Rotary Club of Lyme Regis Programme 2023/24
For the foreseeable future we will be meeting on Thursdays 5.45 for 6.15 at
Hunters Lodge Inn, Charmouth Road, Raymonds Hill, EX13 5SZ.
Please contact the Secretary (as we have a variable programme please check with our secretary first
John Berry, tel 01297 489719, mob 07710 095685, e
For results/reports of the
fundraising events please see news & events below
The Lyme Lunge:
A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay
1300 hours at
the Cobb Beach.
“If you would like to raise funds for the chosen Rotary charity: please
feel free to use the 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 – If
you just want a dip, feel free to join us, there is no obligation”
From the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First).
Wet suits allowed, preferably with fancy dress over the top, just a paddle
in the sea is enough to say you've 'done the Lyme Lunge' for
charity. 1st January at 1pm on
the Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis. This year
(2024) we will be raising funds for
The Alzheimer's Society and The British
two charities which we all know give outstanding support to local people in
times of need.
Monday 5th February 2024
Soup & Ploughman's
An annual event held in the Alexandra Hotel Lyme Regis.
Vegetarian soup followed by a Ploughman's lunch then coffee
in the lovely surroundings of the Alexandra Hotel. In aid of Water
Survival Box 12pm prompt. Tickets £10 from
The annual "Know your Blood Pressure Day"
run by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis in conjunction with The Stroke
Pop into Fortnam, Smith and Banwell (Estate Agents) 53 Broad Street, and have your blood pressure monitored by trained
Have your blood pressure monitored by trained local nurses. This is one
of the most effective ways of minimising the chances of a stroke. See
link..........and see you there!! www.stroke.org.uk
Great Dorset Beach Clean
A great chance for the Club to get involved and show what SERVICE
means. We have prominently supported this event in Lyme Regis for
many years and helped keep our beaches clean. The
organisers will be at Charmouth on Saturday and Lyme Regis on
Sunday, bags and 'pickers' will be provided.
Can I urge the Club to see if we can have a good show at both these
events, its only a couple of hours and such a great outcome when you
see the bags and bags of rubbish which are collected.
And if you have family down its a great way to get them involved in
community service. J McCallum
Rotary Club of Exmoor Challenge
Exmoor Challenge. -
The Rotary Exmoor Challenge is a gentle competition between Rotary
Districts 1170 and 1200 for the Rotary Challenge Shield.
Rotarians, their families, and friends from Rotary Districts
1175 and 1200 earn points for their District by completing
either of two walks. The shield is currently held by District
1200 and has been for a while. The
routes will be starting from
and passing through some of the most beautiful
scenery on Exmoor.
over 18 pay an entry fee of £7. Walker’s under18 enter free, but an
adult must accompany them. Dogs are welcome, owners must keep them
under control. PROPER WALKING SHOES/BOOTS ARE ADVISED.
December 23rd 2023
Carols Round the Tree
THE ROTARY CLUB OF LYME REGIS NEWS AND EVENTS
The catastrophic earthquake in Turkey and Syria
prompted a quick response from the members of the Rotary Club of Lyme
Regis. A license for a street collection was quickly obtained and took
place on Saturday 11th of February in Broad Street, Lyme Regis.
We are delighted to announce a magnificent collection
of £1300 probably a one-day collection record! A big thank you to all our
volunteer collectors , donors and the public for their generosity.
All the donations will be going directly to SHELTER
BOX a Rotary supported charity founded and still based in Cornwall.
Each complete Shelter Box costs £590. The box is an
emergency response tool which provides all the essential contents as an
immediate need in a disaster.
It consists of a custom Shelter Box family tent -
inflatable solar lights - high thermal quilt blankets- 5 collapsible 10L
water carriers - cooking pots, utensils and cutlery - a tarpaulin and
essential tools - a water purification unit - treated mosquito nets.
A Shelter Box team are already in Turkey and several
hundred boxes have already been sent.
If you would like to make a donation to which we can
pass on to Shelter Box, please send to : Rotary Club of Lyme Regis Trust
No 2 , sort code 30-90-37, Account 39445960.
Interested in joining the largest service
organisation in the world and make things happen , contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.lymeregisrotary.org
Annual Lyme Lunge set to raise thousands for charity again
Hundreds of swimmers have helped clock up thousands
of pounds for charity by having a dip in the chilly Lyme Regis sea at the
Brave swimmers took the plunge at the annual Lyme
Lunge on the first day of 2023 on Sunday, in what has become a tradition
on the town's event calendar.
Car parks, pubs, restaurants and shops were said to
be 'jammed' as people from far and wide arrived in the town for the
Money raised - which is hoped to reach about £5,000 -
will go towards the work of the British Heart Foundation and Mencap, a
good cause for those with learning difficulties.
Candles on The Cobb 2022
Rotary Club of Lyme Regis have made donations totalling £11,850 to the
Axe Valley Netball Club
Curtain Up Theatre Company
Lym Valley Scouts
Lym Valley Scouts Powder Monkeys
Lyme Regis Junior Park Run
Lyme Regis Kids Club
Lyme Regis Majorettes
Lyme Regis Pantomime Society
Lyme Regis Sea School Trust
Lyme Regis Town Band Youth Section
Lyme Regis Youth Football Team
Scouts World Jamboree
Uplyme Parish Council Stafford Mount Project
Woodroffe School Gardening Club
TOTAL DONATIONS £11,850
APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR SHARE OF CANDLES PROFITS
Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is now inviting applications from YOUTH
organisations in Lyme Regis and environs for a share of the funds
collected at the recent Candles on the Cobb. Thanks to our main sponsors,
SWIM and LYME BAY HOLIDAYS, our Partners and Supporters for their
Youth organisations are asked to send a detailed application via email to
email@example.com stating the name of the organisation, its
aims and purposes, the amount requested and the purpose for which the
funds are required. Preference will be given to applications for funds to
support capital projects.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday, November 30th 2022.
ROTARY MAKES FIRST DONATION
FROM CANDLES ON THE COBB PROCEEDS
£5500 has been donated by
the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis to the British Red Cross Covid
Response Appeal following the very successful Candles on the Cobb
event in late August. Rotarian Richard Cridge, who led the team
that organised the event, made the presentation at the famous Cobb
on Thursday 20th October, to Chris Davies, President of the
Somerset Branch of the British Red Cross.
“This was the most
successful event we have ever managed,” said Richard, “truly a
team effort involving a host of other organisations and
individuals in the town. It’s just what Rotary exemplifies,
working together for the good of our community and humanity.
Thanks to everyone who helped in what was a really spectacular
evening. These funds will help provide oxygen, ambulance services,
first aid, PPE and support to vaccination rollouts in a number of
countries around the world and here at home. We cannot leave
anyone behind in this pandemic which is by no means over. Thank
you all once again for your help.”
Our first presentation of a cheque
for £5500 from the £22,000 raised from the
Candles on The Cobb Event to The British Red Cross. It took place on the
Cobb at Lyme Regis.
Reflecting on the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
There will be an opportunity for people within our
community to reflect on the life of the Queen on Sunday 18th
September 2022 from 19.50. The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis invite people to light
a candle at the sea front shelters or simply spend time in quiet
A minutes silence will be held at 20.00
as part of the National
Moment of Reflection to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II and reflect on her life and legacy.
President of the Rotary Club, Alan Vian, said, “We have been asked by
several people to provide an opportunity for people to pay their respects
particularly if they are unable to visit London. We will create a space
where people can come and light a candle – there will be no music or words
spoken. Chairs will be available for those who would wish to sit and
The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, has kindly
consented to light the first candle
CANDLES ON THE COBB - SHINING A LIGHT
ON LYME REGIS
The Rotary Club of Lyme
Regis are pleased to announce that Candles on the Cobb one of the West
Countries most unique and spectacular events was one of the most
Late in the afternoon the
sun was still shining and some 230 volunteers gathered . The Lyme Regis
Town Band , the Big Whisky Band from Axminster were playing , The Lyme
Regis Morris Dancers were dancing ! Over 5000 recyclable specially
made tea light kits ( generously supplied once again by Nicola and Scott
of the The Quinell Candle Company ) were put in place.
As thousands gathered to
watch, the guests were invited to light the first candles which were part
of a Crown ,especially created in the sand to commemorate the Queens
Platinum Jubilee by our Ukranian families and helpers. The Mayor of
Lyme Regis , Councillor Michaela Ellis and her Consort Alan , lit the
first candle followed by The Rotary Assistant - District Governor Cate
Whitewood on behalf of our main sponsors Lyme Bay Holidays ( Sykes Holiday
Cottages ) , The Swim Restaurant Lyme Regis.
The lighting teams of 150 ,
consisting of the RNLI , Fire Brigade, Lym Valley, Charmouth and Explorer
Scouts , Lyme Regis Sailing Club , Gig Club, Power Boat Club , The Lyme
Regis Bowls Club, Axminster and Brit Valley Rotary Clubs and many
individual volunteers sprung into action just after 8 pm as the breeze
dropped and the sun went down. Our Rotary Club President and Town
Crier , Alan Vian asked for a moments reflection to remember someone !
This was followed by the music of ' Candle in the Wind ' ; the whole of
the Lister Gardens then became illuminated by thousands of people waving
their phones ! A truly spectacular and emotional sight.
The Lyme Regis Rotary Club
would like to thank especially our main sponsors , LYME BAY HOLIDAYS
(Sykes Holiday Cottages) ,THE SWIM RESTAURANT , our supporters including
THE HARBOUR INN, COBB ARMS , LARGIGI RESTAURANT , TOMS, THE AMUSEMENT
We would also like to
acknowledge the invaluable help and support of James Radcliffe ,The
Harbour Master ,REM Medical Services, Lyme Regis Town Council,, Mat Stiles
( Sand Boxes ) , The sales outlets selling the certificates , the Slipway
Stores, Uplyme Garage, RNLI Shop, Lyme Regis Book Shop.
The total donations ( yet to be
finalised ) are in excess of £20,000 which is probably the highest amount
collected in a single day for one event. We have over 800 notes of
congratulations and so far 500,000 hits on the website . Not bad for a
club of only 16 members and a steering committee of 4!!!!
Our congratulations to
everybody ; All the Collectors , Stewards , volunteers selling
certificates including our great local collectors Annette , Josh and Jacob
Denning. and all volunteers too many to name without whom this great event
would not be possible
Thanks to Ben Kapur Photography for permission to use this superb
photograph from 2018 'Candles'
Candles on the Cobb on Sunday 28th August 2022.
Candles On The Cobb is one the West Country's most unique and moving
events, with members of the public asked to sponsor candles in memory of
someone and watch as the historic Cobb Harbour is illuminated with over
5000 special tealights. This event is now organised by The Rotary Club of
Lyme Regis and is returning for 2022 on Sunday 28th August and
will be marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee year with a giant crown also
to be lit in the sand.
First staged in 2000 it was the brainchild of friends Phil Street and Mike
Higgs , former Town Crier and Deputy harbour Master. The event is held
every few years and since 2018 has been organised by The Rotary Club of
Lyme Regis with assistance from other organisations such as the RNLI ,
Sailing Club and many other local organisations.
Candles on the Cobb is a truly wonderful spectacle where thousands of
tea-light candles, sponsored in memory of loved ones, illuminate the
iconic Cobb harbour wall in Lyme Regis.
This year the money raised will go to benefit local youth projects as
well as the British Red Cross which is currently working hard to support
those in need in Ukraine, and Cancer Research UK, through its active
fundraising committee in Lyme Regis.
TO SPONSOR A CANDLE IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE OR FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT
Rotary makes a difference! Why not join us! Contact
This truly iconic event will once again be run by the Rotary Club of Lyme
Regis with help from a number of Clubs and Organisations in the town.. You
can purchase Candles Certificates on the web or at outlets in the
PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY
Thanks to Ben Kapur Photography
£1600 RAISED AT ROTARY EVENT
lovely sunny day we had for our annual Soup and Ploughmans at The Alexandra
Hotel on Monday 14th March, attended by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor
Brian Larcombe MBE and his wife. A delightful event, thanks to the huge
generosity of the Alex. It was all to support "Water Aid", a charity that
specialises in providing clean water, sanitation and good hygiene to people
in the developing world. Water Aid has helped over 28 million people in
something that we in the UK take for granted. We are delighted to announce
that we raised about £1600. Thanks to everyone who attended and to those who
gave so generously in the raffle.
The 12th Lyme Lunge on January 1st 2022 was a huge success
with over 850 Lungers and several thousand spectators. We have raised over
£4000 to date with hundreds promised through sponsorship.
sincere thanks to all our supporters , sponsors and helpers who help to
make this event possible. Our chosen charities are Weldmar Hospicecare and
Macmillan Cancer Support.
A big thank you to our main sponsor The Pilot Boat and The Swim
Restaurant, and The Harbour Inn for providing the Hot Soup for the Lungers.
Our special thanks to the Lyme Regis RNLI who provided the safety in the
water, REM for standby medical support, the Lyme Regis Sailing Club, and
all our other many sponsors in our lunge brochure.
Our thanks of course to our Mayor Councillor Brian Larcombe and the Lady
Mayoress for attending.
Congratulations also to District Governor Michael Fernando who took part
(this was his second Lunge) and to Assistant District Governor Cate
Whitewood who also took part and who has raised a significant sum for her
chosen charity. Well Done, both.
Watch The 2020 Parade on Youtube
Lyme Lunge - The Parade
Watch the 2020 Dash (into the sea) Lyme
Lunge - The Dash
2018 Lyme Lunge on Youtube
Charmouth prepares for spring
Saturday November 6th sixteen wonderful Charmouth volunteers and Parish
Council employees (pictured) planted 3000 “Ruby Giant” crocus corms at
various locations around Charmouth. These include the East and West
entrances to the village, The Knoll, the upper entrance to Double Common,
the Playing Fields and the Cemetery. Let's hope the squirrels don’t find
them before spring when we hope they will provide a brilliant display and
light up the village.
These corms were donated by The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis as part of the
campaign to raise awareness of the Rotary led project to rid the world of
polio. Each child which receives the polio vaccine has its little finger
coloured purple with indelible ink, and the purple crocus symbolises that.
So as these flowers brighten the village in the spring of ’22 this will be
a reminder of the power of vaccines to defeat disease, as long as we are
persistent, rigorous and determined to succeed.
Continuing this global effort requires funds and the work of these
volunteers may help raise awareness of the campaign and stimulate people
into giving towards this project. Every pound donated through Rotary
attracts £2 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. If you would like to
contribute then go to rotarygbi.org
and hit the Donate button on the top right of your
screen, then the virginmoney tab and then the EndPolioNow
Well done to you all for turning out on Saturday 6th for several hours and
doing such sterling work.
KATIE PRESENTED WITH FRANK MAYES AWARD BY ROTARY CLUB
Each year the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis asks St Michaels School to
nominate someone who has most impressed the teachers and fellow pupils in
some way. This year Katie Renshaw is the proud recipient of the Frank
Mayes Award, named after the first President of the Rotary Club, back in
1951/52. She was presented with a cheque for £50 and a Certificate
acknowledging her achievement.
CANDLES IS COMING BACK 2022
CANDLES ON THE COBB will
return in 2022 to Lyme Regis as the Rotary Club gears up to manage the
event with the help of other local organisations. It will be held on 28th
August 2022. Thousands of candles, sponsored by members of the public,
will light up the famous Cobb harbour in memory of loved ones. Further
announcements will be made in due course.
Thanks to Ben Kapur Photography for permission to use this
superb photograph from 2018 'Candles'
Thanks to everyone who kindly donated to our appeal
for funds to help alleviate the suffering of the survivors of the recent
Haiti earthquake in which over 2,000 people have lost their lives with
hundreds still missing beneath the rubble and over 20,000 homeless. As a
result of your generosity we will be sending £500 to Water Survival Box.
If any member of the public missed our street
collection, they could send a donation by bank transfer to: Rotary Club of
Lyme Regis Trust 2 Account Sort Code: 30 90 37 Account: 39445960
Thanks to Williams Automobiles for raising £4500 for
Rotary's Purple4Polio charity appeal at a Track Day earlier this
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will raise that to £13500 - a
great addition to the Rotary Foundation fund to help eradicate this
debilitating disease globally. And thanks also to Mark Tredwin for all his
tremendous efforts in raising awareness of P4P and for his super fundraising
efforts. Richard Williams and daughter, Blues singer Elles Bailey, are
pictured presenting the cheque to Rotarian Richard Main, along with Mark
Tredwin and Donna Wallbank Past President of Rotary Great Britain and
Great Success! The Rotary Club of
Lyme Regis recently held an ‘ Online Silent Auction ‘ of donated goods and
It ran for 16 frantic days of bids for over 100 lots . The
generously donated items ranged from; racing car experiences, sea fishing
trips, dinner and tea at local hotels and restaurants, personal cooking
lessons from celebrity chef Mark Hix, commissioned art, holiday vouchers
from Lyme Bay Holidays, holiday cottage weekend. Probably our biggest fund
raiser was a number of personally signed memorabilia generously donated by
Ian Gillan of Deep Purple. Our thanks to all those who generously donated,
many of whom were local businesses who, like the charities for which we were
collecting, have suffered a great shortfall of funds during this pandemic.
The Rotary Club are delighted with the amount raised
which was in excess of £4000 with bids coming from all over the country and
Europe. This fantastic result will be divided between the Alzheimer’s
Society; Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice; Weldmar Hospicecare
in Dorchester and the Lyme Regis Food Bank and any balances will go to
We in Rotary know it’s not been easy for us or other
charities to raise funds during these difficult times . We were fortunate to
have had a good fund raising year in the Rotary Session 2019-20 , when we
were able to distribute over £18000 with Polio Eradication, Dorset County
Hospital Cancer Care, Lyme Heartbeat and the West Dorset Scrubbers among the
A great Rotary effort in these challenging times and
thanks to all those that helped us to make this successful event happen –
for donations, advertising, website, despatch of goods and of course our
ROTARY COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS
Following an appeal within our community, the Club with the support of the
Baptist Church has so far received a total of over 20 laptop computers and
tablets which have been wiped clean of all data and then donated to local
schools to enable pupils to take part in home schooling. We have received
a note of thanks from the head teacher's of the schools thanking us and
also reporting on the increased number of children who are now accessing
the remote classrooms. It is uplifting to see that our willing membership
can respond quickly and efficiently to help make a tangible difference to
the lives of others.
The computers have mainly gone to St Michael's School in Lyme Regis but
others have gone as far as Beaminster School.
Our special thanks must go to Luke Lawson ( ex Woodroffe) of Lawson
Computers based at Community Waffle House in Axminster who together with
volunteers checked and refurbished the computers ready for use by the
schools , free of charge. A great community effort providing immediate
help in these difficult times.
ROTARY IN ACTION
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis are proud to have been able to continue
supporting local, regional and international charities and causes over the
last year despite the difficulties we have all endured through this
We have distributed over £18,000 in the calendar year. Our largest donation
was to the Dorset County Hospital Cancer Charity Appeal. We also
supported the Dorset Julia's House Children's Hospice and the highly
successful 'West Dorset Scrubbers Appeal’, a group of volunteers from our
community which did such a great job in providing much needed PPE to our
hospitals, care homes and local surgeries.
Local support was given to primary schools with 'Dictionaries 4 Life' to all
Year 6 pupils, Lyme Heart Beat, the Food Bank, the Lyme Regis and Charmouth
Christmas Lights Appeal, Weldmar Hospice, Lyme Regis Development Trust’
Working with Wood',
Internationally we continued raising funds for the Rotary Polio Plus appeal
with the aim of eradicating polio from the world (We are nearly there with
only a few cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan). Rotary Water Survival Boxes,
Mercy Ships International and combining with other British Rotary Clubs
supporting the Rotary Club of Beirut in their appeal for the rebuilding of a
hospital devastated by the explosion last year.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic we have been unable to hold any of our major
fundraising events this year which has now left us with a shortfall of many
thousands of pounds which we normally can pass on to the many deserving
To help raise funds this year The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis are organising
an ONLINE AUCTION as a major fundraising event. It will be held between the
12th and the 28th March and we hope as many people join in as possible. So
far we have over 60 lots to bid for ranging from a holiday cottage weekend
for up to 6 people, a racing car experience for two, sports fishing trips,
dinner for two at a prestigious hotel and many more. All can be viewed and
bid for from the 12th March. We will publish the link to the Auction
well in advance, on our Facebook Page and on our Website as well as through
the medium of the Press.
Rotary Club of Lyme
Regis Donates £700 to Lyme Heartbeat
Following a street
collection held by Lyme Regis Rotary Club during the Christmas period, a
donation of £700 has been made to Lyme Heartbeat.
Lyme Heartbeat is run
by a group of volunteers who share a vision of having a network of publicly
accessible defibrillators installed throughout Lyme Regis. The group evolved
from an organisation originally formed in memory of fisherman Brian Marks
who died in 2015 following a heart attack. The organisation raises funds for
life saving equipment with previous events including boat jumbles, raffles
and crowdfunding enabling 24-hour access automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
to be installed in several locations in and around Lyme Regis. The group
also holds defibrillator awareness sessions for members of the community to
become confident in using the life saving devices and performing CPR.
On behalf of Lyme
Heartbeat, Rob James commented “We are incredibly grateful to Lyme Regis
Rotary Club for their generous donation which will help significantly
towards the ongoing cost of maintaining our existing 10 units. Ongoing costs
include the need to replace the battery pack within each device every few
years, renewing the pads after every use or if they reach their expiry date
plus in the past couple of years we’ve needed to replace some of the
cabinets due to corrosion”.
Lyme Heartbeat work
closely with South Western Ambulance Service and their data reveals more
than 3,600 people are resuscitated in the South West area each year using a
defibrillator after suffering cardiac arrest out of hospital. For every
minute that passes once in cardiac arrest, a person loses a further 10%
chance of survival, and with this dramatic loss in chance of survival, there
is a need for a defibrillator every 4-5 minutes’ walk. Increased
availability of defibrillators significantly improves cardiac arrest
Each of the 10 units
managed by Lyme Heartbeat is registered with South Western Ambulance Service
which means a caller to 999 will be directed to their nearest device if one
Well done Mark Tredwin and Williams
for such a great fundraiser for Purple4Polio at
the Castle Combe Race Day in August.
This is a huge gesture by you
all, raising such a large amount
for Rotary's global campaign.
you all so much.
Local Rotary club contributes to Africa region being
Regis Rotary Club
has played a role in a significant global public health achievement,
as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa region has officially
been certified wild polio-free.
Polio is a debilitating disease mainly affecting children, which can
cause paralysis and even death.
This incredible milestone is the result of decades of effort from
Rotary clubs and volunteers around the world, who have fundraised,
campaigned and worked tirelessly since Rotary pledged to rid the world
of polio more than 30 years ago.
Club of Lyme Regis have played their part by organising a number of
events over some years to raise awareness and funds for the Rotary
International Polio Plus appeal . A major contribution to this effort
has been made by our own Mark Tredwin who has raced his ‘Purple for
Polio car around the country as well as appearing at many both
national and local events. We have also planted with the support of
the Town Council our ‘ Purple Crocus garden’ in Langmoor gardens.
The certification comes four years after Nigeria, the last
polio-endemic country in Africa, recorded its final case of wild polio
and now means of the WHO’s six regions, five of those – accounting for
90% of the world’s population – are free from polio.
Globally, more than 2.5 billion children have been protected against
the disease, which have reduced the number of cases
by 99.9% from around 1,000 cases per day in 125 countries.
said, “This is a terrific landmark in the world’s battle to eradicate
polio. Although it has been many years since polio has been present in
the UK and Ireland, we are proud to have contributed to the global
efforts to eliminate the disease for good.”
“We remain committed to making the final, challenging steps towards
making a polio free world a reality.”
“If we don’t finish the job, it is estimated that, within 10 years, as
many as 200,000 children annually all over the world could succumb to
polio, including here in the UK. The virus can literally be a plane
ride away so vaccination is so important.”
Despite this significant milestone being reached, the job to fully rid
the world of polio goes on, as the virus continues to circulate in
parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In order to sustain this progress, vaccination programmes must
continue to protect every last child and strengthen routine
immunisation to keep immunity levels high, so the virus does not
return to Africa or other parts of the world, including the UK.
Rotary has directly contributed more than US$2 billion to ending polio
since 1985. Every pound we now raise is matched 2:1 by the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation.
To get involved in Rotary and make a difference in your community and
around the world, visit
A unique event took place this week when the Rotary Club of Lyme
Regis was invited to attend the 'virtual' installation of the new
President of the Rotary Club of Luyang in northern Borneo. Seven
members of the Lyme Regis Club joined the meeting on Saturday July
11th at 8 am our time, 3pm in Borneo via video link. It was a truly
international meeting with Rotary club members joining in from
Taiwan, Singapore, Shanghai in China, Bali , Manila in the
Philippines , Australia and good old Lyme Regis in the UK.
The invite was as a result of a visit made by Rotarian Peter Fortnam
and his wife Lynne to Borneo in March last year when visiting their
son Matthew and his family who had been working on a University
project in the region. Peter said " we were made very welcome and
they took time to show us various projects they were undertaking and
also some of the city of Koto Kinabalu , the capital of Sabah
province in northern Borneo part of Malaysia." Since the visit the
two clubs have kept in contact exchanging various information about
The Rotarian Peter met Kenneth Tan is the newly elected President of
the Rotary Club of Luyang for the year 2020/2021 and we were
delighted to be able to take part in what turned out to be a truly
international example of Rotary friendship throughout the world.
Rotary is a truly global organisation ( in over 200 countries) of
more than 1.2 million men and women who work for peace and goodwill
locally, nationally and internationally. To find out more about
or ring Peter Fortnam 01297 443145. JOIN
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ROTARY STILL IN ACTION
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is still meeting regularly albeit via
video conferencing and are very much still in action despite having
undergone this extensive lock down period.
We are approaching the end
of our Rotary year in July when the current President John Berry hands
over to the new President for 2020/2021 Richard Main. We are
hopeful when we are through the worst of this pandemic we can resume
our Rotary activities and continue to support the many charities and
organisations in the community and world at large. In this year to date we are
proud that we have raised over £20,000 which has enabled us to support
and donate to 23 different organisations. Most recently we have been
pleased to support with a £750
donation, the West Dorset Scrubbers, who have been doing a
magnificent job in making and supplying scrubs, masks, headbands etc.
to the NHS and care homes in the region.
Organisations helped in our
community include the Church Tower fund, Lyme Regis and Charmouth
Christmas lights, Charmouth Scout group, Dictionaries for all our
Primary Schools, St Michael's school, the LR Foodbank, Lifeboat, LR
Cancer Research, Axminster and Lyme cancer support group, West Dorset
and Yeovil Freewheelers. Major donations have also
been made to Julia's House Dorset Hospice for children , Brain Tumour
Research, Water Survival box , Rotary Polio Plus, Doncaster Rotary
Flood relief, Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust. The famous annual Lyme Regis
New Year days LUNGE raised £4500 this year and £3500 last and our
District was able to gain a Rotary International Global grant to this
amount which enabled us to donate nearly £14000 to The Dorset County
Hospital Cancer Appeal. The amounts were split between raising money
for equipment for the New Radiotherapy wing completed last year and
the refurbishment of the chemotherapy Department this year. Simon
Pearson who runs the Charitable appeal for the Dorset County hospital
joined our President John Berry as one of the intrepid swimmers.
We are having to innovate
this year and find new ways of fund raising so do hope our many
supporters will follow our activities and be able to join us for our
events and activities. Why not consider joining the rotary family the
largest service organisation for men and women in the world. If you
want to find out more about us visit www.lymeregisrotary.org
or tel. Peter Fortnam 01297 443145. JOIN US, MAKE A DIFFERENCE , HAVE
Awards for Lyme Lunge fund raisers
Well done, Joshua and Jacob Denning,
another splendid achievement in collecting for this year's LYME LUNGE.
Yes, £500, a huge amount of sponsorship which will all go towards the
Dorset County Hospital Charity Chemotherapy Appeal.
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis congratulate you and are pleased to
award this certificate to record this outstanding achievement. Well
Photo shows Rotarian Lesley Stone, proprietor of the
Royal Lion Hotel,
awarding Joshua and Jacob with their certificates on behalf of Rotary
CHARMOUTH SCOUT GROUP GETS NEW STOVES
A recent decision by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis to donate £150 to
the Charmouth Scout Group for outdoor equipment resulted in the
purchase of an open fire grid, tripod and Dutch oven, pictured
right. Jetboil type stoves are on order as well. Scoutmaster Kevin
Payne was really pleased with the purchase and erected it in the
Training Suite to demonstrate its use. But be careful, Kevin, the
Big Bad Wolf peeking out from behind the bushes has eyes on it too.
Who’s for dinner?
PURPLE CROCUSES PLANTED IN LYME REGIS FOR
weather conspired against us on Saturday 26th October forcing a
postponement of the crocus planting. I went to the Langmoor Gardens
just in case someone had not seen my messages and I met a friend,
Steve, who was disconsolate about the wind and rain; and also because
he was unable to help us on Sunday. So, we made a start and planted
about 500 before giving up. Sunday was much brighter in more ways than
one. As well as several Rotarians, a number of cubs, scouts and guides
joined in the planting with some of their parents and leaders.
Everyone joined in with great enthusiasm and helped make it a happy
occasion. Importantly, there were enough helping hands to enable us to
complete the planting by lunchtime. Our endeavours attracted the
attention of passers-by, increased awareness of Purple4Polio and
attracted donations. Many thanks to all who took part – all we
have to do now is wait for the Spring!
……and a big Thank You!
to Lyme Regis Town Council for giving us the space to plant the bulbs
In the early 1980’s Rotary’s leaders led a project to eradicate polio
from our world. At that time some 350,000 cases were recorded every
year, ravaging young lives in almost every country. Thanks to
generations of Rotarians since then the incidence of the virus has
plummeted with only 88 cases being recorded in just two countries,
Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Rotarians have contributed over $1.8 billion to ending polio since
1985 and in recent years, in addition to this, the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation matches Rotary’s commitment so that every £1.0
donated becomes £3.0.
The end is very much in sight, but we need to continue to be focussed
until eradication is certified. Until then every single child has to
be immunised at a cost of hundreds of millions of pounds per year
otherwise it could return and we would see the dreadful spectacle of
iron lungs returning to our hospitals and polio ravaged young people’s
We are planting purple crocuses throughout the UK to raise awareness
of this campaign, the purple representing the little purple mark that
is put on each child’s little finger when it is immunised.
To learn more about this programme and to donate visit
Trap the Rat
Regis Rotary had a lot of fun at the Uplyme Fete
on Saturday, 8th June with a Trap the Rat stall.
Of 180 tries to Trap the Rat only two were successful. But everyone
had a lot of laughs, which is what it's all about. £31.00 to Rotary
National Blood Pressure Day
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis took part in the
National Blood Pressure Day on Saturday 13th April. Over a four
hour period 53 people were tested, 11 of whom were advised to see
their GP within a week and 9 within a month. Fortunately no one was
considered such a risk as to be sent straight to hospital.
The Club's grateful thanks to Nurse Practitioner
Sally Cable and Sue Rowe SRN retd. who carried out the tests and to
Fortnam, Smith & Banwell, Lyme Regis who kindly allowed their
premises to be used once again.
Rotary recycling used cartridges and
The Rotary Club of
Lyme Regis are collecting old notes & coins, overseas coins,
banknotes and other money for charity. There are collecting boxes
in the Royal Lion Hotel Lyme Regis, Serendip Bookshop, Martin Diplock
Estate Agents and Fortnam, Smith & Banwell Estate agents in Charmouth. So
have a look at the back of the drawer or old an old sock where you put
last year’s foreign currency that you will never use again as the Club
can recycle it including out of date currencies which the Club can
sell on ebay. To date they have raised almost £1000.00 for good
Have you any old used ink jet cartridges laying about? Well the
RC of Lyme Regis have made arrangements with Serendip Bookshop,
Broad Street in Lyme Regis to have a collection point for them.
The cartridges that can be recycled include those made by HP, Dell,
Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, Epson, Kodak and Neopost. Cartridges that
cannot be recycled are damaged ones, refilled or other brands like
Tesco, Think, PC World or Office Depot. Labels that have been removed
or extra holes indicating refilling has been attempted. A little less
to go into landfill, it all helps.
Arrangements have been made for the
Club to recycle ink jet cartridges. A collection box has been left in
Serendip and Rotarians / members of the public are invited to deposit
their used cartridges in this box. The cartridges that can
be recycled include those made by HP, Dell, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung
and Neopost. Epson or Kodak cartridges can also be recycled via
this collection box but see the further reference to these makes
Laser and toner cartridges cannot be recycled through this service.
Also, cartridges don’t have a donation value if they are:
They have been previously refilled
They have been labelled for another brand like
Tesco, PC World or Office Depo
They have labels removed or extra holes. (Signs that
refilling has been attempted.)
has also been sent some prepaid envelopes that will enable Rotarians
to send cartridges for recycling from the comfort of their own homes.
BUT PLEASE NOTE that Epson and Kodak cartridges should not be sent
in these envelopes since their value does not cover the postage costs.