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The November 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. Any items for the Letter should be Emailed to


THE CLERK’S MESSAGE: We have the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Burgesses on Friday 17th November 2017 in the Colyford Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.
This is an important Meeting for the Village when the Mayor and Officers are elected for the year to November 2018. Most of you are aware that we have not had a Mayor for 2017.
My sincere hope is that one or more residents of the Village of Colyford will offer themselves to be elected as Mayor for the next year. The position is mainly ceremonial, assisted by the Clerk on commercial matters. The three Ceremonial Events are the Mayor’s Dinner, leading the Goose Fayre procession, and Beating of the Bounds Walk and afternoon tea.

There are strong rumours in the village that the Green Wedge between Colyford and Seaton is again under threat from developers and there are signs that preparations are in place to try to develop the “Old Cricket Field” ground between Colyford and Colyton, just north of Kingsholm in Coly Road, and could stretch right across to Stafford Lane. However, these two Green Wedges are protected by the East Devon District Council’s Local Plan, and, hopefully, our own Colyton and Colyford Neighbourhood Plan.

The Mayor and Clerk wil watch these issues closely and support local feelings.

The other news is that the Grammar School has withdrawn its Planning Application to expand and build another floor. This is mainly due to financial restraints, but pupil numbers will increase by 30 per year for the next 6 years. Therefore buses, coaches and school traffic generally will remain the same or increase a little.

Thanks to Martin Shaw, our County Councillor, who has funded the first VAS (Vehicle Activated Sign), from his DCC Locality Fund, this will soon be installed at the Gully Shoot end of the village.
We have requested funding for a second VAS sign from Colyton Parish Council from their 2018/19 Financial Budget to be installed at the eastern end of the village close to the old petrol station. There is also a commitment from Devon County Council to install a Pedestrian Crossing somewhere near the Memorial Hall and St Michael's Chapel in the near future.
Our thanks go to the Colyford Speedwatch Team led by Paula Collingwood and Vicky Mills who have managed to bring these improvements forward by sheer pressure on the County Council,our MP Neil Parish, and Devon Highways,with support from Martin Shaw.
I look forward to seeing you at the Burgesses AGM on 17th November. If you know of anyone that you would like to propose as our new Mayor, please contact me.
Howard West – Clerk to the Ancient Borough of Colyford 01297 551375

The NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: is underway and the group has developed a set of aims for Colyford and Colyton that need expanding by local residents and businesses. Come and enjoy mince pies and refreshments between 9am and 2pm on Saturday 9th December. Have a chat with locals and add your views on the village to the plan. These will be incorporated into the plan which will form a working document to shape the development of our village in the future.
NEXT NEWSLETTER – February 2018 Please email contributions to John Cleminson at

NOAH'S ARK PLAYGROUP: We meet at CMH 1.45pm-3.15pm until the end of December on alternate Thursdays and from January 1.15pm-2.45pm as shown on the Newsletter back page. All 0-5 year olds are welcome to join us with their grown ups .
BIODANZA: dance classes on Wednesdays 7.15-9pm at CMH . 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Nov. At Reece Strawbridge Youth Centre, Colyton. 6th, 13th Dec. 10th , 17th , 24th,31st Jan and 7th, 14th, and 28th February. Festive Dance on 22nd December at CMH 7.30-11.00pm . Open to everyone +16 years . Party or Fancy dress. Contact Julia 07787752201 and see
HATHA YOGA : regular Hatha Yoga Sessions held at the “yoga hut” in Colyford. A small intimate venue with students limited to 6. I also host yoga workshops and offer 1:1 tuition Contact Jayne Tumber 01297 553945 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 .
AXE VALLEY CENTRE NATIONAL TRUST: new members coffee morning is on Tuesday 28th November at the White Hart Pub, Colyford 10.30-noon. Potential members are asked to contact Beverley Perkins 01297 631801. Those who joined this last year will be invited. Talks are held at the CMH at 2.30pm. Please see full list of talks on the Newsletter back page along with the outing in November to Stourhead on Wednesday 29th November.
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 £3. Contact Sue Price 01297 552362 for details.
PILATES CLASSES: at CMH on Fridays and +50 WORKOUT at CMH on Wednesdays Contact Julie 07956 137493
INDOOR BOOT SALES : are held on Sunday mornings at CMH in winter months (not January). Contact details for booking tables are Cherry Newton 01297 23591 and Betty Holbrook 07891 486839

The Trustees of the Reece Strawbridge Centre in Colyton are seeking a new treasurer. Please contact the Chairman, Graham Jenkins at’

FOSM CAFÉ ST MICHAEL: will open 10.00 – 12.00 on the following Wednesdays November 15th ,December 20th , January 17th and February 21st . There will be a Soup and Puds during February, look out for posters. The Friends AGM will be in St Michael’s on Monday 26th February at 2.30pm. Please take the time to come and support our hardworking Friends.
NEWS FROM ST MICHAEL’S: Christmas Fayre will be at CMH on Saturday 25th November: 10.00am – 2.30pm 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. St Michael’s will be taking part in St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival in Colyton: 6th – 10th December.
The Choir and friends will be singing around Colyford on Friday 15th, please join us at St Michael’s (6.00pm) for mulled wine and mince pies before we set off, singers and ‘Bucket Rattlers’ all most welcome.
Family Carol and Crib Service at St Michael’s on Wednesday 20th December 7.00pm.
St Michael’s Bring and Share Supper Party will be at CMH on Saturday 13thJanuary: 6.30–10.00.Tickets from Colyford Shop and PO after Christmas.
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. For people with transport problems transport to the Memory Cafe can be arranged via Colyton Link Tel 0300 123 3345.
Special Event, Wed 17th January 2-4pm: New Year Tea Dance at CMH ( an invitation-only event to include friends,supporters and potential service-users from Colyford). Contact Sue Whitell 01297 599477 for information.
COLYFORD WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: Meets at the CMH on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm. The following will take place on 1st November, Alan Nicholas My Seaton, 6th December Christmas Party , January 3rd TBC and 7th February Joyce West A pensioner’s adventures on the Amazon. 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 January. Contact Caroline Ellis 01297 33283.
IRISH SET DANCING; will take place on 17th December (live music), 21st January and 18th February 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 over Christmas.
CLASSES IN SPOKEN FRENCH: improver level on Wednesday morning at 10.30am and intermediate on Monday mornings at 10.30am at the CMH. For further information email Linda at
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.
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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