We are all the richer for Lyme’s community spirit

Accompanied by Andrew Hodder – a reward for his fundraising efforts – the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, about to switch on Lyme’s Christmas lights before a huge crowd

A Christmas and New Year message from the Mayor and Mayoress of Lyme Regis

AS we approach Christmas it’s often a time to reflect on the past year ahead of the new one, and although the period of mayor has been since May it’s been busy and rewarding and does seem longer.

It started with the mayor-making which was full of Lyme council’s historic references and ceremonial tradition – a big thank you to those who sat through it on what is without doubt the most uncomfortable of seating in the Guildhall!

It wasn’t long before the first engagement arrived, that being the motorcycle charity ride and the hundreds of bikes that lined the Cart Road and route out of town.

Many other engagements have followed and it is remarkable how many give their time and energy to fundraising for good causes from such a small town population.

Equally remarkable is the number of clubs, groups and societies we have in Lyme. The range is a compliment to Lyme’s residents and the offering of interests for all abilities and age groups.

There is a richness to these which is a great credit to all who work on the contribution each makes to the town or the particular causes they support.

Lyme gives a disproportionately high commitment to these undertakings; far more than many larger towns, and we are all the richer for it. Well done and thank you.

We had two significant commemorations – the 75th anniversary of D-Day and Remembrance Day both were an important reminder of those who lost their lives and served during the conflict of both world wars. Thank you to the Royal British Legion branch for the local organising of the events over the weekends in June and November.

We’ve had another hot and bustling summer with the huge numbers Lyme attracts. A summer that began with Blessing of the Boats; then the launching of the latest fleet of Boat Building Academy vessels; the traditional regatta and lifeboat weeks packed with activities for children (and their parents) culminating in the illuminated boats, firework displays and carnival.

Again a great credit to all who organise these voluntary events.

Interspersed we’ve also had the hugely significant and successful Bermuda and Jamestown twinning visits, theatre performances, fossil and food festivals, all of which represent a packed and varied programme of events right up to Christmas with the lighting of the town and most recently the town band Christmas concert.

We’ve also seen the marks of endeavour and investment in the fabric of the tow – properties and important structures are undergoing maintenance; there’s been more scaffolding around than ever and it’s a welcome sign of the commitment being made in Lyme. It’s all helping to collectively raise and maintain standards, and provide the best for our town.

None of these things are easy or happen without real effort, and whether its a local club or society; a charity or good cause; a business or a public provider, all work on delivering to their plans and goals throughout the year.

So when Christmas arrives the town has its Lyme-time and even the most active should have their personal time; take a short break, take quiet delight in what they’ve done and re-charge the batteries.

The New Year beckons but isn’t here quite yet and what it brings is a busy tomorrow that can wait for us to enjoy the festive season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Brian & Wendy Larcombe,
Proud to be Mayor and Mayoress of Lyme

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