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 and Philip Evans, and photographer Richard Austin

LymeOnline was launched in January 2018 to record the life and times of a town steeped in history which, it is often said, punches far above its weight.

No other website and newspaper offers such comprehensive coverage of local news, sport, entertainment and the myriad of events and festivals that make Lyme Regis and surrounding villages of Uplyme and Charmouth such a vibrant place to live and holiday.

Lyme Regis is one of the newsiest towns in the West Country – and also one of the most community-minded and socially-active. It’s also one of the most popular resorts on the south coast with its sheer beauty and quaintness attracting tens of thousands of visitors throughout the year. 

Powered by Lyme Regis Media Limited, a company set-up by veteran journalist Philip Evans MBE, LymeOnline provides 24/7 coverage of news and sport, as well as reporting on all the community events which gives the town its unique vibrancy.

LymeOnline is accessible on website and mobile devices, and also in print format with a fortnightly newspaper with a distribution of about 4,000.

We also publish the seasonal Lyme Life Magazine focusing on Lyme’s many attractions and special events.

Committed to high-quality, trusted journalism

The newspaper, magazine and website are edited by Francesca Evans, who 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.

Regular contributions are made by managing director Philip Evans MBE, who has worked in newspapers for more than 50 years, and award-winning photographer Richard Austin, whose images of Lyme Regis and major news stories in the West Country have appeared in newspapers all over the world.

Our small team is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality, trusted news coverage of the Lyme Regis, Uplyme and Charmouth area. We pride ourselves on fair, accurate and impartial reporting of matters in the public interest.

Our main aims are to promote and record the life, events and achievements of Lyme Regis and its residents; to promote social cohesion; hold those in authority to account and promote local democracy. You can read more in our Editorial Policy.

LymeOnline also recognises climate change and environmental concerns as one of the most important current issues faced by our local community and across the globe. We are committed to continued, fair and accurate reporting of environmental news and events, as well as taking action to reduce our own impact on the environment. You can read more about this in our Environmental Policy.

icnn logoIndependent, community venture

LymeOnline is an independent, not-for-profit community venture and relies solely on advertising, sponsorship and donations to cover its costs.

You can make a secure donation to LymeOnline via PayPal by clicking the ‘Donate’ button on our website homepage or click here for more details on how you can support us. Visit our Advertising page for details on our competitive print and online advertising opportunities.

LymeOnline is a proud member of the Independent Community News Network (ICNN), a representative body committed to supporting new sustainable forms of digital and print hyperlocal journalism.

Our website was commended in the ICNN Community Website of the Year category at the national newsawards in 2020 and 2021.

In May 2020 we joined forces with Nub News – a nationwide network of hyperlocal websites – to provide editorial content for its sites in Axminster and Seaton, in East Devon.

We can also offer a range of design, PR and social media services and provide pre-press and editing services for other organisations and publications – click here for further details.

To find out more about our team visit Meet The Team or to get in touch please visit the Contact Us page.