Parish Hall

Four steps to  a better hall
The hall committee - with the help of the parish council - has been working for months on a project to repair, extend and modernise the Victorian schoolroom, which was converted into a  hall in the 1960s.

Phase one - to create an overflow car park -  has been completed by the council on land donated by Russell and Caroline Bendle. It has cost about £4,000.

Phase two-  is to make the hall warmer and more weather-proof by a major renovation of the slate roof. We are about to seek funding for this, and if successful work will start by the new year.

Phase three is to build an extension behind the stage to create new toilets, a dressing room for performers and an upstairs room to house the parish archives. Mid Devon District Council has already given planning permission for the extension, and is  considering a buildings regulations application.

Phase four will be to convert the old toilets into a store for tables and chairs, replace the existing fixed stage with more flexible portable staging blocks, and improve the lighting, heating and kitchen.


Friday 15 September
FILM NIGHT: Their Finest (12A).  A highly entertaining story set in wartime London. Gemma Arterton stars as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue for government propaganda films. As bombs are dropping all around them Arterton and a colourful cast, including Bill Nighy in excellent form, work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.

Saturday 23 September
11am - 2pm. 
Tabletop and car boot sale. Tables and boots £5. Booking strongly recommended. Call Caroline Bendle on 01823 680607 or email . In aid of hall improvement fund.

Friday 13 October
LIVE MUSIC: Red Dirt Skinners  The first act in history to achieve accolades at the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards, and they were finalists in the Folk category for the UK Songwriting Awards. 
Their current album, Behind The Wheel, was nominated Album of the Year at the International Acoustic Music Awards and voted Folk/Roots Album of the Year in several polls. >Read more.

Friday 20 October
FILM NIGHT: Hidden Figures (PG). The true story of African American female mathematicians who worked on America’s space race, starring Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories. It received numerous awards including three Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress) and two Golden Globes.

Friday 3 November
7.30pm. (Doors open 7.00pm)
LIVE MUSIC: 3 Daft Monkeys. With Celtic and eastern influences,
the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2. >Read more and reserve tickets

Friday 17 November
FILM NIGHT: The Levelling (15). This powerful story of blighted farms is set in the flooded Somerset Levels. A family is haunted by tragedy, poverty and brutal nature in a chilling and brilliantly acted drama by new writer/director Hope Dickson Leach. Off huge local interest and not to be missed – but not for the faint hearted. Starts at 7.30pm.

Saturday 2 December
QUIZ NIGHT: Everyone welcome. Details to follow.

Thursday 7 December
LIVE THEATRE: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, performed in a one-man show by David Mynne, who is the Rabbit Theatre.
Joy to all mankind... Bah! Spend an evening in the company of a mean, tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser. Bah! David Mynne was a founder member of Cornwall's legendary Kneehigh Theatre. >Read more.

Friday 15 December
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: A delightful evening of singing, with mince pies and mulled wine.
Details to follow.

Red Dirt Skinners booked for Clayhidon autumn season
Audiences and critics rave about the Red Dirt Skinners, who are booked to play at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Friday 13 October.
They describe themselves as a genre-busting husband-wife duo. Rob and Sarah Skinner are the first act in history to achieve accolades at the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards, and they were finalists in the Folk category for the UK Songwriting Awards. 
Their current album, Behind The Wheel was nominated Album of the Year at the International Acoustic Music Awards and voted Folk/Roots Album of the Year in several polls.
Having no tie to any particular genre means that the Red Dirt Skinners sound is instantly recognisable. With male and female harmonies blending together as one voice and Sarah’s trademark soprano saxophone solos, you will be swept along by the refreshingly different approach to an evening of music making.
If you like original music that draws influences from Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Supertramp, Crosby Stills and Nash, David Bowie coupled with some epic storytelling, humour and heartfelt emotions, then you'll love the Red Dirt Skinners.
They have a natural rapport with their audiences and their live shows are a wonderful experience; a musical journey to remember.
Tickets (£10) and supper reservations (£5) available from Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or email

Successful year for the hall
It is still not known how much Clayhidon Parish Hall committee will need to raise to pay for improvements to the building, but the annual meeting was told that the previous year had shown a marked boost in its finances. This was put down to a successful year for lettings, live events and film nights, plus a £2,000 donation from the Parish Council.
The hall committee and its helpers worked hard to produce another year of live entertainment, film shows and other community events. They have cooked and generously donated food and raffle prizes and, given much time and effort in preparing for and running events. At the same time, they have been looking to the future, with comprehensive plans to refurbish the hall and build an extension.
The committee was re-elected en bloc, with the addition of Neil Carter, who has been asked to co-ordinate the building project. Officers re-elected were Gareth Weekes, chairman; Lucy Ball, vice chair; Caroline King, secretary and Sandra Aldworth, treasurer.

Springtime view of Clayhidon Parish Hall from the daffodil-covered banks of the River Culm. Back in the 1960s, when it was still being used as the village school, children would play in the river at lunchtime until they were summoned back by the school bell.


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.

What we said  about Parish Hall  shows 



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 . 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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