Mayor's Report 2018

Ancient Borough Of Colyford
The MAYOR'S REPORT August 2018:

As you may have realised by now the Mayor's role in the Ancient Borough of Colyford is not a political one. As Mayor and a Colyford resident I like to keep abreast of what is going on and to that end I like to receive Anne West's Round Robin by Email by email, usually twice weekly. If you want to know what is going on, contact Anne and get on her mailing list, details below.

I would especially like to say a big thank you to Anne for the work she puts in keeping us fully informed in her regular bulletins.

If you want to advertise a local event quickly then the Round Robin is the way or you can send it to me for inclusion in this quarterly Newsletter.

We have now established the Colyford Village Residents Association, chaired by Ian Priestly. Thanks go to Ian and his committee for dealing with all the current planning issues. Become a member, have your say on matters that concern us all. Planning, development and the like.

We will be Beating the Bounds of Colyford on Saturday 27th October. Last year more than 100 villagers turned out for a pleasant stroll around the village bounds and enjoyed tea in the village hall after. Regards Peter Clark, Mayor

GOOSE FAYRE : The question that everybody is asking, is whether this beautiful, long hot summer weather will last until the 29th September. Let's not have a repeat of the deluge that caused last years fayre to be cancelled.

It's a time when all villagers and visitors ; men,women and children come together to to dress the part and celebrate in true medieval fashion.

Why not join me in the pageantry, join the procession leaving the Elms at 1.30pm, follow me to Springfields where you can enjoy an afternoon of wholesome family entertainment. Tea and cakes, Punch and Judy, strolling players, Medieval dancers, roasting lambs, beer and cider are all there to be enjoyed.

ALLOTMENTS for COLYFORD The Neighbourhood Plan for the parish of Colyton is taking shape. The Colyton Allotments are up to capacity, the question must be "does Colyford need allotments if a suitable site can be found? " We would like your opinion and ask you to state if you would use an allotment in Colyford. Please leave your comments in the box provided at the Post Office for the Neighbourhood Plans Steering group to consider.

CVRA The COLYFORD VILLAGE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION is now well established and recognised by other organisations including importantly EDDC. We now have over 100 paid up members.

The Committee have been working very hard behind the scenes on the Old Cricket Ground development. We had an open meeting and there was a unanimous vote to oppose the development. Since then there have been 84 objection letters written (at the time of writing). TPO's have been placed on the oak trees in the field and is has been established that a rare colony of bats roost near by. I must thank all involved who have spent hundreds of man and woman hours actually doing the ground work, research and letter writing. We have been working hard and pressurising highways, the CPC and our local councillors for some actual hard results regarding the Zebra Crossing on the A 3052, school buses, the completion of the wetlands multi-use path and signage for it. Three No Dog signs do not count! The grass cutting issues around the village have been tackled as well.

If you have any matters which need our attention or if you really care about issues affecting your village environment we invite you to join us, we are proving there really is strength in numbers! Ian Priestley Chairman CVRA

THE COLYTON AND COLYFORD COMMUNITY LAND TRUST was launched on Saturday 21st July where people from the Parish were invited to become voting members for £1. Registered as a Community Benefit Society, its first remit is to provide affordable housing for local people with a strong local connection with the Parish. Colin Pady Town Councillor.

WAR HORSE SONGMAN BOB FOX is making a welcome return to CMH. An evening of songs and stories from a brilliant musician. Sunday September 9th at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Colyford Post Office or 01297 553710

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

ST MICHAEL'S CHAPEL We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Musical Concert by The Clifton Trio on the afternoon of Sunday 7th October. Tickets will be available from Colyford Shop and Post Office and The Little Shop, Colyton from Saturday 1st September. Adults £8.00 or £10.00 to include tea, Under 18’s £5.00 with a free tea ! 

AXE VALLEY CENTRE NATIONAL TRUST. We meet at the Colyford Memorial Hall the 2nd Wednesday of each month during the winter, and the talks for Sept and Oct are as follows: Wed 12th Sept, Talk on Living with Deer and other animals since the Ice Age by the Rev’d David Ireson. 2.30pm, CMH Wed 10th Oct, Talk on The History of Lundy Island by Alan Nicholas. 2.30pm, CMH. Sat 27th Oct, 10.30am, Autumn Fair. CMH.

GOOSE FAYRE This year the Fayre will be on Saturday 29th September. We need your help to make this annual event successful.Can you help in any way? a Fayre Co-ordinator is needed by the Committee.
Tea Tent, on the day Audrey Thorne 552568 
Lamb Roast on day Albert Nicholson 553247, 
Pancakes on day Vicky Mills 553666,
Making Apple Pies Brenda Clark 553341, 
Manning week prior Dave Thomas 551335, 
Request for plants Sue Price 552362, 
Request for cakes Dorothy Gurdol 552002, 
Programme sellers Ian Priestly 553279, 
Join the Goosefayre procession on the day.
Assistance on the day of the Fayre and the week prior to the event is needed, if you can help in any small way call the contact above. Get involved with this major Colyford event. If you’re not sure how you can help contact Tim Wheeler on 551079 or

Colyton Carnival procession
Why not join our walking group in the Colyton Carnival Procession costumes available. Contact Margaret Nicolson 553247

Goose Fayre Costume Fitting Costume choosing and fitting will take place in the Committee Room at the rear of the Memorial Hall on: Thursday 6th Sept from 5pm to 7pm and Friday 7th Sept, from 5pm to 7pm. Programmes for the Goose Fayre will be on sale at the same time. We now have a selection of costumes donated by a theatre, which can be borrowed.

NOAH’S ARK PLAYGROUP: We meet ,at CMH alternate Thursdays 1.15-2.45pm 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. Membership is £10 per annum & guests £3. We organise a programme with expert speakers talking on a variety of horticultural topics, several outings each season.
Aug15th, Seaside Gardening Caradoc Doy, CMH. Sept 19th, The New Kitchen Garden by Mark Diacono in CPMH 17th Oct, Hardy Nerines Caroline Stone in CMH 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.

FRIENDS OF ST MICHAEL'S Cafe St Michaels’s: The Committee hold a coffee morning every third Wednesday of the month from 10.00 to 12 noon in the Chapel. We have a table with homemade produce and homemade biscuits with your coffee/tea. Every one is welcome to these events; for folks who have never been before, come and meet up and chat with friends and neighbours and perhaps make new friends We also hold other events: Soup and Pudding in the winter months, Open Garden with a cream tea in the Summer and occasionally a Cheese and Wine in the Autumn. All these events are advised throughout the Village nearer the event. The Police occasionally visit us on a Coffee morning, they hold a Have your Say surgery, The dates are displayed on the local police website. Look forward to seeing you there. For further information please contact Margaret Nicholson on 01297 553247

ST MICHAEL’S: We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Musical Concert by The Clifton Trio on the afternoon of Sunday 7th October. Tickets will be available from Colyford Shop and Post Office and The Little Shop, Colyton from Saturday 1st September. Adults £8.00 or £10.00 to include tea, Under 18’s £5.00 with a free tea !

MEMORY CAFÉ: Colyton, Colyford & District Memory Café will meet as usual on the 1st Wednesday of each month 2.00-4.00 pm in St John Hall, King Street, Colyton. 1st Aug Fun Fair Reminiscences 5th Sept Community Carnival Event Tea Dance at the Town Hall - Tickets £5 pp from The Little Shop, Colyton 3rd Oct Anna Sutherland: 'A Tribute to Joyce Grenfell'
Our Memory Café welcomes anyone who is looking for company, a change of scene and some interesting activity to keep body and brain active. Our Volunteers are trained Dementia Friends, able to talk through the challenges of living with dementia and ready to put people in touch with agencies who can offer expert advice and support. You are assured of a friendly welcome and a cup of tea and home-made cake, and, most importantly, an afternoon of fun and laughter. Transport for Colyton and Colyford residents is available through LINK community transport service 0300 123 3345. 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 WI provides friendship, entertainment, education and the opportunity to meet like-minded people, you can also attend as a visitor. 1st Aug Members’ Cream Tea (in lieu August meeting) – 2.30pm at 40 Springfield, Colyford. 5th Sept Brian Phelps By Hook or by Crook (sayings explained) 3rd Oct Harvest Lunch and Produce Auction 1pm in the Memorial Hall 7 Nov Doug Hislop Roman 1st Aug Members’ Cream Tea (in lieu August meeting) – 2.30pm at 40 Springfield, Colyford. 5th Sept Brian Phelps By Hook or by Crook (sayings explained) 3rd Oct Harvest Lunch and Produce Auction 1pm in the Memorial Hall 7 Nov Doug Hislop Roman Seaton If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me. Elizabeth Harding Secretary, Colyford WI Tel: 01297 624250 

COLYFORD AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB: Meets on the first Tuesday of the month, at the CMH, except for January and August. We do not have a meeting in Aug, however the club is holding a cream tea to raise funds, this will be on 22nd Aug at 3pm by kind invitation of Liz and Tony Gosling, at Penventon, Shute. There will be a raffle, cake stalls, plants and bring and buy. There are also some veteran military vehicles, and a steam engine to admire. Everyone is welcome, club members are asked to bring along friends and relatives, to share a very enjoyable afternoon. Demonstration on 4th Sept is by Pat Boundy and her title is 'A Word About Flowers', the club competition is 'Gardeners Delight; (Continental) Demonstration on 2nd Oct is by Barbara Clatworthy and her title is 'Birds, Bees and Alfie Boe' the club competition is 'Natural Landscape'. The demonstrations start at 2.15pm with doors open at 1.30pm. Tea and home made cakes served afterwards, and raffle and stalls. Colyford Flower Club always welcomes visitors and are accepting new members. For further information tel: Ann Hebden Chairman 01297 443615 or Angie Clark President 01297 35817.

IRISH SET DANCING; There will be Irish Set Dancing at the Memorial Hall on Sunday 19th Aug and 21st Oct from 2 till 5 pm.
On 16 Sept we will be having live music starting at 2.30pm, until 5.30pm.
Everybody welcome. People can contact me for more information on 01626 204350 or

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 (Philip Duerden took over the role in 2019) 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