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Former mayor given MBE for charity work COMMUNITY fundraiser and former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Philip Evans, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mr Evans, an experienced journalist who now publishes the LymeOnline newspaper and website, has been honoured for his services to charity and the community of Lyme Regis, having organised local events and fundraisers since he was a teenager. REPORT, PAGE 3

Trader accuses council of ‘deliberate attack’

A LYME Regis trader has claimed his business has been “deliberately attacked” by the town council, after he made complaints at a recent public meeting. George Symonds, owner of the Amusement Arcade on Marine Parade, has complained to the council several times that the entrance to his business has been blocked by work vehicles during the refurbishment of the seafront toilets. The town council said claims of a deliberate attack were “absurd”. REPORT, PAGE 8

‘Ice cream wars’ MARIE Amesbury on her ice cream trike on the seafront which has incurred the anger of a number of traders

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TRIKE TRADER BLAMES COUNCIL FOR HARASSMENT AND THREATS

STREET trader Marie Amesbury claims she has been “harassed, stalked, threatened and spat at” for selling ice creams from her trike on Lyme Regis seafront. And at Wednesday’s meeting of the Town Management Committee she pointed the finger at councillors for failing to make it clear she was “trading lawfully”. In April Mrs Amesbury applied to

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more permanent site in Lyme. At that time she said she was aware there had been some complaints regarding her operation, with traders raising concerns about her taking trade away from permanent businesses and whether she had the correct hygiene certificates. Mrs Amesbury said she wanted to work harmoniously with the people of Lyme Regis and the town council, but the council refused her request. Since then there has been reports

of a number of scuffles between traders, resulting in one woman reportedly being pushed to the floor and Mrs Amesbury has taken the matter to the police. The town council is working with West Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council to control unauthorised trading and a petition has been raised calling for a by-law to be introduced to prevent unauthorised trading in the town. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

Gig club rowers win national championship

LYME Regis Gig Club shook up the gig rowing community when they won the men’s veteran national championships, becoming the first non-Cornish crew ever to do so. The club’s junior section is also making its mark by winning the under 14s race and coming second at under 16s level at the Swanage Rowing Regatta. REPORT, PAGES 23 & 24

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Dispute between ice cream traders being ‘investigated by the police’ CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE Mrs Amesbury returned to the council chamber on Wednesday and informed councillors that there was an “ongoing police investigation” and she had been told by PC Rachel Roach, from Bridport Police Station, that she did not need a licence to sell ice creams. However, she was advised not to operate outside existing premises that sold ice creams to avoid further conflict. Mrs Amesbury was given three minutes in the public forum session to state her case. She said: “What was not made clear at the last meeting was that I currently operate lawfully with a pedlar’s certificate anywhere in the UK. At the last meeting you made a decision based around facts that did not include that. You unanimously decided you did not want my concession on the seafront. “There has been some discord around this and matters have escalated involving the police. I have been harassed, stalked, photographed, spat at, threatened with violence, had people visiting my home and very unkind messages on social media, directly as a result of you not grasping the nettle and putting out publicly some kind of statement that I trade lawfully, giving the impression that I trade illegally, that I don’t have public liability insurance, that I don’t have five star food hygiene, and I am not a bona-fide business but indeed I am, and I am asking you tonight to make clear to the residents and business people of Lyme Regis the truth of the situation. “With the police being involved I am dealing with PC Rachel Roach at Bridport Police Station and there is still an ongoing police investigation about harassment towards me. “An individual has been warned on two occasions about harassing me and stalking me which has caused me a lot of alarm and distress and that has included following me, stalking me, say-

ing unkind and rude things and using threatening behaviour towards me and I have been really upset about that. “I have got an email from PC Roach which says: ‘Interestingly, Marie, I have got to the bottom of this. You do not actually need to have a pedlar’s licence to sell your ice cream from your trike. Provided you are in West Dorset there is no such thing as a street traders’ licence so therefore, as long as you’re registered as a food company and are approved with your hygiene ratings, you A SEASIDE tradition? Marie Amesbury said this old photo of a mobile ice cream vendor can sell your ice cream on Lyme Regis seafront in the 1930s proves her business is part of “quintessential with no issue and you British seaside history” don’t even necessarily have to keep moving unless you choose to. Just bury’s request to trade along the seafront and in bear in mind where the shops are in relation to the gardens, but she has chosen to continue where you set up to avoid any upset or conflict.’” trading on land owned or controlled by the town Later in the meeting councillors went into pri- council without the council’s consent. The council has in no way encouraged anyone who may vate committee to discuss Mrs Amesbury’s statehave subsequently complained about her activiment. ties. Afterwards, deputy town clerk Mark Green “The council would not condone any illegal or said: “The council has considered its position re- inappropriate behaviour towards Mrs Amesbury garding unauthorised trading on the seafront. and we understand these matters are now being “The committee has agreed to take steps to dealt with by the police. control unauthorised trading using due process “The council has received several complaints of law, working in conjunction with West Dorset from local traders and we are aware there is a peDistrict Council and Dorset County Council. tition calling for a bylaw to be introduced to pre“The council previously refused Mrs Ames- vent unauthorised trading in Lyme Regis.”

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Community fundraiser and former Mayor of Lyme Regis awarded MBE

JOURNALIST PHILIP EVANS RECEIVES HONOUR FOR SERVICES TO CHARITY AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY COMMUNITY fundraiser and former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Philip Evans, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mr Evans (pictured), an experienced journalist who now publishes the LymeOnline newspaper and website, has been honoured for his services to charity and the community of Lyme Regis, having organised local events and fundraisers since he was a teenager, raising tens of thousands of pounds for various good causes. Born and bred in Lyme Regis, Philip – better known locally as Pip – started organising events in his teens when he was a member of Lyme Regis Boys’ Club, under the guidance of leader David Cozens, whom he described as “a brilliant old school youth leader” who encouraged members to get involved in the community. Along with his life-long friend, Stuart Broom, he became a member of the National Boys’ Club, an elite national group which recognised leadership potential. David, who encouraged Pip to become a journalist and was his boss in the early part of his career, was also awarded the MBE for his services to the community, as did fellow former mayor Barbara Austin and Royal British Legion stalwart Bill Reed. Lyme Regis town councillor Brian Larcombe, who was also born in the town, was awarded the MBE in 2016 for services to the hydrographic office in Taunton and the Ministry of Defence. Pip joined Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee when he was 18 and took over as secretary from Shaun Cregan a year later, a post he held for ten years, and with a dedicated team of volunteers they built the summer event into one of the biggest of its kind on the south coast, bringing the Red Arrows to Lyme Regis for the first time. It was during this time that Pip became a much sought-after compere, cutting his teeth on the Miss Lyme Regis contest and appearing at a number of events in London, including the National Carnival Queen competition at London’s Lyceum Ballroom. He has also been in much demand over the years as an after dinner speaker, especially in sporting circles. In 1974 Pip was appointed Festival Director of Lyme 1200, a summer-long celebration to mark the 1,200th anniversary of the first Lyme settlement. He also played a key role in the organisation of Charter 700, celebrating the 700th anniversary of the granting of Lyme’s Royal Charter. By this time he was a member of Lyme Regis Town Council, serving as chairman of both the Marine Theatre and Publicity & Advertising committees. He was deputy mayor to John Broderick when Princess Alexander visited Lyme as part of the charter celebration and, the following year, became the youngest ever Mayor of Lyme Regis, at 35 years old, a distinction he still holds to this day.

Name correction IN our recent coverage of Lyme Regis Football Club’s presentation night, we stated that the First Team Players’ Player trophy was donated in memory of Gordon Broom. The trophy was in fact donated in memory of his son, Robert Broome, a former club captain. The trophy was presented on behalf of the family by Robert’s grandson Bradley Rowe, who plays for the Seasiders. We apologise for this error.

Pip’s wife Jackie gave birth to their first daughter, Zoe, during their term of office, believed to have been the first time that had happened in the history of Lyme. A keen sportsman, Pip played football for Lyme Regis from the age of 14 and also served on the committee for a number of years, managing the Reserves for a period. As well as football, he was a keen cricketer and became chairman of Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, during which time he organised a two-week festival of sport, bringing a number of big sporting names to the town, including football legend Jimmy Greaves, cricketer Colin Milburn, snooker champion Terry Griffiths and gymnast Suzanne Dando, to raise money to build a new pavilion. Pip took a leading role in helping entertainer Richard Digance, who had a home in Lyme, to organise a week of events at the Marine Theatre to raise money to save Lyme Regis Hospital, raising £30,000 in 1985, the proceeds eventually going to the new medical centre. Despite moving to London to work for an international media company in the 1990s, Pip continued to take an interest in his hometown. During this period he was president of Lyme Regis Town Band and also compered the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance for a number of years, for which he was awarded a Legion Certificate of Appreciation. He later became a member of the Royal British Legion and is now honoured to be its president, the first time the branch has appointed a person to this position who did not serve in the armed forces. Passion for football When Pip returned from London, he also returned to his first love – the football club – serving as chairman for 10 years, during which time the club fielded four senior men’s teams, a ladies team and a number of youth teams, providing football for young people from the age of six. The club became one of the most active in Dorset and Pip was awarded a plaque for services to Dorset Football after he stood down. During his years as chairman of the football club, he led a project to build a new ground at the Strawberry Field, raising £45,000 in one year for the exploratory reports and plans. But the project was comprehensively rejected by planning officials after strong protests from the residents of Uplyme. Pip described the failure to deliver better facilities for sport in Lyme as “the biggest disappointment of my life”. He added: “Had the project been on the table now it would almost certainly have been approved, given the emphasis on the importance of sport in our community. “Compared with neighbouring towns, Lyme is poorly served by sporting facilities. The Strawberry Field project would have met those needs and enabled Lyme Regis Football Club to play at a higher standard.” After standing down as chairman, Pip was made an honorary life member and elected club president following the death of Barbara Austin MBE, six times Mayor of Lyme Regis. He has also been a keen supporter of the football club’s twinning arrangement with US Creully in Normandy, having gone on the first trip across the channel in 1980 and several others since. In fact, he spent last weekend in Creully and was with his footballing companions when the news of his MBE was announced

late on Friday night. After his wife survived a serious cancer operation in 2007, Pip organised a charity cricket match at Uplyme, raising £12,000 for Cancer Research UK, resulting in the founding of a local fundraising committee which since 2008 has raised in excess of £150,000 for the charity. Family support “I don’t take any credit for raising such substantial sums of money,” he said. “I have been lucky enough to get support from my family, friends and those who have worked for me in organising the various events for Cancer Research UK and the people of Lyme Regis have been unbelievably generous in supporting us. They are the real heroes.” PHILIP Evans, awarded the MBE for his services to the community of Lyme Regis Pip and his family – and recognised for his distinguished services in journalism for over 50 years wife Jackie and daughters Zoe and Francesca – were invited to a Queen’s garden party at fortunate over the years to have been surBuckingham Palace in 2011 for their charitable rounded by people who have been prepared to efforts. go that extra yard and do all sorts of crazy things In more recent times, Pip and Francesca or- to raise money for good causes. And in all the ganised the town’s celebration for the Queen’s events I have been involved in over the years Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and also fronted the there has been one common denominator – and local events when the Olympic Torch came that is we always have a lot of fun doing it. through the town. “I am very grateful to those people who nomiPip also launched the Red Arrows 100 Club nated me. I shall probably never know who they and a fundraising campaign to ensure the RAF’s are but they have my eternal thanks.” crack aerobatic team retained their 40-yearPip’s citation also recognised his “distinplus relationship with Lyme Regis, successfully guished career in journalism” for over 50 years. resulting in displays in 2016 and 2017. Although the team is not appearing in Lyme this year, due to unavailability, it is hoped they will return to Lyme in 2019. His other interests include Lyme Regis Musical Theatre (formerly the operatic society) for whom he is the current president, and the Woodmead Halls where he is chairman of the management committee. He is also a member of the Uplyme and Lyme Regis Sports Trust, a small committee, which tries to provide funding for young people to achieve their sporting potential. He also helped to set up the Lyme Regis Strictly to dogs on site, no helpers or buyers before 1pm Community Bingo Association and spent seven Telephone f/i 07546 372737 years as its secretary/treasurer. Commenting on the award, Pip said: “Of course I was shocked and surprised when a letter from the Cabinet Office arrived a few weeks ago. My wife said: ‘Now what have you done!’ “I have been really

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Wooden car park hut Lifeboat mascot given new RNL-eyes! destroyed by bin fire A WOODEN hut in Monmouth Beach car park, Lyme Regis, was destroyed by a fire on Friday, June 8. The hut was used by parking enforcement officers in the town council-owned car park. The damage was discovered on Saturday morning, with town council staff cleaning up the debris. It is believed the fire was started by a disposable barbecue in a nearby bin.

SOMEONE seems to have taken a shine to the eyes of the yellow welly dog that has become a major attraction outside the lifeboat station in Lyme Regis. Shop manager Krys Lavery discovered both eyes were missing and called in the dog’s creator, lifeboat crew member Garry Gibbs. Garry performed “complicated surgery” on the mascot, in time for it to return to duty at an RNLI stand at

the Royal Cornwall Show, where he advised dog owners how to keep safe during clifftop walks. Now Garry needs just two more pairs of worn-out RNLI wellies to start work on a friend for his original creation. The yellow welly dog will be the subject of a naming competition during Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis, starting on July 28.

Motorcyclist killed in fatal Lyme accident Food Rocks returns in September

Organ recital at St Michael’s church

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis, on Saturday, June 2. The accident involved a black Honda motorcycle and a silver Honda CR-V at the junction with Dragons Hill. The motorcyclist, a 44-year-old man from Exeter, was pronounced dead at the scene.

PETER King, organist emeritus at Bath Abbey, will give a recital at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis, which the South Wessex Organ Society promises to be the highlight of its summer season. The recital will be held on Wednesday, July 4, starting at 7.30pm - for tickets see www.sworgansociety.org

BRINGING together the best produce in Dorset and top UK chefs, the popular Food Rocks festival will return to Lyme Regis for its sixth year this September. Set on Marine Parade, the two-day extravaganza is curated by chef and restaurateur Mark Hix MBE.

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B Sharp announces gig competition winners THREE local bands have been named as the winners of music charity B Sharp’s Bridport Sounds competition. After a great contest, the hugely popular local band The Collaborators were given first prize of £200 and now go on to headline the Bridport Sounds gig, to be held at Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday, July 21, organised by Lyme charity B Sharp. See https://bsharp.org.uk for details.


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Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits at lunchtime concert MORE than 65 people enjoyed Richard Fereday’s performance of many of Frank Sinatra’s best known hits at the latest lunchtime concert in Charmouth. Monthly lunchtime concerts are held at St Andrew’s Church in aid of the Changing Spaces appeal, which aims to turn the church into more of a community venue. The next will be on June 19 at 12.30pm when local resident Maria Beazley will be singing a selection of Russian folk songs.

Lifeboat crew launched to help eight on dive boat LYME Regis lifeboat launched on the morning of Sunday, June 10 to help eight people stranded aboard a dive boat. The volunteer crew were contacted by the coastguard at 11.45am to assist a six-metre dive boat that had suffered power failure. The crew set up a tow and returned the boat with the divers to the safety of Lyme Regis harbour.

I SPEND all year looking forward to summer, sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s actually here and it’s time to start enjoying it! And there’s plenty of opportunity to do just that in and around Lyme Regis. We’ve already had a sun-drenched weekend of jazz music and street food on the seafront, and last weekend brought colourful displays by morris dancing sides from across the region to Marine Parade, for a special event hosted by Uplyme Morris (page 13). Uplyme Village Fete was also held on Saturday afternoon and was deemed a huge success by organisers after one of the biggest crowds in recent years turned out for the traditional event (pages 12 & 13). Once I had finished covering the day’s events, I was off to camp at Castlewood Vineyard in Musbury for their annual wine festival. It’s a bit of a hidden gem, really, tucked away in the beautiful East Devon countryside (so don’t tell too many people about it!) and the annual festival is a chilled out celebration of the finest local food, drink and music. Music and food seems to have become this summer’s theme. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been invited to the opening of the Alexandra Hotel’s new Am-

monite restaurant (page 7), reviewed a new menu at The Stable in Bridport (coming soon to lymeonline.co.uk), tried out the newlook Pilot Boat Inn and enjoyed freshly caught Lyme Bay mackerel and crab, thanks to my neighbours. And music will of course continue this Saturday (June 16), as guitarists of all ages and abilities descend on Lyme Regis for Guitars On The Beach. Bands will be taking to the stage all day building up to the record-attempt moment at about 4pm when everyone will be invited to strum along with the house band. Good luck to Geoff Baker and the organising team - I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more sunshine! Now to shamelessly plug my own upcoming event and it’s one for the girls! Lyme Regis Football Club will be hosting a Ladies Night on Friday, June 29 at 7.30pm, with a selection of fashion and beauty products on offer, plus mini pamper treatments. Get in touch to book tickets for just £5 each by calling 07810 221 420. Francesca Evans, Editor

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LYME Regis artist Emma Bowring will raise funds to help re-home a lion cub at a big cat sanctuary in South Africa. Emma regularly raises funds for animal charities with her work. Her latest piece, ‘King’, is a portrait of a lion cub who was kept illegally as a pet and charity Born Free are now looking to re-home him.

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IVE weeks ago there was an official looking envelop on our doormat when we arrived home, headed ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’.

My wife Jackie handed it to me with a stern look, saying “now what have you done!” And then she smiled. At the bottom of the envelope, in bold letters and underlined, it said ‘Urgent. Personal. Cabinet Office’. Jackie’s smile got a bit broader. Inside there was a letter, marked ‘In Confidence’. “Dear Sir, The Prime Minister has asked me to inform you, in strict confidence, that having accepted the advice of the Main Honours Committee, she proposes to submit your name to The Queen. She is recommending that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to approve you being appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Birthday 2018 Honours List.” Then it asked if this would be “agreeable” to me. It took a moment for it to sink in. Then it suddenly dawned on me that I was being awarded the MBE - for services to charity and the community of Lyme Regis. By this time Jackie was beaming all over her face. And Francesca was looking a bit sheepish as well. “You know about this, don’t you?” I asked. “We might do.” I had to sit down and I read the letter time and again. “Her Majesty may be graciously pleased....” “The Prime Minister would like to know if this would be agreeable to you...” If I was agreeable my name would be included in the Honours List published in the London Gazette and some national newspapers on June 9. Another sheet of paper confirmed it would become public at 10.30pm on Friday 8. Over the years I have interviewed a number of people who have been honoured by the Queen and have always asked what went through their minds when they opened the letter. Many often replied that they thought it was a “stitch-up” by their friends. That question was now going through my own mind. What did I think when I opened the letter? The first thing that came to mind was what would my Dad, long deceased now, would think. Council house boy. Grammar school. Working

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class - just like four other Lyme recipients of a similar honour, David Cozens, Barbara Austin, Bill Reed and Brian Larcombe. At one time we all lived within 200 yards of each other. Read into that what you will. Now I am perfectly aware that I’m the Marmite Man of Lyme Regis. Some people love me, some people hate me, in fairly equal percentages as it happens. Of course, my family and close circle of friends - those who know I don’t have a big ego and don’t want to run this town - would be chuffed to nuts but there would be others lining up to knock me down a peg or two. I’m prepared for that. I have had over 500 messages of congratulations so there’s plenty of people out there who still like Marmite. I have never considered myself to be a “dogooder” although I hope I have caused some good along the way. Of all the things I have been involved in over the years, I never set out with any intention of being thanked or honoured for doing it. As my wife has constantly reminded me in 35 years of marriage - “Don’t complain. No one asked you to do it.” And it’s an award that should be shared by many. I have always been fortunate in surrounding myself with family, friends and work colleagues in supporting all the things I have organised - and there’s always been one common denominator, we always have fun doing it. One of the Marmite haters said to me this week “I suppose now you’ve got an MBE, you will give it all up!” No way. I shall still give what support and help I can to those organisations that have honoured me by making me their president - the Royal British Legion, the football club and Lyme Regis Musical Theatre, as well as my other interests Cancer Research UK, the Woodmead Halls and Uplyme & Lyme Regis Sports Trust. The biggest challenge about all this was keeping it under my hat for five weeks. I told my immediate family - my wife, kids and my brother who has been such an influence on my life. My son uttered just one word: “Blimey!” And so we now look forward to the investiture at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle in the next two months. And no, I won’t be wearing a top hat. But we will celebrate in style. No one asks to become an MBE and very few expect it. But there’s a huge amount of work over several years to see it through to the end. At first I had no idea who had put my name forward. I now know and have already been presented with a file with all the testimonials that I shall treasure for the rest of my life and hand down so hopefully my grandchildren may read it one day. They know who they are and they know how grateful I am. I was actually in France when the Birthday Honours List was published - celebrating Lyme Regis Football Club’s 38th anniversary of its twinning with Normandy team US

THE Longuet family in Creully, Normandy, where the hospitality is second to none when Lyme Regis footballers are in town Creully/Commes. It wasn’t intentional - but I can think of few places where I would prefer to celebrate such an honour. I was sharing a twin room with fellow Francophile Graham Paterson. We had managed to get to bed quite early for the Creully trip, around midnight, when Graham was flicking through the messages on his mobile phone and suddenly he screamed, “you’ve got the MBE”. I said “I know”. “Why didn’t you say something?” Pitifully, all I could think of saying was “I didn’t know what to say”. Next morning, of course, all 34 members of the party and many of our hosts knew and made a real fuss of me. I’m not sure the French really understood why the Queen has two birthdays, shrugging their shoulders and saying “You Eeenglish!” The trip was its usual great success and all the young players enjoyed it immensely and did our club and town proud. The hospitality was exceptional, as it always is in Normandy. Graham and I stayed, as we have many times, with the Longuet family. Head of the household, Michel, is a life member of Lyme Regis FC as he was one of then principal instigators when the twinning was set up in 1980. Organised by the then manager David Cozens

(MBE), 12 young men crossed the channel, most of whom had never been to France, for a game of football and a barbecue. I remember we all took our steaks back as they were dripping with blood as they came off the BBQ stand. I was a member of that first trip but didn’t play in the first game because I had my leg in plaster after breaking it in the Axminster Hospital Cup a few days before. Michel’s wife Marie-Francoise must be the best chef in the whole of France. Her signature dish, Coquille St Jacques, is out of this world and I hold the record for eating the most - four - as a starter. On this occasion I could only manage two. Marie-Francoise’s mother is the oldest resident of Cruelly and still has vivid memories of how their village was liberated on D-Day by the Royal Dragoon Guards. On each visit to Creully we always lay a wreath at the War memorial. Next year, the 39th anniversary, the Creully players wil be visiting Lyme again, and then we are all looking forward to the 40th anniversary celebrations in France in 2020. Oh, and by the way, I wouldn’t want you to think it was all about feasting and drinking. We won the football 1-0, courtesy of a Rhys Paterson goal.

Parking issues are driving people out of town I TOOK a call from an angry resident last week - about the parking situation in this town. A resident of Fairfield Park, his temper was not improved by the fact his daughter had received a £100 parking fine for not paying in the NCP car park when the new meters were out of action. I have heard of several similar occasions. The irate phone caller explained to me that they visited Lyme for a holiday and were so impressed with the sheer beauty of the place they decided to move here. They marvelled at the breathtaking views across Lyme Bay every day.

But life in Fairfield Park started to become frustrating to say the least, caused by the number of people who park their cars in the road, often obstructing the access to their houses. But the main cause of complaint was the apparent inability of our local councils - Lyme Regis Town, West Dorset District and Dorset County - to deal with Lyme’s traffic problems. This family are so fed up with dealing with the traffic jams and lack of parking in the town centre that they have decided to sell up and move on. At Wednesday’s council meeting the Mayor, Cllr Michaela Ellis, sensibly suggested that they

should forget about the Sidmouth Road park and ride scheme, recently turned down by East Devon Council, amidst a great deal of rancour between the authorities, and concentrate on other important issues in the town. The town council is about to embark upon a summer-long traffic survey at considerable expense and it would be a good idea if the council are able to use this to put parking to the top of the list of matters urgent to the future prosperity of our town. Or do we just throw up our hands and say it was always thus!


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Mayor steps out for annual civic service THE Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, attended the annual civic service at St Michael’s Parish Church earlier this month. The mayor was joined by her civic party for a short parade from the Guildhall to the church before the service. Others taking part included deputy mayor, Councillor Steve Miller, and his wife Heather, and town councillors Stan Williams, Jeff Scowen, Richard Doney, Cheryl Reynolds, John Broom, and Derek Hallett in his role as macebearer. OWNER of The Alexandra Hotel, Kathryn Haskins, welcomes guests to the opening of the new Ammonite Restaurant

Alexandra Hotel opens Ammonite restaurant

THE Alexandra Hotel in Lyme Regis has opened The Ammonite Restaurant, set in its new orangery. The orangery has replaced the hotel’s former conservatory, creating a larger space that has been sympathetically designed to compliment its garden surroundings, with a calming atmosphere where guests can dine and enjoy the spectacular sea views. The hotel’s head chef Tom Holloway has created an exciting menu for the new restaurant, which adds to existing dining options in the hotel’s already established and award-winning main restaurant, as

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well as the private lookout tower and garden terrace. Hotel owner Kathryn Haskins welcomed guests to the opening of The Ammonite last week, including the Deputy Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Steve Miller, and his wife Heather. Guests enjoyed champagne and canapés as they looked around the new restaurant, with one of the main talking points being a well in the centre of the room, which was discovered during construction work, and has been left open with a glass covering.


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Trader’s claim of ‘deliberate attack’ dismissed as ‘absurd’ by council

A LYME Regis trader has claimed his business has been “deliberately attacked” by the town council, after he made complaints at a recent public meeting. George Symonds, a former town and district councillor who owns the Amusement Arcade on Marine Parade, has complained to the council several times that the entrance to his business has been blocked by work vehicles during the refurbishment of the seafront toilets. In a letter sent to the council last week, he claimed the latest incident of a van blocking the

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arcade’s entrance was a “deliberate attack” on him, as he had publicly spoken against town council officers, saying they were “letting the people of Lyme Regis down”, when he raised several health and safety issues regarding the seafront at a recent meeting. Lyme Regis Town Council said Mr Symonds’ claims of a deliberate attack were “absurd”. In his letter to the council, Mr Symonds wrote: “Yet again the entrance to the Amusement Arcade has been obstructed by a workman’s van working on the toilets, thus restricting access for disabled

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and pushchairs/prams, even though they have two work compounds and eight car parking spaces at Monmouth Beach. “I phoned the council office to speak to an officer and was told the only person in was the operations manager. I asked if he could call me back and after waiting 40 minutes I then phoned again. It took one hour and 30 minutes for the van to move. I had asked the workman to move the van and he refused. GEORGE Symonds, owner of the Amusement Arcade, has complained about vehicles “This is a deliberate blocking his business’ entrance on several occasions attack against me as I spoke out against the officers of LRTC at the last Symonds called back 40 minutes later. “He spoke to the operations manager, who imfull council meeting, for which I have still not had any redress from the points raised. If this is not mediately went to the site to deal with the issue. “There have been several reports from Mr deliberate then it must be incompetence. “Please can you ask someone to look into this Symonds of contractors’ vehicles obstructing the matter who is not prejudiced and biased against amusement arcade, and the officers have intervened several times on behalf of Mr Symonds and me for speaking out.” Responding to Mr Symonds’ letter, Councillor instructed the contractor to remove any offending John Broom, chairman of the Town Management vehicles. “For Mr Symonds to claim this is a ‘deliberate & Highways Committee, said: “Mr Symonds contacted the council office about a contractor’s ve- attack’ by officers, or ‘incompetence’, is absurd. “Before the works started, Mr Symonds was hicle obstructing access to his amusement arcade. “When Mr Symonds contacted the office, the given a 50 per cent reduction in his rent in anticoperations manager was dealing with another ipation of any disruption which may be caused issue, but was available to speak to him when Mr during the period of the works.”

Marathon runner raises funds for World Forest Organisation MARATHON runner Wendy Robertshaw has boosted funds for Lyme Regis-based reforestation charity, The World Forest Organisation. The charity raises funds to plant new forests in Kenya, build schools in the impoverished communities that surround them and empower the children and villagers to take care of the trees. The idea started from a writing competition organised in 2014 by Lyme residents Tracey and Simon West, who run ethical publishing company, Magic Oxygen Publishing. For every entry, they planted a tree in Bore, Kenya, and the competition has grown in popularity every year since, leading to the creation of The World Forest Organisation. Wendy, who lives near Bridport, ran the ASICS Marathon in Windermere in May. It is one of a tiny handful of marathons run entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this particular event is frequently described as “the friendliest and most beautiful UK marathon”. The course is set within the grounds of Brathay Hall and has absolutely stunning views over England’s largest lake.

However, Wendy was far more focused on clocking up a phenomenal run time, completing the 26 miles in 4:13:37. Wendy has had the sporty bug since she was at school and, in 2011, raised money for charity taking part in what should have been a 15 mile sponsored walk from Shaftesbury to Salisbury. Ramping things up, however, Wendy decided to run it instead of walk, raising £205 - the highest amount raised by any Colfox student. In 2012, whilst still at school, Wendy went on to raise more than £1,000 for charity and received The Princess Diana Award and the Award for Contributions to the School and Community. Tracey West from The World Forest Organisation commented: “It seems her kindhearted, philanthropic streak has only grown wider and we’d like to add how incredibly grateful we are for being chosen to receive the funds Wendy has raised. “If you’d like to do something equally spectacular to help us get urgently needed trees in the ground in Kenya, drop us a line and let’s find out what we can do to support you.” For more details about The World Forest Organisation, visit www.wordforest.org

MARATHON runner Wendy Robertshaw (centre), pictured with Tracey West (right), founder of The World Forest Organisation, and trustee Rikey Austin


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A modern-day Mary Anning, aged just 5 Words and photo by Richard Austin IT was a normal fossil hunting visit to Charmouth when 5-yearold Helena Ashby found the fossil of a lifetime. Helena picked up an innocentlooking, grey pebble and noticed what she thought were fish scales, but mum Jenny dismissed the find as a normal stone. Helena insisted something was inside the rock so they took it to one of the region’s top fossil technicians, Alex Moore, who cleaned and exposed the amazing imprint of a fish 190 million years old, named a pholidophorus. Helena said: “I took it to school and showed my teacher, then I had to show the whole school.” Said mum Jenny: “We are very proud of her. She insisted that it was a fossil so we got it checked out by Alex Moore who prepared it perfectly. Each tiny fish scale being 190,000,000 million years old - incredible.’’

The jurassic cliffs were recently declared by Sir David Attenborough as “the best area in the world to find fossils”. Alex Moore, expert palaeontologist at Moore and Moore Fossils, said: “I was having a normal day at work when this very enthusiastic little girl came into our fossil shop. “She handed me a pebble that she had found on the beach while having an ice cream with her family . “She told me she had taken it into the heritage centre at Charmouth as she could see prehistoric remains protruding out of each end of the blue lias pebble. That got her little heart racing when she knew there was something of a fossil in the pebble.” Now the specimen will be displayed at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and Helena is bursting with pride knowing she was the person who found it.

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HIGHWAYS England has put its grass cutting operation along the Charmouth bypass on hold, following complaints from village residents that it would ruin the current display of wildflowers.

Residents called for a more sympathetic approach to management of the grass verges along a section of the A35, just outside Charmouth, to allow the extensive and diverse array of wild flowers to be enjoyed by all, to continue to provide essential nectar to bees and other insects, and to allow the flowers to reseed in due course. The campaign was led by resident John Calder, with support from Charmouth Parish Council, the Charmouth Traders Association and Dorset Wildlife Trust. Mr Calder said the south bank of the bypass was “flailed without mercy” last week, with the wildflowers completely strimmed, but when contractors returned to cut the north bank he protested and convinced them to leave the flowers for the time being. Mr Calder said Highways England had “re-

ABUNDANT wildflowers on the bank of the A35 Charmouth bypass fused to engage with the local Charmouth community”. He said: “Despite repeated attempts made by the Charmouth Parish Council, the Charmouth Traders Association and others, Highways England simply remain silent on the subject and their main contractor Balfour Beatty appears to be adamant that the wildflowers have to go. No rational reasons are being offered.” Highways England has now reported that that it is reviewing the timing of this year’s cut. Highways England spokesperson Emma Bazeley said: “Our attention to landscape maintenance and cutting has promoted the growth of wildflowers, and less invasive weeds, along the A35 Charmouth Bypass. “Taking the wildflower period into consideration, we are reviewing the timing of this year’s cut and have currently suspended our

grass cutting operation at this location. Dependent on conditions, we are expecting to resume after this wildflower period but before less desirable plants start to flourish. “We and our managing agents have communicated our methods of grassland management and our course of action to the local MP, Charmouth Parish Council and residents.” However, Mr Calder is still concerned that the flowers will be cut at the end of June. He commented: “Several local residents have received responses that the flailing is being delayed but only by two or three weeks so Highways England still plans to eliminate everything by the end of June with no credible reason given. ‘There are other flowering species yet to emerge and there would therefore be nectar supplied for several weeks yet, if the flails and strimmers were kept at bay.” Mr Calder said be believed the “drastic mea-

sure of flailing everything to a pulp” was to keep ragwort under control, which had been left to “get out of control” over the years. “In the intervening period, while the flails and strimmers are withheld, there is a really good opportunity to restore faith and explain why they feel they have to resume flailing before the end of July, say,” he added. “It really is hard to understand why it might be regarded as necessary. I have counted 1,000 orchids that will be removed when the flail comes and the orchids are just the tip of the iceberg.” Parish council chairman Peter Noel said the matter has been discussed by councillors. He said: “We are trying to arrange a meeting with Highways England to resolve the matter amicably. Hopefully we can agree something to suit everyone. It seems silly to go through all this when they could just leave it until the flowers have died.”

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Footballers celebrate 38 years of French twinning

CREULLY trip veteran Stuart Rattenbury raises the Union Jack at the start of the twinning weekend

LYME Regis Football Club president Philip Evans presents an in memoriam board to US Creully/Commes, one of the highlights of the Seasiders’ twinning visit to Normandy Photos by Graham Paterson

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THIRTY eight years of friendship in sport was celebrated last weekend when members of Lyme Regis Football Club travelled across the channel to their twin club, US Creully/Commes in Normandy. The two clubs first got together in 1980 when first team manager David Cozens took a party of 12 to the Normandy village for a game of football and a barbecue. The twinning arrangement has gone from strength to strength since with the two clubs visiting each other on alternate years. A party of 34 left Lyme at 4am on Friday to catch the early ferry from Portsmouth. On the way to Creully, one of the first villages to be liberated on D-Day, they stopped at Douvre la Delivrande, twinned with Axminster, to meet their hosts. The two teams than gathered at Creully football stadium for the traditional raising of the two flags, the Union Jack and the French Tricolour, and the singing of the national anthems. Friday evening was spent with the host families and on Saturday morning the two teams gathered at the Creully War Memorial to lay wreaths

IN high spirits, the Lyme footballers on board the ferry to Normandy

to commemorate members of the Royal Dragoon Guards who lost their lives in the Battle of Normandy. The Lyme wreath was carried by club president Philip Evans, a member of the first party in 1980, and the Seasiders’ youngest player on the trip, Kingsley Wellman, aged 20. A competitive football match in the afternoon ended in a 1-0 victory for Lyme Regis, the goal being scored by Rhys Paterson An official reception was held at the famous Chateau de Creully where Mr Evans, celebrating the award of an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours whilst in Creully, presented the host club with a glass in memoriam listing all those involved in the twinning over the years who had died. A similar board will be erected in the Davey Fort clubhouse in Lyme. Sunday was spent with the host families and the teams gathered again at the Creully stadium for the striking of the flags before the journey home. The Lyme club will now start planning next year’s visit by Creully to be followed in 2020 by the 40th anniversary in Normandy.


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THE Lyme party and their hosts pictured outside the famous Chateau de Creully where the BBC based their headquarters for the D-Day landings

STRIKERS Ben Vine and Rhys Paterson pictured with the cup after beating US Creully/Commes 1-0

BROTHERS Brian and Stuart Rattenbury pictured with former US Creully president Geoffroy Simier and twinning veteran Jean-Pierre Etienne Photos by Severine Cordier, Philip Evans and Graham Paterson

REPRESENTATIVES from the two clubs lay wreaths at the Creully war memorial

THE Lyme players pay their respects at the Creully War memorial, erceted to commemorate soldiers of the 4thy/7th Royal Dragon Guards who died in the battle of Normady. They liberated Creully at 4pm on D-Day

CREULLY twinning veterans Ellis Hoole and Alistair McLennan pictured with local schoolteacher Emmanuel Etienne


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Huge crowds turn out for village fete

FETE Prince and Princess, Seth Buller and Maisie White, help John Fowler sell tickets for the duck race

THE annual Uplyme Village Fete has been deemed a huge success by organisers, with one of the biggest crowds in recent years enjoying the event. The fete was held on Saturday afternoon at the King George V playing field in Uplyme, with a parade of the 1st Lym Valley Scouts, Uplyme Brownies and Karizma Majorettes opening proceedings. This was followed by the crowning of fete prince and princess, Seth Buller and Maisie White, who both attend Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School in Uplyme and had drawn a picture depicting what the village meant to them to win their titles. Lyme Regis town crier Alan Vian had the honour of crowning the prince and princess and acted as MC for the day, with a full programme of live music and entertainment on the bill. The field was full of stalls run by local craftspeople, organisations and charities, while other attractions included a bouncy castle, face painting, a cocktail bar and regular duck races throughout the afternoon. There were also miniature steam rides, birds of prey and traditional Punch & Judy shows to keep the children entertained. Organisers commented: “A great day was had by all! A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and all of those that donated prizes for the raffle. “Thank yous also go to all the stall holders and everybody who attended, making this year’s fete a huge success.”

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LYME Regis town crier Alan Vian crowns the Fete Prince and Princess, pictured in front of the Scouts

THE 1st Lym Valley Scouts in front of their plate smashing stall

VOLUNTEERS for women’s cancer charity GO Girls! were supported by Lyme Regis Football Club youth section

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VOLUNTEERS from Munchkins Miniature Shetland Rescue. Below, cyclists from Team Pearls and Peddlers, who will be taking of the Ride London challenge for charity this year. Below left, a giant dinosaur was among the attractions at the fete

MEMBERS of Lyme Regis Rotary Club with their ‘Purple4Polio’ race car

Uplyme Morris takeover the seafront MORRIS sides from across the area descended on Lyme Regis for a day of dancing, organised by Uplyme Morris. The first Lyme Regis Day of Morris Dancing was held on Saturday, with performances held on the seafront throughout the day. Large crowds enjoyed the colourful displays as Uplyme Morris was joined by sides from across the area, as well as youngsters from the X-Plosion youth club in Uplyme who had learnt a few dances.


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MUSIC | THEATRE | WHAT’S ON | COMPETITIONS

Legendary DJ to perform at Marine DJ Yoda, a multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer, who headlines festivals and clubs around the world, will come to Lyme Regis for a special warm-up show before Bestival. No typical club DJ, his interests lie in finding fresh and unique ways to bring turntables out of the club and getting involved in bespoke collaborations. Working with classical composers to neuroscientists; brass bands to film directors; Dr Dre to Dame Evelyn Glennie; Banksy to Mark Ronson; BBC Radio 4 to the BFI, he reinvigorates his craft with wry invention and humorous intent. Internationally respected for his turntablism, he was Dr Dre’s first choice to record a guest mix on his inaugural Beats 1 show for Apple Music in 2015, and was one of a select band of artists to perform at Banksy’s pop-up Bemusement Park, Dismaland. His eclectic series of ‘How to Cut & Paste’ mixtapes offer a uniquely British take on hiphop music and culture. DJ Yoda pioneered a new form of audio-visual entertainment, unifying hands-in-the-air clubbing with a night at the movies, chopping and splicing classic movies with the same ex-

ceptional style that he repurposes music samples. One of the first DJs to master the art of rescoring classic films, in 2014 he was commissioned to create DJ Yoda Goes to the Sci-Fi Movies as part of the BFI’s Sonic Cinema event. BBC Radio 6 Music gave him the platform to make history with the world’s first audio-visual radio mix, and, as part of their BBC Music Day, Radio 4 invited Yoda to mash-up the entire station, remixing The Archers, The Shipping Forecast, John Humphries and more in one of his most sublime and surreal adventures yet. Ever pushing the boundaries of live audio-visual performance his latest journey into popular culture – ‘DJ Yoda: A History of Gaming’ – premiered at the London Film Festival on the UK’s largest screen at the prestigious IMAX, charting best loved and most fondly remembered games from the early 1980s to the present. DJ Yoda will play at the Marine Theatre on Saturday, August 4 starting at 8pm. Tickets cost £13.50 and are available to book by calling 01297 442138 or via the website www.marinetheatre.com

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Don’t miss our forthcoming events: August 16th Strawberries and Prosecco

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August 25th The Big Cream Tea £7 in the Lister Room 3-5pm Phone 07796 951991 to book

September 21st Soup and Sweet Lunch

at the Woodmead Halls 12 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

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

JUNE is busting out all o-oover… Is it only me who thinks of that brilliant Rogers and Hammerstein musical ‘Carousel’ the moment June arrives? There’s something very exciting about the month isn’t there? Summer proper is here when you feel comfortable wearing T-shirts and shorts no matter what the weather and you start thinking about your two weeks off work. We start thinking about summer several months in advance at the Marine and have already begun programming for 2019, but that’s nothing compared with our wedding parties who frequently book two years ahead. Talking of weddings, how about the royal wedding? What a brilliant day we enjoyed here at the theatre when we threw open our doors to welcome one and all. We had gents in their Sunday best and ladies in their posh frocks and fascinators. With cucumber sandwiches (crusts cut off of course), strawberries and cream and Victoria sponge, it was a right royal bash! But then we did have a bit of a royal theme going on; Gabby and I went up to Buckingham Palace as guests of the Garfield Weston Foundation, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary and had invited organisations it has helped over the years to mark the occasion. Prince Charles was the royal rep and among the celebs was David Dimbleby. Our own celebrity list is growing; after Georgie Fame’s sell out performance we will soon be welcoming the likes of the Dr Feelgood and DJ Yoda who are performing here in August. There’s also a double bill of Andre Rieu who is going to be live screened during his ‘My Tribute to Love’ tour. I think it’s just a matter of time before we start seeing queues of people at the backstage door waiting to get their autograph book signed. Is that still a thing? With the holidaymakers arriving, some other summer visitors albeit of the feathered sort, ar-

rived with great whoops of screeching delight. A kettle of swallows spend each afternoon swooping and diving around the corner of the theatre, across Theatre Square and back round again. They are very adept at flying at great speed avoiding any obstruction, it makes a change from the great lumbering bullies that are the seagulls who think nothing of snatching food from unsuspecting visitors and locals alike. The number of visitors who come to Lyme Regis has definitely quadrupled since the sand shelf was added in 2007 when 30,000 tonnes of French sand arrived from Caen to help with our sea defences. That and to boost our holidaymaker numbers. My day usually starts at the same time as the beach cleaner who I can see from our office window; but then he does drive a gert big tractor with a trailer on the back that sieves the rubbish out of the sand. I have also been watching our colourful bunting going up across Theatre Square, it takes a bit of a battering with the strong crosswinds and occasionally needs shoring up. It’s lovely to hear the gentle flapping as the brightly coloured triangles flutter in the wind and I reckon the swallows rather enjoy the extra acrobatic skills they can practice. I’m rather hoping the fat seagulls will find it a bit more of a challenge making the Square a safe haven for any sandwich eating holidaymakers (and office workers!) So with the sun in our eyes, the sand between our toes and the glistening sea across the horizon, who better to have at the theatre than the Beach Boyz this summer, everybody’s gone surfing, surfing Lyme Regis bay.

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What’s on... Friday, June 15

The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Marine Theatre, 6.30pm From the legendary Soho haunt, the band perform a vast repertoire of jazz music and is comprised of house musicians as seen in the Ronnie Scott’s Quintet. Tickets £32 - call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com. Bar opens 6.30pm, music at 7.30pm.

Saturday, June 16

Guitars On The Beach Lyme Regis Beach, all day Lyme Regis’ annual guitars festival and record attempt for Britain’s Biggest Band returns, this year paying tribute to musical heroes, including Chuck Berry, Tom Petty and AC/DC’s Malcolm Young. See the website http://guitarsonthebeach.com for full details. Recital: ‘Let the Florid Music Praise’ Uplyme Church, 7.30pm A recital of operatic arias, arts songs and duets with soprano Chloe Stratta, mezzo soprano Anna Marie McLachlan and Rachel Neiger on piano. Tickets £10 on the door. Guitars On The Beach After Party Marine Theatre, 8pm Following on from Lyme’s popular guitar festival on the beach, entertainment moves to the Marine Theatre with rock and alternative DJs and a late bar. Bar opens 8pm, party at 10pm. Free entry.

Sunday, June 17

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch Marine Theatre, 10am Treat your father to a delicious brunch made by the Feasting House of Ottery St Mary’s The Rusty Pig whilst listening to Californian jazz vocalist Allison Adams-Tucker. Tickets £20 including food – call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com. Bar opens 10am, music from 11am. Sequence Dancing Club Woodmead Halls, 7.45pm Weekly sequence dancing with a friendly, welcoming group which enjoys popular sequence dances. Visitors are welcome.

Tuesday, June 19

Lunchtime Concerts St Andrew’s Church, Charmouth, 12noon Regular lunchtime concerts at St Andrew’s Church in Charmouth, this time with Maria Beazley and friends present music from Russia. Entry free but donations to Changing Spaces welcome.

Wednesday, June 20

Meet & Remember Lyme Regis Football Club, 2pm Monthly Meet & Remember session organised by LymeForward, this week remembering the 50s and 60s with Lyme Luggers ukulele group. Free entry and parking, no booking required, wheelchair access available.

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ambulance and lifeboat. Free entry. Lyme Regis Comedy Club Marine Theatre, 7pm Four comedians perform in one night for Lyme Regis Comedy Club, headlined by Ricky Gervais’s support act, Sean McLoughlin, as seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, Comedy Central’s Live, or Brexit Stage Left. Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door – call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com. Bar opens at 7pm, entertainment at 8pm. Live Music Night @ The Nag’s Head The Nag’s Head, 9pm Live music every Saturday night at The Nag’s Head, this week with rock ‘n’ roll four-piece The Defibrillators.

Sunday, June 24

Café Worship Uplyme Church, 9.30am Relaxed, all age, café-style worship at Uplyme Church on the last Sunday of each month. Coast to Coast Motorcycle Run Starting Marine Parade, 10am The annual Coast to Coast Motorcycle Run to Weston-super-Mare, organised by the Westland Classic Motorcycle Club, will be started on Lyme Regis seafront by the mayor with vintage motorcycles on display beforehand. The Sunday Sessions Marine Theatre, 3pm A post-roast music session in The Marine Theatre’s bar overlooking the Cobb, hosted by Street & Matthews, an acoustic duo who are one half of popular local band DeltaTango7. Free entry. Please note, this event in upstairs and seating is limited. Sequence Dancing Club Woodmead Halls, 7.45pm Weekly sequence dancing with a friendly, welcoming group which enjoys popular sequence dances. Visitors are welcome. Live Screening: ‘Madama Butterfly’ Marine Theatre, 6pm East meets West with devastating consequences in Puccini’s tragic romance, screened live from the Glyndebourne Festival. Tickets £12 in advance or £14.50 on the door – call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com. Bar opens 6pm, screening 7pm.

Wednesday, June 27

Talk: ‘Michaelmas Daisies’ Uplyme Village Hall, 7.30pm A talk by Helen Picton, of Old Court Nurseries in Malvern, which grows over 400 varieties of this much-loved autumn plant, organised by the Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society. Tea and biscuits available, plants on sale. Entry free for members or £3 for visitors.

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The BIG Dorset Cuppa The Hub, 10am Lyme Bay Ladies will host a coffee morning as part of The BIG Dorset Cuppa, in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare. Join us for tea, cakes, a raffle and more! Back to the Shack Marine Theatre, 7pm Back To The Shack play a heady brew of footstomping blues and classic Americana, all performed in their own distinct style. The band features dobro, guitar, accordion, double bass, and vocals. Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door – call 01297442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com. Bar opens 7pm, music at 8pm.

Saturday, June 23

Bethany Chapel Coffee Morning Bethany Chapel, 10.30am Refreshments and cakes raising funds for the air

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Lyme Regis Community Bingo Woodmead Halls, 8pm Weekly bingo night in aid of local good causes. Ladies Night Lyme Regis Football Club, 7.30pm A range of stalls offering fashion and beauty products, plus mini pamper treatments and tarot card reading available to book in advance, full bar and cocktail menu. Tickets £5 including a glass of prosecco on arrival, and first few to book receive a free goodie bag. Book by calling Francesca Evans on 07810 221 420.

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Lyme Regis Poppy Run Lyme Regis Football Club, 11am Stalls, entertainment and food plus a 3km fun run starting from the new East Cliff Walk. Runners must register at the football club between 9.30am and 10.30am for the race at 11am. Entry costs £5, minimum age unaccompanied is 10 years. All proceeds to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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Golf club stalwarts recognised at ‘Oscars Night’ A TOUCH of Hollywood glamour came to Lyme Regis for a recent Oscars-theme night at the golf club. The event was originally supposed to be held around the time of the actual Academy Awards – better knowns as the Oscars – in March, but due to the ‘Beast from the East’, it had to be postponed as Lyme was covered in snow. Billed as ‘the most glamorous night of the year’ the evening was a sell-out success with almost 100 guests arriving on the red carpet at Lyme Regis Golf Club in black tie and evening gowns. Oscar-style trophies were awarded to those who had made a special contribution to the golf club, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Julian Cox won the award for his tireless support for the green keepers on work to create new bunkers and it was agreed the cliff-top course had never looked better. Rosie Jackman and Ronnie Turner won with their husbands for the support and commitment to various committees which the club just couldn’t do without, and Cliff Powley was honoured for supporting the Captain and Ladies Captain’s chosen charity – the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust – by collecting hundreds of pounds dressed up as Santa Claus last Christmas. The club was also delighted to have among the recipients local GP Dr Forbes Watson and his wife Noreen for their outstanding contribution to the local community. This award was particularly well received by the guests who where happy to show their appreciation. Melissa won the ‘International Award’ for being placed as runner up in a golf tournament in Dubai, and

she also accepted an accolade on behalf of Mike Hankey, who couldn’t be there on the night. Professional golfer and club manager Duncan Driver received a special award for raising more than £3,000 in sponsorship for a 10k run last year by doing a 10K run in aid of a local hospice, and he has agreed to do it again this year for the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust. The final award went to chef Steve for really putting the club’s Greens Restaurant on the map with his knock out menus and superb Sunday lunches, which continue to be a huge hit with golf members and visitors alike. Club captain Lee Caddy, who hosted the event, said: “We couldn’t have been more delighted with the evening. Great food and company and it was really nice to recognise and award so many people for their contribution to the golf club and local community. “We are very lucky at Lyme Regis Golf Club to have such a supportive membership which really does make this a very special and friendly golf club. “The award ceremony itself was such fun, hosted by local auctioneer Graham Barton who did a fantastic job entertaining us, as well as acknowledging all the nominees and winners, with a special thanks going to Stephen Ravenscroft for being our very talented ghost writer. “Due to everyone’s kind generosity on the evening, we raised more than £1,400 for the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust at Dorchester Hospital. So a very big thank you to everyone, your continued support is greatly appreciated”.

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All welcome to attend LymeForward AGM THE annual general meeting of community interest company LymeForward will be held at 7.30pm on Monday, July 2 at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis. This will be followed by the regular LymeForward Partnership Meeting for July. Both meetings are open to everyone to listen and contribute, although only members of LymeForward will be able to vote. In addition to reviewing the minutes of the previous AGM and dealing with any matters arising, business will consist of the presentation and acceptance of the annual report and accounts, the election of directors and matters submitted for the agenda by members. Current directors Wendy Davies and Chris Boothroyd are standing down in accordance with the requirement for one third of directors to stand down each year. Both are willing to stand again. The final agendas for both meetings will be distributed no later than Friday, June 22 and will be available on the website www.lymeforward.com.

Remembering the 50s and 60s

THE next Meet & Remember session, organised by LymeForward, will focus on ‘Remembering the 50s and 60s’ with music from the Lyme Luggers ukulele group. The session will be held at Lyme regis Football Club on Wednesday, June 20 at 2pm and all are welcome. Free entry and parking, wheelchair accessible.

New chief executive at development trust LYME Regis Development Trust (LRDT) has named Terri Tipping as its new chief executive. Terri, who has worked for LRDT for the past year, takes over from Peter Jeffs. Mr Jeffs started working for LRDT as manager of LymeNet in 2013 and became chief executive of the trust in 2014. Last year he made the decision to retire, but continued working on a voluntary basis one day a week until last week’s annual general meeting, where he formally stepped down. Pictured above, Terri Tipping with Peter Jeffs (centre) and trustee Godfrey Thomas.

NEWS FROM CITIZENS ADVICE RESEARCH carried out by Citizens Advice has shown that over the last five years there has been a significant increase in the number of people who have become victims of scams. Throughout June Citizens Advice is taking an active role with Trading Standards in Scams Awareness Month which is an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness and taking a stand against the crimes and predatory practices which now affect millions of people. One of its key objectives is to help all of us become confident, alert consumers who “don’t miss a trick” when it comes to identifying potential scams. A particular problem being highlighted this month is that more people are falling victim to scammers posing as professionals from financial and legal services. Such cons now account for a fifth of all scams reported to Citizens Advice. There has been a particularly big rise in investment scams, such as cryptocurrency schemes, binary option investments and holiday timeshares. Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Fraudsters are using new technology to peddle old tricks, posing as trustworthy professionals with persuasive offers. “Anyone can fall victim to these sophisticated scams, but all too often it is the victim rather than the scammer who are left feeling sheepish. This isn’t right. So, this year we want to break down the stigma around these serious crimes, which are targeted across all levels of society, yet remain under-reported. “Scams Awareness Month is a great reminder that we should all become familiar with the common signs of scams. People can take action and report any potential scams to the authorities so scammers aren’t walking away with your money in their bank account.” Martin Lewis, the founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, is campaigning to stop scam advertisements. He said: “Scam ads have exploded across

social media platforms over the last year. They look extremely professional, and often use wellknown faces to try and add legitimacy – the scum behind these ads are happy to target the vulnerable, unsuspecting, or trusting. “But they are sophisticated, anyone can be caught out. Click through the ad, and the fakery doesn’t end there. You will often land on a page that looks like a newspaper article, or BBC report. “Frankly we are getting close to the stage where you shouldn’t trust any advert on social media, or any automatically served advert. The policing and regulation of them is wholly inadequate. “Things need to change. In the meantime, if you see something that intrigues you, independently find a legitimate trusted source that the advert hasn’t directed you to, to check whether the sales pitch is real or a trap.” For the remainder of this year there will be two advice sessions held by Citizens Advice every week in Lyme Regis. A weekly advice session is held every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm at the St Michael's Business Centre, DT7 3DB, in the centre of the town and on a trial basis 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 10.00am and 3pm. In addition you can contact Citizens Advice by email on advice@bridportcab.org.uk or telephone 0344 245 1291, which will get you through to the Dorset AdviceLine. Everyone is welcome to visit Citizens Advice, even if they do not have an appointment, and the advice they will be able to obtain is always free, confidential and impartial.


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St Michael’s tag rugby team shows great sportsmanship

THE tag rugby team from St Michael’s Primary School in Lyme Regis have had an amazing season. The team has played in four tournaments all across Dorset, winning one, coming second in two and fourth in their last tournament. Of the 25 games they have played, the team has won 20, scoring a total of 126 tries. Leo, Jasmine and Ella were the leading scorers with 75 tries between them. Deputy headteacher James Rich commented: “These achievements are all the more impressive considering the children only started training as a team earlier in the year. Coached by teaching assistant Ben Taylor, the team have improved in every tournament and displayed great skill, determination and teamwork in every game they have played. “The team have been brilliantly captained by Jasmine, Martha and Leo. The captains and the other players have a great sporting future ahead of them. Nineteen children from St Michael’s have

joined either Bridport Rugby Club or Sidmouth Ladies RFC. “Not only has the team been brilliant in terms of displaying their emerging rugby skills, they have shown great sportsmanship and team spirit. “The team (and other children from St Michael’s) had the opportunity to go to Twickenham to cheer on their role models when England played the Barbarians; the children and their families had a fantastic day. Who knows, one day they may grace the field themselves.”

MORE than 60 people from the St Michael’s Primary School community turned up to clean the beaches in Lyme Regis. The school’s Eco Club, run by teaching assistant Ben Taylor and deputy headteacher James Rich, organised the beach clean in their mission to make everyone at the school more environmentally aware. The fantastic turnout was the largest to date. In total, 10 full bags of rubbish were collected, consisting mostly of plastic.

Pupil Jasmine said: “We wanted to encourage all our friends from school to come along and make our beaches cleaner to play on.” Phoebe added: “We all come to the beach a lot so we want to keep them clean and make a difference to the environment.” The club would like to organise more beach cleans and are on the lookout for any businesses that would like to support the club. Anyone interested should contact the school on 01297 442623.

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LAYING flat on your belly in the middle of the airfield at Exeter Airport with Concorde coming into land certainly keeps you awake and alert. This was 18 years ago in the year 2000, when for the first time in history both Concorde and Exeter Airport came together when the most famous aircraft in the world dropped its wheels on Devon tarmac. Photographing the awesome sight of the inbound jet gliding straight down my lens was incredible. As the wheels touched down the smoke created what seemed to be a vortex as it curled around the wing tips. The noise made my whole body vibrate and it was then I realised I hadn’t remembered my ear defenders. Such a tragedy when a freak accident caused a Concorde to crash years later. This was one picture that sticks in my memory, the picture is now part of Exeter’s aviation history.

I AM amazed that Lyme Regis Town Council had the gall to even apply to East Devon District Council for consent to use the Sidmouth Road park and ride again. Having ignored since 2014 East Devon’s request for a “comprehensive and evidence based strategy for car parking in Lyme Regis”, and more recently Councillor Ian Thomas’ effort to bring all parties concerned together last year (which also seems to have been ignored), is it any wonder that consent was refused?

My parents moved to Lyme over 40 years ago and we have maintained their house ever since. There have always been two problems - throughflow of traffic and parking. The only changes during the 40 years have been that the vehicles have increased in numbers and size. Meanwhile, successive councils appear to have done very little to alleviate the situation, or so it seems. J. Hansen, Haye Lane, Lyme Regis

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Poor results for Lyme bowlers By Paul Moffitt THERE were three bad league results for Lyme Regis Bowling Club last week.

Both men’s teams went down , 28 and 0-10 respectively to Greenhill. The championship side were up against it, with some superb bowling from skips Martin Puckett and Jamie Lockwood for Greenhill. Greenhill A took revenge on Lyme 2 with a whitewash, reversing the earlier fixture between the two. The ladies could only muster two points against Dorchester, a fine rink performance from Chris Barber’s team providing the only score. The men were more fortunate in the 2 rink competition, securing a win into the next round after beating Bridport at home. In the two friendlies, it was winone lose-one against Den Teignmouth and Feniton respectively. The men were not so lucky in their Top Club round against Dorchester, losing by two disciplines to three. Results Dorset Men’s Championship: Lyme 59; Greenhill 71. M McAlpine, P Eagles, R Cridge, P Moffitt 12-24; T Allman, B Driscoll, S Chant, P Pomeroy 27-12; M Heneghan, G Clode, A Weech, B

Rattenbury 10-35. Men’s 2 Rink: Lyme 40; Bridport 31. M McAlpine, A Weech, C Barber, P Moffitt 23-12; T Allman, R Cridge, B Rattenbury, C Stephens 17-19. Dorset Ladies Div 1: Lyme 49; Dorchester 78. H Dowling, C Pomeroy, L Broom, C Barber 27-17; J Moffitt, A Darvill, A Rattenbury, P Weech 11-32; A Allman, V Henson, N Stephens, S Rowe 19-21. Friendlies Lyme 86; Feniton 93. N Driscoll, M Knight, A Darvill, A Weech 21-23; R Turpin, L Young, G Clode, Chris Barber 16-12; R Bishop, J Hare, P Edmonds, Chas Barber 14-22; B Smith, D Sarson, A Nabarro, J Moseley 14-17; J Bishop, B Driscoll, P Stephens, P Knight 2119. Lyme 142; Den Teignmouth 87. M Knight, A Darvill, B Parsons, Chas Barber 22-13; R Bishop, J Parsons, W Payne, P Moffitt 32-12; B Driscoll, J Moseley, P Knight 22-7; N Driscoll, N Solomon, J Moffitt, A Weech 26-15; L Young, P Moseley, N Benson, P Weech 27-27; J Bishop, A Nabarro, Chris Barber 13-13.

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Work starts soon on the first covered stand at Davey Fort WORK will start shortly on building a covered stand for spectators at the Davey Fort, the home of Lyme Regis Football Club, writes Philip Evans. The new stand, initially with 40 seats, will be phase two of the club’s development programme, Project Fortify. The first stage of the development was the addition of a new kitchen at the clubhouse which is enabling the Seasiders to cater for bigger events. The new stand will be completed

and opened before the first match of next season when, hopefully, the first team will be playing in the Devon & Exeter League Premier Division, the highest standard ever. Stage three was going to be the tarmacking of the car parking area and new ground fencing. But this is being put on the back burner to install new drainage following a season when the Seasiders were unable to play on their ground for 19 weeks due to the wet weather.

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Uplyme batsmen fail to score enough runs UPLYME & Lyme Regis 1st X1 failed to score enough runs in their Devon Cricket League D Division East fixture resulting in their fourth defeat of the season. Uplyme were at home to highriding Upottery CC. They won the toss and elected to bat, but amassed an inadequate score of 131-8 off their allotted 45 overs. Top scorer for the home team number three Mark Batey (26), playing his first game of the sea-

son, an innings which included two four and two sixes. Opening Jedd Whittington hit a quick-fire 21 runs off just eight balls, also including two fours and two sixes, and Bruce Maltby contributed a useful 24. Upottery knocked off the required runs for the loss of six wickets to earn 20 points. Most successful bowler for Uplyme was Sam Wooster, returning 3-29 off six overs.

The club will then carry out improvements to the car park and fencing when funds are available. The complete project has been made possible by a grant of £100,000 from Lyme Regis Town Council on the condition that the club match funds £12,000 every season. A number of events are being organised this summer to enable them to reach that target including the popular Sausage and Cider Festival on August 25.

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Results from last week’s Lyme Regis Skittle League cup competitions. Ladies George Nomination Cup Final Winners: Hot Gossips Runner Up: Smashers Men’s Cornish Cup Final Winners: No Hopers Runner Up: Roadrunners Cawston All Cup Final Winners: Alleytwits Runner Up: Rousdon Rebels Men’s Bob Sweetland Cup Final Winners: No Hopers Runner Up: Tornadoes All the trophies will be held tonight (Friday) at then presentation evening at Lyme Regis Power Boat Club from 8pm.

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AFTER running Lyme Regis Reserves for ten years, as well as holding the position of club vicechairman, Gerard Hitchcock has been appointed manager of the first team who could well be playing in their highest standard of football ever next season.

The name of Hitchcock is synonymous with Lyme Regis Football Club. Gerard and his brothers Andrew and Matthew joined their home-town club as youth team players with Andrew going on to play Western League football for Bridport. Mathew, also a talented player, now lives abroad. Their father, Ken Hitchcock, a LifeMember, has been connected with the club for 60 years as a player, committee man and now helping to run the clubhouse at the Davey Fort.

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philip@lyme-online.co.uk Gerard has been one of the prime movers in the club’s £130,000 development programme, Project Fortify, to improve the playing and social facilities in the town. He takes over the reigns of the first team from caretaker manager Mark Bailey who steered the Seasiders towards a promotion place in the Devon & Exeter League after last season’s manager Robin Townsend stood down in the New Year. Mark Bailey, one of Lyme’s most talented players for many years, will assist Gerard in delivering a higher standard of football with the club’s application to join the Premier Division going before the league’s man-

golf By Richard Jackman

THERE were 101 entries for the golf week stableford at Lyme Regis Golf Club. The week started with the course in excellent condition but with the pins in challenging places. Tim Daniel began his round in steady fashion, but really picked up the pace scoring 21 points on the back nine, which included 15 points on five holes as he won with 37 points. Jason Lindley, playing very well, ran him very close also equalling his score, and also on the back nine, but just lost out on countback. Neal Cullen joined the other single figure winners finishing in third place including a handsome eagle on the 15th hole. The ladies’ midweek stableford saw a magnificent win for Di Harris as she played some wonderful golf to card 40 points, while Ronny Turner and Julie Duke battled it out, both bettering par with 37 points, as Turner won on

countback. The men’s competition saw Stuart Scott win Division One as he played some brilliant holes in his 39 points, highlight of which was a four-point birdie on 5. Matt Watson finished second with his brand of aggressive golf in a competitive 37 points, while a mature 36 points from Pete Sargent secured third spot with 36 points. Division Two winner with the best score of the day was Alan Watson as he punched above his weight to achieve a sensible 40 points, just one ahead of James Turner who also played excellently to score 39, while Joseph Thirlwell just finished 3rd on 38 points. However, perhaps the star of the week was Alice Hines who adminstered all the golf competitions during the week and at the golf week quiz night enjoyed a rousing happy birthday from all competitors as she celebrated her birthday.

agement committee. A former first team player and manager, Rodney Rowe is returning to the club to manage the Reserves in a joint arrangement with Luke Clifton, who broke his leg towards the end of the season. Terry White is stepping down as the Rovers’ manager due to work commitments and his place will be taken by Rob Larcombe with assistance from Matt Preece and Niall Davis. The new appointments were announced by chairman Howard Larcombe at the club’s annual meeting this week . Treasurer Andrea Budden presented a very healthy balance sheet showing a profit on the season of £10,000 despite the bar takings being affected by not playing at home for 19 weeks because of the wet weather after Christmas. Mr Larcombe was re-elected chairman for the 11th season, the longest period anyone has held the position. Philip Evans (president), Gerard Hitchcock (vice-chairman), Rob Thom (secretary), Andrea Budden (treasurer), Francesca Evans (minute secretary) and Nicky Leven (subscriptions and bookings secretary) were all re-elected. Elected to the committee were: Martin Rowe, Heather Larcombe, Alex Rowe, Ken Howells, Tim Edwards, Mark Bailey, Rob Fellingham, Martyn Wright, Jon Matthews, Stuart Fowler, Dave Holland, Wally Blackmore (senior) and Shelley Larcombe. Pre-season training starts at the Davey Fort on July 3rd at 6.30 pm

GERARD Hitchcock, stepping up to manage Lyme Regis first team after ten years in charge of the Reserves

gig racing

Juniors win rowing regatta LYME Regis Gig Club’s Juniors excel at Swanage rowing Regatta last Saturday with the U14 winning their race and the under 16s coming a good second. Ten Cornish Pilot Gig Clubs travelled to Swanage to compete in their annual regatta, with crews from Barnstable, Bridport, Exmouth, Langston, Poole, Portland, Sidmouth, Swanage and Weymouth. Lyme Regis Gig Club fielded eleven crews for Ladies, Juniors, Mixed and Mens crews. As well as the Juniors U14 crew competing in Tempest. Lyme Regis B and Vets crews also won their races and the Ladies crews acquitted themselves well with 3rd and 4th places for A, B and Crews.

Racing in the final, all important Men’s A Race, Lyme their young Development Crew who rounded the first mark just ahead of the pack and looked all set to win both the race and take the overall trophy for the Club. But cruel fate took a hand and Tempest was rammed from astern, the yoke on her rudder was smashed and the Lyme crew unable to steer were forced to retire. After a thrilling and hard fought Swanage Regatta in beautiful sunshine, Lyme Regis came a good 3rd overall. Pictured right: Lyme Regis Under 14s raise after winning their race.

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Lyme gig veterans win their first national championship LYME Regis Gig Club shook up the gig rowing community with a landmark victory in the CPGA Men’s Veteran Championships, becoming the first non-Cornish crew to win a CPGA major championships.

year’s event, This hosted by Brixham Gig Club, saw 15 men’s and 18 ladies crews compete, including the elite crews and winners from the recent competitions on the Isles of Scilly. The CPGA Vets Championships is the governing bodies’ main annual competition for over 40s gig rowers.

THE Lyme Men’s Veterans pictured after winning their first national championships, the first non-Cornwall crew to do so

The racing entailed three rounds of racing, with the top crews eventually making the grand final in the afternoon. Lyme were drawn against some strong crews in the first round, including favourites Caradon, unbeaten in major races for the last three years. Lyme made a strong start from the inside lane and within two minutes were edging ahead of Caradon. Lyme took the first buoy turn just ahead and held off Caradon who came in a close second. Lyme were pleased to have posted the fastest time of the first round, but harder times lay ahead. Into round two, Lyme were drawn in the middle lane (a hard position), up against the experienced

crews from Cattewater, Mevagissey and Teign. Lyme know they had to draw ahead of the competition before the first turn to stand a chance, and with disciplined powerful rowing they did just that, pulling just ahead of Cattewater to take the first turn. Cattewater pushed Lyme hard all the way, but Lyme held them off to win the semi-final. The fastest time in the semis came from the other heat, with the powerful Dart crew coming in quickest.

In with a chance

The line up for the final was daunting: Lyme, Caradon, Dart, Cattewater and Appledore. But with two wins in the heats under their belt Lyme knew they were in with a chance. Lyme went through their pre-race routines and lined up for the start as ready as they could be. Again drawn in lane one Lyme knew that with a good start they could dictate the race, however they immediately found themselves well down in the other crews, but piece by piece they draw back on the others, half way to the first turn were vying for the lead with Dart.

cricket

Long season ahead for Uplyme cricketers WITH a third of their fixtures completed in the Devon Cricket League D Division East, it looks as though it’s going to be a long hard season for Uplyme and Lyme Regis 1st X1. They slumped to their fifth defeat in six games on Saturday away to Exmouth CC 1st X1, losing by six wickets after being bowled out for 160 in 38.3 overs.

Top scorer for Uplyme was all-round sportsman Tyler Wellman, who scored 34 off 52 balls, including six fours. Charlie Moss (26) and club chairman Ian Thomas (22) contributed useful runs. In reply, Exmouth knocked off the required runs for the loss of four wickets in 28 overs to gain a maximum 20 points. Best bowling figures from Uplyme came from Steven

Batey who took 3-28 off seven overs. Uplyme find themselves at the bottom of table with 48 points from six games, seven points behind their newest rivals Countess Wear. Uplyme 2nd X1 were without a fixture. Tomorrow (Saturday) Uplyme 1st X1 are away to third placed Chardstock.

This was where that inside line came into Lyme’s advantage, Lyme turned perfectly and gaining water, but Dart were coming back, as were Cardadon on the inside line. Lyme pushed incredibly hard on the second leg getting to the next turn with the narrowest of leads. The final leg was a 600m straight drive to the line, Lyme knowing they would need to draw every last ounce of energy to hold off Dart and Caradon. They in fact draw further ahead, finally winning by four boat lengths to become CPGA Vets Champions 2018. Caradon were 2nd, Dart 3rd. The crew were: Cam Short, Nick Waite, Tony Ford, Dan Wilkinson, Toby Newson and Ben Short, coxed brilliantly by Tony Short. The men’s section at Lyme are going from strength to strength, the men’s supervets getting a double win in Swanage and continuing to pick up trophies. The winter development crew are working towards becoming the club’s fastest crew, with a new development crew in the making. Strength in depth comes from C and D crews who regularly deliver great results for the club. New rowers are very welcome, so visit www.lymeregisgigcub.com for more information.

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The latest edition of LymeOnline, bringing you news, sport, entertainment and events from Lyme Regis, Uplyme & Charmouth

LymeOnline June 15 2018  

The latest edition of LymeOnline, bringing you news, sport, entertainment and events from Lyme Regis, Uplyme & Charmouth