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Midsummer Party

Everyone's invited to our Midsummer Party and Barn Dance

A Midsummer Party in a Clayhidon marquee is planned for Saturday 30 June – and everyone is invited

It’s being organised by the parish hall committee as a big summer social event to raise funds for building  improvements.   

There’ll be a hog roast, a barn dance with the Stirabout Ceilidh Band, a licensed bar and a raffle with the star prize of a Cornish seaside holiday for five. The marquee will be pitched in Russell and Caroline Bendle’s  field just below the hall.

It’s going to be a real family and friends get-together and everyone from the area will be welcome, not just from the parish. Stirabout are great at getting children dancing as well as reluctant grown-ups, so we are hoping it will be an all-ages fun event.

SAVE ON TICKETS: £10 for over 16s (if ordered in advance, otherwise £12 on the door); £5 for 11-16 year olds (must be  accompanied by an adult) Under 11s free.  Book in advance from Caroline  Bendle 01823 681047 or

And the next day, 1 July: 
A cream tea and a gentle stroll in the Upper Culm Valley
Guided walk starts at 2.30pm. Teas served from 3.00. £5 (£2.50 under 16s). Price includes walk and cream tea. To make sure of a place contact Caroline Bendle 01823 681047 or email

Why we need to raise money

After 125 years serving the Blackdowns, as a school, community centre and entertainment venue, Clayhidon Parish Hall urgently needs improvement.

Work on replacing the roof starts this June. The hall’s supply of electricity is to be increased during the summer to allow for much needed improvements in the kitchen, including a new cooker and glass washer.

The whole building suffers from condensation and is hard to heat. The toilets are cold and damp. Rain drips in between the slates and heat leaks through the poorly insulated roof.

Tables and chairs have to be stored on the stage and carried down before every event, then lifted back again afterwards. The stage has woodworm and is poorly lit. Visiting performers change in a garden shed.  

The hall committee plans to build an extension behind the stage to house new toilets, a warm room where performers can change, or people can hold meetings, plus an upstairs room to house the parish archives.

The old toilets will be converted into a furniture store. 

All this will cost in the region of £100,000. “It sounds a daunting prospect for a parish where barely 300 people live, but we are already about a third of the way there,” said hall chairman Gareth Weekes. “We have been promised a £25,800 grant by Viridor Credits plus great support from the parish council and gifts from generous individuals.”