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Seafront health and safety concerns A LOCAL businessman has said the town council office is “letting the people of Lyme Regis down” after failing to address health and safety concerns he first raised last year. Former town and district councillor George Symonds, who owns Lyme Regis Amusement Arcade on Marine Parade, expressed concerns about hazards on the seafront over the recent Bank Holiday weekend, when vehicles were parked on the seafront and a marquee was erected above his business. REPORT, PAGE 3
Council scraps ‘toilet twinning’ proposal
Another year for Michaela THE Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, pictured after being officially installed for her second year, with husband Alan Ellis, deputy mayor Councillor Steve Miller, deputy mayoress Heather Miller, town clerk John Wright and macebearers Derek Hallett and Paul Oatway See page 3 for full story
Bank Holiday blunder
COUNCIL VOWS TO IMPROVE AFTER SEAFRONT STREWN WITH LITTER
A DISTRICT and county councillor has said there should have been a “better reaction” to the busy Bank Holiday from local authorities, after a large amount of rubbish was left strewn across Lyme Regis seafront.
The mess was described as an “embarrassment” and a “disaster” at a town council meeting last
firstname.lastname@example.org week, where town clerk John Wright accepted that better communication was needed between the town and Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP). Mr Wright explained that the town council had not known that DWP had yet not switched to summer collecting hours, so it had been
expected that a later waste collection was going to be carried out on the seafront. Responding to complaints on social media, district and county councillor Daryl Turner also agreed the response to big Bank Holiday crowds was “poor”, adding: “It really should be simple enough. Caught out by the early good Bank Holiday weather, which was well advertised and should have had the appropriate response, which didn’t
happen.” Councillor Turner said he had previously suggested that the town council carry out a late evening waste collection themselves, and store the rubbish to be taken away by DWP in the morning, which he considered a “simple solution”. He said he would follow up the matter with Dorset Waste Partnership while the town clerk addressed FULL STORY ON PAGE 2
A SUGGESTION to ‘twin’ the newly-refurbished public toilets in Lyme Regis with a toilet in a deprived area of the world has been thrown down the pan by councillors. Toilet twinning is a scheme run by the charity Tearfund but councillors were not keen on the idea, describing it as “ridiculous” and expressing concerns that they should not spend taxpayers’ money on the scheme. REPORT, PAGE 3
Charmouth school through to finals CHARMOUTH Primary School football team has worked its way through to the national finals and tomorrow (Saturday) will be representing the South West, as Dorset champions, in the English small schools championships. Since the beginning of 2017 they have won five tournaments. REPORT, PAGE 19
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Call for ‘immediate action’ on waste collection CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE issues at the town council end. The town’s infrastructure and resources were pushed to the limits over the recent Bank Holiday weekend, as thousands of visitors descended on Lyme Regis to enjoy the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record. The council received a dressing down from the public and some of its own members at last week. Litter strewn across the seafront, management of seafront events and vehicles on Marine Parade, and park and ride buses unable to keep up with demand were among the concerns raised. Repeating concerns raised about waste collections on the seafront expressed at last month’s annual town meeting, resident Betty Holmes said the problem had been “exacerbated” by the busy Bank Holiday weekend. She said: “Having done such a splendid job of discouraging the public from feeding the seagulls, both the town council and Dorset Waste Partnership have enabled the dear creatures to feast upon the uncollected waste piled up along our beautiful seafront and also around the town. “We need immediate action not discussions. These should have been going on during the winter months. In just over a fortnight we have a street food festival and half term to contend with.” Mrs Holmes put forward several suggestions for improving waste collections that she said would not increase council tax, including having large wheelie bins placed at strategic points; a late night collection which would prevent the need for an early morning collection; signs to encourage visitors to take their waste home with them; a volunteer group equipped to help clean up when necessary; and increased pay for council staff to work on Bank Holidays. Town clerk John Wright said there “is a plan to do this” and the council had recruited additional staff, but he admitted “things went badly over the weekend” due to miscommunication between the town council and Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP). “We shouldn’t have let that happen,” he added. Another resident shouted from the public forum: “It’s been disgraceful!” The town clerk continued: “We don’t want this to occur again. We have spent some time planning
what we need to do, we’ve brought in additional resources and we have got people working later in the evening but we need facilities to dispose of it. “It wasn’t good this weekend but we intend for it to get better.” Mrs Holmes said the same problems occurred a year ago and the council was “still no further forward”. Councillor Derek Hallett said he had received several phone calls from concerned residents over the weekend LARGE amounts of litter was left strewn across the seafront after a packed Sunday about the level of litter in Lyme Regis but he did not know who to direct them to. He described the situation moved to its summer programme of waste collections, which was one of the issues, but the workas “horrendous”. Councillor Hallett added that the Charmouth men worked “extremely hard” and did “a lot of Road park and ride bus drivers struggled to get in good work in this town”. The town clerk admitted that better communiand out of the town centre and keep up with decation was needed between the town council and mand. “It was organised chaos and we are to blame, no- DWP, as it was not known that they had not started their summer collections. He said that body else,” he added. The Mayor, Councillor Michaela Ellis, said: “We town council staff did work extended hours over should think ourselves lucky in Lyme that so many the weekend but were unable to cope with the volvisitors wanted to come and it was an exceedingly ume of rubbish. He added: “There will be a very robust converhot weekend.” Resident Julie Sheppard said she was “shocked” sation with DWP, where we’ve also got to admit our deficiencies, to carry this forward for the rest by the level of debris left on the seafront. of the summer so we don’t have this embarrassing She added: “One positive point that we should situation again.” hold onto was that our visitors didn’t seem to litter Councillor Jeff Scowen said the seafront was a the each. Many visitors had tried to dispose of mess but there were “mitigating circumstances” at their rubbish responsibly but couldn’t because the the weekend because of the extremely hot weather provisions were not there. and lessons had been learnt. “Our visitors are behaving very responsibly but Councillor Owen Lovell said the “whole saga was I think we have to support those responsible visi- embarrassing” as the town clerk had been quoted tors more than we do but making sure we have in the local press that week saying the council was sufficient rubbish facilities down there.” investing additional resources to keep the seafront Councillor Hallett said a lot of the mess was also clean and the “first weekend was a disaster”. “I just hope now we’ve had a wake up call, again, the responsibility of DWP and asked Lyme’s disit will get sorted. These things keep repeating trict councillors to follow this up. Councillor Turner explained DWP had not yet themselves,” he added.
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Health and safety concerns over management of seafront events COUNCIL OFFICERS TOLD THEY ARE ‘LETTING DOWN THE PEOPLE OF LYME REGIS’
A LOCAL businessman has said the town council office is “letting the people of Lyme Regis down” after failing to address health and safety concerns he first raised last year. Former town and district councillor George Symonds, who owns Lyme Regis Amusement Arcade on Marine Parade, expressed concerns about hazards on the seafront over the busy Bank Holiday weekend. Speaking at Wednesday night’s meeting, Mr Symonds complained that the entrance to his business had been blocked over the Bank Holiday weekend by vehicles of the contractor carrying out refurbishment work to the seafront toilets. He also expressed health and safety concerns about a marquee being erected above the arcade for the Fossil Festival. During a different event last year when a similar marquee was erected, Mr Symonds witnessed a six-foot metal pole roll off the roof area onto the seafront below, where it “missed a member of the public by inches”. He said he had raised health and safety concerns with the council at the time, and suggested all marquees set up on the roof area should be set back from the edge.
Council turns down ‘toilet twinning’ idea A SUGGESTION to ‘twin’ the newly-refurbished public toilets in Lyme Regis with a toilet in a deprived area of the world has been thrown down the pan by councillors. Toilet twinning is a scheme run by the charity Tearfund to support the construction of toilets and promote sanitary education in some of the most deprived areas of the world. The town council’s operations manager put forward the idea that the Marine Parade toilets, currently undergoing refurbishment, could be twinned when they were reopened for a cost of £60 per cubicle, totalling up to £600. However, councillors were quick to throw out the idea last week, with one member saying it would make them a laughing stock. Councillor Sean Larcombe commented: “I have never in all my life heard of anything as ridiculous as toilet twinning. This proposal ought to be thrown in the bin before they laugh and not just the council but the whole of Lyme Regis.” Councillor Brian Larcombe joked that it would be “throwing money down the toilet”. He said that those who felt it was a worthy cause could make a personal donation, but the council was “looking after the town’s money”. “I’m not so sure the residents have given us a mandate to spend this kind of money,” he added. Councillor Jeff Scowen argued in favour of the proposal, commenting: “You can see the humour and the enjoyment this has created, it’s £60 for God’s sake, not £60million or £600million, it’s inconsequential to help something in the Third World. If it was a lot of money maybe not but I think we should go ahead with it, I think it’s a great idea.” Councillor Brian Larcombe replied: “It’s about hearts or heads and there’s a principal here. Whether it’s £1 or £1,000 or £10,000 it’s public money and it’s about the way in which we’re charged to look after it. This request is a bit of a sideball, I’m not even sure how it got on the agenda.” It was agreed to refuse the proposal.
firstname.lastname@example.org Mr Symonds also complained that the marquee was then taken down during the busy Bank Holiday Monday, with vehicles parked on the seafront for most of the day for the work, which he said was dangerous. He said he had previously requested a review of the council office and its health and safety policies. Mr Symonds added: “Lyme Regis Town Council has a duty of care when events are held on its land… “The council office is letting the mayor down, it’s letting the people of Lyme Regis down and it’s letting businesses down. Nothing is being done to address these problems. I asked you to have an urgent review of the office before somebody is killed.” He added that he felt he was “wasting his time” in bringing his concerns to the council. The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, said the council would follow up his concerns and she agreed that they needed to look at the way events were run on the seafront.
Speaking later in the meeting, Councillor Stan Williams said council members should have more say in what events take place on the seafront, rather than delegating this to officers. “If there are vehicles on the front, they obviously haven’t been given proper instructions,” he said. He added that councillors “didn’t know anything” about events taking place and there had been mix-ups with more than one event booked at the same time. Councillor Cheryl Reynolds argued that there had only been one mistake with a double booking, which had since been solved, and that the council could not “micro-manage” the officers. “We have to trust our officers to book events,” she added. The town clerk John Wright suggested that a revised policy and procedure for events organisation and management be brought to the council for consideration. Councillor Ellis added that it was important to ensure event organisers complied with the policies and procedures, commenting: “If people are not complying with that policy at events, like the marquee being taken down on Monday with ve-
Mayor ‘honoured and privileged’ to serve town THE Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, was officially installed for a second year at the historic mayor making ceremony on Wednesday night. The Guildhall was packed with Councillor Ellis’ friends, family and fellow councillors for the traditional event, which saw her presented with her chains of office for a second year. Councillor Steve Miller was also installed as deputy mayor for the second year, with his wife Heather serving as deputy mayoress and Councillor Ellis’ husband Alan named the mayor’s consort for the year. The Reverend Jane Skinner was announced as the mayor’s chaplain and Councillor Ellis will continue to raise funds for the Tower Fund at St Michael’s Parish Church as her chosen charity. Proposing a toast to the mayor, Councillor Cheryl Reynolds described her as an “energetic, powerful and a unifying force for the council”, adding that she was “for the people, not politics”. Councillor Reynolds listed the many local organisations that Councillor Ellis was involved in, adding that she had particular interests in the welfare of both the young and old in Lyme Regis. Responding, Councillor Ellis said she was “honoured and privileged to serve as mayor of this wonderful community” for another year. She said she would endeavour to attend as many events as possible, both in Lyme Regis and across Dorset, and would try to achieve the best for both residents and visitors. Former town councillor and journalist David Cozens MBE then proposed a toast to the town council. He recalled the local government reorganisation in the 1970s and looked ahead to the impending development of a unitary authority in Dorset, saying it would bring considerable change but the present council was “more than capable of meeting the challenge”. Responding, Councillor Sean Larcombe said that councillors were in a “privileged position” where they could make a difference to people’s lives and contribute to policies and strategies.
He added that councillors should be honest, truthful, speak their mind and work together. Councillor John Broom proposed a toast to the council officers and staff, saying it was not easy to work for a local authority and meet the demand of several bosses. He added that it was not just a job, but an opportunity to make a contribution to public life. In his response, town clerk John Wright said: “There’s a big focus in society on things that go wrong when most of the time things go right and most things go right in this organisation.” He added that his staff were loyal, dedicated and responsive, and were always first to rally around when there was a problem. Town crier Alan Vian proposed a toast to Lyme Regis, saying it was the people who made the town what it is. “Our town is a costant source of happiness to all who live here and holiday here... we must be proud of our past and confident of our future,” he added. Councillor Richard Doney also spoke of the future in his response, saying it was exciting but dangerous and councillors needed to consider how they were going to deal with changes such as the introduction of a unitary authority, a reduction in financial resources, and increased pressure on the town’s resources as more and more visitors come to Lyme Regis. Councillor Jeff Scowen then proposed a toast to the press and media, saying he was pleased to see the launch of LymeOnline earlier in the year. Experienced journalist Geoff Baker gave the response, announcing his decision to retire from the industry to concentrate on writing children’s books.
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hicles everywhere, then we go back to them and say ‘next year you might not be here’. “If we are allowing people to hold these events, they have to do what we need them to do.” Referring to the issue of marquees on the roof above the amusement arcade, Councillor Brian Larcombe said the incident of the metal pole falling down was “horrendous” and called for marquees to be set back from the edge. “I don’t wish to hear or read that there’s been an unfortunate incident because we haven’t sorted it,” he added. Councillor Ellis said the council was also trying to source some kind of fencing to go around the railings when events are held in that area.
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Marine Players show Mobile classroom given £325 grant raises £5k for theatre THE Marine Players has contributed £5,000 to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis following their successful production of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. Formerly the Lyme Regis Dramatic Society, the Marine Players were formed at the beginning of 2016 in order to move to a closer relationship with the theatre, and attract a younger and more wide-ranging membership.Its latest production, a stage adaptation of the favourite TV sitcom, was deemed a resounding success.
LYME Regis schoolchildren have been learning how to lead safe and healthy lives with the help of town council funding. Life Education Wessex, which provides health, wellbeing and drugs’ education to young people, spent two days at St Michael’s Primary School with its mobile classroom. The organisation aims to provide children with the
knowledge, skills and self-confidence to make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviours. Town councillors Richard Doney and Sean Larcombe joined the Year 5 pupils for their session on ‘friends’ and presented Life Education Wessex with a cheque for £325. The grant – part of the town council’s annual minor grants allocation – contributed to the cost of bringing the Life Bus to the school for its annual visit.
Three reports of missing people in 24 hours Art society to hold annual display Competition for gig’s headline slot EMERGENCY services from the Lyme Regis area were called out to three separate reports of missing people in the area within 24 hours. Call outs came at 1.57am, 4.38pm and 7.22pm on Tuesday, May 8, with the latter resulting in a two-day search for Crewkerne man Kevin Norminton, whose body was found below cliffs at Thorncombe Beacon.
MEMBERS of Lyme Regis Art Society are preparing for their annual exhibition – the highlight of the club’s calendar and the culmination of members’ efforts over the past 12 months. The exhibition will be held in the Town Mill’s Malthouse Gallery from May 26, with free admission.
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LYME Regis-based music charity B Sharp is inviting inspiring and up and coming, or semi-professional original musicians, bands and singer-songwriters to enter a competition for the chance to perform at Bridport Sounds. The live gig will be held on Saturday, July 21 at Bridport Arts Centre.
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LYME Regis Football Club will be celebrating both the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final with a festival of events. Attractions include live screenings of both events on the big screen TVs, a mini beer festival plus full bar inside and Pimm’s, Prosecco & Gin Tent, all day barbecue, tea and cake and royal fancy dress competition. Doors open 11am, free entry.
THE ALEXANDRA HOTEL
THE Alexandra Hotel will be screening the big event from 10am in its own popular wedding venue, the Peak Chapel, next door to the
hotel. Guests are invited to stay afterwards for afternoon tea or lunch (booking is required).
THE MARINE THEATRE
THE Marine will be welcoming guests from 10am to watch the wedding on the big screen. Wedding attire is encouraged and you can enjoy cake, strawberries and cream and cucumber sandwiches while you watch.
THE TALBOT ARMS
THE Talbot Arms in Uplyme will be hosting a royal wedding party from 11am, with the big event on the TV. Guests are invited to bring a plate of food to share.
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Local artists take part in Dorset Art Weeks ARTISTS in the Lyme Regis area will be exhibiting their work as part of Dorset Art Weeks from May 26 to June 10. Over the next few weeks, residents and visitors to the area will see the distinctive yellow signs popping up in the area, directing them to open studios, outdoor sculpture and creative spaces where they can chat with the artists and purchase a variety of work from paintings to pottery.
Lyme gig club competes in world championships Lyme Regis Gig Club’s competitive crews returned from the Pilot Gig Rowing World Championships with good results. More than 150 gigs from all over the world competed at the annual championships on the Isles of Scilly, coming from as far as the USA, Bermuda and Holland, but mainly from the South West of England. Lyme Regis entered 14 crews.
AFTER a winter that dragged and dragged, I was determined to make the most of the first sight of summer over the Bank Holiday weekend. And it seems I wasn’t alone; the town was teeming with visitors soaking up the sunshine on the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record. Aside from Red Arrows Day, Lyme Regis must have been the busiest I have ever seen it. After waiting so long for the sunshine I think it all went to our heads a bit; it was as if we had to squeeze a whole summer holiday into three days. After all, that might be all we get. Summer dresses, flip flops, bikinis and beach towels were promptly pulled from the back of my wardrobe and I was ready to spend every second of the weekend outside, paddling on the beaches both in Lyme and Exmouth, live music in the Standard’s beer garden, a barbecue with friends and I even made my first attempt at fishing during a boat trip off Beer (unsuccessful, I might add!). I know some residents steer clear of the seafront from May to September. For me the hustle and bustle and big events are all part of what makes Lyme Regis such a vibrant town to live in. But as I frantically searched for a parking space outside my house on Sunday and then battled through the seafront crowds to get to my next job on time, feeling like a salmon swimming upstream, there was no arguing that Lyme was fit to burst. And the town looked a little worse for wear once everyone had headed home (see page 1).
It was also a busy weekend for the latest addition to Lyme’s growing ‘foodie’ scene, The Lyme Bay, formerly The French Lieutenant’s Bistro, which opened just in time for the Bank Holiday madness – talk about being thrown in the deep end! I enjoyed a coffee on their sundrenched terrace over the weekend and returned for lunch later in the week when it was a bit less manic. With glimpses of the new-look Pilot Boat Inn starting to appear on social media, new owners Uprising Bakehouse making paces at Lyme’s famed Town Mill Bakery, and the trendy SWIM already expanding its empire into nearby West Bay with the purchase of the Riverside Restaurant, you might as well forget the ‘bikini body’, it’s all about indulgence this summer. That was certainly the theme this weekend as a I flew to Galway to spend time with my sister and brother-in-law. We enjoyed Ed Sheeran live in concert and spent the rest of the weekend eating and drinking our way through the city! I left Dad to cover the weekend jobs, including the successful May Fete (pages 16 & 17) and returned just in time for Lyme Regis Musical Theatre’s excellent production of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ (pages 11-13).
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Turn Lyme Green shows Silent Soldiers installed film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ for WWI anniversary BY popular demand, eco-group Turn Lyme Green has arranged another screening of the film ‘A Plastic Ocean’, detailing the reality of plastic pollution. The film will be shown at Lyme Regis Baptist Church Hall on Friday, May 25. Doors open at 6.45pm for the screening at 7pm and entry is free.
SILENT Soldiers are appearing around Lyme Regis to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Lyme Regis Town Council is supporting the Royal British Legion’s nationwide Silent Soldier campaign and has purchased five silhouettes to place around the town.
TV star to appear at Lyme Regis Comedy Club A BANK Holiday edition of Lyme Regis Comedy Club, run by Bridport funny man Tom Glover, will see four comics on the bill including Ivo Graham who regularly appears to television. With regular appearances on ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Live at the Apollo’, the event offers a great chance to see Ivo headline a small venue. Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of 18. Eight months later he became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. Lyme Regis Comedy Club will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28 at the Marine Theatre, with the bar opening at 7pm and the show at 8pm. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door – call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com to book.
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HESE are testing times for Lyme Regis Town Council.
be prepared for the consequences of the town being full to capacity when the weather is so glorious. And they cannot comprehend why Lyme council, with more staff than they have ever had - particularly at senior officer level - have no contingency plans in place. For example, is there a senior officer on duty every Bank Holiday to deal with such matters? There should be. In the old borough council days Lyme used to have a recreations supervisor who had to work every weekend and Bank Holiday during the summer looking after the seafront undertakings. I know that for a fact because my father held the position for a while. The council has recently appointed a seafront attendant. Does that person work every weekend during the season? Is it too much to ask that there is a team in place to clear our streets of rubbish when the town is packed? This is not just a problem for Lyme
AS mentioned in the story above, there’s talk of a setting up a group of volunteers to carry out some of the tasks that it seems Lyme Regis Town Council are incapable of doing. But this is nothing new in village life - as Uplyme parishioners demonstrated so clearly last Sunday when a couple dozen of them spent the morning clearing weeds from the roads and picking up litter. They weren’t doing it because they were upset by the parish council not being able to do it. Parish budgets just do not allow for such luxuries as a lengthsman - so if it needs doing,
the residents roll up their sleeves and do it with a number of parish councillors helping out. It happens in many villages throughout the area. It reminds me of my days as mayor when the town council had very little money. I remember going down to the Monmouth Beach car park one Good Friday morning at around 6 am to see Stan Williams on his hands and knees painting the white lines in the Monmouth Beach car park because we could not afford to pay the few outside staff we had to do it. Times they-are- a-changing.
They took a bit of a drubbing at the recent annual town meeting over the state of Marine Parade and other unkempt areas of the town. This prompted an assurance by town clerk John Wright that the council would commit more resources to improve matters - let’s face it they can afford to - and they would do better in the future. Mr Wright found himself having to apologise to councillors again at last week’s council meeting after another barrage of criticism from the public over the state of the seafront after the scorchingly hot May Bank Holiday which brought thousands flocking into the town. It must have been one of the busiest Bank Holidays ever. What the people of Lyme find most difficult to understand is that the local authorities - West Dorset District Council are just as culpable - should
Town Council. The responsibility for keeping our streets clean and our rubbish bins emptied lies with the Dorset Waste Partnership, an off-shoot of West Dorset District Council. Apparently, the street cleaners, who generally do an excellent job on the seafront and at the Cobb, were still on winter working hours. May. Winter? I know that our two district councillors, Daryl Turner and Cheryl Reynolds, are doing their best to ensure this never happens again. There is even talk around town about the formation of a team of volunteers who will turn out at a minute’s notice to make sure the waste bins are emptied if the two councils are unable to do so. Whilst I’m all for self help, this should not be necessary but it is an indication of what little faith the public has in the council at the moment. Lyme Regis Town Council can afford the additional resources promised by the town clerk to ensure matters improve quickly. But another matter of concern for many is that the council will in future take over the running of all public toilets in the town, as well as the Tourist Information Centre, when West Dorset District Council amalgamates with Dorset County Council to form the new unitary authority for Dorset. As the town council already knows, running public toilets is an expensive nightmare. It’s not so long ago a visitor to the town wrote to the View From Lyme Regis describing the toilets in Lyme as “the worst in Europe”. We don’t want to be running headlines like that again.
Reuben’s swift recovery THIS is my favourite picture. It shows our mayor, Michaela Ellis, feeding her first grandson, Reuben, at the Cancer Research Big Breakfast. Reuben looks a picture of health and you would not know that he was about to spend ten days in Southampton Hospital undergoing open heart surgery. Before doing so, Reuben became the youngest person ever to attend the Mayor’s Civic Night and was a hit with all and sundry. The son of Michaela and Alan’s daughter Jarvia and her partner, Chris Aylott, Reuben came through the operation with flying colours. As a thank you to all the staff at Ocean Ward at Southampton Hospital, where Reuben was treated, the Ellis family will be organising a fundraising event shortly (details to be announced) and Michaela’s sister, Sarah Horton, is undertaking two 10k sponsored runs for the cause.
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T was good to see the Anning Iwith Road playing field packed stalls and attractions for
the annual May Fete, organised by the Regatta & Carnival Committee. Back in my regatta days we used the field for a number of events, including one of the biggest fundraisers, the donkey derby, an event which I imagine has fallen foul of the health and safety police. For the uninitiated, a donkey derby was a series of races with children riding the donkeys. I suspect today that would be deemed to be cruel to the donkeys but they did not seem to mind too much at the time. The kids fell off at regular intervals around the course. They just got back in the sad-
Those were the days... dle and carried on. We raised money by operating a tote and that might also be outlawed today. We also staged a ladies’ football match at the playing field at a time when girls just did not play the sport. At one of these games we even managed to get the managers of Exeter City and Yeovil Town - Johnny Newman and Mike Hughes - to act as goalkeepers. They changed in my bedroom in the house next door to the field where I live. I have memories of a big fete
on the playing feld when I was a kid. I think it must have been in 1953 for the Coronation and I clearly recall seeing a high diver perform. Many years later when I was regatta secretary I booked a high diver, Don Linberg, to appear on the beach on Regatta Day. The conversation with him was a bit like an Allan Sherman parody. It went something like this: “Have I got this right? So you climb up this huge ladder, set fire to yourself and then dive into a bucket of water? I see...” But that’s just what he did twice. He did a knock-about clown routine in the afternoon for the kids, from half way up the tower erected on the beach, before diving into the water. In the evening, after the torchlight procession, he climbed to the top and set himself
on fire before hurtling himself into the giant bucket. He had asked us to fill it with fresh water but if my memory serves me right, John Broom, now a town councillor and the son of regatta stalwart Henry Broom, pumped it full of water from the harbour which contained all sorts of unmentionables. Regatta chairman Ken Meech, a local policeman at the time, was a bit apprehensive to say the least. “What if he misses,” he asked? It was a question we preferred not to answer. Tragically Mr Linberg did miss the following year and killed himself. Looking back, those days seemed so innocent. We never gave any thought to the consequences. We just got on and did it. Today we would be labelled as “irresponsible”.
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Crowds line the Cobb for Blessing of the Boats A HUGE crowd lined the historic Cobb harbour in Lyme Regis for the annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony on Sunday, May 6. Organised by the lifeboat crew, the ceremony celebrates Lyme’s seafaring traditions and remembers all those lost at sea. The Reverends Stephen and Jane Skinner led the service in glorious sunshine outside the lifeboat station, with hymns accompanied by Lyme Regis Town Band. Members of the lifeboat crew and other local seafaring organisations lined the slipway, along with members of the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion. Others attending included the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, and her consort Alan Ellis; Deputy Mayor, Councillor Steve Miller and his wife Heather; county and district councillor Daryl Turner and town and district councillor Cheryl
Reynolds. Shanty singing group Harbour Voices added to the musical programme and readings were given by the mayor and local youngster Sophie Vernon, the daughter of a Lyme Regis Gig Club member, who read a poem she had written about the sea. The Reverend Stephen Skinner carried out the blessing of the boats, after which wreaths were passed down the slipway representatives of the local seafaring organisations, and Daniel Buckley and his two young daughters Brooke and Faith, representing the Royal British Legion. The wreaths were placed on the ‘Spirit of Loch Fyne’ lifeboat and they were later taken out to sea, accompanied by local gig boats. WREATHS are taken out into the bay by Lyme Regis lifeboat crew to remember all those lost at sea
REPRESENTATIVES from local seafaring organisations and the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion had wreaths to members of the lifeboat crew
LOCAL youngster Sophie Vernon reads a poem about the sea
DANIEL Buckley and his daughters Brooke and Faith carry a wreath on behalf of the Royal British Legion
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Council chairman praises volunteers
UPLYME Parish Council chairman Chris James has thanked all those who volunteer their time to make the village “such a wonderful place to live”.
UPLYME & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society were busy promoting their Summer Show at the annual May Fete held in Lyme Regis on Sunday (see pages 16 & 17). The Summer Show will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 1pm to 5pm on the King George V playing field in Uplyme and in the village hall. Show schedules and entry forms are now available on the website https://ulrhs.wordpress.com
Councillor James made the comments in a review of the year at the annual parish meeting this week. His review in full was as follows: “The Neighbourhood Plan was approved by the examiner and confirmed by Referendum and has been “made” by EDDC. It therefore now has legal status and is a highly important document. My thanks go to all who were involved with the long and complicated process and who freely gave many hours of their time. “Flood prevention measures have undergone a major upgrade during the year by the County Council. Volunteers from within the Parish keep many of the drains and culverts clear. The recent major works have caused some disruption but are to the long-term benefit of the centre of the village. “Conversely, despite the not inconsiderable expense of the work done at the Hunter’s Lodge junction, which was a major issue of neighbourhood concern, there has been no discernable improvement to traffic flow. “The lengthsman’s contract has again been continued and works to the benefit of the whole community. “The parish council’s accounting procedures and finances were again assessed which led to the rise in parish precept, although we are still below the average within Devon. Reserves are
being restored to a proper level. “The parish clerk has instituted the production of a full risk register, which has been completed. A revision of the Village Emergency Plan has also been completed. This has involved considerable work and my thanks go to Mr Neave. “I turn to Parish owned land: At last we have completed the legal processes, which register the Millennium Copse as belonging to the parish council with the Land Registry. This brought to conclusion an issue that has been running for more than 10 years. “The parish council sold a small part of Stafford Mount, which did not adversely affect the area but brought in £3,000 to assist with parish council finances. “In the very near future you will see the resurfacing of the parking area and paths within the cemetery. This is at some considerable expenditure but at the same time the cemetery does provide some income for the parish. ‘Happy to work with those across county border’ “Due to the great support of LymeForward, you will soon see a new footpath from the village hall on the stream side of the road to opposite the entrance to Hacker’s Mead. This will involve traffic lights on Lyme Road for a few weeks (suspended during the late spring Bank Holiday) but will provide a footway opposite Stanbury. A footpath to cover that stretch of road was high on the wish-list during Neighbourhood Plan consultation.
“We will shortly be turning our attention to Grogg Lane where EDDC have already designed a chicane and we are embarking on a full traffic management study for the village. “You may have already noticed improvement work on the rest of the footpath from Hacker’s Mead towards Lyme has already started and there will be a new bridge at the end of Bumpy field. I would sincerely like to thank those at LymeForward for their obtaining a grant to enable this work and for including Uplyme in their plans. I would also like to compliment Cllr Turner and others for their vision in wishing to improve this path. “Despite some reports to the contrary, you will note that we are happy to work with those across the county boundary and have consistently attempted to do so. “I would like to draw attention to the defibrillator, which is installed at the village hall kitchen entrance. I would be grateful if all who use the village hall and KG5 make all participants aware of its existence. “Finally, I would like to record my thanks to all those who give freely of their time to ensure that the parish remains a wonderful place to live. There are many areas covered by this voluntary work, which involves councillors, local volunteers and other committees responsible for activities and facilities within the parish. “I would also like to thank our county and district councillors for their support.”
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Village given a spring clean MORE than 20 volunteers, including a number of parish councillors, spent their Sunday morning helping to clear the verges of the main road that runs through Uplyme. Led by council chairman Chris James, the volunteers cleared litter and weeds from the side of the road with local horticulturists Nigel and Ashley Ball providing tractor and trailer to collect the rubbish. The volunteers gathered at the Black Dog and, as well as picking up little from the verges up to Woodhouse, they also
trimmed the weeds from the roadside and a number of other areas. The clean-up, which included a number of children, was organised by Uplyme Parish Council’s youngest member, Becky Turner. Mr James thanked Becky and all those who turned up to help, adding: “It was very successful and we got lots of positive feedback from the parishioners. We will definitely do it again, when the need arises.” Uplyme Pre-School picked up litter from around the village last week - see page 18.
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Legion honours village’s First World War hero A WHITCHURCH Canonicorum soldier killed in action in the Battle of Ypres was honoured by the Royal British Legion on the 100th anniversary of his death. Frank Wiscombe was born in Whitchurch, near Charmouth, in 1880 but moved from Dorset to London during his teenage years where he married a Whitchurch girl, Elizabeth Hodder. They had two children, a daughter Bessie and another child who died young. After living in Crouch End and Tooting, the couple moved to Banstead where Frank took a job as a farm labourer at an asylum. The men who worked alongside him were encouraged to
join the Army with London County Council promising to continue to paying their wages to their dependents whilst they were away. Frank joined the 6th Dorsets and was wounded during the recapture of The Bluff in February 1916. After several months recuperation he was transferred to the 2nd Wiltshires as part of reinforcements to replace men killed on The Somme. He finally fell in action on May 8th 2018, aged 37. To mark the 100th anniversary of Mr Wiscombe’s death, the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion, with co-operation from the Banstead branch, held a short service at the
THE service to commemorate the death of Frank Wiscombe. Right, Legion president Philip Evans lays a wreath at the village war memorial Whitchurch War memorial, conducted by the Reverend Jane Skinner, Vicar of the Golden Cap Team of Churches. Legion secretary Chris James delivered the Exhortation and a wreath was laid by the president Philip Evans. Standard bearer Jon Hunt was also in attendance and the Last Post was played by Elizabeth Carter, who lives in the village. Refreshments were later served in the Whitchurch Canonicorum Parish Church where some of the boards from the ‘World War One – The Men from Whitchurch Canonicorum Who Went to War’ exhibition in the village hall, were displayed, including one on Frank Wiscombe, put together by local historian Sylvia Creed Castle.
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WITHIN minutes of opening their doors at the Village Hall on Saturday, Charmouth Gardeners’ annual plant and produce sale was teaming with people anxious to get planting after one of the wettest springs on record. Funds raised at the event help to finance the gardeners’ big event of the year, held on the second Saturday of August.
During the year, the group also organises a monthly lecture, two coach trips to different horticultural attractions in the summer and a Christmas dinner. With 157 members, the organisation is chaired by Jean Kesterton with Penny Rise at secretary and Barry Coleman takes the dual role of membership secretary and treasurer.
Party in the Park - better than ever CHARMOUTH’S next Party in the Park should be better than ever - that’s the message from the organisers. Charmouth’s Party in the Park on Sunday, May 27 will be the Charmouth Events Committee’s next venture. This year there will be two great bands and an improved PA system which will ensure great sound quality. In addition there will be several food offerings, a bar, a Pimm’s and prosecco stand and a stall selling sparklers, sweets and crisps. The Party in the Park relies on a small army of volunteers to man these attractions so please contact Phil Tritton if you can help (07887 781 348 or
Facebook Messenger). The Events Committee runs several events during the year and confirmed 2018 dates are as follows: ● Sunday, May 27 - Party in the Park, Barrs Lane playing field. ● Sunday, August 26 -Party in the Park, Barrs Lane playing field. ● Saturday, November 3 Fireworks at the beach, Charmouth beach ● Thursday, December 6 Christmas Fayre, Charmouth village centre ● Monday, December 31New Year’s Eve fireworks on Charmouth beach The Events Committee is also aiming to put on a couple of at-
tractions for children in August and perhaps introduce films to Charmouth later in the year. All event dates and updates are posted on the Charmouth Events Facebook page and on www.charmouth.org as well as on village shop windows and noticeboards. The Events Committee aims to put on events that both provide entertainment and raise money for local organisations. In 2017 14 organisations received a total of £2,687. There are eight people on the Charmouth Events Committee which is always looking for new blood and ideas so contact Phil Tritton if you are interested in joining.
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Ban heavy vehicles Moving traffic lights a and enforce order ‘commonsense’ solution ■ IT was interesting to read your article on traffic congestion in Lyme Regis (LymeOnline, May 4), which has been an ever-increasing problem since my parents moved here, into Church Street, in the 1960s. Much of what ex-councillor Ken Gollop says is absolutely correct and it is a shame that the council took no notice of him when he was in office. There are two problems that successive councils have ignored or failed to understand, let alone come up with any serious attempt at solving parking and congestion. In 2014 the East Devon District Council requested “a comprehensive and evidence-based strategy for car parking in Lyme Regis” so that they could consider marking the park and ride facility permanent on Sidmouth Road. They extended the temporary consent, but as no strategy has been produced by the council, as I understand it, they are unlikely to allow it again. I see that belatedly the council has agreed to carry out a “traffic survey” (whatever that might mean) this year – pigs might fly! Ken Gollop highlights the question of congestion in his comments but I believe that his suggestions should go further. There should be notices prohibiting vehicles over, say, 15 tons, coming into the town between 10am and 5pm and, more
importantly, the order should be enforced. The drivers and their companies should be fined if they break the order. The enforcement should be by the traffic wardens and some assistance from the police, who at present seen only to make the occasional car journey through Lyme. Surely we pay for more attention than that through our council tax? J. Hansen, Haye Lane, Uplyme
Lack of seafront bins a ‘disgrace’ ■ I’M a new resident to Lyme Regis, who feels very strongly about litter and general rubbish. Firstly, I am told that paper and plastic is landfilled anyway, so what is point in separating it? And secondly, why has the council not supplied more bins during summer months for rubbish along the beaches? Absolute disgrace! I assume the response is lack of funding in both cases. Robert Mill (by email)
■ ONCE again we have got a beautiful sunny day. It is Sunday, and as I return home from the town, I am stuck in a 20-minute traffic jam in Church Street. The reason is not difficult to fathom. There is a double decker bus trying to get through to the clock tower, as he is entitled to do. There are hundreds of folk, locals and holidaymakers alike, all trying to do likewise. It does not require any sort of qualification, except perhaps a small amount of intelligence, to see that a relocation of the traffic lights to the top of Church Street would resolve this matter for all time, not just sunny Sunday afternoons. So where is the gentleman or lady with such a qualification who can make this happen? Please let me know, and I will write a personal letter, maybe even invite them to come and try this route in their own vehicle. Then, maybe, commonsense will prevail. All I have been informed, by some alleged expert in traffic control at Dorset County Council, is that their computers tell them that motorists would be delayed if the traffic lights were spaced too
far apart. This comes as no surprise to those of us locals who have to mount pavements in Church Street on an almost daily basis, year round. We are delayed anyway, by much longer than any wider spacing of traffic lights could ever entail. Please, please, can someone with intelligence, and the power to make things happen, be encouraged to take some positive action. A visit to the offending location is a must, which I doubt has ever been undertaken before. Maybe now is a good time, before we have another major incident like the fatality in Broad Street, or the gutting of the Regent Cinema, and many other lesser occasions, when lives were at risk if the emergency services were held up by similar and frequent delays. I look forward to the possibility of some positive action in the near future, before this letter proves a “harbinger of the doom that could so easily befall”. Cedric Harris, Morcombelake, Bridport
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THE cast of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ take to the stage at the Woodmead Halls for the finale number, accompanied by the live band
Foot-tapping fun and frivolity with Lyme Musical Theatre’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ LYME Regis Musical Theatre left audiences with smiles on their faces this week, thanks to its production of the fun and frivolous Broadway hit ‘Hello, Dolly!’.
JUDI Allen as Dolly Levi
Set in 1890 New York, the jovial show follows the story of widow Dolly Levi, who makes a living from matchmaking (among many other talents!). Having been asked to find a new wife for well-known half-a-millionaire, Horace Vandergelder, Dolly soon decides she’d rather keep him for herself and escapades ensue as she meddles in everyone’s lives, building up to manic final scenes in the Harmonia Gardens restaurant, where everyone is finally brought together. The production, directed by Claire
Full cast and production crew PRINCIPALS: Judi Allen Dolly Levi; Kelly Apps - Mrs Irene Molloy; Nicole Parkinson-Ware - Minnie Fay; Ian Styles - Horace Vandergelder; Joe Binmore Cornelius Hackl; Jak Montague - Barnaby Tucker; Tanya Remnant - Ermengarde; Brian Rattenbury Rudolph; Brian Cursley - the Judge; Ben Malone - Ambrose Kemper; Caroline Markham - Ernestina Money; Sarah Causley - Mrs Rose. THE COMPANY: Grace Herbert, Trudi Robson, Elaine Street, Val Cullimore, Andrée Pick, Harry Lockett, Scott Robson, Matthew Lockett, Jo Hopkins, Yvonne Marsh; Tina Woodall, Peter Hampton, Carys Lowe, Pete Ward,
Christine Perkins, Sue Wiscombe. PRODUCTION: Musical Director - Ian Crew; Director Claire Philbrock; Choreographer - Rachel Worsley; Repetiteuse - Stephanie Dommett; Stage Manager & Crew - Jack Price and others; Set Construction & Carpentry - Danny Hopkins; Lighting, Sound & Set - Dave Tulloch Total; Costumes - Dress Circle of Witham; Wardrobe Pauline Beviss & Jane Broom; Properties - Brian Cursley; Makeup - company members; Front of House Helen Webber and friends of LRMT; Production Management - Dan Wilkins, Jo and Danny Hopkins; Poster Artwork & Company Photos -
Scott Robson; Website & Social Media - Dan Wilkins & Ian Styles; Programme Content Pauline Beviss; Programme Design - Dan Wilkins & LymeOnline; Programme Printing Advantage Digital Print; Publicity - Jane Broom & Jo Hopkins; Dress Rehearsal Photography Melissa Denslow. BAND: Ian Crew - conductor, keys, tenor sax; Jen Campbell - flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax; Shirley Screech - clarinet, alto sax; Josh Westrip - trumpet; Josie Denning - trumpet; Chris Holland - trombone; Glyn Rattenbury - drums; Steph Dommett - piano; Gill Crew violin; Rob Iles - bass.
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THEATRE REVIEW by Francesca Evans
Lyme Regis Musical Theatre Woodmead Halls Philbrock, posed a number of firsts for the company - the first time it had taken on ‘Hello, Dolly!’ in its 98-year history, and the first time staging a show at the Woodmead Halls, where the stage was expanded to make room for the colourful chorus numbers, choreographed by Rachel Worsley. The cast also included many newcomers to Lyme Regis Musical Theatre, including Judi Allen as leading lady Dolly Levi, who surely made a lasting impression on audiences with her outstanding performance. Barely off stage for a minute, she ably led the experienced cast through upbeat song and dance numbers, including Put Your Sunday Clothes On’, ‘Before the Parade Passes By’ and the title song ‘Hello, Dolly!’, accompanied by a live band led by musical director Ian Crew. Judi played opposite Axminster’s Ian Styles, giving a very confident and powerful performance as the brash Horace Vandergelder. This being his fourth show with the company, Ian was joined by several other favourites of the Lyme stage, including Kelly Apps as Mrs Irene Molloy, who pleased the crowd with her wistful solo ‘Ribbons Down My Back’, and Nicole Parkinson Ward, who has impressively notched up 40 local shows despite only being in her 20s. LRMT newcomer Tanya Remnant took on the role of Horace’s whining niece Ermengarde. She impressively stayed in character throughout, crying and frowning even during the most upbeat chorus numbers, and eventually winning her uncle’s approval to marry artist Ambrose Kemper (Ben Malone). Also new to the company, Joe Binmore and
Jak Montague won the audiences hearts as Horace’s naive shop clerks Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, skipping work to experience the big lights of New York for the first time. The cast of principals was rounded off by Caroline Markham as the larger than life Ernestina Money, and stalwarts of the local stage Brian Rattenbury (Rudolph), Brian Cursley (the Judge) and Sarah Causley (Mrs Rose) taking on smaller roles this year. Performances of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ continue tonight (Friday, May 18) and tomorrow and last-minute tickets may still be available from Serendip bookshop on Broad Street.
LYME Regis Musical Theatre newcomer Judi Allen as Dolly Levi with local stage stalwart Brian Rattenbury as Rudolph the restaurateur
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Photo special: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ captures the bright lights of Yonkers
COMPANY members Elaine Street and Scott Robson. Above, the company in ‘Before The Parade Passes By’ and, left, shopworkers sing ‘It Takes A Woman’
KELLY Apps impresses as Irene Molloy with the solo ‘Ribbons Down My Back’. Right, Judi Allen as Dolly Levi in the opening scenes
HORACE Vandergelder (Ian Styles) dines with the brash Ernestina Money (Caroline Markham), with Brian Rattenbury as restaurateur Rudolph
THE stroppy Ermengarde (Tanya Remnant) with Ambrose Kemper (Ben Malone) and Dolly Levi (Judi Allen)
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IRENE Molloy (Kelly Apps), Horace Vandergelder (Ian Styles) and Dolly Levi (Judi Allen)
CORNELIUS Hackl, played by Joe Binmore, and members of the company in ‘Hello, Dolly!’
ABOVE, Mrs Irene Molloy (Kelly Apps), Minnie Fay (Nicole Parkinson-Ward), Cornelius Hackl (Joe Binmore) and Barnaby Tucker (Jak Montague) at dinner. Left, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker in Vandergelder’s Hay & Feed Store. Right, Horace Vandergelder (Ian Styles) with Dolly Levi (Judi Allen) and, below, a chorus number during ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Photos by Philip Evans
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MUSIC | THEATRE | WHAT’S ON | COMPETITIONS
Get in the swing for Jazz Jurassica LEGENDARY jazz and blues artist Georgie Fame opens this year’s Jazz Jurassica festival in Lyme Regis with what promises to be the start of a musical extravaganza over the Bank Holiday weekend. This year’s busy line up includes the iconic James Taylor Quartet, funky diva Liane Carroll and local rising star, saxophonist Fliss Gorst with her swing band. There’ll also be hours of free
music on the seafront and around the town showcasing local talent, as well as music charity B Sharp hosting their annual Busking Festival on the Saturday. Festival organiser Julie Sheppard said: “The Georgie Fame concert sold out in two weeks which shows just what a legend he is. We’re still pinching ourselves that he agreed to open for us this year. “But there’s much more. James Taylor Quartet will bring a driving cocktail of beats, breaks and funk and Liane Carroll is sublime – if you enjoyed Ruby Turner last year, you’re going to love Liane. Bolt your chairs to the floor for another uplifting performance. “Fliss Gorst’s Swing Band, led by ex-Woodroffe student Fliss, have swing and sequins stitched into their souls. They also feature two sensational vocalists, Lauren Bush and Shane Hampsheir. So the party starts on the Friday night with an hi-energy evening of jumpin’ jives and swing sensations.” Elsewhere in the town, the cool Latin sambas of Annika Skoogh will bring a hint of Copacabana to
Lyme’s latest eatery, SWIM, for Sunday Brunch, with eye-popping views over Lyme Bay. Meanwhile, at the Mariners Hotel, La Vie en Rose bring their energetic style of gyspy jazz – all slapstatic bass, hot fiddles and swinging guitars – to an afternoon barbecue in the hidden gem of the hotel’s garden. Julie added “The free festival on the seafront this year delivers incredible quality and variety – we’ve got soul, funk, Latin, swing and even reggae jazz (yes, really). “The main thing is, just come along, enjoy the music, the vibe and the town’s iconic setting. We’re really looking forward to our most successful weekend yet!” Jazz Jurassica – Lyme’s festival of jazz – will be held from Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28. Full information on all gigs and tickets are available online at www.jazzjurassica.co.uk or from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138. Catch up
■ THE iconic James Taylor Quartet is among the headline acts at this year’s Jazz Jurassica festival. Left, Fliss Gorst and Lauren Bush
This month at the Marine with Lyme’s Little Theatre by the Sea
APRIL showers bring forth May flowers but ne’er cast a clout till May be out; in other words be prepared for all weathers, to be frozen when you walk to work and sweating buckets when it’s time to head home. The British weather, one of the most important topics of conversation and always keeping us on our toes. A bit like the Marine Theatre really, where no two days are the same and you never quite know what to expect. Take, for instance the day our electrician was here, he returned from his van in a state of high anxiety telling me he had saved an unusual bird-like animal from certain death on the tight bend of Church Street. “I’m not sure what it is but I’m sure it’s not a puffin” he said. With my animal-welfare hat on, I quickly dashed out to see this rare creature and ensure its safety. It turned out to be a partridge, which must have taken a wrong turn somewhere near Hunter’s Lodge. Then it was time for a different hat as our technician, Steve Miller, talked me through the process of putting on our live screening. I made copious notes with diagrams of the ‘desk’. Tom, our duty manager, watched over my shoulder, as ever ready to pick up on anything I forgot! We’ve had masses of wedding enquiries; it’s always a thrill to give people a tour of the Marine. I like to include a bit about the history of our building including the Georgian salt baths that still lie somewhere underneath our auditorium floor and without fail, every person who comes through the doors says they
can ‘feel’ the atmosphere here and it’s that special and unique aura that everyone loves. Talking of atmosphere, you may know we have the most wonderful view in the world from our office window that at times is utter torture. We enjoy a panoramic vista with Portland across the water, Golden Cap and West Bay to the left and the famous Cobb to the right and on a sunny day when the sea is a mill pond, it’s like being on the French Riviera. You may wonder why I say ‘torture’ - it’s not the fantastic view or the temperature extremes but looking at the crystal blue of the sea with paddle-boarders drifting across and dinghies bobbing along and not being there with them! Of course, the warm weather is exactly what we want for our forthcoming open-air theatre on Theatre Square. If you saw the Handlebards last year with ‘As You Like It’ then you know you are in for a great evening. They thought nothing of helping themselves to people’s picnics! This year they are performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on Saturday, June 2, don’t forget to bring something to sit on. So as May reaches the tipping point into summer-proper, I might just ditch my winter coat in favour of something a bit lighter and I’ll keep my eyes open for any stray puffins floating across the bay.
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What’s on... Friday, May 18 - Saturday, May 19
Persuasion Marine Theatre, 6.30pm Filled with live music, drama, laughter, and romance, Theatre6’s adaptation of the Jane Austen classic is not to be missed. Tickets £12 in advance or £14.50 on the door - call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com
Saturday, May 19
Spring Plant Sale, Uplyme Village Hall, 9.30am Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society host their annual Spring Plant Sale, offering a range of plants and cakes to buy - bring your spares and buy someone else's! Entry £1. Live Screening: The Royal Wedding Marine Theatre, 10am Enjoy strawberries and cream, cake, cucumber sandwiches and Pimm’s at this community screening of the royal wedding. Wedding attire encouraged. Entry free but ticketed - call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com Live Screening: The Royal Wedding Alexandra Hotel Chapel, 10am Big screen coverage of the royal wedding, with guests invited to stay after for lunch or afternoon tea (pre-booking required). Royal Wedding & FA Cup Final Festival Lyme Regis Football Club, 11am onwards Screenings of both the royal wedding and FA Cup Final on the big screen TVs,
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mini beer festival, all-day barbecue, royal fancy dress and more, plus Lyme Regis v. Wellington Reserves (kick off 2pm). Free entry, all welcome. Royal Wedding Party The Talbot Arms, Uplyme, 11am Screening of the royal wedding on the TV, bring along a plate of food to share. Live Music @ Nag’s Head The Nag’s Head, 9pm Weekly live music night, this time with popular Lyme Regis covers band, DeltaTango7.
Tuesday, May 22
Frankenstein Marine Theatre, 6.30pm Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is radically reimagined to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication. The play is a collaboration between the theatre company SISATA and BAFTA award-winning playwright John Foster. Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door – call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com. Bar opens 6.30pm, show at 7.30pm.
Thursday, May 24 - Monday, May 28
Jazz Jurassica A weekend of live jazz and blues music with headline gigs at the Marine Theatre every night, plus free entertainment on the seafront. For full details and tickets, visit www.jazzjurassica.co.uk
Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28
Dorset Street Food Festival Marine Parade, 12noon-10pm Street Food Warehouse brings one of its popular festivals to Lyme Regis seafront, offering a selection of food and drink.
Saturday, May 26
Lyme Regis Busking Festival Venues across the town, 11am-6pm Organised by charity B Sharp, budding musicians of all ages are invited to take part in the annual Busking Festival, with opportunities to play at busking spots around the town plus other events. See www.bsharp.org.uk for full details.
Monday, May 28
Lyme Regis Comedy Club Marine Theatre, 7pm A Bank Holiday Comedy Club run by Bridport funny man Tom Glover. The four comics on the bill include Ivo Graham who regularly appears on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door - call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com. Bar opens 7pm, show at 8pm.
Tuesday, May 29
Lunchtime Concert St Andrew’s Church, Charmouth, 12noon Regular lunchtime concerts at St Andrew’s Church in Charmouth, this time with Richard Fereday singing Frank Sinatra hits. Concert will last approximately 45 minutes. Entry is free but donations welcome.
Bafta winning playwright reworks ‘Frankenstein’ for its bicentenary
AUTHOR Mary Shelley is famously buried in the county of Dorset, in Bournemouth, near her brother’s home in Boscombe. Her links to the area are marked by the production of a new play, which revisits her famed novel ‘Frankenstein’ on the 200th anniversary of its publication. The new play embraces the themes of the human ideal of perfection, identity and politics. It is a collaboration between the theatre company SISATA, and BAFTA award-winning playwright, John Foster. Set in a dystopian future, the human race is slowly becoming extinct. With a desperation to save humanity, Angel - a revolutionary procreation of pioneering female scientist Doctor Frankenstein - is created. A disaffected outlander, Angel is confronted by hostility and abandonment in the world, and vengeance is taken on its creator. The play was created with support from the Arts Council England through the National Lottery, Shelley Theatre and the Shelley Frankenstein Festival and in Partnership with the Lighthouse,
Poole. Director Charmaine Parkin said: “This is SISATA’s most experimental classic adaptation to date. Not only is John Foster taking inspiration from the original novel, the play draws from the challenges Mary Shelley faced in her own life. “The themes we are addressing in this production are challenging and vital for our times, making this the perfect homage to honour the novel and its creator.” ‘Frankenstein’ will be held at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Tuesday, May 22. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door - call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com
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A record-breaking year for May Fete
THE crowd enjoyed a falconry display
VISITORS to the annual May Fete, held on the Anning Road playing field in Lyme Regis on Sunday, were greeted by a record-breaking 60 stalls. Organised by Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee, the fete gave the chance for local organisations to raise funds and promote their cause, while commercial stalls selling gifts and refreshments added to the event. The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, officially opened the event, accompanied by her husband Alan and town crier Alan Vian, and urged all those attending to support the charity stalls. There was country dancing by children of St Michaelâ€™s Primary School and Uplyme Morris, with further musical entertainment provided by young musicians from B Sharp. Lyme Regis Majorettes and Lyme Regis Taekwondo display also put on displays, and the big crowds were further entertained by a falconry display.
HEATHER Larcombe, Fiona Blackmore, Emma Blackmore and Nicky Levan fundraise for Lyme Regis Football Club
YOUNG musician Frankie Adlam from B Sharp entertains on the keyboard
VOLUNTEERS and members of Lyme Regis Majorettes on their stall
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THE Rotary Club of Lyme Regis promoted Candles on the Cobb and had a race car on display
UPLYME Morris Men perform for the crowds
THE Woodroffe School PTA held a fundraising stall
THE 1st Lyme Valley Scouts on their stall
PUPILS help raise funds for St Michael’s Primary School & Pre-School PFA
ANITA and John Routley promote Lyme Regis Musical Theatre’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’
B SHARP band T-10 pictured before performing
COMMITTEE members of the Royal British Legion Lyme Regis branch
THE Mayor, Councillor Michaela Ellis, comments on the glorious weather as she opens the fete
LYME Regis Majorettes perform
LYME Regis Taekwondo Club show off their skills
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Museum celebrates Mary Anning’s 219th birthday
LYME Regis Museum will be holding a programme of special activities over half term, including celebrations for the birthday of famed fossil hunter Mary Anning. Mary Anning Day will be held on Saturday, May 26, marking the 219th birthday of the fossil hunter, who lived on the site where the museum now stands and who was the first to discover an icthyosaur. There will be the opportunity to meet ‘Mary’ and her fossil-hunting friends, thanks to theatre company Emerald Ant. Also during the day, visitors will be able to take part in ‘CSI: Jurassic’ - get snooping and, using only fossil remains, help solve a crime! On Tuesday, May 29 children are invited to paint a dinosaur with artist Darrell Wakelam and on Thursday, May 31 make a clay ammonite with Deborah Clarke. All the above activities will be held in the museum and are included in normal admission charge. On Friday, June 1 the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum will be holding fossil polishing in the Marine Parade shelters from 10am to 3.30pm. Polish up a souvenir of the Jurassic Coast to take home for pocket money prices. The museum’s usual programme of fossil and history walks will also continue throughout May and June. For full details of all upcoming events at Lyme Regis Museum, visit the website www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk or call 01297 443370.
CHILDREN from Uplyme Pre-School have been making the most of the spring weather, with a walk to the woods to see the bluebells in full bloom. The youngsters were thrilled to see the carpet of blue on their walk last Friday, and enjoyed the challenge of finding the rare white bells amongst the blue ones. The children also spotted badger sets, smelt the wild garlic and felt the different textures of the bark on the giant pine trees. After a bug hunt and a picnic snack the children then walked back to the village hall keeping a lookout for any rubbish, which they carefully picked up as part of a spring clean event organised by Uplyme Parish Council (see page 8). For further details on Uplyme Pre-School, call Annie Thurgood on 01297 24318.
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Charmouth school football team reach national finals
school teams from across the country competing to be English small schools champions. As Dorset County champions, the school competed in the South West finals in Bristol and after beating Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and drawing with Devon, they will now be representing the South West of England on Saturday and will be playing the regional winners from the North of England, the Midlands and the South East. This has been a great effort from the children and is the culmination of two years of solid commitment from them. Since the beginning of 2017, they have played 33 matches, winning 31, drawing two, scoring 171 goals and conceding just 11. They have also won the last five competitions they have entered. Specials thanks go to Ross Travill, Rich Tilley and Rob Parsons for all of their efforts in helping manager Ian Mouland and CHARMOUTH Primary School football team who will be representing the the team over the past two South West of England in the English Small Schools championship years. WHAT started off with initial qualifiers on the playing fields of Woodroffe School in September will now culminate in playing in the national finals at the 32,000 capacity Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Charmouth Primary School will be one of eight
NEWS FROM CITIZENS ADVICE DURING the last year Bridport and District of Citizens Advice, which covers Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Uplyme, helped local people with over 5,800 problems, which is an increase of five per cent on the previous year. More than 2,000 people from the area sought advice and over a third of the problems raised were related to benefits. The workload created by the recent introduction of Universal Credit is increasing. The assistance of the local Citizens Advice offices helped people gain an additional £1.1million. This is an increase of over £150,000 compared with the previous year and includes identifying benefits to which people were entitled but not receiving, obtaining employment awards and getting debts written off. During the last month Citizens Advice has been pressing for more assistance to help people cope with the increasing number of services that can only be obtained online and has pointed out that more than 5million people in the UK have never used the internet. Caroline Bailey, a senior policy researcher at Citizens Advice, commented: “Providing internet access is not enough. The government’s scale of digital exclusion shows many people need ongoing support to engage in a digital world. “They have invested in several initiatives to get people online, including working with partners like the Good Things Foundation to provide digital upskilling programmes. Our experience at Citizens Advice suggests this is not enough.” Local libraries, including Lyme Regis, are playing their part in helping people become familiar with working with computers and accessing the internet by having a “digital champion” able to provide advice. Staff at Bridport Library work closely with Andy Pennington, a senior benefits specialist at Citizens Advice, who holds advice sessions in the library on managing Universal Credit claims and income maximisation every Tuesday from 10am to 12noon. In addition to the “digital
champion” services Bridport Library offers free sessions to their users to help improve their basic computer skills. But Citizens Advice is anxious that in the drive to get services online the needs and preferences of people who do not want to access them in this way should not be forgotten. As well as those who are not able to do so, many have concerns around the safety and security of undertaking their banking or paying their utility bills online. Ms Bailey said: “Our local Citizens Advice network sees the benefits digital solutions can bring our clients, but also the detriment that some of them face from digitalisation. Our research shows people we see face-to-face are twice as likely to lack basic digital skills as the UK population overall.” Citizens Advice believes that the important role that communicating by post continues to play is under-estimated. It has pointed out that vulnerable customers, particularly older people and those on benefits and low incomes, are very reliant on accessing services through the post. 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 free, confidential and impartial. 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 recommencing at the start of June 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 is welcome to visit the Citizens Advice offices at South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY every weekday between 10am and 3pm. In addition you can email email@example.com or telephone 0344 245 1291, which will get you through to the Dorset AdviceLine.
CHARMOUTH Primary School football team with the five trophies they have won since the beginning of 2016
Fairfield House marks VE Day RESIDENTS of Fairfield House in Lyme Regis were joined by children from St Michael’s Primary School to mark VE Day this week. Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day – May 9 1945 – marked Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its Armed Forces at the end of the Second World War and is still celebrated today. Many residents at Fairfield House care home were taken on a trip down memory lane when guest speaker Cheryl Lydgate arrived in 1940s dress, accompanied by a uniformed ‘solider’, to teach the visiting children about VE Day and show them many wartime household items, including clothes, toys, ration books and gas masks. There was also a chance for the visitors to meet Flight Lieutenant Alan Bryett (pictured top right), now a resident at Fairfield, who was one of the survivors of the real ‘Great Escape’ having been imprisoned in Stalag Luft 3 during the Second World War.
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FLASHBACKS with Richard Austin
Tales from behind the lens of our award-winning photographer
My exclusive moment Residential roads to be surface with Arsene Wenger dressed during June and July
ON arriving back at Lyme Regis from photographing a home match at Chelsea FC, I got a call from the Gunners Magazine editor asking me to be back in North London the next morning at 10am sharp as Arsenal were unveiling their new manager. It was 9.30pm on a Saturday night so just a quick pint and early to bed for a 5am start in the morning. Arsenal had just come through a spell of sacking and appointing managers like they were going out of fashion. From 1995 to 1996 I photographed managers George Graham, Stuart Houston, Bruce Rioch, Stewart Houston for a second time, Pat Rice and then Arsene Wenger. I was at the training ground when it was announced that George Graham was leaving the club after nine years as manager; he posed for the last time before driving off in his big black limo. Eventually Arsenal found the manager they were looking for in Arsene Wenger. So, back to the unveiling of the new manager, I was in the large press room with up to 100 sports writers and other photographers when David Dein, the for-
mer vice-chairman of Arsenal Football Club, opened a side door and shouted loudly, “Is the Gunners Magazine photographer here?”. I put my hand up thinking I was going to be thrown out but he beckoned me over and said, almost as a whisper, “You’ve got one minute for an exclusive picture of Arsene on the top of the terraces”, so I ran up the stairs not really having a clue what he looked like but there he was, waiting for me. It was literally one minute, a few clicks of a camera and my exclusive moment was over, but it was the first picture of Arsene at Arsenal. I recall that a few weeks later I was covering the Arsenal match in Cologne, Germany, against Borussia Monchengladbach and Arsene was cup tied and could not have anything to do with the match, but he stood in the tunnel of the worst football ground I have ever worked in and viewed the game from a distance as former player Pat Rice managed the team. Who could have foreseen that Arsenal would keep their manager for 22 years?
MAJOR road surface dressing works will take place on the residential estates of Lyme Regis over June and July. Most residential roads in the town are set to be dressed with tar and chippings as part of Dorset County Council’s essential road maintenance strategy. Works will be carried out between 9am and 4pm on set dates during June and July, with residents being asked to move their cars off the road before 9am. Work on each road should take no longer than a day. A list of roads to be surface-dressed each week will be published every Friday by the county council, and the work will also be advertised on yellow signs. If a vehicle is left parked on the road while work is being carried out, it will be towed away to avoid it being sprayed black and chipped. Surface dressing is described as a “preventative treatment” to prolong the life of the road and prevent skidding. Bitumen binder (glue) is sprayed onto the road, stone chippings are spread onto this and then compacted down with a roller. A sweeper then travels along the road the following day to clear any immediate loose chippings. Surface dressing can only be carried out when the road is dry and dates will be changed in wet weather. A newly dressed road may feel 'bumpy' as the grip
will have been restored. The surface will also be noisier initially while the chippings 'bed down'. District and county councillor Daryl Turner said Lyme Regis was “lucky to have such an extensive scheme” being carried out. Roads to be surface-dressed in June are as follows: Anning Road, Colway Lane, Coombe Street, Haye Lane, Hill Road, Marine Parade, North Avenue, Queen’s Walk, Talbot Road, Timber Hill, Ware Lane, Woodmead Road, Roman Road, Somers Fields, Somers Road, Dragon’s Hill, Pine Ridge, Fairfield Park, Charmouth Close, Colway Close, Applebee Way, Henry’s Way, Elizabeth Close, King’s Way, Staples Terrace, Summerhill Road, South Avenue, Manor Avenue, North Avenue, Bay View Road, Poole’s Court, Lym Close, Monmouth Street, George’s Square, Mill Lane. Roads to be surface-dressed in June/July are as follows: Mill Green, Hill Road, View Road, Avenue Road, Springhill Gardens, St George’s Hill. Roads to be surface-dressed in July are as follows: Haye Close, Westhill Road, Hill Rise Road, Clappentail Lane, Clappentail Park, Portland Court, Blue Water’s Drive, Upper Westhill Road, Highcliff Road. To find out more information on the surface dressing programme visit the website www.dorsetforyou.com/surface-dressing
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Annual Fossil Festival a resounding success under new organising team THE annual Lyme Regis Fossil Festival was deemed a resounding success after crowds of thousands descended onto the town over the recent Bank Holiday weekend. This year organised by a new team, the festival once again brought some of the top scientific organisations to Lyme Regis, inspiring both young and old with displays and activities for all ages. The festival’s theme this year was ‘Lyme Through Time’, celebrating 200 million years of geological time and 200 years of discovery. Activities and displays were held in the Marine Parade shelters and in a marquee erected on the roof above, while the Natural History Museum set up camp in The Hub. A programme of walks and talks was also held in various venues around the town. Organisers commented: “The weekend was a huge success, thanks to a dedicated, hard-working team and support from all of the exhibitors involved. “The new location for the main marquee above the amusements was great, the clear side giving amazing views over Lyme Bay. “The Palaeontological Association brought an artist with them,
who spent the weekend recreating children’s made up dinosaurs in water colour, producing stunning paintings for the children to take home. “Southampton University brought their virtual reality apparatus and 3D printing machine, which brought a shipwreck to life. There were also activities by the Natural History Museum in The Hub and a hive of activity in the Jubilee Pavilion and under the shelters. “The British Antarctic Survey team were based on Marine Parade and interacted with 4,000 people each day. The shelters saw the festival market, with local traders and fossil polishing by Lyme Regis Museum. There were the ever-popular walks and talks and even an appearance of the local Harbour Voices singing group. “The team would like to thank all of those involved in making this an incredibly successful Fossil Festival. Everyone from sponsors, exhibitors, traders and especially the volunteers who worked tirelessly in the sunshine (including the town crier on his mobility scooter!)”
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AFTER drawing 1-1 with University of Exeter 2nds on Tuesday evening in what many described as Lyme Regis FC’s most important game ever, it has been confirmed that the Seasiders will have to apply for promotion to the Devon & Exeter Premier division, the highest standard they will have played.
By PHILIP EVANS
But there is no guarantee at this moment that they will be joining the top flight next season as the restructure of the league is currently under consideration. And Lyme will have to meet the criteria set down by the league for the Premier division, although that is thought to be a formality. University had led the division for most of the season, only to be overtaken in recent weeks by Colyton who are sure to finish as champions, a great achievement for such a small club. The Seasiders had to win their last two games to be sure of the runners-up spot, but they conceded a goal against University on Tuesday just two minutes before the final whistle in game they could have
won 4-1. Lyme have just one more game to play, against bottom of the table Wellington Reserves on Saturday. Perry Street could pip Lyme to third place if they win their last two games but the Seasiders will definitely finish in the top four whatever the results. University are unable to be promoted because their first team are already in the Premier division, so if three teams go up, Lyme could be among them. Lyme were unfortunate not to have taken all three points against Uni. They were leading 1-0 at half-time, courtesy of the Gary Knight header in the 20th minute. The Seasiders could have increased their lead in the 65th minute when a Julien Simier effort from a yard out hit the underside of the bar with a suspicion that the ball crossed the goal line. Keeper Will Meech brought a brilliant one-on-one save in the 71st
Two wins for the men By Paul Moffitt
THERE were wins for both Lyme Regis Bowls Club men’s teams this week in their respective leagues but, a loss for the ladies who went down 0-10 away to Poole Park. The men also won their opening round of the county two-rinker against Dorchester B. Only one friendly this week, away to Madeira, which Lyme won 98-84. Results Dorset Men’s Championship: Lyme 49; Sherborne 47. T Allman, S Pomeroy, S Chant, P Pomeroy 17-19; M McAlpine, K Hickman, R Cridge, P Moffitt 14-17; M Heneghan, G Clode, A Weech, B Rattenbury 18-11. County 2 Rink: Lyme 45; Dorchester B 26. T Allman, S Pomeroy, A Weech, P Pomeroy 2310; M Heneghan, G Clode, P Moffitt, B Rattenbury 22-16. West Dorset Men Div 1: Lyme 61; Dorchester A 55. B Driscoll, P Stephens, B Parsons, D Meylan 18-23; S Dowling, R Hobbs, A Nabarro, R Legg 23-20; D Sarson, N Solomon, J Moseley, C Barber 20-12. Dorset Ladies Div 1: Lyme 47; Poole Park 55. H Dowling, C Pomeroy, L Broom, C Barber 1417; J Parsons, A Darvill, A Rattenbury, P Weech 14-18; A Allman, V Henson, J Moffitt, S Rowe 19-20. Ladies Top Club: Lyme won by 3 disciplines
to 1 against Dorchester. Singles: A Allman 21-20. Pairs: L Broom, C Barber 23-15. Triples: J Parsons, A Rattenbury, P Weech 10-27. Fours: J Moffitt, S Rowe, N Stephens, G Mitchell 23-14.
Friendly: Lyme 98; Madeira 84. V Henson, C Bell, P Knight, C Barber 33-6; A Darvill, J Bishop, A Nabarro, P Weech 19-15; B Smith, B Parsons, A Rattenbury, P Moffitt 1918; N Driscoll, J Parsons, J Moseley, Chris Barber 14-22; R Bishop, B Driscoll, J Moffitt, B Rattenbury 13-23.
minute and Fred Parsons had a cross shot kicked off the line with just ten minutes to go. Soon after Steve Batey’s header from a corner was blocked on the line. Despite these misses, Lyme looked like they had it in the bag before University levelled the scoreline with just two minutes to play. ◆ Manager Terry White had to don the gloves to make sure he could field a full side in Lyme Regis Rovers’ Perry Street Division Three fixture. In a typical end-of-season encounter against Chard United All Stars the Rovers were beaten 5-2 with Jonny Day netting as well as an own goal. ◆ Uplyme completed an indifferent season in Perry Street Division One with a 6-0 victory over Ilminster Colts. ◆ With two more games to play Charmouth, found themselves in fifth place in Perry Street Division Two after a 3-3 draw with South Pertherton Reserves.
LUKE Clifton, who broke a leg playing for the Reserves against Hemyock, pictured by club chairman Howard Larcombe, Graham ‘Doc’ Paterson and committee man Wally Blackmore
Top teams competing in cup finals TWO of the leading teams in the Men’s Division One of the Lyme Regis Skittles League will compete in the final of one of the organisation’s oldest cup competitions. The Cornish Cup was donated by Lionel Cornish, the popular landlord of the old New Inn in Broad Street, now part of the Royal Lion Hotel. In the semi-finals played last week, Division One champions No Hopers beat Tornadoes 363-301 and third placed Roadrunners booked their final place with a 368-348 victory over Rousdon Rebels from Division Two. In the Dave Smith Mixed Pairs competition, named after a former longserving secretary, Elaine and Nigel Bearpark beat Angela and Barry Rattenbury. Other results (week ending May 12); Men’s League Division One - Clueless 345 v Young Guns 348 (+BL). High scores: P. Bright 75, I. Lock 71, M. Denning 67,bK. Trott 67, P. Liston 64. Forthcoming fixtures:
Lyme Regis FC Silver Ball standings for top scorer Steve Batey 30 Peter Peacock 21 Julien Simier 18 Jake Bearpark 17 Fred Parsons 15 Brad Rowe 12 Declan Ellis 11 Scott Meyers 10
Monday May 14 – Ladies Singles Finals at the Ship Inn, Sharon Churchill, Tracy Chapman,Sarah Churchill, Lisa Taylor, Di Rickard,, Joyce White, Elaine Bearpark, Sam Churchill. Tuesday, May 15 - Cawston Cup All semi-final, Rousdon Revels v Wreckers (at Rousdon Club). Wednesday, May 16 – Cawston All Cup semi-final, Alleytwits v Tornadoes (at the Rock Point). Friday, May 18 – Men’s Bob Sweetland Cup semi-final, No Hopers v
Anthill Mob (at The George); Tornadoes v Wreckers (at The Rock Point). Monday, May 21 – Ladies Bob Sweetland Cup final, Wootton Wobblers v Hit Gossips (at The George). Wednesday, May 23 – George Nomination Cup final at The George, No Hopers v Marksmen. Men’s Division Two Curtis Nomination Cup final at The Ship, Alleytwits v Anthill Mob. Friday, May 25 – Men’s Division One, Marksmen v Young Guns (at The George).
Wednesday, May 30 – Men’s Palmer Cup final, No Hopers v Young Guns (venue tbc). Friday, June 1 – Men’s Pairs final at The George, S. She and G. Kent, D. Welsh and A. Churchill, P. Liston and P. Rattenbury, P. Bright and R. Chappel, P. Grinter and L. Dare, D. Currell and J. Bennett, R. Beviss and G. Gibbs, N. Bearpark and S. Beal. Monday, June 4 - Ladies George Nomination Cup final at The George, Smashers v Hot Gossips.
Commodore’s pursuit race PERFECT sailing conditions, a F3 steady SW breeze, gave race officer Rob Wiscombe and team the opportunity to monitor an unusual trapezoid course in the Commodore’s Cup pursuit race at Lyme Regis Sailing Club. The start times for the 12 competing classes were previously computed, according to their handicap rating. The pursuit race was based on a two-hour sail for a Phantom, around which start times for each class ranged from the Laser 4.7 at 10.35, to the RS800 49 minutes later. The aim is for all to finish at one point if all sailed equally well and to their handicap. That, of course, was never going to happen, and watching faster classes creep up on those in front, as well as trying to beat others in their class, while counting the rounds completed for each, kept the race team busy.
Sailors could work out their own positioning during the race according to their comparative start time and the boats they passed or were overhauled by. Six Merlin Rockets, including four visitors with an eye to tuning up for the forthcoming National Championships at Lyme in August, took part, and five K1s, all Lyme boats. The youngest helm, Tom McDonald in his Laser 4.7, was sent off first, sailing alone for 12 minutes up the first beat before the Laser 2000 started: he did well to maintain third position at the end of the first lap, though was soon overtaken by the faster boats during his following four laps. As Rob pointed out in the sailing instructions, there is only one winner, the front man after two hours’ racing. Who came through to beat the compe-
tition? It was well-known Lyme Merlin Rocket helm Jon Turner, crewed by Katie Frost, with no other Merlins in the top 11. In fourth place, having waited even 27 minutes after the Merlins start, Cameron Moss with crew Darrol, impressed assistant race officer Margaret Wiscombe. Wednesday evening and Sunday racing continues regularly, with youth training on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The Youth Regatta will be held on Bank Holiday Monday (see club website). Results: 1 - Merlin Rocket, Jon Turner and Katie Frost; 2 -Phantom, Simon Heusen; 3 -RS 700, Simon Clark; 4 -RS 800 Cameron and Darrol Moss; 5- RS 200, Dave and Ed Stubbs; 6 - Phantom, Dave Guthrie.
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Lads and dads helping Uplyme to field 2 teams MOST cricketing fathers look forward to the day when they can play alongside their sons in the same team.
ABOVE, Uplyme & Lyme Regis 1st X1 skippered by Mark Brimicombe. Below, The 2nd x1 captained by Bruce Malby
And at Uplyme & Lyme Regis CC that tradition is helping the club to field two sides in the Devon Cricket League. Last season there was great disappointment when Uplyme’s 2nd X1 was unable to complete its fixtures due to a lack of players. But new chairman Ian Thomas was determined that the club would not revert to fielding just one team this season. And so they enlisted the club’s Dads & Lades team which plays in the Dorset TT25 competition. And the gamble certainly paid off with the 2nds winning their second game of the season with a comprehensive victory away to Exwick 2nds, the highlight of which was a second fourwicket haul by spinner Simon Rattenbury. Commenting on the club being able to field two teams, Mr Thomas told LymeOnline Sport: “This is a great achievement for the club. Despite many of our players still being away at school/university and the protracted football season, we are fielding two full teams. “The second XI is being skippered by Bruce Maltby and includes two of his talented sons. Other dads and
firstname.lastname@example.org lads pairings complete a talented side, many of whom normally represent the club in a Dorset, short format Dads and Lads 25-over league on Sunday afternoons. “The 1st XI is fielding an experienced side, including several well known faces, a team sure to perform well under the skipper Mark Brimicombe and including an ULRCC first team debut for the chairman, at the age of 60!” The first team have not got off to quite such a good start, losing their first two games of the new season. In their first game away to Clyst St George they were bowled out for 148 runs, the top scorer being Tyler Wellman with 37. Clyst St Gerge knocked off the required runs for the loss of only three wickets. In the 1sts’ home match last Saturday, Sandford batted first amassing 205-8 but in reply Uplyme were skittled out for just 63 runs with only Rob Thom, batting at No 8, reaching double figures (23). In their first game at home to Topsham the 2nds were set the daunting task of chasing 160 but were skittled out for 61 with opener Jerry Simms top scoring 19. All Uplyme match reports can be seen on our website www.lyme-online.co.uk
Adrian ups his game to win men’s May medal AFTER a somewhat torrid time the previous week, Adrian Morgan really upped his game to come in with the best score of the day, a nett 69, to win division 1 of the May Medal at Lyme Regis Golf Club. Morgan played sublimely, with birdies on 3 of the last four holes, as well as the 1st and 10th to secure a well earned win. James Newcombe and Peter Beviss both scored nett 70 and despite having a bit of a scare on the fourth hole, Newcombe secured second place on
countback, with a very solid back nine, despite the persistent efforts of Beviss to catch him. In Division 2 it was also tight as the top two tied on nett 70. Winner on countback was Terry Peadon who sprinkled in a couple of birdies on the front nine as he secured top spot. Young Zac Mudford was left to regret a couple of 7s on his card, but otherwise played some very good golf but just lost out on countback, but he is improving steadily and it won’t be long before gold is his.
Club Captain Lee Caddy had a brilliant front nine, but just fell away on the final half, but still secured third spot. The midweek stableford competition is beginning to take off and on this occasion Colin Baker wore the winner’s jersey as his 37 points with good all round golf pushed Graham Paterson into second place on 34. Lyme ladies demonstrated a good team effort as they hosted their popular ladies open competition.
Come on you Seasiders! Support your local team
Enjoy a drink in the bar after every game at the Davey Fort
sports shorts Reserves on tenter hooks FOOTBALL LYME Regis Reserves’ chance of finishing in the top three of the Devon & Exeter League Division Five, and possible promotion, may depend on whether their final game of the season is played. The Seasiders’s second string were due to meet Ilminster Town Reserves last week but they failed to fulfil the fixture because they could not field a team. With Ilminster struggling at the foot of the table, they are unlikely to appeal any action imposed on them by the league and Lyme could end up being awarded the points. Lyme’s fate also lies in the hands of Halwill 2nds who are in fourth place, just one point behind the Ressies but with two games in hand. So they could be edged out in fourth place and condemned to another season in Division Five. No guaranteed automatic promotion for Seasiders - see page 23
Stalwart Luke breaks his leg ONE of Lyme Regis Football Club’s most loyal servants, Luke Clifton, broke his left leg while playing in the Reserves’ game at Hemyock. Known for his ferocious tackling, Luke, 33, drove himself home after the game but then realised the injury was more serious than he thought and went to hospital. Luke went on Facebook to thank club members for the many messages of sympathy.
SHARPSHOOTERS Who’s top of the Silver Ball goal scorers at Lyme Regis Football Club? See page 23
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