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 Rotary Club of Lyme Regis Programme 2017/18

 Our regular meeting place is The Pilot Boat Inn in Lyme Regis.  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

  Saturday 25th March 

Quiz Night
A classic Quiz Night over supper.
Tickets £7 - includes a ploughman’s supper  Bar available  Tables of 6 but flexible. Tickets from Richard Cridge Tel: 01297 443476,  Email: richard.cridge@sky.com  Les Baker Tel: 01297 443478  Or any Lyme Regis Rotarian  A Rotary Club of Lyme Regis Event:  Proceeds to Dictionaries for Local Schools and other charities. Last year was a sell out so buy early    7.00 for 7.30pm  Uplyme Village Hall.

  April
Sunday 2nd


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).  Supporting the Children’s Hospice South West and Local Charities


Exmoor view




 

 

April 22nd


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 53 Broad Street, 10-4, and 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 The Great Dorset Beach Clean: Lyme Regis  
The vast majority of litter found on Dorset’s beaches is made of plastic, which steadily accumulates if not removed.  As standard plastics never degrade, they circle around the world in ocean currents and can cause long-term damage.  Whales, dolphins and turtles can mistake floating plastic bags for the jellyfish which form part of their diet. Once swallowed the plastic bag blocks the stomach and leads to a slow death through starvation.  All welcome. Wear sturdy gloves and boots - a 'picker upper' saves bending too!  Bags provided. Meet 12 noon by the Slipway at the Cobb:-  The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis usually 'field a team' 
 
  May 10th


Charity Golf Day 
 
An annual event held at the Lyme Regis Golf Club and organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Axminster. 
2017 in aid of Exeter Leukaemia Fund and Julia's House Hospice.  

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   Download Entry Form
 


Press photoshoot at Rotary Golf Day
  Grand Rotary Book Sale and Children’s Tombola   10.00am to 4.00pm, Jubilee Shelters.  In aid of Rotary Charities.
 

December 2017

 

 

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 by a number of businesses in the town. 7pm The Shambles.  All welcome. See below for proceeds.

Monday January 1st 2018

The Lyme Lunge  2017

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: Macmillan Cancer Support 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. 

   watch The Lyme Lunge 2017 and see story below

 


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

 

The Lyme Lunge

 

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;

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

February 2018 Soup & Ploughman's Lunch
An annual event held in the Alexandra Hotel Lyme Regis.
Rotary extend their thanks to The Alexandra Hotel  for sponsoring this event  in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare this year.  Tickets only £8 for vegetarian soup followed by a Ploughman's lunch then coffee in the lovely surroundings of the Alexandra Hotel, from local Rotarians or Tel 444567
 
   

THE ROTARY CLUB OF LYME REGIS NEWS AND EVENTS

   

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 (see our website 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, 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

    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.”

   

ROTARY HAS A NEW MEMBER

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has a new Member. Richard Main was inducted into Rotary on September 1st by Rotary President David Sarson. Richard hails from Warminster in Wiltshire where his father was a Rotarian for many years. He spent most of his working life in London working in Pensions, and was a Trustee for several company Pension Plans. Richard moved to Lyme Regis in 2014 and lives in Launchycroft with his wife Angela. He is also Chairman of the Lyme Regis Brewery. "We are pleased to welcome you, Richard Main, to our Rotary Club in Lyme Regis," said Rotary President David Sarson. "You bring an energy and proven business acumen to the Club and have already shown an interest in volunteering in the Lyme community. We look forward to your participating in our service projects, Richard. We have an active social calendar here in the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis and welcome you, Richard, and your wife Angela to the family of Rotary.”

   

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

    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)

   


Main sponsor of the day:


Hix Oyster and Fish House
Cobb Road,  Lyme Regis  
Tel 01297 446910


Lyme Regis & Axminster Rotary Clubs' Tenth Charity Golf Day
  
at
LYME REGIS GOLF CLUB  

Re-scheduled for Tuesday 12th July 2016

Download Entry Form

In aid of

 

and other local charities

Major sponsor of the day:



Axminster Tool Centre
Unit 10, Weycroft Avenue,
Axminster, Devon
Tel  0800 371 822

Over 300 of the most popular tools
 and machinery brands

   

 Major Sponsors

   


 

Beviss and Beckingsale Solicitors
Silver Street,  Axminster,  01297 33233  www.bevissandbeckingsale.co.uk
 

 
3 & 4 Bedroom homes at Woodberry Copse
 Lyme Regis 
 Tel 0129 883986
Call us to arrange a viewing

Bridec Melamine Boards Ltd
West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4EH
Tel: 01308 456684 Fax: 01308 424255

Broom Lane Table Tennis
Tytherleigh, Devon

 


Creative Solutions
Weycroft Avenue, Millwey Rise Industrial Estate
Axminster  EX13 5HU

Professional expertise in Printing, Signage, Exhibitions and Design

tel: 01297 630 130   fax: 01297 332 11

 

Simon Dunn Dentistry
Stanford House,  Silver Street,
Axminster  EX13 5AH  01297 33373
General Dental Surgeon and Private Practice


P H Hardwill Ltd
Structural Engineers, Steel Stockholders, Building Contractors
Beaminster, Dorset    Tel 01460 30661
 

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


Rose Motors
Unit 1, Uplyme Road Industrial Estate,
Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis
Tel 01297 444477,  07967 194945
Used cars, Part exchange, Finance, Warranty
 


Evergreen Renewable Energy
Unit 4 St Georges House, Uplyme Road,  LYME REGIS
   DT7 3LS Tel: 01297 443 209

All types of Renewable Energy Solutions



West Dorset's Premier Camping and Touring Holiday Park
Charmouth, Dorset    www.monktonwyld.co.uk



Award winning Baker: Pasties - Bread - Cakes
10 Broad Street, Lyme Regis
01297 442443
 


36 East Street, Bridport,
Tel 01308 422313
Also Dorchester and Weymouth

Lyme Bay Holidays, Lyme Regis
Wessex House,  Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis

  01297 443363     www.lymebayholidays.co.uk
Beautiful Cottages in Dorset, Devon and Somerset

 

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

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

 


A J Proctor Builders Ltd
Coles Farm, Coles Lane Sector,
Axminster, Devon EX13 5SB
Tel: 01297 32380  www.a-j-prostorbuildresltd.com

Complete Building Solutions

 


Rousdon Car Centre Ltd
Rousdon nr Lyme Regis 
Tel: 01297 444544

Quality used cars,
Affordable prices,
Great customer service

 

 


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

    Raffle Prizes generously donated by  many businesses and persons including: 
Cleveland B & B, Hix Oyster and Fish House,  River Cottage,  Royal Standard, Herbies Dino Bar, Tesco Axminster,  Harts of Honiton, The Tunnel, Axe Valley Motors,  La Pisani, 
Golf Rounds Generously donated by the following Golf Clubs:
Lyme Regis GC, East Banks GC, Minehead GC, Axe Cliff GC, Sidmouth GC, Oak Manor GC, Taunton and Pickeridge GC, Long Sutton GC, Frome GC
Special Prizes:  Longest Drive

Keeley Windows, Lyme Regis
   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has a new President

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has appointed a new President for Rotary Session 2016-17, which began on July 1st.  Rotarian John Bartlett, who has held the post for the past year, handed over to Rotarian David Sarson during a social outing on the Exe Estuary on June 30th.  “John has given the Club great service over the past year,”  said David 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 Les Baker, who is President Elect, Bill Taylor, who continues as Secretary and John Eaton as Treasurer.”

If you wish to learn more about Rotary visit www.lymeregisrotary.org or check out our Facebook page.

   

ROTARY FUN PHOTO COMPETITION - SELFIE COW LYME

   

Come and join local Rotarians in having a bit of fun this summer, wherever you are, and all for a good cause.
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is running a Cow photographic competition from 1st May to 14th November 2016. A Facebook page called SelfieCowlyme has been set up to allow people to enter photographs of Cows that have been purchased from Lyme Regis Rotarians. You can also purchase Cows from “Serendip” or Martin Diplock's offices on Broad Street, Lyme Regis.
 Cows will also be available on Red Arrows day, the 21st July at the Marine Parade Shelters.
Cows are £5.00 each and the proceeds will go to the charity “Lend With Care,” as well as other Rotary supported charities. Lend With Care is a charity which offers a revolutionary way of helping some of the world's poorest people transform their own future or that of their communities. Donations made to Lend With Care are loaned to people who want to work their own way out of poverty though their own small business. The charity is then paid back by the business and these funds can be returned to the original donor, or loaned out again, and so forth. Small businesses such as tailoring, opening a market stall, a small garage, diversifying crops on a small-holding might benefit. Communities in developing countries are bursting with ideas, they want to succeed themselves, be self sufficient, but perhaps need a helping hand to get started. Your contribution could be that helping hand and make a real, long lasting, sustainable difference.
Take as many photographs as you want of your cow and then these should be uploaded to the “Selfiecow” Facebook page and only photographs of a Cow which has been purchased from a Lyme Regis Rotarian, “Serendip” bookshop or Martin Diplock's offices will be judged, within three categories:
The OPEN category is for a picture of your Cow in any location or situation in the world.  Category TWO is for photos of your Cow that have been taken within 5 Miles of the Cobb in Lyme Regis. These should have a local landmark or other identifiable feature to show where they have been taken.  Category THREE is for local schools which will have been provided with a Cow which can then be photographed by pupils.
Winners will be contacted after the beginning of December 2016. The winners of each category will be judged by the renowned Lyme Regis photographer Richard Austin, with £50 being awarded to the winners of each category. 
The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis will retain the right to use all entries in publicity and other club based activities. see
www.lendwithcare.org.

   

ROTARY HAS A NEW MEMBER

   

On the 19th May Richard Emm was inducted into The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis. Born into a Dorset farming family Richard’s early career was also in farming, but given the economics of that occupation he retrained in Accountancy in Yeovil. He formed his own company initially, but has recently taken a senior Accountancy post in a well known West Country gourmet pie maker and caterer. Richard has also been heavily involved with Young Farmers at local and national level. Richard, who plays skittles for local Lyme Regis team No Hopers, lives in Lyme Regis with his wife Sally-Jane. The couple have often hosted visiting actors to the Lyme Regis Theatre and also foreign students.

We welcome Richard to our Club,” said Rotary President John Bartlett. We are confident his enthusiasm, good humour and business acumen will be of great benefit to the Club and to the wider Fellowship of Rotary. This is a busy and vibrant Rotary Club, with many activities taking place throughout the year, including fund raising, service to the community and social activities. We look forward to Richard and Sally-Jane joining us in these activities.”

If you want to find out more about Rotary and the Lyme Regis Club then visit www.lymeregisrotary.org or email secretary@lymeregisrotary.org.

   

SELFIE COW COMPETITION

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is running a cow photographic competition from 1st May to 14th November 2016. A Facebook page called SelfieCowlyme has been set up to allow people to enter photographs of cows that have been purchased from Lyme Regis Rotarians. You can also purchase cows from Serendip or Martin Diplock's offices on Broad Street, Lyme Regis.
Cows are £5.00 each and the proceeds will go to Lend With Care. Photographs should be uploaded to this page and only photographs of a cow which has been purchased from a Lyme Regis Rotarian, Serendip bookshops or Martin Diplock's offices will be judged. 
There are three categories in which photographs can be judged;   The open category is for a picture of your cow in any location or situation in the world.  
Category two is for photos of your cow that have been taken within 5 Miles of the Cobb in Lyme Regis. These should have a local landmark or other identifiable feature to show where they have been taken.
Category three is for local schools who will have been provided with a Cow which they can then photograph.
The competition will run from 1 May 2016 until 14 November 2016 and winners will be contacted after the beginning of December 2016. The winners of each category will be judged by the renowned Lyme Regis photographer Richard Austin.  The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis will retain the right to use all entries in publicity and other club based activities.  see www.lendwithcare.org

   

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

Yolanda Woodward, a visitor to Lyme Regis from Sydney, Australia, has her blood pressure checked by Nurse Sally Cable

   

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 AUTISM WESSEX

   

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 DEMENTIA UK

   

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.”

   

ROTARY DONATION TO CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST

   

 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.

LUNGE RAISES NEARLY £5400 TO DATE

   


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 ROTARY SOUP & PLOUGHMAN'S

   

Once again the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis will be holding its annual Soup and Ploughman's at the Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis, on Monday 8th February at 12 noon. Entry will be strictly by ticket only, with tickets available via any Lyme Regis Rotarian, cost £7.50.
This year we are supporting Send a Cow, the Bath based charity that helps provide
struggling African farmers with the skills and tools to turn things around – often against great odds. With the hope and the means provided by Send a Cow, families are set to secure their own futures from the land, the charity will help them make that huge leap from subsistence farming to running a small family business that is built to last. Set up over 20 yrs ago by a group of farmers in the UK the funds the charity raises go directly to help these poor farmers and farming communities in Africa, with no government or big business involvement. Every penny is made to count.
Thanks, once again, to the Alexandra Hotel for hosting this much loved annual event.

   

THE LYME LUNGE - JANUARY 1ST 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.

   

ROTARY CHRISTMAS COLLECTION AND CAROLS

   

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.

   

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!”

   

Year 6 Pupils in Local Schools presented with Dictionaries

   

Over the past few weeks 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, St. Michaels, Marshwood, Mrs Ethelstone’s and Charmouth Primary.   “Promoting literacy is a major objective of Rotary,” said Lyme Regis Rotarian Rikey Austin, 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 450 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.”                                                                                                         St Michaels CE VA Primary School children receive their Usborne Illustrated dictionaries from Rotarian Jim Moseley

   

Rotary Club of Lyme Regis helps Malawi children

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has supported the work being led by Alan Vian, the Lyme Regis popular Town Crier, and his wife Lynne, in a remote Malawi

 village.

Rotarian David Sarson, when handing Alan a cheque for £450 said, “These schoolchildren in Malawi are just like us, but by happenstance they find themselves with so little. You and your team, Alan and Lynne, are doing a superb job in helping give these children a decent start in life through education, something that the Rotary movement worldwide passionately supports. We are confident that you will ensure the monies we raised will really make a difference to the lives of these children in one of the poorest areas of Africa. Well done to you both.”

   

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. 

   

   Lyme Regis Rotary has a new President

   

27th June 2015               

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has appointed a new President for Session 2015-16, John Bartlett taking over from Mark Tredwin. “During Mark’s Presidency of the Club,” said incoming President John, “we have seen four new members and some £17500 donated to local, national and international good causes. There has been an emphasis on helping local youth - providing Dictionaries to Year 6 pupils in four local primary schools, a donation to The Hub, assistance to local gymnasts in attending international competition, helping clear the Marshwood school garden, providing books to local schools to enhance reading skills and a donation to the Charmouth Scouts. We have also supported the Lyme Regis and the Charmouth Christmas Lights funds, Dorset and Devon Children’s Hospices, Lyme Regis Lifeboat Crew, Help for Heroes, several cancer charities, Water Survival Box and a major school project in Uganda. These were targeted and significant donations which made a difference. The energy shown by the Club during Mark’s tenure as President has been impressive and we have all had great fun as well, with an entertaining and stimulating programme of events at our weekly meetings. I look forward to an exciting time at the helm of the Club over the coming Session.”

   

  Rotary Supports FORCE

   

27th June 2015                

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.

   

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

   

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.”

   

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. A full list of sponsors can be found on our website www.lymeregisrotary.org.”

The format was Stableford, with 26 teams each of 4 golfers and excellent prizes awarded to teams with the highest joint scores. A team from Axminster Power Tools (Thomas, Trimble, Jones and Real) took first prize with 94 points.

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.

   

Main sponsor of the day:  Hix Oyster and Fish House   Cobb Road, Lyme Regis   Tel 01297 446910

Major Sponsors  Axminster Tool Centre  Unit 10, Weycroft Avenue, Axminster, Devon Tel  0800 371 822    Bridec Melamine Boards Ltd  West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4EH  Tel: 01308 456684 Fax: 01308 424255  Holmesley Care Home  Fortescue Road, Sidford, Sidmouth EX10 9QG

    Hole Sponsors
   

Beviss and Beckinsale Solicitors  Silver Street  Axminster  01297 33233

Broom Lane Table Tennis Club

Creative Solutions  Unit 8C  Weycroft Avenue  Millwey Rise Industrial Estate   Axminster  EX13 5HU   tel: 01297 630 130   fax: 01297 332 11

P H Hardwill Ltd 
Structural Engineers,  Beaminster,  Dorset  Tel 01460 30661

Evergreen Renewable Energy
Unit 4 St Georges House, Uplyme Road,  LYME REGIS
   DT7 3LS Tel: 01297 443 209


The Harbour Inn:  The Cobb  Lyme Regis  Tel: 01297 442299

Lentells  St. Georges House, Uplyme Road Business  Park,   Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3LS  Telephone: 01297  443182

Lyme Bay Dentistry
Temple House  63 Broad Street  Lyme Regis  01297 442907

Lyme bay Holidays 
Wessex House,  Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis   01297 443363

 

Monkton  Wyld  West Dorset's Premier Camping and Touring Holiday Park  Charmouth, Dorset
 

Mulberry Manor  10 Broad Street, Lyme Regis  01297 442443

Nantes Solicitors  36 East Street, Bridport, Tel 01308 422313

A J Proctor Builders Ltd Coles Farm, Coles Lane Sector, Axminster Devon EX13 5SB   Tel: 01297 32380

Rose Motors  Unit 1, Uplyme Road Industrial Estate,  Uplyme Road, Lyme Regis  Tel 01297 444477,  07967 194945

Rousdon Car Centre Ltd   Rousdon nr Lyme Regis  Tel: 01297 444544

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

Simon Dunn Dentistry  Stanford House  Silver Street,  Axminster 01297 33373

Snows Toyota Honiton  Monkton Road Honiton  Devon  EX14 1JT  01404 47100

Symonds and Sampson  Estate Agents, Trinity Square  Axminster  01297 33122

    Raffle and Auction Prizes generously donated by:  Axe Cliff Golf Club    Cleveland B&B  Pound Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JA  Tel: 01297 442012  The Hair Shop, Yeovil; Special Prizes:  Keeley Windows, Lyme Regis;           
 

Rotary Inducts New Member

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis welcomed another new member last week when Nigel Clarke joined the Club. Nigel has lived in Lyme Regis since about 1977 but also spent holidays here prior to that. He has taken an active part in local life, having been Lifeboat Launch Master (before they had a tractor!!), Assistant Harbour Master, Town Councilor and Coastguard. He is well known as a local publisher and fossil guide.
“We welcome Nigel to our Club,” said Rotary President Mark Tredwin. “His local knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and drive will be of great benefit to the Club and to the wider Fellowship of Rotary. This is a busy and vibrant Rotary Club, with many activities taking place throughout the year, including fund raising, service to the community and social events. We look forward to Nigel and his Partner Nan joining us in these activities.”  If you want to find out more about Rotary and our Club then visit www.lymeregisrotary.org or email secretary@lymeregisrotary.org .”

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.

NEPAL COLLECTION ON BEHALF OF WATER SURVIVAL BOX

   

In response to the devastating earthquakes that have been reported from Nepal in the past few weeks the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has sent £520 to Water Survival Box, the Somerset based Rotary Disaster Relief Charity which is sending aid to Nepal. These monies were collected from a generous public on Marine Parade on 9th May.

“Everybody was moved by the pictures of utter devastation that have emerged from Nepal,” said Rotarian John Bartlett, who led the collection effort on behalf of the Club. “People have lost everything, over ten thousand have died and thousands more are homeless. The threat of further large earthquakes remains real. Houses have been destroyed, water is contaminated. The task now is to do everything we can to ensure those who have survived so far are given shelter and clean water and a helping hand in starting life again. Each Water Survival Box provides a family of four with clean water for six months, a basic life-sustaining need. These funds will help send 3 ½ boxes to Nepal, thanks to everyone who donated.”  Water Survival Box is working closely with Humanity First to deliver aid to Nepal.

KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY

   

Local nurses worked with Lyme Regis Rotarians on Saturday 11th 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 70 people popped into our facility in Broad Street and had their blood pressure checked by qualified nurses,” said Rotarian Peter Fortnam, who led the campaign. “As always we are extremely grateful to local nurses (Carys Hollis, Louise Tate, Sally Cable and Liz Lawrence) who gave up their valuable free time on Saturday 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. Voluntary donations to the Stroke Association totalling £50 were also made.”  See the Stroke Association website for more information on the importance of regular blood pressure checkups. www.stroke.org.uk.

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 Helps Fund Accelerated Reading Programme at local schools

   

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £500 to fund an Accelerated Reading programme for local schools, a project which aims to provide specific books to the junior schools feeding into Woodroffe. Within the programme children choose books according to their assessed reading ability and then through reading these books their ability improves. Progress is closely monitored by teachers, who are able to set individualized reading goals for each student, based on the quality, quantity and difficulty of the books read. Each student reads books of interest at their own reading level and is monitored for reading ability and comprehension. The scheme has a very good track record in schools around the country.

‘The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is delighted to donate £500 towards this scheme,’ said Rotarian Louise Monblatt who helped initiate the scheme with local schools. ‘The money will be spent on 100 books specifically in the Accelerated Scheme. The librarian at Woodroffe, Mrs B Waters, will purchase the books in conjunction with the junior schools, and will administer the lending process. This scheme will benefit lots of children over a number of years helping them to improve their reading ability.’

Rotary President’s Night

   

The 64th annual Rotary Club of Lyme Regis President’s Night at Highlands End near Eype was enjoyed by over 60 Rotarians and guests, including the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Sally Holman. President Elect John Bartlett welcomed the guests on behalf of President Mark Tredwin, including Rotary District Governor Elect Robert Acland and Rotarians from Axminster. The Mayor spoke highly of the achievements of Lyme Regis Rotary Club not only within the past Rotary year but throughout its history, a sentiment echoed by the District Governor Elect in his Toast to the Club. She very much enjoyed, in particular, the Lyme Lunge on New Year’s Day and Carols Round the Tree in Broad Street pre-Christmas. Both of these Rotary run events drew in very large numbers of visitors to the town as well as raising significant funds for charities and involving the whole community.

President Mark thanked the Mayor and District Governor Elect for their kind words and resolved that Rotary would continue to serve the Community of Lyme Regis and environs as it had done for the past 60 plus years. He confirmed that Rotary would continue to run the ‘Carols’ and ‘The Lunge’ as well as the Annual Golf Day (run in conjunction with our neighbours in Axminster Rotary Club), and other events, all of which, in addition to raising significant funds for charities, attract visitors to the town and engender community spirit. Mark also thanked the Lyme Regis Rotarians for their support to his Presidency throughout the year. He announced the award of a prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship to Rotarian John McCallum for services to the Club and to Rotary, presented to John by DGE Robert Acland.

Finally President Mark announced that his raffle on the night had raised £250 for Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Charity.

Rotary Supports Local Gymnasts

   

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.” 
If you want to find out more about Rotary and our Club then visit www.lymeregisrotary.org or email secretary@lymeregisrotary.org .”

Rotary Supports The Hub

   

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.”

   

Lyme Lunge proceeds presented to Help for Heroes

Children’s Hospice South West – cheque presentation

   


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.”

At the Lyme Regis Rotary Club meeting on 15th January a cheque for £1400 was presented to Paula Hulett, Community Fundraiser from Children’s Hospice South West. This money was raised from the Christmas street collections in Lyme Regis and Charmouth coupled with the collections made at Carols Round The Tree on 23rd December 2014.

£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.  

Pic courtesy Richard Horobin
RNLI

Formidable Lyme Lunge 2015

   

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

2014  News

Carols Round the Tree in Lyme Regis/Christmas collections 2014

Rotary  Demonstration of Water Survival Box Aquafilter Pump

   

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

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

Rotary presents 90 Dictionaries to local schools

   

Over the past couple of weeks the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has again presented Usborne Illustrated Dictionaries (‘Dictionary 4 Life’) to schools in the Lyme Regis area. Each pupil in Year 6 in St. Michaels, Marshwood, Mrs Ethelstone’s and Charmouth Primary Schools received a personalized copy of the Dictionary.

“Promoting literacy is a major objective of Rotary,” said Lyme Regis Rotarian Louise Monblatt, 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 they are familiar with the dictionaries and that they can use them to full advantage, and parents are encouraged to promote their use at home. This brings to around 350 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 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

   


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. We now have a compliment of 26 members including four ladies 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 and we are all working really well together to further the aims of Rotary. I look forward to an exciting time at the helm of the Club over the coming Session.”  John Bartlett has been elected President Elect, Bill Taylor continues as Secretary and John Eaton as Treasurer.
If you wish to learn more about Rotary visit
www.lymeregisrotary.org or call John McCallum on 01297 442242.

Mark Tredwin (right) receives his President’s chain of office from retiring President Guy Haden (left).

   

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

    Generously sponsored by:

Hix Oyster and Fish House      Beviss and Beckinsale Solicitors;  Bridec Melamine Boards Ltd;  Broom Lane Table Tennis Club;  P H Hardwill Ltd;   Hansford Construction;    The Harbour Inn:

South West Water  A J Proctor Builders Ltd      Axminster Tool Centre   Monkton Wyld  Mulberry Manor  Musbury Garage   Nantes  By The Bay Restaurant   Prospect Garage The Royal Lion Hotel  Rousdon Car Centre Ltd   Simon Dunn Dentistry    Snows Toyota   Symonds and Sampson  The Wet Fish Shop  Ocean View Restaurant

    Raffle Prizes generously donated by:

Complete Meats, Axminster & Honiton; La Pisani, Axminster;
Harts of HonitonTaunton & Pickeridge, Oake Manor & Minehead Golf Clubs; The Tunnel Target Sports Centre, Charmouth; Mark Hix; The Canteen, Axminster;

The Hair Shop, Yeovil;
Herbies Dino Bar, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis;
Boylos Watersports, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis; 
Busy Bee Florists, Axminster;
Tesco;
Lyme Fish Bar, Marine Parade;
Cleveland B&B;
Millers Farm Shop, Kilmington;

And members of both Rotary Clubs.

Other sponsors:

Keeley Windows, Lyme Regis; 
Mole Avon, Axminster;

Creative Solutions;

Unit 4 St Georges House, Uplyme Road,  LYME REGIS   DT7 3LS Tel: 01297 443 209

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.

 

KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DAY

   

Local nurses will work with Lyme Regis Rotarians on Saturday 5th April to bring awareness to the community and visitors to Lyme of the importance of having your 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. “We have been running this campaign now for over 12 years,” said Rotarian Richard Cridge who is organising the event. Local nurses will give up their free time on Saturday 5th April to take blood pressure readings and advise people on follow up procedure where necessary. Fortnam, Smith and Banwell will, as always, provide the facilities in their Broad Street premises. If we succeed even in making just one person more aware of the importance of regular health checkups then the day will be a success. We urge readers to avail themselves of this confidential service.”  See the Stroke Association website for more information on the importance of regular blood pressure checkups. www.stroke.org.uk

Rotary Assists in Somerset Flood Relief

   

I never cease to be amazed and humbled by the generosity of my compatriots towards people beset by disaster, man-made or natural, whether at home or abroad. None more so than the stories emanating from the area of the Somerset Levels ravaged by flooding this winter.

Rotarians from Lyme Regis, together with partners, (8 of us on each of two days) travelled to the area to help man a huge warehouse near Bridgewater where people, many of whom had lost virtually everything, can get free material aid to help them start again. Clothes, bedding, curtains, food, household wares, cleaning equipment, waders, boots, almost anything you can think of has been donated. But its not just individuals who are bringing goods in. While we were there Tesco, Asda, M&S delivered huge quantities of goods, ranging from bottled water to toilet rolls, from baked beans to washing powder, from yard brushes to toothpaste. Smaller local stores and firms, some from as far away as Yorkshire, have also donated huge quantities of goods – if the organisers want something urgently a message on Facebook or a pleading telephone call gets it delivered that day or the next.

The gratitude of the people receiving the aid was clearly demonstrated. Many are awaiting insurance companies settling claims, others have tales of been let down by their insurance companies. Many, including farmers, are setting up home temporarily in caravans until they can get their homes repaired and in some cases virtually re-built – temporarily might mean over a year or 18 months!

Just who is running this warehouse? A local family responded to a suggestion on Facebook by the local office of a national company and took some clothes and household goods to the company’s warehouse. While they were there several tons of goods were delivered by like-minded people and companies and it became clear that a bigger facility and a management team would be required if this was to continue. After some little time the family took on the task of managing the enterprise in a huge warehouse near Bridgewater, again donated free of cost by a major firm. Meanwhile Rotary had been helping construct gravel footpaths near Moorland and, learning of the warehouse, offered to help by providing manpower.

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

   

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 funds collected in Lyme Regis and Charmouth will be used wisely and with discretion to help further this effort and assist in the clean-up operation. Thank you once again.”

 

If YOU would like to contribute to this fund then make your cheque payable to: Rotary International District 1200 Charity Account and marked “Flood Relief”  and send to Rory O’Donnell, Rotary International District 1200 Treasurer, Fulford House, Kingston St Mary, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8AJ  If you wish to ‘Gift Aid’ the donation please indicate in an accompanying letter that you are a UK taxpayer and give your address, INCLUDING POSTCODE. 
With Rotary you can rest assured that 100% of your donation will go to the relief effort.

Lyme Regis Rotary supports RNLI

   

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”

Charmouth Cubs and Scouts commit to buying a Water Survival Box

   

As part of their Global Challenge Awards, 1st Charmouth Cubs and Scouts invited the Lyme Regis Rotary Club to give a presentation on Water Survival Boxes during their meeting on 23rd January 2014.

These boxes are pre-packed with all the essential items families need to prepare and store clean water, cook food and build rudimentary shelters after a natural disaster. They are stored at Midsomer Norton and can be sent to disaster zones as soon as they are required.

Rotarians John Bartlett and Alan Buckingham, talked about the vital importance of clean, safe drinking water, then went through the contents of the box and asked the Cubs and Scouts to identify each item. In addition to a filter pump for the water, these included: a hammer; nails; a wind-up torch; cooking pans; a fold-up spade; soap; and adhesive plasters.  John stressed that the humble plasters were one of the most important items, since they prevent cuts and grazes from becoming infected.

After the presentation, Kevin Payne, Group Contact for the Cubs and Scouts, said, “The Global Challenge is a key part of both the Cub and Scout training programmes. Having members of the Lyme Regis Rotary Club come along to explain the need for a Water Survival Box, and let the Cubs and Scouts see its contents, brought to life what it would be like to be struck by a natural disaster.”

John added, “It was heartening to see the empathy that Cubs and Scouts had with people devastated by natural disaster and to observe their interest in the efforts taken by charities to offer aid, in this case Water Survival Box”

Having seen and handled the contents of the Water Survival Box, the Cubs and Scouts have committed to raise the £150 it takes to provide one box. This covers the cost of all the contents and airlifting to a disaster zone. Through various fund-raising activities, they hope to hand over a cheque by the end of April.

For more information, contact Kevin Payne  payne.kevin6@gmail.com      01308 459080

Photo: Rotarian John Bartlett with Charmouth Scouts and the Water Survival Box.

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.

 

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.

Picture: Rotarian John McCallum
presents the children of
Year 6 in Marshwood C. E. Primary School
 with dictionaries.

    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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