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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)

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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 MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Perhaps I should introduce myself to those of you who do not receive Howard and Anne’s round robin. Brenda and I retired back to Devon in 2003, moved to Colyford in 2004. Our home ‘Hilcote’ is outside the bounds of Colyford at the top of Whitwell Lane, Bolshayne to be precise, but we feel very much a part of the Colyford community. I was elected as Mayor of the Ancient Borough of Colyford for 2018, an official post that has been in existence since Colyford was inaugurated as a borough on or just before 1238, it’s currently a ceremonial not political role, nevertheless a tradition well worth observing. A traditional role that I am honoured to be the current incumbent. Village life is about belonging, is about being part of a community. It’s about being known and not invisible, about caring for your neighbour, about friendship. In Colyford we are lucky to have many groups, societies, an active church and choir, good local pubs and events such as the Goose Fayre, Beating the Bounds, to which you can choose to be part of. I believe active people getting actively involved is what creates a community. My first official task was to say a few words at the Children’s Christmas Party, a raucous but happy occasion. The noise and the barefoot Santa still sticks in my mind. Thank you to everybody who helped make this event happen.My second is to organise The Mayor’s Dinner, to which you and your guests are invited. A social event to be held on the 17th March in the village hall. It will be Brenda’s and my pleasure to welcome you with a reception at 7.00pm, sitting down to a three course dinner, a few short speeches and then on with the dancing. Dress code will be what cruise ships now call “evening chic”. See details attached. The third is to lead the procession to the Goose Fayre field and open this major event on the Colyford social calendar. With over 3000 folk attending we need plenty of help setting up the field the last week in September, just turn up and pitch in. As I’d hoped, matters political will be handled by the Residents Association. Do get involved and have your say. The inaugural meeting was held on the 27th January in the Memorial Hall. I trust 2018 will be a healthy and happy year for everybody in the Colyford community, If I can do anything to assist you in making it happy please contact me. I can’t do much about the current flu bug and winter ailments that have waylaid a lot of folk. With Spring just around the corner and Summer to look forward too, get and stay well. Regards Peter Clark, Mayor

THE CLERK’S REPORT: At a Burgesses Meeting on Saturday 27th January it was unanimously agreed to fund the installation of a Vehicle Activated Speed Sign at the western end of the village at a total cost of £791.25. The actual cost of the equipment was £3000 which was funded from our Devon County Councillor's Locality Budget. We wish to sincerely thank Councillor Martin Shaw for his support for this project. Following the Burgesses Committee Meeting an Open Meeting was held to decide if a Colyford Village Residents Association be formed to represent the village in Planning and other important matters. It was unanimously agreed to go ahead and form a Steering Committee and eleven residents were duly elected to join the Committee with immediate effect.The Steering Committee will meet in the very near future to elect the Chairman and Officers and recommend a Constitution. This is excellent news for all residents of Colyford.
Howard West- Clerk.

GOOSE FAYRE AGM: will be held at the CMH on Friday 23rd February. At this meeting Officers of the Executive are elected and all residents are welcome particularly if they wish to be actively involved. This year’s Fayre will be held on the 29th September.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: the team sends a message of thanks to those residents who participated in the Consultation event in December. All views and ideas have been collated and our Objectives have been aligned with your priorities. In early Summer there will be a formal consultation and submission of the Plan.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: 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.

DEVIL’S VIOLIN: are coming to CMH on Sat 10th February 7.30pm. Tickets £8 adult/£6 child/ £22 family.Available Colyford PO or on 01297 553710. “A scintillating combination of music, sound and story” The Times.

NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP: We meet at CMH alternate Thursdays 1.15-2.45pm as per the Newsletter back page. All 0-5 year olds are welcome to join us with their grown ups

HATHA YOGA : Hatha Yoga 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

BIODANZA: dance classes on Wednesdays 7.15-9pm now at Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre, Colyton. Contact Julia 07787752201

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 .

AXE VALLEY CENTRE NATIONAL TRUST: the AGM is held on the 14th February at 2.30pm at the CMH. Next talks are at 2.30pm on 14th March ‘Jurassic Coast’ by Tony Burges, 11th April ‘This is the Captain speaking’by Ian White. On 4th April there is an outing to Lanhydrock Tel: 01297 552428 . Saturday 21st April Spring Fair at CMH 10.30am.

COLYFORD & DISTRICT GARDEN SOCIETY: We meet every third Wednesday of the month in either CPMH or CMH. Meetings start at 7.30pm . We have two trips each year. See back page for events. 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.

INDOOR BOOT SALES: are held on Sunday mornings at CMH. Contact details for booking tables are Cherry Newton 01297 23591 and Betty Holbrook 07891 486839.

ST MICHAEL’S: the Annual Meeting will be on Sunday 4th March at 4.30pm. We welcome everyone to this important meeting when we review the past year and make plans for the year ahead. Tea and cake will be served after our Village Praise service and before the meeting. At end of January we will close fund raising for the organ as we have raised a magnificent total of almost £5,500. We are very grateful for the many generous donations we have received. THANK YOU ALL. We enjoyed our annual party on Saturday 13th January with delightful entertainment provided by Barry and Judy Brewer. At present we have no further events planned but please look out for posters later. FOSM: Soup & Puds lunch at St Michael’s on Friday 2nd February 12.00-2.00pm.Please support our friends by attending the AGM on Monday 26th February at 2.30pm. Café St Michael will open 10.00 – 12.00 on Wednesdays 21st February, 21st March, 18th April and 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. Please see back page for events. Caroline Ellis 01297 33283.

IRISH SET DANCING; will take place on 18th February, April 15th , 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 Mondays 10.30am , Beginners Tuesday 9.30am and Improvers Wednesdays 10.30am. Linda by email or 07867 502328.

THE MAYORS DINNER AND DANCE 2018Saturday 17th March – Colyford Memorial Hall – 7.00pm for 7.30pm Tickets £25 available from Rachel in the Colyford Post Office or from The Mayor on line at using this booking form Cheques are payable to the ‘Borough of Colyford’. Please bring your own drinks. You can choose your meal and table for your group (8) when you book.

Starter Choice of Prawn Cocktail,Carrot & Leek Soup (V) or Farmhouse Pate
Main Meal Choice - Roast Beef, Salmon & Hollandaise Sauce, or Stilton & Leek Pie (V)
Dessert Choice - Apple Pie, Raspberry Pavlova or Cheese & Biscuits

Forms for booking Menu Choices and seats available at the Village Store.

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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