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The August 2016 Mayor's Report 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:-

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 half day course in the hall. The course will be run by the First Response Training Company. It is titled "On site defibrillator and CPR training".

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



CPRE “Our Outdoors” Competition 2016: The Ancient Borough has made a submission which promotes the Goose Fayre as a project which sustains the rural aspects of the countryside and involves and brings together the whole community of Colyford. Although the traditional Best Kept Village Competition no longer exists, it is important that traditional Best Kept Village activities are up to scratch, including keeping public and commercial premises tidy; noticeboards being kept up to date; a good display of community information in public and commercial buildings; and an absence of litter. Judges are likely to visit Colyford during August and I would ask that you do all you can to keep the village tidy and free of litter.

Neighbourhood Plan: The Colyford Committee has now been wound up and Colyford is represented on the Colyton Parish Neighbourhood Plan Committee by our 3 local councillors (Colin Pady; Pete Gibbins and Graham Stephens) together with 4 volunteers (Carol Rapley, Steve Selby, Robert Griffin and John Mills). Agendas for meetings and their location are published on the notice board at the village shop/Po. Minutes and Agendas are also published on the Colyton Parish council website at

Beating the Bounds Saturday 29th October: The walk following the boundary of the Ancient Borough commences at 2.00pm opposite Elmwood Nursing Home, Swan Hill Road. All villagers and their guests are welcome (including well behaved dogs on lead, please). The walk involves crossing fields, getting over stiles using ladders and walking along a few planks to cross streams. Part of the walk will be alongside the Tramway. The walk is followed by a free afternoon tea in the Memorial Hall. If you are able to bake a cake or supply some savoury items for the tea, could you please let Vicky know on 01297-553666.

Mayoral Matters: My term as Mayor ends at the Burgesses Annual Meeting in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 9th November. I sincerely hope that someone will come forward to take up the role and help to preserve the ancient traditions of the village – please contact John Mills on 01297-553666 if you are interested or would like further information. The post of Clerk to the Ancient Borough is also vacant – again, please contact me if you are interested or wish to have more information. Vicky and I would like to say a great big thank you to those who have helped us fulfil our duties during the past year.

Grass Cutting in the Village: Despite the County Council having cut most of the verges recently, I have not been able to establish a dialogue with them so far regarding future maintenance of verges. I will therefore look further into the Community Self Help Scheme, with the aim of having some arrangements in place for the start of the next grass cutting season in 2017. I will give further details on noticeboards around the village and the village website when I have anything positive to report.

Maintenance of the Plants and Flowers at the Village Gateways: For the past 3 years, our Gateways have been kept in splendid condition by Gilly Girling at the eastern end of the village and Tim Wheeler at the western end of the village. I would like to thank them for doing such a splendid job. Gilly Girling now, however, is standing down and we are looking for a volunteer to take on the work at the Gateway on the eastern side of the village. If you are interested in doing this, please contact John Mills on 01297-553666 in the first instance. Thank you.

COLYFORD GOOSE FAYRE: On Saturday 24th September at Springfield. As usual we are most grateful to Henry and Wendy Pountney for welcoming the Fayre on their land and to Clive and Gwen Organ for allowing us to use their field for car parking and to have access via Orchard Close. We are always glad of help with manning, recent Fayres have been very successful and we hope 2016 will be just as good. Please try to join us by becoming involved in this unique and very popular village activity.
1) To help with the Ram Roast please contact Albert Nicholson at
2) Apples are needed for the Apple Press, please deliver to the Fayre Field before 1.00pm on the 24th September.
3) Plants, Garden Produce (fruit,veg,chutneys,jams etc), Gardening Books and Tools. Please contact Judy Walton on 552813 or Stephanie Sawer on 551093 or deliver to the Field before 1.00pm on Fayre Day.
4) Apple Pies. Anyone prepared to make some please contact Brenda Clarke at
5) We need Programme sellers, volunteers to help on the field during the Fayre, and people to help with the clear up, immediately after the Fayre on the 24th September and on Sunday the 25th. Please contact Ian Priestley on
6) Cakes and Savouries are needed for the Cake Stall, as well as Cakes for the Tea Tent. All donations should be delivered to the Fayre Field before 1.00pm please.
If you need a new costume there will be a Costume Fitting session in the Hall on Monday 12th September between 4.00pm and 7.00pm

For further information please contact Tim Wheeler on 551079.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH: Thank you to all who are helping to make Colyford a safer place by driving within the speed limit and by working together with Colyford Community Speed Watch to remind those drivers who have forgotten, or ignore the fact that speed limits are set for a purpose of safety. By making our roads safer we will also benefit the next generation of road users. Anyone wishing to join the team please contact: 01297 553211. Thank you also to those who have shared their concerns about traffic in the village with County Councillors and the Police.

Colyton, Colyford and District Memory Café: Colyton, Colyford and District Memory Cafe meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month in St Johns Hall, King Street, Colyton. Come along and enjoy an afternoon of fun in a warm and friendly atmosphere. 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

Refugee Crisis: My house is a collection point for donated goods from the list below. Please email or or call 553063. Thank you. Katherine Sharp, Stoup Cottage, Seaton Road, Colyford, EX24 6QW. Clothing for men, women and children: warm and waterproof garments, Socks, hats, gloves and scarves. 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.

ADVENTURE DAY IN THE WOODS: East Devon’s Education Rangers are holding a family day in Holyford Woods Nature Reserve on Thursday 4th August: 10.00 – 3.00. Please book at: or 01395 517557. £12 per person.

ST MICHAEL’S AND FRIENDS OF (FOSM): Thank you to everyone who helped with Summer at St Michael’s and especially to all who came along to enjoy our Weekend of Flowers, Music, Poetry, Prose and Food! This was an event for the whole village and it was great to have so many there to share in helping to make it a success for Colyford.
Christmas Fayre will be at CMH ON Saturday 26th November with stalls, games, teas and coffees and delicious lunches. Please come along to enjoy this festive event.

A Friends of St Michael’s Event – Cream Tea at 40 Springfields: By kind invitation of Albert and Margaret Nicholson: Friday 12th August from 2.00 – 4.30pm. £3.50 per person. Accompanied children free but no dogs please other than guide dogs. 40 Springfields is situated in Fairview Lane. (Sorry but will have to cancel if raining.)

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 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. If you enjoy gardening and like listening to talks on garden related subjects why not join us? Membership is £10 per annum and new members and guests are always welcome (£2.00). Contact Sue Price: 01297 552362 for details.

UPHOLSTERY: In the Hall for morning and afternoon sessions on Mondays. Do come and join our friendly group, we start again on Monday 12th September at 10.00am.

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUPS are on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

COLYFORD STITCHERS will meet again in September on the first and third Monday in the month from 2.00 – 4.00pm in the Committee Room Bring along your knitting or sewing and enjoy working together and having a chat ! Cost £1. Contact Sue Price 01297 552362.

AXE VALLEY CENTRE NATIONAL TRUST at Colyford Memorial Hall: We are looking forward to our Autumn Season of talks, trips and outings, posters are displayed at CMH. Non-members are always welcome at our talks and £2.00 is charged for admission including refreshments. We run coaches to Concerts at Exeter University performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchester which will be on 20 Oct. 4th Nov. and 21 Dec. picking up in Colyford and Colyton, for further details please contact Charles Harris on 01297 552428. We look forward to seeing you at our Autumn Fair on 29th October 10.30-12.30 which will be attended by the National Trust Shop, Sidmouth.

KEEP FIT and PILATES CLASSES at CMH. There are vacancies in both groups, please contact Julie on 01404 46443.

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

Continuation of publication of the Newsletter will depend upon a new Mayor being elected at the Annual Burgesses’ Meeting in November.

COLYFORD ROUND ROBIN (An Email notification of information relevant to village residents) is managed by Anne West, if you would like to join please contact Anne on . All names and addresses are confidential.

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