IT’S been a whirlwind start to 2018, that’s for sure.
After the closure of the View From Lyme Regis shortly after Christmas, we were overwhelmed with kind messages of support and calls for a new media outlet to fill the gap. It didn’t take us long to decide to launch LymeOnline.
We wanted to create a new website dedicated specifically to Lyme Regis, Uplyme & Charmouth, covering the latest news, sport, entertainment, events and all aspects of community life.
The only problem being I’d never built a website before… where on earth do you start?
Lucky for us my sister Zoe is much more tech-savvy than me, having just created her own wedding website wellgroomed.ie (any Irish grooms-to-be out there, this is the website for you!). So I enrolled in an online course to get me started and hopped on a plane to visit Zoe and her husband Barry at their new home in Galway.
I had a lot to learn and by the end of the week my head was swimming with search engine optimisation, analytics and plug-ins. It definitely wasn’t like my usual trips to Ireland!
Since my sister moved to Galway in 2016, it has quickly become one of my favourite places to visit. It’s a great mix of rugged countryside, city culture and seaside, with a chilled-out, friendly atmosphere. My favourite part is the Latin Quarter – cobbled streets, colourful flags and higgledy-piggledy bars with music coming from all corners. I’m not sure why they call it Latin because it seems quintessentially Irish to me!
So it wasn’t all work, work, work; we still found time to enjoy our fair share of gin cocktails at my favourite bar Tigh Nora, and squeezed in a trip to Dublin to see the sights – folk music on Temple Bar and the famous Guinness Storehouse. I’m not a big drinker of the black stuff but – fan or not – you can’t really miss this Irish institution when visiting the capital. And those who reach the top of the impressive seven-floor attraction are rewarded with amazing views across the city from the Gravity Bar.
After a hectic few weeks of work and travel, it was great to enjoy some of my favourite things to do at home last weekend – a drink at the football club (no match unfortunately as poor weather continues to cause havoc with the local football programme), a relaxed dinner overlooking the beach at Lyme Bay Pizza, and a refreshing walk around Lambert’s Castle on Sunday morning.
I like to get away, but I also love coming back to Lyme.
Our own ‘little Ireland’, the Volunteer Inn, re-opens this Friday after a short closure and it’s set to be a real celebration, with discounts on drinks all day to mark the birthday of famed Irish writer James Joyce – I’m sure the black stuff will be flowing there!
The LymeOnline team will be popping in. We managed to launch the website within just two weeks and it has already had more than 3,000 hits, so we have something to celebrate ourselves.
I’m sure the site will change and develop a great deal over the coming months, and February will also see the launch of our free, fortnightly printed edition, which will be delivered door-to-door around the area. So we can’t sit back and relax just yet.
Any ideas and suggestions from our readers would be welcome. Don’t be shy, please get in touch!
THE PLACE TO BE: Beat the winter blues and get into the Jamaican spirit this weekend, as the Marine Theatre launches a new programme of “good value” nights out, starting with a reggae night with Gringo Ska. Overs 18s only. Tickets cost £6 in advance and £8 on the door.