Lyme Regis offers support for its Ukrainian refugees

Ukrainian refugees
Some of the Ukrainian refugees now living in the Lyme Regis area, pictured with chef Tom Robinson (centre), who hosted a free lunch for them as his restaurant Tom’s

RESIDENTS in Lyme Regis hosting Ukrainian refugees would like to thank local businesses, other organisations and individuals for welcoming them and providing practical support.

There are now about 18 people who have travelled to Lyme Regis and Uplyme under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, including five children.

They have fled stressful situations, including missiles passing overhead and sirens constantly going off. In most cases they have left their husbands and other male family members behind to defend their towns from the Russians.

On Sunday, Tom’s restaurant on Marine Parade hosted lunch for some of the Ukrainian guests, who expressed their gratitude and said the lunch was delicious.

The Marine Theatre has provided free tickets for children for the upcoming ‘Peter Rabbit’ performance. The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is offering to fund school uniform and St Michael’s School PFA has provided new and second hand items.

First Bus has given out free bus passes for a month to provide access for travel – most of the appointments at the Job Centre and banking are in Bridport, where there’s also a community-run warehouse for clothes and other essentials. Most refugees arrive with just a suitcase or two.

Dorset Council has provided advice, initial funding and support for both refugees and their hosts. Lyme Regis Town Council has also agreed to provide emergency funding and other help, while local MP Chris Loder has helped significantly with visa issues.

Lyme Regis Foodbank and the Seaside Store have provided essential food supplies.

Local cafes, restaurants and pubs seeking employees have taken on some of those able to work, even with limited English, and are providing a supportive working environment.

Individuals around the town have offered lifts, English lessons, hospitality and kindness, making what could be a traumatic experience easier to bear. 

The Lyme Regis hosts and other supporters meet every fortnight in the Driftwood Café in the Baptist Church to share their experiences and help each other.

Contact Eva Fahle-Clouts on for details.

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