My Parish of Colyton and Colyford by Colin Pady

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:05 07 May 2019

Colin Pady at the gateway sign to Colyford. Ref edr 15 19TI 2160. Picture: Terry Ife

Colin Pady at the gateway sign to Colyford. Ref edr 15 19TI 2160. Picture: Terry Ife

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Colin Pady speaks about his parish of Colyton

Colin Pady at the gateway sign to Colyford. Ref edr 15 19TI 2164. Picture: Terry IfeColin Pady at the gateway sign to Colyford. Ref edr 15 19TI 2164. Picture: Terry Ife

Please introduce yourself

I'm Colin Pady, born in Colyford and lived all my life in the Parish of Colyton

A dairy farmer for 45 years, I pasteurised and bottled my milk and delivered it in Colyford and Seaton. With my wife Val brought up six children and I am a parish councillor and member of Colyton Feoffees since 1970. I was Mayor of Colyford from 1980 to 1983. A founder member of the Colyford Goose Fayre in 1980 and I ran self-catering holidays and bed and breakfast accommodation at Horriford Farm

I am involved with Holyford Woods Nature Reserve and my hobbies are natural history, local history, painting and travel.

What is your favourite memory of Colyton?

The 1977 street party in Colyton celebrating the Queen's Silver Jubilee and the first Colyford Goose Fayre in 1980, held at the Old Manor in Medieval Costume.

The Seaton branch railway and the Station Halt at Colyford closed in 1966. The historic petrol station built in 1928, which was still serving petrol until 2001. The post office shop at Colyford, presided over by Miss Hodder and Maudie (where I had to stand on a box to see over the counter).

What do you like most about the Parish of Colyton?

The community spirit and friendliness of everyone living in the combined communities of Colyton and Colyford.

The history attached to both communities. The Saxon foundation of Colyton and its street plan. The Medieval Borough of Colyford and its tradition of having a Mayor, Clerk, Mace Bearer and Constable. Surrounding it all the stunning East Devon landscape of rolling green hills, lanes, ancient farmsteads, river meadows, field patterns with copses and woodlands.

The community activities - Colyton Carnival and Colyford Goose Fayre - The Colyton and Colyford Link (Good Neighbour Scheme), The Colyton Chamber of Feoffees (one of Englands' oldest charities)

What is your favourite shop in Colyton/ Colyford?

It has to be Colyford Post Office linked with Colyford Butchers

A more friendly village shop you couldn't find. Such a range of good things for sale plus a real post office counter with all the facilities of a traditional post office.

Geoff and Rachael run a marvellous welcoming shop and Tony and his team a first class butchers - a real village hub where you can get the latest village news with your sausages, paper, postage stamps and money exchange all with a friendly chat.

How have you seen Colyton develop?

In the past 60 years from relatively small communities, Colyford has grown from 180 people to 1,000 and Colyton from 1,000 to 2,500.

I have seen Colyton Grammar School grow from 300 pupils to 900 with world class results.

The building of a number of housing estates, mainly for retired people.

The Branch Railway Line closed in 1966 and the volume of traffic on the A3052 quadrupled from 1,000 cars per day to 8,000.

Self sufficiency in the community disappeared

What is your favourite building?

The Church of St Andrew with its iconic lantern tower- unique in the West Country.

The incredible Saxon Cross carved from Beer stone, the 18th century chandeliers, the sheer size of the West Window.

All contribute to a church full of history - including the tomb of Margaret Beaufort - mother, sister and aunt of Kings.

The Church where my mother and father were married and my own marriage was blessed and the home of my son Crispin's ashes.

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