£37,000 raised in seven months to fund hall improvements

Since the end of January Clayhidon Parish Hall Committee has raised nearly £37,000 through grants, donations and fundraising events. It needs to find another £63,000 to fund an extension housing new toilets, a parish archive and an artists’ dressing room/small meeting room and the conversion of the existing toilets to a furniture storeroom. >Read more



“From the Fifties to the Noughties” in pop,  rock and blues kicks off an autumn of entertainment at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Saturday 6 October.

Local covers band Bar None will span more than  60 years of music, from the rhythms that used to make Grannie and Grandpa get up and start jiving right up to the present day.

Their huge repertoire includes numbers originally performed by Dusty Springfield, Patti Smith, Florence & The Machine, The Police, Oasis, The Cult, Blondie,  ZZ Top, The Stereophonics, Razorlight and many others

Bar None are a five-piece band, all experienced musicians from the Blackdowns, and their mantra is “We'll get you dancing”.


The gig starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 (or £5 for 11 years and under). If not sold out they will be available on the door, or to reserve call Caroline on 01823 681047 or email carouselle@btinternet.com. Supper is £5 but must be booked in advance. As usual there’ll be a licensed bar.   


FILM NIGHT Friday 12 October – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A).

Lily James, Michiel Huisman and Tom Courtney lead the cast of this “irresistible wartime romantic mystery”. Every location is  “like a little mini-break for the soul, every costume and piece of set-dressing nibbleably  gorgeous, and every character a pleasure to keep company with, even the rotters” (says Robbie Collin in The Telegraph). In fact, much of it was filmed not in Nazi-occupied Guernsey but in North Devon.

Tickets are £6, available on the door or in advance from valerieslabbert@icloud.com or 01823 680032. There will be snacks and a licensed bar.


LIVE CABARET  Friday 16 November – Charlie Bicknell stars in Shameless Angel. 

Brazenly witty, contentious and often achingly funny, with songs from the likes of Tim Minchin, Fascinating Aida, Amanda Palmer, as well as her own wicked and inimitable songs, Shameless Angel is set to be another sell-out success, following on where Fallen Angel left off.

A heartfelt love song to Benedict Cumberbatch , the touching gay eskimo and a radio programme of ‘Climactic Interludes’  feature in this eclectic and often startlingly athletic performance.

‘A high octane mix of English rose, vamp and Cruella de Vil, Charlie’s shamelessly sexy, murderously funny. You have been warned. Roses have thorns.’ The Observer

7:30pm (doors open 7pm).  Tickets are £9. To reserve call Caroline on 01823 681047 or email carouselle@btinternet.com. Supper is £5 but must be booked in advance.


FILM NIGHT Friday 23 November – The Bookshop (PG).

Glamorous widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative English seaside town, where everyone is excessively polite to everyone else, but which is actually a seething nest of malice, gossip and backbiting..

While bringing about a cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel, this film is brilliantly directed by Isabel Coixet .

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Clayhidon Parish Hall, Battle Street, Clayhidon  EX15 3PL

The hall can be hired for £8.50 per hour or £60 per day. >Read more.

You can hire the hall for badminton sessions.

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Regular events    at the hall

The Art Group meet every Tuesday at 10am. Call Bill Smith on 421200 if you would like to join them.

Clayhidon Friends get together on the second Thursday of the month. Visitors are welcome and you can see what the Friends get up to by visiting www.clayhidon.com/clayhidon-friends . Call Anne Langford on 680086.

The Country and Western Club can be found there on the third Saturday of the month. Call Phil May on 335314.

Anyone can hire the hall. It costs only £8 an hour including use of the kitchen and heating. The building is also available for badminton. Call Caroline Bendle on 681047.

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