Use your vote and have a say on your future!

LYME Regis will soon be heading to the polls to elect members of the town and new unitary authorities, and today (Friday, April 12) is your last chance to register to vote.

Last year the country celebrated 100 years since women were first given the vote, but in the 2017 General Election, 37 per cent of women didn’t use it.

The figures are even worse for young people, with 57 per cent of those between the ages of 18-24 not voting in the 2017 election.

The turnout at local elections has been notoriously low for years. Just over one in three registered voters took part in local elections held in 2018 and there were some areas of the UK where it was barely one in four.

The apathy towards politics is easy to understand in recent times and, particularly with local elections, many think the result won’t make any difference. But if you care about housing, education, recycling, leisure facilities, transport and libraries – just to name a few – the result of local elections can have a real impact on your life.

Please register to vote by midnight tonight at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and have a say on your future at the May 2 elections!

Nominations for the local elections were announced last Thursday morning and the LymeOnline website was first to break the news. I had to upload the story on my mobile phone while tucking into a full English at Scott Rowe’s business breakfast in Axminster, supporting the ARC counselling service.

It’s not been a great week for the waistband. Later that day I popped down to Lyme’s vegetarian bistro Tierra Kitchen to try a few light bites from their new menu. The restaurant has been given a fresh, new look complete with deli counter and shop section selling its own range of products.

The following morning another fry up was on the menu as we hosted the annual BIG Breakfast for Cancer Research UK. I was too busy waitressing for more than 100 supporters to tuck into the full English although I did manage to sneak more than my fair share of hash browns!

Thanks to all who supported the event – we raised £1,100 for Cancer Research UK, bringing us to almost £160,000 raised since forming the branch in 2018.

And it doesn’t stop there – tonight I’ll be tucking into dinner at the mayor’s annual Civic Night (hopefully I’ll get to dance some of it off, too!) and on Sunday I’ll be serving up roast dinner for the football club’s regular Sunday Lunch Club (fully booked, I’m afraid).

After all this eating I could probably do with a check-up. Luckily, local nurse Sally Cable will be offering free blood pressure checks for the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis’ annual Stroke Awareness Day tomorrow (Saturday, April 13).

As well as raising awareness, the Rotary will be collecting for the Stroke Association – another cause close to my heart – so please pop along to the Fortnam, Smith & Banwell offices in Broad Street from 10am for your free check.

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About Francesca Evans 1149 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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