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Drugs seized in major police raid A SUBSTANTIAL amount of class A and B drugs were seized in Lyme Regis this week following a police raid. A warrant was executed in Summerhill Road at 8.55am on Wednesday with officers from Bridport, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Dorchester working together, along with a police sniffer dog. Two men, aged 43 and 59, both from the local area, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug and a class B drug. They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Green candidate wins by-election

Marching with a message PARENTS and children campaigning to save St Michael’s Pre-School in Lyme Regis from closure took to the carnival procession on Saturday evening to spread their message. The pre-school was initially set for closure in July but the decision was later reversed and the facility will open for the new term in September. However parents are still concerned about its long term future with fears it could close in January. See full story on page 2

Couple’s baby tragedy

FUNDRAISING APPEAL LAUNCHED AFTER LOSS OF QUINTUPLETS THE Lyme Regis community is being asked to give its support to a local family that has suffered the devastating loss of five babies.

Family and friends of Becca and Pete Peacock have been working hard to form a raft of support for the couple and their twin daughters, after Becca discovered she was pregnant with quintuplets and later lost all five babies. Becca and Pete are parents to

FRANCESCA EVANS two-year-old twins Harper Skye and Lexie Rose. Five months ago, Becca unexpectedly fell pregnant again and a scan revealed the startling news that she was carrying five babies. During a tumultuous and seriously problematic early pregnancy, Becca lost three of her babies, leaving the couple absolutely devastated.

Becca’s stress levels were greatly increased and the daily pressures of taking care of her twins pressed harder than ever before. At times, the pregnancy put Becca’s own life at risk and she tried desperately to get back on track whilst taking care of her toddlers. But heartbreak struck again when, 20 weeks into her turbulent pregnancy, Becca’s vital signs became unstable and she had an emergency caesarean with additional major surgery. Two fragile

babies were delivered but were not yet strong enough to survive and tragically died 40 minutes later in their father’s arms, while Becca was still in surgery. Pete and Becca were afforded time to sit quietly with their babies, which they named Reggie and Faith. A funeral will be held for them today (Friday). The Peacock family are well known in Lyme Regis, with Pete


GREEN Party candidate Rob Smith has won a seat on Lyme Regis Town Council. Mr Smith won the town council by-election last Thursday with 255 votes. He beat former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Owen Lovell, who polled 230 votes, and former deputy mayor Steve Miller with 88 votes. The fourth candidate, Marine Theatre trustee Paul Edmonds, polled 77 votes. REPORT, PAGE 3

Work set to begin on church tower

REPAIR work is set to begin on the waterdamaged tower at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis later this month. Scaffolding will start going up on August 27 and work will begin on September 9, and is expected to take 15 weeks. REPORT, PAGE 3

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Parents fear pre-school Appeal launched for childcare could close in New Year after Lyme couple’s tragic loss PARENTS are continuing to fight for a long-term future for St Michael’s Pre-School in Lyme Regis. In July, St Michael’s Pre-School announced it would be closing down at the end of term, having run at a significant deficit since it was first set up and with an overspend of £20,000 anticipated for the current financial year. Parents were informed of the decision at a meeting a week before the proposed closure date, and expressed extreme disappointment over the short notice, as well as concern that their children would not be prepared for primary school without a suitable early years education facility in the town. The governors of St Michael’s Primary School, who also run the preschool, later reversed their decision and announced that the pre-school would re-open for the new term in September. A letter from chairman of the governors, Michaela Ellis, and headteacher Nick Kiddle explained that the decision had been reversed following consultation with Dorset Council. They said that the governors would undertake a series of consultations in September and October about the proposed future of the pre-school. However, parents are still concerned about the long-term future of the facility, with fears it could be closed down as soon as January 2020. A Pre-School Fundraising Group has now been set up with more than 30 members under the chairmanship of Cheryl Reynolds. The group plans to form a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which could run the pre-school as a charity. The group has already launched an online crowdfunding appeal, which can be supported at, and members took part in Saturday’s carnival procession, where they handed

FRANCESCA EVANS out 300 flyers to promote their cause. The group held its first formal meeting on Tuesday evening, when a number of fundraising ideas were discussed to take the pre-school through the autumn term and until parents have a better idea about its long-term future. Chairman Cheryl Reynolds reported that she had been in discussion with West Dorset MP Sir Oliver Letwin, who had advised that setting up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation was the best way to take the preschool forward. This would be a charity status group whose trustees would not be liable should the group become insolvent. CIOs are approved by school inspection body Ofsted and can be set up through the Charity Commission. It would have an appointed manager and a pre-school leader. In the meantime, the group is planning to continue talks with St Michael’s and Dorset Council as the education authority, as well as the town council to see what kind of support can be offered. Despite not being responsible for education, Lyme Regis Town Council has received some criticism over this issue, as it donated £40,000 to St Michael’s Parish Church in the same week it was announced that the preschool would close. Deputy mayor Jeff Scowen has also come under fire on social media, after pre-school campaigners claimed he was dismissive of their concerns at the carnival procession. Councillor Scowen has since said he would be happy to meet the group. Campaigners also reported that Dorset Council has refused to provide parents with transport to other preschools in the area.

CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE working full-time in the building trade and regularly playing with Lyme Regis Football Club. Until recently, Becca also balanced her role as a mum with working in a busy care home. The couple are now trying to get back to a regular routine for their two young daughters, but are struggling with childcare while they cope with their loss. Pete has returned to work but, physically and emotionally exhausted, Becca is thought to need at least eight weeks rest to recover from her surgery. Becca’s mum, Nicky Solway, and her partner Ted, as well as other family and friends, have stepped in wherever possible to allow Becca to recover. However, this has proved challenging as they also have work and other commitments of their own. Close family friend Patricia Williams has now launched a campaign named ‘Helping Hands for Four Smaller Hands’ with the aim of raising funds for professional childcare for the twins. Patricia commented: “As Becca commences her slow journey back to good physical and mental health, she needs more childcare assistance for Harper Skye and Lexie Rose than the immediate family are able to give. “Becca will head back to work as soon as she's able. These funds will


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help pay for funding until the end of the year and for a long weekend away for the family when Becca is ready. “Pete and Becca need to rebuild their lives and ensure the twins continue to thrive as busy toddlers. They need all the usual stimulation and daily adventures that two year olds do, and any contribution you can make to this fund will make that magic happen.” A bank account has been set up for donations with an administrator in place. Anyone who would like to donate should use the following bank details: Halifax account number 00471863, sort code 11-02-42. Lyme Regis Football Club, where Pete plays with the Rovers, will also be supporting the appeal by holding two meat draws this season. Tickets will be available to buy at the Davey Fort clubhouse every Saturday from tomorrow (August 17).

Green candidate Rob Smith wins by-election

Church tower repairs to begin this month

GREEN Party candidate Rob Smith has won a seat on Lyme Regis Town Council. Mr Smith won the town council by-election last Thursday with 255 votes. He beat former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Owen Lovell, who polled 230 votes, and former deputy mayor Steve Miller with 88 votes. The fourth candidate, Marine Theatre trustee Paul Edmonds, polled 77 votes. The turnout was 21.2 per cent. The by-election was called following the resignation of Cheryl Reynolds, just a week after retaining her seat in the May elections, and Mr Smith will now immediately take up the vacancy. Mr Smith, who moved to Lyme Regis two years ago, is a passionate environmentalist and supporter of the Turn Lyme Green and Plastic Free Lyme Regis groups. In his election address, Mr Smith said he would work closely with the new One Planet working group, which aims to bring local organisations together to live more sustainably, and would promote more employment opportunities and affordable housing. Mr Smith is also a member of Uplyme Church council and has performed with the Marine Players. He also stood as a Green Party candidate in the recent election for the new Dorset Council, but the seat to represent Lyme Regis and Charmouth was won by Conservative Daryl Turner.

REPAIR work is set to begin on the waterdamaged tower at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis later this month. Scaffolding will start going up around the tower on Tuesday, August 27 and, due to the complicated nature of the work, this will take about two weeks to erect. Specailist contractors Ellis & Co, from Somerset, are then scheduled to start work on Tuesday, September 9. They will be removing the pebble dash render from the church tower to asses the damage caused by water ingress. Repairs will be made to the timbers and walls of the tower, and it will then be rendered or left with the stone exposed depending on its condition. The work, which will also include repairing the church clock, is expected to take 15 weeks and should be completed in time for Christmas. The main entrance to St Michael’s is currently closed to the public, as plaster started falling from the walls in the baptistry due to the water damage. The north entrance is now being used instead, and this is expected to remain open for the duration of the works. Services should not be disrupted and the public footpath running through the churchyard will also remain open. St Michael’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) were able to give the go ahead for the work after Lyme Regis Town Council donated £40,000 towards the £150,000 project. The church needed to raise 80 per cent of the total cost before the diocese would allow work to begin. The council initially offered the church £25,000 but later increased it to £40,000 to help St Michael’s reach this target - a decision which has proved controversial with those who do not attend church.


THE tower at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis will have its recognisable pebble dash render removed However, members of the PCC and town council have emphasised that the grant was to preserve one of the most historically significant buildings in the town, and not about religion. St Michael’s Parish Church is the only grade I listed building in Lyme Regis - the Cobb eing classed as a structure, not a building and is open for the whole community to use everyday, as well as for special occasions such as weddings, christenings and funerals. The PCC is now concentrating on raising the remaining £30,000 needed to reach the total project cost and is holding regular fundraisers. If anyone would like to make a donation to St Michael’s or has any ideas for fundraising events, please contact Dawn Baker of the PCC on 01297 443478.

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Lyme pub chef jailed after violent attack A LYME Regis chef has been jailed following a violent attack on a man in Exeter. Alfie Valentine, aged 25, who lived and worked at the Cobb Arms in Lyme Regis, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 10 months at Exeter Crown Court on July 24. The incident took place in the early hours of June 10 last year, when Valentine and a group of friends got into a brawl outside the John Lewis store. A passer-by filmed the incident and was then chased by Valentine and three others down an alley and violently attacked. Valentine was seen on CCTV punching the man seven times before kicking him in the face three times, knocking some of his teeth out and injuring his jaw. He then left the scene before returning a few minutes later and kicking the man again. The incident was described in court as “pack agression” with Valentine in the lead. Rachel Smith, defending, said Valentine had been shocked by his own actions, had saved money to pay compensation and wanted to apologise to the victim.

Competitions for all at Skate Jam

LYME Regis skatepark will host a Skate Jam on Saturday, August 24 from 10am to 6pm. The event will include competitions for skateboarding, BMX and scooter enthusiasts in under and over 16s categories, plus music, food, a raffle and an appearances from special guests Ollie Palmer, from The Lab, and Eddy Belvidere from Death Skateboards. For more details search ‘Lyme Regis Skatepark Project’ on Facebook.

Former charity shop manager dies

THE former manager of the Tenovus Cancer Care shop in Lyme Regis, Janet McCallum, died on July 30. Janet was diagnosed with cancer in early May this year and passed away peacefully at Teeside Hospice in Middlesborough. The following day would have been Janet’s 58th birthday.







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Scout troop enjoys trip to French summer camp THE 1st Lym Valley Scouts enjoyed a trip to France last week for their summer camp. The Scouts, from Lyme Regis, Uplyme and across East Devon and West Dorset, enjoyed a week of water sports activities at PGL Mimosa on the Mediterranean, including sailing in catamarans, picos and funboats, playing on the rafts and large stand-up paddle boards, and snorkelling off the beach, as well as activities back on dry land and a visit to the historical city of Carcassonne, where they got the chance to see and shop in the citadel.

Three shouts in three days for lifeboat LYME Regis lifeboat crew was called out for the third time in three days on Sunday, when a dinghy capsized in strong winds. Two ex-professional sailors were rescued by the volunteer crew after their dinghy capsized 500m south of the town’s harbour. The lifeboat had been called out on the previous two days to people cut off by the tide in stormy conditions.

New defibrillators installed thanks to grant from Tesco TWO new defibrillators have recently been installed in Lyme Regis, thanks to a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. The South Western Ambulance Charity received the grant after shoppers voted for their favourite local causes to receive funding raised from the plastic carrier bag charge, and they contacted local organisation Lyme Heartbeat to arrange the installation on ongoing management of the equipment. These potentially lifesaving devices are now fully operational and registered with the South Western Ambulance Service. One is located outside Holmbush Café in Holmbush car park, Pound Street, and the other is situated outside Hallett Court Community Centre in Queen’s Walk. Rob James of Lyme Heartbeat commented: “Increased public access to defibrillators results in more people receiving a lifesaving shock as quickly as possible, giving them the best possible chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest. “We are grateful to the South Western Ambulance

Charity and the Tesco Bags of Help scheme for providing two new units for the town which adds to the four other units we’ve installed.” The South Western Ambulance Charity is supporting defibrillator placement, maintenance and training across the region. A defibrillator is a device used to give an electric shock to help restart a patient’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest. When someone has a cardiac arrest, the heart stops and blood is no longer being pumped around their body. The longer they go without emergency life support, the harder it is to restart their heart. Once in cardiac arrest, for every minute that passes a person loses a further 10 per cent chance of survival. If a defibrillator is readily available, patients are six times more likely to survive. Full details of Lyme Heartbeat can be found on their website at or by following the organisation on social media. The website features a database and map of the 24-hour public access defibrillators currently operational in the town

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Dorset County Show supports GO Girls charity THE annual Dorset County Show will be supporting local charities at this year’s event, including cancer charity, GO Girls. The popular county show attracts more than 55,000 visitors and is a firm favourite in everyone’s calendars each year, for both locals and visitors to the area. This year its chosen charities will include the Dorset-based GO Girls, which supports women with gynaecological cancers. The show takes place on the weekend of September 7 and 8. Children go free and tickets can be purchased from the website

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LYME Regis Library is promoting the Summer Reading Challenge – the UK’s biggest free reading for pleasure event for children. Organised by national charity The Reading Agency, the event aims to keep children reading while they are enjoying their summer holiday and local businesses have donated prizes for children who complete the task. For details call the library on 01297 443151.

Monmouth Street window POLICE are appealing for information after two large rocks were thrown through the window of a property in Monmouth Street, Lyme Regis. The incident of criminal damage took place at about 11.05pm on Thursday, August 1. Officers attended and carried out a search of the area but the offenders were not located. Anyone with information should call police on 101.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who collected their A-level results yesterday, especially those from the Woodroffe School who outdid themselves once again (see page 18). I have to admit, covering A-level results day has never been my favourite job. Returning to Woodroffe year after year to watch students nervously open their envelopes brings back a mix of emotions. While I enjoyed my time at Woodroffe for the most part, I was never particularly good at exams. Admittedly I spent more time socialising than I did studying in my final year of sixth form, meaning I fell short of my predicted results and didn’t get into my chosen university. On results day I reacted the same way most 18 year olds would; I swiftly stuffed my results back in their envelope, avoided my parents and headed to the beach to celebrate with friends. The next morning, when I sheepishly had to face mum and dad and actually deal with the situation, I remember thinking I had messed everything up, like it was the end of the world. I decided to take a year out instead of going through the university clearing process, training as a reporter at the former View From Newspapers and visiting my sister in Australia. I applied to different universities and eventually received a couple of offers to study journalism based on my work experience, rather than my grades. The following September I started my degree in Southampton, feeling much more prepared than I would have had I rushed to pick a course the previous summer, and three years later I graduated with First Class Honours. It will always be one of my

proudest achievements. If anyone has woken up today feeling less than optimistic after yesterday’s results, please don’t be too disheartened. Life is really just getting started and not everyone has to follow the same path. Congratulations too, to Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee, for another great week of seaside fun and games. The small committee of volunteers was really up against it last week as stormy weather threatened to put a damp end to celebrations, but they worked hard and managed to pull off a programme of more than 50 events with few cancellations. See pages 1013 for our full photo coverage. The grand carnival procession on Saturday night was a brilliant finale. Lyme may not have the biggest or brightest carnival procession in the local area, but community spirit shone through and there was a great atmosphere. I can’t let this week’s column pass without mentioning the newly relaunched Whole Hog in Broad Street, now run by the Alner family. It was possibly the most anticipated shop re-opening of all time and queues were out the door as we were finally able to tuck into tasty pork baps again this week - get in line if you haven’t tried it yet!

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Submit your short stories Busy start to summer for writing competition for RNLI lifeguards CHARMOUTH Library is launching a competition for writers across Dorset and Devon. Writers are being invited to take on the challenging task of submitting a complete stories in just 50 words. Entry forms and rules are available from local outlets in Charmouth or online at

RNLI lifeguard teams in West Dorset have been working hard to prevent and respond to incidents as crowds flock to the beaches during the summer holidays. Sunday, July 28 was particularly busy, as lifeguards assisted about 13 people safely back to shore, most of whom were in danger due to using inflatables.

Star-studded line up for folk festival THIS month sees the return of the ever popular Lyme Folk Weekend, back for its eighth year and with a programme that once again puts the event at the forefront of folk events in the South West. Headline gigs will be held at the Marine Theatre, including a welcome return to Lyme for Jon Boden for the first time since the inaugural festival in 2013. The festival will be held from Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1 with a full programme of events scheduled including free entertainment on the seafront. See the website for details.


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LYME MATTERS with Philip Evans Essential reading for all those with Lyme at heart

Recognition at last for gold disc winner’s home-town record tribute My favourite track TOWN WHERE YOUR DADDY WAS BORN Well now my son We’re a long way from home Do you like it here? This is the town Where your daddy was born Now the sky is so clear. So let’s you and I take a walk And man to man we can talk About the town The town where your daddy was born. Do you understand When I tell you this town is Twelve hundred years old? Yes, that’s older than granddad Now this is the place Where they traded and sold And painters would sit by the sea To capture the lost memories Of the town Town where your daddy was born. Chorus: A king has slept here An artist has lived here A writer once wrote here A battle’s been fought here A duke has landed on the shore In this town The town where your daddy was born.

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YME celebrated the 1200th anniversary of its first settlement with a year-long festival in 1974.

I have very fond memories of this very special occasion as I was appointed organiser of Lyme 1200. Alderman Douglas Fortnam chaired the organising committee and local girl Valerie Curtis was my adminstration assistant. We worked voluntarily out of an office in the old Borough Council HQ in Broad Street. The Lyme 1200 celebrations were launched at a New Year’s Ball in December 1973, organised at the Woodroffe School by the Rotary Club. The festival events were many and varied and involved virtually every organisation and activity in the town, featuring many of Lyme’s historical events with a number of social gatherings including a ball at which the famous Joe Loss Orchestra provided the music. Another event was the Lyme 1200 Banquet, also at the Woodroffe, at which the guest speaker was the poet John Betjeman. Highlight of that event was an appearance by Lyme-born singersongwriter Adrian Loveridge who flew over from Los Angeles especially to sing the four songs he had composed to mark the celebrations in his home town. Adrian, whose stage name was Adrian St James, was the son of Jack and Estella Loveridge who emigrated to the United States in 1955 when Adrian was eight years-old. Adrian became quite a name in the Californian music business, both as a performer but particularly as a song writer. He won a Gold Disc for writing a number called ‘Loving You Baby’, sung by the late Laura Branigan which sold 500,000 copies. I worked alongside Adrian to get the four songs he penned for Lyme 1200 laid down as an EP titled ‘My Town’. The four songs were called ‘Lyme Regis Down By The Bay’, ‘Town Where Your Daddy Was Born’, ‘One More Time’ and ‘Island By The Sea’. My favourite was ‘Town Where Your Daddy Was Born’ (see lyrics in the panel to the left) but I thought all of them were excellent compositions with Adrian succeeding in getting references to Lyme’s colourful history into the lyrics. Adrian returned to Lyme to live many years later and, under his real name, he wrote two songs - ‘Forever Beautiful’ and ‘Queen of Hearts’ - in memory of Princess Diana from the people of Lyme Regis which were recorded onto a casette. A number of people on social media have enquired about Adrian’s EP after local musician

THE ‘My Town’ EP by Adrian Loveridge and the tribute casette he recorded in memory of Princess Diana Andy Cable said he had found a copy and asked about the process of coverting the vinyl record to something more appropriate for this digital age. A number came forward to say they had a copy and thought the songs were excellent. Adrian was the brother of Les Loveridge who joined his family in LA in 1957 but returned to his home town several years later. He’s a former chairman and life-member of Lyme Regis Football Club. Adrian found Lyme a much different place than when he left as a youngster and unfortunately he died at the age of 52. Mr and Mrs Loveridge, both deceased, returned to Lyme for holidays many times over the years and kept in touch with local affairs, pre-

senting trophies to the football club and the Royal British Legion, both of which are much coveted today. Mr Loveridge, a painter and decorator, served in the Royal Navy during the war. I have often thought over the years that Adrian did not really get the recognition he deserved for the ‘My Town’ EP and it’s gratifying to see that a number of people have now shown some appreciation. Les gave the Gold Disk to the museum but they returned it because they did not think it was an appropriate exhibit. I’m looking into getting the four songs converted to an MP3 audio file so we can put it up on the LymeOnline website to get a wider audience.

Three Cups’ beauty exposed HERE’s an unusual occurrence in Lyme Regis - mutterings of praise for local brewery Palmer’s. Having stood as a much-criticised eyesore in Broad Street for three decades, the frontage of the former Three Cups Hotel has been returned to its former glory, demonstrating what a beautiful building it is. But don’t get too excited. I don’t think we can assume that the full development of the site is about to begin, although we are

assured some preparatory work has commenced at the rear. Plans for the Cups include a retail outlet on the ground floor, two luxury flats above, a couple of town houses, possibly a small retail outlet or two, a 60-seat restaurant overlooking the bay with beach-hut type overnight chalets and an underground car park. At the time it was estimated that the investment would be in excess of £5 million. Now it is rumoured this has increased con-

siderably following trial tests on the ground stability at the rear of the property. I’m told that Lyme Regis Town Council put pressure on the Bridport-based brewery to do something about the decaying frontage which was becoming a danger to pedestrians. It would be good if the council could exert more pressure to get Palmers to do a clean-up job on the side wall which is clearly visible from Broad Street and looks like an abandoned industrial site.

It’s a step in the right direction getting the frontage looking as though this historic building is being cared for. When we last enquired about the project we were told by a Palmer’s representatives that it was the intention to proceed with the overall plan but engineering difficulties had been experienced at the rear of the site. Having tidied up the front, town councillors will be anxious to press Palmer’s to get on with the job.

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Gig club members complete Mediterranean charity row

MEMBERS of Bermuda Pilot Gig Club with Marcus Dixon, chairman of Lyme Regis Gig Club; the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE; mayoress Wendy Larcombe; and John Dover, chairman of the Lyme Regis/St George’s Twinning Association

Bermuda rowers twin with Lyme LYME Regis and Bermuda gig clubs have officially twinned, furthering links across the Atlantic Ocean. The town of Lyme Regis has been twinned with St George’s in Bermuda since 1996 to honour historic connections forged by Admiral Sir George Somers in the 1600s. A former Mayor of Lyme Regis and local MP, Sir George went on to found Bermuda in the name of King James I after being shipwrecked off the islands on the way to help the beleaguered settlers of the new English colony, Jamestown, in Virginia. A party from Lyme Regis visits St George’s every April and a reciprocal visit is made to Lyme every July. And now further friendships are spanning across the Atlantic Ocean, as Lyme Regis and Bermuda gig clubs have officially twinned. Members of Bermuda Pilot Gig Club visited last week for Lyme Regis Gig Club’s annual regatta, which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to stormy weather conditions. But the poor weather was perhaps appropriate for the official twinning, as it was a great storm

that brought these two communities together when Sir George was shipwrecked in 1609. A reception was held at Lyme Regis Sailing Club on Sunday evening, where declarations officially twinning the two clubs were signed and gifts were exchanged between members. Marcus Dixon, chairman of Lyme Regis Gig Club, said it had been a dream of his to forge links with Bermuda since the club was set up in 2007 and he looked forward to building friendships between members during future visits. John Dover, chairman of the Lyme Regis/St George’s Twinning Association, gave those attending some historical background to the links between Lyme and Bermuda, and the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, also attended and spoke about the important connections between the two communities. Despite being unable to go out on the water over the weekend, members of Bermuda Pilot Gig Club commented on how much they had enjoyed their visit to Lyme Regis, which they described as “the place where Bermuda began”. A party from Lyme Regis is now planning to visit Bermuda for their regatta in October.

Pantomime society hosting auditions for 2020 production

NEIL Wittridge and Roger Brine from Lyme Regis Gig Club (pictured far right) with their team mates having completed the row, and right, heading out of the marina at the start line TWO members of Lyme Regis Gig Club completed a 75-mile charity row in the Mediterranean last month. Roger Brine and Neil Wittridge were among a team of five, named Team Endurance, to compete in the NOMAN Is An Island race to raise awareness of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) related cancer in men and women while campaigning for a universal vaccination. The parallels of the challenge reflected the charity’s aim; the race to end HPV, which 80 per cent of the worldwide population comes into contact with during their lifetime. The race was initially set to take place over a 200-mile route between Ibiza and Barcelona, but adverse weather conditions meant it had to be cut to a 75-mile course from Palma, Mallorca, to Barcelona. Neil commented: “Given that the conditions were not perfect - quite a lot of wind and a fairly substantial swell - Team Endurance powered off

the start line at 10am on Monday, July 29, took an early lead and were never caught, crossing the finishing line at 2.58am Tuesday, July 30, a time of 16 hours 58 minutes and almost two hours clear of the second boat home. “Any initial disappointment at not being able to complete the intended row was forgotten in what was a truly exhilarating experience. “We would like to thank our team mates, Marty and Steve from New Zealand and Marcel from Holland, who it was a pleasure and privilege to row with. “We would also like to thank the people of Lyme Regis for their support. To date between us we have raised just over £8,000 for the Noman Is An Island charity.” You can still sponsor the team by visiting and searching for Neil Wittridge or Roger Brine.

The Lyme Regis Pantomime Society


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FOLLOWING their hugely successful production of ‘Snow White’ earlier this year, the talented Lyme Regis Pantomime Society are busy preparing for their 2020 show, to be staged at the Woodmead Halls from February 19 to 22. For their 36th production they are staging ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ by Norman Robbins under the direction of Sarah Causley. This is the tale of penniless Dame Foxtrot who doesn't know her old grandfather clock is a magical possession. Years ago the Fairy Queen locked the wicked Black Imp, who menaced Fairyland, inside the clock. If the clock ever struck one the imp would be freed, so the queen took away the key. But the Wicked Wizard steals the key, frees the imp, and seeks to destroy Fairyland by using him to get the magic Jewel of Miracles. All is set for a terrific battle between the goodies and the baddies in true pantomime fashion. The society is always looking for new members to join their friendly group, whether it is as a principal character, part of the amazing chorus or as part of the essential production and backstage crew. If you are interested in being part of the show, auditions are being held in early September and everyone from school Year 7 and up, are welcome.

On Monday, September 2 there will be a full read through of the script where anyone interested in being part of the cast or crew are encouraged to come along and see what the show is all about. Tuesday, September 3 will host the character auditions for anyone wishing to have a part in the show. Audition pieces will be available from August 18 by emailing Once you have decided what part or parts you would like to audition for you will need to register your interest, full details will be in the audition pack. Wednesday, September 4 will be the singing auditions for the principal characters. All of these will be held at 7.30pm in the St Michael’s Church Hall in Church Street, Lyme Regis. If you are interested in joining the wonderful and energetic chorus the society would love to see you at the read through on Monday, September 2 where you can register your interest but you will not be required at the other auditions. The first chorus rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 11, 7.30pm at the church hall. If you would like to discuss any aspects of the production with the director, call Sarah on 07788 946 427.

Monday September 2nd to Wednesday September 5th 2019 7.30pm in the Parish Church Hall With an abundance of main roles and chorus positions, there really is something for everyone in this show. Please email for more information and audition material. All those interested are invited to attend a read through on September 2nd. All welcome!

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Town councillors meet public and promote ‘going green’ at beach event LYME Regis residents and visitors had the opportunity to meet town councillors and members of the new One Planet Working Group during Regatta & Carnival Week.

Seven members of the recentlyelected Lyme Regis Town Council were available to listen to people's questions, comments and suggestions and to discuss matters of concern at a beach stall set up on Marine Parade last Thursday. Compliments and suggestions for improvement in the town were offered on street lighting, the public gardens, recycling, placement of waste bins, overhanging vegetation and Japanese Knotweed. Despite some negative comments seen on social media in recent weeks, the overwhelming majority of conversations were positive and supportive of the town council's work. The cleanliness of the beaches, seafront and gardens were particularly praised by residents and visitors alike. Members of the public were also particularly interested in the council's beach wheelchairs, which are free to hire, and the displays on Plastic Free Lyme’s initiatives to reduce plastic waste, including the Refill scheme, which was supported by Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee during the week with a free water refill station on Marine

Parade. Councillors who also volunteer for the Lyme Regis Foodbank manned a stall to publicise the need for donations of non-perishable food, goods for babies and essential toiletries. Since last May, the foodbank has provided 471 ‘person/weeks’ of food - the equivalent of feeding a family of four for just over three years - to those people in need who are referred by one of 19 professionally-responsible groups, including GPs, Citizens Advice Bureau and Magna Housing. The service is organised by LymeForward, run by volunteers and opens every Wednesday morning at The Hub in Church Street. The new One Planet Working Group (OPWG) also had a stall. The group was set up after the town council unanimously agreed to declare a climate and environmental emergency, to co-ordinate community efforts towards achieving some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and to support the council to fulfil its pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030. Chairman Simon West explained: “Our mission was to raise awareness of the group and encourage new members to get involved. We aim to enable residents, visitors, businesses and other organisations to become carbon neutral by 2030. It's an ambitious target but we're using the framework of the United Nation's Sustainable Development

Goals which offer a workable blueprint to achieve it. “We also conducted a visitor survey on the seafront to find out how far people had travelled to get here, how long they were in the area for and the type and size of vehicle or transport used. This will enable us to estimate the carbon footprint of our visitors and it'll be the first PICTURED from left, Simon and Tracey West of the One Planet Working Group; Councillor David Ruffle; mayoress step towards finding Wendy Larcombe; the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE; councillors Belinda Bawden, Gillian out what needs to be Stammers and Stan Williams done to offset the carthe One Planet Working Group is to nity’s desire for positive action on the bon created by their journeys." OPWG member Tracey West added: “I identify environmental issues just like climate and environmental crisis, and spoke to well over 100 people, predom- this. They'll be able to present their emphasising public support for the new inantly tourists but also locals and day findings to the town council, who have council’s environmental initiatives. Councillor Belinda Bawden, who orvisitors from neighbouring towns and three councillors in the group. It is counties. It was noteworthy that many hoped that together, they'll be able to ganised the beach stalls, would like to said they would use public transport find swift solutions to some of the prob- thank the Regatta & Carnival Commitmore to explore the area, if we had bet- lems visitors and residents face." tee for offering the opportunity to meet Details of the One Planet Working members of the community and visitors ter options to do so. “Also, interestingly, many tourists said Group are available on the website enjoying their events, as well as fellow they were quite cross about holiday lets Later that day, environmentalist and town councillors and OPWG supporters that gave no instructions on how they who contributed so enthusiastically to should/could recycle their rubbish. Green Party candidate Rob Smith the success of the public engagement was elected as the new town councillor Some committed green visitors said they were going to take it home, others (see page 3), underlining the commu- initiative. said they didn't have the time to deal with it but were disappointed that this fundamental point hadn't been dealt with. “One of the aims of


NEWS FROM CITIZENS ADVICE IN addition to the help and support it provides each year to more than 2,000 people living locally, Citizens Advice campaigns hard to protect all consumers and has just had another notable success. A year ago the charity submitted a ‘super complaint’ to the Competition and Markets Authority pointing out that customers who remained loyal to their existing supplier were frequently being penalised. It particularly highlighted five essential markets – mobile, broadband, home insurance, mortgages and savings – where it said that the ‘loyalty penalty’ was unfair to consumers. As a result, Ofcom, the regulator for the telecommunications industry, has now launched a major consultation exercise with the aim of enabling mobile phone customers in future to be able to shop around with confidence, so they can make informed choices and get a fair deal. Citizens Advice has also been named as the preferred option to be the new statutory consumer advocate for telecoms, replicating the arrangements in energy and post. Gillian Guy, its chief executive, said: “Despite broadband and mobile services being essential to our daily lives, right now consumers lack a voice when things go wrong. “A dedicated telecoms consumer advocate will finally bring this in line with other industries and will help the regulator do its job holding providers to account. Loyal customers who stick with their broadband and mobile providers pay hundreds of pounds more a year.”   This is the fourth ‘super complaint’ Citizens Advice has made since being given the power to do so in 2002. The one it launched in 2005 highlighting the problems with payment protection insurance has helped generate a huge win for consumers, with at least £35.7billion so far having been returned to customers in refunds and compensation. Citizens Advice also acts as the official consumer watchdog for energy, and wants to see

radical reform in this sector to protect customers as new technologies are introduced in this fast-changing industry. In a new report looking at how customers access gas and electricity, it is looking at how householders and small businesses could benefit from different ways of buying energy. These could include consumers being able to trade power locally, agreeing to a fixed price for a set level of comfort, or getting a better deal by only using appliances at certain times. Local offices of Citizens Advice already help 80,000 people with energy supply problems every year, and Gillian Guy commented: “The Government’s recent adoption of a net zero carbon emissions target means big changes in how we access energy are on the way. “New innovations in the way we heat and light our homes will bring benefits for many. The danger is that some of the most vulnerable in society end up excluded from these exciting developments.” Help from Citizens Advice is free, confidential and impartial and it holds two advice sessions in Lyme Regis each week. They are on Mondays between 10am and 12noon at Lyme Regis Medical Centre in Uplyme Road, DT7 3LS and on Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm at St Michael's Business Centre, DT7 3DB, in the centre of the town. No appointment is required. Anyone is also welcome to seek help at its offices in South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY every weekday between 10am and 3pm or can contact Citizens Advice by email on or by telephone on 03442-451291, which gets you through to the Dorset AdviceLine. For people just wanting help with Universal Credit claims they can contact Citizens Advice on a national freephone number which is 0800144-8-444 and a webchat support service is available through its website.

PAST and present members of Uplyme Brownies said a final farewell to the troop on Saturday, as it closed after almost 70 years. Due to a decline in numbers and volunteers, Brownie leaders have taken the difficult decision to close the branch, which was first established in 1950. A special event was held at Uplyme Village Hall on Saturday, where young members enjoyed playing games and former members reminisced over tea, coffee and cake and looked through old photos and Brownies merchandise.

UPLYME Pre-school held a special ceremony for the children moving on to ‘big school’ this September. Children enjoyed a busy week leading up to the summer holiday, including a trip to Pecorama in Beer where they rode on the trains and used the soft play area. The children were also treated to a pirate party, where they dressed up and played games followed the next day by end of term celebrations, when 21 children all received their leaving certificate, leaver’s mug and book watched by family and friends. The staff wished all the children good luck and said it had been a pleasure to watch them develop during their time at Uplyme Pre-school. For further details on Uplyme Pre-school, email Annie on

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Storms fail to dampen carnival spirit LYME Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee defied stormy weather conditions to pull off another successful week of fundraising events. The 71st Regatta & Carnival Week started with a bang, as the committee jointly hosted a firework display with the organisers of Lifeboat Week, which had just finished. Throughout the week, more than 50 events were held with plenty to keep the children entertained, including a teddy bear’s picnic, sand sports, pavement art, treasure hunts and other competitions. The open air cinema returned to Lister Gardens, screening the 1980s classic ‘Top Gun’ and family friendly ‘Wallace & Gromit’. Live music was also held on the seafront throughout the week and, on the water, Lyme Regis Sailing Club hosted its annual regatta and Lyme Splash held the only sea water polo championship in the UK (see page 13). As stormy weather rolled in during the latter part of the week, some events had to be cancelled, including the torchlight procession and gig club regatta, but the small committee of vol-

Words and photos by Francesca Evans unteers managed to go ahead with most of the programme. The week was topped off with a successful carnival procession on Saturday night, featuring many local organisations and families, Bournemouth Youth Marching Band, Street Heat Samba Band and Lyme Regis Majorettes. Alan Vian of Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee commented: “We were very pleased with the week despite the inclement weather towards the end. “The small committee were grateful for the support from individuals who helped organise the events each day and from the support of local businesses and the town council staff. “It was good to see so many people enjoying their holidays as a family. Many have already booked again for next year’s Carnival Week.”

THE Bournemouth Youth Marching Band in the grand carnival procession

MEMBERS of Lyme Regis Power Boat Club in the summer spirit

THE local Fitsteps class, led by instructor Sarah Causley, danced their way through the town


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THE Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, and mayoress Wendy Larcombe, wave to the crowds as they are driven down Broad Street in the carnival procession

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THE Lyme Regis/St George’s Twinning Association dressed in historical costume for the carnival

LYME Regis Christmas Lights Committee’s ‘Calendar Girls’ entry

A SEASIDE theme entry complete with thieving seagulls kept the crowds entertained. Right, five-year-old Noah Turner won over the crowds in his ambulance car, dressed in matching outfit to his dad, Lyme’s chief fire officer and first responder Virgil Turner

HENRY and Hetty Hoovers get married. Right, Lyme Regis Taekwondo Club and, far right, Weldmar Hospiceare Trust entered a ‘Lion King’ theme float for their 25th anniversary - the biggest float seen in Lyme carnival for several years

LYME Regis Majorettes in Saturday’s carnival procession. Right, Lyme Regis Youth Football Club

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CROWDS enjoyed screenings of ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit’ at the open air cinema in Lister Gardens

STREET Heat Samba Band in the carnival procession. Below and below right, Alan Vian leads the junior town crier competition

PICTURED above, children enjoyed the Lego challenge. Above right, a big crowd turned out for the annual dog show, judged by Sharon Foxhall

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TEAMS from acrosss the UK competed in the championship. Below, sponsors Annie and Sam Hanbury of Baboo Gelato present medals to the winners

Lyme Regis hosts successful water polo championship ALMOST 500 players and supporters took part in the third UK Sea Water Polo Championship, organised by Lyme Splash as part of Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week. The event, held at the town’s historic Cobb harbour, is now the only sea water polo championship in the country. Over the weekend, more than 40 games were played by 18 teams from across the UK, with nine women’s teams to the men’s seven and two mixed amateur teams. Sponsors Annie and Sam Hanbury of Baboo Gelato presented re-usable water bottles to the winners and medals to both winners and runners up. Mrs Hanbury commented: “This is the third year we have sponsored this tremendous event. It builds year on year and we are proud to have helped its success and support our local community. Water polo is definitely back in Lyme Regis!" Players enjoyed camping over the weekend at Haye Farm and a barbecue social evening at Lyme Regis Power Boat Club, with raffle prizes donated by Wyvern Water Polo, finishing off with the firework display organised jointly by the Regatta & Carnival Committee and Lifeboat Week volunteers. Karen Durham-Diggins, chairman of Lyme Splash, commented: “We certainly exceeded expectations! The teams really enjoyed the challenge together with a fun atmosphere. “Many had never played in the sea, a few got a little cold but soon warmed up in the players centre based in The Fishing College, generously given to us by Steve Postles, with a watchful eye from our paramedics and plenty of tea, coffee and Moores biscuits! “The harbourmaster’s team, volunteers, ASA referees, officials and Fred Fowler from Brid-

port Barracudas all deserve a special mention. “Our new goal posts from Lyme Regis Town Council’s grant had their first outing too and performed excellently! “We’ve heard from people who have watched the games last year sign up to clubs and we are intending to add friendly games during the year as well as the championship next year. “We’ll be trying to get together a youth team soon. More details will be announced soon. Water Polo is back on the map in Lyme Regis!” Results were as follows: Women: - 1st Southampton Sirens, 2nd Welsh Warriors. Men - 1st Valley Dragons/Cwm Draig, 2nd Exeter & Taunton. Amateur - 1st Lyme Launchers, 2nd Lyme Luggers.

PICTURED above and below left, crowds lined the River Lim for the annual Regatta & Carnival Week duck race. Below right, Graham Smart and Evie Hopkins, winners of the new Welly Wanging Championship held on the beach


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Jazz supper for local cancer charity LOCAL organisations are banding together at the end of summer to help raise funds for local charity, Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support, with an evening of jazz and curry. The event will be held on Friday, September 6 in Uplyme Village Hall, with music from La Vie en Rose, who were a firm favourite with audiences during the Jazz Jurassica festival in Lyme Regis earlier this year. Jazz Jurassica is helping to co-ordinate the event and said it will bring together “great jazz and great food in aid of a great cause for a really great Friday night out”. La Vie en Rose (pictured right) play the kind of gypsy jazz and hot swing organisers say will get toes tapping and pulses racing. Julie Sheppard from Jazz Jurassica said: “With their hot fiddles and slaptastic bass, La Vie en Rose never fail to deliver a truly pul-

sating, uplifting performance. They’re a classy act and enormous fun.” Khushi Kitchen, based in Kilmington, is providing a curry supper based on authentic Indian recipes using locally sourced ingredients. This local business has a well-deserved reputation for high quality and delicious homemade food. Lyme Regis Brewery will be running the bar. The brewery is making a name for itself in the Lyme Regis area for its innovative craft beers and its revitalising presence at Town Mill with its welcoming Tap Room and programme of events. For Julie, this event has special significance. “I lost both my parents to cancer and several close friends. So, whether you’re affected by cancer personally or through friends and family we want you to know that you’re not alone

and there’s support available locally,” she commented. “This event’s organised by local people for the benefit of locals.” The founder of Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support, Mary Kahn, added: “We’ve been running for nearly a year and have been overwhelmed by the support from the local community. “The funds we raise from the evening will go towards offering local people local support so they don’t have to travel far to get the help they need – whether that’s advice, therapies, practical help or just someone to talk to.

We’re able to support anyone affected with any cancer. “We hope people will come and support the evening.” Tickets for the fundraising event, costing £25 including supper, must be bought in advance from or call 01297 442138. Parking available. All proceeds will go to Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support. For more information on the work of the charity, visit the website

This month at the Marine Catch up with Lyme’s Little Theatre by the Sea

MY mother had high hopes for me as a child; she told me how useful it would be to know how to play the piano so when I was invited to a party I’d be able to entertain the gathered guests with my keyboard skills. There wasn’t much call for the pianoforte at the parties I went to… But at least it means I can speak to our visiting artists with some degree of knowledge and with the number of great music gigs we’ve had that goes a long way. Mind you, Paul Lamb who was here in July would definitely be welcome to the party because he’d be able to tuck his instrument in his back pocket. He plays the harmonica like I’ve never heard. Then there was Philip Clouts’ brilliant Petites Annonces: Gypsy Jazz that played to a packed auditorium on a hot and sunny Bastille Day. Not that I’m supporting a revolution, although with another new town councillor and the completely bonkers Borris taking the helm, I wonder if there is trouble brewing. Did you come along to the T Rextasy gig? That Friday was right in the middle of the latest storm but it didn’t stop the Marc Bolan fans from rocking up to a very loud and lively gig. When the band arrived I expected long hair, exotic aromas and a gentle spaced-out look. I offered them a beer and they asked if we had any soya milk for a cuppa, then when they asked about vegan food options - that really threw me. Two Tesco microwaved meals later, all was right with the world. We’ve had more wedding parties visiting to see if we are the right place for their special day, they’re always surprised when I say our licence means they can hold the ceremony in four different locations including the

Marine Bar. At least they wouldn’t have far to walk for the ‘welcome drinks’. One couple were so happy they signed on the dotted line there and then. Then there’s the wine tasting session that’s always fun, especially when they ask my opinion… rude not to. When the RNLI held their fundraising ‘Mamma Mia!’ night here, it was so popular they ended up turning people away which didn’t go down very well with some and sadly one of the young helpers got an ear bashing. Pre-booking is essential if you want to avoid disappointment #justsayin Talking of sell-outs, what about the live screening of ‘Fleabag’? Sold out within the week so now we’re running an encore and sales for that are flying off the shelves. We shall be getting in extra wine and prosecco for that night. Someone dropped in last week to take a trip down memory lane and with our history we do get quite a few people wanting to step back in time. Laura performed here back in the 1980s alongside Sylvia Lee who is still part of the Marine Players’ committee. Thinking back, whilst my mum was trying to look for openings into certain social circles for me, I always dreamed of getting the school ‘deportment’ badge, my eldest sister won it at least twice; so not only did I not get into the right circles, my deportment was not up to scratch either. Perhaps I need to start learning the harmonica.

Sophia Moseley

Theatre manager

‘Austin Powers’ star to appear at Lyme Regis Comedy Club FOUR acts are on the bill at the Bank Holiday edition of Lyme Regis Comedy Club, headlined by a woman with a unique perspective and racy brand of comedy. Tanyalee Davis’s solo show ‘Little Do They Know’ hints at her 3’ 6” stature. She’s appeared in films such as ‘Austin Powers’ and supported Frankie Boyle on tour. In January 2011, the Canadian comedian performed her one woman show, four nights a week for six months just off the Las Vegas strip. Tanyalee has appeared on ‘Live At The Apollo’, ‘The Last Leg’ and ‘The John Bishop Show’. As an actor, she has starred in films such as ‘El Matador’, ‘For Da Love Of Money’ and ‘Austin Powers 3: Goldmember’. This special Bank Holiday edition of Lyme Regis Comedy Club will be held at the Marine Theatre on Sunday, August 25. Other acts on

the bill include CariAnne and Simon Lomas, with resident compere Tom Glover. The bar will open at 7pm for an 8pm start. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door, with 10 per cent discount for theatre members. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

The Harbour Inn - celebrating 15 years in Lyme!


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Lyme book launch for one of nation’s favourite poets PAM Ayres, one of the nation’s favourite poets, will visit the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis later this year for the first time in her 40-year career. Pam (pictured below) wil be launching her book of poetry, ‘Up In The Attic’, a brand new collection of versus, and will sign copies at this special event. With the same magic that has enchanted her fans for more than four decades, Pam’s new collection is, at times, side-splittingly funny, and at others reflective and profound. From the horror of playing host in ‘The Dinner Party’ to the poignant ‘Up in the Attic’, in which Pam is deluged by memories when searching for an old document, this special event will tickle and move readers in equal measure. Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster

and entertainer for more than 40 years. She is the author of several best-selling poetry books, including ‘The Works’, ‘Surgically Enhanced’, ‘You Made Me Late Again!’ and ‘The Last Hedgehog’. Pam’s autobiography, ‘The Necessary Aptitude’, was also a best-seller when it was published in 2011. On radio, she is a regular on ‘Just A Minute’, six series of her own ‘Ayres On The Air’, and has appeared twice on the legendary ‘Desert Island Discs’. The Mail on Sunday wrote: “Pam Ayres is absolutely essential to British humour, reminding us all to be tickled by the small joys and ridiculousness of everyday life. It’s not something poets often do – they’re usually too deep in love, death and angst.” Pam will be appearing at the Marine Theatre

on Monday, December 2, with the bar opening at 2pm for a 3pm start. Tickets cost £10 in advance and on the door, with a 10 per cent discount for members. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit the website

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Knit & Knatter Lyme Regis Library, 2.30pm A friendly group who meet weekly to chat and knit over a cup of tea - all welcome. Friday @ The Pilot The Pilot Boat, 9pm Weekly live music nights at the Pilot Boat, this week with Osk & Lotty.

Music: Corduroy Marine Theatre, 7.30pm Having first found fame in the 90s, the ‘Fabric Four’ returned to the iconic Acid Jazz label last year and are all set for another adventure in upbeat funk and jazz. Tickets £18.50 in advance or £22 on the door - call 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 7.30pm for 8.30pm start. Live DJs @ SWIM SWIM, 8pm Resident DJs Tom Juno, James Baker & Friends play every Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at SWIM on Marine Parade.

Sunday, August 18

AMIDST the self-conscious Brit-Pop excesses of the nineties, the NME Reader’s Best Live Act awards placed the jaunty band Corduroy in its top five. The funk band returned to Gilles Peterson’s iconic Acid Jazz Records label last year and are now all set for a concert at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis tomorrow (Saturday). Corduroy arrived on the Acid Jazz scene in early 1992. Self-styled as the Fabric Four, they cut a striking presence with their soundtrack for the beatific generation, dressed in black turtle-neck sweaters with goatee beards. Behind the flummery though, there was music that captured hearts and minds; three albums, ‘Dad Man Cat’, ‘High Havoc’ and ‘Out Of Here’ for Acid Jazz that drew on their unifying love of 60s and 70s TV themes and film soundtracks, then two, ‘The New You’ and ‘Clik’, for Big Cat. The Acid Jazz trilogy will be reissued later this year; the later through Well Suspect Records. Their influence stretched even further; a favourite of Blur, they’d play their early records on their tour bus as they were formulating their ideas for the ‘Parklife’ album and ‘British Image #1’ – Corduroy’s imprint is writ large over Brit-

Sunday Craft Market The Pilot Boat, 10am A weekly Sunday craft market at the Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis. Call 01297 443157 to book a stall. Live DJs @ SWIM SWIM, 12noon Resident DJs Tom Juno, James Baker & Friends play every Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at SWIM on Marine Parade. Sequence Dancing Woodmead Halls, 8pm Lyme Regis Sequence Dancing Club meets every Sunday at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. The friendly, welcoming group enjoys popular sequence dances and visitors are welcome.

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pop’s foundations. Blur showed their appreciation, inviting Corduroy to play at their 1994 Alexandra Palace extravaganza alongside Supergrass and Pulp. They put on an amazing show, explaining why they reached number two in the Melody Maker 1994 end-of-year Live Poll. They will be supported tomorrow (Saturday, August 17) by DJ Heavy Stylus, an explosive amalgamation of Acid Jazz, funk, hip hop beats, heavy soul breaks and blaxploitation ghettofunk. The bar will open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £17.50 in advance or £20 on the door. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

LOCAL Save the Children fundraiser Roy Wootton will host his annual charity concert on Saturday, August 17. The concert will be held at the Marine Parade shelters from 2pm, with a programme of music to suit all tastes. Country, pop and classical songs will be performed by Roy and special guests, including the Tootin’ Hoodlums, a saxophone quartet and local ukulele band PaSaJaDa. A collection will be held at the event in aid of Save the Children.

What’s on... Saturday, August 17

Acid Jazz legends to play this weekend

Annual concert for Save the Children

Music By The Sea Marine Parade shelters, 8pm Weekly summer concerts by Lyme Regis Town Band.

Wednesday, August 21

Computer Help Lyme Regis Library, 2pm Do you need help with a computer or advice on getting the most from your tablet or iPad? Then come along to our free weekly drop-in session with our friendly digital champion volunteer.

Thursday, August 22

Lyme Regis Community Bingo Woodmead Halls, 8pm Bingo night every Thursday at the Woodmead Halls, raising funds for local organisations which are

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members of Lyme Regis Community Bingo Association. Pilot Boat Quiz Night Pilot Boat, 8pm Weekly quiz night at the Pilot Boat for teams of two or more with cash prize for the winner plus £100 jackpot prize! Live Music @ SWIM SWIM, 8.30pm Live music every Thursday evening at SWIM on Marine Parade.

Friday, August 23

Knit & Knatter Lyme Regis Library, 2.30pm A friendly group who meet weekly to chat and knit over a cup of tea - all welcome. Friday @ The Pilot The Pilot Boat, 9pm Weekly live music nights at the Pilot Boat, this week with Osk & Lotty.

Saturday, August 24

Bethany Chapel Coffee Morning Bethany Chapel, 10.30am Free monthly coffee morning at Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, with donations welcome for the RNLI and Dorset Air Ambulance. Live DJs @ SWIM SWIM, 8pm Resident DJs Tom Juno, James Baker & Friends play every Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at SWIM on Marine Parade.

Sunday, August 25

Sunday Craft Market The Pilot Boat, 10am A weekly Sunday craft market at the Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis. Call 01297 443157 to book a stall. Live DJs @ SWIM SWIM, 12noon Resident DJs Tom Juno, James Baker & Friends play every Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at SWIM on Marine Parade. Lyme Regis Comedy Club Marine Theatre, 7pm Four acts are on the bill with headliner Tanyalee Davis, who starred in ‘Austin Powers’. Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door - cal 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 7pm for 8pm start. Sequence Dancing Woodmead Halls, 8pm Lyme Regis Sequence Dancing Club meets every Sunday at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. The friendly, welcoming group enjoys popular sequence dances and visitors are welcome.

Tuesday, August 27

Cinema: ‘Cabaret’ (15) Marine Theatre, 6.30pm A magnificent Liza Minnelli plays Sally Bowles, an eccentric,

promiscuous performer at the Kit Kat Club. Tickets £6 in advance or £7.50 on the door - call 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 7.30pm for 8.30pm start. Music By The Sea Marine Parade shelters, 8pm Weekly summer concerts by Lyme Regis Town Band.

Wednesday, August 28

Computer Help Lyme Regis Library, 2pm Do you need help with a computer or advice on getting the most from your tablet or iPad? Then come along to our free weekly drop-in session with our friendly digital champion volunteer. Talk: ‘Plants of the Dolomites’ Uplyme Village Hall, 7.15pm A talk by Paul Cumbleton, former head of alpines at RHS Wisley, organised by Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society. Entry free for members, £3 for visitors.

Thursday, August 29

Lyme Regis Community Bingo Woodmead Halls, 8pm Bingo night every Thursday at the Woodmead Halls, raising funds for local organisations which are members of Lyme Regis Community Bingo Association. Pilot Boat Quiz Night Pilot Boat, 8pm Weekly quiz night at the Pilot Boat for teams of two or more with cash prize for the winner plus £100 jackpot prize! Live Music @ SWIM SWIM, 8.30pm Live music every Thursday evening at SWIM on Marine Parade.

Friday, August 30

Knit & Knatter Lyme Regis Library, 2.30pm A friendly group who meet weekly to chat and knit over a cup of tea - all welcome. Live Music @ Lyme Regis Brewery Lyme Regis Brewery, 5.30pm Live music from A Cat Called Dave at Lyme Regis Brewery at the Town Mill. Friday @ The Pilot The Pilot Boat, 9pm Weekly live music nights at the Pilot Boat, this week with Elijah Wolf.

Friday, August 30 Sunday, September 1

Lyme Folk Weekend Various venues, all weekend Lyme Regis’ annual folk festival returns with live music at various venues around the town throughout the weekend. See for full details

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Lifeboat Week raises estimated £28,000

LYME Regis Lifeboat Week 2019 was another financial success for the RNLI, with at least £28,000 thought to have been raised, according to early estimates. The week of events attracted huge crowds, with highlights including a parachute jump by the Army’s Red Devils, the annual bathtub race, tug o’ war across the harbour mouth and yard of ale competition. Ken Lavery, chairman of Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Supporters, which organises Lifeboat Week, said: “It was a great week with new events and old favourites all

very popular. “I can’t thank enough those who took part and donated to our charity. Their generosity once again was just amazing. I must also thank all our volunteers who gave their time to run the 72 different events. “The rain on one day did not dampen the spirits of anyone.” The final total is expected to be announced sometime over the next two weeks. With so many photos from this year’s events, LymeOnline takes a last look at Lifeboat Week 2019 with this picture special.

ABOVE, Lyme Regis lifeboat crew ready to compete in the bathtub race. They soon got that sinking feeling (left) and had to be towed by crew mates on the ‘Spirit of Loch Fyne’ lifeboat to the finishing line

BATHTUB race entrants from Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy (top left), Kersbrook B&B (above), Lyme Regis Sailing Club (left) and Oscars Wine bar in Crewkerne (above right). Right, Uplyme Morris entertained on the seafront, pictured with Lifeboat Week collector Hazel Swindells

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LYME Regis lifeboat crew finished the week of events with a friendly match against a team from Uplyme Football Club

MEMBERS of Lyme Regis lifeboat crew make a splash during the tug o’ war across the harbour mouth

PICTURED above and below left, members of Lyme Regis Football Club and Lyme Regis Sea School teamed up to compete against the lifeboat crew in the tug o’ war

Hazel knits her way through Lifeboat Week IF anyone summed up the spirit of charity work during Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week it was Hazel Swindells, 86, from the West Midlands. Grandmother of Claire Perkins - a young woman who drowned in 2011 when her electric wheelchair fell into the town’s harbour - Hazel visits Lyme with daughter Paula and son-in-law Mark every summer to help RNLI volunteers run the annual week of fundraising events. During the week Hazel sold programmes at the lifeboat station and at the same time knitted fingerless gloves which she sold for the RNLI. One visitor bought a pair for £14. Hazel said: “I knit all day and every day and the gloves have been very popular.” Hazel knits all year round, anything from the gloves to jumpers and cardigans, and always for charity, including the one that supports people with the illness her granddaughter suffered from.

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Another excellent set of A-level results for Woodroffe A-LEVEL students from the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis are celebrating today after receiving another excellent set of results. Students have been awaiting their ALevel results this year with real anxiety this year, having had to cope with harder exams, much more content to learn and the withdrawal of coursework from most syllabuses. Despite these demands, students at the Woodroffe School achieved an excellent set of A-level of results with a 99 per cent pass rate, confirming the school’s position as one of the most suc-

cessful fully comprehensive sixth forms in the county. Thirty-one per cent of entries were graded the top marks of A* or A and 62 per cent were graded A*, A or B. There were some outstanding individual A-Level performances, including Maisie Bellworthy who achieved three A* grades in biology, chemistry and psychology, and Tom Gillespie who also received three A* grades in chemistry, mathematics and further mathematics. Performance in vocational qualifications was also pleasing, with 100 per cent pass rates in all subjects, including

business, sport and financial studies. Paul Rowe, acting headteacher of the Woodroffe School, said: “I am delighted with the success of our sixth form students this year. I am always impressed by the resilience of students who, year on year, manage to navigate the complexities of A-level study and attain outstanding results. “It is great to see so many individuals achieving A* and A grades and pleasing to note the consistency in results across all subject areas. For a medium sized comprehensive school in a rural area, Woodroffe offers an excellent range of

subject choices at A-level and it is good to see students performing well in all of them. “Once again students will be leaving Woodroffe to take up places at many of the best universities in the country and I am pleased to say that the majority of students met their target grades and secured university places. We all wish them well and are confident that they are

on course to succeed at degree level. “With constant changes to examination specifications and accountability measures, this has been a difficult year for sixth forms and sixth formers, and it is a tribute to the professionalism and expertise of staff at Woodroffe that students have been guided so successfully through very turbulent waters.”

High standard at Charmouth Gardeners Show

CHARMOUTH Gardeners hosted their annual summer show on Saturday, with a particularly high standard of entries despite the difficult growing season. Categories included fruit, vegetables, home produce, handicrafts and photography, plus special classes for children. Entries were displayed in both the village hall and St Andrew’s Community Hall before prizes were awarded by Charmouth Gardeners president, Ron Dampier, who commented on the high standard and thanked all those who supported the event.

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MELPLASH Show returns to Bridport on Thursday, August 22 from 8am to 6pm, showcasing everything that’s great about West Dorset - the countryside, farming, country crafts, and delicious local food! As always there are some excellent competition classes with lots of prizes and magnificent cups to be won.   In the judging rings there are classes to find the best cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and, ponies. In the handicraft, home produce, farm produce, horticultural, floral arts, wood craft and bee marquees there are a whole host of competition exhibits showcasing the best locally-grown vegetables, flowers, photography, art, wine, cakes, miniature gardens, etc. Bakers of all ages are invited to enter the Melplash Show’s ‘Best Cruffin’ competition sponsored by Rise Bakery. Winners will receive vouchers to dine at the Rise Café, West Bay Full details and entry forms are available from Bridport TIC or can be downloaded from the website and the closing date is August 19. Other attractions at this year’s show will include: Billy Bubbles Bath Time; Bubbleman and Bubble Faerie; Daphne Neville and her otters; Discover Farming Marquee; Explore Farming Marquee; falconry display; FB Pocket Orchestra; hounds and beagles; Hurdlebrook Guernsey cows; Professor Crump; Punch & Judy show; the Sheep Show; St Swithuns Band; Sheridan the Sheep Dog; show jumping; vintage and classic

cars and motorbikes; vintage tractors; Wyld Morris Dancers; and the highlight of the show, the parade of award-winning animals. A full programme of demonstrations will be held in the Cookery Theatre, as follows: ● 10:30am - Helen Choudhury from the Taj Mahal, Bridport cooking up some mouth- watering Indian dishes ● 11:30am - Mark Hix will be talking and demonstrating recipes from his new book ‘Hooked Adventures in Angling and Eating’ ● 12:45pm - Bridport-based bartenders Lloyd Brown (Dark Bear), Thomas Hay-Owens (Bull Hotel), Ross Diaper (Anchor Inn, Seatown) and Chris ‘OC’ Kemm (Bridget’s Market) will each demonstrate a cocktail you can make at home ● 2:30pm - James Whetlor from Cabrito, talking and cooking with kid goat ● 4pm - Nick Robertson and Fiona Dashwood from Waitrose & Partners talking about and giving samples of different beers and wines. With over 400 different and diverse businesses exhibiting across three fields and over 50 producers and suppliers in the Food Hall, great shopping is also guaranteed. Admission is free for youngsters 16 years and under, and there is lots of fun and free activities for them to enjoy too. A free bus service operates throughout the day from Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Chideock and Bridport (see timetable below). There will also be free park and rides and parking on-site.

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AS you get older, the odds of having eye problems because of cataracts seem to shorten, and I speak from personal experience, having had the lenses in both my eyes replaced. And so it was for Paignton Zoo’s resident elephant, Duchess, who sadly passed away recently. Seven years ago Duchess, who only had one eye due to a previous problem, developed a cataract in her good eye and the decision was made to take out the diseased lens, making it the first time a cataract operation had been performed on an elephant in the UK and only the second worldwide. The operation was performed by Jim Carter a specialist in veterinary ophthalmology. I was the only photographer commissioned by the zoo to photograph the proceedings for all media.

Before the operation could begin, Duchess had to be anaesthetised, which was going to cause a blip in the plans if she dropped onto the wrong side and would have to be turned over exposing her good eye. The zoo had planned for this situation and had about 30 people outside ready to come in and help turn Duchess onto her other side, but as luck would have it she went down on the correct side so ‘elephant turners’ not wanted. Within minutes all sorts of wires, tubes, microscopes and staff were all over Duchess preparing her for the procedure. It really was an ‘eye-opener’ photographing the misty lens and the way it was broken up and sucked out by a tiny tube. This is where a replacement lens would have been inserted had Duchess been a person, but unfortunately nobody has created a

new artificial lens for an elephant. The operation was a complete success, Duchess’ sight wasn’t going to be perfect but with the old lens out of the way much more light through the eye gave her a useable amount of sight. A few months later I had to photograph Duchess for a national animal welfare organisation. A large pumpkin was put into the middle of her outside area; she came out and walked directly to it, put her foot on it and crushed the pumpkin, then gathering it up in her trunk she ate all of it. The zoo’s decision to go ahead with the eye operation was absolutely correct, she had an extra seven years of sight. When I had a pre-op consultation with my surgeon I told him this story of the elephant and the cataract - not sure he believed me!

Fun day and sponsored walk to raise funds for Oli LYME Regis Football Club’s youth section are hoping to raise funds for local youngster Oliver Apps, who suffers from complex disabilities. Nine-year-old Oli (pictured right), who lives in Musbury but is a well-known member of the Street family in Lyme Regis, has a genetic mutation of the gene STXBP1 Chromosome 9q and suffers severe epilepsy. The football club’s youth section are hosting a sponsored walk through Uplyme to the Davey Fort clubhouse in Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis, on Sunday, August 25, followed by a fun day to raise funds for a specialist chair to make things easier for Oli at home. Oli’s mum Kelly Apps commented: “Oli is reliant on his loved ones to help him with even the most basic of tasks which we all take for granted everyday. In simple terms, the mutated gene plays a vital roll in the development of messages sent from the brain; Oli is not brain damaged the messages just sim-

ply don't get through. “As well as his physical disabilities and inability to communicate, Oli is severely epileptic. On a bad day he can suffer more than 20 epileptic seizures of varying different kinds, and this can be heartbreaking for his family who have no way of helping him other than making him safe and comfortable. “Oli loves nothing more than to sit in his beanbag watching his favourite films but it’s now too small for him and realistically too dangerous. There is little to no postural support meaning he is not really able to stay in it for long period of time due to the risk of other physical problems associated with undeveloped muscles and joints. “Oli is therefore mainly restricted to staying in his wheelchair which is not comfortable and doesn't allow him to rest the way he needs to on the worst days. “We want to provide Oli with a P-Pod chair which are specially designed for people like

Oli, together with accessories which will make it mobile and versatile for use. But as with all items disability labelled these come at a hefty price. “Oli is a happy gentle boy and brings lots of love and fulfilment to all around him, and deserves this extra comfort in his life. His birthday is just over a week after this special event, what better present could we give him?” The event at the football club will be held from 12noon to 6pm and will include a friendly football match between parents, a bouncy castle, face painting, music, a barbecue, bar, Pimm’s tent and other attractions for the whole family. You can also support the appeal by donating via the website, where more than £900 towards the £3,000 cost of the specialist chair has already been raised.

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PUBLIC NOTICE LICENSING ACT 2003 To whom it may concern: We The Rousdon Village Bakery do hereby give notice that we have applied to the Licensing Authority at East Devon District Council for a new Premises Licence at The Rousdon Village Bakery. and known as The Rousdon Village Bakery, Rousdon, Devon, DT7 3XW The application is to: - Sell alcohol between the hours of 0800hrs and 1900hrs Monday to Sunday and to operate between the hours of 0800hrs and 1930hrs Monday to Sunday. Any person wishing to make representations to this application may do so by writing to The Licensing Manager, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ not later than 28 days after the date of this notice. A copy of the application can be viewed at the Licensing Authority’s address during normal office hours. It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with this application, the maximum fine on summary conviction being £5,000. Signed: C L HOLWAY Date: 06.08.2019

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101 competition winners - Alex Darvill and Paul Moffitt

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Another whitewash for Lyme bowlers By Paul Moffitt

Player of the year is new shirt sponsor PLAYER of the year Kingsley Wellman is the shirt sponsor at Lyme Regis Football Club. Kingsley, the first team central defender, runs his own carpentry and building firm and was one of a number of local companies that took part in a sponsorship raffle in which they had to contribute £50.

Kingsley’s name was pulled out of the hat after a recent pre-season friendly. The initiative raised more than £1,000 for the Seasiders and Kingsley is pictured with first team manager Gerard Hitchcock, who organised the raffle, and captain for the day Ben Turner.

Adrian’s round of the day wins stableford By Richard Jackman THE monthly medal at Lyme Regis Golf Club produced some excellent scores, particularly in Division 1 where Adrian Morgan produced the best round of the day which produced three gross birdies on the front nine in his nett 66, to take first place. Young Zac Mudford applied pressure on his back nine scoring two gross birdies as he finished second on countback from Chris Brice whose front nine was outstanding, both scoring nett 67. Division 2 was won by Lee Caddy as he lapped up the par 3s in 2 under gross on them, finishing with a nett 68. Samuel Beviss continued has steady improvement with 2 solid nines in his nett 69 while Malcolm Wilson held his nerve with a gross birdie on 17 to finish third on 70. The seniors’ stableford saw John Toates in pole position with a variation of scores per hole but overall a winning total

of 38 points while Rob Hall and Peter Wood were level on 37 points, but Wood was left regretting a blob on the back nine, allowing Hall to take silver on countback. Kim Jeffery had the best score of the day, after a bit of a wobbly start he scored 26 points in 10 holes to finish on 41 to win Division 2. Bernie Styles and Derek Lusted finished on 39 points as both had excellent front nines, but on a close countback Styles just edged 2nd place. The junior nine hole competition saw Jevan Hampton-Rumbold win with 18 points from Joe Shrubb (16) and Brooklyn Wilkins (15). Zac Mudford had a brilliant week and improved on his weekend performance by storming round the course to comfortably win the midweek stableford scoring a wonderful 42 points, five better than James Wilson, who finished second with 37 while David Clifford took third on 33. The ladies stableford was

keenly contested especially in Division 1 where Jane Dixon and Anne Humphreys both scored excellently on the front nine with 22 well earned points. Dixon was almost left rueing a blob on the 11th but stormed through with a late surge to win on countback as both scored 39 points. Judith Williams had a bit of a varied round but still scored strongly to have another podium finish third on 37 points. In Division 2 Amy Mudford rounded off a good family week by taking top spot with 39 points, despite a disappointing performance midway through the front nine, recovered brilliantly to finish in top spot. Sue Crossley kept her game together well to finish second on 37 while Judith Ellard recovered on the back nine to take third on 35. Maggie Brook just beat Mary Golding on countback to take 1st place in the 9 hole competition, both with 16 points with Linda Baker 3rd on 13.

LEAGUE action last week at Lyme Regis Bowls Club was restricted to Lyme 2s game against Bridport A which, unfortunately, ended in another whitewash for the Lyme men. Both the ladies’ and the men’s teams will be in action again this week, with Lyme 1 desperately needing a result away to Wellworthy in order to secure their place in the championship. The two friendlies against Crewkerne, away, and Merriott, at home, resulted in losses for Lyme. Against Crewkerne, Lyme didn’t manage to win a single rink and were well beaten. On Sunday, the club held it’s annual ‘101’ competition for men and ladies which is very generously sponsored each year by Ben Stephens. Apart from a couple of very sharp showers towards the end of the afternoon, the competition was played in breezy but very comfortable conditions. The eventual winners were Alex Darvill, who overcame a late challenge from Chris

Pomeroy and, for the men, Paul Moffitt managed to hold off a very spirited Barry Driscoll who managed to push hard right to the finish. Results Friendlies Lyme 68; Crewkerne 105 B Smith, E Sarson, N Stephens, S Rowe 12-20; B Turpin, J Bishop, A Rattenbury, R Cridge 11-22; B Driscoll, J Parsons, P Stephens, P Moffitt 16-22; N Driscoll, J Moffitt, B Parsons, A Weech 16-17; A Darvill, G Clode, A Nabarro, P Weech 1324. Lyme 86; Merriott 97 E Sarson, B Moon, S Dowling, P Weech 17-14; J Moon, J Sherring, A Nabarro, A Weech 20-20; A Darvill, D CourtenaySmith, Chris Barber, P Moffitt 15-24; B Smith, D Sarson, N Benson, S Rowe 10-22; B Driscoll, J Moffitt, P Stephens, Chas Barber 24-17.

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Tigers drop their Reserve team HAVING last year dropped their 3rd X1, Axminster Town have withdrawn their Reserve team from the Devon & Exeter League Division One and if rumours are correct all is not well down at Tiger Way (writes Philip Evans) With a magnificent new stadium, the envy of local football clubs following their move from Sector Lane, the Tigers have established themselves in South West Peninsular League and commenced their 2019-2020 campaign in the Premier East Division on Wednesday, losing 21 to neighbours Sidmouth Town. But off the pitch the Axminster club have experienced a number of problems in recent times and this week chairman Andy Hurford issued the following statement: “"It is with a heavy heart that we will be withdrawing our reserve side for 2019/20 season. “We will be looking to reinstate a second team for the 2020/21 season, if anybody wishes to support us with this then please do not hesitate to contact me." Only a couple of local boys are included in the first team squad, managed by the experienced Josh Stunell, but It seems incredible that a club

of Axminster’s standing do not have enough players to field a Reserve team. But Mr Stunell does not think the lack of a Reserve team will have any significant impact on their first team ambitions. He is quoted in the Midweek Herald as saying: “To be fair this day has been coming. It's not too great a blow to our plans from a first team point of view as it is quite a step down from South West Peninsula League Premier Division football to Division One of the Devon & Exeter League. A number of experienced players left during the summer and a new manager came in, but without the hoped-for increase in playing numbers and the club really was left with no choice. "Sometimes it's best to recognise a situation and be positive and I think the club has been very positive in taking what it calls a painful decision but one that will hopefully prove to be correct in the long run." Whilst disappointed they are unable to field a Reserve side this season, club officials point out that Axminster has a thriving youth set-up and a successful ladies team.

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DEVON & EXETER PREMIER LEAGUE FIRST GAME OF SEASON Lyme Regis 1st X1 home to Chagford (kick-off 3pm)


Seasiders start new season in confident mood

UPLYME’S star bowler Jacob Maltby in action during the Tidball 20/20 semi-final against Ivybridge with Jedd Whittington behind the stumps

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Rain scuppers Uplyme’s T/20 cup final success PHILIP EVANS

UPLYME and Lyme Regis Cricket Club’s chances of winning the Tidball 20/20 tournament at Shaldon on Sunday were scuppered by the rain.

Full of confidence from their previous day Devon League 20-point victory over Upottery, Uplyme sailed through their semi-final clash, hitting 169-7 off their 20 overs against Ivy-

bridge 2nds who were then skittled out for just 69. It was the Batey brothers who did most damage against Ivybridge with Mark top scoring on 31 and Steve hitting 30 before being caught and bowled. Star bowler for Uplyme was young Jacob Maltby who took four wickets and only conceded nine runs. Steve Batey weighed in for two victims at a cost of only seven runs in 2.4 overs. Topsham St James won a place in the final against Uplyme, dismissing Honiton for 98 and then knocking off

TYLER Wellman cracks the ball through the covers

the winning runs in just nine overs without loss. In the final, Topsham batted first and set a challenging total of 157-7 to chase. Openers Tyler Wellman (30) and Steve Batey (24) gave Uplyme an encouraging start but as the rain clouds came in Uplyme lost a succession of quick wickets before the skies opened and the game was abandoned with the score on 96-6, Uplyme losing

on run rate by 14 runs. Nevertheless, it was a great achievement by Uplyme who are well in contention for promotion from the Devon Cricket League Division E East with just four games left to play. Club chairman Ian Thomas, who travelled with the team and a number of spectators, said it was a “great effort” and the players had done the club proud.

THE gods were definitely looking down on Uplyme & Lyme Regis favourably on Saturday. Whilst they were chalking up yet another 20-point victory away to Upottery 2nds X1, the weather conspired to wash out the fixtures of their nearest rivals in the Devon League Division E East. Leaders North Devon v Sidmouth 3rds was rained off, as were Uplyme’s nearest rivals Topsham St James, and so only received six points, leaving the East Devon villagers in the third promotion place, just three points adrift but 34 points ahead of Topsham.

Upottery, with just nine men, won the toss and elected to bat first and were bowled out for 118 off 31 overs. Yet again pick of the Uplyme bowlers was Tyler Wellman finishing with 3 for 23 off his nine overs, well supported by Charlie Moss (2 for 17 off nine). Uplyme strolled to their maximum points victory, hitting 122 for the loss of just one wicket – opener Charlie Moss (11). Steve Batey topped scored with an undefeated 68 with brother Mark carried his bat for 28. On Saturday, Uplyme make the long journey to fifth placed Bideford.

Uplyme narrow promotion gap to just three points

LYME Regis first team kick-off the new campaign tomorrow (Saturday) ful of confidence after a successful pre-season and the signing of a number of new players. Last season the Seasiders finished in fifth place in the Devon & Exeter League Premier division, the highest standard in which the club has played. But with a number of last year’s top sides joining the new Devon League, Lyme will be hoping to be challenge for the premiership. Alongside Cronies and Colyton, Lyme will be among the favourites for taking the title. Exeter side Cronies, who started as a pub side, were hoping to have amalgamated with Topsham Town and would have been playing in the new league, but the deal fell through and they have to stay in the Premier division because they do not have a ground of their own. Colyton were also invited to join the Devon League, but declined the offer. The Seasiders start their season with a home tie at the Davey Fort against Chagford (kick-off 3pm) and the squad is likely to include a number of new signings, including former Axminster defenders Mike Knight and Alex Rockett. Lyme will be back in action again on Wednesday (August 21) when they entertain local rivals Seaton at the Davey Fort (kick-off 6.30pm). Lyme Reserves start their season in Division Three on Saturday, August 24 away to Hemyock.


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