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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:-

The Old Manor 1976.


MAYOR: I will be continuing as Mayor until October this year, when I will have completed my 3 year turn of office, and a new Mayor will be elected at the Burgesses AGM in November. Further news of this will be featured in the May Newsletter.
It was a great pity that we were unable to purchase the Old Cricket Ground land in Coly Road, as we were outbid by developers. This would have been a great asset to the village, with our first area of public open space.
Now some good news: Discussions have recently taken place with the Grammar School, coach and bus operators, and the Parish Council. It was unanimously agreed by all, that buses would not park on the A3052 until after 3.30pm each day.
Efforts are also being made to introduce tighter speed controls on the A3052 with warning signs and possible speed limit changes.

Mayor’s Dinner and Dance: Saturday 7th March. Menu elsewhere. Please take your Booking Form and payment to Colyford Post Office, as they have the tickets. Lee will also be running the disco after the meal. Friends are also welcome. £23.00 each. With a light hearted quiz/competition. If you can donate any items that are suitable for the raffle, then please contact Anne (me) : 551375

Colyton Parish Council: Monday 9th March 7.00pm in Colyford Memorial Hall. Please come and support your local Parish Council, on one of only 2 meetings each year in Colyford.

Goose Fayre For one day every year our village steps back to medieval times and many residents dress in the fashions of the Middle Ages and hundreds of people travel from miles around to enjoy the spectacle that is the Goose Fayre. Likened to a scene out of Chaucer, there is archery, falconry, medieval music, thatching and a humorous Mummers play. Alongside the entertainment there are stalls selling all manner of craft and country wares. Honey, apple pies, beer, cider and always the queue for the ram roast. Although this is not specifically a fund raising event any monies raised are fed back into our community. None of this would happen without our group of volunteers. As with all longstanding events, committees change and this is a request for anybody out there within Colyford who would like to help, to please come along to our AGM at the Memorial Hall on Friday 27th February at 7.30pm. Joining the committee does not have to mean a huge commitment; any assistance is gratefully received. Bake a cake, help in the tea tent, sell entrance tickets, help to set up the site in the week leading up to the fayre, put up notices. These are just some examples of tasks taken up by our volunteers. We really would love some new supporters – let’s make 2015’s Goose Fayre the best community event ever. Contact: Gilly Girling 551589 to offer your support.

Local Election: COLYFORD NEEDS YOU! As many of you will already be aware both Robin Pocock and myself will not be standing for election to Colyton Parish Council when voting takes place on 7th May this year. We both feel that we are too old to serve a further 5 year term of office. Colyford will therefore lose 2 Parish Councillors, and I ask all of you to consider standing for election to represent the residents of Colyford on Colyton Parish Council.

The Election on Thursday 7th May is for Parish; District and Central Government elections all on the same day.

Wetlands: EDDC have changed the name from Axe Estuary Wetlands to Seaton Wetlands. There are several events over the next few months, including Meet the Birds; Night Walk; Easter Egg Challenge; Dawn Chorus Walk (starting at 6.00am on Sunday 3rd May from the top of Seaton Down Hill; Plant Sale & barbecue; Wild forage & cook up; Willow weaving etc. To find more info: call 01395 517557 or email

Bluebell Day at Holyford Woods. Sun 3rd May Parking & shuttle bus at the Hall. 11.00am – 4.00pm

Speed Watch Update: All the volunteers for the Community Speed Watch were told recently that they have passed the vetting process. It has been a long haul, Devon and Cornwall Police apologised about the delay putting it down to internal restructuring of the Community Speed Watch recruiting/ vetting process. Anyway the next stage is training, and hopefully that won't take so long!

Colyton & District Garden Society always welcomes new members . The fees for 2015 are £10 & guests are £2 .
There is a full programme for 2015
Wed Mar 18th CMH AGM. Musbury Wine Rob Corbett 7.30pm
Wed Apr 15th CPMH Rugs cushions & carpets Jenny Short 7.30pm
Wed May 20th CMH , New tricks , old gardeners Katherine Crouch 7.30pm
Sat May 30th . Colyton Town Hall . Plant sale 9.30am – 12.30pm

St. Michael’s Church: We look forward to the Spring and important times in the calendar with a Lent course, and services for Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday and Easter. Our annual St Michael’s Meeting will be held on Sunday 22nd March following a short Evening Prayer and all are invited to join us. Friends of St Michael’s continue to play host to their very well attended Café and Lunch sessions, please look out for posters. Please make a note in your diaries: Colyford Open Gardens will take place from 26th to 28th June. - Vicky Mills 553666

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