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December 2019   ~ Christmas Tree Festival ~ Lyme Regis Town Band Concert ~  ~ Carols Round the Tree ~  Christmas Day Swim ~




One of the Nation's Favourite Poets  Pam Ayres visits the Marine for the first time to talk about her new book of poetry, Up In The Attic—the brand-new collection of verse from one of the nation’s favourite poets.  With the same magic that has enchanted her fans for more than four decades, Pam’s new collection is by turns side-splittingly funny, at others so reflective and profound that audiences are moved to tears. This new collection will tickle and move in equal measure.  £10.00 advance and on the door, 10% discount for members



Wednesday December 4th 2019

Social and Christmas Supper
A pre-Christmas social event with a bring and share supper starting at 7.30pm in Uplyme Village Hall. Find out what the society is up to for 2020, renew your membership (if you haven’t already) and sign up to forthcoming outings. Enjoy a light-hearted quiz and bring along any unwanted seeds to swap with other members.  Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society



Sunday 8th December

Lyme Bay Chorale Christmas concert
The programme of Baroque music will include works by Handel, Bach and Haydn, and planning has started in earnest so we can book the very best performers for the event. Working with our patron Philippa Hyde (soprano) plus alto, tenor and bass professional soloists, our musical director Alex Davies will be bringing together a chamber orchestra of fantastic players on flute, oboe, trumpet, timpani, horn, cor anglais, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord and organ.
late afternoon St Michael's Parish Church, Lyme Regis  We'll bring you more information nearer the time - meanwhile, please put the date in your diary!


13th December    18th Anniversary of UNESCO awarding World Heritage Site status to West Dorset and East Devon coasts  (2001) see http://jurassiccoast.org/


Friday 20th
End of term


20th - 22nd 2019

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Baptist Church, Broad Street  Admission free, 11am -4pm





Monday 23rd

Carols Round the Tree
by the
Rotary Club of Lyme Regis with Lyme Regis Town Band
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis are once again hosting their Annual Carols Round the Tree  at the Shambles in Broad Street. The Lyme Regis Town Band will playing a selection of popular carols for everyone to sing along to and the Town Crier Alan Vian will be the MC. Hot soup supplied by the Royal Lion Hotel will be provided in the interval. A collection will take place, last year's was in aid of the Julia's House Children's Hospice. All welcome. 7 - 8pm The Shambles, Broad Street


Tuesday 24th  Christmas Eve


Wednesday 25th   Christmas Day  ~ HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE  ~



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 (optional)  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, kindly sponsored by The Royal Oak. 10.30 for 11am the beach Charmouth.  Just turn up and take the plunge.  This event is weather dependent


Thursday 26th  Boxing Day Go for long walk! 

See Liz Jones walks  for ideas


Tuesday December 31st   New Years Eve



January Wednesday 1st  2020

Don't forget the Lyme Lunge on New Years Day 2020 -  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.  This is a Weather Dependent event



2018 events which may happen again

Last Posting date International Air Mail to: 
Africa, Middle East

Launch Day

The Launch
After 38 weeks of demanding work, the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy Class of February 2019 are launching their boats for the first time. The  students are building new build boats, all of which will be lined up for launch.

at Lyme Regis Harbour





(bring and share) – plant sweet peas to take home, swap surplus seeds and join in a light-hearted quiz. View events for 2019. Bring seeds to swap and food for supper  7.30pm  Uplyme Village Hall Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

Last Posting date International Air Mail to: Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

The last day to send a letter to Father Christmas
Royal Mail will send a letter from Santa Claus for free. If you are hoping for a reply from Father Christmas, post him a letter by Friday, December 7. Send to:  Santa / Father Christmas Santa’s Grotto Reindeerland XM4 5HQ  Make sure you include a full name and address so Father Christmas can write back.

 Last Posting date International Air Mail to:  Caribbean, Central and South America

Last Posting date International Air Mail to:  Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand



Last Posting date International Air Mail to:  Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada,USA


   Last Posting date International Air Mail to:  Finland, Sweden


Lyme Regis Town Band Christmas Concert

2.30pm Woodmead Hall


Carols by Candlelight Service
The lights on the Christmas tree will once again be lit as one of the Weldmar Hospicecare's "Light up a Life" services being held throughout Dorset. During the service there will also be an opportunity to bring gifts for teenagers as part of the Children's Society Christmas Appeal.  The Carol Service will be followed by festive refreshments in the Church hall. 
4pm  St Michael the Archangel  (Church of England) , Church Street

Carols by Candlelight  6pm   St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme


Last Posting date International Air Mail to: Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,  Switzerland



Last Posting date for UK 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
Last Posting date International Air Mail to: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg



  Last Posting date for  1st Class and 1st Class Signed For and UK Special Delivery Guaranteed

  Last Posting date for: UK Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery




Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the Baptist Church, Broad Street  Coffee and mince pies available throughout Saturday  Admission free, 11am -4pm




Christmas Tree Festival - Last Day

Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Baptist Church, Broad Street  Admission free,  12.00 – 20.00



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


 Carols by Candlelight 6pm St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme


Carols by Candlelight followed by coffee and mince pies in among the Christmas Tree Festival.  18.30  Baptist Church, Broad Street



Crib Service 4pm  St Michael's (Church of England) Church Street, Lyme Regis


Midnight Service 11pm St Michael's (Church of England) Church Street, Lyme Regis


Midnight Communium 11pm St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme


Midnight Mass  The first Mass of the Nativity 
St Michael & St George  Roman Catholic Church, Silver Street, Lyme Regis

Christmas Morning Sung Eucharist

  St Michael's (Church of England) Church Street, Lyme Regis 10am. (There is no 8am service on Christmas Day.)


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



Christmas Day Mass  Mass of the Nativity 10.30am St Mary's, Axminster, (Roman Catholic)



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

Evening Worship (BCP) 6pm St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme


November        January



Rotary Christmas Collection Beneficiary ....more

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

20th - 22nd December  2019


Charity Christmas Cards on Sale at

 The Tourist Information Centre, Church Street (mixed)

The Lifeboat Shop, The Cobb (RNLI)

Martin Diplock's, Broad Street (RNLI)

National Trust Shop, Marine Parade (National Trust)

Weldmar Hospice charity Shop, Broad Street (Weldmar Hospice)

What's On in the Galleries



Lloyds Mobile Bank
Open Fridays:
9.45 - 12.15, 1.00 - 3.00pm

Owing to traffic times are approximate

Please use it or we may lose it!

Woodmead Halls Car Park


Singers aged 5 to 82 are busy rehearsing for Lyme Bay Chorale’s Christmas concert,
which takes place at St Michael’s Church on
Sunday 9 December at 4pm.

For the first time, St Michael’s Children’s Choir will join the adult chorale for several parts of the concert, with some children singing solos in an arrangement of ‘Good King Wenceslas’ by Paul Halley. The children will also sing in ‘Christus natus est’ by Cecilia McDowall and ‘Ding dong merrily on high’ arranged by Mack Wilberg.

Lyme Bay Chorale will perform the Poulenc ‘Gloria’ – with soprano solo by well-known local singer Chloe Stratta – and two other pieces by Paul Halley: ‘Infinite light’ and ‘Watt’s cradle hymn’. There will also be several audience carols.

Lyme Bay Chorale Christmas Concert

Sunday 9th December at 4pm
St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis


Rotary Carols Round the Tree
Monday 23rd December 2019

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


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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