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The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis

We are a group of men and women who combine their skills and resources towards supporting
 and serving our community, both here and overseas, where there is a need.
We meet once a week, over a light meal and refreshment, conduct business such as event organisation,
and enjoy each other’s company and friendship.


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Message from our President

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis website and thank you for taking an interest in us and what we do in this community.  I assume from the fact that you have visited our website, that you are aware of the existence of the organisation known as Rotary International and what its stated aims and achievements are both locally and internationally.

 You too could be a part of that organisation if you are motivated by the desire to put something more back into your community than you are taking out.  Rotary is open to everyone provided that they aspire to the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’.  Rotary is about the giving of that commodity that costs you nothing, but which is precious to us all – namely your time.  That time could be either in holding fund raising events or assisting other organisations within your community to help them achieve their own aims.  The end result in both cases is the improvement of lives for others, most of whom you will never even know.  We all now live in a global community, so I am not purely referring to us here in Lyme Regis, but to the whole world in which we live.  As this Covid-19 global pandemic has amply displayed, our world is now so inextricably inter-linked that we all owe it to each other to try to improve the lives of others whenever and wherever we can – Rotary has been doing this for more than 115 years.  We didn’t need a global pandemic to wake us up to the necessity of helping each other on an international scale!

 In 1979 Rotary International commenced a vaccination programme to eradicate the polio virus from the world – that programme is still ongoing and has very nearly achieved its aim.  Rotary has raised hundreds of millions of US dollars towards this programme, which is implemented on the ground by the WHO and many thousands of volunteers.  As you can imagine, the delivery of this programme is extremely hazardous in war torn areas of the world, of which sadly there are many, but its delivery nonetheless continues.  Such is the commitment of those who really care, that they are prepared to put their own lives in danger  to help those who will benefit from this vaccine.  This is but one example of the way in which Rotary can change people’s lives. 

But the story does not end there - that change also takes place in the Rotarian who is giving of their time! From my own personal experience, you get a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that you have helped, in your own small way, to make a change in someone else’s life.  You will never know them and they will never know you, but you both know that it was Rotary that made it happen!

Do please get in touch with our Club Secretary if you would like to know more about our Club.  You can come along to one of our regular weekly meetings or simply have a chat with one of us to see if you like what you are told and think that it ‘fits the bill’ for what you would like to do in your spare time.  You will find that it can become addictive and that you will make new friends from around the world.  Indeed, we have recently been adopted as a sister Club by a Rotary Club in Borneo.

Chris Buckingham

President Rotary Club of Lyme Regis 2021-22



If you wish to find out more about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis please contact

John Berry, tel  01297 489719, mob 07710 095685, e johnberry.mangles@gmail.com

'What in the World is Rotary?'
Click here to find out an Australian point of view which sums it up quite well:


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Visiting Rotarians and their partners are very welcome to our meetings.

For the foreseeable future we will be meeting on Thursdays 5.45 for 6.15pm at Hunters Lodge Inn, Charmouth Road, Raymonds Hill, EX13 5SZ. Please contact the Secretary (below) if you wish to attend.   (as we have a variable programme please check with our secretary first before visiting)

John Berry, tel  01297 489719, mob 07710 095685, e johnberry.mangles@gmail.com


Highlights of our Rotary year


We are an active Club with a number of projects which have become established events in the Lyme Regis calendar.
An important function of these events is to raise monies for good causes (£10,000 per annum on average over the past 5 years), but they also support the business community and add something to the social and cultural scene in Lyme Regis.
Here is a sample of our fundraising events for recent sessions:

    Club Officers  2022 - 2023

The Lyme Lunge

Soup and Ploughmans

Golf Day

Carols Round the Tree

For more details and information see
 Club Programme


President: Alan Vian

Secretary: John Berry

Treasurer: Bill Taylor

President Elect: Richard Main


Lyme Lunge  A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay,  at the Cobb Beach, all for charity, attracts thousands of visitors to the town.
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