COMMUNITY interest company LymeForward has said goodbye to its co-ordinator Adrian Ragbourne.
Mr Ragbourne who was responsible for overseeing the organisation’s various projects, finished work this month and will not be immediately replaced.
A report on his departure was presented at last week’s LymeForward meeting, and said: “Adrian joined LymeForward, then operating as part of Lyme Regis Development Trust, in June 2015. He made an immediate and energetic impact, with the minutes of the partnership meeting held only 10 days later recording his proposal that a Coastal Community Team (CCT) be formed to begin the process of accessing the government’s Coastal Communities funding opportunities, from which significant money and constructive activity has already flowed.
“As well as working hard on economic regeneration and fundraising possibilities with the CCT, in his time with LymeForward Adrian has done a huge amount to take on the challenges of the health and care agenda, notably in offering quiet background practical support and time to individuals and families in particular need.
“As assiduous networker, he has done much to raise the profile and good reputation of LymeForward – and thus of Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Uplyme – with many local and national bodies and authorities, in turn meaning that doors are open and ears are prepared to listen when LymeForward and other local bodies are trying to advance the interests of this community.
“All members of LymeForward will wish to acknowledge Adrian’s contributions, to thank him for them and to wish him well in whatever new opportunities he takes up.”
It was also reported that Mr Ragbourne would not be immediately replaced due to the uncertainty of “two big unknowns” – the size, shape and timing of the next round of Coastal Communities funding, which has previously helped to support LymeForward projects, and the local government reorganisation in Dorset, as West Dorset District Council currently helps fund LymeForward but will be replaced by a unitary authority in the near future.
The report stated: “LymeForward directors have decided not to appoint a replacement for Adrian immediately, giving time for clarity to develop on immediate LymeForward priorities and thus the key attributes needed for a new postholder.”
In the meantime, LymeForward’s Heather Prior has increased her hours until July, and the organisation’s directors have met with trustees of Lyme Regis Development Trust to ensure both organisations are working together in the most efficient way.
LymeForward was set up in 2004 under Lyme Regis Development Trust as one of the Local Area Partnerships introduced by West Dorset District Council. In 2016, it became independent from the trust and now operates as a community interest company with funding from the town and district councils. It aims to bring local people, organisations and service providers together to improve local services, and as well as seeking funding from the Coastal Community Fund, its current projects include the monthly Community Lunches and Meet & Remember sessions, and operation of the local food bank.