New community workshop opens doors

A NEW community workshop has opened its doors, ready to teach residents new, practical skills and crafts in a friendly and welcoming environment. 

Lyme Regis Development Trust has opened the workshop at The Hub in Church Street, and it has been kitted out with brand new machinery worth £3,500, generously donated by Axminster Power Tools.

It was planned for the workshop to be opened in May but this was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of social distancing guidelines, courses will now be limited to one-to-one tuition plus an assistant where necessary.

The Development Trust has been able to use the expertise of four experienced, retired design and technology teachers, who have offered their services in running sessions every Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

In the first sessions, Fran Rois made an egg cup under the expert guidance of John Brown and Dot Wood produced a bowl with Rod Page showing the way.

Liz Kent, chairman of Axminster Woodturners, and another former design and technology teacher, have now offered a whole day course making wooden bowls on September 28 from 10am to 3pm.

Places are limited to two people although a waiting list will be compiled of anyone interested in joining future sessions, or who feel they can contribute in any way, be it as an instructor of a learner.

The course costs £35 for the day and the weekly morning sessions are £5 per session with an annual membership of £20.

For more details or to book a place, contact Dot Wood on

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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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