LymeOnline Extra: A new service bringing local news to your door

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A mock-up front page of the new LymeOnline Extra publication, bringing essential local news to the doors of subscribers

LymeOnline is launching a scaled-back printed newspaper to be delivered direct to the doors of subscribers.

As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to effect our local community, we are launching LymeOnline Extra – an eight-page, scaled-back printed paper, packed with the most essential news and information.

This will be available on subscription, particularly for those still isolating at home or who are unable to access the internet.

LymeOnline is an independent, not-for-profit, community venture which relies solely on advertising, sponsorship and donations to cover its costs.

Due to the lockdown measures and the temporary closure of many businesses – in particular the hospitality and tourism trade – we have lost 90 per cent of this revenue. This means we are currently unable to print our full, fortnightly newspaper, which was previously delivered door-to-door around Lyme Regis, Uplyme and Charmouth.

However, we are continuing to publish an 18-page digital version of the paper, available to read online, as well as updating our website everyday with all the latest news. This includes a ‘Live Updates’ page with the latest on coronavirus, and weekly video news bulletins.

To compliment our digital platforms we are now launching LymeOnline Extra, printed by Dorchester-based Advantage Digital Print, to ensure we can still reach some of our most isolated and vulnerable residents.

LymeOnline editor Francesca Evans commented: “We are conscious that many of our regular readers are older, isolating at home or may not be able to access the internet. This was one of our main concerns when we took the difficult decision to temporarily suspend publication of our printed newspaper at the end of March due to the coronavirus restrictions.

“While the digital version of our newspaper is very well-read, we know this does not reach all sections of the community so we are delighted to now be launching LymeOnline Extra – a scaled-down version of the printed newspaper, available via subscription and delivered to your door every fortnight.

“This will provide an essential local service, focussing specifically on the most important news, including the latest information and support available during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Many regular readers have told us how much they’re missing their printed copy of LymeOnline dropping through their letterbox, so we hope this new project will allow us to reach all those who have not been able to keep up with the local news via our website at a time when trusted news and information is most needed.”

For just £2 a month we will deliver fortnightly copies of LymeOnline Extra to your door. Payment can be made via cheque, bank transfer or via card payment over the phone.

To subscribe to LymeOnline Extra, call Philip Evans on 07796 951 991 to subscribe. The first issue will be delivered on Friday, May 15.

As we are hoping to reach those without access to the internet in particular, please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested or benefit from this service.

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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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