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Love story that crossed the generations

This Friday's (20 April) Clayhidon Film Night features the true story of a passionate love affair between an ageing Hollywood film star and a much younger man,
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (15) showcases the extraordinary talents of Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters. Read more, watch the trailer and see ticket info on this link

World class tenors at the hall 
Don't take our word for the brilliance of the Opera Dudes, who are performing at  Clayhidon Parish Hall this Saturday (14 April). Just read these comments from previous audience members.
"The Dudes are awesome. . . They should be on prescription. . . World class voices. . . Breath-taking performance. . .  These guys are nuts, but we love them. . .  Inspiring . . . Tremendous fun. . .Best night out ever."
It's not all opera - they sing all kinds of music, and there's lots of humour. And if that doesn't convince you, click on this link and listen to them on YouTube.
The show  is on Saturday 14 April. It starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £10. Pre-booked supper £5. To reserve, call Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or email As usual there will be a licensed bar. 
>More info

Gigaclear reassures critics

The public turned out in force for Clayhidon Parish Council’s meeting on 19 February – and everyone who wanted to speak had their say. Many were there to comment and ask questions about the laying of fibre-optic cable in the parish. 
If the officials from Gigaclear, MGM Utilities, Devon County Council and Connecting Devon & Somerset had expected a hard time from the audience, it never happened. All signs of hostility melted away as people praised the work teams. Their most vocal critics had apparently already had their say about the damage to roads and verges and been listened to. >Read more.  > Clayhidon Parish Council minutes

Bolham plans opposed

A planning application for Ticklepenny Farm in the Bolham Valley has provoked a wave of adverse comments from neighbours and the AONB and was unanimously opposed by Clayhidon Parish Council ib 19 February

The plan is for “the retention of mixed use building comprising farm workshop, storage, water reservoir, smokery, cold store and food processing area, farm office, welfare facilities, kennels and stables”.

Objections included light pollution, its "blockhouse design" and risks to public health.

Lisa Turner, AONB Planning Officer, wrote to Mid Devon District Council with a wide ranging list of objections.  >Read more.         >Other planning applications   > Clayhidon Parish Council minutes

Cable officials invited
Two officials involved in the fibre optic cabling being dug into some of Clayhidon’s lanes are being invited to the next parish council meeting on February 19.
They are Richard Olive, deployment manager for Connecting Devon and Somerset, and Andy Nicks, Devon highways enforcement manager.
Parish councillor Maurice Bendle says he thinks the dialogue that has taken place in the last few days has achieved as much as possible, but that discussion and reassurances are still needed about post excavation responsibilities. >Locals shocked by cable trenching
Sheep killed by dogs
Police have appealed for information about a case of sheep worrying on 5 February in Clayhidon.
A farmer found two sheep in lamb dead and another with severe injuries consistent with being attacked by dogs. Another sheep had to be put down as a result of her Injuries. 
Owners are liable to prosecution if their animals worry livestock. Police said the public should know where their dogs are at all times and put them on a leash when walking near farm animals.
If you have any information about this email, call 101, or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting CR/01754/18. 

Cash help for students

The Mary Waldron Trust may be able to assist you financially in vocational and further education (including Richard Huish College) with purchases of books and equipment, including computer requisites. Those applying should normally be resident in Hemyock or Clayhidon and must have received full time education at Hemyock Primary School or Uffculme School 

Applications from students (not their parents) are welcome and must be in writing or email. >How to contact the Mary Waldron Trust

New car park gets a hedge
The new car park at Clayhidon Parish Hall has transformed parking on busy nights, but it also meant the loss of an old hedge. That was put right on 2 February,  when parish council chairman Richard Kallaway arrived with 192 tree plants, which this team of volunteers promptly planted. Pictured from left: David Ball, Richard Kallaway and Russell and Caroline Bendle. They planted quick thorn, field maple, beech, hazel and horse chestnut.

Jazz genius at the hall

Jazz made a storming return to Clayhidon on 26 January after a five-year absence. The four virtuoso musicians who are the Neil Maya Quartet made a convincing case for more jazz gigs at the hall.
They played a mixture of their own compositions and those of the legendary Dave Brubeck and his band from the 50s and 60s. They varied the pace, tone and mood. They freshened up some of Brubeck’s wonderful old chestnuts, like Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk, and played lesser known masterpieces, like Strange Meadowlark and Kathy’s Waltz.
>Read more.

Author's Clayhidon life

Former neighbours of the best selling writer Peter Mayle, who has died,  have been remembering the delightful couple who once  lived in Battens Farm in the Bolham valley.

Soon after he and his wife Jennie left "damp but pleasant Devon" for the south of France in the 1980s he wrote A Year in Provence. It sold six million copies in 40 languages and made him a multi-millionaire.

But before that he beavered away on less successful work in his writing room, a conservatory that looked across the valley at Richard Kallaway's cows.

>Read more. 

Victoria and Abdul

Judi Dench and Ali Fazal star in the Film Night choice for Friday 16 February. Victoria and Abdul (15) tells the extraordinary true story of the hushed-up friendship between the elderly and cantankerous Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, a young clerk who had travelled from India for her Golden Jubilee. Her inner circle hated the relationship, and disapproved of her learning Urdu and the Koran. Lord Salisbury half expected her to start wearing a bourka.. >Read more

Gigaclear team start work

These Romanian engineers arrived in Clayhidon on 15 January not just to dig up the roads but to give the parish the fastest broadband in Britain.
They are part of a large team laying a network of fibre optic cables and household connection pots for Gigaclear, which will eventually provide broadband speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second,  28 times faster than the national average.

Friday 26 January 
7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00

A brilliant tribute to one of the finest jazz bands of the 20th century. Tickets £10.  Pre-booked supper £5.  Tickets £10. Pre-booked supper £5.  To book call Caroline Bendle on 01823 681047 or email 

Terrible title - great film
You couldn't think of a worse title than THE BIG SICK , but don't let that put you off this Friday's (19 Jan) film night choice at Clayhidon.  This is a terrific rom com. It's the true story of how Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student
Emily Gardner fell in love but struggled with her critical illness and a clash of cultures. Access to the hall is open, despite the Road Closed signs.  >Read more