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El Nino brings Christmas daffodils into bloom
Christmas Day, 2015 -and the daffodils are blooming in Clayhidon, at least two months earlier than normal. December has been around 3.5 degrees centigrade warmer than average. Meteorologists say the explanation lies thousands of miles away, where the unusually high temperature of the central Pacific Ocean has triggered a powerful El Nino phenomenon.

Only food waste being collected weekly
Waste collection services in Clayhidon and the rest of rural Mid Devon have changed dramatically.
Weekly black bag collections have gone fortnightly.
Food waste is being collected weekly in new animal-proof blue plastic boxes.
For householders willing to pay extra, garden waste is picked up fortnightly either in brown boxes or bags.
The changes were rolled out between 23 November and 18 December.

Councillors oppose farm worker house
Plans to build an agricultural worker's home and a livestock building at Ten Oaks Farm, Clayhidon were not supported by parish councillors at their meeting on 9 November. They said there was no viable and sustainable agricultural evidence to support it.
But they supported "in principle" an application for a change of use of land at Barne Farm, Clayhidon to allow three lodges, although they had some concerns.

Guardian blasts failure to act on Culm pollution
The Environment Agency has been ridiculed in the Guardian for its “farcical” investigation of the River Culm pollution case it exposed in September. The agency has decided to take no action against the farmer, as “the long-term ecological impacts on the environment were fortunately low”, but environment commentator George Monbiot said the case highlighted how budget cuts had left it "toothless".
>Read more. 
Paedophile posters untrue, say police
Posters put up recently in Clayhidon saying there is a paedophile living nearby are incorrect, say Cullompton police.
"These rumours are untrue and we can confirm that there are no registered sex offenders living in Clayhidon," said a spokesperson.
"If you have any information regarding these posters, or discover more of them we ask that you inform the police via 101 and we will come and remove them."
Film Nights trial success
Clayhidon Film Nights look set to become a regular monthly feature of parish life after a second trial show on 13 November proved a success. 
>Read more.

'Let Grays Lane rat-run deteriorate'
Grays Lane has become a dangerous rat run and should be allowed to deteriorate to discourage drivers from using it, Clayhidon Parish Councillors were told at their meeting on 14 December.
A parishioner told them it was often used as a shortcut by delivery drivers, driving at considerable speed. He asked whether the road could be left to slowly degenerate so that the delivery drivers would no longer use it and only local parishioners, driving slowly and cautiously, would continue to use it. 
While the parish council sympathised it advised that he could not erect his own speed bumps and said he should report any accident/incidents to 101 so that a record was made.
Other issues discussed at the meeting were: 
COUNCIL TAX: The precept – the parish council’s share of the Council Tax - is to be increased by £500 to £8,000.
GRANTS: Organisations set to benefit from Parish Council grants include the parish hall.
TRANSPARENCY: The council will have to publish more information on the Clayhidon website.

Mad Cows are the new quiz champs
Dogged determination finally paid off for a Clayhidon quiz team on 5 December, when the Mad Cows overcame stiff opposition to win at the Parish Hall. 
Caroline Bendle and Kate Hewitt, with the aid of Doug Goodship and Pete Clark, were clear winners after years of battling away without success in the Clayhidon Quiz. The reigning champions, the Cider Drinkers, were consigned to the also-rans.
Twelve teams enjoyed a lively evening, run as usual by quiz master Peter Walter, with Anne Langford as assistant scorer. The event, which included a ploughman’s supper, raised about £200 for hall funds.  Anne (left) and Peter (right) are pictured with the winners.

Casey's designs beat best in south west
Casey Blackmore’s tiny wedding stationery design business Oyster & Pearl has been judged best in the south west in the Wedding Industry Awards. 
Barely a year after she opened her design studio in Clayhidon she has shot to the top of her profession by winning the regional final in the Wedding Stationery of the Year category. She was presented with the award in a gala evening at Maunsel House, near Bridgwater and said she was “over the moon”. >Read more. 
Picture by Adby Creative. 

Horrible histories: Life 200 years ago
Clayhidon, now seen as a rural idyll, was once a place of extreme poverty, of great inequality and cruel injustice.
Pamela Reynolds' new book about life here in the 19th century, launched on 20 November 2015, is an everyday story of country folk. But forget Ambridge, this is more shocking than East Enders. These were absolutely not the good old days.
This is human interest history, not about kings and queens but about farmers and pub landlords and starving labourers and tramps, their struggling wives and illiterate children, of magistrates and murderers, of clergymen and drunken peasants. >Read more.

Four from same family die in air crash
The four people killed in the Churchinford plane crash on 14 November were  a mother, father and their two adult children.
The six-seater Piper Malibu Mirage  aircraft came down in stormy weather in a field on Dave Manning’s Higher Southey Farm, just above the Bolham Valley, four miles short of its destination, Dunkeswell airfield. The airfield  was not expecting it, said The Times newspaper.
The victims, from Woking in Surrey, were named as amateur pilot Phil Garvey, his wife Ann and two of their five children, Emily, 23, and Dan, 20.  who were all pronounced dead at the scene.

>Read moreQuiz Night
Clayhidon Parish Hall
Saturday 5 December at 7.30pm
with quizmaster Peter Walter.
Licensed Bar. Teams of up to four members. £4 per person,  includes bread and cheese supper. To Register a team call Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or email

Christmas Coffee Morning

Saturday 5 December
10.30 – 12.00
Church Room
Cakes, draw, baubles,books
Do come and see us.

Lights Parade

Saturday 5 December
6pm starting at Longmead, Hemyock.

Procession of lanterns  
through he village,
ending outside the church
and pub, with music 
and mulled drinks.
>Click to enlarge poster

Packed parish hall warms to Blackheart

Like wandering minstrels, Blackheart will play anywhere they can find an audience, however large or small  – be it Amsterdam, Sydney – or Clayhidon. Four days before Rick Pilkington and Chrissy Mostyn rolled up at the Parish Hall in their van a mere 13 tickets had been sold.
Rick was undismayed. He didn’t mind how small the audience was, he was sure we would have a good time and his advice to the hall committee was “Don’t panic”.
By the time the lights went up on 30 October, over 40 had been sold. The hall, with table and chairs laid out in café style, was packed. The band forsook the stage and played from the auditorium. 
The atmosphere was warm and appreciative. And Rick was right. We did have a good time. >Read more

Flying start for parish Film Nights
Local history was made on 9 October when the parish hall was turned into a cinema for Clayhidon’s first-ever Film Night.
Moviola, the Dorset based community cinema charity, filled the stage with a large screen and provided superb projection and sound equipment. A team of local film enthusiasts chose the film, advertised the show, ensured it broke even by selling 55 tickets, and even generated a small profit through the sale of ice creams, snacks, drinks and raffle tickets. >Read more.

Poet saves us from Judgment Day
At the very moment when England was facing its Rugby World Cup Judgment Day with Australia a poet was booked to perform at Clayhidon Parish Hall.
So, no-one was going to turn up at the hall, right? Wrong. Actually 50 people forsook what turned out to be England's night of horror and instead enjoyed 80 minutes of the cleverest, wittiest, funniest entertainment they are ever likely to see in a village hall or anywhere else for that matter.
>Read more.

Church services
For dates and times of services at St Andrew's Church. Clayhidon over October and November click here.

Coffee morning
Clayhidon Friends wish to thank those who supported them at the coffee morning at Lynda and Adrian Ridout's home at Acre Ridge on 10 October. The event was thoroughly enjoyable, and a total of £170 was raised for Macmillan. 

Culm polluted,says Guardian
The Guardian claims the River Culm has been badly polluted by farm sewage. Environment commentator George Monbiot came to the Blackdown Hills to fish, believing the Culm to be a wildlife haven.
"Well, the river certainly made an impact – on my nostrils," he wrote. "I could smell it from 50 metres away. When I reached the bank, I saw that it had been reduced to little more than a farm sewer. It stank of cow manure. The bed was covered in feathery growths of 'sewage fungus'.

Councillors support extension plan
Clayhidon Parish Councillors met on 14 September and voted to support a planning application for a single storey and a two storey extensions at Lytchett Farm by M and Mrs Carl Purbrick. 
Council opposes plan to build house and garage
Clayhidon Parish Council voted to oppose a planning application to build a home and garage to replace a caravan at Ten Oaks Farm. 
At its planning meeting on 24 August the council doubted whether the business was viable and sustainable. “It notes there is no functional or financial justification information provided and nor is there any justification given for the 200% increase in the size of the agricultural building." 
The council asked the Mid Devon District Councillor Frank Rosamond to call in the application for decision by planning committee. 

Molly and Ellie ring the changes 
Molly Upton, aged 12, and music teacher and clarinettist Ellie Roberts helped ring the changes at Clayhidon Harvest Supper on 2 October. 
Mollie, granddaughter of the event’s long-standing entertainment presenter Brenda Persey, sang a song from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Ellie brought a touch of professional class to the event with a clarinet solo. >Read more.

With love from Clayhidon
In a poverty stricken African village a mother goes down on her knees to thank someone who by comparison is a billionaire. 
Pamela Reynolds, from Clayhidon, who has been sponsoring children through the international charity World Vision for more than 20 years, was on a visit to Uganda to see how donors’ money is being spent. 
“Nothing could have prepared me for the incredible week that we have just had,” said Pam, a retired Hemyock Primary School teacher. 
>Read more and see more pictures.

Riders and their mounts enjoyed the annual St Andrew’s horse riders’ service at Clayhidon on 20 September. Our former Rector, the Rev David Sherwood, returned from Ashburton for the afternoon to take the service in Garlands Bower.. >More pictures.

Fun and friendly fete a big success

A fun and friendly church fete was held in Clayhidon on 29 August involving a hotly contested bake off competition and a crowd pleasing duck and dog show.
Farmer's wife Thelma Blackmore won the Victoria sandwich cake class while the signature challenge in a muffin tin was won by dog show organiser Freddie Parker, with a group of marshmallow topped sheep.
The event was a real community occasion organised by the Friends of St Andrew's and the £1,000 raised was for the church and the Little Princess Trust. >Read more,     >Album of pictures from the fete.

Spectacular flower festival

Blooming marvellous: Some of the volunteers who have created spectacular displays for the St Andrew's Church flower festival. It lasts from Saturday 28 August until Monday 30 August, 2pm - 5pm. Cream teas will be served in the Church Room. From left: Alison Weekes, Margaret Prettejohn, Ann, Anne Chidgey, Kim Burridge, Anne Hughes, Pippa Lovering, Saranna Cogswell, Julie Bullett, and organiser Nicola Bendle>More pictures from the flower festival.

They're on top of the world
Katie Blackmore and Jake Porch were married on 13 June. and this stunning photograph was taken on the hill above Palmers, Clayhidon, home of Phil and Thelma Blackmore. Picture by Beth Wright Photograohy. >See more,

Councillors see video of trash dumping

The repeated dumping of rubbish opposite the entrance to the Kingsmead Centre, Clayhidon was raised at the latest meeting of the parish council. 
Councillors were shown a video of people dumping rubbish at the site and were told it was damaging the business. 
Police, Devon County council and enforcement officers from Mid Devon District Council are involved. The council asked district councillor Frank Rosamond and county councillor Ray Radford to lend support and apply pressure to resolve the matter. >Minutes in full.

Caravan chaos ends motor mayhem
Caravan Chaos was the name of the last race at a packed Smeatharpe Stadium on Sunday 16 August and it certainly lived up to its name, wrecked caravans all over the track. It brought to an entertaining climax another afternoon of motoring mayhem which included saloon stock cars and Old Skool National Bangers. >Read more.

Planners ignore pleas for screening
Mid Devon planners have ignored residents’ pleas for the latest 24-hour cattle shed at Callers Farm, Rosemary Lane to be screened by trees.
They have approved plans by RH Drew and Son to further expand the cattle complex without insisting on screening along the southern side of the building to hide it from the valley. 
And they appear to have disregarded complaints about light pollution. The bright orange glow that annoys lovers of Clayhidon’s dark skies comes not from street lamps but from lights left on inside the existing sheds.
However they did insert conditions about external lights and screening of the less visible north eastern gable end of the new shed.  >Read more.

Clayhidon Film Nights trial  

Helen Mirren, Russell Crowe, popcorn and ice cream will all be on the menu in the autumn in a two-night trial of Film Nights at Clayhidon Parish Hall.
A dozen enthusiasts recruited by the hall committee have teamed up with Moviola, which runs village hall film shows throughout the West Country, to launch what they hope will become regular monthly events.
Moviola will provide high quality projection and sound equipment. >Read more.

Wellington Monument under siege
This stunning image of multiple lightning strikes on the Wellington Monument was taken on 3 July by Lord Parker Photography. You can buy a high resolution copy from their studio in East Reach, Taunton or via their website on this link.

Council clerk's amazing 42-year stint
Past and present councillors of Clayhidon gathered to honour the service and commitment of two of their members and an incredible 42 years from the parish clerk, Michael Osmond.Alan Redwood and Robert Pike have both recently retired after 24 years service to the parish and Mr Osmond also retired after overseeing the May local elections.
A presentation evening was held in the church rooms on Thursday, 2 July with refreshments provided by the Clayhidon Friends.

Changes afoot for paths and bridleways
Six proposals for change to the public rights of way in Clayhidon have been published on the parish consultation map and are under consideration. They are: 
1. Suggested upgrading of Footpath No.14 (part) Clayhidon to a public
2. Suggested addition of a public bridleway; Nick Reed’s Lane
3. Suggested upgrading of Footpath No.31 Clayhidon Ridgewood Lane (part) and Footpath No.40, Hemyock Lemons Hill to a Bridleway
4. Suggested addition of a public footpath as a continuation to join Bakers Farm footpath in Somerset
5. Suggested downgrading of Bridleway No.38, Gotleigh Moor, Clayhidon to a public footpath
6. Suggested addition of a public bridleway along Routy Lane near Newcot Cross.
You can see full details of the proposals in a notice from Devon County Counci, and download the Clayhidon parish consultation map and the county Public Rights of Way Committee’s plans and reports on this link. 

Houses planned to replace mobile homes
Planning applications for houses to replace mobile homes at Ten Oaks Farm and Jewells Farmn are on the agenda for the parish council meeting at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Monday 10 August. 
Other items on the agenda include updates on proposed schemes for a road warden and litter pickers in Clayhidon, plus a discussion about The Pound, a plot of land next to the Half Moon Inn.
For full agenda click here.
>Planning applications

Third crash in five weeks on ridge road
There has been another crash on the ridge road - the third in just over a month. This time it was at the junction of Monument Hill and the Wrangway. 
Two cars collided on 4 July, and one ended up in a hedge. Police reported that no-one was injured.

Farmhouse roof change supported by council
A planning application to replace the thatched roof of Knowle Farm, Clayhidon with one of slate was supported by Clayhidon Parish Council at its meeting on 13 July. >Planning applications.

Concert delights
The St Andrews concert on 6 June was delightful. Read more 

Pirate in the hills
Have you heard the Blackdowns pirate? According to Newsweek magazine if you climb through a certain gap in a hedge on the crest of the Blackdowns, you'll stumble on a crime scene. “Tied to a branch in the canopy of an old birch tree is the transmitter for Rage FM, Taunton's only pirate radio station.” >Read more.

Extension idea for the parish hall
Major improvements are being mooted for Clayhidon Parish Hall. The committee wants to build an extension to provide a store room for tables and chairs and a ‘green room’ where visiting performers can rest and prepare. It is also hoping to conquer the old problem of mouldy walls in the toilets, by adding a lining to stop condensation. >Read more.

Our 5,000 readers
There has been a huge jump in the number of users of the parish website – from to 2,065 in 2013/14 to 5,024, a rise of 87 per cent. >Read more.

Entries pouring in for Church Fete

Entries are pouring in for Clayhidon Church Fete at Garlands Bower on Saturday 29 August, especially for The Great Clayhidon Bake Off which has been hugely popular

.” It seems the oven gloves are well and truly off and the game is on,” says Casey Blackmore on her special Church Fete Facebook page.”We are still looking for a couple more under 16s to take part in the Signature bake.”

“We would also like a couple more entries for the '3D Hand-crafted Item - Handmade by you from any three dimensional form (pottery, wood, metal etc...)'.

“Last but by no means least, we would like a few more of your finest fruit & vegetable animals or monsters and miniature gardens on a paper plate.

If anyone would like to take part in any of these (or any others) email .

>More about the fete

>More about the competition

>The Fete on Facebook

Saturday 29 August 2 - 4pm

Flower Festival
Saturday 28 August - Monday 30 August
2pm - 5pm
at St.Andrew's Church, Clayhidon.
 Flower festival organised by the Friends of St Andrews, in aid of church funds and the Little Princess Trust
Cream teas served in the Church Room

Saturday 11 July 11am - 4pm
Sunday 12 July 2pm-4pm
Flock Together: an exhibition in which two artists track the movements of a farmer, his sheep and his dog.

At Cherry Hayes Farm, Smeatharpe. EX14 9RD

Second crash at deadly junction
A four vehicle collision at the Ford Street junction with the ridge road on Wednesday, June 10, just after 9 am luckily involved no serious injuries.
But for the second time in ten days police, fire and ambulance were called to this highly dangerous crossroads and pressure is growing on Somerset Highways to make it safer. >Read more.

Local driver has multiple fractures
One of the most lethal road junctions in the Blackdowns claimed another victim on 1 June. A Clayhidon woman was trying to cross the ridge road at the top of Ford Street when her 4x4 car was in collision with a lorry. She was within a split second of being killed.  >Parish Council calls for action.

When will Somerset Highways do something about this deadly junction? >Comment.

John and Nicola in the pink
You've seen green ones, black ones and white ones, but now there are pink silage bales in our lovely Culm Valley. >Read more.

New faces join Parish Council
There were some new faces at Clayhidon Parish Council 18 May meeting, the first following the election. Read more.

Tories' crushing win in Tiverton & Honiton

Neil Parish held onto his seat as MP for Tiverton & Honiton in a crushing victory at the General Election on 7 May. The UKIP candidate came second. 

>Results in full.
>Candidates' comments.

Hughes and Rosamond top District Council poll

In the Mid Devon District Council elections, Tory candidate Glanmor Hughes and long-standing independent councillor Frank Rosamond were elected in the Upper Culm Ward. David Graham came within 300 votes of Mr Rosamond, but failed to get in. The votes cast were: Graham 768, Hughes 1,401, Rosamond 1,066. The Tories now have an overall majority on the council. >Results in full.

Free concert at St Andrew's Church
A free concert by five “very talented” musicians will take place  at St Andrew’s Church, Clayhidon on Saturday 6 June at 7pm.
Katy Young on harp will perform with a clarinettist, flautist, double bass player and guitarist.
The concert is free, though donations will be welcome, in support of the Church. Refreshments wil be served afterwards.

Injured Sandra gets to the finish line
An injury after 11 miles of the London Marathon didn't stop Sandra Aldworth, from Clayhidon. When her knee “packed up”  she carried on walking – for another 15 miles. For more on this, including how to sponsor the Brownies leader click here.

Cider Drinkers win Quiz again
A retired headmistress’s memory of a detail of the New Testament and a cider maker’s astonishing knowledge of capital cities propelled the Cider Drinkers to their umpteenth victory in the Clayhidon Parish Quiz on 24 April. >Read more.
Woolly wonders are winners 
A Clayhidon farming family have won national recognition for the quality of their sheep. >Read more.

Churches greet Easter dawn
Worshippers from five Culm Valley churches and chapels were up with the lark on Easter Sunday for a 7am sunrise service in a hilltop field at Grey’s Lane, Clayhidon. >Read more.

Ponies bring Turbary to life

Four Exmoor ponies are helping Devon Wildlife Trust to nurse the newly-fenced Clayhidon Turbary back to health thanks to a £34,000 donation. >Read more.
Genius with a guitar . . .

Clive Carroll came to Clayhidon on 27 March in a cloud of hype, promising “a thousand years of music”. 
He only had to pick up his guitar and play the opening bars of a classical Portuguese piece for us to realise that the hype was true. He really is a world class guitarist, and by some miracle he was here in our parish hall.
>Read more

Eight candidates stand for seven parish council seats

Eight candidates are standing for a place on Clayhidon Parish Council on 7 May. As there are only seven seats there will be an election.
Alan Redwood has stepped down, but all the other existing councillors are standing again.
Two new candidates have been nominated – Graham Langford, sheep farmer and former council chairman, and Alison Weekes, who has lived in the parish for 20 years and helped set up the parish website.
The full list of candidates, (with the names of their proposers in brackets):
  • BENDLE, Maurice Edward - Parklands, Clayhidon (Raymond J Drew);
  • DREW, Richard William - Callers Farm, Clayhidon, (Francis Darkes);
  • R HAY, Sue - Ashfields, Clayhidon (Michael C Osmond);
  • HILL Alex - Bollhayes Park, Clayhidon, Cider Maker (Richard Brown);
  • W KALLAWAY Richard = Crosses Farm, Clayhidon, Farmer (Nigel G Moberly);
  • LANGFORD Graham = Great Garlandhayes, Clayhidon (Maurice Bendle);
  • E PIKE Robert - 66 Prowses, Hemyock (John C Bendle);
  • WEEKES Alison J - Deadbeer, Clayhidon, Clayhidon Website (John T Law).


Eight candidates stand for seven parish council seats
Eight candidates are standing for a place on Clayhidon Parish Council on 7 May. As there are only seven seats there will be an election. >Full candidates list.

Mid Devon District Council candidates for Upper Culm

Parliamentary choice: five bid for your 7 May vote 
>Read more.

Brown Owl runs marathon for Girl Guiding

Brownies leader Sandra Aldworth, from Clayhidon, is running in this month’s London Marathon and hoping to raise £1,800 for Girl Guiding UK. 
Sandra, 52, who is Hemyock Brownie Group’s Brown Owl, is one of only five runners from across the UK to be selected for the Girl Guiding team among a total entry of 35,000.
She has been training hard on the flattest bits of the Blackdowns she can find in preparation for the race on 26 April. She has been a long distance runner since her schooldays. It’s her second marathon attempt. Her last was four years ago at the Eden Project in Cornwall, when a tendon injury forced her to pull out near the half-way point.
Sandra, who lives at School House, Clayhidon, has been part of Hemyock Brownies for around 20 years.
Girl Guiding has been a big part of my life for the last 29 years,” she says. “I have had a wonderful time with Guiding and made great and lasting friendships, now is my chance to give something back while achieving something personal.
If you would like to sponsor her you can do it online on the Just Giving website on this link. 

Quiz Night returns in April

November's Clayhidon Quiz was such a packed-out success that Clayhidon Parish Hall is planning another on Friday 24 April (not 25 April as previouisly announced). This time there will be a bar. The ever-challenging Peter Walter has agreed to be quiz master.
Tickets are £3 per person including bread and cheese supper.
To register your team of up to four people contact Caroline Bendle on 01823 681 047 or email 

Breakfast team raise £1,100

Some of the volunteers who turned out to serve a sizzling bangers and bacon breakfast for 105 guests at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 14 March. It was the most successful Big Breakfast held so far in the parish. Organiser Pam Reynolds says the event raised a record £1,100 for Cancer Research. It was a great breakfast enjoyed by everyone in a wonderful atmosphere.

Faster broadband for parish?
High-speed broadband could come to Clayhidon - if enough people are interested in signing up. 
CFB Solutions, a Crewkerne company, has told the parish council it could set up a wireless network for the parish. Small aerials would be erected on buildings to receive the signal on the ridges and bounce it down into the valleys.
If you are interested in finding out more about the CFB proposal contact the Parish Council. If there is sufficient interest the council will invite the company to attend a parish meeting to provide more information. >Read more.

Clog dancing, diddling and perfect harmony 
A packed audience at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 20 February gave an enthusiastic welcome to three young women with probably the most perfectly matched voices ever to grace the tiny stage. >Read more.

Council to collect food and cardboard
Clayhidon residents will be able to recycle food waste, plastic and cardboard when a new waste management system is introduced in the autumn. 
District Councillor Frank Rosamund told the parish council at its meeting on 9 February there had been a review of waste management and new lorries were being purchased.
Other headlines from the meeting: 
· Michael Osmond, parish clerk for more than 40 years, is to retire
· Clayhidon may employ its own lengthsman to help maintain verges and ditches 
· Residents are invited to take part in a parish council survey of broadband speeds. (Click here to test your broadband speed).
>Council report in full

Marigolds, mops and a glimpse of history
Fortified by bacon butties: Clayhidon Parish Hall's spring cleaners.

They came with Marigolds, mops and mould removing chemicals: 12 volunteers committed three hours of their time on 7 February to a three-hour cleaning blitz at Clayhidon Parish Hall. >Read more.

Will you host a French family?
Clayhidon, Culmstock and Hemyock are twinned with a group of villages in the Loire valley in France. This year it is their turn to visit and there is a need for new host families. >Read more.

The fabulous, folky diddlers kick off 2015 season at hall 

Be prepared to be 'diddled' on Friday 20 February when an extraordinary all-female folk trio, Lady Maisery, open Clayhidon Parish Hall's 2015 entertainment season.
They are one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia  and other parts of Europe. You can get a flavour of their fabulous folky sound by visiting
Lady Maisery  were nominated for the 'Horizon' BBC Folk Award 2012 and for 'Best Debut' at the Spiral Awards 2012.

<Click here to enlarge poster.

Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, they offer rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes. >Read more

Bacon butties, hot coffee - and a cleaning blitz
Would bacon butties and hot drinks be enough to tempt you to join a three-hour cleaning blitz on Saturday 7 February?  Clayhidon Parish Hall Committee are planning a spring clean  to make sure our precious asset, which serves all the communities of the Upper Culm Valley, is kept up to standard.
They would appreciate some help!
The start at 9am and promise to finish by 12 noon at the latest. If you would like to volunteer to join our tiny band of sweepers, scrubbers and polishers please call Lucy Ball on 01823 680607  or email