Council helps youngsters develop sailing skills

YOUNG people at Lyme Regis Sea School are developing their sailing skills thanks to a council grant to purchase new dinghies.

We awarded the sea school a grant of £4,999.99 this year to help fund three sailing dinghies, costing a total of £10,000.

Several councillors went to a sailing session last week to see how the money had been spent and meet the young people who are learning to sail in the new dinghies.

The volunteer-run sea school teaches young and mature students to sail, with around 250 pupils a year.

Jo Law, a trustee and fundraiser for Lyme Regis Sea School, said: “The generous donation from the town council has meant the sea school has taken delivery of three new dinghies comprising a Laser Bahia and two Laser Picos. These dinghies are for both children and adults to sail in.

“The dinghies are also used by local junior sailors at Lyme Regis Sailing Club, for youth race training, regattas and other events, and by Woodroffe School students. We try to make sailing as accessible as possible to those who wish to learn to sail.”

The mayor, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, was joined by the deputy mayor Councillor Jeff Scowen, deputy mayoress Councillor Belinda Bawden, and Councillor David Sarson to present a cheque to instructors and students, and were invited to join them in the clubhouse afterwards.

Councillor Larcombe said: “I was delighted to support the original grant request and present the cheque along with councillor colleagues to Lyme Regis Sea School.

“The grant request was to help provide funding for the purchase of new dinghies for its youngsters to develop their sailing skills. “

The skills learned actually go beyond the basics of sailing and contribute as much to other life skills. These attributes can stay with you for a lifetime and hopefully the youngsters will come to appreciate how in its own way Lyme Regis Sea School and the town council helped them along the way.

“And who knows what future champion may develop from within the sea school – ‘given God speed and a fair wind’, as they say…

“We went into the clubhouse after the presentation and it was good to see the message about ‘plastics and the sea’ was clearly ‘on-board’.

“The club have implemented the measures we’re looking for in their bar and catering provision, and the sea school leader was keen to point it out even though I don’t think she realised quite how appreciative we were that the message we as a council are looking to get across was so clearly demonstrated.

“I suspect this was as much to do with their appreciation of the marine environment through their sailing and probably due equally as much to Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’ ocean plastics initiative and the note it struck with all of us.”

Places are still available for summer courses in the weeks commencing August 5, 12 and 26 and can be booked via their website www.lrss.org

Town council adds first electric vehicle to fleet

WE’RE already implementing ‘green’ initiatives within the council following our declaration of a climate and environmental emergency.

The council has set itself some ambitious targets, but we believe they’re achievable and have already made a start in agreeing to add an electric vehicle to our fleet.

The aim is for the entire fleet to migrate to electric vehicles, beginning with a compact electric utility vehicle for our cleansing team to collect rubbish.

Although it will be more expensive than a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle, we believe it’s worth spending a bit more to honour our commitment to become carbon neutral by 2030.

This is the first of many initiatives we are aiming to implement, with others including solar panels on some council buildings, the installation of water points on the seafront, and free use of the town bus for Gateway Card holders.

We’re pleased to join forces with other environmentally-minded organisations in the area by being a part of the Lyme Regis One Planet Working Group.

The group will help steer the council in its efforts to achieve zero carbon emissions and will work towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

We’re aiming to draw up a plan within six months outlining the actions we intend to take to address the climate and environmental emergency.

Local groups invited to bid for film funding

LOCAL organisations will soon be invited to bid for funding donated to the town following the filming of the Mary Anning biopic.

The town council received £15,000 from Fossil Films as a thank you for allowing use of the Bell Cliff area during the filming of ‘Ammonite’.

Councillors were asked to think about how the money should be spent and agreed local groups and organisations should be given the opportunity to apply for funding.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be inviting expressions of interest and would be particularly interested in projects or ideas which would create a lasting legacy for Lyme Regis. Ideally, we are looking to fund a single project which costs at least £15,000.

Get tech savvy with Digital Champions

AN army of Digital Champions are at work across Dorset – including in Lyme Regis –offering people help to get online.

The Superfast Dorset team has a network of 70 volunteers who run free, one-to-one help sessions on computers, tablets and smartphones.

Digital Champion Roger Amswych will be based at Lyme Regis library every other Wednesday, 2pm to 4pm, from August 21. He will be able to help with everything from switching on a computer and using the internet safely, to managing email and digital pictures.

With more and more services going online, the Superfast Dorset team believes it is crucial people are supported to benefit from the Internet.

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