Resident's Parking Permits
Free parking in Cabanya and Woodmead car parks November
to March for Lyme Regis Residents.
Available from Lyme Regis Town Council Office
from and can be collected between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
A valid Council tax bill for Lyme Regis and vehicle registration document displaying the same address are necessary to obtain a permit.
Lyme Regis Medical Centre 445777
Lyme Bay Medical Practice 443399
Charmouth Medical Practice 560872
Offered to all over 65 and those at risk.
Books to your Door
Unable to get to the Library? Housebound?
'If you are housebound or unable to get to your local
library, we may be able to arrange for books to be delivered to your home, free at regular intervals by volunteers.
We offer a wide range of fiction as well as information books on country life, cookery, travel, biography and other popular subjects. You can request specific books or subjects.
Large print books are available as well as talking books for people with sight problems, illness or other disabilities.
Books and talking books are delivered to your home by volunteers. All staff and volunteers always carry identity cards. Visits are usually every three weeks. There is no charge for our Home Library Service.
For more details, contact your local library and a member of staff will call to see if we can help you to use the library service.'
Something in need of repair or
maintenance around town?
Sign cleaning, clearing and repair. Unblocking drainage gullies, small areas of footpath, roadway or carriageway edge repairs.
Report these problems to either Lyme Regis Town Council 01297 445175;
Dorset Direct 01305 221000
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Chalets being demolished at Ware Cliffs
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INVITATION TO DONATE PRODUCTS TO
THE LYME REGIS FOODBANK
Lyme Regis Foodbank will be
relaunched in the next couple of weeks. It will open once a week
on a Wednesday, 10am -12pm, at the Hub in Lyme Regis (by kind
permission of the Lyme Regis Development Trust).
The Foodbank exists to help individuals or families in our community
who face a short-term 'food crisis': being without food or means to
obtain food owing to temporary financial, medical or social support
problems. Managed by LymeForward, it will be run by volunteers.
People in need of emergency
help are referred to the Foodbank by responsible organisations
such as GP surgeries, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Churches and
Chapels, social workers, or health visitors. It will stock non
perishable items donated by the community.
is appealing to the generosity of residents between now and the
opening date in order to build up sufficient opening stock.
Regis Foodbank will be collecting
donations from 25th April, at:
Lyme Regis Catholic Church
St Michael's Church
Lyme Regis Baptist Church
Kent House surgery
Uplyme Post Office
Lyme Regis Tesco
and St Michael's school
Other drop-off points will be publicised over time
A list of suitable items can be found
Semi-skimmed, long life
FRUIT JUICE or
MARMALADE, HONEY etc
MARMITE, SAVOURY PASTE etc
SOUP – Cans /
Instant / Cup
MEAT – Corned beef, spam, ham etc
FISH – Tinned
Tuna, Pilchards, Sardines etc
Tinned or Instant Mashed
LENTILS/CHICK PEAS/KIDNEY BEANS - tinned or dry
VEGETABLES / TOMATOES
Sweet or savoury
suitable items include:
SOAP – Liquid
– Capsules or liquid
Other ways to
help the Foodbank
If you are
unable to donate items, but would still like to help the Foodbank, you
can do so by:
• making a
financial contribution, which we can use for buying products to fill
gaps in our donated stock;
a bit of your time to join the team at the Foodbank on some Wednesday
mornings, or by helping to collect from donation points,
or by helping periodically with necessary administrative jobs (most of
which can be done at home).
To offer this
sort of help, please contact Heather Prior 01297-441224 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Boothroyd (01297-442237 / email@example.com).
Thank you for your patience and your support.
Youth Theatre Launched in Lyme Regis
Exeter Northcott and Marine Theatre have joined forces to launch a
significant new youth theatre based in Lyme Regis. Starting on 23
April at the Marine Theatre, the Marine Young Company marks a major
step forward in placing young people at the heart of the venue.
Exeter Northcott’s Lizzie Hedden will lead the tuition with weekly
sessions every Monday in term time, culminating in a performance at
the venue for friends and family. It is a regular opportunity for 40
young people to make thought provoking theatre together in a
professional setting. There are two sessions for different age
groups - one for school years 5-7 and another for years 8-11. No
previous acting experience is required, and enthusiastic young
performers are invited to apply by contacting the Marine Theatre on
David Harraway, Production Director from Bristol Old Vic, is a
trustee of Marine Theatre and one of the driving forces behind the
new initiative. “We’re so pleased to make this announcement today,”
he added. “The benefits to young people in the community will be
numerous. Many actors start their careers acquiring skills and
performing in youth theatre. It’s also fantastic for them to work as
a team towards a common goal, and see all the tasks in a theatre
that are less obvious - from sound engineering to marketing.”
Paul Jepson, Artistic & Executive Director of Exeter Northcott, is
excited to see the project in motion “It’s immensely satisfying to
launch the Marine Young Company. Our own youth theatre has been a
huge success. It is important for arts organisations to work
together so we can share this expertise. This example is gratifying
- together we are nurturing the talents of more youngsters in
More information is available on 01297 442394 or
Ian Gillan Announced as Patron of the Marine
The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis has announced Ian Gillan has joined
the venue as a patron. The lead singer and lyricist of rock band
Deep Purple lives between Portugal and Lyme Regis. He found fame in
the 1970s with hard rock hits such as Smoke On The Water, Highway
Star, and Child in Time.
When in Dorset, Ian regularly visits the venue for concerts, comedy,
and theatre. Ian Gillan explained that he has an interest in
supporting all arts, especially regionally. “It’s vital that we all
support the Marine. It’s easy to undervalue arts venues, but they
are so important to culture and the community. People can make a
contribution is many ways - even simply by turning up. I come when I
Ian made clear his passion for the Marine in particular “When you
walk through the doors, it feels special. It reminds me of coming
through the doors of the Albert Hall. There’s a sense of history.
It’s cool to be here. You can sit in the bar and watch the stage
below or climb in to it in the auditorium. One of my favourite
events was seeing George Melley.”
Looking forward Ian said “I am enjoying seeing it regain its
vibrancy. There’s a new sense of professionalism and I am pleased to
support the venue as a patron.”
Gabby Rabbitts, director of the theatre, said “We are delighted that
Ian Gillan is our patron. He’s a figurehead for musicians, and now
for the Marine too. Our patrons act as advocates for the theatre to
the wider world, and offer us the benefit of their experience. We
can’t wait to work with him.”
together for boules and barbecue
two twinning associations in Lyme Regis that link the town with
Barfleur in France and Bermuda got together today (Sunday) in a
fund-raising exercise to play boules and enjoy a barbecue.
Some 35 members, their friends and families met at
Lyme Regis Football Club where a raffle and a few friendly rounds of
the French version of bowls were accompanied by sausages, burgers
and talk of plenty of twinning experiences.
Members of the Lyme Regis/Barfleur
Twinning Association have assured their friends in France that the
result of the referendum will not change the relationship between
the two towns.
In a letter to his opposite number
in the Normandy town, chairman of the Lyme Regis committee, John
Dover, said: ‘Our members wish to make it clear to our friends in
Barfleur that this result will make no difference to our twinning
arrangements and the warm relationship between our two towns.
‘The association is looking forward
to welcoming the Barfleurais to Lyme next year.
‘Although the referendum has created
a great deal of uncertainty about the future direction of our
country please reassure your members that ‘le jumelage continuera.’…..the
twinning will continue.
Ten members from Lyme, including the
Mayor Cllr Owen Lovell, recently travelled to Barfleur to join in
the town’s events marking the 950th anniversary of
1066 when William the Conqueror left Normandy for Britain.
The French celebrations included a
reception with the mayor of Barfleur and the presentation of a
commemorative medal to Cllr Lovell.
A number of vintage vessels
including a replica Viking longboat, tied up in Barfleur harbour
Later a drama production was followed by a communal Sunday lunch for
all the twinners.
Our popular RNLI shop in Lyme Regis is
looking for some new volunteers to join a
friendly and sociable team. We really need
your help to keep the shop open and at the
heart of the community.
If you could offer any help at all please get
in touch by popping in or speaking to
Amanda Woods 07787842201
for Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee
Tel. 01297 443696 or 442220
Have you got time to spare to keep part of Lyme’s heritage thriving?
The town’s restored 14th
century working watermill produces stone-ground flour from local organic
wheat and lies within a courtyard complex in the heart of Lyme
containing a variety of Artisan Shops, Studios, Galleries and a Millers
Can you spare a few hours a week or month? We need people to regularly volunteer as millers, staffing the gift shop, stewarding the gallery, and helping out to keep the environment, including the gardens and the courtyard, attractive for our visitors. You’ll
find that enthusiastic, generous and friendly people make up the community at the mill. As well as being involved with a unique heritage project you will have the chance to meet many visitors from around the globe.
For more information please visit our website www.townmill.org.uk or contact
Candles on the Cobb
5,000 candles light the Cobb, the North wall and spell 'Candles on the
Cobb' on the beach. What an incredible event! The next one will
be in August 2018
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out-of-hours medical services
A new evening and Sunday service for patients registered with Lyme
Regis and Charmouth Practices opened at Bridport Hospital's Minor
Injuries Unit on 19th March.
The service, initially led by Nurse
Practitioners helped by Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants, is
open every weekday evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm, and offers some
weekend clinic sessions.
Its purpose is to offer extra
primary care appointments at times when GP surgeries are normally
closed, as an extension of the patient’s usual general practice. The
initial provision will be extended over the first few months, with
more hours, and a wider range of services.
This service offers urgent same day
appointments and routine appointments, bookable through a patient's
own GP Practice. The established Out-of-Hours provision obtainable
through 111 continues as before if a doctor is needed urgently. The
Minor Injuries Unit at Lyme Regis Medical Centre also continues, open
8.00am - 8.00pm on weekdays and 8.00am - 1.00pm at weekends and Bank
Given the distance and transport
needs, the new service will not suit everyone. It does, though, offer
a useful alternative, particularly for people working during the day.
More information is available from the Reception staff at each GP
Beach wheelchairs improve access to Lyme Regis
THE pleasure and freedom of Lyme’s sandy beach is now
more accessible than ever thanks to two new beach wheelchairs.
Lyme Regis Town Council has bought the wheelchairs in an
effort to improve accessibility in the town.
The all-terrain wheelchairs can be hired for free by
residents and visitors who have trouble getting onto the beach.
The council agreed to spend £6,000 on the equipment to
ensure disabled people had the opportunity to enjoy the sea and sand at
The wheelchairs, which are two different types to suit
various needs, are available to hire from this week, at no cost to the
They were launched on Monday when seven-year-old Oli
Apps, from Uplyme, and Vicci Stocqueler, from Lyme Regis, had the
opportunity to take them onto the beach and to the water’s edge for the
Oli, a pupil at Mountjoy School in Bridport, has never
walked and has been in specialist buggies or a wheelchair since he was
Mum Kelly Apps said the beach wheelchair would make a
huge difference to their family, including Oli’s five-year-old sister
Kelly said: “The wheelchair will make the beach much more
accessible and allow us to be a normal family.
“Madi wants to play with her brother, she’s really proud
of him, so it means we can come down to the beach as a family.
“I love coming to the beach but it’s not been fun in
recent years because of the limitations.
“The wheelchair will give Oli the opportunity to have an
experience that an able-bodied person can have.”
For Vicci Stocqueler, 49, it was the first time in 12
years she was able to go to the water’s edge and paddle in the sea due
to her limited mobility.
She said: “I don’t go to the beach that often because
it’s too difficult, but I really would love to.
“I used to swim all year round, but just to have a paddle
would be lovely.
“The wheelchair would even be good for older people who
aren’t in a wheelchair but aren’t very steady on their feet.
“It will give people the confidence to venture to the
edge of the water.”
Cllr Richard Doney, vice-chairman of the council’s
Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee, is spearheading the
council’s efforts to improve accessibility in the town.
He said: “I
am delighted that we are able to offer this free service. It will enable
our visitors and residents who find it difficult to get on the beach,
the opportunity to enjoy one of Lyme's key attractions.
"This is the
first step in an aspiration to make Lyme more accessible to people with
disabilities and impairments. We shall never get rid of Lyme's hills but
there are many other things we can and should do.
disabilities want to know that they won't be embarrassed or
inconvenienced if they come to Lyme, so this is what we should be aiming
The wheelchairs can be booked in advance through the
tourist information centre and collected from the Jubilee Pavilion
information point on the seafront.
They can also be hired on the day if they have not been
To pre-book, contact the tourist information centre on
01297 442138 or email
For more information about the wheelchairs, including a
booking form and terms and conditions, as well as general information
about accessibility in Lyme Regis, visit
Ichthyosaur discovered near Lyme Regis
After months of patient work the
fossils of an Ichthyosaur discovered on the Jurassic Coast near Lyme
Regis were carefully laid on a pontoon to be towed on the morning tide
into Lyme Regis harbour on 20th October. Word quickly spread and people
gathered to see the pieces harbouring fossils of a creature which had
been hidden in the nearby cliffs for around 160 million years.
This was a find worthy enough to attract a visit by naturalist Sir David
Attenborough and a BBC film crew the previous day. However we
shall have to wait a year or so to see the finished programme on
Great British Beach Clean
in Lyme Regis
Litter Free Coast and
Sea’s support of the Marine
Conservation Society’s Great British Beach
Clean in Lyme Regis
encouraged many local people to come and help.
An area of Monmouth beach
was divided into zones where detailed information about the size and
type of debris collected between the tide lines was noted by small
teams. This data will be collated and compared against previous years,
it also helps discover where the litter is coming from and gives the
evidence to help stop it from ever getting there in the first place: an
essential part of cleaning up our oceans.
Then, covering a much larger area of
Monmouth Beach, the litter pickers found not only the most common
rubbish consisting of fishing lines, plastic bottles, sweet wrappers and
disposable BBQs but: a jacket, a pair of
trousers, two tops, a pair of
knickers, a shoe and two (odd) socks.
All of these can pose a serious threat to sea and shore life:
plastics can last for hundreds of years in the sea, harming wildlife and
threatening livelihoods . Every little bit that is removed will make a
difference for a long time to come. This is particularly relevant
locally as a sick dolphin and a dead seal have been found in the Lyme
Regis area recently. Whales, dolphins and turtles can mistake floating
plastic bags for the jellyfish which form part of their diet. Once
swallowed, the plastic bag blocks the stomach and leads to a slow death
It is hoped these beach
cleans raise awareness of just how much of a problem marine litter is
and that everyone goes home with a better understanding of how they can
Krys Lavery, the Lyme Regis Litter free Coast and Sea Leader, would
like to thank everyone who took part. For further information about
future Litter Free coast and Sea events (no bending – litter
picker-uppers provided!) please contact Krys: e-mail
'Use It or Lose It!' Exercise
class for 50+
A mixture of cardio, Zumba, Pilates, yoga, balance & strengthening
exercises all to music! No need to bring anything. Just wear
comfortable clothing, trainers & a water bottle. Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:30am Masonic Hall, Lyme Regis. £5 PAYG contact Helen French 07725 465 360.
Lyme Regis Brownies
Wednesdays 5.30 - 7pm St Michaels School Hall Tel 07756 593811
The Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB) has been established for 30 years and has over 20,000 members learning tae kwon-do in more than 600 venues. Classes are now being held twice a week at The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis (bottom of
Charmouth Road, just up from Marine Theatre). Convenient for shops, beach, bus stops (Broad Street or Anning Road) and local schools. Every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon at 4.30pm. They will suit any ability and are not just for children! Teaching
traditional tae kwon-do as a martial art and not a sport. Part of the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain, established in 1983 and now with over 600 schools nationwide. Family group discounts and free trial. Additional classes available in other local towns at no extra cost. www.TargetTAGB.co.uk There are no contracts and family group
discounts will be available. Telephone Gerry on 01297 639830.
Kickboxing at The Hub
Held every Thursday evening between 8pm-9pm. Classes are suitable for both adults
and children and are great for fitness, self defence, weight loss and confidence. £5 per session, no contracts or direct debits. Telephone Gareth, 1st Dan Instructor on 07833 157436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hubs’ Toddlers
Meet every Thursday at The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis between 9.30-11.30. An
informal, friendly session for parents and toddlers to meet and socialise. Refreshments available for a small donation. Lots of arts and crafts to do, ride-ons, slide and soft play-mats for babies to relax on. £1 per child. Contact Shelly on 07734 115138 or email email@example.com. www.hublyme.co.uk
Lyme twinners join Barfleur liberation celebrations
Fifteen members of the Lyme Regis/Barfleur Twinning Association crossed the channel at the weekend to join hundreds of French families as they celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Normandy town’s liberation.
It was 70 years to the day on Saturday that American troops drove into town to free the Barfleurais from Nazi occupation.
And just as on June 21st 1944 a convoy of American jeeps, sirens wailing and horns blaring, drove through the streets of Barfleur to the harbour to a tumultuous welcome. Only this time the jeeps were driven by French members of a local military vehicle preservation club in full American uniform.
The Lyme Regis group were invited to spend the weekend joining the celebrations and staying with local families, who are members of the Barfleur Twinning Association. As they arrived last Friday they were met at the harbourside of the French fishing port by flag-waving members of the Barfleur association.
Highlight of the weekend was Saturday, a day of ceremony, celebration and solemnity.
Hundreds, including the Lyme Regis group, with Richard Doney as standard bearer, attended an outdoor thanksgiving service at St. Nicolas church alongside the harbour. In his address the Mayor, Michel Mauger, welcomed the Dorset contingent and praised the town’s American liberators along with British and Canadian troops.
Saturday’s events continued with a a classic car parade – including Lyme Regis twinner Sheila Poupard and Mike Overfield-Collins in Sheila’s 1963 Sunbeam Alpine sports car.
Then there was music from a local band, visits to the historic lifeboat station, which was the first in France in 1865, an open air dance and a celebration
meal for twinners to round off the day.
Lyme Regis twinning chairman John Dover told dinner guests how hundreds of U.S. troops were based in the Dorset town in advance of D-day. He said it was an honour for Lyme Regis to share the liberation celebrations and it was ‘fitting and appropriate’ that both communities were now joined in a new partnership of friendship.
Next event planned by the Lyme Regis twinning group is a barbecue and boule afternoon to mark Bastille Day in the chairman’s garden in Somers Road. The event, starting at noon on Sunday July 13th, is to raise funds for the association. Anyone interested in attending should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07769 655362.
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Now it’s official... Lyme Regis has a twin in France
In a very English ceremony involving two mayors, macebearers, and a town crier the twinning of Lyme Regis with the Normandy town of Barfleur was literally signed and sealed.
A beautifully crafted charter on hot pressed goat skin parchment was signed by Lyme Regis Mayor Councillor Sally Holman and the Mayor of Barfleur M. Jean Deville in the historic Guildhall to formally cement the link between the two towns. The signatures of the chairman of the Lyme Regis/Barfleur Twinning Association, John Dover and his opposite number from Normandy, Mme
Cristiane Gancel were also added. Then wax was applied using the centuries old town seal usually kept under lock and key in the museum.
Seven residents of Barfleur crossed the channel to Lyme Regis for two days of celebrations to mark the twinning. Highlights included a tour of the renowned Boat Building Academy, a visit to St. Michael’s primary school and the opening of ArtsFest.
During the ceremony Councillor Holman said the two ancient maritime communities had played significant parts in the development of both nations over the past thousand years. She said it was from Barfleur in 1066 that William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, departed to defeat Harold at Hastings. And Edward 1st granted Lyme Regis its royal charter in 1284. During his son’s reign Edward 2nd sacked Barfleur in 1346 maintaining English rule in that area for another century.
John Dover said he was confident that many organisations and individuals in both communities, beyond the work of the twinning committees, would cement mutually beneficial ties. After the guildhall ceremony there was a visit to one of the town signs to view the addition of Barfleur. After a celebration dinner at the Mariners Hotel,
the Barfleurais left for home on Sunday morning.
Discover more about future plans and 'entente cordiale' with our new twin town Barfleur, Normandy -
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John Dover on 07769655362; email email@example.com (please note the underscore) or
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March 2013: Fantastic New Fossil Find: The Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur!
The Lyme Regis Museum announces the arrival of its fantastic new fossil – The Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur. The museum has acquired the fossilised head of this impressive Jurassic predator – a large dolphin-like reptile that swam the warm seas of prehistoric Dorset. The skull measures over 1.5 metres long and possessed a formidable armoury of razor sharp teeth.
Lyme Regis is the home of palaeontology and the place where Britain’s greatest fossil hunter, Mary Anning discovered the first ichthyosaur and plesiosaur in the early 19th century. The town is situated at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only Natural World Heritage Site. Museum Director David Tucker said, “This species of ichthyosaur, called Temnodontosaurus platydon is the same species as the first great ichthyosaur discovered by Mary Anning 200 years ago. Mary Anning’s fossil is in the Natural History Museum, and Lyme Regis has waited two centuries to obtain a similar, large specimen. The fossil was discovered within metres of the
museum. It’s important that museums along the Jurassic Coast are able to display the amazing fossil treasures that are still being found along the coast”. The fossil was found by local collector, Mike Harrison and was purchased for the museum with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Prism Grant Fund. Lyme Regis Museum is built on the site of Mary Anning’s house and was founded in 1902 by the family of Elizabeth Philpot, Mary Anning’s friend and significant fossil hunter in her own right. The museum has featured on ‘Countryfile’ and runs fossil walks, led by expert geologists giving visitors a chance to find their own Jurassic Coast treasures.
Recycle those unwanted Gifts
Please Donate them to:
RNLI Shop, The Cobb:
Weldmar Hospice Shop, Broad Street: