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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.

Colyford village is situated in East Devon on the A3052 coastal road, midway between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. The coastal town of Seaton is 1 mile away and Honiton and Axminster are within easy reach.

For details of the Colyford Neighbourhood Plan please click the District Plan button above.


The Hall has now purchased a Defibrillator.

Volunteers are needed from all areas of the village to be trained in its use and in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
This entails a one day course in the hall. The course is run by the First Response Training Company. It is titled "On site defibrillator and CPR training". The date of the course will be advised.

If you are willing to support and participate in this village wide initiative could you please contact: Wendy Mills (chairperson) on 01297 553757 or Email



Mayor’s Dinner: We would like to thank everyone who helped with the arrangements for the evening. 70 guests attended and the general consensus was that it was a really successful and enjoyable event.

Grass Cutting in the Village: I have contacted the County Council regarding what, if any, grass cutting of the verges in the village they will be undertaking. You are probably aware that current Council policy is to cut verges only where there are visibility problems or safety issues to be addressed, mainly at road junctions and bends. The Council promotes a Community Self Help Scheme and a Community Road Warden scheme and I am awaiting a response from the Council about whether or not these might be appropriate for Colyford and how arrangements for insurance cover might be made. I will let you have further information as soon as it is available. I am very grateful to Mike and Edna Lynch for the splendid work they do on the area opposite the Post Office, to Mrs Gilly Girling and to Tim Wheeler for their splendid work around the Village Gateways and to the Goose Fayre Committee for providing some funds to help keep the village looking good.

Colyford Neighbourhood Plan: As you all know, the original 10 volunteers who were on the committee for the Colyford Neighbourhood Plan have all resigned. This leaves just the Mayor and the 3 Parish Councillors on the Committee. If there is anyone who would like to volunteer to join the Committee please contact John Mills on 01297-553666, before 25th April. If there are insufficient villagers coming forward to volunteer, it is likely that the Colyford Committee will be wound up, leaving the Colyton Neighbourhood Plan Committee to consult with the Colyford residents on what they would like to see in the Neighbourhood Plan. Decisions about these matters will not be taken, however, until it is known whether or not sufficient volunteers come forward.

CPRE “Our Outdoors” Competition 2016: CPRE Devon is inviting Parish and Town Councils, Schools and Coyogawithjayne@outlook.commmunity and Voluntary Organisations to enter this competition, which replaces the Devon Best Kept Village Competition. Entries need to be made by 30th June, 2016. There is lots of information on the CPRE Devon website

Speeding on Devon Roads? Devon CC’s date to review its speed limit policy for has been extended to June. By writing to, or emailing, the following members of DCC, residents of Devon can make known their personal concerns and observations about traffic in Devon. It is hoped such correspondence will help change the present speed limit policy, by taking into consideration concerns from members of the public when reviewing speed limits, instead of relying mainly on accident data. If you have any local observations of speeding issues to relate, they could influence changes to the speed limit within Colyford. Please write before June to: Dr.P Norrey, Chief Executive of Devon County Council and Councillor John Hart, Leader of the Council to: Devon County Council, County Hall,Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4QD or email; For more information please contact Paula Collingwood: / 01297553211 Meanwhile, your local Speedwatch Team are continuing to monitor traffic and record registration plates and make and model of all vehicles which exceed 30 mph.

Colyton, Colyford and District Memory Café: Colyton, Colyford and District Memory Cafe meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month – Next meeting, open to carers as well, will be on Wednesday 4th May from 2 to 4pm in St John Hall, King Street, Colyton. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of fun in a warm and friendly atmosphere. If you or a friend or loved one have short term memory loss or have been diagnosed with early dementia why not give us a try, we are sure you will be very pleasantly surprised by all we have to offer. There is some parking available or there is a drop off point. For more information ring Diane on 01297 680442 or mobile 07970 626774 or email On Saturday April 16th Memory Café Volunteers will be walking through Colyton’s surrounding villages in the hope of encouraging others to visit the Café.

Refugee Crisis: Local Response:I have recently joined the Ottery Refugee Response Group who uses the premises of RIO (Recycling In Ottery) to sort and box up specific goods donated by the public and take them to RAFT (Refugee Aid From Taunton): then they are taken to refugee camps in France, Greece, Turkey, Syria and other countries. My house Is a collection point for anyone who wishes to donate goods from the list below. This is an ongoing project so we will keep the local community informed about collection dates, please look out for posters. We live in such a beautiful and safe part of the country: please give whatever you can to support people like us who have suffered so greatly! More information available by emailing or or calling 553063.Katherine Sharp, Stoup Cottage, Seaton Road, Colyford, EX24 6QW.Thank You.Clothing for men, women and children: warm and waterproof garments (good secondhand). Socks (new/good secondhand). Hats, gloves and scarves (ditto). Underwear (new only). URGENTLY NEEDED:Tinned pulses, vegetables, fruit and fish. Dried pulses, rice, pasta, fruit, nuts,herbs and spices. Longlife milk. Cooking oil. Baby food (pouches and pots). Toiletries. nappies and wipes. Sanitary pads. Basic medical supplies e.g. Paracetamol, bandages, antiseptic wipes/cream, plasters, gloves. Small toys: bats, balls, skipping ropes, cars (not military), dolls, playing cards, dominoes.

Bluebell Day - Sunday 1st May: A Dawn Chorus walk starts from the picnic car park at the top of Seaton Down Hill at 6am.Thereafter a series of guided walks in Holyford Woods from 11.30am to 4pm, all commencing from Holyford Farm. Other activities include craft stalls, wildlife activities, a wild-food cook out and refreshments including cream teas. The event is organised by EDDC Countryside Team and the Holyford Woodland Trust. No vehicular access or parking at Holyford Farm; please use free parking at Colyford Memorial Hall where a free shuttle bus will operate throughout the day. First bus at 11.15am, last bus returns at 4.15pm.

GOOSE FAYRE: At the AGM in February the committee considered written requests for donations. A total of £4,230 was given to local groups and societies with the aim of helping them to continue their work in the community. A further sum of £1,050 has been committed for future causes. This year’s Fayre will take place on Saturday 24th September at Springfield, by kind permission of Henry and Wendy Pountney and Clive and Gwen Organ. The 2016 Goose Fayre Committee is now complete with new volunteers having accepted the vacant positions, and the Committee are now working on bookings and plans for the Fayre. We will of course need help nearer the date with setting up, and removal afterwards, and particularly with volunteers on the day. Contact details will be provided in the next newsletter.

COLYFORD MEMORIAL HALL: Event for the Village Defibrillator Fund. Sunday 24th April: Village Big Breakfast: 9.00am – 12.00noon. Full English Breakfast £7.00. Continental £4.00. Children half price (up to age 12). Families Welcome.

ST MICHAEL’S AND FRIENDS OF (FOSM): Coffee Morning in aid of FOSM’S at Woodman’s Thatch, Seaton Road by kind invitation of Mrs Nora Bailey. Thursday 12th May: 10.30am – 12.00noon. Admission £2.50. Raffle and Bring and Buy. Woodman’s Thatch is in Seaton Road, limited parking at the property so please park at the Village Hall if this is convenient for you.

Summer at St Michael’s: 22nd – 24th July. A weekend of celebration with Flowers, Music, Poetry and Prose, Teas, Ploughman’s Lunches and Songs Of Praise: Like our Open Gardens Weekend in 2015, this is an event for the whole village, please come along and share with us in helping to make it a success for Colyford.

COLYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Meets at the Memorial Hall on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm. Speakers on a wide range of topics – many tell us of their humorous experiences, while others speak on more serious subjects. The meeting includes a break for tea and an opportunity to chat to fellow members. We also try to meet up locally once a month for coffee or lunch. The WI provides friendship, entertainment, education and the opportunity to meet like-minded people. Please come as a visitor, there will be no obligation to join. We look forward to seeing you!

COLYFORD AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: Meets at the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 2.15pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome, tea and cake are served after the demonstration. Please call Caroline Ellis – 01297 33283.

COLYTON and DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY: We meet every third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in either Colyton Peace Memorial Hall or Colyford Memorial Hall. Membership is £10 per annum and new members and guests are always welcome (£2.00). We have lots of interesting talks and visits – you don’t have to be a brilliant gardener, just to be interested and to enjoy working out of doors.

Annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning is at Colyton Town Hall on Sat 28th May, 9.30 – 12.30. Donations of plants, cakes etc welcome on Friday 27th from 6.00 – 7.00pm. Contact Sue Price on 01297 552362 for details.

UPHOLSTERY: Is on in the Hall for morning and afternoon sessions on Mondays. Do come and join our friendly group, we start at 10.00am.

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUPS are on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

STITCHERS meets every first and third Monday afternoon in the Committee Room from 2.00 – 4.00pm. Bring along your knitting or sewing and enjoy working together and having a chat ! Cost £1 – contact Sue Price 01297 552362 for details.

AXE VALLEY CENTRE, COLYFORD MEMORIAL HALL: Spring Fair on Saturday 23rd April at Colyford Hall from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Entrance £1.00. Refreshments and a range of stalls including National Trust Shop. Please contact Membership Secretary Ms Bev Perkins on 01297 631801.

YOGA TO HARMONISE BODY MIND AND SOUL: Tuesday mornings 10-11:30 @ Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre, Coly Road, Colyton EX24 6UP Suitable for all ages and abilities, beginners especially welcome.Contact Jayne Tumber for further details: 01297 553945 07956 373039 or Email

COLYTON LINK: Offers its services to all who ask for help. Please contact Vicky Mills (553666) for more details. LINK drivers undertook over 500 journeys during the last year and we need more volunteer car drivers from Colyford. Please contact us if you could join our list of drivers. AGM Wednesday 25th May at 7.30pm. Feoffees Town Hall.

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