Sausage & Cider Festival raises record £9,500 for football club

Festival-goers have fun in the sunshine at Lyme Regis Football Club (photo by Adrian Wood)

LYME Regis Football Club has announced that its popular Sausage & Cider Festival, held on Saturday, was its most successful single fundraising event to date, raising £9,500.

The club hosted the annual event at its Davey Fort ground in Charmouth Road, which was packed with an estimated 800-plus festival-goers soaking up the sunshine.

The event was officially opened by town crier Alan Vian and offered a full programme of live music, with performers including the Lyme Luggers ukulele group, local singer and musician Harvey Causley, Honiton-based band Dark Matter, and Lyme Regis favourites DeltaTango7 taking the headline spot.

A menu of 24 locally-made ciders was sponsored by local businesses and individuals, and a variety of Colyton Butchers’ award-winning sausages were cooked on the barbecue.

A raffle to win a ‘wheelbarrow of booze’ also proved popular with the crowds, while a bouncy castle organised by Lyme Regis Kids Club kept the children busy.

Volunteers from the football club were rushed off their feet all day, with the event attracting a significantly larger crowd than in previous years.

The club also made a £100 donation to Lyme Regis lifeboat crew for use of their barbecue.

Francesca Evans, a member of the organising committee, said: “This was the third time we have hosted the Sausage & Cider Festival and we are overwhelmed with how popular it has become.

“It was definitely the busiest so far, raising almost twice as much as in previous years, and was the most successful single fundraiser Lyme Regis Football Club has ever hosted!

“We would like to thank all those who supported the event, volunteered or helped in any way, especially our sponsors including main sponsor Advantage Digital Print (see below for full list).

“We are already making plans on how to make the festival even better next year!”

Commenting on the funds raised, Miss Evans continued: “Lyme Regis Football Club costs about £12,000 a year to run and we aim to raise a further £12,000 each year to secure grant funding from Lyme Regis Town Council for our ongoing development scheme to improve the ground and clubhouse for our players and supporters.

“This has included a kitchen extension which has proved invaluable for catering at home games and during special events such as the Sausage & Cider Festival, and has also made the club a more desirable venue for private events and other local organisations.

“The next phase of the project will be the construction of a 60-seat grandstand on the south bank, and we are expecting planning permission for this imminently.

“Next year, we will be focussing on improving the drainage on the pitch, as well as resurfacing our car park and replacing the perimeter fencing.

“We host a full programme of fundraising events during the year, including regular Sunday lunches and our popular Christmas auction, so keep an eye out for details!”

Sausage & Cider Festival sponsors were as follows: Advantage Digital Print, Jurassic Coast Developments Ltd, Sparkles of Lyme, Philip Evans. Andrew ‘Percy’ Peadon Painting & Decorating, Alex Levan, Larx Gardening Services, Roly’s Fudge Pantry, Old Forge Fossil Shop, Evergreen Renewable Energy, Gerard Hitchcock, Wessex Star Disco, Kelly Murray’s Pool & Spa Services, Axe Skip Hire, Serendip, Portcullis Alarms, A. Daughtry Plumbing & Heating, Larx Nest, Bridport Tyres & Auto Repair Specialists, RBS Scaffolding, Lyme Rocks, Millers Farm Shop, Re-flow, Colyton Butchers, SWK Lyme Regis.

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