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 Rotary Club of Lyme Regis Programme 2018/9

GOT ANY FOREIGN CASH?
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 Our regular meeting place is The Lyme Regis Golf Club, Timber Hill, Thursdays 5.45pm for 6.15.  Any intending visitor may contact me for information of our meetings, either by email secretary@lymeregisrotary.org or by telephone 01297 560081.
For results/reports of the fundraisers please see news & events below

 

December Saturday 22nd 2018

 

Carols Round the Tree 
This annual event takes place in the lower part of Broad Street, around the Christmas Tree, is accompanied by music provided by the Lyme Regis Town Band,  and refreshments kindly donated by a number of businesses in the town. 7pm The Shambles.  All welcome.

 

   

January 1st 2019

The Lyme Lunge
A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay,
1300 hours at the Cobb Beach.    
“If you would like to raise funds for the chosen Rotary charity: 2019 in aid of Dorchester County  Hospital Cancer Appeal please feel free to use the 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 – If you just want a dip, feel free to join us, there is no obligation”  From the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First).  

Wet suits allowed, preferably with fancy dress over the top, just a paddle in the sea is enough to say  you've 'done the Lyme Lunge'  for charity.  In the 9 years we have run the Lunge just over £25,000 has been given to charity

Download 2019 sponsorhip form
 
Watch 2018 Lyme Lunge and see story below

 

 

The current total raised for the 2018 Lunge is £3,400 for Shelterbox and at least £850 raised  by individuals for their own charities.  Thanks to Heidi Warr for the £75 raised through sponsorship in THE LYME LUNGE. This arrived after our cheque had been presented to Shelterbox, but we have now posted a further £75 to the charity. Well Done!! See you next year??

A hugely successful event again this year in splendid weather, a great community event. We were supported by well over a dozen local companies, by the RNLI, St John Ambulance, Harbour Inn (Hot Soup), Sailing Club, our indomitable Town Crier, Axminster Rotarians and partners, and a host of friends of Rotary. Without you guys we couldn't have done it, so a huge thanks.  Read more below


 

Watch the 2018 Lyme Lunge  on Youtube

Many thanks to all our 2018 Lyme Lunge sponsors: 

 SeaSalt; The Slipway; The Cobb Arms;   Penny Black Cafe;   Hix Oyster House;    The Courtyard Cafe;  Mulberry Manor;   What’s on in Lyme;   Tesco;  Lyme Regis Brewery;     The Harbour Inn;  Lyme Regis Antique and Craft Centre;    The Royal Lion Hotel; The Cornish Bakery;   The Royal Standard;   Making Waves;  Herbies Dino Bar;   Costa Coffee:   

 

 

watch The Lyme Lunge 2017  in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support

The  2016 charity was CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST We raised nearly £5,400. watch the Lyme Lunge 2016

Watch the amazing 'bevy of brides' in the 2015 Formidable Lyme Lunge here:  
The Formidable Lyme Lunge Parade  and   Formidable Lyme Lunge


February 4th 2019
Soup & Ploughman's Lunch
An annual event held in the Alexandra Hotel Lyme Regis.
Rotary extend their thanks to The Alexandra Hotel  for sponsoring the 2018 event  in aid of
Water Survival Box this year.  Vegetarian soup followed by a Ploughman's lunch then coffee in the lovely surroundings of the Alexandra Hotel, from local Rotarians or Tel 444567


March 2019

Quiz Night
 


A classic Quiz Night over supper. 2018 event was
to raise funds to help Yeovil Rotary Club rebuild a school in Nepal:  Shree Saraswoti School, which was destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes. Over £53000 has already been raised, we want to help get it closer to the target of £64,000.  
Question Master Jim has some Tricky Teasers to Baffle your Brains so get your teams organised asap to avoid disappointment. If you don't have a team buy your tickets and come along anyway, we will soon fix you up and you will make new friends, they might even help you win!!!!
Bar available  Tables of 6 but flexible. Tickets  £7.50, includes supper, David Bettes Tel: 01297 560867  Or any Lyme Regis Rotarian  A Rotary Club of Lyme Regis Event:
 
 Last year was a sell out so buy early    7.00 for 7.30pm  Uplyme Village Hall.
 

 April 2019

 

The annual "Know your Blood Pressure Day" run by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis in conjunction with The Stroke Association.  Pop into Fortnam, Smith and Banwell (Estate Agents) 53 Broad Street, between 10 & 2pm, and have your blood pressure monitored by trained local nurses.  Have your blood pressure monitored by trained local nurses. This is one of the most effective ways of minimising the chances of a stroke. See link..........and see you there!!   www.stroke.org.uk
 

 

April 2019


Rotary Club Exmoor Challenge

Exmoor Challenge.  - The Rotary Exmoor Challenge is a gentle competition between Rotary Districts 1170 and 1200 for the Rotary Challenge Shield. Rotarians and their families and friends from each district earn one point for completing the 5 mile walk or two points for completing the 10 mile walk. However, non-Rotarians are very welcome to join in the walk (pre-booking essential). 

Exmoor Challenge 2018, Start at Oakford Village Hall, EX16 9ES.  Short walk of 4.5 miles and a long? walk of 7.5 miles.  Cost of £7.00.per entry.

 

 

Exmoor view

 

May 2019

Charity Golf Day  
An annual event held at the Lyme Regis Golf Club and organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Axminster. 
2018 in aid of
 the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and the Devon Air Ambulance
Teams of four, Stableford, two scores to count, full handicap (max men 24, ladies 30).  Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster: We can make up teams.  For further information contact secretary@lymeregisrotary.org  

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in2018:


3 & 4 Bedroom homes at Woodberry Copse Lyme Regis 

Call us to arrange a viewing   Tel 0129 883986
  www.bloorhomes.com

C G Fry & Son - www.cgfry.co.uk

The Harbour Inn:
Beach view dining
The Cobb
Lyme Regis
Tel: 01297 442299

   www.harbourinnlymeregis.co.uk

Lentells
Lentells Limited, Ash House, Cook Way, Bindon Road, Taunton, Somerset TA2 6BJ

Tel: 01823 286274 Fax: 01823 279034
www.lentells.co.uk

 

Press photoshoot at Rotary Golf Day

 

 

 

Lyme Bay Holidays, Lyme Regis
Wessex House,  Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis,
01297 443363  
 Lyme Bay Holidays 
Beautiful Cottages
in Dorset, Devon and Somerset


Pinhay House Nursing Home - www.pinhayhouse.co.uk


The Pilot Boat Inn - www.thepilotboat.co.uk


The Royal Lion Hotel  
17th Century Coaching Inn by the sea.
Broad Street, Lyme Regis
Tel. 01297 445622

 www.royallionhotel.com

 
   

THE ROTARY CLUB OF LYME REGIS NEWS AND EVENTS

    Rotary Quiz Night
   

The Quiz held on 12th October at the Uplyme Village Hall to raise funds for the Nepal School rebuilding project was attended by 60 people and raised the sum of £517.00. This is likely to be increased to £550.00. and sent to the RC of Yeovil who are managing the fund raising to gain the maximum grants available.

The street collection recently held by the Lyme Club for Indonesia raised £500.00. each for Shelterbox and Water Survival. The money for Water Survival was increased to £1175.00. due to a matching grant via “The Big Give” and gift aid. This means we were able to fund three water survival kits.

    INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE APPEAL Collection results
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis held street collections in Lyme Regis and Charmouth on Friday 5th October for the victims of the Indonesia earthquake. A total of £864.07 was collected, Charmouth coming in with £461.60. and Lyme Regis with £402.47. The Club would like to thank all who generously supported our collection.

This has been rounded up to £1000.00. by the Club and £500.00. has already be sent to each of Shelterbox and Water Survival. Both of these are Rotary organised charities.

   
INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis will be making a collection on Saturday 6th October in Broad Street, Lyme Regis 10am till 4pm and in Charmouth (outside Morgans) from 8am till 1pm.

PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THESE DESPERATELY UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST EVERYTHING.

PROCEEDS TO SHELTERBOX AND WATER SURVIVAL BOX, THE SOUTH WEST'S OWN DISASTER RELIEF CHARITIES

    School Dictionaries 
   

 28/09/19.

 The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis continued with it’s ninth year of distributing illustrated dictionaries to local schools. This year 87 of the dictionaries were distributed to four primary schools in the area, Marshwood, Charmouth, Uplyme and Lyme Regis. At each school pupils in year 6 were handed their own individually named book by a Club member. Quoted one teacher at Mrs Ethelston’s School in Uplyme, “this is the 3rd year I have been involved with this wonderful project and the children really appreciate these books”.

Attached picture show Rotarian Chris Buckingham handing out the dictionaries at Marshwood Primary School, pictured on the right is Pam Moseley who hand wrote each individual name inside the books.
 

    Candles on the Cobb Grants
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is inviting youth organisations in the Uplyme, Lyme Regis and Charmouth areas to apply for a cash grant from the proceeds of the Candles on the Cobb money.  Priority will be given to specific projects. In the first instance please apply to Richard Cridge on richard.cridge@sky.com stating briefly what the money might be used for. 
‘If you are interested in finding out more about Rotary see 
www.lymeregisrotary.org’ or find us on Facebook.

 

    Candles on the Cobb 2018
   


The 2018 Candles on the Cobb raised the grand total of just over £9700.00. Club President Peter Fortnam  “Praised the Club, helpers and sponsors for this magnificent total raised in spite of all the weather could throw at us right up to the last minute. Special thanks must go to Alan Vian for his outstanding commentary and help all through the run up to the event”. This money will be shared between Local Youth Charities and the Royal British Legion remembering that WWI ended 100 years ago in 2018 and to this end the Royal British Legion will be one of the
beneficiaries of the funds raised from the event.

 

Photo: Ben Kapur

    Rotary Candles on the Cobb, Lyme Regis
   

Candles on the Cobb at Lyme Regis was a spectacular success on Sunday 26th August. Not put off by heavy rain and strong winds during the day the organisers, The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, held faith in the weather forecast and it paid off. 8 pm came, no wind, no rain!

There was an added poignancy to the event with a commemoration of 100 years since the ending of WWI and an addition of a beautiful candle poppy on the beach, constructed by the Royal British Legion.

 “We weren’t able to put candles on the top wall,” said Peter Fortnam, Rotary Club President. “The huge swell added to the high tide meant that the waves were coming over the top in places and so the safety of some of our 150 lighters would have been compromised. However, we did put an additional row of candles on the lower level and relayed that over the loud speakers prior to the event. We did the best we could in difficult circumstances, thanks to up to 250 people who helped sponsor, organise and run the event. Wow! 250 volunteers from a town the size of Lyme Regis, what community spirit! It was a beautiful sight and the period of silent reflection once all the candles had been lit was very emotional indeed, once again surely one of the south west’s most spectacular and moving events.

 We don’t yet know how much the event raised for our chosen charities but probably in excess of £7000, which is a tremendous result given the weather on the day. This will be divided equally between the Royal British Legion and local youth projects.”

    ITS GETTING CLOSER
   

What a fabulous Entertainment package we have for you for the 26th August, leading up to the iconic Candles on the Cobb.Candles on the Cobb 2015
The Lighting of the Candles is at 8pm. We will start the process at about 7.45, so be in position by then so you don't miss out on the spectacle, watching it take shape is part of the fun. We will start the entertainment at 2pm on Marine Parade and continue almost non-stop through the day. 
Listen to the beautiful Harbour Voices, the exciting Luggers Ukulele Band, the lovely Lyme Regis Town Band and watch the fabulous Uplyme Morris Dancers strut their stuff.  See 26th August above.
....and make sure you have purchased your Candle either via the website www.candlesonthecobb.org or in Serendip or the RNLI shop. Rotary will also be on MARINE PARADE on 16th Aug and from the 19th through to the 26th. Remember a loved one through your purchase..

    GOT ANY FOREIGN CASH?
   

Its not just pounds sterling that can ‘Make a Difference':  If you have ANY foreign currency, whether it be notes or coins, whatever country, even if now ‘out of date’, then The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis would be delighted to receive it and turn it into worthwhile aid to those in need.

As well as Euros, we can use pre-Euro currencies such as French Francs, Italian Lire or Spanish Pesetas. We can use Tunisian Dinars, Egyptian Pounds, US Dollars, nickels or dimes. Or maybe you have some dhirams or rials lurking in a drawer from a holiday 10 years ago, clear them out and give them to us, we will make them work. ….and as for all that old sterling currency you have lying around, well, we can extract value from pre-decimal UK coins and notes as well as out of date decimal coinage and £5 notes.

Please hand them into the Royal Lion Hotel;  Serendip Books; Fortnam, Smith and Banwell, Estate Agents; Martin Diplock, Estate Agents; Guy Hayden Opticians, all in Broad Street: the Rotary Wishing Wall on Marine Parade in Lyme Regis, Also the Royal Oak and Fortnam, Smith and Banwell in Charmouth, or to any Rotarian.

Now’s the time for a real clear out of that old foreign travel cash lurking in the sock drawer, so get after it and let us convert your unwanted overseas currency into valuable overseas aid for those in real need.
 

    A new venture for the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis: Candles on the Cobb
   

 taking up the organisation and running of “Candles on the Cobb”, the dramatic and spectacular event which was the dream child of local men Mike Higgs and Phil Street and which has done so much both to raise the profile of the town and to benefit the community.
Rotarian Peter Fortnam will lead the organising team and
will be President of the Rotary Club next year. “The focus of our effort will be to continue the tradition established by the original committee of helping local youth and other charities, as well as Rotary charities. We will also be remembering that WWI ended 100 years ago in 2018 and to this end the Royal British Legion will be one of the
beneficiaries of the funds raised from the event. It will be a hard act to follow, but we will rise to the challenge and ensure that the spirit of the original ‘Candles’ is not extinguished but shines on.
‘Candles’ has raised over £130,000 for local and other charities, but it has also captured the imagination, not only of the people of Lyme Regis, but worldwide. We have had lots of constructive input and encouragement from the original committee and we hope that other Lyme Regis organisations will support us when the event is staged. We want to keep it fun, keep it local and keep it going.”

    LYME REGIS TEAM ENTRY IN ROTARY U 12’S FOOTBALL COMPETITION A MARKED SUCCESS
   

On Saturday 16th June under 11’s and younger Lyme Regis Football Club members played in a National 5-a-side U 12’s football tournament, organised by Rotary, which took place at St George's Park, Burton on Trent, home of the FA. The Lyme Regis squad of 10 players, which included the only three girls in the competition, showed determination, team work and passion for the sport. They received compliments from opposing managers and parents for their enthusiasm, which did not wane over all ten games played, and for excellent performances which included a hat trick, fantastic tackles and runs and some wonderful saves from the keeper.

Coach Martyn Wright, “The players bonded as a team, learned together how to cope with being flung into such a big competition and with opponents most of whom were older and bigger than themselves, and came out of it thrilled to bits at having taken part. They played on the David Beckham pitch, they did their best and their enthusiasm was infectious. They learned what effort can achieve and that has given each and every one of them confidence. Players, parents and Football Club officials are grateful to the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis for arranging our entry into this competition, for the new strip and for very generous assistance.”

    ROTARY HELPS FUND NEW SCHOOL IN EARTHQUAKE RAVAGED NEPAL
   

June 22nd 2018

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £400 towards an ambitious humanitarian project in earthquake ravaged Nepal. This project, run by the Rotary Club of Yeovil, in conjunction with Rotary District 1200 and other charities seeks to rebuild a school in Nepal, which was completely destroyed during the earthquake of 2015. The anticipated cost of the project is £64,000. Rotary Clubs around District 1200 which encompasses West Dorset, Somerset and parts of Wiltshire, are joining in helping to raise these funds and the Club is close to achieving their goal. A cheque was presented to Rotarian Dr Michael Fernando, representing Yeovil Rotary, at a recent meeting of our Club, (see photo attached.)
The school will be a two storey building constructed to exacting earthquake resistant standards, and will have 6 classrooms, toilet facilities and a perimeter fence. Additional support is to be provided in the form of furniture and some equipment and provision is being made to fund an English teacher for 4 years.
We are delighted to be able to help Yeovil Rotary achieve their goal. Education is a key focus of Rotary International and is fundamental to building a sustainable community and promoting world peace.
This £400 was raised through our “Foreign and Old UK Notes and Coins” initiative, which we are continuing throughout the summer season. Collection boxes are available in Martin Diplock, Serendip, Royal Lion, Fortnam, Smith and Banwell, Guy Hayden Opticians and Your World Travel in Lyme Regis and in  Fortnam, Smith and Banwell, and The Royal Oak in Charmouth. Any coins or notes, UK or foreign, current or out of date, will be gratefully received. Help us to help the children of earthquake ravaged Nepal.

    ROTARY GOLF DAY 2018
   

The 12th Annual Charity Golf Day, run jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster at the Lyme Regis Golf Club on Wednesday 10th May, was a resounding success with around 100 competitors from all over Dorset, Devon and Somerset. “Thanks to our sponsors this event maintains its appeal,” said Lyme Regis Rotary President Les Baker. “Without them it would not have been the success it is. This year we are donating half of the proceeds to two splendid charities, namely the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and the Devon Air Ambulance. The remainder will be distributed to other Lyme Regis and Axminster local charities and organisations. We sincerely appreciate the support of our main sponsor Axminster Recycling Shop and of the host of other companies, local organisations and people whose support through sponsorship, raffle prizes or silent auction prizes helped make this event the success it is.”
The format was Stableford, with 23
teams each of 4 golfers and excellent prizes awarded to teams with the highest joint scores. A team headed up by Lyme Regis stalwart Jim Moseley with Douglas Moseley, Neil and Sarah Hampton-Rumbold took first prize with 91 points.
The Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster would like to thank the Lyme Regis Golf Club for the huge assistance they gave us in running the event
on their excellent golf course. As usual they did a great job for us, many of those who played have come year after year and remarked, yet again, on how well the course was prepared and what a great reception they had been given.

    KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY 2018
   

Local nurses from both Lyme Regis medical practices worked with local Rotarians on Saturday 21st April to bring awareness to the community and visitors to Lyme of the importance of having one’s blood pressure checked on a regular basis. High blood pressure can increase the risk of a stroke. People with high blood pressure may not have any symptoms, so it is important to check your blood pressure regularly. “Over 100 people popped into our temporary facility in Broad Street and had their blood pressure checked by qualified nurses,” said Rotarian Peter Fortnam, who led the campaign, “and several were referred to their GP’s for further testing. As always we are extremely grateful to local nurses (Carys Hollis, Louise Tate and Sally Cable) who gave up their valuable free time to take blood pressure readings and advise people on follow up procedure where necessary. Also to Dan Socaciu, Patient Services Manager at Lyme Regis Medical Centre, who supported us all day, and to Fortnam, Smith and Banwell for providing facilities in their Broad Street premises. If this campaign has succeeded in making even just one person more aware of the importance of regular health checkups then the day was a success.”
See the Stroke Association website for more information on the importance of regular blood pressure checkups.
www.stroke.org.uk

    ROTARY RAISES £400 WITH OUT OF CIRCULATION UK CASH AND FOREIGN NOTES AND COINS
   

Rotary has had several collection boxes in businesses in Lyme and Charmouth for a couple of months, collecting foreign notes and coins, old UK notes and coins, in fact any money that you might find down the back of the sofa or in the sock drawer, whether current or out of circulation.

So far, thanks to your generosity, we have converted your donations into £400 sterling, through a process of sales on Ebay, deposits in the bank and sales of bulk coins by weight.

We are continuing with our collection thanks to the generosity of Serendip, Broad Street; Martin Diplock, Broad Street; Royal Lion, Broad Street;  Fortnam Smith and Banwell, Broad Street;  Guy Hayden, Broad Street and Your World Travel, Bridge Street; the Rotary 'Jurassic' Wishing Wall, Marine Parade, all in Lyme Regis and Fortnam Smith and Banwell and the Royal Oak in Charmouth.

Please think of us when you are clearing out your drawers & when you come back from holidays: we can make every penny of that spare money work for good causes.

    ANNUAL ROTARY SOUP & PLOUGHMAN'S
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis’s annual Soup and Ploughman's at the Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis, raised £1000 for this year’s beneficiary, the Somerset based disaster relief charity, Water Survival Box, which is run by Rotary.
Rotarian Richard Finch, who has organised the event for many years, thanked everyone for their support. “T
his popular event has been run by Rotary annually over more than 20 years in the Alexandra Hotel,” said Richard. “Thanks to ‘The Alex’ for providing the venue and for your tremendous support for Rotary. Thanks also, to everyone who came along and supported us, for your generosity.”

Our chosen charity, Water Survival Box, which we have supported several times in the past, has helped families overcome by disaster - earthquake, hurricane, floods, war - in many countries in the past year, including Argentina, Chile, Syria, several Caribbean islands. A box costs £150 to fill and send to anywhere in the world, on demand. It provides a filter pack for clean water, the means to cook and eat, health and hygiene items and basic shelter and tools.

The event was attended by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis and her husband, Alan, and by Rotarian Ken Biggs and wife Jenny from Water Survival Box.

    Lyme Lunge 2018 donation of funds
   


Th
e final figure of £3,400.00. collected in sponsorship and the beach collection from the Lyme Lunge 2018 has now been delivered by the Lunge organiser, Rotarian Jim Moseley, to the Shelterbox HQ in Truro.

The Shelterbox World HQ in Truro is an 18 months old purpose built building housing all the admin, accounting, fund raising & purchasing staff. There is now a new visitor centre there open to all 10.00.am to 4.00.pm, stocked with static displays of both the winter and summer tents along with a special children’s corner. There is also a long counter where visitors can get hands on filling a Shelterbox for real. The main depot where the boxes are filled and distributed is still at a premises near Helston where one full time person runs the operation and all the boxes are still filled by voluntary labour.

 “This was the 10th Lyme Lunge organized by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis and probably the best one yet! The weather and sea state were kind to us for once, the number of Lungers was nearly 600, the beach collection and sponsorship was excellent with a total of £3400.00. now given to Shelterbox. In fact another £75.00. sponsorship money arrived through my door today. This will be sent on to Truro.”                                          

Jim Moseley, Lunge organizer.

Picture shows Rtn Jim Moseley handing over the cheque to Andrew Bramwell,
manager of the Visitor Centre with Alison O’Donell from the fund raising office
.

    ROTARY HAS A NEW MEMBER
   

We are pleased to welcome Michael Taylor to the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis. A past member of Royston Rotary Club since 1999 Michael has recently moved into the area and is living in Catherston Lewiston with Partner Ruth Cubitt. He transferred to the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis on January 16th 2018. Following National Service with the RAF Michael joined a company which sold business machines, many to the retail industry, but as the nature of shopping changed to self service he saw an opportunity and set up his own shop fitting business which he successfully ran for many years.

    Rotary Christmas Collection Beneficiary
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis was pleased to present Dorset based charity The HorseCourse with a cheque for £1250, the result of our Christmas Collection.

The charity focuses on young people aged 8 to 24 with anxiety and behavioural problems, where ‘talking is not working’. These are youngsters who, without help, could be heading towards long term mental health problems. TheHorseCourse has shown that over 80% of children show significant improvement having completed a programme of working with horses and therefore stand a better chance of being valuable members of society. This Dorset based charity’s patron is Martin Clunes and it helps upwards of 400 young people every year, many of whom would be excluded from school, and hence from much of community life, if it were not for the charity. It promotes an awareness of responsibility, concentration, confidence and assertiveness.  Helping the youth in our community is a prime aim of Rotary and this charity, with such a proven success record in this regard, is one we are proud to support.

 Find out more about this splendid charity see www.thehorsecourse.org

     Rotary Donations 
   

Rotarian Mark Tredwin fundraised throughout the last year as he took part in the Caterham Academy racing 'school' .  We are delighted to announce that as a result of this effort, and a contribution from monies left in our box in front of the splendid Christmas Tree on display at the Lyme Regis Christmas Tree Festival,  we have been able to present Julia's House, the Dorset Children's Hospice, with a cheque for £300 AND to boost the coffers of the Rotary Purple for Polio appeal by a similar amount. Well Done Mark, and thanks to all who contributed to help us raise this amount. The Purple4Polio funds will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    THE LYME LUNGE - JANUARY 1ST 2018
   

Positively tropical weather in Lyme Regis on New Year’s Day 2018 as the 10th annual Lyme Lunge attracted an estimated 2500 spectators to an event which is fast becoming a ‘must do’ New Year's Day event on Dorset’s South Coast. Upwards of 600 crazy swimmers in fancy dress laughed and squealed as they raced under blue skies into the sea, ably protected by our indomitable Lyme Regis Lifeboat Crew, with St John’s Ambulance standing by in case of injury.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, THE LYME LUNGE took place on the sandy beach, Lyme Regis, at 1.00pm on New Year’s Day. This year our main charity is Shelterbox, the Cornwall based disaster relief charity founded by Rotary which does so much good work around the world. Well done everyone involved, it was such a happy family event in brilliant sunshine, just the tonic for bringing in the New Year. Thanks to our sponsors for their support (see our website for details), The Harbour Inn, Lyme Regis for tasty hot soup for all swimmers, Town Crier for immense help and for leading the Parade, Lifeboat Crew for safety in the water, Lyme Regis Sailing Club, St John’s Ambulance, Axminster Rotary Club, and friends of Rotary who also helped enormously. Its great fun, it supports the whole community and it helps a great cause.

Now, put it in your diary for next year.

    Lyme Regis Rotary Christmas Collection and Carols
   

What a turnout last night at the Rotary Club's "CAROLS" in Lyme Regis. Various estimates of numbers ranged from 500 to 1000. Who cares who's right, it was a great night, the community getting together in such a friendly and traditional way to celebrate the coming of Christmas. Hot soup, mince pies and mulled wine, very generously served by the Royal Lion Hotel, great music from our wonderful Lyme Regis Town Band; our Town Crier acting as MC; and attended by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Consorts. The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis President Les Baker extends his heartfelt thanks to the Town Band and all who worked to make it happen and those who came along to make it what it was - a super night of friendship and celebration. Our Christmas Collection was in excess of £1200, which means that this year’s chosen charity, The Horse Course, will be able to help more young people with mental health issues. (More information see below)

We would also like to thank the Lyme Regis Fudge Kitchen and the Bell Cliff cafe in Broad Street and Morgans in Charmouth for offering regular hot drinks to our cold collectors, much appreciated.

    Rotary Christmas Collection Beneficiary
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis Christmas Collection will support a charity that seeks to help young people that are marginalised and at risk of educational exclusion. The charity focuses on young people aged 8 to 24 with anxiety and behavioral problems, where ‘talking is not working’. These are youngsters who, without help, could be heading towards long term mental health problems. TheHorseCourse has shown that over 80% of children show significant improvement having completed a programme of working with horses and therefore stand a better chance of being valuable members of society. This Dorset based charity’s patron is Martin Clunes and it helps upwards of 400 young people every year, many of whom would be excluded from school if not for the charity. It promotes an awareness of responsibility, concentration, confidence and assertiveness. Helping the youth in our community is a prime aim of Rotary and this charity, with such a proven success record in this regard, is one we are proud to support this Christmas. We do hope you will help us in this regard.  To find out more about this splendid charity see www.thehorsecourse.org

    Rotary and Lyme Regis Library promote reading during holidays
   

 One of the aims of the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is to improve literacy among our young people. “Because everything changes when we read,” says The Reading Agency, a national body whose aim is to make reading more accessible to people of all ages. So, when the Lyme Regis Library contacted us and asked us if we would like to support their Summer Reading Challenge to the children in local schools there was no hesitation. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. The theme changes each year, with the theme for the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge being Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK's best-selling children's illustrator Tony Ross.
A number of primary schools in the Lyme Regis area took part, with Rotary providing the incentive of a prize of £50 to the school where the most books are read per pupil.
“This is a great initiative by the Reading Agency,” said Rotarian Jim Moseley, who presented the prize to Mrs Ethelstones CE VA Primary Academy.  “The Lyme Regis Library is to be congratulated in organising this challenge in the Lyme Regis area and encouraging our young people to read. Reading opens up new worlds, it helps us realise our ambitions and fulfil our potential. Congratulations to all who took part, and to the pupils of Mrs Ethelstones school.”
 

    Rotary to run Candles on the Cobb
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is to take up the organisation and running of “Candles on the Cobb”, the dramatic and spectacular event which was the dream child of local men Mike Higgs and Phil Street and which has done so much both to raise the profile of the town and to benefit the community.

“It is planned to run the 7th Candles event on August 26th, 2018,” said Rotarian Peter Fortnam who will lead the organising team and who will be President of the Rotary Club next year. “The focus of our effort will be to continue the tradition established by the original committee of helping local youth and other charities, as well as Rotary charities. We will also be remembering that WWI ended 100 years ago in 2018 and to this end the Royal British Legion will be one of the beneficiaries of the funds raised from the event. It will be a hard act to follow, but we will rise to the challenge and ensure that the spirit of the original ‘Candles’ is not extinguished but shines on.

‘Candles’ has raised over £130,000 for local and other charities, but it has also captured the imagination, not only of the people of Lyme Regis, but worldwide. We have had lots of constructive input and encouragement from the original committee and we hope that other Lyme Regis organisations will support us when the event is staged. We want to keep it fun, keep it local and keep it going.”
 

    THE LYME LUNGE 2018
   

Once again The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis will be running the very successful LYME LUNGE, a fancy dress dip for Charity in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay off the Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis on Monday 1st January 2018 @ 1.00pm. Join 400 plus swimmers and start the year with a whole lot of fun. Hot soup for all swimmers, courtesy of The Harbour Inn, Lyme Regis.

Funds raised will go to the disaster relief charity SHELTERBOX  and Rotary Charities   Download 2018 sponsorship form

    Rotary Sends Donation to ShelterBox
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has sent a donation of £900 to ShelterBox following the sequence of hurricanes that devastated several Caribbean islands over the past month. “Reports coming out of the Eastern Caribbean indicate that shelter is an immediate and urgent need,” said Rotary President Les Baker, “and the Cornwall based disaster relief charity ShelterBox, founded by Rotary, is there giving that essential aid in several islands. These funds, much of which were so generously donated by the people of Lyme Regis and Charmouth during our recent collection, will help support that effort. We have also sent a cheque for £450 to ShelterBox in support of their relief efforts in Sierra Leone where recent mudslides have left over 4000 people homeless.”

    Rotary Collection for Caribbean Hurricane Damage
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis quickly rose to the challenge set by the destructive hurricanes that have swept through the Eastern and Northern Caribbean in the last week by collecting in Lyme Regis and Charmouth on Saturday 9th Sept. Thanks to the generosity of the people of both these towns, and visitors, a total of £623 was raised. The disaster relief charity ShelterBox, based in Cornwall and founded by Rotary and which is already directing aid where most needed, will immediately benefit from your generosity.
If you missed our collection and would like to make a donation please send your cheque, made out to “The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis” to Rotarian John McCallum, 7 Georges Close, Charmouth, DT6 6RU.

    DICTIONARIES PRESENTED TO LOCAL SCHOOLS
   

Over the past week the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has again presented personalized copies of Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries to Year 6 pupils in schools in the Lyme Regis area, namely St. Michaels, Marshwood, Mrs Ethelstone’s and Charmouth Primaries.
“Promoting literacy is a major objective of Rotary,” said Lyme Regis Rotary President Les Baker. “Literacy is so important to successful educational development, even in today’s digital world. It is fundamental to effective communication and understanding. A strong command of our language, underpinned by a good dictionary, will open up new worlds for our children as they explore books and find the magic worlds within them and will also make them more competitive in today’s jobs’ market.  We are really pleased at this opportunity to help the young of our community.
Teachers will work with the children throughout the year to ensure familiarity with the dictionaries and that they can use them to full advantage. Parents are encouraged to promote their use at home. This brings to around 650 the number of Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries we have presented to local schools over the past few years. These are beautiful books, and we urge children to treasure them, and use them as intended – For Life.”

    Rotary has a new Member
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has a new Member. John Berry joined the Club on July 1st. He recently moved to Dorset from Saffron Walden where he was a member of the local Rotary Club. John, who now lives in Morcombelake, is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and for most of his life has worked in highly specialist services alongside the automotive industry.

“We welcome you, John and your wife, Karen, to Lyme Regis and to our Club,” said Rotary President Les Baker. “You bring experience and enthusiasm and have already shown a keen interest in getting involved with us in local community events and in our active social programme.”

    Rotary Provides Further Support to Local Cancer Fund
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated a further £1000 towards the Dorset County Hospital (DCH) Cancer Appeal, this in addition to the £1000 donated in May. Some of these funds were raised at our recent annual Golf Day. The Appeal, which is funding a Cancer Outpatients Department being built on top of the new Radiotherapy Unit currently under construction at the Hospital, has a target of £1.75 million. The cheque was presented to Simon Pearson, Head of Fundraising at DCH’s Charity, by Rotary President Les Baker, who said, “We fully appreciate the major benefits such a facility will bring to the people of West Dorset and so we are especially delighted to be able to add to our previous donation. We are also pleased to see that work has started and that you are continuing to attract funding. We hope this helps you maintain the momentum and reach your goal.”
For more information about the Cancer Appeal, and to donate to help build this potentially life changing facility, please visit
www.dchft.nhs.uk/charity. or contact the Charity on 01305 253215.

    Rotary has a new President
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has appointed a new President for Rotary Session 2017-18, which began on July 1st.  Rotarian David Sarson, who has held the post for the past year, handed over to Rotarian Les Baker during a social outing at the Harbour Inn, Axmouth, on June 29th.  “David has given the Club great service over the past year,”  said Les as he accepted his Chain of Office. “His experience and energy have been invaluable in consolidating the changes led by his predecessors and in continuing to build the Club. We have a compliment of 25 members, both male and female, and we hope to expand even more over the next few months. Club meetings on Thursday evenings at the Pilot Boat are great fun with an entertaining and stimulating programme of events. I am honoured to be asked to lead the Club, and look forward to an exciting time at the helm over the coming Session. I am pleased to have the support of Peter Fortnam, who is President Elect, Bill Taylor, who continues as Secretary and Richard Emm as Treasurer.”
If you wish to learn more about Rotary visit
www.lymeregisrotary.org or check out our Facebook page.

Past President David Sarson (right) congratulates incoming President
 Les Baker (left) on receiving the Chain of Office of President.

    ROTARY DONATION TO JULIA’S HOUSE
   

 The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has presented Julia’s House, the Dorset based Children’s Hospice, with a cheque for £1500. These monies were raised partly at the recent Rotary Charity Golf Day at the Lyme Regis Golf Club, with additions from Rotary funds. “Julia’s House does some sterling work with children with life threatening illnesses,” said Rotarian Richard Cridge, who helped run the event. “Not only do they provide help for the children themselves in the environment of the Hospice, but they assist families in coping with the strains and stresses associated with these illnesses. They visit children in their own homes, provide some inspiring play or music based activity and customised accommodation at the headquarters at Corfe Mullen, near Poole, and offer respite to families and counselling where required. Anyone visiting the centre cannot but be impressed with the work of the charity, the friendliness, care and compassion shown by the staff, the general aura of fun and happiness throughout the building. We are pleased to be able to support this wonderful charity. Thank you once again to all our sponsors and contributors to our Golf Day, without your help it would not be possible.”

If you would like to find out more about Julia’s House visit them on www.juliashouse.org or see them on Facebook. Its well worth a visit.

    Rotary Supports local cancer fund
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £1000 towards the Dorset County Hospital (DCH) Cancer Appeal, which is now heading towards £1.1 million with a target of £1.75 million. The Appeal is funding a Cancer Outpatients Department which is being built on top of the new Robert White Radiotherapy Unit currently under construction at the Hospital. Past President of the Lyme Regis Rotary Club, John Bartlett said, as he presented the cheque to Simon Pearson, Head of Fundraising at DCH’s Charity, “We were motivated by your presentation to our Club last month in which you showed us the major benefits such a facility will bring to the people of West Dorset, and we will do everything we can to widen knowledge of this Appeal.” “We need to maintain the momentum of the Cancer Appeal,” replied Simon, “ and keep this important project in the public eye. Donations from clubs and organisations such as Lyme Regis Rotary Club are hugely important and very much appreciated.”  For more information about the Cancer Appeal please visit www.dchft.nhs.uk/charity.

The Cancer Appeal is part of a major project bringing radiotherapy services to Dorchester for the first time. The £9.15 million partnership with Poole Hospital became possible largely thanks to a generous donation from Poole businessman Robert White. Other major donors include the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, the Lawrence Werth Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Ducks and Drakes Cancer Trust and the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund.  Fundraising for the Appeal continues as hospital staff, local people and community groups organise a wide variety of events, challenges and activities. An easy way to help is to support the Charity’s Buy a Brick campaign - just text DCHC44 £2 (or more) to 70070.

    Lyme Regis & Axminster Rotary Clubs' Eleventh Charity Golf Day
   

The 11th Annual Charity Golf Day, run jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster at the Lyme Regis Golf Club on Wednesday 10th May, was a resounding success, with about £4000 raised for local charities. This brings to around £40,000 the amount raised to date by what is now a well established and successful event. “Thanks to our sponsors this event has gone from strength to strength,” said Lyme Regis Rotarian Richard Cridge who helped organise it. “Without them it would not have been the success it is. This year we are donating half of the proceeds to two splendid charities, namely JULIA’S HOUSE (The Dorset Children’s Hospice) and ELF (Exeter Leukemia Fund). The remainder will be distributed to other Lyme Regis and Axminster local charities and organisations. We sincerely appreciate the support of our main sponsor,  Axminster Re-Cycling, major sponsor Axminster Tools and to the 30 plus other local organisations that helped sponsor the event or donated major prizes for the raffle and silent auction. A full list of sponsors can be found on our website www.lymeregisrotary.org.”  The format was Stableford, with 22 teams each of 4 golfers and excellent prizes awarded to teams with the highest joint scores. A team from Yeovil Rotary Clubs (Dennis Stevens, Bruce Bailey, Peter Clarke and Paul Hillard) took first prize with 94 points.  The Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster would like to thank the Lyme Regis Golf Club for the huge assistance they gave us in running the event on their excellent golf course. As usual they did a great job for us, many of those who played remarked on how well the course was prepared.
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Axminster Rotary President John Foulkes (left), accompanied by Lyme Regis Rotary President David Sarson (right) congratulates the winning team from Yeovil Rotary on achieving first prize.

    KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY
   

Local nurses from both Lyme Regis medical practises worked with Lyme Regis Rotarians on Saturday 22nd April to bring awareness to the community and visitors to Lyme of the importance of having one’s blood pressure checked on a regular basis. High blood pressure can increase the risk of a stroke. People with high blood pressure may not have any symptoms, so it is important to check your blood pressure regularly. “77 people popped into our temporary facility in Broad Street and had their blood pressure checked by qualified nurses,” said Rotarian Peter Fortnam, who led the campaign, “and several were referred to their GP’s for further testing. As always we are extremely grateful to local nurses (Carys Hollis, Louise Tate and Sally Cable) who gave up their valuable free time to take blood pressure readings and advise people on follow up procedure where necessary. Also to Fortnam, Smith and Banwell for providing facilities in their Broad Street premises. If this campaign has succeeded in making even just one person more aware of the importance of regular health checkups then the day was a success.”  See the Stroke Association website for more information on the importance of regular blood pressure checkups. www.stroke.org.uk

    Rotary Quiz in aid of School Dictionaries
   

It was generally agreed that the Rotary quiz on Saturday 25th in Uplyme Village Hall was a most enjoyable event, raising over £850 towards the Rotary Dictionary Fund which provides Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries to Year 6 pupils in four local schools each year. Quizmaster Jim Moseley flummoxed the 100 quiz devotees once again with his questions, while Pam Moseley acted as chief scorer and ensured no cheating took place - would it ever, it's Rotary??!

Thanks from Rotary to all who took part and made it such a great evening and helped us raise these funds. The Dictionary programme has been running now for about 8 years and with the help of projects like this we hope to continue it for many years to come, benefiting local schoolchildren.

   

President's Night

   

Rotary Club President David Sarson welcomed guests from the Rotary Clubs of Bridport, Brit Valley, Weymouth and Axminster to his President’s Night at Symondsbury Tithe Barn on Saturday 11th March. The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Owen Lovell and Mayoress Christine were Guests of Honour. The Mayor highly commended the achievements of Lyme Regis Rotary Club this and every year and the on-going diligence displayed in pursuing Rotary goals, sentiments echoed by Rotary District  Governor John Butler. Rotary was lauded for their work with local schools and the youth of Lyme Regis and was urged to continue events such as the annual Carols Round the Tree and Lyme Lunge (and others). He saw these as popular, eagerly anticipated events in the Lyme Calendar, contributing as they do greatly to the cultural and community life of the town, each helping to make a difference to countless people in need.
President David thanked Rotarians for their support and hard work throughout his year in office. David also spoke of his delight at the continued collaboration with Axminster Rotary Club in the annual Golf Day, the Lunge and the Axe Valley Festival. He mentioned the impact that many of these events have on individuals, highlighting one autistic boy who selflessly raised over £200 for McMillan Cancer Care at the Lunge.
Following a hearty meal the 89 guests enjoyed dancing to the music of the Wessex Star Disco.
If you wish to learn more about Rotary visit
www.lymeregisrotary.org or check our Facebook page

    Donation from Rotary Selfie Cow Project to Lend with Care charity
   

In the summer and autumn of 2016 the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis ran a ‘Selfie Cow’ competition. We encouraged people to purchase a little plastic cow, and take photographs of it in all sorts of locations and post these on a dedicated FaceBook site, with prizes offered in three categories..

Besides being a great deal of fun, with several hundred amusing photographs from around Lyme and around the world we raised £500 for the international charity Lend with Care.

The monies are credited to an account within the Lend With Care charity’s structure, allowing the charity to keep a close record of the results of our “Loan”. The charity then uses funds from that account to support successful applications for loans from qualifying startup businesses in third world countries. In this way our £500 is spread around a number of projects, along with many other donations, thus spreading the risk of failure to repay. Over specified periods the monies are repaid, then can be loaned out again.

 So far our monies have resulted in 16 loans (£445), 137 entrepreneurs helped, 443 family members helped and an estimated 134 jobs created.

 Thanks to all whose participation in this fun project made it a great success, helping others to help themselves and grow out of poverty.

 Photo:     Quang Thi Hien - Vietnam Animal Rearing - £15.00; One of the recipients of our ‘Selfie Cow loan.

    ANNUAL ROTARY SOUP & PLOUGHMANS
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis held its annual Soup and Ploughmans at the Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis, on Monday 6th February. Attended by over 100 people, the event was a great success with over £1000 raised for this year’s beneficiary, the Dorset based hospice, Weldmar.
Rotarian Richard Cridge thanked everyone for their support. “T
his popular event has been run by Rotary annually over more than 20 years in the Alexandra Hotel,” said Richard. “The generosity of ‘The Alex’ in providing the venue and food is outstanding and very much appreciated and we thank them for their tremendous support for Rotary over many years. Thank you all, also, for coming to our event. Without your generosity the hospice, which touches us all at some point in our lives either directly or indirectly, just would not be able to function.”
The event was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis and her husband, David, and by Diane Bentley from the Weldmar Hospice.

    Rotary Christmas Fundraising Presented to Make-a-Wish charity.
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has presented the children’s charity Make-a-Wish with a cheque for £1400, being the sum collected over the Christmas period, including the popular Carols Round the Tree in Broad Street. Make-a-Wish charity exists to grant wishes to enrich the lives of children fighting life-threatening conditions, providing respite from the daily struggles that come with these.
Harry, who has a rare bone cancer and underwent 7 months of chemotherapy, a course of intravenous immunotherapy and a major operation was granted his wish to cycle at the London Velodrome.
Oscar was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called Juvenile Myelomocytic Leukaemia. He endured over 100 blood transfusions, it was also found he had tumours on his brain, but he never once cried. Make-a-Wish brought some happiness to his short and painful life by arranging for Oscar to meet his favourite football team, Chelsea, and spend time with them as an honoured guest at a top Premiership game.
Such wishes bring some light into what are otherwise painful and difficult lives, and the generosity of the people of Lyme Regis and Charmouth in helping us raise such funds is very much appreciated. Our thanks to everyone who donated.

    THE LYME LUNGE - JANUARY 1ST 2017
   

Really awful weather again on New Year’s Day 2017 but it takes a lot to discourage intrepid Lyme Lungers. An estimated 1200 spectators watched in the cold rain as nearly 600 crazy swimmers in fancy dress laughed and squealed as they raced into the waves, ably protected from harming themselves in the stormy waters by our indomitable Lifeboat Crew.
The 9th Lyme Lunge, organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, took place on the sandy beach, Lyme Regis, at 1.00pm on New Year’s Day. At the time of going to press we have raised over £2500 with an expectation of considerable additional monies coming in from promised sponsorship. All monies will be donated to MacMillan Cancer support. Well done everyone involved. Thanks to our sponsors for their support, By the Bay for tasty hot soup for
all swimmers, Town Crier for immense help and for leading the Parade, Lifeboat Crew for safety in the water, St John’s Ambulance, Axminster Rotary Club, and friends of Rotary who also helped enormously. Its great fun, it supports the whole community and it helps a great cause.     
watch The Lyme Lunge 2017

 

Many thanks to all our 2017 Lyme Lunge sponsors: 

 SeaSalt; The Slipway; The Cobb Arms;    Penny Black Cafe; Hix Oyster House;    The Courtyard Cafe; Mulberry Manor;   What’s on in Lyme;  The Pilot Boat;  Lyme Regis Brewery;     The Harbour Inn; Lyme Regis Antique and Craft Centre;    The Royal Lion Hotel; The Cornish Bakery;   The Royal Standard;   Herbies Dino Bar;   Costa Coffee; By the Bay;

    ROTARY CHRISTMAS COLLECTION AND CAROLS
   

Rotary Christmas Tree
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis’s Christmas collection was for Make-a-Wish, a charity that offers support to terminally ill children.

We collected in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, and in Charmouth, and at the annual Carols Round the Tree in Broad Street on the 23rd Dec. Our total collection this year was £1300. Many thanks to all who made this year’s appeal a great success.
  A number of establishments provided our cold and damp collectors with copious mugs of much appreciated coffee and Fortnam, Smith and Banwell again gave us an operations base. At “The Carols” The Royal Lion generously donated very tasty hot soup and mince pies to participants, The Town Band played superbly, as always, the Town Crier announced the carols in his usual enthusiastic and professional manner. Our thanks to them all, and also to the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Owen Lovell, for attending with his wife Christine. A great Community event indeed.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis also decorates a tree for
the Christmas Tree Festival held in the Baptist Church

   

"This article (above) appeared in the 'View from Lyme Regis', our local paper which does so much to promote Rotary activities, as well as many other charities in the town. We are humbled to read the article, written by the Managing Director Philip Evans who himself does sterling charitable work in the town. Thank you, Philip, much appreciated."

     ROTARY DONATION TO RNLI
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has presented £476.44 to the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild.

“When the decision was made to try and keep the tradition of the Red Arrows performing over Lyme in 2016,” said Rotarian John McCallum, “the Rotary Club decided that we would help where possible. We provided 18 collectors or marshals on the day, and these monies are our share of that collection. The Red Arrows display has always been in support of the RNLI so it is appropriate that this money goes to that good cause. Hopefully the Red Arrows will continue to grace our skies and benefit this most essential of charitable services, we are so lucky to have the Lifeboat here, and so grateful to those who serve.”

   

ROTARY BOOK SALE / TOMBOLA

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis raised £350 on Marine Parade on Saturday 23rd Oct with a Book Sale, Tombola, Water Survival Box Demo and Selfie Cow sale. On a splendid autumn day Lyme Regis looked just glorious with everyone happy in the warm sunshine. Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and contributed to our Rotary charities.  Also, its not too late to get your Selfie Cow from Serendip or Martin Diplock, the Selfiecowlyme Facebook page explains it all!

   

ROTARY HAITI DISASTER COLLECTION RAISES £600

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis collected £600 in Lyme Regis and Charmouth on Saturday, for the Rotary charity Water Survival Box and the benefit of the victims of the recent Haiti Hurricane Disaster. Thanks to residents of both communities who gave so generously. These monies will buy four boxes, helping alleviate the suffering of four families by providing clean water and improving their health and welfare.

    DICTIONARIES PRESENTED TO LOCAL SCHOOLS
   

October 2nd 2016
Over the coming few weeks the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is again presenting personalized copies of Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries to Year 6 pupils in schools in the Lyme Regis area, St. Michaels, Marshwood, Mrs Ethelstone’s and Charmouth Primary.
“Promoting literacy is a major objective of Rotary,” said Lyme Regis Rotarian Nigel Clarke, who managed the project. “Literacy is so important to successful educational development, even in today’s digital world. It is fundamental to effective communication and understanding. A strong command of our language, underpinned by a good dictionary, will open up new worlds for our children as they explore books and find the magic worlds within them and will also make them more competitive in today’s jobs’ market. We are really pleased at this opportunity to help the young of our community. Teachers will work with the children throughout the year to ensure familiarity with the dictionaries and that they can use them to full advantage. Parents are encouraged to promote their use at home. This brings to around 550 the number of
Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries we have presented to local schools over the past few years. These are beautiful books, and we urge children to treasure them, and use them as intended – For Life.”

   

FUNDS FROM ROTARY GOLF DAY DISTRIBUTED

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £1000 towards the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, being part of the funds raised at the recent Charity Golf Day at the Lyme Regis Golf Club, run in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Axminster.
“50% of the sums raised were to go to the D&S and Devon Air Ambulances,” said Rotarian Richard Cridge, who chaired the organising committee, “so this is our share of those monies. We regularly see the yellow D&S Air Ambulance flying over Lyme Regis, and it has landed here several times. These guys do great work, and save many lives, how fortunate we are to have this service in our county, but they do rely on public subscriptions. Thanks to all our sponsors and players for helping us raise these funds, and to the Lyme Regis Golf Club for providing such excellent facilities.”

   

ROTARY SUPPORTS RAF BENEVOLENT FUND

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £255 to the RAF Benevolent Fund. These monies were raised at our stall on RED ARROWS DAY, July 21st, when we ran a raffle at which the two prizes were a unique glass plaque of a Spitfire aeroplane made by Rotarian Guy Hayden and his wife Jane, and a print of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight signed by the 2016 display team.

One of our Rotarians was lucky enough to obtain the print and persuade the crew members to sign it,” said Guy Hayden, so Jane and I decided to make the spitfire plaque and offer it alongside the poster as prizes in a raffle. We thought it appropriate to donate to the RAF Benevolent Fund given the visit of the Red Arrows and the support they have given to Lyme Regis for over 40 years. Raising £255 was beyond our expectations, and shows how much the public supported our initiative. Thank you to all who helped make this possible.”

   

ROTARY STALL ON RED ARROWS DAY

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis ran a very successful stall on Red Arrows Day, July 21st, raising a total of over £940 for various charities and good causes, including the Red Arrows Fund.

Rotary’s Water Survival Box, The RAF Benevolent Fund, Lend With Care and Rotary Foundation’s Purple4Polio all benefited from the generosity of the many people who visited our stall on that day.  In addition, Rotary provided 17 Collectors and Marshals for the visit of The Red Arrows.

“Thanks to everyone who helped make this a very successful day,” said Rotarian Guy Hayden, who managed the stall. “It was a long, hard day, and we were visited by hundreds of people. Some joined in on the fun of Selfie Cow (see it on Facebook), the Water Survival Box demo, purchased the unique glass souvenirs of the Red Arrows Day, participated in our wonderful raffle and purchased our specialist glassware. Interestingly we met people from all over the world who enjoyed a wonderful day in Lyme Regis.”

If you want to find out more about Rotary visit our website at www.lymeregisrotary.org or see us on Facebook.

   

ROTARY AWARD TO LOCAL SCHOOLCHILDREN

   

St Michael’s CE VA Primary School held its Leavers and Thanksgiving Service on July 20th. A Special Award is presented each year to the member of Year 6 who, in the eyes of the school, has made the most consistent effort in their work and contribution to St Michaels over time. The Frank Mayes Award of £50 is donated by The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis in memory of the first President of the Club. This year, Year 6 Leavers Samuel Sims and Phoebe Howarth-Yates shared the award, which was presented by Rotarians Bee Painton and John McCallum.

   

Lyme Regis & Axminster Rotary Clubs' Tenth Charity Golf Day Re-scheduled for Tuesday 12th July 2016

    At Last! After the weather induced cancellation in May our Annual Golf Day took place on a magnificently manicured Lyme Regis Golf Course. Run in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Axminster we are raising monies for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and the Devon Air Ambulance and other local charities. Thanks to all our sponsors who stuck with us through the cancellation, to the Lyme Regis Golf Club and its catering staff, and of course to all who played.

The winners on the Golf Day were as follows:  1st with 90 points. Roger Pincombe, Chris Brewer, John Birch & Paul Galloway (Local team):  2nd with 85 points. Kevin Unwin, Colin Tinder, Lee Yearly & Paul Courts  (Local team):  3rd (on count back) with 82 points Bernie Styles, Nigel Garwood, Ashly Colman & Richard Oarsman (Local team):  4th with 82 points Brian Smith, Roy Bartlett Derrick Singleton & Martin Hanlon  (Paignton)  Longest drive men on the 7th. Jedd Whittington.  Longest drive ladies on the 6th. Jo Lloyd Davies.  Nearest the pin men on the 11th. Paul Galloway  Nearest the pin ladies on the 8th. No winner    Nearest the pin in 2 - men on the 17th. Ratnesh (Mark Hix team)  nearest the pin in 2 - ladies on the 18th. Anne Blackler.
WELL DONE TO ALL, AND THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO OUR SPONSORS, INCLUDING HIX OYSTER AND FISH HOUSE (MAIN SPONSOR) AND ADMINISTER TOOLS (MAJOR SPONSOR)
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KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY

   

April 23rd 2016
Local nurses from both Lyme Regis medical practises worked with Lyme Regis Rotarians on Saturday 23rd April to bring awareness to the community and visitors to Lyme of the importance of having one’s blood pressure checked on a regular basis. High blood pressure can increase the risk of a stroke. People with high blood pressure may not have any symptoms, so it is important to check your blood pressure regularly. “62 people popped into our facility in Broad Street and had their blood pressure checked by qualified nurses,” said Rotarian Bee Painton, who led the campaign. “As always we are extremely grateful to local nurses (Carys Hollis, Louise Tate, Sally Cable and Anita Boydon) who gave up their valuable free time to take blood pressure readings and advise people on follow up procedure where necessary. Also to Fortnam, Smith and Banwell for providing facilities in their Broad Street premises. If this campaign has succeeded in making even just one person more aware of the importance of regular health checkups then the day was a success.”

See the Stroke Association website for more information on the importance of regular blood pressure checkups. www.stroke.org.uk

   

ROTARY DONATION TO MARSHWOOD SCHOOL

   

 April 21st 2016
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £400 to Marshwood CE Primary Academy. 
“We have supported Marshwood Primary School in a number of ways in the last few years,” said Rotarian Guy Hayden. “This donation will allow the school to access a unique programme run by a national charity, SkillForce. Through bespoke education provision SkillForce offers short term or extended programmes at school or elsewhere. The object is to inspire young people to achieve in the classroom and beyond.  SkillForce incorporates qualifications from nationally recognised awarding bodies, with specially trained instructors working in schools, helping in a variety of ways in full co-operation with the school teaching staff. Many of the ‘instructors’ are ex military personnel, bringing unique skills to help improve self-esteem, build character, raise attainment and equip young people to succeed in education and life. Others come from a variety of sources including industry and corporate life, bringing different life skills and experience directly into the classroom. We are delighted to be able to assist and meet their request for help in accessing this programme.” 
“We are really grateful to Rotary for providing these funds,” said Mr Luke Owen, Head of Marshwood CE Primary Academy, “this will go a long way towards making this exciting scheme happen at our small school.”

   

ROTARIANS ON WALKABOUT

   

The Annual ‘EXMOOR CHALLENGE’ between two Rotary Districts is a 5 - 10 mile walk (some say ‘gentle’, others ‘rigorous’) over Exmoor’s lovely National Park, and the District with the most walkers takes the trophy home. We all hope the memories of the day will be of spring sunshine, bluebells and primroses, dancing lambs and singing blackbirds, but for some it is aching legs and blistered feet. This year 17 Lyme Regis Rotarians, friends and partners shrugged off the winter blues and strolled purposefully with the other 116 entrants over the moors to help District 1200 bring back the trophy once again. Various fisherman’s tales of the length of the walks we're met with the usual “Oh, Yeah?” by those who stayed at home, but even if it wasn’t the “7 - and a (big) bit more ” or “12 and a bit, at least” miles they claimed they had walked, we were impressed, or at least tried to give the impression we were).

WELL DONE, Guy, Les & Dawn, Richard & Pam, Bill & Margaret, Eddie & Olwen, Peter & Sue, Jim & Pam, Bill & Caroline, Peter & Lynne. Entry fees were £7, some walkers got sponsorship, all profits to the Children’s Hospice South West, represented by Paula Garrett (of Lyme Lunge fame) who herself took part in the walk.

   

 ROTARY DONATION TO DEMENTIA UK

ROTARY DONATION TO AUTISM WESSEX

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £1000 to Dementia UK.  “We raised these monies at our annual Quiz Night in March,” said Rotary Secretary Bill Taylor, who has run this successful event for the past 7 years. “There has been a lot of talk in the national press these last few years of the increase in this debilitating condition. Most people have a close friend or relative who have been or are affected either directly or indirectly, and there is currently no cure for it.
Dementia UK does great work providing one-to-one support not only to people with dementia but also to their families. The condition affects all aspects of life for a family afflicted by dementia. By providing compassionate trained support and guidance the charity helps families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.
Thanks to all who took part in our Quiz Night, to Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall for the premises and to all who worked hard on the night to make possible the sums raised.”

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £500 to Autism Wessex.

Autism Wessex is a regional charity providing specialist services for people affected by autism and associated difficulties across Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Help is varied and far reaching, including education, residential, respite and social care, advocacy and advice services.

“It was in response to a plea for funds to support the charity’s Advocacy and Advice Service that we donated these monies,” said Rotarian Guy Hayden. “They provide a lifeline to people affected by autism on a range of issues such as diagnosis, behaviour, isolation, employment and housing. Not only does the charity provide support for people with autism but also their parents and those in a support role, with many experiencing an immediate reduction in stress as a result of the charity’s work. There is no cure for autism, but with appropriate education and support the impact of autism can be reduced and people with autism can be active citizens enjoying maximum independence and a good quality of life. We hope our donation can improve the lives of people with autism in Dorset and surrounding area.”

   

ROTARY DONATION TO CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST 2016

   

 The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £4500 to The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), being proceeds of THE LYME LUNGE, held on January 1st 2016.
All the sponsorship monies have now been collected, and a grant from Rotary District 1200 received, so we are pleased to be able to present this donation to the CHSW,” said Rotary President John Bartlett. “The aim of the Hospice is to support children with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, and strives to ensure that no family is more than an hour and a half away from its care. In addition to the children, mums, dads, brothers and sisters are all catered for. The Hospice is a home away from home, some families say it’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket... offering respite, emergency end-of-life and bereavement care. The average relationship time for a family with CHSW is 7 to 10 years, children go there from life limited diagnosis to end of life ... its about enabling, and making time for families to be families, helping to make the most of short and precious lives.”

“This generous donation from Rotary will be used specifically to purchase a “Hardrock Chair” and waterproof 4-way sliding sheets for Little Bridge House in Devon,” said Paula Garrett of CHSW (who herself TOOK THE PLUNGE AT THE LUNGE - see left - to help raise funds for the Hospice). “The Hardrock Chair helps support children who are not only life limiting but who also have challenging behaviour. Preventing the children from rocking, it keeps them safe and comfortable while feeding, and helps the care team engage them in everyday activities. It has an anti-rocking system and padding to prevent the children from hurting themselves and allows them to join in and be part of the CHSW family at Little Bridge House. The 4-way sheets vastly improve the movement of immobilised patients, preventing distress and pressure sores and avoiding carer back strain when lifting heavy patients. Our sincere, heartfelt thanks to Rotary and the community of Lyme Regis for their support and generosity.” 
Watch the
Lyme Lunge 2016

   

ROTARY DONATES TO JULIA’S HOUSE

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis last week presented a cheque for £1350 to Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice, monies that were the proceeds of a Christmas Collection in Lyme Regis and Charmouth, including Carols Round the Christmas Tree.

“This generous donation will help us provide the care that children with life limiting conditions, and their families, really need and deserve,” said a Julia’s House spokesperson. “Much of this care is in the home, where it is most effective, but we also provide respite care for families in our Hospice in Corfe Mullen, a super facility which is often the only place parents feel they can leave a sick child for day or night care. Thank you, Rotary, and the people of Lyme Regis, for this donation, it is very much appreciated.”

“One thing that most impressed me when I visited the Hospice,” said Rotarian John McCallum, who presented the cheque, “was the ingenuity of the dedicated staff whose role is to ensure the non-medical well being of children. Many of the children who need the services of the Hospice are so used to seeing medical staff who want to do uncomfortable things to them – jab them with needles, for example. These ‘carers’ want to ensure that when the children see them coming they are excited and happy, so they have devised an ingenious way of doing that – the Red Dot Bag. Whenever they go to see the children they carry a large Red Dot Bag filled with toys or games, so the child soon gets to know this person is going to light up their lives and give them a happy time in what are otherwise traumatic times for them.”
PIC: John & Jenny McCallum (centre) get stuck into the Red Dot Bag with Stacey and Sue at Julia’s House.

   

THE LYME LUNGE - JANUARY 1ST 2016

LUNGE RAISES NEARLY £5400 TO DATE 2016

   

Storm Frank and its follower squalls did their best to spoil our fun but it takes a lot to dampen the spirit of Lyme Regis. All the town car parks were full by 11.45 as people hurried to catch the Duck Race then round to THE LUNGE. An estimated 1500 spectators watched as nearly 400 crazy swimmers in fancy dress laughed and squealed as they raced into the waves, ably protected from harming themselves in the stormy waters by our indomitable Lifeboat Crew. By 1.20pm the beach was clear again, just as if nothing had taken place here.

But it had. We have raised over £2500 to date with an expectation of considerable additional monies coming in from promised sponsorship and Rotary match funding. Well done everyone involved. Thanks to our sponsors for their support (see our website and Facebook for details), By the Bay for tasty hot soup for all swimmers, Town Crier for immense help and for leading the Parade, Lifeboat Crew for safety in the water, St John’s Ambulance, Axminster Rotary Club, The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Owen Lovell (who hastily turned down a late invitation to LUNGE!), friends of Rotary who also helped enormously. Particular thanks to Rotarian Jim Moseley whose organisation of the event once again proved excellent. No fuss, it just happens, its great fun, it supports the whole community and it helps a great cause.


Funds raised from THE LYME LUNGE for various charities have so far reached almost £5400.
This includes a fantastic £1000 donation by a family from Essex and £150 from Lyme Bay Dentistry (the tooth fairies!!!? See right) plus several other great donations
The Essex family raised a further £1300 for McMillan Nurses, the Dentists another £100 through a Just Giving site, and over £200 raised so far by ‘Anna and Jackie’ for the Pelican cancer charity. “Well done, everyone,” said Rotarian Jim Moseley, organizer of the event for the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis. “So many very generous people helping us support Children's Hospice South West which is this year's chosen charity, and other charities, too. This was a superb, fun filled event with many of our community taking part. These monies will go towards supporting many very ill children and their families through the work of the Hospice. Thanks, and keep it coming!!
   

Annual “Carols Round the Christmas Tree”  Lyme Regis

   

The much loved annual “Carols Round the Tree” in Broad Street, Lyme Regis will take place this year on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 23rd at 7.00pm. Organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis and supported by the Lyme Regis Town Band this event is the highlight of the Rotary Christmas Appeal, which this year will be for Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice.

“It’s a really enjoyable evening,” said Rotarian Guy Hayden, who is organizing this year’s event. “The Town Band always put on a great show, and many of their members travel quite some distance to be with us for this event, for which we are always very grateful. We also receive the tremendous support of the Pilot Boat Inn, The Royal Lion and other businesses, some of which stay open on that evening and add to the community spirit. Join us and enjoy great camaraderie on this, the 56th Annual Carols in front of the beautiful Christmas Tree in Broad Street. What a great way to start the Christmas Season!”

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis’s Christmas collection was for Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice. We collected in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, and in Charmouth, and at the Carols Round the Tree in Broad Street on the 23rd Dec. Our total collection this year was £1307.

 

We would like to thank The Fudge Kitchen for kindly providing our cold and damp collectors with copious mugs of superb coffee and Fortnam, Smith and Banwell for giving us an operations base. At “The Carols” The Royal Lion and The Pilot Boat generously donated hot soup and mince pies, The Town Band played superbly, as always, the Town Crier announced the carols in his usual enthusiastic and professional manner and thanks also to the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Michaela Ellis, for attending with her husband Alan. A great Community event indeed.

 

   

Another casualty of Somerset Levels Floods gets much needed Respite in Lyme Regis 11th July 2015

   


The terrible floods which devastated villages in the Somerset Levels in the winter of 2013-14 are a distant memory for most of us, but for residents the reality is so much different. The trauma continues for some homeowners as they struggle to persuade insurance companies to meet the costs of repair of flood damaged homes and continue to live in alternative inferior accommodation.

Rotary continues to be at the heart of the relief campaign in “The Levels”, targeting aid to where it is needed, whether it be financial aid, specific technical assistance or help with tackling the administrative maze.  Lyme Regis Rotary Club has provided respite relief to a number of families who have been significantly affected by the floods and continues to do so thanks to the generosity of local holiday let owners and Lyme Bay Holidays, who administer the programme. In late June we were delighted to welcome to our town Jackie, her son Chris and foster son Jason. Jackie and Chris have given so much to help others in their community overcome huge problems whilst themselves being frustrated by reluctant insurance companies to meet the costs of repairing their cob home. Rotary is delighted to have been able to help them secure funding for this repair.

 

Denise Bartlett welcomes Chris and Jackie to Lyme Regis on behalf of the Rotary Club with a Welcome Pack of goodies. 

   

Rotary Club of Lyme Regis helps Town Crier’s Malawi project

  Rotary Supports FORCE  27th June 2015 
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has supported the work being led by Alan Vian, Lyme Regis popular Town Crier, in a remote Malawi village. Rotarian Lesley Stone generously made available the Monmouth Room at the Royal Lion Hotel for a Cheese and Wine tasting evening. The celebrated local cheesemonger, Justin Tunstall, and Andrew Martin from Matthew Clark wine merchants led some 40 Rotarians and Partners through a selection of their excellent produce.

Rotarian David Sarson, who organized the event, said, “When Alan and Lynne told us about their work in Malawi we resolved to help raise the funds required to improve the lives and opportunities of pupils at the school being supported. Our event last week raised £450, and we hope to increase that through other initiatives. Thanks to Lesley, Justin and Andrew for their generous support which made this possible. These schoolchildren in Malawi are just like us, but by happenstance they find themselves with so little. Alan and his team will ensure these monies really make a difference to their lives.”

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis today presented a cheque for £1000 to FORCE, the cancer charity (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre Exeter). These monies were raised at the Rotary Golf Day in May.

FORCE was set up by two doctors from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital about 25 years ago. It comprises a modern purpose built centre, situated on the hospital site at the corner of Barrack Road, Exeter with a small peaceful garden. It's purpose is to give information, help, advice and therapies to patients and their families affected by any form of cancer. Advice such as getting benefits, insurance, mental health issues, respite during long term visiting, therapies such as aromatherapy, massage or reflexology. They also have group sessions, for example art, fashion evenings, help with wig fittings, beauty sessions, etc. Outreach centres staffed by two qualified nurses are set up in Tiverton and Okehampton, with plans for one in East Devon, possibly Honiton / Sidmouth, these are to administer chemotherapy for patients. There is also a programme of post treatment care and advice funded by the charity.

   

Lyme Regis & Axminster Rotary Clubs' Ninth Charity Golf Day  
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LYME REGIS GOLF CLUB   Tuesday 12th May  2015

   

The 9th Charity Golf Day, run jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster at the Lyme Regis Golf Club on Tuesday 12th May, was a resounding success, with over £3800 raised for local charities. This brings to around £34,000 the amount raised to date by what is now a well established and successful event. “Thanks to our sponsors this event has gone from strength to strength,” said Lyme Regis Rotarian Richard Cridge who helped organize it, “without them it would not have been the success it is. This year we are donating half of the proceeds to two splendid charities which provide much needed support to local people in the fight against cancer, namely FORCE (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre Exeter) and ELF (Exeter Leukemia Fund). The remainder will be distributed to other Lyme Regis and Axminster local charities and organisations. We sincerely appreciate the support, yet again, of our main sponsor, Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis, major sponsors Axminster Tools, Holmesley Nursing Home in Sidmouth and Bridec of Bridport, and to the 30 plus other local organisations that helped sponsor the event or donated major prizes for the raffle.
The Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster would like to thank the Lyme Regis Golf Club for allowing us to run the event on their excellent golf course. As usual they did a great job for us, many of those who played remarked on how well prepared was the course, and the hospitality and catering were highly praised. Their track record in providing excellent weather is, as yet, untarnished.

Rotary Encourages Youthful Green Fingers

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis got down and dirty last weekend when Rotarian Danny Hopkins led a party of gardeners to clear the Marshwood C of E Primary Academy garden. Hedges were trimmed to allow more light into the vegetable raised beds plot, nettles, brambles and other weeds were cleared away, the grass cut and the pond was cleared of rubbish and muck.

“What a great effort by Rotary to help us in this way,” said Head Teacher Mr Luke Owen. “The garden looked fabulous after all the hard work, thanks to them and to others who helped. This will provide a superb learning environment for the children, growing vegetables, flowers, fruit and other plants, seeing the changes with the seasons. Also learning about the wild life that will visit our garden and live in our pond, helping bees and moths and other creatures through the winter. The value of such a facility cannot be overstated, and also, no longer will the children suffer from the effects of stinging nettles or prickly brambles, thanks to the Rotarians’ and others’ hard work.”  Rotary is also contributing up to £200 to the school to purchase tools and other gardening materials for the children.

Rotary Collection for Cyclone Victims

   

On Friday 20th March the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis conducted a collection in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, in aid of the victims of the terrible cyclone that destroyed much of the island country of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean about a week before. Few of us can appreciate the horror of 200 mph winds or the resultant destruction. We were delighted to raise £310 from a generous Lyme Regis public. Funds will be sent immediately to Water Survival Box, the Somerset based disaster charity, which is sending both Water Survival Boxes, in response to reports of lack of drinking water, and specialist packages ‘School in a Bag’ for the children of Vanuatu who have lost everything.

Thanks to all who donated to this collection on the day, but if you missed it and would like to contribute then perhaps you would consider sending a cheque, made payable to ‘The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis’, to Rotarian John McCallum, Langton, Colway Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3HE, and we will see that it is forwarded to WSB immediately.

Rotary Supports The Hub

Rotary Supports Local Gymnasts

   

The Rotary Club, in time for the Hub open day on 28th February, donated £144 to The Hub as a contribution towards 6 wall-mounted sound panels. These panels, based on enlarged artwork painted by the pupils of Woodroffe School and donated by the school, will supplement others already hanging in the main hall and considerably improve its aesthetics and general acoustics.  Diane Earle of the LR Development Trust was delighted with the contribution and the speed with which Rotary responded to her request for help. “We are delighted to be able to assist the Hub in this manner”, said Rtn. Louise Monblat, “this is an exciting facility for the youth of Lyme Regis and these panels are an example of the artistic talent which prevails in the town. Its great to contribute towards displaying them effectively in their own meeting place.”

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has made a donation of £150 towards helping three Lyme Regis gymnasts cover the costs of competing in the prestigious Turin Acro Cup event being held in Italy in July. The gymnasts, Megan and Michelle Quick and Katie Studley, train with the Honiton Gymnastic Club. “We helped two local gymnasts last year,” said Rotary President Elect John Bartlett. “They did very well indeed and we were honoured when they and colleagues came to one of our meetings and showed us just what they can do. Success at this level is very hard to achieve and it is also very expensive, so we are glad we can help these three local athletes in some small way. They are helping themselves too, by raising funds through teddy bear sale, book sale, cake sale and a hamper auction, which is very commendable. We wish them all well in the competition.” 

Formidable Lyme Lunge 2015

Lyme Lunge proceeds presented to Help for Heroes

   

Why are we always blessed with wet and windy weather for the Lyme Lunge?  1st January 2015 was no exception even though the Christmas period was dry and sunny. Despite with the inclement weather conditions 320 ’crazy ‘lungers’ took part this year.

 Promptly at 1.00 pm the Parade of Swimmers took place showing off a variety of fancy dress costumes which were varied and quite imaginative. This year we were lucky to have a real bride and groom who were married the day before and brought their guests suitably adorned in wedding dresses.  There was a great cheer went up from the onlookers who numbered in excess of 1000 and at the drop of the flag the swimmers rushed down to the sea for a very short dip. They were out in about 5 minutes and off to a very welcome cup of hot soup, courtesy of By the Bay Restaurant.

We were fortunate this year to have had coverage from BBC Spotlight who featured the ‘Lunge’ in their evening local news slot. It was a tremendous success this year despite the weather and certainly will be remembered as The Formidable Lyme Lunge to commemorate of the sinking of HMS Formidable in Lyme Bay 100 years ago.

Over £4000 was raised for this year’s Charity ‘Help the Heroes’ with some sponsorship money still to come. The organisers, Lyme Regis Rotary Club would like to thank all the sponsors including some local businesses, the local RNLI crew, who seemed to enjoy their swim, the Mayor Sally Holman and Town Crier Alan Vian who acted as MC again, the St John Ambulance, By the Bay Restaurant for providing the hot soup, Pasty Presto for providing pasties for the helpers and finally Jim Moseley and all the Rotarians and volunteers without whose help the event would not have been so successful.

see   The Formidable Lyme Lunge Parade  and   The Formidable Lyme Lunge


Help for Heroes
Regional Manager, Richard Lupton, along with local H4H representative Peter Lacy, was delighted to receive £4300 from the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, funds raised at a very exciting Lyme Lunge on January 1st.

“Just because we have come out of Iraq and Afghanistan doesn’t mean the rehabilitation of our gallant servicemen and women is over, said Richard. “Far from it, we expect to be helping those who have suffered physically and mentally for many years to come, and this tremendous effort by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is very welcome indeed. We have opened four Recovery Centres in the UK, including one in Plymouth, and these funds will help in putting peoples’ lives back together.”

“The New Year’s Day event was named ‘The Formidable Lyme Lunge’ this year to commemorate the loss of 450 men when HMS Formidable was torpedoed in Lyme Bay 100 years ago on 1st January 1915,” said Rtn. Jim Moseley, the event organizer, “so the Forces’ Charity seemed a fitting place to direct funds raised. Thanks to all who helped us raise this significant sum.”

£200 donated to RNLI Lyme Regis crew fund

In recognition of all the hard work put in by the RNLI crew at THE FORMIDABLE LYME LUNGE it was decided to donate £200 to the RNLI Lyme Regis Crew Fund.

THE LYME LUNGE would not have gone ahead without the RNLI Crew to provide safety in the water. We trust the crew can positively utilise this small contribution!!

Well Done, Lads, thanks from all of us at Rotary.  

Carols Round the Tree in Lyme Regis/Christmas collections 2014

   

Thanks to some very good weather we were able to hold our annual Carols Round the Tree this year. A large crowd of people enjoyed the carol singing and were accompanied as before by the Lyme Regis Town Band. Mince pies, hot chestnuts and soup was provided by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis.  We would like to thank the Royal Lion Hotel for providing the mince pies, The Pilot Boat Inn for the hot soup and chestnuts, the Lyme Regis Town Band, the Town Crier for acting as MC, the Mayor Sally Holman and of course the public for supporting the event so well.  The event raised £650 and this together with the street collections in Lyme Regis and Charmouth before Christmas made a total of £1400 which will be donated to the Charity this year Children’s Hospice South West. We would like to thank you all for your generosity.

Photo:  Dave Beer

Rotary to Demonstrate Water Survival Box Aquafilter Pump

   


Geoff Baker’s article on Water Survival Box in the View from Lyme Regis October 8th 2014 is timely. It promotes the value of this 100% Rotary founded and Rotary run charity a couple of weeks before the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis demonstrates the use of the Aquafilter Water Purification Pump which has become an integral part of the survival box.

As Geoff points out, when disaster strikes its clean water sources that disappear first, although there is likely to be plenty of dirty water about with all sorts of nasties in it. The Aquafilter water purification pump takes dirty, contaminated water and turns it instantly into clean, drinkable water, a life saver. No chemicals, no special disposable filters, no tablets.

“We will be down in the Jubilee Shelters on the 26th October demonstrating the use of the pump,” said Rotarian Guy Hayden. “Come along and see it in action, its an amazing invention, saves countless lives. We will also have the other contents of the Water Survival Box on display.”

Lyme Regis Rotary has a new President

Rotary  Demonstration of
Water Survival Box Aquafilter Pump

   


Lyme Regis Rotary Club has appointed a new President for Rotary Session 2014-15, which began on July  1st.  Rotarian Guy Hayden, who runs Hayden’s Opticians in Broad Street, and who has held the post for the past year, handed over the reins to Rotarian Mark Tredwin, who is the Deputy Town Clerk.  “Guy has given the Club great service over the past year,”  said Mark as he accepted his Chain of Office. “His experience and energy have been invaluable in consolidating the changes led by his predecessors and in continuing to build the Club.

Water Survival Box

A steady stream of visitors to the stall, all surprised by the magic of converting dirty water into clean drinkable water, tasting fresher than the stuff that comes out of the taps. That was the experience we had last weekend when the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis demonstrated the Aquafilter pump and the Water Survival Box in the Jubilee Shelters on Marine Parade.

During our demonstration, which lasted all day, we received £150 of donations, enough to fund the delivery of one Water Survival Box anywhere in the world, 20,000 litres of clean water to keep a family alive post disaster. Thanks to all who donated.  If you wish to find out more about Water Survival Box visit www.worldwaterworks.co.uk

 

 

   

Lyme Regis & Axminster Rotary Clubs' Eighth Charity Golf Day  
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LYME REGIS GOLF CLUB   Tuesday 13th May  2014

ROTARY CHARITY GOLF DAY

   

The 8th Charity Golf Day run jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster at the Lyme Regis Golf Club on Tuesday 13th May was a resounding success, with £4,800 raised for local charities. This brings to around £30,000 the amount raised to date by what is now a well established and successful event.
“Thanks to our sponsors this event has gone from strength to strength,” said Lyme Regis Rotarian Richard Cridge who helped organise the event, “it just would not be the success it is without them. This year we are donating half of the proceeds to the South West Children’s Hospice and Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice. The remaining 50% will be distributed to other Lyme Regis and Axminster local charities and organisations. We sincerely appreciate the support, yet again, of our main sponsor, Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis, major sponsors South West Water, Axminster Tools and By the Bay Restaurant, Lyme Regis, and to the 30 plus other local organisations that helped sponsor the event or donated major prizes for the raffle. A full list of sponsors can be found above:  without them the event would not be the success it is.”


The Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster would like to thank the Lyme Regis Golf Club for allowing us to run the event on their excellent golf course. As usual they did a great job for us, many of those who played remarked on how well prepared was the course, and the hospitality and catering were, as usual, first class. Their track record in providing excellent weather is, as yet, untarnished.


The winning team, from Axminster, pictured with
the President Elects of Lyme Regis (Mark Tredwin)
and Axminster (Bill Coltham)  Rotary Clubs.

33 teams each of 4 golfers took part on a day of glorious sunshine. The format was Stableford with excellent prizes awarded to teams with the highest joint scores. A team from Axminster (I Rowland, A Thomas, P Alderson, W Russell) took first prize with 91 points.

Rotary donates £1400 for specialist neo-natal cot

Great Dorset Beach Clean

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has raised £1400 to purchase a specialist neonatal cot for Julia’s House, the Dorset children’s hospice. Julia’s House is the only children’s hospice charity in Dorset and is dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across the county. “We asked the Hospice what equipment they needed and they suggested this specialised cot which costs £1400, so we resolved to raise the funds to buy it,” said Rotarian David Bettes, who organised the fund raising effort. “It was tough raising this level of funds alongside everything else we are doing, but not as tough as what these children and their families go through, and that was inspiration enough. They truly are a dedicated team at Julia’s House and we are very pleased to be able to help in this small way”. Also presented to Julia’s House was a beautiful quilt specially made by Denise Bartlett, wife of Rotarian John Bartlett, designed specially to fit the cot. It is made of cotton fabric with a bright cheerful, child oriented sea creature design (octopus, fish, whales, crabs etc.).

The monies were raised by holding a Swing Band Night and obtaining matching funding from Rotary District 1200.

Rotarian David Bettes presents cheque to Julia’s House representative
Rotarian Brenda Bonwell, Chair of Fundraising for Weymouth
and Portland Friends of Julia’s House.

 

Lyme Regis Rotarians and Partners helped out in the annual Great Dorset Beach Clean on Sunday 27th April, collecting a huge amount of rubbish from Monmouth Beach on a cold and wet morning. Paper, plastic, shoes, cigarette lighters, rubber, fishing line, nylon netting, rope, an old bike, BBQ, glass, you name it, we found it on the beach. What a Dirty Lot we are!

Many thanks to the Lyme Bay Sandwich Company and By the Bay Restaurant for free coffees and teas to all Litter Pickers.

 

Lyme Regis Rotary Club Quiz Night

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis held its popular Annual Charity Quiz Night in Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall on Saturday 8th March. £860 was raised and will go towards providing clean water gathering facilities for the Nyakabaare Primary School in Uganda. “Rosie Giles, a former Headmistress at Marshwood School, has worked tirelessly for several years to better the lives of these school children in Uganda,” said Rotarian Bill Taylor, who organized the event. “We in the Rotary Club have been very impressed by the work being done there and decided to help. The children have a tremendous thirst for knowledge, but need better facilities within which to study, and we provided some funding for classroom building last year. We have worked with Rosie, with Anna Cope of Kilmington and with the Rotary Club of Mbarare in Uganda, and they in turn will ensure the monies are put to the use intended. These children now have a secure classroom within which they can learn and now need a clean water gathering and storage system which will mean they do not need to carry water, each day, several miles from a dirty river. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to making this a fun evening and a successful fundraising event”.

Somerset Floods Collection

Lyme Regis Rotary supports RNLI

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis held a collection in Lyme Regis and Charmouth on Saturday and collected £750 which has been sent to the Rotary District 1200 appeal for funds to help the victims of the Somerset Levels floods. This was a tremendous result and we would like to express our gratitude to all who contributed. 100% of these funds will be used to help with the clean-up effort and to meet needs where hardship and circumstances warrant specific aid. The distribution of these funds will be directed by Rotary.

“Rotarians have been active in the flooded area of the Somerset Levels these past few weeks,” said Rotarian John McCallum. “They have been working with and under the direction of the emergency services, bringing relief where they can - building flood barriers, laying gravel paths to provide easier access to remaining residents (and funding the hire of diggers and dumper trucks to facilitate), providing sandwiches to relief workers, distributing much needed groceries and ‘stuff’ – all of them are volunteers. This will continue in the weeks ahead.

The recent relentless stormy weather has reminded us all of just how much we rely on the RNLI for our safety at sea. Its not just sailors that benefit from the service. Recently we have seen a significant rise in the number of surfers, windsurfers, ski surfers, kayakers and swimmers etc. enjoying the waters of our beautiful bay, as well as fossil hunters on the shore between here and Charmouth.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £500 to the RNLI Lyme Regis Branch specifically to purchase a set of high quality binoculars or a telescope and stand which will allow them to keep better watch over the bay east of the Cobb

We raised these funds as part of our annual Golf Day,” said Rotarian Richard Finch. “The RNLI forms an integral part of our town and the volunteers that make up the crew, ‘sea-side’ and ‘shore-side’, are always there to help organisations that wish to raise funds for charitable causes, be it the Duck Race or the Lyme Lunge. We are proud to be able to help the RNLI in a constructive way”

Rotary Annual Soup & Ploughman’s raises £1000 for Water Survival Box

   

The Annual Soup and Ploughman’s, run by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis attracted over 100 people to the Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis, on 27th January 2014 and raised over £1000 for Water Survival Box, the Rotary run disaster aid charity based in Somerset. Rotarian Ken Biggs, representing Water Survival Box, updated the diners on the work of the charity in the Philippines. An example of a Water Survival Box and contents was on display.

Thanks to the Alexandra Hotel for their tremendous support for Rotary through hosting this event which was attended by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Sally Holman.

Wet? Windy? Naw, just a breeze and a wee bit drizzle!  - The Lyme Lunge 2014

   

Not quite! We had gale force winds and torrential rain. Trees were down all over the place, floods at every corner, waves breaking over the Cobb. We received over a dozen phone calls and several emails on New Year’s Day morning asking if THE LUNGE was still on. Similar events all over Devon and Cornwall were cancelled  ………..but not in Lyme Regis!   Our intrepid Lifeboat Crew gave us the ‘thumbs up’, the Harbourmaster was OK with it going ahead.  It was too windy for the changing tents and too stormy for the Safety Boat, but nothing was going to stop Lyme Regis Rotarians running THE LUNGE. Half a dozen or so volunteer Lifeboat Crew stood thigh deep in the water to ensure swimmers didn’t go in too far, plus we had two St John Ambulance crew on standby - just in case!

Then it was all over just as fast as it started. LUNGERS came out of the surf laughing and smiling and saying what great fun they had just had, and we all looked on and said “Yeah, Right!” Then it was off to get a cup of Hot Soup courtesy of By the Bay Restaurant and a change of clothes. By 1330 it had all been cleared up, crowds were gone and you wouldn’t have known so many people had had so much fun on such a wet and windy day.

As of the time of going to press we have collected or been promised over £4500 to Clic Sargent or other charities, including £2500 by the Leicestershire Ducks who collected for Cancer Research, McMillan Nurses, Battersea Dogs Home and the RNLI.  WELL DONE TO ALL WHO TOOK THE PLUNGE AT THE LUNGE!

Thanks again to all our sponsors— By the Bay; Harbour Inn; The Slipway; Sea Salt; Lyme Regis Amusement Arcade; Lyme Regis Antiques & Craft Centre; The Royal Standard; What’s on in Lyme Regis; Herbies Dino Bar; Cobb Arms; Hix Oyster & Fish House; Costa Coffee; Palmer Snell; Making Waves; Fortnam, Smith & Banwell; Penny Black; Tesco; Your World Travel; Hugh Duncan Plumbing; The Pilot Boat Inn; Timbervale Caravan Park; G.B. Hayden Opticians; Cleveland Guest House; Mulberry Manor; Town Mill Brewery; The Mill Café & Supper Club; Pasty Presto; The Royal Lion Hotel;  and to the Lifeboat Crew and St John Ambulance Crew who kept us all safe

Lyme Lunge 2013

   


What a Great Day!!

 

Dec 31st 2012—gales and downpours. Jan 2nd 2013—dull, overcast, drizzle in parts.

In between—Jan 1st 2013 —BRIGHT BLUE SKY, SUNSHINE, WARM, DRY—all the things we have been missing these past few months. A welcome change from last year, and it brightened us all up—I am sure you all recall the heavy rain throughout THE LUNGE 2012.

     

 

 

   

MAY DAY FETE, ANNING ROAD 2012

 

Rotary Promotes Literacy in Local Schools
    Rotary has supported the May Day Fete in Anning Road, Lyme Regis since its inception. This year we had a stall offering cakes, books, plants and bric-a-brac. The weather was kind to us, sun shone throughout and the crowds were larger than in previous years. We were treated to superb displays by the Honiton Gymnastics Club, Taekwondo, Maypole Dancing and Lyme Regis Majorettes which made for a delightful family oriented afternoon

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has once again presented dictionaries to all final year pupils at leaving ceremonies at St Michaels, Marshwood and Mrs Ethelstone’s  Primary Schools.

    Rotarians boost RNLI lifejacket fund

Exmoor Challenge

The Great Dorset Beach Clean

    Rotarians in Lyme Regis have boosted the RNLI’s lifejacket appeal by £700, half the donations received during the Lyme Lunge on New Year’s Day.  The Rotary Club has organised The Lunge – when dozens of brave souls dip at least their toes in the sea – for the past four years.
   

PHIL STREET BECOMES A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

THE LYME LUNGE 2012
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has awarded ex Town Crier Phil Street the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship. Within the Rotary movement in the UK the Paul Harris Fellowship is a much celebrated award, something that is presented by the local Rotary Club only after much deliberation. It was created in 1957 in memory of Paul Harris who, over 100 years ago, founded the Rotary movement. It has evolved over the years to also recognize contributions by non Rotarians to the well being of their communities and the wider world.

 

 

 

 

 

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