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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’S MESSAGE: With my retirement as Mayor in November getting closer
by the day,I have chosen this opportunity to thank you all for your support
and assistance during my three years spell as Mayor.

It has been an exciting time, with the planning battles over the
Green Wedge between Colyford and Seaton, which we won against all odds, the old
cricket ground in the Coly Road, which we did not manage to purchase, and
the Stop Line Way Cycle Route, which is moving at snail’s pace!!. This would
not have all been achieved without the support of the residents of Colyford,
both moral and financial. Thanks again.

The next obstacle is the Neighbourhood Plan, and with this, 10 volunteers
from the village have stepped forward to jointly investigate, and compose
the Colyford Chapter of the Plan.
Lastly but not least, this will also be my wife Anne’s last newsletter as your
Mayoress, and I think that she has done a wonderful job in keeping the Mayor
under control and supporting him throughout. Many thanks Anne from
all of us, and for keeping the residents fully informed throughout.

BURGESSES AGM Wednesday 4th November 7.30pm This is when all of
the village has the chance to elect a new Mayor. Wine and nibbles will be
available. Howard and Anne will be standing down as Mayor & Mayoress at
the end of their 3 year term of office. If anyone would like to put their
name forward, and know more of what the position involves, then contact
: Howard West 551375

BEATING THE BOUNDS Saturday 24th October: For those of you that
have recently moved to Colyford, this is when the residents walk the
boundary of the Ancient Borough of Colyford. (not the modern boundary)
This involves walking the plank, possibly mud, and crossing and walking part
of the tramway, and returning to the Memorial Hall for a free afternoon tea.
(if anyone could bake a cake/small cakes or supply some savoury items for
the tea), then please let me know: (Anne West 551375) Let us see if we
can beat our record number of last year, and have more than 70 walkers.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. The walk commences at 2.00pm
opposite Elmwood Nursing Home, Swan Hill Road.

COLYFORD GOOSE FAYRE Saturday 26th September 2pm – 5.30pm

For one day every year our village steps back to medieval times and hundreds
of people travel miles to come to see what we get up to. Like a scene out of Chaucer.
There is archery, falconry, thatching and lace making. Medieval
musicians entertain with traditional instruments and our merry band of
humorous Mummers, perform their plays. There are stalls to entice, selling
honey, apple pies, cakes, plants and gifts; a Tombola, Punch & Judy, the
Greasy pole and Stocks and plenty more to entertain the children. A ram
roast and cider press help to fill the tum and quench the thirst. A fine
revival of old England continuing a tradition that goes back to 1208. The
Fayre commences with a procession of costumed residents setting off from
the green opposite Elmwood Care Home, turning right down past the village
shop along Seaton Road and into the field alongside Springfield House.
Entrance is by programme, which includes free car parking. These can be
purchased in advance from the Village Stores (£3) (under 14s are free) or on
the day from our programme sellers along the route or at the entrances to
the fayre.

It’s also that time of the year again when the Goose Fayre Committee ask
residents of Colyford for your help. We are a small group and without the
help of the wider community the Goose Fayre will not happen. YOUR
All offers of help are gratefully received so if you
can spare an hour or two to help set up the site in the week leading up to the
event, or you can bake a cake, make some apple pies, or help in our tea tent
on the day. Does anyone have a gas barbecue that we could borrow for the
day, to be used for cooking burgers & sausages? Please contact Gilly Girling
551589 or
Howard has been asked for any excess apples, (damaged or drops) for the
cider press (and donkey!). If you have any contact Howard (551375)
For those of you who would like to attend and join in the spirit of the event
there will be a selection of costumes available to borrow at the Memorial Hall
on Wednesday 9th September (4pm – 7pm).
Goose Fayre Wash Up Meeting: 16th November

Holyford Woods website : (for information)

Seaton and Colyford Wetlands: (for information)

Colyford ‘Round Robin’ I am sure that many of you are aware that Anne
West sends out a Colyford ‘Round Robin’ email, which in future will only be used for emergencies
and matters that affect the whole village eg. Green Wedge; Neighbourhood Plan; Stop Line Way, and any other major issues. At
present this is emailed to over 120 email addresses, and is sent using BCC so
no-one else knows your email address. Anne will continue doing this when
the situation warrants it! If you would like your email address added,
please contact Anne West 551375

SPEEDWATCH Update The Community Speed Watch Team has recorded over 320 vehicles speeding
in our village with a shameful top speed of 55MPH in the 30MPH limit being
recorded on more than one occasion. (top speed is now 57MPH)
Until drivers get the message to SLOW DOWN, and that the residents of
Colyford are not prepared to tolerate motorists who disregard the speed
limit, and the safety of others. A Community Speed Watch Team will
continue to operate regularly in the village at varied times, and possibly new
locations in the village.

All Colyford residents can help by spreading the word that Colyford has zero
tolerance of motorists who continue to flaunt the speed limit.  In addition
local residents who drive, can play an important part by driving within the
speed limit, encouraging other drivers
to follow suit, and deter those drivers who may otherwise exceed the speed limit.

  As well as making our community safer for residents by slowing down the
traffic, we are also giving local wildlife and their young a fighting chance to
cross our village roads on their hazardous journey to the nature reserve,
(ducks & ducklings).  Adhering to the speed limit makes it easier to slow
down and stop allowing wildlife to cross our roads safely.
 Please contact 551208 or 553211 if you wish to learn more, and remember
any anti-social driving you witness can be reported by using the 101
number giving the reference: EN/ 011469/15.

ST.MICHAELS AND FOSM: Our Open Gardens weekend was very
successful and enjoyed by visitors who came from near and far, thanks to all
who helped in so many ways. Now we look forward to the usual Autumn
programme with the Goose Fayre Service at 6.30pm on Sunday 27th September,
Harvest Festival followed by tea in CMH on Sunday 11th October (3.30pm – 6.30pm)
and our Christmas Fayre with Lunch on Saturday 28th November (10.00am – 2.00pm)
Friends of St Michael’s continue to play host to their very well attended
Café and Lunch sessions, on 16th September; 21st October and 18th November
(all from 10.00am – 2.00pm) please look out for posters. Noah’s Ark will be
re-starting on 3rd September and will be open every fortnight (except half
term week) until the Christmas Party on 10th December.

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