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Colyford is a village on the A3052 Lyme Regis to Exeter road, situated mid-way between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. Seaton is 2km. away on the coast and Colyton 1km. further inland. Colyford was formerly an Ancient Borough of long-standing and still elects a Mayor. Colyford is a linear village, and on the current Ordnance Survey maps it is still possible to make out the original narrow burgage plots running back from the main road.

There is a strong sense of community within the village and the social scene is centred on the Memorial Hall. Much village effort is put into the annual Michaelmas Goose Fayre, held on Springfields on the south side of the village. Villagers and friends dress in medieval costume, with mummers and medieval music, as they follow the Mayor and his Lady, under a balderchin, as they process along the main road to the fayre ground.

Colyford has a chapel-of-ease, dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels, also a village Post Office, a Butchers, and two Pubs, the Wheelwright and the White Hart. Unfortunately we recently lost the service of our village Filling Station.

Another of the attractions of the village is the Tramway that runs along the discontinued railway branch line from Seaton to Colyton.
Very popular with tourists, the Tramway runs a regular service from Spring to Autumn.

More information can be found on the Tramway website.

It is generally agreed that Colyford is a very friendly and agreeable place to live and visit.

If you require further information about Colyford or any of the events staged by the village then please e-mail:-

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MAYOR’S REPORT: The village is now approaching it’s busiest time of the year, with the GooseFayre and the Beating of the Bounds.

I would especially like to welcome all of the new residents to Colyford and invite you to participate in the events over the next three months.

My wife Anne, the Mayoress, sends out a ‘Round Robin’ email to those residents who are interested, when there is important news to pass on. She does not divulge your information to other people. Please contact Anne on if you would like to be included.

Regards – Howard West - Mayor 01297 55389

Colyton Parish Council: There is an important meeting of Colyton Parish Council on Mon 13th October at the Memorial Hall, All residents will be given the opportunity to speak in Public Question Time and listen to matters discussed by the Parish Council.

Burgesses AGM. November 12th (7.30pm) is the time for the Burgesses (the residents of Colyford), to elect their Mayor and entourage for the coming year.

Beating the Bounds: Sat 25th Oct. All villagers (incl. dogs on leads) can walk the boundary of the Ancient Borough of Colyford. Please meet at the bus stop opposite the Hall. Followed by Afternoon Tea and a presentation to Nigel and Brenda Pritchard for their many years at Colyford PO. from the funds of £700 collected from around the village. If anyone can assist by providing cakes, sandwiches etc then can they please contact me Anne 551375

Colyford Post Office: I am sure that you will all join with me, in welcoming Geoff and Rachael Tattershall to the Colyford Post Office. You will find that opening times have been changed to: Mon – Sat 07.30 – 18.00 tel: 01297 552386 Website coming soon:

Community Speed Watch Due to increasing concerns about the speed of traffic travelling through Colyford it is hoped that a Community Speed Watch scheme, similar to the one in Rousdon, where local residents carry out speed checks, will be implemented in Colyford. The six volunteers required to launch the scheme are now in place following a poster campaign, but if any residents would like to learn more, or be happy to be put on the reserve list for future participation in the scheme, please contact Paula: (553211). Finally if anyone sees any dangerous driving in the village, including speeding, please contact the local police on 101, preferably with a vehicle registration number. The police will take it seriously, and will warn the driver that the incident has been recorded.

Village Newsletter: You can always read the latest copy of the village newsletter on the village website: together with photos of any events that have taken place in the village. Also if any organisation wants to advertise on the village website, please contact: mike - (598429)

GOOSE FAYRE: SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2014 The Goose Fayre Committee has swung into action over the last few months, planning and making contact with all those stallholders and previous participants. We have regretfully lost a few due to new rulings with regard to insurance cover and of course the bad weather and consequent move to the Village Hall last year. We have a wet weather contingency plan in place for this now, but really would prefer not to have to use it and hope for a fine and sunny day! We are still looking for help, so don’t be shy; a quick phone call to Simon (625682) could make all the difference to our hard working band of volunteers. Margaret (553247) would like a donation of cakes and Judy (552813) needs plants and produce, both for village stalls, also contact Brenda (553341) if you can bake some apple pies.

All the fun of a Medieval Fayre can be had. Wander along with the strolling players and the Woodroffe Early Music Group, try your hand at Skittling and Archery; ride the Quintain or fight it out on the Greasy Pole. Traditional country crafts such as Thatching, Spinning, Hurdle and Basket making. Quench your thirst at the Cider Press, passing by the Forge on your way to partake of the Ram Roast, the pancakes, apple pies and traditional sweetmeats.

For those of you who would like to take advantage of our selection of medieval costumes – these will be available at the Memorial Hall on Wed 10 Sept (from 4.00pm – 8.00pm) for anyone who wishes to attend/help at the fayre. We do have a few costumes suitable for children. Is there anyone out there who has a few hours spare to sort through these costumes and give them a little TLC?

Finally, we are making a request for all those houses and businesses that front onto Swan Hill Road and Seaton Road up to the Goose Fayre field to hang out bunting, balloons, or decorate your home/garden on the day. All offers of help please to Gilly Girling (551589) or

Seaton & District Hospital League of Friends
A social group run by volunteers. For local people from Seaton & surrounding towns & villages. Providing talks, games, crafts, quizzes & much more. Refreshments are served. We run an annual coach outing & Christmas party too. From Oct 20th meetings will be held on the 3rd Mon of every month from 2.15 pm to 4.30 pm at Seaton Town Hall. For info: Denise 07593 788049: Carol 07812 567243 or Office on 01297 20143 or just come along and join the meeting.

Colyton & District Garden Society. Meet every third Wednesday of the month , at 7.30 pm , in either The Colyton Peace Memorial Hall or Colyford Memorial Hall. Membership: £10 per annum (£2 for guests each meeting).

St. Michael’s Chapel of Ease: Goose Fayre Service at 6.30pm on Sun 28th Sept, Harvest Festival followed by tea in CMH on Sun 12th Oct and our Christmas Market with Lunch on Sat 29th November. Friends of St Michael’s continue to play host to their very well attended Café and Lunch sessions, please look out for posters.

French Classes: Spoken French classes take place on Mons and Weds, and Linda is thinking of offering a beginners group in the autumn, if there are enough people wanting to participate. Contact:

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