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The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis

    What is Rotary?    



is a global organisation (in over 200 countries) of more than 1.2 million men and women who have pledged to help those in need, who encourage high moral and ethical standards in commerce and private life and who work towards peace and goodwill locally, nationally and internationally.

Through local Rotary Clubs (over 1850 in the UK alone) members devote what time, energy and skills they can spare to a whole range of projects to achieve these goals.

Rotary is about serving the community, its about doing things that bring good to communities at home and overseas, whether this be by raising funds or through service or by using our own experience to help others, young and old, at home or abroad, to help themselves – whatever suits the need.

Rotary Clubs meet on a regular basis, which allows lasting firm friendships to develop. This ethos extends through the global Rotary network - wherever a Rotarian goes there is likely to be a Rotary Club which they can attend and enjoy the Fellowship of like minded people in a framework with which they are familiar.

People throughout the world TRUST Rotary to deliver, whether that be by targeting charitable funds towards medical, educational or disaster relief, or in local service projects. This trust is an honour of which Rotary is proud and will diligently uphold.

Through the Rotary Foundation the organisation brings considerable weight to bear to tackle global problems - eg  the eradication of polio worldwide. ShelterBox, a global disaster relief charity founded by Rotarians in Cornwall draws on the Rotary network to deliver relief quickly and efficiently to wherever it is needed.

By combining their skills and resources, members of Rotary are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.

    The Object of Rotary    
  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life;
  •  The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
    Rotary in Lyme Regis:  Club History    



The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has been a major part of town life for over 70 years, organising events, supporting local charities, youth groups and other organisations and generally offering a positive contribution to the community. The Club was established on 1st December 1950 as an offshoot of the Rotary Club of Bridport, with which we still enjoy close links and friendships.

Established annual events such as “Carols Round the Tree”, “Golf Day” and the “Lyme Lunge” help bring the community together and support local business as well as being fun and raising huge funds for a variety of worthwhile good causes. Over the past few years the Club has contributed over £10,000 annually to good causes.

Every penny collected for Rotary charities and good causes goes directly to those causes, the running of the Club is funded by Rotarians.…..and we have fun doing it and make lasting friendships through our Club.

We are a group of men and women who meet regularly over a light meal and refreshment conduct business such as event organisation and enjoy each other’s company and humour. For the foreseeable future we will be meeting on Thursdays at  5.45 for 6.15pm Hunters Lodge Inn, Charmouth Road, Raymonds Hill, EX13 5SZ. Please contact the Secretary  if you wish to attend.  Our programme changes regularly so please contact the secretary prior to visiting: John Berry, tel  01297 489719, mob 07710 095685, e johnberry.mangles@gmail.com


Meetings are conducted in a friendly, open atmosphere and all ideas and points of view are very welcome. We invite a range of speakers to our meetings to help keep us informed and aware. We host our partners at several meetings throughout the year.

In the beginning....


On Wednesday 28th June 1950 a group of 21 local business men, with invited guests,  met at the “Old” Woodmead Halls to hold the Inaugural  Dinner of the Interim Rotary Club of Lyme Regis.

The menu, an evening meal consisted of, bearing in mind there was still rationing:-
grapefruit, turtle soup, grilled fillet of beef with chipolata, mushrooms, peas and “chateau potatoes” and cost the princely sum of 12/6d !! p/person, which included a 6d tip for the waiting staff.

The Club was  granted it's Charter from Rotary International in December 1950. The actual Charter was presented by a representative of RI at a dinner held at the Royal Lion Hotel attended by almost 100 people.

The Club meeting places after the Woodmead Halls have been varied over the years,  among which were the Royal Lion Hotel, The Bell Cliff Restaurant, the Masonic Hall where club members did their own waiting at tables, and from 1987 to August 2009 The Alexandra Hotel; September 2009 to August 2011 at Lyme Regis Golf Club; 2011 to September 2017 at the Pilot Boat; October 2017 to July 2018 at the Driftwood, Lyme Regis Baptist Church.

For the foreseeable future we will be meeting on Thursdays at  5.45 for 6.15pm Hunters Lodge Inn, Charmouth Road, Raymonds Hill, EX13 5SZ.
Please contact the Secretary if you wish to attend. 
 John Berry, tel  01297 489719, mob 07710 095685,

    Some of the good causes we have supported in the last 5 years:-      

Weldmar Hospice     

Julia’s House (a children’s hospice)

ShelterBox and Water Survival Box   

Local Village Halls

Lyme Regis RNLI

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance  

Lyme Regis Majorettes

Polio Plus (a Rotary initiative to eradicate polio worldwide)

Mercy Ships and IMPACT (international medical relief organisations)

Send-a-Cow (an international aid charity)                

Charmouth Shoreline Magazine

Lyme Regis and Charmouth Christmas Lights         

InSPARation Youth Café, Lyme Regis

Hardy Stroke Unit (at Dorchester Hospital)              

Lyme Regis Football Club

Lyme Regis Museum                                                 

St. Michael’s School, Lyme Regis


Grateful thanks to the community of Lyme Regis and the local media for help and support over the years which has enabled us to raise an average of £10,000 per annum for charitable causes.

Some of the brave entrants in front of a 'Shelterbox'    
Raising funds for ShelterBox at the Lyme Lunge




     Rotary Foundation      

Lyme Regis Rotarians also raise funds internally through a variety of fun events and parties to contribute towards the Rotary Foundation, a not-for-profit Rotary International organisation which funds global and local projects – such as the Polio Plus initiative to rid the world of the dreadful debilitating disease, polio.

Sport: We take part in a number of sporting events, including Golf, Skittles, Bridge and Bowls. We have had a team enter the Lyme Regis Skittles league for a number of years (The President’s Men), and the Axminster Carpets summer trophy. The club won the Rotary District 1200 skittles trophy in 2008 and in 2011. There are also a number of golf and bowls tournaments, as well as fun events throughout the year.

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