St Andrew's Church archive

Mary, Joseph and a dash of Ketchup
Another year, another Mary and Joseph, but Ketchup the Shetland pony was back again as usual on 23 December to give another immaculate performance as the  donkey in the St Andrew's, Clayhidon crib service.
This year Evelyn Tonkin was Mary, Tristan Alers-Hankey was Joseph and  Lydia Persey (right) brought Ketchup.
Inside the church  which had been beautifully decorated with flowers and candles, a large cast of shepherds, kings and readers gave an enchanting retelling of the Christmas st
ory, in which Clayhidon and the Blackdowns were compared with Bethlehem. It was watched by an enthusiastic audience of parents and grandparents and overseen by the Rector, the Rev David Burton.

Celebrating Christmas at St Andrew's

Sunday 17 December - 6.30pm - Service of Lessons and Carols
Saturday 23 December - 4pm - Candlelit Nativity and Crib Service
Sunday 24 December - 11.15pm - Christmas Eve Communion
Monday 25 December - 10am - Christmas Family Service
Sunday 31 December - 10.30am - Communion Service at Culm Davy

Christmas coffee morning raises £460
The St Andrew's Church Christmas Coffee Morning at Clayhidon Parish Hall on 9 December  went well – after a slow start, writes Pam Reynolds.
There was plenty to buy on the decorative stalls and with the Christmas decorations in the hall it all looked most attractive.
There was a lovely atmosphere and a good beginning to the Christmas feeling.
We made £460 with another donation to come so it was worth while.
We thank everyone for their contributions and wish everyone in the community a very happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year.
The St Andrew Carol Service is at 6.30 on Sunday 17th December with the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols.
We look forward to seeing and hearing everyone at this special Christmas celebration with refreshments to follow.

Sunshine and sponges bring the summer to an end
27 August 2017
A church barbecue and hog roast was a success and 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.
Nicola Bendle said it had been a successful event with plenty of families involved, children's races and wonderful weather.
Some 90 hog roasts were served, with Mike Hudson and Corinne Williams doing the puddings. Hardly anything was left over. Val Slabbert ran a Pimms tent.
The Clayhidon Bake Off had nearly 50 entries. Mike Hudson was the judge for the floral entries, Nicola Werner for the artistic classes and Rachel Drawert and Gina Cox judged the cakes.
Organised by Casey Blackmore, the Victoria sponge competition was won again by her mother in law, Thelma Blackmore, and second was her husband, Jamie Blackmore. But Casey said there was no favouritism.
"There was definitely no fix, I entered in the scones class and came nearly bottom!"
Gemma Gilbert won the scones and Susie Kallaway won the cupcake class.
Thelma won the Victoria sponge class at the first Clayhidon Bake off two years ago, and last year ran the competition with her sister in law, Jo Blackmore, so did not enter.

Sunday at
St Andrew's
13 November 2016: Clayhidon remembered its war dead in a service of remembrance at St Andrew's Church.
The Rev John Stone delivered a thought provoking sermon and afterwards led a minute's silence and read out the names of the seven who died in the First World War and the two who died in the Second.


Chilly start to Easter Sunday in Clayhidon
These hardy souls rose early on a chilly Easter Sunday morning 2016 to sing hymns as the sun rose over Gollick Park, Clayhidon and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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. 
Brenda, who promised further breaks in tradition in next year’s harvest supper, led the usual community singsong from her keyboard and recited hilarious westcountry poems.  Mike Reynolds ended the evening with a topical rendition of On Clayhidon on the Hill. 
Michael Hudson thanked the event’s new organiser, Casey Blackmore, who has taken over from Margaret Blackmore, Karen Pinder and her helpers who ran the catering, Alex Hill for providing Bollhayes Cider and apple juice, and the Rumwell Farm Shop for a gift pack of produce. A raffle raised £95 for the homeless.

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

Get ready for the great Clayhidon bake-off

Clayhidon's church fete in August looks set to be a true classic.
Everyone's favourite ingredients will be there plus some modern twists.
There will be the fabulous dog show and dog and duck display, cream teas and classic cars, but there are also 12 classes to enter and enjoy some friendly competition with your neighbours.
The three categories include a handcrafted 3D item, a single bloom and in the great Clayhidon Bake Off the technical challenge of a Victoria sponge, a signature challenge of any entry in a muffin tin, plus perfect preserves.
The creative section also includes a painted item on canvas and handmade crafts.
In the green fingers category, the old delight of a miniature garden on a paper plate should see some delightful entries as well as the fruit and veg animals or monsters.
And to run off some excess energy there will be a sack race, egg and spoon and welly throwing. And on top of this there will be loads of other stalls, games and challenges.
To help make this event the success the organisers deserve, ring up soon and get your entry forms from the committee members listed.
The fete at Garlands Bower, the church field next to St Andrews Church, Clayhidon, is on Saturday, August 29, and will be opened by Richard Kallaway, chairman of the parish council, at 2pm. Put it in your diaries now!
Entry forms and programme of events are available from Casey Blackmore, 681331, Nicola Bendle, 680541, Caroline Bendle, 681047, and Kim Burridge,680488. Closing date is August 19. >Victoria sponge recipe.  >Entry forms and more information  on special Facebook page

A group of very talented musicians delighted the listeners in a concert on 6 June, writes Pam Reynolds. It was unusual to have someone playing the harp but everyone thoroughly enjoyed it all. Refreshments were served afterwards making it a most enjoyable evening.

Worshippers rise early for Easter sunrise
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.
Led by the Rector, the Rev David Burton, about 40 people from St Andrew’s Church and Rosemary Lane Chapel in Clayhidon, St Mary’s and the Baptish Church in Hemyock, plus All Saints Culmstock and Culm Davy Chapel sang hymns and said prayers. They were accompanied by Ron White on his accordion.  
The sun stayed hidden throughout the service, but Maurice Bendle and John Bimson added some warmth with a blazing log fire.
“It was a short service to say ‘Hallelujah , Christ is risen’ ­-  a really pleasant and lovely start to Easter,” said Pam Reynolds, joint churchwarden at St Andrew’s.

Clergy galore as St Andrew's marks 740 years
Pictured above are (from left) lay reader Katherine Simpson, Mary Beale, standing in for her husband, the Rev John Stone, the Rev Tony Grosse, the Rev Margaret Cameron, lay reader David Palmer, and the Rev Hugh Thompson Glover. At the rear are lay reader David Hortop,the Rev Ron White, the current minister, the Rev David Burton, the Rev Clive Hudson and Father Hart, Patron of the SMF.
St Andrew's Church, Clayhidon, celebrated 740 years of existence on 27 February, with a dedication festival eucharist.
A cloth of former ministers attended the special communion service and a lunch later in the church room.
The church was decorated with flags and the congregation enjoyed tea and a cake made especially for the occasion by Erica Williams.
The actual date at which the church was founded or consecrated remains a matter for debate. The evidence suggests a foundation date of around 1274, possibly a little earlier.
But the first reference to Clayhidon in the Bishops' registers occurs on February 27, 1274, and concerns the presentation of Ralph de Hidon to the living.
The advowson was then under the patronage of Sir John de Hidon, lord of the manor.As manorial lords played an active role in the foundation of churches on their estates in medieval times, it may be that St Andrew's Church was founded by Sir John de Hidon, who then made provision for one of his sons by presenting him to the living as the first rector.
According to Ian E Wakeling's History of St Andrew's Church, Clayhidon, Devon 1984, no other documentary source makes any earlier reference to there being a church in Clayhidon.
History in the caking: cakes, including a 3D representation of the church, made for children attending a special family service commemorating 740 years.

At the centre of local life for more than 740 years