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The February 2014 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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MAYORS REPORT: What wonderful news that the Green Wedge between Colyford and Seaton is to be retained. The Government Inspector decided to dismiss the Developer’s Appeal. I personally thank all of those Colyford residents who supported the Action Group, both financially and by attending the Appeal Hearing. It was a great team effort, also supported by some residents from Seaton.

The Stop Line Way Off-Road Cycle Route is moving forward, and should be completed sometime next year. More news to follow later in 2014.

Last but not least, the signs are that we may soon have a Young Childrens playground in Colyford. There are details on display in the Hall during the week, and Church on a Sunday, about the play area, as it may be situated in St. Michael’s grounds. Please go and have a look.

COLYTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Monday 10th March 7.00pm in Colyford Memorial Hall. (It only meets in Colyford twice a year)

MEMORIAL HALL: If anyone would like to join us on the Committee of the Colyford Memorial Hall, and assist with the running of the Hall, we would like to hear from you. It is not onerous, but we would welcome some new blood, and some new ideas etc. Please contact me if you are interested. Anne 551375

GOOSE FAYRE: Many of our village stalwarts, who have played major roles for many years in the organisation and running of the Goose Fayre, will be standing down for this years event. We are therefore looking for volunteers for various roles in the management of the Goose Fayre, both secretarial and committee members. Please contact either Vicky Mills 553666: or Dave Horrill 552618 to offer your services. The Goose Fayre is an enjoyable event to be at, to help to organise and it also raises funds for Colyford based organisations and others in the local area. The Goose Fayre AGM is at the Memorial Hall on Friday 28th February at 7.00pm please be there. THE GOOSE FAYRE NEEDS YOU!

ST MICHAEL CHAPEL OF EASE:Look forward to Lent and services for Mothering Sunday and Easter. St. Michael’s Meeting is on 23rd March, and you are invited to join them. A Children’s Easter Party is on at 2.30pm on 26th April in the Church.

Colyton & District Garden Society.
The Society meets every third Wednesday of the month, at 7.30, in either Colyford Memorial Hall or Colyton Peace Hall. Membership is £10 per year or £2 for guests. We have lots of interesting speakers & two visits planned for 2014.
Wed March 19th Bees & Pollination. COMH
Wed April 16th Ferns & Hostas. CMH
Wed May 21st Iris. CPMH

National Trust – Axe Valley Centre: There are various Walks; Outings; and BSO concerts coming up in the next few months. Please see their information board at the right hand side of the Memorial Hall front door.
Come along to the Spring Fair on Saturday 26th April at the Memorial Hall from 10.30am to 1pm - bring and buy books, cakes, plants, bric-a-brac stalls, NT shop and craft stalls, refreshments.

Colyton History Society – all at 7:30
Mar 26 Colyton Southleigh to Soweto 50 years in newspapers Philip Evans
Apr 23 Colyford The Peeks and Rousden Nicky Campbell
May 8 Parish Boundary Walk – meeting point TBA call Jasmine List 552313

Jo Burns will be teaching Flower Arranging in the Committee Room at the Hall once a month on a Tuesday afternoon. Please contact her on 551343

AXE VALLEY & WEST DORSET RING & RIDE from your own front door. You can also go out for day trips. To book your journey or to enquire about the service please ring 01404 46520

Colyford WI meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the Memorial Hall. There is a speaker at most meetings which start at 2.30pm although members arrive at any time from Liz Thomas 551335

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