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The NOVEMBER 2014 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER appears at the bottom of the page

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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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MESSAGE FROM YOUR MAYOR: Anne and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2014 has been a very successful year with excellent weather for the Goose Fayre and the Beating of the Bounds walk and tea afterwards.

At THE BURGESSESS AGM, I was re-elected as the Mayor of the Ancient Borough of Colyford for one more year, together with all the other serving Officers: Clerk, John Mills: Treasurer, Jill Badley: Constable, Margaret Nicholson: Mace Bearer, Martin Sawer: and Flag Captain, Graham Stephens. It was unanimously agreed to go ahead with the possible purchase of the Old Cricket Ground land at Auction on 21st November. If successful, this land will be purchased by the Ancient Borough of Colyford with contributions from the residents of Colyford (Burgesses), and with money from developers of new houses in the village. I think that it is fair to say that Colyford does need something like a Village Green, and this land would suit the bill! Howard West: 551375

MAYOR’S DINNER: Saturday 7th March 2015. Please add this date to your Calendar. More details and the menu will be in February’s Newsletter.

BEATING THE BOUNDS: A record number of over 80 walkers took part in this year’s Burgesses Beating the Bounds walk, around the ancient Colyford Parish boundary. The weather was excellent, it was dry underfoot, and was enjoyed by all. This was followed by an afternoon buffet in the Memorial Hall laid on by Mayoress Anne West and her team. Thank you to all the villagers that donated the cakes and savouries. Howard West, the Mayor then presented a cheque for £780 to Nigel and Brenda Pitchard, who recently retired from the Post Office and Shop after 35 years. Both of them have lived in the immediate area all of their lives. Thanks must also go to Brenda Searle for masterminding the collection of donations from the residents of Colyford and beyond.

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH: The proposed scheme for Colyford has moved a step closer, and it is hoped the volunteers who have applied to be members of the Community Speed Watch will be contacted soon to attend a few hours training before checking speeds in Colyford. Many of the volunteers have now been out with Rousdon to observe them in action which has been very useful and a lot of fun. Thank you to Graham Jones and his team. Once the scheme is officially launched in Colyford it will be an ongoing project, where new members will be very welcome to join in. So if you are concerned about speeding in our village do make contact either to join now, or to register your interest for a later date at   553211. Anti-social driving can be reported  to the local police by dialling 101.

GOOSE FAYRE 2014: Perfect weather both in the lead up to the Fayre and on the day ensured a truly successful Fayre. A record number of visitors were entertained and made merry. Without the support of local residents the event could not happen so the Goose Fayre Committee would like to say a special thank you to all those helpers who baked, bottled, made pancakes, sold programmes, cooked the ram roast, and served hundreds of teas, set up the field and packed everything away. To the local groups and organisations we say thank you. You are the stars of the event. We also wish to express our thanks to Henry and Wendy Pountney and Clive and Gwen Organ for allowing us to use their fields. As a result of this success there will be an opportunity for local groups and organisations to make requests for funds for a specific project. Please make your requests before the 27 February 2015 to the Treasurer, Ann Fuller, Rasa Sayang, Popes Lane, Colyford.

HALL AGM: At the recent AGM Anne West resigned, and is no longer Bookings Secretary or a trustee of the Hall. This job has now been taken over by Carol Rapley :553808. Margaret and Albert Nicholson have decided to return to the Committee. The Hall is still looking for a new Chairman, and additional committee members.

NEWSLETTERS The Mayor and lady Mayoress write a quarterly Village Newsletter which is published on the web site and is also delivered throughout the village. The lady Mayoress also administers a "round robin" Email which informs the residents of Village matters. Anyone wishing to be added to the list or to contact Howard or Anne West should phone 01297 551375 or Email

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