New starts as we go ‘back to school’

Top chef and restaurateur Mark Hix will host the annual Food Rocks festival in September

THEY say September brings new starts and that’s definitely the case for me, as I’ve just moved into my own flat.

While I’ve been pre-occupied with the big move for the last few weeks of summer, it was officially ‘back to school’ on Wednesday, not just for Lyme’s youngsters but for the town council, which returned to the Guildhall for the first meeting following the summer break.

It was only a quick meeting to cover, but I still felt I had drawn the short straw as Dad bragged that he was off to cover pie tasting at The Volunteer for the popular pub’s menu re-launch (see the next edition of LymeOnline on September 21).

Never mind, there will be plenty of fine fayre on offer this weekend, as top chef and restaurateur Mark Hix hosts his sixth Food Rocks festival – the last major event before we bid a final farewell to a record-breaking summer.

Food Rocks is one of the few events that makes the most of the flat roof space above SWIM, the Antiques & Craft Centre and Amusement Arcade on Marine Parade, which could undergo a £330,000 refurbishment in the New Year, if the town council manages to secure grant funding.

As reported by LymeOnline, some councillors have their reservations about spending this kind of money on the project. It does seem a bit steep, but I’d welcome the new amenities area, which will provide an all-weather, accessible venue, accommodating up to 2,500 people for year-round events, festivals and activities.

I’ve always thought the under-used and unattractive, gritted roof looks out of place at the bottom of Lyme’s pretty seafront gardens, especially since the nearby Marine Parade shelters were given a face-lift a few years ago – so why not finish the whole job, especially if grant funding is forthcoming?

As well as covering this weekend’s events at Food Rocks (and of course trying as many dishes as possible!) we’ll be running our own LymeOnline stand, handing out free newspapers – including our recent four-page feature on Mark Hix’s 10th anniversary in Lyme Regis – and our popular Lyme Life magazines.

We love to meet our readers, so please come along and say hello!

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About Francesca Evans 2542 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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