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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

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




Committed to helping the choir develop (see 3rd Dec) Philippa will give a vocal masterclass which is also open to singers from outside the choir. Singers are asked to prepare a short piece to perform. Members of the public should find this a fascinating afternoon and are cordially invited to watch. Singers wishing to take part should contact Sally on 01297 444580 or email :  sallycrowther53@btinternet.com  2pm - 4pm St Michaels’s Church, Lyme Regis.

Make a lantern and help us switch on the Christmas Lights here in Lyme Regis:

 Lantern Workshop in the Baptist Church Hall.
ging 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
Lyme Bay Chorale's Christmas Concert
Bach's Magnificat in D, Bach's Sleepers Awake (Whachet Auf) and Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus RV 595  with soloists Philippa Hyde  and Paul Esswood.
Tickets for the concert are £15 on the door or £13 in advance - to include LBC's famous post concert buffet - from Lyme Regis TIC, Penny Blacks Tea Room and from choir members. Under 19s free. Ticket includes the buffet.  4.30 pm St Michael's Parish Church, Lyme Regis  Visit www.lymebaychorale.co.uk for more information

Philippa will give a Vocal Masterclass: 2nd December 2-4pm. St Michael's Church.  Cost for the Masterclass is £15. Retiring collection for the audience.



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   


Wednesday 6th
Last Posting date International Air Mail to: Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)


Thursday 7th December
Last Posting date International Air Mail to:  Caribbean, Central and South America



"Brilliance" by Farnham Maltings
An interactive play about the advent of electricity to village life from the company who gave us the outstanding Iranian Feast.  Tickets from October: £9 (U18:£7) from the self service box office at The Charmouth Practice Tel 01297 560948 for information. Bar and raffle. Proceeds to the hall.  7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm) Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall


Saturday 9th
Last Posting date International Air Mail to:  Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand




Tuesday 12th

The Romans in West Dorset,

What we can still see by Steve Wallis  A talk for the Lyme Regis Society.  Members free visitors £3  2.30pm Woodmead Hall


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


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


Christmas Social, Seed Swap and Bulb Planting
our last evening meeting of 2017 –
This will also be your chance to renew your membership, and hear about the various trips and talks planned for 2018.  Uplyme Village Hall at 7:30pm – see you there!   Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 


Thursday 14th


Last Posting date International Air Mail to: Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA


15th -17th December

Christmas Tree Festival

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



Friday 15th
Last Posting date International Air Mail to: Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,  Switzerland

End of term



Saturday 16th

Last Posting date International Air Mail to: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg




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/


Wednesday 20th
Last Posting date for UK 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For



Thursday 21st

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



Friday 22nd

Last Posting date for: UK Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery



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 (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.

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


November        January


January Monday 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

Saturday Dec 22nd  2018

Carols  round the tree

Some 2016 Events you may have missed

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

 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




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

15th -17th December


Charity Christmas Cards now on Sale at

 The Tourist Information Centre, Church Street (mixed)

The Lifeboat Shop, The Cobb (RNLI)

Martin Diplock's, Broad Street (RNLI)

What's On in the Galleries


24 November-13 December

Festive artwork by members of Town Mill Arts, full of enticing paintings, sculptures, drawings, pottery, textiles, jewellery and books.

The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

1 December – 2 January

7th annual pop up vintage shop of competitively priced goodies run by Jan Calow and Mandy Wiscombe. Closed 25-26 Dec.

The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 10.30am-4.00pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

15 December-2 January

A holiday show of inspiring contemporary crafts made in the southwest.

The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk


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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