It never quietens down at the Fort!

I handed over my Clubman of the Year trophy to fellow fundraiser and treasurer Nicky Levan at the football club’s annual dinner last week

HAVING spent most Saturdays at Lyme Regis Football Club since I was just eight years old, I always wonder what I’ll do with my weekends when the season finishes.. but then it never really quietens down at the Davey Fort!

Last Friday the club celebrated another successful season at its annual dinner and presentation night and, having proudly taken home the Clubman of the Year trophy last year, I handed it over to my fellow fundraising committee member and club treasurer Nicky Levan – that means the girls have won it three years running.

It was a real family affair with Nicky’s two sons, Ben and Cody, both taking home awards and brothers Toby and Robbie Fowler also winning top prizes (see page 18). Needless to say, celebrations went on late into the night… well, early the next morning actually!

And there’s more to come this weekend as the Seasiders welcome members from their twin club US Creully Commes in Normandy – a friendship that has spanned 39 years – for their annual match on Saturday afternoon.

If you fancy a full sporting weekend, head over to Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club on Sunday for their T20 cricket festival, with a programme of three matches and barbecue all day.

When our French visitors head home on Sunday, attention at the Davey Fort will turn to our annual Sausage & Cider Festival – our biggest fundraiser of the year – which will be held on Saturday, July 6 from 2pm.

Preparations are in full swing and we even had a cider tasting this week (someone’s got to do it!) to decide which brands we’ll be serving at the bar.

The free event will also include live music all day, a selection of sizzling sausages on the barbecue and fully-stocked indoor and outdoor bars, so don’t be put off if you’re not partial to a pint of scrumpy!

Last week I was given a break from my council reporting duties so I could go to a production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by cycling theatre company The Handlebards at the Marine.

Unfortunately the weather meant the outdoor production had to be moved inside but the show was still absolutely brilliant. Simple, clever and ridiculously silly all at once, it was Shakespeare like I’ve never seen it. If you get the chance to catch the touring theatre company this summer, I’d highly recommend.

Meanwhile, Dad was next door covering the first full council meeting since the election of our new members and mayor. I’m not sure how pleased he was about that, but the next day he reported on high spirits in the Guildhall.

That was definitely the case at this week’s mayor making ceremony, where Councillor Brian Larcombe was officially installed as First Citizen. The positive speeches focussed on unity, respect and moving forward together.

Then it was time for more celebrations… so it was back to the Davey Fort of course!

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About Francesca Evans 1547 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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