FOLLOWING the imposition of the most recent government lockdown restrictions, I am sorry to announce that it will not be possible to continue with the print version of LymeOnline with immediate effect.
We are disappointed that we have had to make this decision especially as we have just celebrated our second anniversary and last week’s printed version would have attracted a record amount of advertising support had it not been for the coronavirus crisis.
LymeOnline is run as a community not-for-profit project which relies on advertising revenue, sponsorship and donations from our readers. The restrictions imposed by the government requiring local shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes to close has resulted in us losing more than 90 per cent of our revenue.
As a result we have been forced to abandon our door-to-door and bulk drop distribution until further notice.
We will, however, continue to produce the paper in digital format which will appear on our website at lyme-online.co.uk/category/digital-edition/
Many people already read LymeOnline accessing the Digital Edition via our website by clicking onto an image of the front page on the home page.
It is our intention to revive the print edition as soon as the crisis is over and our revenue streams return.
A number of readers already support us with a regular donation and you can now do so securely online via the Donate button on the homepage of the website through Paypal.
It has also been necessary to cease publication of our quarterly magazine Lyme Life for the same reasons as above. We hope that the next Lyme Life will appear in early summer.
We would like to thank our team of deliverers, especially the volunteers, for distributing our paper door-to-door over the past two years. We hope you will continue to do so when we return.
We appreciate this will be a great disappointment, especially to the elderly and infirm who are confined to their house and who rely on LymeOnline for keeping them informed of local happenings and events.
Thank you for your fantastic support and we hope you all stay safe during the current crisis.
Philip Evans MBE
Managing Director of Lyme Regis Media Limited
Publishers of LymeOnline and LymeLife Magazine