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The MAY 2015 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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MAYOR: After a reasonably dry and warm winter, let us hope that the Spring and Summer follow along the same theme. I will continue as Mayor until the Burgesses AGM on 4th November, when I will stand down after three years as Mayor. I believe that three years is the maximum term that any mayor should serve. Where are all the new potential Colyford Mayors who are waiting in the sidelines? Please make yourselves known to me, by calling 01297 551375. Or email:
Congratulations to Paula Collingwood and her Community Speedwatch Team for monitoring speed on the A3052. We soon hope to own our personal set of equipment for Colyford, which has been achieved by a fund raising event held in the Memorial Hall, together with a contribution from the Colyford Burgesses this raised £250, which has been matched with a further £250 from Colyton Parish Council.
Preparations are now underway for this year’s Goose Fayre on Saturday 26th September and the Beating of the Bounds walk and buffet tea on Saturday 24th October.

GOOSE FAYRE: following our AGM in February the Goose Fayre team have swung into action and we now look forward to other members of our community coming forward to join in and help us. Our ladies in the Tea tent would love some more help on the day; we have some costumes that need some TLC and there is always more help needed with marshalling the crowds that flock to the village for our annual family village event. ALL help is very gratefully received. So put the date in your diaries – Saturday 26 September and if you want to see more of what goes on visit our village website and for offers of support please contact Gilly Girling on 551589 or email:

PARISH COUNCIL: There were only 10 applications for the Colyton Parish Council, this leaves a shortage of 3. The Parish Council are looking for volunteers to join them. Please contact Liz (Parish clerk) 552460 if you are interested. At present Peter Gibbins is the only one living in Colyford. His phone: 553245

Devon Best Kept Village: There is no competition in 2015. The CPRE hope to continue to run it again in 2016.

Colyton & District Garden Society
The society meets every third Wednesday of the month at either Colyton Peace Memorial Hall or Colyford Memorial Hall.
17th June CPMH ,Killerton Gardens: Rose Gander & Nick Cox.
15th July coach outing to Rosemoor & Hidden Valley Nursery.
19th August CMH , Herbs: Neil Lovesay.
We always welcome new members (£10 per year) or guests (£2 per evening)
WHY NOT JOIN US. Contact Sue Price 01297 552362

Monmouth Rebellion Re-Enactment Saturday 13th June in the middle of Colyton. There is a country market 10.30am followed by the arrival of the King’s Militia and History re-enactment on Church Green. Entry is free. Parking is £3.00. If you would like to attend in suitable Goose Fayre costumes please contact: Jacquie McCullough (552626)

Seaton & Colyford Wetlands: some pay for events, some are free.
Meet the birds – 4 & 20 June; 2 & 18 July; 8 & 27 Aug. For times 01395 517557
Bird ringing – 8 June; 22 July; 15 Aug. 9am. Discovery Hut if fine.
Willow weaving – 4 Jul; 9.30am. £30 + £7 for materials. 01395 517557
Wild Wetland Camp Out:7 Aug. 5pm start. Night walk, campfire cooking (pay)
Campfire Cooking – 8 Aug. 10am - 1pm. (Popcorn, bread & pancakes) £3 incl. food
Wetlands volunteer open day. 18 August 9am – 3pm free
Bug hunt – 19 Aug. 1pm – 3pm. Free
Seaton Harbour: Canoe safari & picnic – 1 June; 29 June; 30 July; 27 Aug; 6-9pm call 01395 517557
Holyford Woods: Family Adventure Day. 31 Jul; £8 per child. Please call 01395 517557

Colyford Open Gardens will take place on Sat/Sun 27th/28th June from 10.30am – 5.00pm. Gardens will be open in most areas of the village, Free parking will be available at the Memorial Hall, and refreshments will be served at St Michael’s all day on both days. For info. Vicky Mills 553666 Songs of Praise service in the chapel at 6.30pm on 28th June

SPEEDWATCH UPDATE: Colyford now has its own Community Speed Watch (CSW) Team that can go out independently to monitor traffic speeds in Colyford. It is not only the CSW Team that can help reduce speed limits in our village, but every resident in Colyford who drives can play a significant part by keeping their speed within the limit that will deter any following vehicles from speeding. Together we can bring the speed limit in our village to that which it should be, in order to make the village a safer place for both pedestrians and motorists.
  For more info please contact 551208 or 553211

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