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Council to underwrite St Michael’s repairs LYME Regis Town Council has agreed to underwrite essential repairs to St Michael’s Parish Church, up to a maximum sum of £66,770.50. The Grade I listed parish church is currently suffering from water ingress and the tower has to undergo major repair works, which will include removing the pebble-dash rendering. The work is estimated to cost a total of £133,541. REPORT, PAGE 3

Church rates Uplyme school ‘outstanding’

Save Our CCF! STUDENTS from the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis are campaigning to save the Combined Cadet Force

STUDENTS LAUNCH PETITION AFTER SCHOOL CADET FORCE DISBANDED STUDENTS have launched a campaign to save the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), based at The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, from closure.

The school announced it would be closing the CCF branch after struggling to find enough staff members to run it, but students have said they will miss out on valuable life skills and experiences if it cannot

FRANCESCA EVANS be saved. The Woodroffe School CCF was set up in the 1990s, offering training to young people in three sections – Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force – which has proved invaluable when applying for higher education and careers in the military. The CCF requires two staff members or volunteers to run each of

the three sections, plus a contingent commander. Following the recent departure of two key members of staff, including contingent commander Katie Morley, headteacher Dr Richard Steward said it was “impossible to sustain” and announced that the school had “reluctantly” taken the decision to disband the CCF. In a letter to parents, he said: “This is a decision we take with great sadness as the CCF has been such a significant feature of the

school over the years and has offered amazing opportunities to hundreds of our students. “I have personally asked every member of staff if they would be prepared to help out, some of them several times, and I have even included the question in interviews for new staff where appropriate. In addition, I have asked all the governors as well as appealing for parental volunteers, both by direct CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

MRS Ethelston’s Primary School in Uplyme has been graded as ‘outstanding’ in a recent inspection by the Church of England Education Office. This latest grading is added to the ‘outstanding’ status the school holds from Ofsted. The school was graded outstanding for its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school, with the report saying it met the needs of all learners. REPORT, PAGE 8

Cricket club appeal boosted by carnival

EFFORTS to secure the future of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club have been boosted thanks to a £1,500 donation from Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee. The donation means that the club will meet its target of raising £4,000 by the end of the cricket season to buy a new roller, essential for cricket to continue on the village ground. REPORT, PAGE 24

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CCF provided ‘invaluable’ experience CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE letters and via the PTA. “I have also worked closely with Captain Nick Chambers and Colonel Carson, our links in the military, to see if we can find a way forward - but to no avail.” Dr Steward said that part of the problem was that staff already ran several other clubs and activities for students in their spare time, including the Duke of Edinburgh scheme which had “increased dramatically” in popularity in recent years. He added: “We have been incredibly fortunate over the years to have had the support of Nick Wootton, Chris Wilcox and Emily Humble Smith, as well as Simon Ransome-Williams in school, but with over 100 cadets we need a much larger group of adults, including another couple of staff members. “It will be very sad to see the CCF disappear and it may be that one day it can be revived but there are still dozens of ways in which students can take part in outdoor adventure activities.” Dr Steward added that the school was looking into setting up an Expeditionary Society and intended to use its links with local Cadet Forces to encourage students who were particularly keen on the military aspects of the CCF programme to join local groups. Some parents have since taken to social media to complain about the closure and have said they know of several people willing to volunteer. Speaking to LymeOnline, Dr Steward said he was disappointed with some comments made on social media, adding that volunteering for the CCF was complex and some of those who had come forward were not found to be suitable. Volunteers have to attend several sessions to ensure they are suitable and go through a Ministry of Defence vetting procedure, get CRB checked, have two references and complete a week’s training at a military camp. Students have now set up an online petition at to try and save the CCF, and are hoping more people will come forward to help run the contingent.

Woodroffe pupil Will Newton commented: “The experience and training the young people get in CCF becomes invaluable when they interview for higher education and their future careers, as it forms well-rounded individuals in addition to academic education. “CCF also forms friendships and support networks across all age groups within the school, helping to boost confidence in day-to-day school lives. It improves social skills, behaviour, confidence, independence and youth empowerment.” Will added that the CCF provided “fantastic opportunities” for both students and staff, including leadership skills, survival skills, first aid training, flying experiences, opportunities to train with adapted weapons, trips to warships, submarines, helicopters and tanks, camps and special courses. The CCF also took part in the annual Remembrance parade in Lyme Regis, and the local branch of the Royal British Legion said they were “dismayed” to hear about its closure. Vital link Branch chairman Ian Marshall commented: “The CCF was the only cadet force in the Lyme Regis area and as such was the only means by which youngsters could experience and engage with the ethos of service life within the armed forces. This was a vital link as we have few military regular units based in the county. “In this 100th year where we will be remembering the fallen of the Great War, to disband the CCF in this year may be construed as insensitive, particularly as the CCF will not be on parade this year at the Remembrance service. “The timing of this decision is also unfortunate at a time when the government is seeking to achieve a greater and meaningful accommodation of young people engagement with the Armed Forces.” In a letter to the headteacher, he added that the local community “would be very grateful” if the decision could be reversed. The 1st Lym Valley Scout Group has described the decision to disband as a “tragedy”, with Scout leader Karen Yelland commenting: “I was greatly saddened to hear about Woodroffe’s CCF impending closure. I know as a group we have had the privilege and pleasure of parading with them

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over the years and were hoping to do so for years to come. However, this is not just a civic tragedy but a much larger one for the 100 young people who will lose out. Nobody benefits when a uniformed youth organisation closes. The Scouts will not, nor the Guides, benefit from this regrettable demise. “As someone who is a volunteer with the Scouts, I have always promoted choice and opportunity above our group’s own interests. I have had Scouts who have benefited from CCF; there are also those who excel in CCF and not in other uniformed youth organisations - these are the young people at most risk of not being able to achieve their full potential as a result of the closure. “This is also a tragedy for aspiration in Lyme Regis. Why should we, as volunteers and youth workers, take away these brilliant opportunities for our young people? What is even more damming is that the proposed replacement for CCF is not a like-for-like replacement, it is nothing more than patronising tokenism. “I can only hope that an agreement to save the CCF can be reached, and if not, the young people find suitable alternatives elsewhere. Failure to do anything would be an absolute tragedy.” Town and district councillor Cheryl Reynolds has also joined the campaign to save the CCF. In a letter to the headteacher, she wrote: “Would you please be prepared to give all these people that are now coming forward to volunteer a second chance? I know many of them and they are concerned that an organisation that has been in place since 1992 should continue. I have many emails from people in the town who will support this and I am happy to send them on to you showing the support. “I myself am more than happy to help with administration. I love your school, it saved my life in many ways as a young girl and for that I shall be always grateful. “The CCF is an organisation that treats everyone the same and gives opportunities to all young people regardless of their background. Please, please reconsider and give these youngsters and their supporters another chance.”

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Council agrees to underwrite church repairs ST MICHAEL’S TO UNDERGO ESSENTIAL REPAIRS COSTING ESTIMATED £133,500 LYME Regis Town Council has agreed to underwrite essential repairs to St Michael’s Parish Church, up to a maximum sum of £66,770.50.

The Grade I listed parish church is currently suffering from water ingress and the tower has to undergo major repair works, which will include removing the pebble-dash rendering. The work is estimated to cost £121,401, plus £12,140 in professional fees and £15,000 client contingency, totalling £133,541. By agreeing to underwrite half the cost of the building works and professional fees, the town council hopes the church will be successful in a £50,000 funding bid from the Coastal Revival Fund. The church has been described as a “good fit” to receive funding from the Coastal Revival Fund. However, if its grant application was to fail, councillors said the church would need to “re-set its parameters for funding overall” and they would be open to further discussions and possibly underwriting a different funding proposal. Members of the church have raised £10,000 towards the project so far and are planning to apply for further funding from other organisations, including Dorset Historic Churches. The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, has made the church tower fund her chosen charity of the year, and the appeal was given a further boost when the Reverend Jane Skinner recently appeared on BBC Spotlight to discuss the project. Speaking at a recent Strategy & Finance Committee meeting, Councillor Jeff Scowen


described the church as “a wonderful place” and “an asset” and said he hoped the council would support it. However, Councillor Derek Hallett said it was the “wrong time” to apply for grants. Despite being an atheist, Councillor Hallett said he “loved the church” but the council had a set time to hand out grants to local organisations, which had already passed this year, adding that they had been strict on other groups who had missed the deadline. Councillor Jeff Scowen said next year could be “too late” for St Michael’s. He added: “This is the real fabric of Lyme Regis, Grade I listed along with the Cobb. We can’t just sit back and cross our fingers. Surely this is why the council is here, to protect structures like this.” Councillor Cheryl Reynolds commented: “It’s our church, it’s the town, it’s the people. We have all used that church from time to time. We would hate to see it go. Do we really want a pile of rubble there?” Councillor Hallett argued: “There’s not a shortage of money in the Church of England but there might be shortage of money with us and I just don’t think it’s right.” Councillor Scowen replied: “I understand that the Church of England is rich, but they ain’t going to give the money and it will fall into rack and ruin while we are waiting for them to.” It was noted at the meeting that the Diocese of Salisbury did not own the church, and it

Further consideration to be given to festival restrictions TOWN councillors will give further consideration to a new events policy which could see major festivals banned in Lyme Regis during the peak season. The suggestion that major events and festivals should not be held during the school holidays or on Bank Holidays, when the town is already busy, has been put forward by the town council as part of a new events policy which, if given final approval, will be enforced from 2019 onwards. The policy would apply to all major events and festivals held on town council land, including Marine Parade, with the exception of Lifeboat Week in July, Regatta & Carnival Week in August and the Fossil Festival on the early May Bank Holiday, as councillors said these have always “historically” been held on set dates. The council’s own Community Week in August 2019 – when it is hoped the Red Arrows will return to Lyme Regis – will also not be affected. The proposal was met with widespread concern from event organisers and the public, with many taking to social media to voice their objections, saying the council was “out of touch”. Town councillor Cheryl Reynolds has now requested that Jazz Jurassica - formerly known as the Jazz & Blues Festival - and Lyme Folk Weekend are also excluded from the ban. Speaking at this week’s meeting, Councillor Reynolds said the jazz festival had been

taking place on the late May Bank Holiday for seven years, and the folk festival had been held at the end of the summer holidays for six years, making them “established events” which should be allowed to continue. Councillor Jeff Scowen, who originally voted against banning events during peak season and himself was hoping to hold a Caribbean Festival in Lyme Regis over August Bank Holiday next year - repeated his previous request not to enforce any restrictions until 2020, as event organisers had already started planning for 2019. “We started off saying no events in holidays and then we rightly allowed Lifeboat Week and Carnival & Regatta, then eventually the Fossil Festival, and now we’re saying jazz festival and folk festival too. We are coming up with more and more that will be excluded,” he said. Town clerk John Wright said he would take councillors’ comments on board and would put forward an events policy at the next Tourism, Community & Publicity meeting on Wednesday, August 1, where members could give it further consideration. Councillor Owen Lovell pointed out that many events could still take place in private venues around the town during holidays, such as gigs for Jazz Jurassica, and the town council could do nothing about this.

was the responsibility of its congregation to maintain the building. Speaking at this week’s town council meeting, the Reverend Jane Skinner thanked the council for agreeing to underwrite half of the costs. She said she “was not proud” of the church’s pebble-dash coating, and it deserved something better as the only Grade I listed building in the town, as opposed to structure,

as the Cobb is also Grade I listed. Members later discussed financial support for the church again, with Councillor Owen Lovell clarifying that if the church was successful in raising funds for the repairs elsewhere, the council could drastically reduce the amount it was underwriting. See page 18 for news of the church’s latest fundraising efforts

Councillor to launch ‘Town Watch’ to tackle local crime CRIME in Lyme Regis is causing local councillor Cheryl Reynolds to lead a drive to form a ‘DIY police force’, aimed at putting the eyes and ears of hundreds of informants all across the town. Following the release of official figures which reveal that the offender gets away with it in 98 per cent of cases, the town and district councillor is aiming to form a new-style Neighbourhood Watch, which will work to protect homes and businesses in every street in Lyme. In her role as chairman of the residents association, Councillor Reynolds (pictured) is leading a push to sign up residents to form Lyme’s new ‘Town Watch’. The scheme has the support of the police and will work hand in glove with local PCSO Amanda King. The first meeting to establish the new protection group will be held at Halletts Court in Queen’s Walk on Friday July 27, from 10am to 12noon. All residents are invited to attend. “We want to put eyes and ears of police informants in every street in town, we have to act to stop crime in Lyme,” said Councillor Reynolds. Detailed statistics released by the Home Office revealed more than 100 incidents of antisocial behaviour and more than 60 cases of violence and sex attacks took place in Lyme

Regis in the last year. The figures also revealed that, in 65 per cent of cases, the police cannot identify or prosecute a suspect – and a conviction resulting in either a fine, prison sentence or conditional discharge is only achieved in 2.2 per cent of cases. That means that in 97.8 per cent of cases of local crime the offender is not punished. “Cuts to their budget mean that police cannot give the town the sort of cover that many residents would prefer, so we need to help them, and help ourselves, by providing an army of informants,” said Councillor Reynolds. “The aim is to establish a new form of Neighbourhood Watch in every area of Lyme, we want to cover the entire town and to send criminals a stern message, ‘from now on we will be watching you’.” The Home Office figures for Lyme Regis crime committed between May 2018 and June 2017 reveal that there were 111 acts of anti-social behaviour and 61 violent or sex attacks. There were 293 crimes committed in Lyme Regis in the 12-month period. But in 68 per cent of cases investigated, the outcome was “no further action” by the police.


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Uplyme flood defence Lifeguard patrols start in Lyme works completed WORK on a £250,000 flood improvement scheme in Uplyme has been completed. New culverts have been installed through Uplyme Village Hall car park, as well as under the B3165 Lyme Road and Pound Lane, in order to carry flood water away from the village centre, which suffers the greatest risk of flooding. The improvements in Uplyme have reduced the flood risk to 12 properties and regular flooding to the highway.

FOLLOWING the installation of a new-look lifeguard hut on Lyme Regis beach, patrols will now be carried out by the RNLI from 10am to 6pm every day until September 2. This is the first time the new lifeguard look-out tower will be used in Lyme Regis, which will significantly improve the lifeguard service on the beach. It is raised off the ground, which will provide better visibility of the

beach.It is also a more conspicuous facility which provides the beach with a useful first aid and information point and a meeting point for lost children as well as providing more modern welfare facilities for the lifeguards. Permission for the new-look hut was originally turned down by Lyme Regis Town Council, but they reversed their decision after a public petition.

Tractor run raises £1,570 for lifeboat

TV show winner at Comedy Club Charmouth author donates books

LYME Regis lifeboat crew has received a donation of £1,750 from Colyton Vintage Tractor Run. The annual event was held on late May Bank Holiday, with more than 150 vintage tractors leaving Colyton and heading through the East Devon countryside, into Lyme Regis and finishing in Uplyme, where members of the lifeboat crew met those taking part.

A NIGHT of four comedians will be headlined by Patrick Monahan, winner of the ITV stand-up comedy contest ‘Show Me The Funny’. He performs alongside Luke Honnoraty, Mike Cox, and Bridport’s Tom Glover at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis tomorrow (Saturday, June 14).

CHARMOUTH author Jim Greenfield is donating 50 copies of his children’s book ‘Amadeus and the Sea Dragon’ to local schools. The book features the Jurassic creatures from 180 million years ago that can now be found as fossils on local beaches.

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Cubs cool off with evening of rafting TWENTY plastic barrels, eight sturdy battens, 14 cross poles and lots of string was all members of the 1st Charmouth Cub Pack needed to create a fun filled evening of rafting at Lyme Regis harbour. Having practised their construction and lashing skills the week before, the Cubs knew exactly how to rapidly build their two rafts on the quayside before launching them.

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Barbecue warning after bin fire A WARNING has been issued to the public to take extra care when disposing of barbecues after a fire at Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis destroyed enforcement officers’ wooden hut. The fire service has urged those using disposable barbecues to “take proper precautions to prevent the risk of fire”.

Community scheme helps cut speeding A COMMUNITY programme is helping to cut speeds across Dorset. Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs), which show drivers how fast they are travelling, are proven to reduce overall speed and county council officers are working with parish and town councils to install the equipment, with 22 schemes currently operating in Dorset and eight more planned this year.

WHEN you’ve grown up in Lyme Regis, it’s easy to take for granted what a beautiful place it is and how much pleasure it must bring the thousands of visitors who come here every year. Last week, while my brother and his family visited, I was able to take some time off and enjoy my own ‘holiday’ in Lyme Regis with them. They rented Broadway House, the former Langmoor Hotel, which stands at the top of town between the junction of Pound Street and Silver Street. I spent lots of time peering out over the bunting in Broad Street and beyond to the cliffs and sea - a much different view from my own house in Anning Road (which I could also spot from the top floor). Having barely seen a drop of rain in weeks we were expecting sunshine all week but, of course, on the first day it poured all morning, putting a dampener on our plans to hit the beach. Instead, we enjoyed cooked breakfast in the new-look Pilot Boat and then just ‘mooched about’, as tourists seem to do on rainy days, popping into SWIM for a drink and eventually playing a round of mini golf in Lister Gardens and enjoying an ice cream from Baboo Gelato when it finally brightened up. We finished off our first day with a classic fish and chip supper from our new favourite takeaway, The Fisherman’s Wife, at the Cobb - a classic day at the British seaside. The next day we ventured out of town to my nieces’ favourite local attraction, Pecorama, in Beer. With a

miniature railway, soft play, mini golf, an adventure playground and wellkept gardens, it’s the perfect family day out. We ended the day with a walk into the picturesque village, picking out our favourite cottages to live in (if we could afford them!) on the way to the Anchor Inn for a drink in the beer garden. We managed to fit in our planned beach day on Friday, paddling and building sandcastles with my young nieces before cooling down with a jug of Pimm’s at The Harbour Inn. It’s easy to see why so many visitors fall in love with Lyme Regis and return year after year. With heatwave weather and World Cup fever gripping the nation, I’ve not been the only one that’s had my holiday head on. Chants of ‘It’s Coming Home’ have been heard drifting from the Nag’s Head all over town in recent weeks and it seems everyone’s been in high spirits - until today that is, I write this the morning after Croatia’s 2-1 win over England (see page 10) and blue skies have been replaced with moody clouds, reflecting most of the country’s mood. Still, I think we’ll look back at the scorching summer of 2018 with fond memories, and there’s still several weeks to go...

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Lifeboat volunteer Tom follows in father’s footsteps to become helm Sequence AN electrician from Uplyme achieved his ambition of following in his father’s footsteps to become a helm commanding the Lyme Regis lifeboat. Tom Crabbe, aged 26 passed the final test to become a volunteer helm during a day of theory and 90 minutes at sea under the close scrutiny of an RNLI assessor. The father of two, who has been a crew member for six years, is now the seventh helm at Lyme Regis lifeboat station, one of the most important and responsible roles.


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HE new unisex toilets are open at last, the beach showers are actually working, the bunting’s up, the flower tubs are planted, the rubbish bins are being emptied regularly, the park and ride is running - from Charmouth Road at least - the streets have been resurfaced and the traffic jams in Broad have already hit warp-factor five. It can only mean one thing - another summer season is nigh. And suddenly our councillors have a smile on their faces. Kiss goodbye to peaceful strolls along the promenade for a few weeks, for if the scorching run-in to summer is anything to go by, Lyme will be rammed until the nights draw in and we wave a fond farewell to the visitors all determined to return to their favourite holiday destination. “See you next year,” they say cheerily. “Oh no,” we groan. “They’re coming back again!” Or will they? Many locals already give the seafront a wide berth for the next six weeks - “I never go down there in the school holidays” one told me this week - and there are many who believe that Lyme’s popularity has reached a level when we are in danger of driving people out of town, not encouraging them to return. Is it possible to be too popular? To have too many visitors? Do we have sufficient resources to cope? The town is pretty evenly split on this. Those

in business will obviously want to make hay while the sun shines. They pay dearly for the privilege of serving the multitude. Others, especially those not involved in the summer trade, feel their lives are blighted by our ceaseless efforts to cram more people in, to accommodate more cars, to organise more events for them when all they really want is the sun to shine and the water to be warm. A great friend of mine who has served this town well always says that when the car parks are full, Lyme is full, so forget about park and ride. But they will still come and clog up our verges, park outside our houses, block our narrow streets. They come because Lyme is breathtakingly beautiful. Some go into raptures over the sheer delight of gazing out to sea. We who have lived here all our lives take it for granted. The town, of course, would be a much different place without so many visitors. Some will argue it would be better, more peaceful, more tranquil, even more beautiful. And much poorer with fewer jobs and shops. Like all things in life, it’s a question of balance. How many is enough? It’s an argument that will never be settled. Let’s be thankful it’s a problem we have to deal with. Just give a thought to those who wrestle with this every year. Eyes right: they don’t look too bad on it, do they?

Who’s up for council then? LYME Regis Town Council has taken a battering recently over a number of issues - park and ride, clashing of seafront events, etc. and there’s already talk of how many councillors will put up again next May. Have they had enough? I only know of one who has definitely decided to stand down, mainly for health reasons, but I understand one or two others are considering doing likewise. Jeff Scowen, the council’s most colourful member with ambitions to be the town’s next mayor, is confident that there will be a number of new faces as he encourages all and sundry to put themselves forward. Recently he wrote on Facebook: “Hopefully, come next May with the new election, there

will be greater diversity and mix of councillors: more women, more young people, more business and artistic types etc. We need a better representation of our community.” If social media is any indication, it would seem that popular bar manager Matt Puddy, whose comments on the Lyme Regis Soapbox Facebook page have a huge following, would win great support in an election. With more than 60 meetings a year, whoever puts themselves forward - and I hope there are some new faces - they are going to need plenty of free time. My advice is that if you are serious about standing, go along to a few council meetings first and see how things work. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea. And you will need a thick skin!

FLUSHED with success - Lyme Regis town councillors, Stan Williams, Stephen Miller, Jeff Scowen, Mayor Michael Ellis, Cheryl Reynolds and Richard Doney, pictured in the refurbished Marine Parade toilets

Smiles all round in the new loos JUST look at the smiles on their faces. In recent years town councillors in Lyme have taken some real stick over the state of the town’s toilets, even for the ones they don’t own. So I suppose we can forgive them for looking pleased as punch with the refurbished toilets on the seafront on which they have just spent 80 grand of our money. They gathered last week to inspect the new unisex toilets and posed for a team picture whilst they were there. I thought seriously about using the photo that went up on social media of three of them sat on the pans but thought better of

it. Was it a bit of fun or a huge PR gaff? When you are under siege, always keep the ball low, I was always told. The big challenge the council now faces is whether they can keep the sparkling new toilets clean during the peak season. They are also about to take over all the other public toilets in the town as well as the Tourist Information Centre and Cobb Gate car park from West Dorset District Council, which will soon disappear. So whether they will be smiling next summer when these extra responsibilities and costs click in remains to be seen. But let them have their day in the sun.

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MANY people in the town will be delighted to learn that West Country comedian Jethro will be appearing in Lyme Regis in September. One of the few comedians with a West Country accent to make it nationally, Cornish comedian Jethro made his name by appearing on the Westward TV quiz show ‘Treasure Hunt’, fronted by Keith Fordyce, on which his catchphrase was “Proper Job”. He went on to appear in all the most popular variety shows during 1980s/90s, the golden age of comedy, alongside such big names at Jim Davidson and Richard Digance in shows such as ‘The Generation Game’ and ‘The Des O’Connor Show’. His first appearance in Lyme Regis was at the Marine Theatre as the star attraction at Uplyme and

Those were the days... Lyme Regis Cricket Club’s annual dinner, organised by the late Dennis Applebee, who revitalised the cricket club after arriving in the town from North London. I can remember the first joke Jethro told, definitely not suitable to be repeated in this publication. In the 1980s when Richard Digance lived in Lyme and Jethro (pictured) was at his most popular, he spent a few days in Lyme, alongside such names as Jim Davidson and Hale & Pace, in a week of entertainment, again at the Marine, in a bid to raise money to save Lyme Regis Hospital.

Richard Digance had persuaded many of his showbiz friends to come to Lyme to test their material before going out on summer tour. Jethro was one of them and he was encouraged by the other performers to try out an outrageous joke which brought the house

down but again cannot be repeated here. When variety as we knew it finally petered out, Jethro was rarely seen on television but continued to sell thousands of videos and attract hundreds to his club at Lewdown on the edge of Dartmoor. Parties from Lyme were regularly among the audience. Jethro is still in great demand on the touring circuit. Recent visits to the Guildhall in Axminster were sold out within hours and I am sure that the house full signs will go up for his appearance at the Marine Theatre on September 19. So stand by for more hilarious stories about Jethro’s big mate, Denzil Penberthy and numerous references to “what happened was...”

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Legion hosts third annual Poppy Run THE Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion recently hosted its third annual Poppy Run, to mark Armed Forces Day. The fun run is held every year to recognise the service our armed forces personnel provide in the defence of the UK and its allies, as well as providing assistance to the civil authorities as seen in recent days in Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Twenty-seven runners braved the scorching weather and were set off on the run along the seafront by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, who also later presented winners with their medals. Among those taking part in the 3km race was 68-year-old William Russen Valentine, who was running in memory of his grandfather Alfred, who served in the Army Cycle Corps and died 100 years ago during the First World War. William’s grandfather died on October 5 1918, and after registering for the run he was coincidentally given the entry number ‘10-5′, which he proudly wore alongside a photo of the Army Cyclist Corps badge, as he completed the race in 20 minutes and 59 seconds, beating his target by one second. While the run itself was held on the seafront, the event was staged from Lyme Regis Football Club, where local youngsters Millie Hutchings and Henry Larcombe also took part in a sponsored walk around the pitch, raising a sizeable sum for the Poppy Appeal. Stalls and a bouncy castle were also set up at the football ground, and Lyme Regis Majorettes entertained with a display. Ian Marshall, Royal British Legion

branch chairman, said: “This is the third year we have staged the Poppy Run and although numbers were reduced this year we believe the hot weather and a certain football tournament may have kept the runners away. “These events require a lot of dedicated hard work from our committee members and other kind folk who give of their time and resources to act as race officials on the day. We are also indebted to Tesco Express Lyme Regis for generously providing drinking water for all our runners and officials.” Mr Marshal also thanked Daniel Buckley and Shelley Larcombe who organised the run and stalls; Lyme Regis Town Council for route preparation; Wessex Star Discos for providing music and PA services; Lyme Regis Football Club for the use of the clubhouse and pitch; Pete, Jacqui and Ania ably assisted by one-year old Mason for manning the RBL gazebo; Councillor Cheryl Reynolds for assisting Annemarie Marshal with race registration. He added: “Finally, I would like to thank Councillor Ellis for helping with race starting and prize giving and our president Philip Evans MBE, secretary Chis James and treasurer Jon Hunt for keeping an eye on the finances, and Alan Vian our town crier for helping with crowd direction along Marine Parade. “We are very much looking forward to planning next year’s run which hopefully will not be held during a heatwave!”

Sale of Delicious Cakes and other Goodies Books Tombola Tuesday 24th July

10am to 12.30pm The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis support your local


All proceeds are in aid of Branch Funds and The Poppy Appeal More info contact:

PICTURED above, runners set off on the Poppy Run. Below left, mayor Michaela Ellis presents medals and, below right, Millie Hutchings and Henry Larcombe who held a sponsored walk around the football pitch. Left, Williams Russen Valentine ran in memory of his grandfather

Lyme Regis Branch Don’t miss our forthcoming events:

Thursday August 16th 3.30-5.30pm STRAWBERRIES AND PROSECCO in the Lister Room while watching

THE RAF FALCONS FREEFALL PARACHUTE Part of I LOVE LYME DAY TEAM Tickets £10 Phone 07796 951991 to book August 25th The Big Cream Tea £7

Lister Room 3-5pm Phone 07796 951991 to book

September 21st Soup and Sweet Lunch at the Woodmead Halls12 noon to 2pm All welcome

October 26th Coffee Morning and Cake Stall Baptist Church Hall, Silver Street

November 3rd Bonfire Curry Night

Lister Room - Watch the fireworks while enjoying a delicious curry Phone 07796 951991 to book

November 30th Christmas Bingo at the Woodmead Halls - All welcome


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School celebrates ‘remarkable’ report MRS Ethelston’s Primary School in Uplyme has been graded as ‘outstanding’ in a recent inspection by the Church of England Education Office. This latest grading is added to the ‘outstanding’ status the school holds from Ofsted. As a Church of England school, Mrs Ethelston’s is run with a Christian ethos with a core set of values – celebrating life, good choices, friendship, perseverance, peace and love – which underpins everything that takes place in the school. The inspection is to ensure that the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school is maintained and that the high standards expected of Church of England schools are reached. The report rated the school as outstanding in the following areas: its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school; meeting the needs of all learners; its impact of collective worship on the school community; and the effectiveness of leadership and management as a church school. The effectiveness of religious education was also rated ‘good’. The report stated: “The degree to which Christian values are embedded in this school is remarkable. A core set of values – celebrating life, good choices, friendship, perseverance, peace and love - underpins everything which takes place in this successful and popular school. “The values, each with its clear links to the

Bible, have been well taught and constantly reinforced so that all members of the community are clear as to what is important in this school. Staff describe the values as second nature. “According to parents, the values make a significant difference because children ‘really get them’. They give numerous examples of values in action beyond the school day. “The Christian character of Mrs Ethelston’s as an outstanding Church of England school has been sustained and developed further during a period of significant change which included academisation and joining a mixed multi-academy trust. “This has been largely the result of the commitment of the executive headteacher, governors and senior leaders to protect and celebrate its unique identity. “Leaders ensure that the school’s vision, ‘Deep Christian roots, Nurturing strong growth, Flourishing children,’ is well known and understood by all. It features in the school prayer which even the youngest children know by heart.” Head of school Michaela Kite and executive head Andrea Rice said they were proud to achieve the rating, adding: “The report is true credit to everyone at Mrs Ethelston’s and demonstrates how being a Church of England school can support learning and the choices made by the children every day.” The full report is available on the school website

UPLYME Brownies have been playing their part in cleaning up the environment and tackling plastic waste. All term the girls have been holding special activities to work towards their Environmentalist and World Issues badges, including learning about what can and can’t be recycled, looking at eco-friendly alternatives to plastic products and a litter pick around the village. The Brownies also wrote letters to several major businesses and organisations, including supermarkets, expressing their concerns over plastic waste and asking how they intended to address the problem. They said: “The seriousness of this environmental issue is impacting on all of our lives as

young women who are growing up with the 21st century, as well as animals who are being harmed as a result of over-usage of plastic within food packaging. “We have discovered that plastic pollution has reached as far as Antarctica and this makes us young people feel angry and upset about how the world is being treated.” They have now received responses from several major supermarkets, including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Lidl, who outlined their plans to reduce plastic waste. The girls also received a response from Honiton & Tiverton MP Neil Parish, who acknowledged what an important issue it was.



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Jai cycles to school to make a difference to the lives of kids in Kenya RUNNERS of all ages competed in the Charmouth Challenge. Below, Charmouth Primary School pupil George Chapman first home in the fun run

Big entry for the Charmouth Challenge despite the heat SWELTERING conditions failed to put off runners at the annual Charmouth Challenge on Saturday morning, with what is thought to be the biggest ever number of entrants taking on the eight-mile course. Almost 350 runners took part in the main challenge, which includes a gruelling climb of Golden Cap – the highest peak on the south coast – while 105 enjoyed the two-mile fun run up Stonebarrow Hill. Known for its stunning views of the Jurassic Coast, the Charmouth Challenge has made a name for itself on the race circuit and attracts entrants from across the country and raising funds for Charmouth Primary School. The event started with a warmup on the school playground before runners set off from Lower Sea Lane, and Charmouth fire crew were on hand to cool everyone off with their hose pipes after runners crossed the finishing line. Results were as follows: Charmouth Challenge 8-mile fell run – 1st Chris McMillan (Weston AC), 53 minutes, 33

seconds; 2nd Wayne Loveridge (Chard Road Runners), 55 minutes, 26 seconds; 3rd Tim Lenton (Axe Valley Runners), 56 minutes, 3 seconds. First female home – Melanie Austreng (Poole Runners), 1 hours, 5 minutes, 12 seconds. Fun Run – 1st George Chapman (Charmouth Primary School), 11 minutes, 48 seconds; 2nd Henry Neil (The Woodroffe School), 12 minutes, 7 seconds; 3rd George Merrick (Somer AC Tri), 12 minutes, 13 seconds. First female home – Beth Merrick (Somer AC) – 14 minutes, 50 seconds.

CHARMOUTH youngster Jai Hayden will be cycling to and from school every day this week to raise funds and awareness for local charity, The Word Forest Organisation . This is part of a school initiative set up by teacher James Rich of St Michael’s Primary School in Lyme Regis, to run an award scheme for children and it has the backing of the legendary explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The scheme will challenge children to complete a series of activities including an expedition, a charity event for a charity of their choice, a week of sport, an eco-activity to help the local community and they will also need to present a talk to their fellow classmates. Jai, aged 11, has chosen to cycle between his home in Charmouth and school in Lyme Regis every day this week to support The Word Forest Organisation, a Lyme Regis-based charity that plants trees, builds classrooms and facilitates education in impoverished communities in Kenya. During a recent meeting with charity CEO Tracey West, Jai was shocked to see the photos and videos from their recent monitoring and evaluation trip to visit their projects. He discovered some of the youngsters in their community walk five miles or more to simply get to school. They’ll frequently walk similar distances in temperatures nearing 30 degrees, to source water in containers that they carry home on their heads. A good example lies in Kundeni Primary School, which has an enrolment of 610 students. It was the first school

where Word Forest helped to construct solid stone classrooms, replacing unsafe mud huts. Up to 100 students sleep on the earth under the stars on the school compound, because it’s simply too far to walk home and they also stand a better chance of getting a meal in their day

too; a recent donor kindly gifted Word Forest 13 mattresses, which sleep two children on each, but they need an additional 37 to give them all at least a modest level of comfort. Tracey commented: “The trustees and I were blown away by Jai’s desire to make a positive difference to the lives of children his age in Kenya. This is a big physical challenge and his commitment to raising money and awareness, will undoubtedly win him the award and it’ll leave a legacy in Africa too.” The money Jai raises will contribute to many amazing projects via the Word Forest; planting trees that help humans, wildlife, biodiversity and the wider world by mitigating the effects of climate change, buying a few building materials for the next classroom they build, probably at neighbouring Kadunguni Primary School and buy a few vital school supplies, as typically, the children Word Forest work with don’t get exercise books to write in until they reach year 6, aged 10/11 years old. Jai is using a fundraising platform called Wonderful which ensures that 100 per cent of all money donated reaches the charity. On the last day of Jai’s challenge, there will be a celebration in Charmouth with fundraising items available to buy from The Word Forest Organisation and a cake and homemade lemonade sale that he hopes will raise a few extra pounds. To support Jai’s challenge, visit

and the glycerol plus potassium permanganate was a real winner, if a little smokey. Steve Mackenney used his ex-military training to show how the Scouts could use natural materials to hide from view in the undergrowth – even when they were wearing hi-viz vests. Alex Willatt, John Smith and Jon Winkle imparted their backwoods cooking skills and the Scouts dined lavishly on fish steamed in wet newspaper, kebabs, biscuit tin pizzas and chocolate bananas. Kevin Payne demonstrated how to make a hammocks out of a ground-

sheets and a simple shelter out of five pieces of hazel wood and a tarpaulin. Suitably trained, the Scouts will be given the opportunity to put their new-found skills into practice with an overnight Survival Skills Camp at Monkton Wyld Court this month. The Scout group expressed their thanks to Monkton Wyld Court for allowing its members to use their grounds to impart some of these essential survival skills and to Lyme Regis Town Council, who provided a grant to buy whittling knives, tarpaulins and hammocks.

JAI Hayden, facing a big physical challenge which will leave a legacy in Africa

Scouts to test their survival skills FIRE by friction, shelter building, camouflage techniques and backwoods cooking were all on the programme when the 1st Charmouth Scout troop spent four weeks using the natural facilities at Monkton Wyld Court and the contents of the survival kits they had previously assembled. Each week, the four groups of Scouts tackled a new activity. Dave Barton managed to help them create a lot of smoke with this hastily constructed fire bow – but, sadly, no glowing embers. However, the 9v battery and wire wool was a success


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Hotel Watch scheme launching in Lyme and Charmouth OWNERS of B&Bs, hotels and guesthouses in the Lyme Regis and Charmouth area have been sent a letter by Dorset Police inviting them to join Dorset’s free Hotel Watch scheme. The scheme is already running very successfully in Bournemouth and Weymouth. It is now being been rolled out to Lyme Regis and Charmouth, where PCSO Amanda King is hoping that it will offer real benefits to the more dispersed businesses which we have in this area. Owners are being invited to join the scheme, which offers them a way to share information with each other and with the police, developing a targeted approach to ongoing problems and incidents. Members will also be provided with guidance on signs to look out for in relation to theft and fraud, drug activity, vulnerable people, modern slavery and child sexual exploitation. The Hotel Watch scheme will also recommend practices which can make hospitality establishments  a safer place to work and to stay. In Bournemouth the benefits of the scheme have been evident in a variety of situations, including locating missing persons and catching offenders. Owners are encouraged to reply quickly.  Providing there is sufficient interest, the scheme will be set up and a membership event arranged in the autumn.   If you have not received a letter from Dorset Police and would like to find out more contact Airbnb hosts can also apply to be included in this scheme.

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It’s not coming home - yet! PHILIP EVANS

THERE was only a handful of us who could remember seeing England play in a World Cup final.

It was, of course, 1966 when a Geoff Hurst hat-trick delivered the Jules Rimet trophy to these shores. Fast forward 52 years and here we are, gathered in Lyme Regis Football Club, swapping stories of that day in July 1966 - me, my lifelong pal Dave Reed, Ken Hitchcock and Richard Austin - remembering where we watched Bobby Moore lead England to victory over Germany. I was a cub reporter at the time, just one year into my job, and had to cover four flower shows on World Cup final day. I skipped one of them so I did not miss the kickoff. I nearly got the sack. It would have been worth it. I watched it at home in Anning Road with my Dad and brother John. A few doors down the road Dave was cheering them on in his front room and Ken and Richard watched the game at Ken Caddy’s house in Kings’ Way with a few other local footballers. That evening Dave and I were among the 700 crammed into the Marine Theatre to see The Searchers at one of Bob Alexander’s Big Beat Nights. When the chanting of “England England” broke out, the band, one of the most popular in the UK at the time, walked off stage - and didn’t come back for an hour. At the football club on Wednesday we dared to talk about how we would celebrate England winning the World Cup again if we could

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WORLD Cup watchers at Lyme Regis Football Club for England’s semi-final clash with Croatia beat Croatia in the semi-final and then France in the final on Sunday. When Keiran Trippier curled in his fantastic free-kick after just five minutes, we dared to dream that football was indeed coming home. The football club was packed with members, supporters and a number of people I have never seen in the clubhouse before. They were most welcome and the atmosphere was electric. One-nil up at half-time and we were certainly the better side in the first-half. But after the break, Croatia started to take control and it was

as though the young England players suddenly realised they were on the threshold of something huge and the nerves set in. Extra-time, we can still do this. Please don’t let this go to penalties. Let’s have another beer. Then the Croatians popped in the winner. Dreams shattered yet again. But we shouldn’t complain. These young men brought the country together in a way that no politician could ever envisage. Forget Brexit, Forget Trump’s visit to England, the chaos on the

railways and the concerns over the NHS. For a few short weeks, England was at one again. I’m a self-proclaimed football nut with a 50-year-plus association with the Lyme club. I also worked in sport publishing and I have met most of my football heroes. But I can’t stand professional football. The greed, the cheating, the corruption at world level. It sickens me. But this England side revived something inside me that I thought was lost for ever. A love for our national game.

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Owners celebrate 20 years at the Beach House Café


UST a stone’s throw from the glorious sandy beach and the picturesque Cobb area of the town, the Beach House Café is the last traditional seaside café in Lyme – but with a culinary twist. Offering the best in traditional English food alongside an extensive menu from around the world, this popular seafront location is the perfect place for a pit stop at any time of day. The Beach House Café is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, having been nurtured by the mother and daughter team of Audrey and Katie Vellacott. Audrey can be found at the cafe most days cracking crab practically 24/7 to keep up with the high demand for crab sandwiches and crab soup, which is all caught by Lewis Hodder off the Antelma. Alongside its popular full English breakfasts, the Beach House Café is building its

reputation for Middle Eastern alternatives, with the shakshuka proving particularly popular. Katie introduced shakshuka to the menu having been inspired by the time she spent in Israel. Originally a Tunisian dish but popular in Israel, shakshuka consists of an egg poached in a spicy tomato and pepper sauce, served in a frying pan with feta and coriander with a baguette on the side - perfect for sharing. It’s not just the food that has an international feel as it also extends to the wonderful coffee, which is 100 per cent Arabica bean, hailing from Central America. You have to try it to realise why it makes customers come back day after day. There’s no better way to complement the coffee than with one of Katie’s delicious homemade cakes. The carrot and apple cakes are particularly delightful as well as the Tunisian Orange cake, which is a firm

MOTHER and daughter team Audrey and Kate Vellacott are celebrating 20 years at The Beach House Café on Marine Parade in Lyme Regis favourite amongst all customers. The Beach House Café is particularly popular with regular visitors to Lyme. Audrey and Katie celebrated their 20th anniversary on the same

day as the recent royal wedding and offered all their customers a free glass of champagne. One party sailed over from Exmouth especially for the occasion.


is served all day from 8am to 3pm including the Full Monty, Full Veggie, Eggs on Toast, Avocado, Feta & Poached Eggs, Kippers & Scrambled Egg, Smocked Haddock, Salmon Royale, Benedict on the Beach, Baked Beans on Toast


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Woodroffe School Sailing Group back on the water


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THE Woodroffe School Sailing Group – first established 50 years ago – is up and running once again under a newly-qualified senior instructor. First set up by John Wiscombe in 1968, the sailing group had run continuously ever since until last year, when it proved impossible to find a senior instructor to run the team. But students are now able to take to the water once again, after Simon Ransom Williams, head of science at Woodroffe, qualified earlier this year at the Plymouth Royal Navy Training Establishment as a senior instructor. Sailing resumed at the start of the summer term, much to the delight of both students and staff. In 1968, the group used Lyme Regis Adventure Centre’s boats and equipment. This was an outdoor activities centre housed on Monmouth Beach, where Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy is now based. Woodroffe continued to operate from there until 1995 when the council closed the centre and the charity Lyme Regis Sea School was set up, having been given half of the equipment from the centre. The Sea School became an associate member of Lyme Regis Sailing Club a few years later and continues to work closely with the club to promote sailing. The sailing club’s youth section uses the Sea School boats and the Sea School uses the club’s premises.

This year, the fleet of over 20 single and double hander boats has been improved enormously and the addition of two new Laser Bahira dinghies raises the standard to a new high, enabling instructors to teach almost the full range of Dinghy RYA Sailing Course. Chairman Chris Joyner said that work put into repairing and replacing the fleet has been enormous and the Sea School is particularly thankful to local shoppers who voted for the charity in Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme, as well as to the ongoing campaign in Lyme regis Co-operative and to Lyme Regis Town Council for its recent grant. Over the summer the Sea School will be running a number of courses and there are spaces for weeks beginning July 23 and August 13 for both adults and children. For further details visit email The team of instructors are largely local residents who have progressed through the Sea School training schemes, where they undertake rigorous training and practice to become qualified RYA Instructors and senior instructors. The training and experience develops self-confidence in young people and the life skills of communication and self-organisation, which are difficult for schools to replicate.

THE Youth Section of Lyme Regis Sailing Club have been very fortunate recipients of a final grant from the original Candles on the Cobb committee, led by Phil Street, Mike Higgs and Les and Herbert. “We have been able to buy four Toppers, a pathway class into more skilled sailing which is promoted by the RYA, to give our keen younger sailors a taste of controlling a purpose-built racing dinghy , plus a trolley to store them on,” commented Tuesday youth training organiser Sally Holman. “The trolley has been constructed with the help of harbour staff, the engineer in particular, from first class materials, and carries a Candles logo strip, as do the booms of the Toppers. “We are most grateful to the now-retired Candles committee, and although these are more delicate dinghies than those often used for training beginners, we have several promising youngsters who are now able to use them before progressing further. “We’ve enjoyed contributing to the Candles

lighting team and fundraisers over the years, and the club intends to continue to support the Rotary Club committee who are carrying on the tradition.” Tuesday training is run entirely by volunteers as are other youth sailing opportunities which exist at the club for race training, the beginner Optimist class , with further summer courses in conjunction with the Lyme Regis Sea School Trust. Candles On The Cobb will take place on Sunday, August 26 under a new organising committee led by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis.

Candles On The Cobb support for sailing club’s youth section

Have your say on pedestrian crossing

THE pedestrian crossing is set to be built between the Pug & Puffin and Joules stores, as shown on the image, with the loss of car parking either side MEMBERS of the public are being encouraged council with more specific plans, members exto have their say on a proposed pedestrian cross- pressed concerns over the position of the crossing in Lyme Regis. ing and the loss of too many car parking spaces. The puffin crossing will be sited in Broad However, town councillors still approved plans Street, between the Pug & Puffin and Joules for the crossing, as the county council said there stores, creating a safe place to cross in the town was no alternative practical location. centre but resulting in the loss of up to seven or Dorset County Council is now advertising a eight car parking spaces. traffic regulation order, to change parking and The town council first pushed for a pedestrian waiting restrictions in Broad Street to allow for crossing to improve safety in the town centre in the puffin crossing, and members of the public 2016, with more than 600 residents signing a pe- can respond to the consultation up until July 27. tition. The traffic order currently being advertised will Dorset County Council then approved the reduce the existing limited waiting on the northscheme and assigned money in its budget for this ern side of Broad Street and the no waiting at financial year, but after returning to the town any time and no loading/unloading between the hours of 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, June 1 to September 30, on the southern side to provide space for a new puffin crossing, which the LYME Regis Majorettes are looking for a new county council says will “provide a safe and sevenue for training after it was announced that cure light controlled crossing on the busy A3052 the Woodroffe School’s gym facilities would close to the public at the end of this school year. in the town centre”. The majorettes have been using the school’s Relevant exemptions will apply where approgym for training and are struggling to find a new priate and as necessary in accordance with the venue to use from the end of July onwards. provisions of the order. The majorettes are looking for a venue about Comments of support or objection would be the size of Woodmead Halls, which is not availwelcome before the closing date of July 27. To able, preferably on a Thursday evening. view the full details of the traffic order or to Anyone able to help should email tanyarattenmake a comment, visit the website

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Lyme and Charmouth to split from Marshwood Vale under unitary authority LYME Regis and Charmouth could be split from the Marshwood Vale when a new unitary authority is introduced in Dorset. In May 2019, a new unitary authority for Dorset – called Dorset Council – will replace the existing county, district and borough councils in the area. At county level, Lyme Regis, Charmouth and the Marshwood Vale are currently combined into one division, represented by Conservative councillor Daryl Turner. But the division could be split – with one councillor representing Lyme and Charmouth and one representing the Marshwood Vale – under new boundary proposals. The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is now asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries before they are finalised in October, ready for new councillors to be elected to the new Dorset Council next year. The commission proposes that the council should have 82 councillors in total. The plans propose 31 one-councillor wards, 14 two-councillor wards and eight three-councillor wards. After being finalised, the boundaries will come into effect at the first election for the authority in May 2019. Professor Colin Mellors, chairman of the commission, said: “This is a chance for local people to have their say on how they will be represented by the new Dorset Council. “We want to build wards that make sense to local people and mean something to them. That is why we want to hear as much local evidence as possible before we finalise the plans in October.” The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the commission’s website at and Hard copies of the commis-

THE proposed ward boundaries for Dorset, with blue areas showing one-member wards, yellow showing two-member wards and pink three-member wards sion’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings. The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations. Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission should write or email by August 27. To comment by post, write to: The Review Officer (Dorset), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, 1st floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL, or email Councillor Turner represents the Marshwood Vale ward, which currently includes Lyme Regis and Charmouth, at county council level, and he also represents Lyme Regis and Charmouth at district council level, along with his sister, Councillor Cheryl Reynolds, an independent. It has not yet been announced who will be standing for election to the new Dorset Council.


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Youth theatre to celebrate Mary Anning A NEW summer school for budding actors and actresses will celebrate Lyme Regis’ famed fossil hunter, Mary Anning. Exeter Northcott and the Marine Theatre have joined forces to launch a significant new youth theatre summer school, based in Lyme Regis. Starting on August 13 at the Marine Theatre, the Marine Young Company marks a major step forward in placing young people at the heart of the venue. Exeter Northcott’s Lizzie Hedden will lead the tuition, culminating in a performance at the venue for friends and family. Students will spend a fun, practical week creating their own piece of theatre from scratch. They will devise the work as a ‘company’ and it will be centred on the life of the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning – a key figure in the history of Lyme Regis. It is a regular opportunity for 15 young people to make thought-provoking theatre together in a professional setting. No previous acting experience is required, and enthusiastic young performers are invited to apply by contacting the Marine Theatre on 01297 442394.

David Harraway, production director from Bristol Old Vic, is a trustee of Marine Theatre and one of the driving forces behind the new initiative. He said: “We’re so pleased to make this announcement. The benefits to young people in the community will be numerous. Many actors start their careers acquiring skills and performing in youth theatre. “It’s also fantastic for them to work as a team towards a common goal, and see all the tasks in a theatre that are less obvious - from sound engineering to marketing.” Paul Jepson, artistic and executive director of Exeter Northcott, is excited to see the project in motion. “It’s immensely satisfying to launch the Marine Young Company,” he said. “Our own youth theatre has been a huge success. It is important for arts organisations to work together so we can share this expertise. “This example is gratifying - together we are nurturing the talents of more youngsters in another community.” More information is available by calling 01297 442394 or visit

Cornish comic Jethro comes to Lyme NOT for the faint-hearted, the bawdy comic legend Jethro brings his new tour to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Wednesday, September 19. An ex-miner and carpenter, Jethro is famous for his proud heritage as Cornwall’s best-loved comic. His long career has spanned more than 40 years, first appearing on television in 1990 on the

‘Des O’Connor Show,’ with other appearances on ‘Jim Davidson’s Generation Game’, ‘The Jethro Junction’ and for the Queen at ‘The Royal Variety Show’. He’ll be appearing with support from singer Shaun Perry. Tickets cost £21 advance or £25 on the door, with 10 per cent off for Theatre Friends, available by calling 01297 442138 or visit


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DJ turned artist to exhibit at Town Mill DJ turned artist, Richard Kaye, will be showing his work at the Malthouse Gallery at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis next month. Having played Glastonbury Festival and ‘Top Of The Pops’ as scratch DJ for rock band Ash, Richard moved to Ottery St Mary 13 years ago, having lived in both Lyme Regis and Bridport as a young man. His passion has now switched from music to creating art focussed on quite unexpected subjects. Art has always been an important part of Richard’s life, whether it’s been simply sketching a view, or someone who’s fallen asleep on a train, right through to his recent obsession with printmaking. The upcoming exhibition at the Town Mill is focusing on work from the last four years, which have been some of his most productive. Richard is candid about enjoying some subject matter which most people and artists would tend to ignore. Having trained at Bournemouth College of Art, where he focussed on drawing and painting, and taking inspiration from the landscape around him, he has become fascinated by portraying what

he sees in a compelling way, resulting in a series of prints focussing on trees, telegraph poles, scaffolding, communication masts and cranes. The images tend to be bold and distinctive, with some of the more urban subjects being somewhat unexpected. In the last few year’s Richard has started to work on a larger scale, with screen prints which he then hand tints using water colour. Outside his printmaking, Richard is a keen painter and has been producing a small series of abstract landscapes focusing closely on colour balance and composition to engage the viewer. Also in the upcoming exhibition, he has included an unusual series of drawings of people he sees who have fallen asleep on trains. These are simple sketches done on the journey between the south coast and London. The exhibition ‘Richard Kaye, Recent Work 2014-2018’ will be held at the Malthouse Gallery from August 17 to 29, open every day from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

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

WHO remembers 1976? Hose pipe bans, water rationing and heath fires. I was a little girl living in Nottingham at the time and had great fun catching the water that drained out of the washing machine to water my mother’s flowerbeds. Mind you, not so sure the plants liked being drenched in Tide. Here we are again with stiflingly hot temperatures and hose pipe bans in places. Of course that is one of the joys of living and working in Lyme Regis, you can take a dip in the ocean to cool down, although with reports of a thresher shark (#TrueStory) having been spotted in Lyme Bay, I give the surface a quick scan before I dive in. Talking of true stories, I showed another wedding party around on Saturday and the father-in-law to be told me about the many nights he spent at the Marine during the 1970s. One occasion in particular when the theatre wall was the sea wall; slightly worse for wear, one of his pals was sitting there one minute and found himself down on the beach the next! Our bunting that adorns Theatre Square took a bit of a bashing from Storm Hector so our technician and all round good egg, Pete Hackett, has reinforced the strings. Another theatre hero is Simon from Lyme Bay Auctions; he and his team moved our piano up onto the stage for Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, they sure have a slick operation… tea Mr Shifter? Our summer programme and disabled loo launch party was a great success, I ended up looking like I’d done a round with the Homepride’s Mr McDougal, black trousers are no good when you are sweeping up building debris! But bar manager Claire and I soon had the front of the theatre looking like a scene

from Darling Buds of May. Our VIP, local lady Kate Duncan did the honours and cut the ribbon. But there’s no rest for the wicked, I had to sort out the tech that night for our screening of Madama Butterfly. I’m pleased to say it all ran smoothly and the screening went off without a hitch. Another notch in my Theatre Manager post. A work experience pupil joined us for a week. I think she was surprised by what goes on here and that no two days are the same; we threw her in at the deep end mind, helping front of house, our Marine Young Company and a wedding. We took delivery of a Lyme Regis Brewery cask; Claire and I set about ‘tapping’ it. Apparently there’s a knack to doing this without getting soaked; I stood by with a towel whilst Claire held the tap in place with her £1.50 Rainbow Store mallet in hand, builder Gary stood by laughing then brought out his builder’s mallet and with one strike, had the tap firmly in place and not a drop was spilt. An R&D (research and development) group were in residence for a week. They were making some very strange alien-like noises and played a game of handball that I was invited to join – there was a reason I was never chosen for the school netball team; I soon made my excuses! As the temperatures climbed and the Talon crew arrived, I looked forward to an end-ofthe-working-week cooling dip in the sea, so much better than dousing myself in Arial nonbio and not a hint of Jaws.

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Addictive TV Marine Theatre, 7.30pm This acclaimed duo filmed improvised recording sessions with musicians around the world, then ingeniously sampled and spliced them together to create a digital super-group of international artists who never met, but play together on-screen. Tickets from £9 available by calling 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 7.30pm, music from 8.30pm.

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Marine Theatre, 7pm Acclaimed comedy duo Stiff and Kitsch bring their Edinburgh show to Dorset. Tickets from £10 upwards, available by calling 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 7pm, show at 8pm. Live Music Night @ The Nag’s Head Nag’s Head, 9pm Live music every Saturday night at the Nag’s Head, this week with rock/blues three-piece Lucky Ol’ Sun.

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Saturday, July 14

Uplyme Summer Show & Country Fayre King George V Playing Field, Uplyme, 1pm Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society’s annual show, plus family dog show and other traditional attractions throughout the afternoon. Lyme Regis Comedy Club Marine Theatre, 7pm A night of four comedians is headlined by the winner of the ITV stand-up comedy contest ‘Show Me The Funny’ Patrick Monohan, with support from Luke Honnoraty and Mike Cox, while Bridport’s Tom Glover hosts. Tickets from £8 available by calling 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 7pm, acts on stage at 8pm.

Film Screening: ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Marine Theatre, 6.30pm This is a science fiction adventure starring Oprah Winfrey. After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Tickets from £4, available by calling 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 6.30pm, screening at 7.30pm. Lyme Regis Sequence Dancing Club Woodmead Halls, 7.45pm 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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Tuesday, July 24

Cap to Coast Challenge Lyme Regis Football Club, 12pm Lyme Regis Football Club youth section raising funds for women’s cancer charity GO Girls! by hiking from Golden Cap to the club for an afternoon of World Cup theme activities, plus a screening of the final. The Sunday Sessions Marine Theatre, 3pm A post-roast music session hosted by Street & Matthews, an acoustic duo who are one half of popular local band DeltaTango7, joined by the best local performers. Entry is free, please note this event is upstairs with limited seating. Lyme Regis Sequence Dancing Club Woodmead Halls, 7.45pm 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, July 17

Music By The Sea Marine Parade, 8pm Weekly open-air concerts by Lyme Regis Town Band, held every Tuesday evening during summer.

Wednesday, July 18

Meet & Remember Lyme Regis Football Club, 2pm Friendly, monthly sessions hosted by LymeForward to reminisce and socialise with others. Free entry, parking and refreshments provided. All welcome. Live Screening: Romeo & Juliet Marine Theatre, 6pm This live screening of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. Tickets from £11 available by calling 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 6pm, screening at 7pm.

Thursday, July 19

Music By The Sea Marine Parade, 8pm Weekly open-air concerts by Lyme Regis Town Band, held every Tuesday evening during summer.

Wednesday, July 25

Admiral Sir George Somers Commemoration Parade Starting from entrance to Langmoor Gardens, 11am A procession to commemorate former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Sir George Somers, who first colonised the islands of Bermuda following a shipwreck, including visitors from Lyme’s twin town of St George’s in Bermuda.

Thursday, July 26

Royal British Legion Beach Stall Marine Parade, 10am to 12.30pm Tombola, cakes and book stall in aid of the Royal British Legion. Live Screening: ‘Saul’ Marine Theatre, 6pm A live screening from the Glyndebourne Festival of Barrie Kosky’s blazing original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new. Tickets from £12, available by calling 01297 442138 or visit Bar opens 6pm, screening at 7pm. 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. Eyes down 8pm.

Friday, July 27

Oasiss Marine Theatre, 7.30pm The UK’s most celebrated tribute act to Oasis will be playing all the hits from ‘Roll With It’ to ‘Wonderwall’. Nineties DJs play into the night. It’s going to be Supersonic! Tickets from £8 available by calling 01297 442138 or visit

Book Launch Lyme Regis Museum, 6pm The Lyme Regis Society launch their new book ‘Historic Houses Part 4’ with a reception at the museum, where refreshments will be served. All welcome. 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. Eyes down 8pm.

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The Funk & Soul Show with The LBJBs Marine Theatre, 8pm Expect a great atmosphere, a selection of the best music from the last 40 years, and good value drinks offers. The night will feature two headline sets from the Bristol-based supergroup The LBJBs. Tickets from £6 available by calling 01297 442138 or visit

Saturday, July 21

‘Adele Is Younger Than Us’

Bethany Chapel Coffee Morning Bethany Chapel, 10.30am Refreshments and cakes raising funds for the air ambulance and lifeboat. Free entry. Live Music Night @ The Nag’s Head Nag’s Head, 9pm Live music every Saturday night at the Nag’s Head, this week with classic rock three-piece The Perfect Strangers. Live Screening: André Rieu’s ‘My Tribute to Love’ Marine Theatre, 6pm each evening The King of the Waltz André Rieu will be screening his 2018 Maastricht concerts in his hometown. Tickets from £11, available by calling 01297 442138 or visit Doors open 6pm each evening for 7pm start.


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IN our regular series commemorating the 100th anniversaries of the deaths of all men from Lyme Regis and the surrounding area who died in the First World War, this week we remember three men James Pomeroy, Stephen John Stocker, and Ernest Harold ‘Harry’ Loveridge. With thanks to Vernon Rattenbury from the Royal British Legion for the research.


Leading Stoker, HMS Anchusa, Royal Navy, Service No K15314 Born October 22 1890 in Honiton and died July 16 1918 on HMS Anchusa James Pomeroy joined the Royal Navy on July 8 1912 at Devonport, giving his occupation a casual labourer. He was serving on HMS Cumberland when war broke out, which was sent to West Africa in August 1914 where she supported operations in the Cameroons, capturing 10 German merchantmen at Douala on September 27 1914.  He married Emma Nettie Hoare in Lyme Regis on June 14 1916 and they had one daughter, Nancy.  He left HMS Cumberland in November 1916 before joining the newly-built sloop HMS Anchusa on May 30 1917. She was torpedoed by the German submarine U54 off the north coast of Ireland, 12 nautical miles north west of Inishtrahull in County Donegal with only 12 survivors from a crew of 100. The son of Jane and the late James Pomeroy of Axminster, and husband of Emma Nettie Pomeroy of 2 Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, he is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 28 and also on the Lyme Regis war memorials in the parish church and in the town, as well as the war memorial in Axminster.


Gunner, 17th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, Service No 42310 Born 1895 in Uplyme and died July 16 1918 in Pas de Calais, France The 17th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery arrived in France on October 7 1915. It took part in the Third Battle of Ypres from July 31 to November 10 1917. Stephen Stocker died of wounds, the son of John and Alice Stocker, of Eveleigh Cottage, Uplyme. He is buried in Aubigney Communal Cemetery Extension, France, grave IV.F.13 and is commemorated on the Uplyme war memorial.


Private, 3rd Battalion, Worcester Regiment, Service No 41883 Born October 7 1898 in Combpyne and died July 26 1918 in Poland The 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment went to France, landing at Rouen on August 16 1914. Harry did not arrive in France until March 22 1915. His battalion took part in most of the major battles on the Western Front and, although we do not known exactly when he was taken prisoner, it would have been during one of these actions. Harry Loveridge died as a Prisoner of War at Szczypiorno Prison Camp in Poland. The son of Julia Anna Loveridge of Combpyne, he is buried in Poznan Old Garrrison Cemetery, Cemetery Memorial 8, and is also commemorated on the Rousdon war memorial, appearing as ‘H. Loveridge’.

Lyme Regis teacher takes on charity swim JAMES Rich, deputy headteacher at St Michael’s Primary School in Lyme Regis, will be swimming from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight next month to raise funds for charity. Keen sportsman James, from Bridport, will be taking on the swimming challenge with 11 other people in aid of spinal injury charity Aspire. The route is just over three miles and he hopes to complete it in under two hours on Saturday, August 4. James (pictured), who joined St Michael’s two years ago, has previously competed in triathlons and undertaken several sporting challenges for charity, including the London Marathon for the air ambulance and a 50-mile walk in Scotland for an Army charity. He also pushed one of his former students around a half marathon course in a wheelchair, to raise funds for an off-road wheelchair for her. Now he is hoping to raise £1,000 for Aspire, which provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injury, supporting them from injury to independence. A keen swimmer, James said he had been looking for a charity open-water swim to take part in, and chose Aspire’s Solent Swim having been impressed by The Aspire Leisure Centre, the first fully-integrated leisure centre in Europe, as he likes to support inclusion in sport. Having previously worked at Dorset County Hospital as a porter before becoming a teacher, James saw several people suffering from spinal cord injuries and said he feels lucky to be able to take on such sporting challenges. James started training for the swim from Portsmouth to Ryde at Bridport Leisure Cen-

tre in January but has been enjoying more open-water swimming in the recent hot weather. He took part in the annual Lyme Splash swimming challenge from Lyme Regis to Charmouth last year, and plans to swim from Seatown to West Bay as part of his training. After completing the challenge for Aspire in August, James is planning to take part in the Oceanman open water swimming world championship in Benidorm in October, and also hopes to one day swim the English Channel. To sponsor James, visit his JustGiving page at

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Lyme Regis Society launches new ‘historic Houses’ book

THE Lyme Regis Society is celebrating the launch of the latest in a series of books about the fascinating history of some of the town’s most remarkable architecture. ‘Historic Houses Part 4’ will be officially launched in the new Fine Foundation Learning Centre at Lyme Regis Museum on Thursday, July 19 from 6pm. The new book features a range of articles, from The Cobb and how it has evolved over the years to protect and shelter the town, to ‘Coolrus’, a fine example of a ‘Caddy’ house – Arts & Crafts houses that were built all over Lyme Regis by the Caddy family of builders early in the 20th century.

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NURSE practitioner Sally Cable, from Lyme Bay Medical Practice, will give a talk on Wednesday, July 18 on the topical subject of ‘The Importance of Hydration’. The talk will be held at Lyme Regis Football Club at 2pm, as part of the monthly ‘Meet & Remember’ sessions organised by LymeForward. All are welcome to attend this supportive, friendly environment for those who like to look back and remember. For further information please call Heather Prior on 01297 441224 or email

Extended hours for mobile banking

THE Lloyds mobile banking van has extended its opening hours in Lyme Regis. The van is now open every Friday at the Woodmead Halls car park in Hill Road, from 9.45am to 12.15pm and 1pm to 3pm.

VOLUNTEERS from St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis hosted their annual beach stall yesterday (Thursday). The event was held on Marine Parade, raising funds for essential repairs to the church tower, which is suffering from water ingress (see page 3). Among those helping on the stall was Frances Barter (pictured right), who has just published her first book ‘Meet Bronte’. The book is written from the point of view of Frances’ cockapoo Bronte and features Lyme Regis and the surrounding area. It is available in Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre and other local outlets for £4.99 with 20 per cent of each sale going to the church tower fund.

Citizens Advice Bridport & District Annual General Meeting Monday 16th July, 2018 at 7.30 pm at Town Hall, Bridport DT6 3HA Guest speaker: Catherine Parker, Shelter Area Manager 'Welcome to Dorset, where homelessness meets the perfect place to live' Refreshments will be provided

NEWS FROM CITIZENS ADVICE ISSUES relating to welfare benefits continued during the last year to be the reason people most often contacted the local offices of Citizens Advice, with a growing number of them wanting to discuss the controversial new system of Universal Credit, which was introduced in this area towards the end of last year. But it has announced that housing has now overtaken debt as the second largest enquiry area and Citizens Advice said this reflects the increasing problems both of securing affordable accommodation and homelessness with concerns regularly being expressed about the high number of empty homes in West Dorset. The efforts of Citizens Advice can help people to remain in their homes and supports the homeless prevention work that is undertaken by local councils. In Lyme Regis it has been estimated that more than 20 per cent of the properties in the town are second homes and this adds to the problems for many people of finding somewhere to live. Polly Neate, chief executive of the housing charity Shelter, commented recently: “It’s clear that our country is in the firm grip of a housing crisis, with everyone from young children and their families through to older people bearing the brunt.” The area manager for Shelter, Catherine Parker, has been invited to review the housing situation locally when she addresses the annual meeting of Bridport and District Citizens Advice, which covers Lyme Regis, which is taking place at Bridport Town Hall on Monday, July 16 starting at 7.30pm. Her talk will be entitled ‘Welcome to Dorset, where homelessness meets the perfect place to live’. During the last year the local offices of Citizens Advice have also seen an increase in the number of people contacting them about employment concerns with the top issues including pay and entitlements, terms and conditions and dismissal.

Bryan Brown, chairman of Bridport and District Citizens Advice, said: “We are very concerned about the significant number of local people facing difficulties with housing and employment. “Overall more than 2,000 people now seek our help each year, many more than in past, and as a result we need around 80 volunteer advisers to cope with our workload. All of them have undertaken a thorough training course and do a fantastic job. I am most grateful to all of them. “Members of the public and interested parties or organisations are most welcome to attend our annual meeting and find out more about the work we do. We will also be delighted to answer any questions at the end when some light refreshments will be served.” On a trial basis for the remainder of this year a second advice session is now being run by Citizens Advice in Lyme Regis every week. The regular weekly advice session is still being held every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm at the St Michael's Business Centre, DT7 3DB, in the centre of the town and at least until December sessions are also being held on Mondays between 10am and 12noon at the Lyme Regis Medical Centre in Uplyme Road, DT7 3LS. If these times are inconvenient anyone can instead go to the Citizens Advice offices at South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY which holds a session every weekday between 10am and 3pm. In addition you can contact Citizens Advice by email on or telephone 0344 245 1291, which will get you through to the Dorset AdviceLine. Advice obtained from Citizens Advice will always be free, confidential and impartial and everyone is welcome to visit any of its sessions, even if they do not have an appointment.


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Youth footballers to climb Golden Cap for women’s cancer charity

CHILDREN were able to get their own back on teachers at the annual summer fair held at St Michael’s Primary School last week. Pupils set up a ‘gunge factory’ and put their teachers to the test, asking them questions and giving them a good gunging if they answered incorrectly. The event raised funds for the school’s PFA and students set up a number of fete games and stalls in the playground, as well as a barbecue. Pictured above, pupils mix up the gunge before putting teachers to the test.

IT’S all ‘GO’ in Lyme Regis this weekend, as a youth football team take on a huge challenge in aid of the women’s cancer charity GO Girls! Lyme Regis Football Club’s Youth Section will be taking on the Cap to Coast Challenge, hiking to the top of Golden Cap – the highest peak on the south coast – before a further uphill struggle back from Charmouth to Lyme Regis. Fifteen young footballers will be taking part in the event, to be held on Sunday, July 15, setting off at 8am. Charmouth resident Beth Gillan (pictured), who has organised the event for GO Girls!, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year. After major surgery, she has made a good recovery, but recognises that there is much to do to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Hilary Maxwell, chairman of GO Girls!, commented: “Survival has not improved in ovarian cancer for 20 years now. Women must ensure they are aware of what is normal and what is not and GPs need to ensure they refer early if they suspect ovarian cancer: we cannot allow the present situation to continue – women deserve much better.

“We have made great progress in breast cancer survival. We can do the same with ovarian cancer, but we need all women to work together to make progress.” Beth’s husband Steve, who supports the GO Girls! charity, added: “It came as a total shock when Beth was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Us guys are just as important in helping raise awareness, we have mums, wives, girlfriends, daughters – I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what Beth and my family have.” Following their hiking challenge, the young footballers will be heading to Lyme Regis Football Club on Sunday for an afternoon of fundraising activities from 12noon. But there will be no time to rest, as they’ll be taking on Seaton girls football squad in their own Cap to Coast World Cup play-off. There’s also no need to miss the actual World Cup final, which will be shown on the football club’s two big screen televisions, kicking off at 4pm. Other attractions will include a raffle with luxury hamper and fantastic prizes donated by many local businesses, plus

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EXMOOR and its way of life, the people, the wildlife and the shear beauty of the place can take your breath away. But there came a time when I had to tell a little white lie when I discovered a huge red stag on private property in Rackenford, a small village near Exmoor. So to protect the stag’s whereabouts I said he lived on Exmoor. I had known of the amazing spectacle of wild red deer grazing the private meadow for a number of years, In fact, I photographed another massive stag called Bruno for a national Sunday newspaper in the same spot a few years before. This time, and with the new owners’ permissio,n I noticed a huge stag in amongst the hinds (females). He was massive, with a great set of antlers which showed off the sheer bulk of the animal and his ragged main and muscular body. He was a perfect specimen. He was so big that during the rutting season none of the other stags would challenge him as he kept all his ladies close to him. I had already decided that he would be called the Emperor of Exmoor, a great media name. So I flagged him up to the national newspapers as possibly Britain’s largest wild animal, working on the fact that red deer stags are our largest wild animal. The Daily Mail picked up on the Emperor story and sent their top feature writer down to get close to the beast, which she did and wrote a very interesting article still keeping

the secret as to where he was living. So after another Daily Mail spread on the Emperor it came as a bit of a shock when Exmoor countryman Johnny Kingdom rang me at home and told me the Emperor had been shot and killed. Johnny agreed to talk to close friend and journalist Martin Hesp but only if we promised to keep his name out of it, which we both agreed to do. In all the years I have been in the newspaper business I have never seen a story gather so much pace in such a short time. Martin’s story broke in the Western Morning News on the lines of ‘Who shot the Emperor, Britain’s largest wild animal?’ and the story went global. It seems that everyone loves a ‘whodunnit’. I was interviewed by dozens of radio and TV stations all over the world; they all wanted to know about the Emperor. It began when the telephone started to ring a 3am in the morning from an Australian radio station. I spent the next day being interviewed for all media outlets including ’Countryfile’ with John Cravern, It was even the lead story on the BBC 6 o’clock news and it resulted in questions being asked in the House of Commons regarding the legality of shooting wild deer. It transpired that the stag had wandered into a field where there was a leagal shoot taking place and he was shot probably for his antlers, not because he was the Emperor.

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What does future hold for Three Cups Hotel? MY family and I have a long history with Lyme Regis. I’ve been coming here on family holidays all my life - and my mother before that as a child with her sisters. I’m 40 now and the Three Cups has been closed up and empty for 30 years. I remember the beer garden going all the way down to the park in the 1980s. How can this have been allowed

to go on? Lyme Regis is a thriving seaside town with a fantastic community at the heart of it. Not to mention its importance as part of the Jurassic Coast. I just think it’s a terribly sad waste of a beautiful building. What does its future hold?

I’M very disappointed that there is still no statue of Mary Anning in Lyme Regis. She was by far your most significant and important citizen and must be commemorated. Surely it's not on account of her gender that Lyme Regis is ignor-

ing her? In this year, when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffage, will you please pledge to erect a statue of Mary Anning? Maureen Luchini (nee Guppy) By email

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Celebrity guest to appear during Lifeboat Week 2018

FOR more than 40 years Lifeboat Week has been one of the highlights of summer in Lyme Regis, drawing holidaymakers in their thousands to the town known. It all started as a lifeboat day back in 1965, but it soon became clear there was a strong potential for a much bigger celebration for all the family at the height of summer. On average, in recent years, Lifeboat Week has raised some £30,000 for the RNLI to help achieve its aim as the charity that saves lives at sea. Final preparations are now being made for this year’s event, starting on Saturday, July 28th, with one of the highlights set to be a display by the Army’s crack parachute display team, the Red Devils. Organisers have also announced that this year’s celebrity guest will be Lord Julian Fellowes, renowned actor, novelist, film director and screen writer. Julian is the author of several Sunday Times Best Seller novels, provided the screenplay for the film ‘Gosford Park’ which won the Academy award for Best Original Screenplay and is probably best known as the creator, writer and executive producer of the multiple award-winning ‘Downton Abbey’ series. He will be joining the lifeboat crew for events on Tuesday, July 31 from 6pm and commented: “I know the volunteers put a great deal of effort into raising funds for the RNLI charity and I am looking forward to my visit.” There are a number of new events this year, some of which will run all week, including a water or wine stall where lucky dippers stand the chance of winning one type of liquid beverage or another, will be set up outside the lifeboat station on the Cobb. Ducks will be on sale every day for the everpopular duck race, and throughout the week there’s a chance to win a prize of a three night stay in a Lyme Regis chalet with sea views in the Lyme Regis RNLI Challenge, which involves navigating a course around the town solving clues along the way. Also running every day will be a raffle-style competition to name the dog made out of wornout RNLI yellow wellies, which stands outside the lifeboat shop. A draw will take place every day in the lifeboat shop. Two of the country’s top auctioneers, who have been star attractions at recent Lifeboat Weeks are returning this year, but in different roles. Instead of an auction, Simon Watson, managing director of Lyme Bay Auctions, and his colleague Harry Ballin will be holding a valuation day at the lifeboat station. Simon said: “We will be offering appraisals of jewellery,watches, silver,gold,antiques, collectables, artwork, in fact anything old and inter-

esting.” The RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign, which focuses on preventing drownings, will be featured when lifeboat crew members demonstrate the floating technique which aims to show how, not panicking and simply floating, can save a life when someone accidentally falls into the water. On the first day of the week there will be the traditional display by the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew who will be joined by their colleagues from Exmouth and their Shannon-class lifeboat and the coastguard helicopter from St Athan. Look out for the return of other favourite events, including the traditional Bathtub Race. And the week will be topped off by a spectacular fireworks display. Full details with dates and timings of all events are available in the official Lifeboat Week programme, now available in local outlets including the RNLI shop on the Cobb.

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Tales From Lyme’s Past

A glimpse of our history by Peter Lacey

THE 1069 VOYAGE JUST three years after the Battle of Hastings when William the Conqueror invaded England and claimed the English throne, a Lyme merchant ship set out on a voyage to the city of York. An account of the voyage is recorded in The Chartul of Selby Abbey and is linked to a grant of land at Selebya (Selby) given by William to a monk, A SMALLER replica of the vessel which sailed from Lyme named Bededict, who is described as “a brother of the house the River Ouse to Selby, which at that time was separated from York by some 10 miles of Saint German at Auxerre”. In a vision, the monk had been instructed of woodland. There can be no doubt that it was a danto establish a religious cell in North of England. When Bededict arrived in England from gerous passage in a clinker built vessel with France he confused Selebya with Salesbyria an estimated length of 14 meters and a and found himself in Salisbury, Wiltshire. beam of almost four meters. By necessity it The Bishop of Salisbury came to his rescue; would have had to be a stable craft, the six because he held land and had a house in oarsmen would have achieved a speed of Lyme he was aware of its maritime activities. about 3.5 miles per hour, under its single sail The monk was sent to Lyme and it is and with a favourable wind about double recorded in The Chartul that “he set sail from that distance. Its strong timber construction Lyme in a merchant ship bound for York in made it capable of carrying a cargo of bethe year 1069”. tween 6-7 tons. The evidence would suggest that this was Depending on the weather, the voyage not the first passage of a Lyme ship to that could have taken between four to six weeks. city. The Bishop would hardly have sent Be- While there is no indication as to the cargo, dedict on a maiden voyage, he was after all French wine is a distinct possibility. on a mission for both God and King. The voyage to York predates any other The sea passage to York is about 450 from Lyme by 225 years and puts its marmiles with numerous hazards and strong tidal flows. Portland Bill with its notorious itime history into a new national perspective. race is followed by Saint Aldhelm’s head, It begs the question as to why the town’s then there is the Needles (entrance into the museum completely ignores this important Solent). The treacherous ship swallowing historic event. Footnote Challenge: It would be great if eiGoodwin Sands were a further threat as was the squall prone North Sea. Next came the ther the yacht or gig club could stage a reHumber Estuary and finally the long haul up enactment.

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Youngsters impress in national tournament Chance of a lifetime for the Under 12s YOUTH members of Lyme Regis Football Club were given the opportunity of a lifetime when they played at the FA’s national football centre. The national 5-a-side tournament for under 12s was organised by Rotary International, with both boys and girls from Lyme’s youth section being able to take part thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis towards expenses and a new kit especially for the event. The tournament was held at St George’s Park in Burton on Trent, home of the FA and England’s 28 national teams. The £105 million facility, opened in 2012, with 13 outdoor pitches including a replica of the Wembley surface. The Lyme Regis squad of 10 players, which included the only three girls in the competition, showed determination, team work and passion for the sport. They received compliments from opposing managers and parents

for their enthusiasm, which did not wane over all 10 games played, and for excellent performances which included a hat-trick, fantastic tackles and runs and some wonderful saves from the keeper. Coach Martyn Wright said: “The players bonded as a team, learned together how to cope with being flung into such a big competition and with opponents most of whom were older and bigger than themselves, and came out of it thrilled to bits at having taken part. They played on the David Beckham pitch, they did their best and their enthusiasm was infectious. “They learned what effort can achieve and that has given each and every one of them confidence. Players, parents and football club officials are grateful to the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis for arranging our entry into this competition, for the new strip and for very generous assistance.”

LYME Regis Under 12s squad pictured at the national tournament at St George’s Park


Cullen takes gold with exceptional golf By Richard Jackman WITH the pins in some very tricky places it was going to take some exceptional golf to win the Coronation Cup, which is open to all members of Lyme Regis Golf Club. Only two players bettered par and one was Neal Cullen who helped himself to two excellent birdies on the front nine before steadying himself on the back nine to come in with a well-worked nett 69 to take gold. Finishing on 70 was Simon Doyle who by contrast had two birdies on consecutive holes on the back nine to finish a very worthy second, and but for one hole might have taken top spot. Alfie Crisp held his competitive nerve to finish third with 72. Top lady was Lizzie Linnert who kept her cool to score a steady nett 76. In the Seniors’ July Stableford, played the following day, Division One was won by Stephen Pitt with the best score of the day on 39 points, having played some brilliant steady golf. Leader in the clubhouse for some time was David Lines who was quick off the blocks scoring 21 points on the front nine in his worthy second place score of 38 points. David Binns had a lean patch in the middle of his round but still finished third on 37 points. Division Two was much tighter as Richard Stubbs and Gareth Vaughan both ended with a worthy, competi-

tive 37 points, but by one point on countback Stubbs stole the glory to win. Dave Dallas improved on the back nine to take third with 36 points. This week Lyme Regis Golf Club celebrate their 125 years with a week of competitive golf culminating in an attempt at the fastest round of golf today (Friday), before a special gala dinner tomorrow evening.

Lyon roars in club championship

IN Lyme Regis Golf Club’s championship last year’s winner David Lyon started as he meant to go on by shooting a level par 71 on the first day. Only two shots behind were Jon Ebdon and Scott Love, both looking in good form. In pole position of the handicap championship were Jon Ebdon, Jason Lindley and Bradley Searle all with nett 70s with half a dozen 71ers snapping at their heels. Lyon had played some solid sensible golf to get into pole position for the next day. Day two arrived with hopes high amongst several players but in general the course showed its teeth as several players fell by the wayside. Not so David Lyon who although a shot worse off than day one, still showed his class and determination, as he shot 72 to finish with 143, a

score that in the end was plenty good enough to win and hold on for back-to-back club championship wins. Matt Searle improved on his day one score to finish second on 152 while George Seed finished third on 155 with two steady rounds. n the handicap trophy day two belonged to 11 year old Zac Mudford who shot the best nett score of the competition with 68 improving

by six shots on his first day score. Mudford had played despite going off on holiday, so crammed a lot into the day, but his golf on day two showed a maturity beyond his years as he won the handicap trophy with 142. David Lyon finished second on 143, while Lewis Gibbons held two good rounds together to finish 3rd on 144.

DAVID Lyon left, being presented with the Club Championship trophy by club captain Lee Caddy


League teams struggle again By Paul Moffitt ANOTHER very poor showing this week by the Lyme Regis Bowling Club league teams. The ladies and the championship teams could only manage two points apiece against Gillingham and Sherborne respectively, whilst the men’s second team were whitewashed by Bridport. Lyme also lost both friendlies against Axminster at home and Topsham away. Results: West Dorset Men Div 1. Lyme 57; Bridport 80. B Driscoll, P Stephens, B Parsons, D Meylan 21-24; R Hobbs, N Solomon, A Nabarro, C Barber 1820; R McLennan, A Henson, K Hickman, W Payne 18-36. Dorset Ladies Div 1. Lyme 50; Gillingham 54. H Dowling, C Pomeroy, L Broom, C Barber 24-13; A Allman, A Darvill, A Rattenbury, P Weech 12-24; J Moffitt, V Henson, N Stephens, S Rowe 14-17. Friendly: Lyme 54; Axminster 78. M Knight, D Sarson, R Turpin, A Nabarro 9-21; L Young, J Kesterton, A Darvill, A Weech 18-16; E Sarson, P Oakley, N Solomon, P Knight 11-20; B Smith, A Curtis, P Edmonds, P Weech 16-21.

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Community rallies to save the cricket club PHILIP EVANS EFFORTS to secure the future of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club have taken a big step forward, thanks to a £1,500 donation from Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee. Representatives of the carnival committee attended a recent open meeting at the cricket club, where the club’s financial difficulties were outlined. A fundraising campaign was launched to urgently raise £4,000 to purchase a roller for the cricket field in Uplyme, which has been described as essential to the future operation of the club. After speaking with cricket club officials and players, the carnival committee resolved to support the work and future plans of the club with a donation of £1,500. Acting chairman Alex Heath said: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet members of the club recently. Club members and officials are so clearly not just passionate about cricket itself, but also totally committed to ensuring future generations of young people from Lyme Regis and Uplyme can continue to have the opportunity to play cricket, on a traditional English cricket green. “The carnival committee is pleased to step in to support this valued community club which, whilst it is located in Uplyme continues, as it has done for decades, to attract players and members from both Dorset and Devon in equal measure.” Ian Thomas, chairman of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, thanked the Carnival Committee and said: “As an amateur club, run totally by unpaid volunteers, cost pressures in providing the necessary equipment and running costs of preparing and maintaining such a beautiful ground have escalated rapidly. “The immediate need to replace the club roller, without which cricket on

LYME Regis Regatta & Carnival’s acting chairman Alex Heath and treasurer Sharon Ward present a cheque for £1,500 to cricket club chairman Ian Thomas the traditional grass wicket cannot safely continue, has put the future of the club in doubt. “The club is very grateful to the carnival committee for its generous donation. This gives our club fundraising efforts an excellent kick start toward ensuring the club can continue to offer cricket to all ages across the area. “In 2019, the club will be directly supporting carnival, with innovative cricket related activities in Lyme and the surrounding area.” Mr Heath added: “Looking to the future, carnival will be looking to further support development of cricket in Uplyme and Lyme Regis and the work of volunteers who maintain both the cricket field and ensure that local schools and their children can continue to enjoy cricket, the essence of England.”

Other businesses and organisations have also been forthcoming in helping the cricket club’s appeal, including California Fitness. Lyme Regis fitness instructors Jesse and Aneesa California are running a raffle to win three-month membership to their classes, worth £105, with all proceeds going to the cricket club’s appeal. Numbers 1 to 50 are available for £10 each and two lucky winners will be selected once all the numbers have been purchased. Commenting on their decision to support the club, Aneesa said: “As a local growing fitness provider for the Lyme Regis, Uplyme, Axminster and surrounding areas, we aim to support other health and sports teams/committees in any way we can. We have previously fundraised for charities such as the mental health charity

MIND and, although the cricket club isn’t a charity, it is a large part of our community as a ‘not for profit’ amateur sports club and has been for decades. “Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket club provides sporting opportunities for the young and older generations of the local communities. It brings families together and enables a wellloved, popular sport to be enjoyed locally by many. “To lose such a club would be so sad when such little funds are needed to keep it alive.” To buy a raffle ticket, see the California Fitness Facebook page for further details. Donations can be made to the cricket club’s appeal online at

Maltby ton steers Uplyme to victory A BRILLIANT century by Bruce Maltby (pictured) steered Uplyme and Lyme Regis to their second victory of the season at home to Clyst St George on Saturday. In one of the finest innings seen at the King George V playing field for some time, the experienced batsmen hit 14 fours and three sixes in his ton. Uplyme won the toss and elected to bat but got off to a poor start, losing openers Jedd Whittington and Laurie Thomas with only eight runs on the board. Mark Batey

(18) helped steady the innings and then his brother Steve came to the wicket and with Maltby punished the Clyst bowlers in blistering heat, taking the score to 235-5 with Batey contributing a swashbuckling 84, which included nine fours and four sixes. Uplyme amassed 268-6 off their allotted 45 overs but the visitors did not shirk the challenge of chasing such a high score, failing in the end by just two runs short of victory when stumps were drawn with their score on 266-9.

Laurie Thomas returned the best figures in Uplyme’s seven-man bowling attack, finishing with 3-53. Charlie Moss and Mark Batey weighed in with two wickets apiece. The victory brought Uplyme 19 much-need runs which narrows the gap at the bottom of the D Division East to just five points. It was also a successful afternoon for Uplyme & Lyme Regis 2nds who had a 19-point victory over Topsham Saints, making it the club’s best weekend of the season.

Support Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club this summer This Saturday’s match: 2nd X1 home to Exwick CC

sports shorts Olympic yachtsmen to compete in Lyme TOP yachtsmen wil be converging on Lyme Regis in August when the Sailing Club will be hosting the championship for the Merlin Rocket class, one of the most exciting, competitive and technical dinghys in the United Kingdom. Club secretary Sally Holman said: “We anticipate entries from one or two Olympic medalists, several in the squad for the 2020 games, plus many World and National Championships. “We expect that the event will bring in approximately 200 visitors, and will involve a lot of the club members acting as volunteers for the event.” The event is being held between August 18 and 29 with a reception for competitors and dignitaries on the Saturday evening. Being selected as the host club for such a prestigious event in the sailing calendar underlines the club’s fine reputation in the sailing world bringing a great deal of kudos to the town.

Sunday lunches at the Football club LYME Regis Football Club has launched a Sunday Lunch Club to raise funds for its development fund, utilising the new kitchen facilities at the Davey Fort. On Sunday 40 members and supporters sat down to a traditional two-course Sunday lunch, raising about £250 for Project Fortify. The lunch was prepared by the club’s fundraising committee Francesca Evans, Heather Larcombe, Andrea Budden and Nicky Leven, assisted by club president Philip Evans and his wife Jackie. A draw for a chicken lunch Sunday lunch and bottle of wine was won by Adrianne Mullins. The next Sunday lunch at the football club will be held on Sunday, September 30. Adults £8.50, children £4.

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