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December 2018  ~  Switch on Saturday  ~ Christmas Tree Festival ~ Lyme Regis Town Band Concert ~  ~ Carols Round the Tree ~  Christmas Day Swim ~



  Switch-on Saturday – the switching on of the Lyme Regis Christmas Lights
3.00pm   Lantern Workshop in Lyme Regis Baptist Church Pine Hall   Children and adults welcome to come along and join in the fun and make a lantern

4.30pm  Judging of the Lantern Competition in Lyme Regis Baptist Church

5.15pm    Parade from the Baptist Church with lanterns, the Majorettes and Father Christmas down through Broad Street to the Christmas tree

5.30pm     Switch on of the Christmas lights by the Mayor, Cllr Michaela Ellis


Legendary Guitarists to Play Lyme Regis:  MARTIN TAYLOR AND MARTIN SIMPSON
Award winning Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor teams up with acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson for a concert this December in Dorset. Martin Taylor was name-checked on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show as being considered the best guitarist by Jeff Beck – leading to a live session on the show the next morning. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia. He has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Bryn Terfel and Jamie Cullum. In 2002, he was appointed MBE “For Services To Jazz Music”.
There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin Simpson is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. Martin has been nominated an astounding 23 times in the eleven years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. The pair shares the stage throughout the performance – adding to each other’s songs and instrumental pieces, taking them to new areas of creative inspiration. Marine Theatre
£12 advance, £14.50 door. 10% discount for Theatre Friends  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com




This show features a large talented cast of all ages, with parties, carols, dancing and happiness: four ghosts visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and show him what life could be like.  £12 adults and £6 children, advance and on the door  Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M. daily with additional matinee on 8 December when bar opens at 1:30 P.M., starts 2:30 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com

Wednesday December 5th 2018

(bring and share) – plant sweet peas to take home, swap surplus seeds and join in a light-hearted quiz. View events for 2019. Bring seeds to swap and food for supper  7.30pm  Uplyme Village Hall Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

 Sunday 9 December

Lyme Bay Chorale
Christmas Concert
The programme will have a decidedly modern feel, with Poulenc's Gloria, written in 1959, and works by Cecilia McDowall and Paul Halley, who are both still composing. There will also be traditional carols for choir and audience. We will be joined by soprano soloist Chloe Stratta, accompanist Andrew Millington and members of St Michael's children's choir.   4pm St Michael's Church, Church Street


Tuesday 11th

Roman Devon and the Seaton Down Coin Hoard
The Lyme Regis Society. 2.30pm - 4pm Woodmead Halls.  Free to Members, visitors £3 Including refreshments.



Wednesday 12th

Lyme Lunches
Nutritious, good value lunch, aimed at over 50's. 2 courses plus tea or coffee £6 The Pine Hall, Baptist Church, Broad Street.  2nd Wednesday of month. Organised by Lyme Forward.  Bookings: Penny Black café (behind the Post Office)



13th December    17th Anniversaryof UNESCO awarding World Heritage Site status to West Dorset and East Devon coasts  (2001) see http://jurassiccoast.org/





Buy your tickets now for the popular children’s Christmas double bill, with seasonal treats and mulled wine available to purchase.  Duration: 60 minutes  £4 children / £5 adults advance, £5 children / £6 adults on the door  Bar opens 1:30 P.M., starts 2:30 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com



Three comics perform at this popular night out, alongside resident compere Tom Glover, a comedian from Bridport. £8 advance / £10 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.  Bar opens 7 P.M., starts 8 P.M.  Ages 16 and over  www.marinetheatre.com






A post-roast music session in our lovely bar overlooking the Cobb, with a selection of local ales and other drinks. It is hosted by Street & Matthews, an acoustic duo who are one half of popular local band DeltaTango7. Free entry, no tickets  Bar opens and starts 3 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com



New Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin launches his tenure with Verdi’s tragedy. When the pure-hearted Alfredo declares his love for the courtesan Violetta, she leaves everything behind to live with him.  £15 adult  / £10 under 18s advance and on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

The on the door price is exclusive to Met Opera screenings  Bar opens 4:55 P.M., starts 5:55 P.M.   www.marinetheatre.com


Wednesday 19th


Meet and Remember - A memory café for Lyme Regis, Uplyme and Charmouth Supportive, friendly environment for those experiencing memory loss or who have recently been diagnosed with dementia and the friends/relatives/carers who support them. 2 - 3.30pm Lyme Regis Football Club Pavilion 3rd Wednesday of the month, contact 07704902604   lymememory@gmail.com  or just come along.  LymeForward





A family show for Christmas inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional tale: ‘This is unique theatre with a great heart’ Theatre Bath  £9 adult / £7 child / £26 family (2 adults and 2 children) advance, £11 adult, £9 child, £30 family on the door.  Bar opens at 5:30 P.M., starts 6:30 P.M.






Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.  £11 advance / £13.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com



Saturday Dec 22nd  2018


Carols Round the Tree
by the
Rotary Club of Lyme Regis with Lyme Regis Town Band This annual event, which takes place in the lower part of Broad Street, around the Christmas Tree, is accompanied by music provided by the Lyme Regis Town Band, soup and refreshments by the Royal Lion.  All welcome. 7 - 8pm The Shambles, Broad Street






Our annual free film for the community is Frank Capra’s heart-warming classic: an angel is sent from heaven to help a desperate businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Duration 120 minutes  Free on the door and ticketed in advance from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre  Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.  www.marinetheatre.com


Monday 24th  Christmas Eve


Tuesday 25th   Christmas Day


Christmas Morning Fancy Dress 'Swim'
RNLI11am sharp   Charmouth: Be there by 10.30 to enjoy seeing all the fund-raisers in their (dry) fancy dress (optional)  They don't stay in the water a minute longer than they need to - it's all over by 1 minute past 11!  in aid of Lyme Regis RNLI, kindly sponsored by The Royal Oak. 10.30 for 11am the beach Charmouth.  Just turn up and take the plunge.  This event is weather dependent


Wednesday 26th  Boxing Day Go for long walk!  See Liz Jones walks  for ideas



November        January




2018 Dates/events to be advised

Christmas Bingo
Fabulous Christmas prizes, raffle, bar.   All proceeds in aid of Cancer Research   Eyes down 8pm. Woodmead Halls


Last Posting date International Air Mail to: 
Africa, Middle East



The Big Green Christmas Fayre
Free admission 11am - 3pm Woodmead Hall



Switch-on Saturday: 
Make a lantern and help us switch on the Christmas Lights here in Lyme Regis:

 3pm Lantern Workshop in the Baptist Church, Pine Hall.
4.30pm Jud
ging of Lantern Competition  in the Baptist Church.

5.15pm Lantern Parade with Father Christmas and the Majorettes,
5.30 The Mayor will switch on the Christmas Lights at the bottom of Broad Street.

5.30pm prompt Switch on of the Christmas Lights (by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis)

Come early for the Lantern Parade and enjoy the atmosphere:
Join in the countdown -
don't be late or you'll miss it!  
5.30pm prompt  The Christmas Tree, The Shambles, Broad Street


Lyme Bay Chorale's Christmas Concert

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Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Baptist Church, Broad Street  Admission free, open 11am - 6pm




Last Posting date International Air Mail to: Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,  Switzerland

End of term



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Posada Nativity

10am  St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme


Lyme Regis Town Band Christmas Concert

2.30pm Woodmead Hall


Carols by Candlelight Service 4pm  St Michael the Archangel  (Church of England) , Church Street


 Carols by Candlelight 6pm Lyme Regis Baptist Church, Broad Street

Carols by Candlelight 
6pm with the Festival Choir helping us worship though song  St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme


Junior Deep Sea Fishing trip
 for ages 9-16. All tackle, bait and tuition provided. £20 per person. Booking essential.
 11am - 3pm  Organised by Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club.  More Info see http://lymefishing.org.uk/juniorboat/

Last Posting date for UK 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For


 Last Posting date for UK Special Delivery Guaranteed
and 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For


Last Posting date for: UK Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery



Parish Mass for Advent 4
11am  St Michael & St George  Roman Catholic Church, Silver Street


Midnight Service 11pm St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme


Midnight Mass  The first Mass of the Nativity 
St Michael & St George  Roman Catholic Church, Silver Street




Christmas Morning Worship  10am St Peter and St Paul, (Church of England) Uplyme


Christmas Day Mass  Mass of the Nativity 11am St Michael & St George, (Roman Catholic) Silver Street


January Tuesday 1st 2019

Don't forget the Lyme Lunge on New Years Day 2019 -  fancy dress 'swim'
from the sand beach organised by Lyme Regis Rotary.  
1pm from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First) 
 See January page for more details


Rotary Christmas Collection Beneficiary ....more

Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations in the
Pine Hall, the Baptist Church,
Broad Street


Charity Christmas Cards on Sale at

 The Tourist Information Centre, Church Street (mixed)

The Lifeboat Shop, The Cobb (RNLI)

Martin Diplock's, Broad Street (RNLI)

National Trust Shop, Marine Parade (National Trust)

Weldmar Hospice charity Shop, Broad Street (Weldmar Hospice)

What's On in the Galleries
December 2018


29 November-5 December

The son, Benjamin: a painter, sculptor, filmmaker and creator of festival light shows who presents his oil-on-canvas abstract landscapes of the mind hung on the diamond to change the way we view paintings. The mother, Angela: a landscape artist who also works in oils and creates vibrant abstractions of harbours, buildings and situations. 

The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

1-27 December

Pop-Up Vintage spends the year sourcing, cleaning, mending, repairing and up-cycling so that you don’t have to!  We have toys, books, clothes, needlecraft, accessories and homeware for a beautiful and totally-sustainable Christmas. 

The Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.00-4.00. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

8-27 December

Discover the ideal handmade gift this Christmas when we welcome you to our Malthouse Gallery for unique one-off treats.  Last minute presents which will appeal to even the most organized holiday shopper.  The Malthouse Gallery,

The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU.  Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission. www.townmillarts.co.uk

29 December-23 January

Celebrate the post-Christmas period with a visit to our galleries where local 2D and 3D artwork will be on sale at tempting prices. The Malthouse and Courtyard Galleries, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. 

 Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission.


Rotary Carols Round the Tree
Saturday 22nd December 2018

First started in the late 1950’s this hugely popular event has been run every year since. It attracts hundreds of people who gather round the splendid Christmas tree at The Shambles and sing along heartily, accompanied by music from the Lyme Regis Town Band with  the Town Crier as MC. Come along and join in what is a truly enjoyable evening and delight in seasonal fare: mince pies and hot soup. There will be a collection in aid of charity.


RNLI Christmas Cards

RNLIfor sale
at the RNLI Shop   at Cobb Square


Rotary Lyme Lunge: Take a Plunge in the sea for Charity 

A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, 13.00 hours at the Cobb Beach, (gives you time to watch the duck race first) all for charity.  Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. “If you would like to raise funds for the chosen Rotary charities please feel free to use the attached sponsor form, where sponsors can sign up to Gift Aid if they wish. If you have your own charity which you wish to raise funds for then please go ahead.
It would help our cause if you would just email us with the amount raised – secretary@lymeregisrotary.org  If you just want a swim, feel free to join us, there is no obligation”  1pm  1st January from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First).  
Download your sponsorship form here Sponsorship Form


Get Fossiling on the Jurassic Coast! Join one of Lyme Regis's famous fossil walks along this historic stretch of Dorset coast with Geologist Paddy Howe and Marine Biologist Chris Andrew. Some families return time and again to search with Paddy and Chris among the sand and rocks for fossils that have been washed down onto the beach after 190 million years. For adults and children alike, it’s an unforgettable experience.

Learn all about Mary Anning, the famous early paleontologist who once lived on the site of the museum and much more


Each walk is limited to 15 people per guide. Start times for walks vary according to the tides and take about three hours.

Volunteers wanted

for Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee 

Tel. 01297 443696  or 442220
or e-mail Secretary  

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