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Hall extension plans

Plans for a bigger, more comfortable parish hall
Phase one - renovate and  insulate the roof.
Phase two - build the extension, with new toilets, meeting/dressing room and parish archive.
Phase three - convert the toilets into a store room for tables and chairs, replace the fixed stage with portable staging blocks, improve the lighting and kitchen,


To pay for the work the hall committee is hoping to attract corporate sponsorship, but if it is  to succeed it must prove strong community support for the scheme.

It would greatly increase our chances if people wrote saying what the hall means to them and why they think the plans are a good idea. All the letters and emails received will be included with our application for funding.

Please email or write to Gareth Weekes, Deadbeer, Clayhidon, Cullompton EX15 3PN.


We will need to raise a lot of money from individuals. A fund raising events campaign is being planned.  Look out for details on this website. If you would like to help please call Gareth.

Plans  to extend and modernise Clayhidon Parish Hall and create 13 additional parking spaces have been approved by Mid Devon District Council planners.

The aim is to make it a warmer, more comfortable, more useful and more versatile venue without changing the character of the building.

The hall committee, with the backing of Clayhidon Parish Council, is hoping to build a complementary, highly insulated two-storey extension behind the stage to include:

· New toilets

· A small meeting room/dressing room for visiting performers

· An upstairs area to house the parish archives

At the same time, we are seeking funding to make other improvements to the poorly insulated former Victorian school room.

The existing toilets would be converted into a storage area for chairs and tables, thus sparing hall users the backbreaking task of lifting them off and on the stage. We would also like to:

· Renovate the roof  and  improve the insulation.

· Replace the existing stage with a more flexible portable   arrangement.

· Improve the hall lighting and the kitchen.

Russell and Caroline Bendle have generously donated the boundary hedge of their field immediately below the hall to provide 13 additional parking spaces. The parish council, helped by the Country and Western Club, have agreed to carry out this part of the project.

Our plans were drafted by Philip Palfrey and have been supported by Clayhidon Parish Council and approved by Mid Devon District Council. The committee is about to seek quotes for various stages of the work. After that we will    apply for funding to carry out this ambitious project. 


· The existing toilets are cold, damp and uncomfortable;

· The parish council is seeking need a dry, safe room to house the parish archives,.

· Users of the hall (often elderly) find lifting chairs and tables off and onto the stage very hard work.

· Performers must currently  change in a damp garden shed.

· The Victorian roof slates are worn and a general overhaul is overdue.

· If the roof was properly insulated the hall could be warmer and more energy efficient.

· Different types of performance could be accommodated if we had a modern adaptable block stage.