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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 new editors of the Colyford Newsletter are John and Lynn Cleminson. They have kindly agreed to do this until a new Mayor is elected in November 2017. Any items for the Letter should be Emailed to


THE CLERK’S MESSAGE: Whilst writing this message, yet another surprise, a General Election, which closely follows the County Council Election on 4th May! I will leave it to you all to make your own decisions. As far as Colyford is concerned, there are important matters to deal with soon.

Very little progress is being made to control the excessive traffic speeds on the A3052 and Seaton Road, but discussions are currently taking place with our MP, Neil Parish. Let us hope for an acceptable solution to this problem very soon. Recently there was an accident involving a motor cycle outside the Wheelwrights.

The completion of the off-road section of the Stop Line Way through Colyford has ceased completely. Perhaps our new County Councillor can resurrect the completion of this important section through Colyford.

I am trying to resolve the problem of regular cutting of the grass verges in the Village now that Devon County Council have withdrawn this service as part of their financial cutbacks. This task is proving to be more difficult than anticipated. In Colyton it is paid for by the Colyton Parish Council, but not in Colyford!! I am happy to report that we now have a volunteer to look after the Village Gateway at the western end of the A3052, but I am still looking for volunteers for the eastern end just past the Tramway crossing. If any one person, or group are willing to tend the 2 gateways at the eastern end, then please contact me on 551375. Any expenses for plants or compost will be reimbursed from the Burgesses funds.

We look forward to a successful Goose Fayre and Beating of the Bounds later in the year. Help is always very much appreciated by the Organising Committee.

We should have a new Mayor later in the year, which we will all welcome on board, after a year without, and with your Clerk as a stand in.

Howard West – Clerk to the Ancient Borough of Colyford 01297 551375

Colyton Grammar School Planning application 16/2672/FUL : Everyone should be aware that an amended Planning application has been submitted recently which includes plans to widen Stafford Lane by filling in the open ditch alongside the school and to open up the entrance to their sports field to facilitate parking for up to 5 double decker buses and/or coaches. Buses will have to use either Elm Farm Lane and/or Gully Shoot 4 times a day raising serious traffic and safety concerns. Full plan details can be viewed on the EDDC website using the application number 16/2672/FUL.

Cedar Tree : a Cedrus Diadora tree has been planted across from the Village PO and Store to replace a tree donated by the WI which had died. The tree has been paid for by Goose Fayre funds and planted by a team from Coly Ridge Probus Club.

HOLYFORD WOODLAND TRUST: Bluebell Day will be on Monday 1st May between 11am – 4pm in the paddock adjoining the Old Pump House . A Dawn Chorus Walk led by Donald Campbell starts the day at 6am. A day of walks, activities and refreshments (including cream teas and a wild food cook out) from 11am. Please use free parking at Colyford Memorial Hall (overflow parking at the Grammar School) where a free shuttle bus will operate from 11.00 – 4.15pm. There is no vehicular access or parking at the event venue

COLYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Meets at the CMH on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm. We have speakers on a wide range of topics. The meeting includes a break for tea and an opportunity to chat to fellow members. We also try to meet up locally once a 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. Contact Liz 551079.

COLYFORD AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: Meets at the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 2.15pm (doors open at 1.30pm) New members welcome,. Tea and home-made cake served after the demonstrations. The Club outing to Taunton Flower Show will take place on Sat 5th August. Contact Caroline Ellis – 01297 33283.

COLYFORD & DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY: We meet every third Wednesday of the month in either Colyton Peace Memorial Hall or Colyford Memorial. Meetings start at 7.30pm & are garden related. We usually have two trips each year. Membership is £10 per annum and guests are welcome at £2. Contact Sue Price 01297 552362

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

IRISH SET DANCING; will take place on May 16 from 3-6pm and on 21st May , 18th June, 16th July and 20th August 4-6pm at CMH . Contact Maggie Daniel 01626 204350.

+50 WORKOUT & PILATES CLASSES at CMH . Wednesdays at 10am – 11am for +50 Workout from 19th April – 12th July (no class 31st May) and Pilates classes on Fridays 9.15am-10.15am and 10.30am -11.30am from 21st April – 14th July (no class 2nd June) Contact Julie 07956 137493

BIODANZA: dance classes on Wednesdays 7.15-9pm 3rd, 17th, 24th & 31st May at Colyford Memorial Hall . 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th June and 5th and 12th July at Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre, Colyton. Contact Julie 07787752201 and see

HATHA YOGA : Yoga classes on Tuesdays , Wednesdays and Thursdays at the “yoga hut” in Colyford. Yoga workshops and 1-2-1 sessions also held. Contact Jayne Tumber 01297 553945 or

COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL: would like to invite all past pupils to be part of their Alumni and Friends network . Please contact

GOOSE FAYRE: The 2017 Goose Fayre will take place on Saturday 30th September. If anyone is interested in running the Plant and Produce Stall please call either Tim Wheeler (551079) or Judy Walton (552813). Stock plants available at end May. Also If anyone has a sturdy Gazebo they are prepared to lend for the Fayre please contact Tim.

COLYFORD JUNIOR CHILDREN’S PLAYPARK: The brand new Colyford Junior Children’s Playpark off Whitwell Lane will be opened at a ceremony on Friday 12th May at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

THE COLYFORD JAZZ PICNIC : will take place on Saturday 24th June at the paddock off Thomas Bassett Drive by kind permission of Geoff and Lynn Marshall. Tickets (£8.00) may be bought at Colyford PO from early in May.

UPHOLSTERY: is on in the Colyford Memorial Hall on Mondays and finishes May 22nd for summer and returns on the 11th September

NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP: We meet at Colyford Memorial Hall 1.45pm-3.15pm on alternate Thursdays as shown on the back page. All 0-5 year olds are welcome to join us with their grown ups for crafts, time to play, singing, coffee and cake.

FOSM (Friends of St Michaels)CAFÉ ST MICHAEL: will open 10.00 – 12.00 on Wednesdays 17th May, 21st June, 19th July and 16th August. Everyone welcome. Summer Event: Open Garden with Cream Teas at Heatherhayne, Seaton Road by kind invitation of Jo and Frank Head. Wed June 14th from 2.30pm.

ST MICHAEL’S AND FRIENDS (FOSM): Saturday 13th May there will be a Sponsored Walk from St Michael’s Church, Musbury at 10.00am to St Andrew’s, Colyton for picnic lunch and on to St Michael’s, Colyford where the FOSM will serve a free Cream Tea for walkers , supporters may enjoy cream tea for a small charge. Sponsorship forms available from St Michael’s Chapel, St Andrew’s Church, Colyford PO and The Little Shop, Colyton from Monday 24th April. Join the whole walk or in the afternoon and help fundraising by collecting sponsors.

There will be a Lunchtime Summer Concert with music and song on Saturday 8th July at 1.15 with lunches served afterwards in the garden if fine.

MEMORY CAFÉ: Colyton, Colyford & District Memory Café will meet as usual on the 1st Wednesday of May, July and August 2.00-4.00pm in St John Hall, King Street, Colyton. On Wednesday 7th June we are celebrating our 2nd Birthday with an outing on the Tram from Seaton to Colyton, where there will be a Tea. Places need to be booked on Wednesday 3rd May. There will be a fundraising “Down Memory Lane Quiz” in Colyton Town Hall on Friday evening 28th July. Contact Sue Whitell 01297 599477 for information.

COLY RIDGE PROBUS CLUB : meet on the First Thursday of each month for Coffee and a Speaker, and the Third Thursday of each month for a Lunch and Fellowship. Meetings take place at the White Hart Inn, Colyford. If interested in joining contact David Thomas 01297 775818.

SEATON & COLYFORD WETLANDS : have a number of free events such as Bird Ringing events on Saturday 13th and Wed 24th May 9-11am and Plant & Cake Sale Wed 31st May 11-3pm in the Discovery Hut. Axe Vale Wildlife Day also has lots of activities and walks on Sunday 4th June 11-3pm . See the Wild East Devon events guide or visit for free and paid events.

NEXT NEWSLETTER – LATE AUGUST. Please email contributions to John Cleminson at

VISIT OUR WEBSITE – which is maintained by Mike Coulthard and where there are details of other regular CMH events including Bingo, short mat bowls, Line dancing, French and Sequence Dances.

COLYFORD ROUND ROBIN : Anne West keeps villagers informed about issues of interest by email. If you wish to join this email list please contact her on All names and addresses are confidential.

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