole in your vicinity 40mm deep,  with a vertical edge and at least 300mm wide , simply  go online via this link and mark the spot on the map.
If it is not repaired, go online and report it again and again, says Graham. Every report is logged  and his  theory is “in the end they will get so fed up with logging it they will come out and fix it.”
There are many isolated deep craters, but parish councillors agreed that the worst stretch is between in the parish hall and Hidewood Farm, which former councillor Alan Redwood described as “almost impassable “. At its meeting on 19 February the council decided to make this the priority when it approaches Dave Ashford, Devon CC’s new man in charge of maintenance in this district
> Clayhidon Parish Council minutes


Amazing Film of Hemyock
Go and see ‘The Amazing Film of Hemyock ‘ and you will find it it not only amazingly well filmed but fascinating and absorbing and amusing in equal measure, writes Alison Weekes.
There are even quite a few well known Clayhidon faces in it.
I must admit that the thought of two hours watching life in Hemyock over the last seven years didn’t sound that riveting, but it truly was.
Jenny Parsons has spent many many hours making this labour of love. Something that in 50 years time will give people such a snapshot of current life in this area of The Blackdowns that it will be treasured. >Read more. 




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If you don't do this by the end of May we will have to remove your name to comply with new Data Protection laws.
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Then we will ensure you receive a reminder every time we organise an event.

Blackdowns bus for hire

After much effort by the Blackdowns Community Bus Committee and support from various fundraising events, a 13/14 seater bus has been purchased and which will be available for hire. >Read more
Car overturns
A car overturned on a bend above Ford Street on 9 April and you can see photos on the Somerset County Gazette website on this link 


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Trash busters

Meet the trash busters - just a few of the volunteers who gave up their Sunday afternoon on 25 March to collect litter from Clayhidon's road verges. To see the shocking amount they collected in a couple of hours click here.



Viridor to fund new hall roof


Rubbish from thousands of households is paying for a new roof on a popular Blackdown Hills entertainment venue.
Taunton-based Viridor Credits, which is funded by donations from Viridor’s 18 landfill sites across the UK, including Broadpath, near Uffculme, is giving £25,856 to Clayhidon Parish Hall.
The committee running the 125-year-old building, originally a Victorian village schoolroom, wants to raise over £100,000 to bring it up to 21st century standards.
“Worn slates, leaking ceilings and poor insulation mean we have no choice but to start with the roof,” said committee chairman Gareth Weekes. >Read more.


CPC backs house plan

A highly unusual application to build an “architecturally outstanding” modern house on the hill above Carlingwark, Clayhidon is to be considered by Mid Devon planners, 
Clayhidon Parish Council voted by a majority of three to one to support plans, by Susan Annett and Richard Brown, for a four-bedroom beech-beamed building with “an agricultural look”. 
Planning laws normally prevent new homes on the green belt, unless they meet specific criteria, not least that they should be architecturally outstanding. 
You can read what was said at the parish council meeting on 12 March on this link. The full application should be available for examination on Mid Devon’s website on this link , but there has been a recurring technical problem with the site making it hard to use.

Spring turns back to winter
Winter returned to the Blackdowns on 18 March when an easterly gale dumped nearly a foot of snow on Clayhidon. >More snow images in the Clayhidon picture gallery.

The Culm freezes over
 There's a river under there somewhere. The Culm completely froze over in places on  2 March.  It's thought to be the first time this has happened in about 20 years. The whole parish was effectively snowed in for the first two days of spring, when Storm Emma collided with the Beast From The East - a freezing gale that blew from Siberia.
 
Blues Night rocks
The prospect of two blues bands - the Moosehead Blues Band and 11th Hour - drew a crowd of nearly 50 to Clayhidon Parish Hall for what turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
It soon emerged that this wasn’t just going to be a Blues Night as advertised, as both  bands slipped into classic rock and roll covers.
The hall committee organised a raffle, supper and a licensed bar and made a profit of more than £400. >Read more.


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