LymeOnline launches community newspaper

LymeOnline launch
LymeOnline editor Francesca Evans pictured centre with (from left) Tim Dixon who helped with the design of the first edition, journalists Geoff Baker, Philip Evans and photographer Richard Austin

A NEW community newspaper for the Lyme Regis, Uplyme and Charmouth area was launched on Friday.

The printed edition of LymeOnline will run alongside the website www.lyme-online.co.uk, which went live a month ago, together offering residents the most comprehensive coverage of the Lyme Regis area.

The first edition of the 24-page newspaper came out on Friday and celebrations were held at LymeOnline’s official launch night at the Woodmead Halls.

The event was attended by about 60 guests, including local councillors, business owners, representatives of various local organisations and friends of Philip, Jackie and Francesca Evans, who have launched the project.

The website and newspaper will be edited by Francesca – who previously edited the now-defunct View From Lyme Regis newspaper – helped by her father, veteran journalist Philip, and mother Jackie who runs the production side of the business.

Regular contributions to both the website and printed edition are also being made by former Fleet Street journalist Geoff Baker and top photographer Richard Austin.

LymeOnline launch
Guests sit down for a presentation by Philip and Francesca Evans on the launch of LymeOnline

Community support

Speaking at the launch event, Mr Evans spoke about the difficult times the local press has been through and said he hoped the community would support the new venture, as there had been such an overwhelming call for a new community newspaper.

Miss Evans also gave a presentation about the business. She said they had been delighted with the positive reaction to the LymeOnline website since it launched a month ago. It has attracted more than 5,000 readers, who have visited the website more than 10,000 times and clicked on the various pages and articles almost 30,000 times.

The new newspaper will be printed fortnightly with a distribution of about 4,000 and will be delivered door-to-door to as many houses as possible. The paper will also be available to pick up for free at outlets including Serendip bookshop, Fortnam, Smith & Banwell, and Lyme Convenience Stores in Lyme Regis; Uplyme Filling Station and Charmouth Stores.

You can also read the newspaper in full by visiting www.lyme-online.co.uk/digital-edition

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About Francesca Evans 290 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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