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The AUGUST 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 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)

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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: In September the village will be holding it’s Annual Medieval Goose Fayre (Sat 30th September), which is a very popular event, attracting visitors from the local area and even visitors from Australia and Canada in previous years, one dressed as a knight in chain mail.

The Organising Team led by Tim Wheeler, are always appreciative of help in the field setting up the week before the Event. Help to man the stalls and entrances is also required on Goose Fayre Day itself.

For those of you that are new to the village, your help and support will be most appreciated.

In October, we hold our Beating of the Bounds Walk around the old village boundary, crossing land not normally open to the public, including walking along part of the Seaton Tramway. This is followed by a buffet in the Memorial Hall with the food provided by villagers.

Also, in November is the Burgesses Annual General Meeting, when the Mayor, Clerk, Constable, and Flag Captain is elected. The date is Friday 17th November @ 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, but more news about this in the next Newsletter.

The recent bad news is the closure of the beds at Seaton Hospital, and the reduction down to two X52 buses each way per day, in both directions as from September. In future, the only reliable bus route to Exeter will be by the 9A bus from Seaton, which does not come through Colyford, and does not go past the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The Colyford Speedwatch Group have recently been promised a pedestrian crossing over the A3052 which will be installed by April 2018 latest, as funds are now available, and must be spent by then. The type of Pedestrian Crossing and position is still to be decided by Devon Highways. Thanks must go to the Colyford Speedwatch Group for their efforts and persistence in achieving this fantastic success.

Efforts are also well in hand to provide some form of traffic calming along the A 3052 through Colyford, and we hope and trust that more news will follow later on in the year.

Thanks must also go to Colin Pady, who has recently tidied up the Eastern Village Gateway near the Axe river bridge and has mown the grass and vegetation around the area. Plans are in hand to replant the garden there. Thanks must also go to Keith and Marian Lawes who look after the Western Village Gateway, and to Mike and Edna Lynch for their work maintaining the garden in Seaton Road opposite the Village Post Office.

Enjoy your late Summer and early Autumn, let us hope that the weather is kinder to us all in Colyford.

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

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 the Colyford Round Robin email update please contact Anne on . All names and addresses are confidential.

COLYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Meets at the CMH on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm. The following will take place on 6th Sept - Members Meeting, 4th Oct Malcom Welshman “It’s a Vet’s Life” and 1st Nov Alan Nicholas “My Seaton”. 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 home-made cake served after the demonstrations. There will be no meeting in August but a fund raising cream tea will be held at Penventon, Shute, Axminster EX12 7PT, Cost £3.50 . There will be stalls and a raffle, please bring family & friends. 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 for details.

IRISH SET DANCING; will take place at 1.30pm on 20th August, 17th September, 15th October and 19th November at CMH . Contact Maggie Daniel 01626 204350.

+50 WORKOUT at CMH. Wednesdays 10am-11am . 12 week course commences 13th September (no class 25th October). Contact Julie 07956 137493

PILATES CLASSES at CMH . Fridays 9.15am-10.15am or 10.30am -11.30am. 13 week course commences 8th September (no class 27th October) Contact Julie 07956 137493

BIODANZA: dance classes on Wednesdays 7.15-9pm at CMH . 20th & 27th Sept , 4th Oct , 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Nov . At Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre, Colyton. 11th, 18th, 25th Oct and 6th, 13th Dec. Contact Julia 07787752201 and see

CLASSES in SPOKEN FRENCH regular classes during school termtimes. Intermediate Monday 10.30 am and Improvers Wed 10.30 am in Committee Room contact Linda on

HATHA YOGA : regular classes on Tuesdays , Wednesdays and Thursdays at the “yoga hut” in Colyford. Also, 1:1 Yoga available and workshops. Contact Jayne Tumber 01297 553945, text; 07956 373039 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.

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 551335

AXE VALLEY CENTRE NATIONAL TRUST: All talks are held at the CMH at 2.30pm and our first Autumn talk will be Gardens of New Zealand on Wed 13th September. Please see full list of talks/events on the Newsletter back page along with two outings to Cotehele and Stourhead. The Autumn Fair will also be held at the CMH 10.30am-1.00pm on 28thOct.

GOOSE FAYRE: (Sat 30th September at 2pm). The usual Costume Fitting event will take place at the Village Hall on the 20th September between 4pm and 6pm. Anyone able to help with the Pancake sales, or with production of Pancakes should contact Vicky Mills 01297 553666.
Anyone able to help with Apple Pie sales, or with production of Apple Pies should contact Brenda Clark 01297 553341.
Anyone with Plants we can sell at the Goose Fayre should contact Sue Price 01297 552362.
Also anyone with Apples we can press at the Fayre is asked to drop them off at the Goose Fayre field on the morning of the Fayre.
Anyone able to help with constructing the Fayre, is asked to report to David Thomas at the Field after 10.00am on the Monday preceding the Fayre.
We need two volunteers to help carry the Balderkin in the Procession. Costumes will be provided. Anyone able to help please contact Ann Fuller on 01297 553248.
We need volunteers to help sell programmes on the day of the Fayre. Anyone able to help please contact Tim Wheeler on 01297 551079
Cakes are needed for sale in the Tea Tent, and on the Cake Stall. Anyone who can help should either contact Liz Thomas on 01297 551335 or hand them in on the day of the Fayre at the Fayre site.
On the 9th September representatives of the Goose Fayre will be in the Procession for the Colyton Carnival. Please try and attend, in costume, the more the merrier. For details please contact Margaret Nicholson on 01297 553247.

NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP: We meet at Colyford Memorial Hall 1.45pm-3.15pm on alternate Thursdays as shown on the Newsletter 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 CAFÉ ST MICHAEL: will open 10.00 – 12.00 on the following Wednesdays August 16th, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th and December 20th . Please come along if you haven’t visited before as you will be assured of a friendly welcome.

ST MICHAEL’S AND FRIENDS (FOSM): Thank you to everyone who helped with St Michael’s Summer Concert in July it was lovely to have so many friends there to share in the enjoyment of the day. This was a very successful fund-raiser for the Organ Fund so thank you for your generosity. St Michael’s Christmas Fayre will be held at CMH on Saturday 25th November from 10.00 – 2.30 with stalls, games, teas and coffees and delicious lunches served by The Friends of St Michael’s. Please come along to enjoy this festive event.

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. Autumn plans include: September- Libby from the Filo Project (support for early and moderate stage dementia), preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 1.15pm October - Ruth from Legacy to Landscape telling us about strolls in our local area. November – Phil (DCC Art Advisor) African Workshop to take part in. Annual Coffee Morning on 4th November from 10am to 12 noon in Colyton Town Hall Contact Sue Whitell 01297 599477 for information.

NEXT NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER. 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 activities including Bingo, Short mat bowls, Line dancing, Indoor Boot sales, Upholstery and Sequence Dances.

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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