Gigaclear reassures critics

The public turned out in force for Clayhidon Parish Council’s meeting on 19 February – and everyone who wanted to speak had their say. Many were there to comment and ask questions about the laying of fibre-optic cable in the parish. 
If the officials from Gigaclear, MGM Utilities, Devon County Council and Connecting Devon & Somerset had expected a hard time from the audience, it never happened. All signs of hostility melted away as people praised the work teams. Their most vocal critics had apparently already had their say about the damage to roads and verges and been listened to. >Read more.

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

Bolham plans opposed

A planning application for Ticklepenny Farm in the Bolham Valley has provoked a wave of adverse comments from neighbours and the AONB and was unanimously opposed by Clayhidon Parish Council ib 19 February

The plan is for “the retention of mixed use building comprising farm workshop, storage, water reservoir, smokery, cold store and food processing area, farm office, welfare facilities, kennels and stables”.

Objections included light pollution, its "blockhouse design" and risks to public health.

Lisa Turner, AONB Planning Officer, wrote to Mid Devon District Council with a wide ranging list of objections. The issue is one of three planning applications to be discussed by Clayhidon Parish Council at its meeting on 19 February. >Read more.         >Other planning applications   > Clayhidon Parish Council agenda

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. 

New car park gets a hedge
The new car park at Clayhidon Parish Hall has transformed parking on busy nights, but it also meant the loss of an old hedge. That was put right on 2 February,  when parish council chairman Richard Kallaway arrived with 192 tree plants, which this team of volunteers promptly planted. Pictured from left: David Ball, Richard Kallaway and Russell and Caroline Bendle. They planted quick thorn, field maple, beech, hazel and and horse chestnut.

Jazz genius at the hall

Jazz made a storming return to Clayhidon on 26 January after a five-year absence. The four virtuoso musicians who are the Neil Maya Quartet made a convincing case for more jazz gigs at the hall.
They played a mixture of their own compositions and those of the legendary Dave Brubeck and his band from the 50s and 60s. They varied the pace, tone and mood. They freshened up some of Brubeck’s wonderful old chestnuts, like Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk, and played lesser known masterpieces, like Strange Meadowlark and Kathy’s Waltz.
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Sheep killed by dogs
Police have appealed for information about a case of sheep worrying on 5 February in Clayhidon.
A farmer found two sheep in lamb dead and another with severe injuries consistent with being attacked by dogs. Another sheep had to be put down as a result of her Injuries. 
Owners are liable to prosecution if their animals worry livestock. Police said the public should know where their dogs are at all times and put them on a leash when walking near farm animals.
If you have any information about this email 101@dc.police.uk, call 101, or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting CR/01754/18. 

Cash help for students

The Mary Waldron Trust may be able to assist you financially in vocational and further education (including Richard Huish College) with purchases of books and equipment, including computer requisites. Those applying should normally be resident in Hemyock or Clayhidon and must have received full time education at Hemyock Primary School or Uffculme School 

Applications from students (not their parents) are welcome and must be in writing or email. >How to contact the Mary Waldron Trust

Author's Clayhidon life

Former neighbours of the best selling writer Peter Mayle, who has died,  have been remembering the delightful couple who once  lived in Battens Farm in the Bolham valley.

Soon after he and his wife Jennie left "damp but pleasant Devon" for the south of France in the 1980s he wrote A Year in Provence. It sold six million copies in 40 languages and made him a multi-millionaire.

But before that he beavered away on less successful work in his writing room, a conservatory that looked across the valley at Richard Kallaway's cows.

>Read more. 

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