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December 2017  ~  Switch on Saturday ~ The Great Lyme Regis Pudding Race ~ Christmas Tree Festival ~ Lyme Regis Town Band Concert ~  ~ Carols Round the Tree ~  Christmas Day Swim ~




Saturday 2nd

Switch-on Saturday – the switching on of the Lyme Regis Christmas Lights

Make a lantern and help us switch on the Christmas Lights, the best in Dorset, here in Lyme Regis:
 Lantern Workshop in the Baptist Church Hall.
Judging of lanterns in the Baptist Church.

Lantern Parade led by Father Christmas,
5.30 The Mayor will switch on the Christmas Lights at the bottom of Broad Street.

Switch on of the Christmas Lights.
5.30pm prompt

Come early for the Lantern Parade and enjoy the atmosphere:
Join in the countdown -
don't be late or you'll miss it!  
5.30pm prompt  The Christmas Tree, The Shambles, Broad Street




Sunday December 3rd
Christmas Concert   
with soloists Philippa Hyde  and Paul Esswood at 4.30 pm St Michael's Parish Church, Lyme Regis  Visit www.lymebaychorale.co.uk for more information



Tuesday 5th December 


AGM &  'Life and Times'                                

by Linda Hampson   Lyme Regis Art Society Demonstration: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Woodmead Halls  non-members £5.  For more information please contact Sheila.lyme@gmail.com or 01297 445464   



 Weds 13th December    16th Anniversaryof UNESCO awarding World Heritage Site status to West Dorset and East Devon coasts  (2001) see http://jurassiccoast.org/

Christmas Social, Seed Swap and Bulb Planting
our last evening meeting of 2017 – in Uplyme Village Hall at 7:30pm – see you there! 
 Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



15th -17th December

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Baptist Church, Broad Street  Admission free, open 11am - 6pm




Monday 18th


Junior Deep Sea Fishing trip
 for ages 9-16. All tackle, bait and tuition provided. £20 per person. Booking essential.
 11am - 3pm  Organised by Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club.  More Info see http://lymefishing.org.uk/juniorboat/

Saturday 23rd

Carols Round the Tree
by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis with Lyme Regis Town Band This annual event, which takes place in the lower part of Broad Street, around the Christmas Tree, is accompanied by music provided by the Lyme Regis Town Band, soup and refreshments by the Royal Lion.  All welcome. 7 - 8pm The Shambles, Broad Street


Monday 25th   Christmas Day

Christmas Morning Fancy Dress 'Swim'
RNLI11am sharp   Charmouth: Be there by 10.30 to enjoy seeing all the fund-raisers in their (dry) fancy dress -they don't stay in the water a minute longer than they need to - it's all over by 1 minute past 11!  in aid of Lyme Regis RNLI. The beach Charmouth.  Just turn up and take the plunge.

January 1st 2018

Don't forget the Lyme Lunge on New Years Day 2018 -  fancy dress 'swim'
from the sand beach organised by Lyme Regis Rotary.  
1pm from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First) 
 See January page for more details


Some 2016 Events you may have missed

     Last Posting Day for International Standard (formerly Airmail), International Tracking and Signature services to Africa, Middle East

The Great Lyme Regis Pudding Race

Proceeds to Cancer Research UK.  Marine Parade 12 - 2.30-pm

 Last Posting Day for International Standard (formerly Airmail), International Tracking and Signature services to Asia, Cyprus, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia),   Far East (including Japan)

Last Posting Day for International Standard (formerly Airmail), International Tracking and Signature services to South America, Central America, Caribbean,

Christmas Event
 with Santa Claus, Punch and Judy show and lots of other events up and down Charmouth main street. All happening between 4.30 and 6.30, Charmouth

Last Posting Day for International Standard (formerly Airmail), International Tracking and Signature services to  New Zealand, Australia, Greece

Coffee morning to celebrate Human Rights Day
By The Lyme Regis Amnesty group.  Entrance is free but donations welcome. There will be coffee and cake with a produce and bric a brac stall. The Baptist Church small hall, Broad Street from 10.30-12.00.

Lyme Bay Chorale’s Christmas concert
Is to be dedicated to the memory of the late Sir Neville Marriner, the world famous conductor who died peacefully in October. He was the Patron of the choir.  Tickets available from Lyme and Bridport Tourist Information Centres and Penny Black Cafe, Lyme Regis.  £13. bought in advance, £15.00 on the door to include a post concert buffet. 18s and under come free.  4pm, St Michael’s Parish Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis For more info visit www.ymebaychorale.co.uk .

A Musical Christmas

With Lyme Regis Town Band.  Buy your tickets early this year to avoid disappointment.  Compere, Nigel Ball, whose lively banter is all part of the afternoon’s entertainment.  Guest artists,  Julian Shaw has kindly agreed to play his guitar and sing some songs for us, and a group of youngsters are busy working on a couple of dance routines.  The latter is very much a family affair as Josie and Klara Smith are the daughters of band member Kathy Smith and they will be joined by their cousins, Edward and Sophie Rattenbury and Bethany Tattershall.  2.30 pm on Sunday, 11th December 2016 at The Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis. Tickets, costing £3 including refreshments, are now available from Martin Diplock, Estate Agents, or by telephoning Band Secretary, Gilly Warr, on 01297 442232.

The Lyme Regis Brewery at the Town Mill
by Julian Shaw
2.30pm Woodmead Hall  www.lymeregissociety.org.uk  Visitors £3

 Last posting day for International Standard (formerly Airmail) & International Tracking and Signature services to Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland



 Last Posting Day for International Standard (formerly Airmail) &  International Tracking and Signature services to Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Last Posting Day for International Standard (formerly Airmail) International Tracking and Signature services to Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Slovakia

Christmas Jumper Day raising funds for Save the Children

End of term


Last Posting Day for International Standard (formerly Airmail) Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg


The Watkins and Swarbrick Band

Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall at 8pm. There is no ticket cost - instead people can pay what they think the performance was worth at the end of the show.  Seat reservations essential Tel 01305 837299

 Last Posting Date for UK Inland 2nd Class

The Royal British Legion Bingo Night 
Join us for the chance to win some great prizes: really good raffle prizes and for bingo there are Christmas hampers and cash prizes to be won.  Also plenty of wine and chocolate.   7.15pm - eyes down 8pm £4.80 for a book of 6.  Woodmead Halls, Hill Road

   Last Posting Date UK Inland 1st Class and Royal Mail Tracked 48®

Last Posting Date UK Inland Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® and Royal Mail Tracked 24®

Last Posting Date  UK Inland Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® with Saturday Guaranteed


 24th  Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Crib Service 4pm  St Michael the Archangel  (Church of England) , Church


Christmas Eve Mass 11.00pm  St Michael the Archangel   (Church of England), Church Street


Midnight Mass (with Carols from 11.30pm) 12 midnight  St Michael & St George  Roman Catholic Church, Silver Street

Service 11.30pm St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme



Christmas Day Holy communion  8am St Michael the Archangel   (Church of England), Church Street

Christmas Lord's Supper  9-9.30am Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street

Sung Eucharist 10.00am  St Michael the Archangel   (Church of England), Church Street

Christmas Day Service  10 - 10.45am - Followed by Coffee and Mince Pies Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street

Christmas Day  Service 10.30am Lyme Regis Baptist Church, Broad Street


Christmas Day Mass   11am St Michael & St George, (Roman Catholic) Silver Street


Christmas Morning Worship  10am St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme



26th  Boxing Day Go for long walk!  See Liz Jones walks  for ideas


November        January


Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Baptist Church, Broad Street

15th -17th December



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Rotary Carols Round the Tree

First started in the late 1950’s this hugely popular event has been run every year since. It attracts hundreds of people who gather round the splendid Christmas tree at The Shambles and sing along heartily, accompanied by music from the Lyme Regis Town Band with  the Town Crier as MC. Come along and join in what is a truly enjoyable evening and delight in seasonal fare: mince pies and hot soup. There will be a collection in aid of charity.


RNLI Christmas Cards

RNLIfor sale
at the RNLI Shop   at Cobb Square


Lyme Regis Charity Santa Sleigh Route:

Santa and his Sleigh will tour
Pound Road, Pound Street, Westhill Road, Hill Rise, Clappentail Lane, Portland Court, Clappentail Park, Somers Road, Somers Field, Sidmouth Road, Blue Waters Drive, Sil
ver Street, Broad Street, Coombe Street, Hill Road, View Road, Woodmead
Road, end of Avenue Road, Springhill Gardens, Haye Lane, Haye Close, St George's Close, Uplyme Road. 
In aid of St Michaels School appeal for new playground equipment

  Organised by Neville,
Hunters Lodge Inn
Tel 01297 33286

Santa and his Sleigh will  tour Dragons Hill, Overton Close, Fairfield Park, Charmouth Close, Charmouth Road, Lym Close, Anning Road, Kingsway, Summerhill Road, Henry's Way, Appleby Way, Elizabeth Close, Queens Walk, South Avenue, Colway Lane, Talbot Road, North Avenue, Manor Avenue, Bay View Road, Broad Street, Silver Street, Cobb Road.
In aid of St Michaels School appeal for new playground equipment

 Organised by Neville,
Hunters Lodge Inn
Tel 01297 33286


Rotary Lyme Lunge: Take a Plunge in the sea for Charity 

A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, 13.00 hours at the Cobb Beach, (gives you time to watch the duck race first) all for charity.  Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. “If you would like to raise funds for the chosen Rotary charities please feel free to use the attached sponsor form, where sponsors can sign up to Gift Aid if they wish. If you have your own charity which you wish to raise funds for then please go ahead.
It would help our cause if you would just email us with the amount raised – secretary@lymeregisrotary.org  If you just want a swim, feel free to join us, there is no obligation”  1pm  1st January from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First).  
Download your sponsorship form here Sponsorship Form


Get Fossiling on the Jurassic Coast! Join one of Lyme Regis's famous fossil walks along this historic stretch of Dorset coast with Geologist Paddy Howe and Marine Biologist Chris Andrew. Some families return time and again to search with Paddy and Chris among the sand and rocks for fossils that have been washed down onto the beach after 190 million years. For adults and children alike, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Learn all about Mary Anning, the famous early paleontologist who once lived on the site of the museum and much more


Each walk is limited to 15 people per guide. Start times for walks vary according to the tides and take about three hours.

Volunteers wanted

for Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee 

Tel. 01297 443696  or 442220
or e-mail Secretary  

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