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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.
>Read what happened next.

Film Nights to continue after trial
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. 
Forty five people turned up at the Parish Hall to watch Russell Crowe’s post-First World War film The Water Diviner. They were also treated to a brilliantly funny series of 90-second films. 
This time the hall was turned back to front, with the screen higher than last time and at the opposite end to the stage. The result was much improved visibility for people at the back. The sound proved a problem, but this seems to have been more to do with muttering Australian and Turkish actors than the hall or the equipment. 

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 our review.





Extension idea for 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.

Review of the year
Clayhidon Parish Hall Committee has enjoyed another successful year running the hall as community building for the Upper Culm valley, organising sell-out shows and hosting other local events. 
To read our summary of 2014/15, including improvements to the fabric of the building and its car park wall 
click here.


Film Nights to go monthly
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. 
Forty five people turned up at the Parish Hall to watch Russell Crowe’s post-First World War film The Water Diviner. They were also treated to a brilliantly funny series of 90-second films. 
This time the hall was turned back to front, with the screen higher than last time and at the opposite end to the stage. The result was much improved visibility for people at the back. The sound proved a problem, but this seems to have been more to do with muttering Australian and Turkish actors than the hall or the equipment. 
The audience enjoyed an entertaining and thought provoking evening, presented in association with Moviola. Sales of ice cream, popcorn, drinks and raffle tickets helped ensure the evening made a profit for the hall of around £100. 
The Film Committee meets soon to choose titles for three more Clayhidon Film Nights after Christmas. The hall has been booked for 8 January, 12 February and 11 March and the films will be announced shortly. Assuming these screenings prove popular there will probably then be a break over the summer before they resume in September.

Film Nights off the ground
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.

Film Nights with Moviola 

THE WATER DIVINER (15), Friday 13 November, 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm)

Clayhidon Parish Hall

In the second of Clayhidon’s Movie Night trials, Moviola present the award winning film  The Water Diviner, directed by and starring Russell Crowe and inspired by true events.

Following the Battle of Gallipoli, a widowed  farmer travels to Turkey to search of his three sons who are missing in action. On arrival in Constantinople he finds his questions blocked by military bureaucracy.

>Read more, watch the trailer and book tickets..


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.
Helen Mirren got the experiment off to a flying start with Woman in Gold, the true story of a Holocaust survivor’s battle to prove her ownership of a priceless portrait stolen by the Nazis.
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.
The event revived the tradition of a trailer and short film preceding an interval and then the main feature film. This turned the evening into a social occasion, although the short film, a slightly weird tourist feature about Austria, with rather too much yodelling, drew some criticism. The organisers are determined to put this right next time.
The next film night is on Friday 13 November, when the main feature will be The Water Diviner, starring and directed by Russell Crowe. Tickets at £6 per person or £20 for families (2 adults + 2 children) are available from Lucy Ball by emailing lucyball132@btinternet.com or calling 01823 680607.


Mirren and Crowe to launch Clayhidon Film Nights




 

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. The local organisers choose the films and simply need to attract an audience of around 50 to cover costs. If enough people attend there will be further shows in January, February and March.
The first two films - Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, and The Water Diviner, directed by and starring Russell Crowe – were the almost unanimous choice after watching and debating 39 trailers.
“We chose two recently released films we hope will have the widest appeal in our valley, but we will be asking people at our trial nights about the kind of shows they would like to see in future,” said hall chairman Gareth Weekes.
“Would they prefer mainstream romantic comedies, action movies or historical dramas or a mixed menu, and is there any appetite for more off-beat films?”
The aim is to make Film Nights a social event. A licensed bar will be open for the sale of  alcohol, soft drinks, ice cream, popcorn and nibbles.
The first-ever major feature film to be shown in the village will be Woman in Gold (certificate 12A) on Friday 9 October. The true story of a Holocaust survivor’s battle to recover famous paintings looted from her family by the Nazis has been turned into a gripping courtroom thriller.
The second part of the trial is on Friday 13 November with The Water Diviner (certificate 15), Russell Crowe’s powerful drama about a father seeking to find his sons, lost presumed dead in the First World War Battle of Gallipoli.
Tickets will be on sale at £6 per person or £20 for a family ticket (2 adults plus two children) from Lucy Ball , telephone 01823 680607 or email lucyball132@btinternet.com

Read more and watch the trailers
>Woman in Gold
>The Water Diviner

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An intimate evening with an 'utterly magical' band
Blackheart

Friday 30 October 2015
 7.30pm at Clayhidon Parish Hall.
Tickets £8 (concessions £6) available now from Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or emailcarouselle@btinternet.com

Enjoy an intimate evening with Blackheart, UK Exposure Music Awards ‘Best British Duo’ winners when they play a concert at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Friday October 30th as part of their ‘Beautifully Acoustic’ nationwide tour. 

Blackheart are multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington. Their unique music has been described as “a heavenly fusion of acoustic folk, intelligent pop and classical music”, “utterly magical” by the BBC’s John Gilmore and “one of the best things to come out of England in recent years” by Fatea Music Magazine.

After  three successful albums and  over 600 concerts from Amsterdam, Berlin and Sydney to London, Belfast and Glastonbury, and radio play in nearly every country in the world, Blackheart’s music is impossible to categorise. >Read more



Comic poet booked for autumn

CLAYHIDON PARISH HALL 
7.30pm Saturday 3 October 2015.

TICKETS £8 adults (concessions £6) Supper £3. TELEPHONE 01823 681047
 EMAIL carouselle@btinternet.com

Matt Harvey, the brilliant comic poet and Radio 4 host, is to perform at Clayhidon Parish Hall on Saturday 3 October .

Matt’s way with words has taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian. His work is funny and clever and his  stage peformances are unforgettable.

He is host of Wondermentalist – Radio 4’s comedy-infused, musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret – and author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts (Poetry Trust), Where Earwigs Dare (Green Books) and Mindless Body Spineless Mind. 

We expect this to be to be a sell-out so watch this space or keep an eye on thePump  for booking details.

>Watch Matt Harvey  on YouTube

>What the critics say about Matt Harvey.

Film shows at Clayhidon?
Would you consider coming to Clayhidon Parish Hall to watch recent movies such as The Theory of Everything, Paddington, The Second Best Marigold Hotel, Boyhood and Far From the Madding Crowd?
The hall committee is exploring the idea of inviting the cinema charity Moviola, which runs shows for rural communities all over Britain, to come to Clayhidon, and it’s looking for local film lovers to help. 
>Read more.
Cider Drinkers win 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.

Country music raises £2,100 for hospice

Clayhidon Country Music Club, which meets once a month at the hall for an evening of music and dancing, has donated all its profits for last year to the Children’s Hospice South West. Organiser Phil May presented a cheque for £2,100 on behalf of members.

2014/15: A year in the life
of Clayhidon Parish Hall
Hall committee chairman's annual report 


BEE HILL: The hall committee was shattered by the death of Bee Hill, our vice chairman, in May 2014. Her energy and enthusiasm were major reasons for the success of the hall in recent years. We spent much of the year trying to progress initiatives she had begun.

COMMITTEE CHANGES: Mike Hudson retired as chairman at the AGM. Gareth Weekes was elected chairman, Lucy Ball vice chairman, Caroline King secretary and Rosemary Jones treasurer. Doreen Pike stepped down after many years, but has continued to assist with the raffle at hall events. Two new committee members joined – Anne Langford, representing the Clayhidon Friends, and Doug Goodship.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE & CLEANING: Two projects were started and completed during the year. The boundary wall was repointed and partially rebuilt by Paul Churchill. A new emergency lighting system and disabled toilet alarm were installed by Barley Meade Electrical. Keeping the hall clean remains a challenge, particularly controlling mould caused by condensation. A spring clean by volunteers in February made a big difference, and the committee decided that when necessary we would top up the normal cleaning regime by bringing in outside help.

MANAGEMENT ISSUES: We took various actions to bring the hall up to the Hallmark quality standards scheme for village halls. To save money and time we decided not to formally apply for accreditation, but we clarified the rules for awarding contracts, devised clearer booking arrangements, created terms and conditions and a health and safety policy and improved emergency lighting.

EVENTS: The committee organised two shows promoted through Villages in Action – Lady Maisery (a female folk trio) and Clive Carroll (a virtuoso guitarist) plus a third independent show, Howden Jones (singing duo), and a parish quiz. All of these events were highly praised by audiences and were either a sell-out or a near sell-out, and all made a profit. They involved much time and effort by committee members and other helpers, in preparing and serving food, running the bar and raffle and arranging chairs.

HALL HIRE: The hall was used for two major parish events – the Harvest Supper and the Big Breakfast - as well as for regular bookings from local organisations such as the Parish Council, Clayhidon Friends, Art Group and Country Music Club and private parties.

THE YEAR AHEAD: We are bringing forward our AGM to 22 April, much earlier than in previous years but this is to comply with a clause in our founding document.
We are hoping to capitalise on the success of the quiz last autumn by holding a spring quiz – on 24 April.

FUTURE EVENTS: We will be bidding for at least two shows from the Villages in Action menu early next year. Meanwhile we have booked two acts for October - Matt Harvey – a brilliant and very funny performance poet – for 3 October, and Blackheart - a pair of acoustic songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, with a new brand of ethereal, avant- garde folk - for 30 October.

BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS: We are looking at ways of reducing damp in the toilets and in the longer term of extending the building to create a room for visiting performers and space for better storage of chairs and tables.

GARETH WEEKES
Chairman, Clayhidon Hall Committee
April 2015.


Quiz Night returns in April

November's Clayhidon Quiz was such a packed-out success that we are 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 carouselle@btinternet.com 

He played for Madonna - now he's booked for Clayhidon

Clayhidon hosts one of Britain’s finest acoustic guitarists, Clive Carroll, on Friday 27 March. Tickets are now on sale and if you are quick you can be among the privileged few to hear him.
 “A thousand years of music” is the title of his show, which ranges from medieval lute music, through Spanish guitar classics to Delta blues and hints of Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt and the Beatles. Clive’s Devon tour has been arranged by Villages in Action.
Robin Denselow wrote in a Guardian review of his latest album Life in Colour: “Clive Carroll looks set to become the latest acoustic guitar hero. . . Ten of the compositions are by Carroll himself, and range from thoughtful pieces like All This Time through to dazzling, rapid-fire displays of jazz and swing and equally virtuoso but sensitive banjo work, along with compositions by the 16th-century lute player John Dowland and bluesman Willie Brown.”
Another reviewer wrote on the Marlborough College website: “Riveting was one adjective to describe Clive Carroll’s recital in the Goodison Hall, others could range from mesmerising to astounding and all would be true.  
“Carroll is an immensely gifted musician, a magnificent virtuoso guitarist and a fine creative spirit.  His personable and witty delivery in presenting his programmes gives a further dimension to his show and for College pupils seeking further inspiration for their guitar studies it doesn’t come much better than this.”  
Madonna thinks he is so good she booked him for a private party.
>Read more about Clive Carroll. 
Tickets for this event are on sale now, price £8 (concessions £6). To book your seat and your supper (£3) call  01823 681047 or email carouselle@btinternet.com

Clayhidon’s previous Villages in Action gig on 20 February, with the folk trio Lady Maisery, was a sell-out and the organisersended up turning people away, so please book soon to make sure of a place. 


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. We would appreciate some help!
We 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 lucyball132@btinternet.com . 

Keeping the hall in good nick
There's a never-ending maintenance programme to keep Clayhidon Parish Hall in good nick. Last autumn Paul Churchill and his team carried out major repairs to the car park wall. Barley Meade Electrical are about to renew and modernise the emergency lighting. Later in the year we hope to be able to improve the toilets, where condensation and damp have been a problem for years.
We are grateful for support we have received from Mid Devon District Council, Clayhidon Parish Council and our many loyal punters. 

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.

- Happy New Year  from the Clayhidon Parish Hall Committee.

  


The fabulous, folky sound

of Lady Maisery

>Click here to enlarge poster

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 www.ladymaisery.com
Lady Maisery  were nominated for the 'Horizon' BBC Folk Award 2012 and for 'Best Debut' at the Spiral Awards 2012.
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. 
The trio burst onto the scene with the release of their debut album, ‘Weave and Spin’, in summer 2011. This received critical acclaim and was declared an ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent. 
Their Clayhidon gig is promoted by Villages in Action, with backing from Devon County Council and  Arts Council England. We hope you'll join us.
Tickets, on sale now, are £8 (concessions £6). To book your seat and your supper (£3) call  01823 681047 or email carouselle@btinternet.com

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