Mayor shows off Lyme to visiting dignitaries

LYME Regis was showcased to mayors, leaders and chairmen from across Dorset and Somerset when the mayor hosted her Civic Day.

Civic leaders joined Cllr Michaela Ellis and husband Alan for a tour of the harbour area on an unseasonally warm day earlier this month.

The guests met at the bowling club before visits to the Marine Aquarium and the Boat Building Academy in the morning.

At the aquarium, the civic dignitaries were able to get up close to local marine life, including holding a starfish and hand-feeding the mullet.

At the Boat Building Academy, they watched students constructing boats and furniture using traditional methods.

Lyme Fish Bar delivered a lunch of fish and chips at the bowling club, which was followed by a visit to the RNLI lifeboat station, where the guests had a tour of the station, met some of the crew and learned about the charity’s lifesaving work.

All the guests seemed to enjoy themselves and many will be returning in December to watch the launch of the boats which they saw under construction at the Boat Building Academy.

Our grateful thanks to the Marine Aquarium, Boat Building Academy, RNLI and Lyme Regis Bowling Club – you certainly made a good impression on our visitors and helped show Lyme Regis at its very best.

Council staff enjoy round of golf

OUR finance assistant Naomi Cleal defied the odds to win the annual staff mini golf competition.

Last year’s winner, Mick Heneghan, who works at the mini golf hut, was odds-on favourite to take the title again, but was forced to settle for fourth place.

By the end of the round, it was a three-way tie between Naomi, operations manager Matt Adamson-Drage and cleansing operative and last year’s runner-up Darren Cheney, each scoring an impressive 34.

Naomi took top spot after securing a hole-in-one on hole two, but it took a further five holes to separate Matt and Darren, with Matt eventually taking the runner-up spot.

At the opposite end of the scoreboard, admin officer Adrianne Mullins and admin assistant Franki Heffernan battled it out to avoid the wooden spoon, with the ‘honour’ eventually going to Adrianne.

Community groups granted £120,000

OVER £120,000 has been awarded to community groups and projects in Lyme Regis.

The town council is pleased to have worked with West Dorset District Council to support not-for-profit organisations in a variety of sporting, cultural and community projects.

Funding totalling £123,000 has been allocated thanks to Section 106 agreements, which are community contributions relating to planning permissions for 13 developments in Lyme Regis.

Lyme Regis Football Club’s fundraising efforts for a new 60-seater grandstand have been boosted, Lyme Regis Sea School will be able to buy three new dinghies, and Lyme Regis Gig Club will receive funding for a new pilot gig.

The 1st Lym Valley Scout Group has been awarded funding to help refurbish the toilets and storage area at the scout hut in Rhode Lane, Lyme Regis Development Trust is developing a community workshop, and Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club will be able to purchase a new roller.

A garden with a sculpture display area will be created by Town Mill Arts, the Town Mill Trust will receive funding for all-weather pathways and an electro hydraulic actuator, and the Marine Theatre will benefit from a better lighting system.

The Charmouth Road Allotments’ Association will re-align the main vehicle entrance, and the town council has also been successful in a bid for funding to illuminate Langmoor and Lister Gardens.

It’s great to see a wide variety of interesting and exciting projects being supported, which will hopefully benefit the whole community.

Council offers full support to new Army Cadet Force

THE council is delighted a new Army Cadet Force (ACF) has been formed in Lyme Regis and has given its full support.

There was disappointment in the town when it was confirmed the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at the Woodroffe School would disband, so news of the ACF has been widely welcomed.

Subject to the approval of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, the ACF will meet weekly at The Tunnel near Charmouth and is open to young people aged over 12 and under 18.

Like most new ventures, the ACF needed a helping hand to get started and the council was pleased to be able to provide support.

Championed by Cllr Cheryl Reynolds, chairman of our Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee, we have agreed to pay the first year’s hire charges for The Tunnel while the unit establishes itself.

Following interviews, there are seven adult volunteers who have been enrolled into the ACF and are now Probationary Officers, and a further two volunteers who will enrol at a later date.

A public meeting at the Guildhall for young people and their parents was very well attended, with almost 30 prospective cadets already interested in signing up.

Anyone interested in joining, either as a cadet or a volunteer, should contact Cllr Reynolds on 01297 443814 or 07796 074849 or email

Local children invited to bake trench cake for WWI centenary

LOCAL children are being encouraged to bake a wartime favourite to encourage them to think about the sacrifices made during the Great War.

Pupils at St Michael’s Primary in Lyme Regis, Mrs Ethelston’s Primary in Uplyme and Charmouth Primary have been invited to bake a First World War trench cake to commemorate the centenary of the end of the war.

The dense fruit cake was baked by families during the war and sent to loved ones on the front line, giving them a much-needed morale boost and a welcome break from their bland diet of canned food, meat and stale bread.

Due to rationing, some of the familiar cake ingredients like eggs and flour were replaced with vinegar and milk, and the dried fruits helped ensure the cake was still moist when it arrived on the front line.

Over the next few weeks, the schoolchildren will be taking their baking creations into school and the best one from each school will be chosen by the mayor, Cllr Michaela Ellis, and Ian Marshall, chairman of the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion.

Each of the winners will receive a £10 book token, but we hope all the children who take part will enjoy trying out this recipe and learning about life during the Great War.

Plans for Mary Anning statue moving forward

PLANS for a Mary Anning statue are progressing well following a public meeting last week.

The campaign to install a statue of the pioneering palaeontologist in Lyme Regis has won the backing of broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough and author Tracy Chevalier, and is supported by Lyme Regis Museum.

A committee has now been set up to take the project forward and several town councillors are involved, including Cllr Cheryl Reynolds as chairman, Cllr Owen Lovell as treasurer, and Cllr Jeff Scowen as a committee member.

Dorset businesswoman Anya Pearson, who first approached the council about the idea of a statue, is the committee secretary, and four other local residents make up the rest of the committee.

Thanks to funding from Lyme Bay Holidays, Royal Lion Hotel owner Lesley Stone, and LymeOnline managing director Philip Evans, the website,, is under construction and is expected to go live before Christmas.

A Crowdfunding page is also being set up to help raise the money needed for the statue, and this is expected to go live in spring 2019.

Anyone who would like to get involved in the project should contact Cllr Cheryl Reynolds on 01297 443814 or 07796 074849 or email

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