THE first-ever I Love Lyme Day has been hailed a success, with over £1,300 raised for local organisations.
We held the event on Thursday, August 16 with the support of LymeOnline and the dynamic duo of Alan and Lynne Vian.
I Love Lyme Day was put together in a matter of weeks to replace Community Week, when the Red Arrows were expected to perform in Lyme Regis.
It was bitterly disappointing to learn the aerobatic display team wouldn’t be coming because of scheduled engineering works, but undeterred, we set about putting together a programme of events to make up for it.
The RAF Falcons parachute display team drew in the crowds and there was extra excitement when a few of the parachutists missed their mark and landed in the sea and harbour!
An amazing £667 was raised in the collection buckets. This will be split evenly between Lyme Regis Pantomime Society, Lym Valley Scouts, the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis and Lyme Regis Football Club, who all ran stalls in the Marine Parade Shelters throughout the day.
Also among the highlights was a display by the Flying Circus, a formation wing-walking team. They were delayed due to cloud cover, but hopefully everyone thought they were worth the wait.
The cricket and football matches on the beach were great fun, with people of all ages joining in and giving it a go. Pavement art produced some masterpieces, and the camaraderie shown by the competitors in the over 60s walking race was very touching, as they all stepped over the finish line at the same time and donated the winnings back to the collection pot.
Evening entertainment came from two talented B Sharp musicians and DJ Mad Jeff, and the fantastic fireworks display over the Cobb rounded off a successful day.
An incredible £650 was raised during the fireworks in aid of the mayor’s charity, the parish church tower fund.
Our thanks go to everyone who supported us in putting on I Love Lyme Day – there are too many to thank individually, but there are several who simply couldn’t go unmentioned.
Alan and Lynne Vian were on the seafront from early-morning until the early hours of the following morning. Their energy and enthusiasm was unwavering and their knowledge of running events in Lyme Regis was invaluable – we couldn’t have done it without them.
We’d also like to thank Lyme Bay Holidays for their generous financial support for the aerobatic displays.
Like any event, some things went better than others and we have plenty to learn from. It’s hoped we can put on a similar event next year, but we want to make it truly for the benefit of local people.
The council needs to give it more thought, but we’d like to hold events over a week outside the main holiday season, such as open-air cinema, theatre, live music and sporting activities.
Plans for Mary Anning statue moving forward
A CAMPAIGN to install a statue of pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning is gathering pace.
The idea was first mooted to the council at a meeting of the Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee in early-August, when the councillors gave their backing to Cllr Cheryl Reynolds to find out more information and report back.
Since then, the idea has taken on a life of its own and Cllr Reynolds is working with Dorset businesswoman Anya Pearson, whose 10-year-old daughter Evie first put the idea in her head.
Cllr Reynolds has been approached by several people who would like to make donations to help fund the statue, which is expected to cost a six-figure sum, and an eminent sculptress will be visiting Lyme Regis in the next few weeks to develop the project.
Author Tracy Chevalier, who wrote about Mary and her life in her acclaimed novel, Remarkable Creatures, has also agreed to be one of the campaign’s patrons.
BBC Spotlight has picked up the story, which was aired on Thursday and featured Evie and Cllr Reynolds.
You can follow the #MaryAnningRocks campaign on Twitter @MaryAnningRocks.
Have your say on Local Plan
RESIDENTS are being encouraged to have their say on the long-term planning strategy for the area.
West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have a joint Local Plan which forms the main basis for making decisions on planning applications.
The Local Plan includes detailed policies and site proposals for housing, employment, leisure and infrastructure.
The two councils are now reviewing the plan and has launched what is called the preferred options consultation, which is an opportunity for the public to have their say on the preferred approach to meet future growth.
The consultation is open until October 8 2018 and drop-in events are being held in the area, including in Lyme Regis. It will be held at the Woodmead Halls on Monday, September 10 from 10am to 7pm.
You can find out more information and respond to the consultation online at dorsetforyou.gov.uk.
Opposition to pedestrian crossing
A PUBLIC consultation has shown strong opposition to the proposed puffin crossing in Broad Street.
There were 59 responses to Dorset County Council’s consultation in July, which we’re told is a high response rate for a traffic regulation order consultation.
Of those who responded, 76 per cent objected to the proposed traffic regulation changes to make way for the crossing, and 17 per cent supported the proposals.
Following an approach to the council by a visually-impaired resident, supported by a petition with over 600 signatories, we gave our support to the crossing in February, before the public consultation took place.
The final decision will be made by the county council, whose Regulatory Committee will consider the proposal in either October or November.
Mayor to host county’s civic dignitaries
CIVIC dignitaries from across Dorset will be welcomed to Lyme Regis when the mayor hosts her Civic Day.
Cllr Michaela Ellis has invited mayors, leaders and chairmen from all over the county to the town on 10 October.
The day will have a nautical theme, with visits to the Marine Aquarium, RNLI lifeboat station and Boat Building Academy included in the itinerary.
A lunch of fish and chips and entertainment from youth music group B Sharp will be hosted at the bowling club.
It has long been a tradition in Lyme Regis for the mayor to host a Civic Day, with visits to the museum, town mill, and sailing club, games of mini golf and boat trips all featuring in past programmes.
Park & ride to open late for Candles On The Cobb
A REMINDER that the park and ride will operate later into the evening for Candles on the Cobb.
We’ve arranged for the service to operate for an extra two-and-a-half hours on Sunday 26 August to allow people to stay later in the town for the lighting of the candles and the fireworks.
The full timetable for Sunday is available at lymeregis.org/parking
Should police forces merge?
WHAT do you think of the proposed merger of Dorset Police with Devon & Cornwall Police? If you have an opinion, now is the time to share it.
The two forces want to know the public’s view on the proposed merger by completing an online survey at futurepolicing.co.uk/survey
But you’ll need to be quick – the consultation closes on Monday, August 27.
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