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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 MAYOR’S DINNER: Will be held on Saturday 12th March at 7.00 for 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. The evening will commence with
a glass of sherry/wine/fruit juice. Please bring your own bottles for your table. Following dinner and a very short speech there will be
an interval for conversation, the raffle and a light-hearted quiz before the music begins for dancing. Please take your Booking Form and
payment to the Post Office where tickets (£23.00) are available until 27th February. If you can donate any items for the raffle, please
contact Vicky on 553666 or bring them on the night. We look forward to seeing you there. Friends are always welcome, too.

Menu for Mayor's Dinner

Starters - Melon Cocktail, Carrot & Leek Soup or Pate & Toast

Main Courses - Roast Beef, Salmon Steak or Vegetable Pie with Cheese and Chive Potato.

Sweets - Apple Pie, Raspberry Pavlova or Cheese & Biscuits.

Booking forms are attached to the Village Newsletter. Spare copies of the newsletter and booking form are available at the Village Store.

COLYFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The first Public Meeting of the Colyford Neighbourhood Plan Committee took place on Friday 15th
January in the Memorial Hall. 12 Committee Members were present, comprising 10 residents of Colyford and 2 Colyford based Parish
Councillors. There were 21 members of the public present, including Helen Parr our District Councillor. It was agreed that the Mayor,
currently John Mills, be invited to join the Committee with immediate effect. The Terms of Reference of the Committee were
approved and Howard West, Chairman, Mike Elsey and Peter Mason were proposed to join the Colyton Parish Council Steering Group,
together with Councillor Colin Pady, who was proposed by the Parish Council. Howard West explained that the Neighbourhood Plan
will be basically a Planning document, stipulating where and what type and number of houses etc. can be built in Colyford for the
next 15 years. This decision will be made by the Colyford Community via a Questionnaire and a Referendum at various stages in
it's preparation. The Neighbourhood Plan will also study and recommend improvements to the village infrastructure, such as roads,
health, schools, senior citizen requirements etc. We have recently been informed that the East Devon District Council Local Plan has
been approved, (subject to certain amendments requested by the Inspector), which is good news for Colyford as it restricts major
development in our village and protects our Green Wedges between both Seaton and Colyton. You will all be asked to assist with the
preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, which will be a Community document prepared by the village for the village. If you have any
ideas of any topics you would like included : Please contact Howard West, Chairman: 01297 551375 or you
can leave your suggestions and/or questions in the "YOUR VIEWS" box at the Colyford Post Office.
All the Agendas and Minutes for the Colyford Neighbourhood Plan will be put on the village website

The Goose Fayre AGM will be on Friday 26th February 2016 at 7.30pm in the main hall.
From 22nd April there will be a monthly Committee Meeting until the Fayre on Saturday 24th September.
The Committee are seeking new and active members as there are a number of vacancies. The Fayre was established in 1981
and in order for it to continue a significant number of volunteers are needed both to serve on the Committee and to offer their
time and energies to ensure the future of the Fayre.
If you represent an organisation which wishes to apply for funding, please contact Mrs Gilly Girling, Secretary, on 01297 – 551589
for more information. Decisions on funds will be made at the AGM.

HOLYFORD WOODLAND TRUST: Bluebell Day will be on Sunday 1st May.
For more details please contact the Chairman, Mike Elsey, on 01297 552938 or 07885 994533. (

NEWS FROM ST MICHAEL’S: St Michael’s Choir and all our Carol Singers would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to
our collection for The British Red Cross, we made £220 which was a big increase on 2015. We were delighted to have so many
singers and collectors to rattle their buckets ! Thank you everyone !

Our New Year Party – was a great success with lovely food and drinks, super Theatre Group performance and lots of fun and
laughter. Thank you for all the help and support, raising nearly £100 from the raffle alone. St Michael’s Annual Meeting will
take place in the Chapel from 4.00pm on Sunday 13th March, we will review the past year and look forward with plans for 2016.
Tea and cake for everyone as usual.

FRIENDS OF ST MICHAEL’S (FOSM): Events planned for the spring and early summer include our AGM and a Coffee Morning on
12th May by kind invitation of Nora Bailey.

COLYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Meets at the Memorial Hall on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm. We have
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, you can attend as a visitor with 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.
New members welcome, 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.
Charge for guests is £2.00. 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 meet 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: Please refer to the diary for talks booked to take place this spring or contact
Robert Hall,

COLYFORD SPEEDWATCH: The coordinator of the South West Community Speed Watch scheme says Colyford CSW is a very active group.
The team has reported over 1,300 speeding vehicles since it first went out in March 2015, and it is hoped that this data will go towards
establishing permanent traffic calming measures in the village. The presence of the team does slow traffic down helping to make
our village a safer environment, with more volunteers a team could potentially go out more frequently, so if anyone would like to join
in please contact or 01297 553211.
I personally would like to thank all the volunteers who responded to my request to set up a CSW after the police suggested it in
response to villagers' concerns about speeding. We now have valuable data that the police can use.

ROUND ROBIN email LIST: Mrs Anne West keeps villagers informed about issues of interest.
If you wish to join this email list please contact her on

VILLAGES IN ACTION: An Evening with Mervyn Stutter: Saturday 19th March 2016 Founder member of The Flying Pickets, Mervyn
Stutter has worked on Radio, TV, in theatre and Cabaret he knows how to tell stories, sing songs, poke fun at himself and at the
Baby Boomer generation. He makes people laugh a lot and reflect on their lives and is becoming an institution in village halls
across the UK. His humour brings warmth and joy to an audience. Tickets: 01297 553710.

MEMORY CAFÉ: Colyton, Colyford and District Memory Cafe meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month - Our next Memory Cafe,
open to carers as well, will be on Wednesday 3rd February from 2 to 4pm in St Johns Hall, King Street, Colyton when Steve
Budden from Colyton Pharmacy will be talking to us about all the things our local chemist can do for us. Why not 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 and there is a drop off point.
For more information ring Diane on 01297 680442 or mobile 07970 626774 or email

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