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The FEBRUARY 2017 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:-

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: At the recent Burgesses Meeting Howard West was elected as Clerk to the Borough and has agreed to manage the affairs of the Borough until the new Mayor is elected in November 2017.

A Committee was formed to organise the Village Dinner under the Chairmanship of Dave Horrill (now cancelled - please see its findings below).

Ian Priestley has offered to run the Beating of the Bounds on Saturday 28th October . more details later in the year.

Howard wishes to thank all of the volunteers who have taken responsibility for running these events plus Tim Wheeler and his team who run the Goose Fayre , which this year takes place on Saturday 30th September. Also , thanks to the Speedwatch Team under Paula Collingwood for their efforts monitoring speed through the village. Attempts are being made to persuade Devon County Council to improve signage, especially at the Stop Line Way exit in Seaton Road and on the A3052.

The recent Planning Application to develop the Green Wedge between Seaton and Colyford was refused and we all hope that this area is now protected from future development.

Colyton Grammar School has expansion plans and there are traffic and parking concerns because of the increase in pupils attending over the next 6 years. At the time of writing this Newsletter a meeting was arranged for villagers to meet with the School Head to express these concerns.

Village Gateways – volunteers are required to look after both ends of the village . For more information on this or any other matters needing attention in the village please let Howard West (551375) know.

THE VILLAGE DINNER: At the recent Burgesses Meeting a small group was set up to consider the village dinner which is usually held in March. It was unanimously agreed that due to the lack of time and the escalating costs it was reluctantly decided that it would not be possible to organise and publicise a dinner this year. Hopefully in the future a social event can be organised when the new Mayor is appointed.

GOOSE FAYRE: Work has already started on the 2017 Fayre . The AGM is on the 3rd March, at the Colyford Memorial Hall at 7.30, when the committee will be elected. All positions are available to anyone who wishes to be involved. Please come along if you wish to be involved, have time to spare, or just have an opinion on how the Fayre is organised.

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.

HOLYFORD WOODLAND TRUST: Bluebell Day will be on Monday 1st May between 11am – 4pm in the paddock adjoining the Old Pump House . A shuttle bus will operate from the Village Hall car park from 10.45 – 4.15pm. For more details please contact the Chairman, Mike Elsey, on 01297 552938 or 07885 994533. (

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. Further details 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. Please call 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.

COLYFORD STITCHERS 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.

NATIONAL TRUST AXE VALLEY CENTRE, COLYFORD MEMORIAL HALL: Please refer to the diary for talks booked to take place this spring. Please note the Spring Fair on Saturday 22nd April.

IRISH SET DANCING: Beginners are welcome on the 16th April and 21st May , dancing to recorded music . Dancing to live music with the Perfect Cure on the 19th February (some Irish Set Dancing experience required). Contact Maggie Daniel for more detail 01626 204350.

KEEP FIT & PILATES CLASSES. Wednesdays at 9am for Keep Fit and Fridays at 9am for Pilates. For more information contact Julie 07956 137493

BIODANZA: dance classes on Wednesdays for beginners commences the 8th March 6-7pm (arrive 10 mins before). Contact Julia for details 07787752201 and see

YOGA TO HARMONISE BODY, MIND & SOUL: Tuesday mornings 10-11.30am @Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre, Coly Road, Colyton EX24 6UP. Suitable for all ages and abilities, beginners especially welcome. Also Yoga classes at the Colyford studio . Contact Jayne Tumber for details: 01297 553945 or 07956 373039

VILLAGES IN ACTION: An evening with Iain Thomson and Marc Duff: Friday 10th February 2017 at the Colyford Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. An evening of Beautiful Scottish Folk Music. Marc is known primarily for co-founding the Celtic band Capercaillie and was nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2008 Scottish Trad Music Awards. Licensed Bar & refreshments. Tickets: £8 (child £6) from Colyford PO & 01297 553710

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUPS are on Monday and Wednesday mornings during February and March. If anyone is interested in a short ( 4 x 2 hour lessons) course in basic French at beginner level on Monday or Tuesday morning during April and May at the Colyford Memorial Hall please contact Linda Jackson or 01297 443918.

UPHOLSTERY:in the Colyford Memorial Hall for morning and afternoon sessions on Mondays (except April 17th , May 1st and May 29th ). Do come and join our friendly group, we start at 10am.

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 craft or messy activities, playing, singing and eating cake.

CAFÉ ST MICHAEL: will open on Wednesday 15th February, 10.00-12.00. and thereafter the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The Friends of St Michael will meet for their AGM on Monday 27th February at 2.30pm in the Chapel. Everyone interested in supporting the “FOSM” is invited to attend. Look out for posters advertising another “soup & Puds” Lunch before end of Winter.

AID FOR REFUGEES: on Saturday 4th March St Michael’s will be open as a Collection Centre 9.00 – 1.00pm . We are appealing to all residents of Colyford and Colyton who have goods to donate to help us if you can .
The kind of goods needed are:-
1. Tinned food, fruit, veg, ,tuna ,beans of all kinds.
2. Dried food, rice, nuts, flour, pulses, fruit, pasta, couscous, herbs, lentils, porridge oats.
3. UHT milk and powdered baby milk.
4. Toiletries, sanitary towels(not tampons), soap, shower gel, toothpaste and brushes, nappies, wet wipes, hand gels, adult incontinence pads.
5. Sunflower oil in plastic bottles.
6. Warm clothing and shoes (clean and in good condition), socks and underwear (new only).
7. Blankets, duvets, pillows, sleeping bags.
8. Basic first aid items, paracetamol and ibuprofen caplets, plasters, wound pads, cotton wool.

MEMORY CAFÉ: Colyton, Colyford & District Memory Café meet on the 1st Wednesday of each month 2.00-4.00pm in St John Hall, King Street, Colyton. If you, a friend or a loved one is suffering from memory loss or has been diagnosed with early dementia we offer an afternoon of friendship and support for you and your carer. Some parking is available plus a large drop off point. For more information ring Sue 01297 599477.

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