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The February 2018 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 have 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:- (website administrator)

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.


Firstly a massive thank you to everybody who attended my first Mayor's Dinner Dance and helped make
it a success. Thanks to Brenda for her support and for floral decorations in the hall also to
Monica and her team who provided the splendid meal. The tables laid in red, white and blue looked
magnificent. With many guests telling me that they wanted to be able to talk to one another without
being blasted out of the Memorial Hall, the live music was perhaps a little less raucous than usual,
but not to everyones taste. So if you know of a more lively dance combo at a bargain price let me know
and I will book them for next year. I must also thank everyone who contributed raffle prizes, and to
David Horrill and Jill Badley for running the raffle which raised £145. The evening profited the Burgess
Fund by £166.50. My gratitude must also go to Rachel and Jeff in the Post Office for selling tickets. So
again a big thank you to everybody.

As Mayor, I will be involved in ceremonial matters in the village, such as the Mayor's Dinner and Beating
of the Bounds, playing a part in the Goose Fayre procession etc.

Many of you will know, Colyford has now formed a Colyford Village Residents Association (CVRA), currently
with over 70 Members. This Association will be the voice of Colyford on any matters that affect the village
regarding Planning issues, road safety, highway improvements including cycleways, such as the Stop Line Way
and public transport matters.
Application forms are available at the Post Office. Any residents of Colyford Village are welcome to join.
The bigger we are, the stronger voice we have.

We are still awaiting the arrival of a Planning Application to develop the Old Cricket Ground site off
Coly Road between Kingsholme and the entrance to Shells Lane. This will require some attention by the
CVRA Committee and with your support any objections you may have as villagers will make their task easier.
Let them know.

There are still discussions regarding the Vehicle Activated Signs at each end of the village to try to reduce
speeds, and towards the installation of a pedestrian controlled crossing over the A3052 near to the
Memorial Hall and Chapel.

Funding is in place for the VAS, £3000 from Martin Shaw's DCC Locality Budget which is the cost of the
equipment and £900 from the Ancient Borough (Burgesses), plus £61 of donations from villagers. Installation
is imminent, this is down to DCC Highways.

We do not yet know the cost of the second VAS, it will be cheaper as it will be fixed to a lamp post at the
East End. Colyton Parish Council have allocated £500 to the cost.

Now Summertime has officially began we look forward to some warmer, "drier" weather and a brilliant summer.
The Village highlight being Village Picnic and "Jazz in the Paddock" Saturday 23rd June in the Paddock
Thomas Basset Drive.(Parking in the Memorial Hall Car Park) The Arcadia Jazz Band. 6.00pm - 9.00pm. (in Memorial Hall if Wet). Bring a Picnic.

We also look forward to the Goose Fayre our big Autumn Attraction on the 29th September.

My thanks must also go to Howard West for his continuing support of myself and the burgesses.

So enjoy your summer and get involved, all the clubs, societies and groups are there for your enjoyment,
support them and help where you can.

Regards Peter Clark, Mayor

GOOSE FAYRE : This year’s Fayre will be held on Saturday the 29th September.

A Fayre Co-ordinator is needed by the Committee and volunteers to help with the catering on the day of the Fayre.

COLYFORD & DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB: has now started and meets at the CMH every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 7.30-9.30pm . See website or call 077539 11751.

NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP: We meet at CMH alternate Thursdays 1.15-2.45pm on 10th& 24th May,7th &21st June, 5th & 19th July. All 0-5 year olds are welcome to join us with their grown ups

YOGA & MEDITATION CLASSES : Yoga & Meditation Sessions held at the “yoga hut” in Colyford. A small intimate venue with a max of 6 students per session to ensure everyone has correct posture alignment.1:1 or 1:2 tuition. Contact Jayne Tumber 01297553945 or

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 . Cost £1 per meeting – Contact Sue Price 01297 552362 .

COLYFORD & DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY: We meet every third Wednesday of the month in either CPMH or CMH. Meetings start at 7.30pm.See Events page of website for Topics. We have two
trips each year. Membership is £10 per annum and guests £3. Contact Sue Price 01297 552362 .

PILATES CLASSES: at CMH on Fridays 9.15 to 10.15 or 10.30to 11.30 and +50 WORKOUT at CMH on Wednesdays 10.00 to 11.00 Contact Julie 07956 137493

COLY RIDGE PROBUS: meet on the First Thursday of each month for Coffee and a speaker, and the 3rd Thursday of each month for a Lunch and Fellowship. Meetings at the White Hart Inn, Colyford. If interested in joining contact David Thomas 01297 551335.

ST MICHAEL’S: 16th May. Sue and John Price have invited the Friends to a cream tea at Coly Lodge on Wednesday 27th June 2.30-4.00pm.

MEMORY CAFÉ: Colyton, Colyford & District Memory Café will meet as usual on the 1st Wednesday of each month 2.00-4.00pm in St John Hall, King Street, Colyton. 7th February “Staying Healthy”, 7th March Ukelele Group entertainment, 4th April Spring Planting, 2nd May ‘Down Memory Lane’ Quiz, several rounds on different topics with prizes. Contact Sue Whitell 01297 599477 for information. ‘Lifts to the Memory Café can be arranged with Link’

COLYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Meets at the CMH on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm. Please see back page for events. The WI provides friendship, entertainment, education and the opportunity to meet like-minded people, you can also attend as a visitor. Contact Elizabeth Harding 01297 624250.

COLYFORD AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: Meets at the CMH on the first Tuesday of the month starting at 2.15pm (doors open at 1.30pm) New members welcome,. Tea and cake served after the demonstrations. Contact Ann Hebden01297 443615.

IRISH SET DANCING; will take place on May 20th 2pm-5pm at CMH . Contact Maggie Daniel 01626 204350.

UPHOLSTERY: is on in the Colyford Memorial Hall 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.00pm on Mondays . No sessions for 2 weeks at Easter and also May bank holidays.

SPOKEN FRENCH: Intermediate Wednesdays 10.30am ,Contact Linda by email or 07867 502328.

EDDC GREEN WASTE COLLECTION Sign up now to new green waste collection service starting in May.
Fortnightly collections cost less than a cup of coffee per collection - only £48 per year. East Devon residents
can now sign up on lineto the new service which is being introduced from Monday May 14th. Sign up online

VISIT OUR WEBSITE – which is maintained by Mike Coulthard and where there are details of other regular CMH activities including Bingo, Short mat bowls, Line dancing, Indoor Boot sales, Upholstery and Sequence Dances.

COLYFORD ROUND ROBIN Anne West keeps villagers informed about local issues of interest by Email.For all new residents and anyone who has not yet signed up to receive them please contact Anne on

SEATON & COLYFORD WETLANDS: There continue to be activities and events over the next few months. See East Devon events guide or

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