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Lyme Regis Area Daily Diary   January  2015

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2015 Events



Thursday 1st  Bank Holiday

Grand Duck Race
A New Year’s Day Tradition!  Watch the ducks race down the River Lym  Raising money for Lyme's Christmas Lights. 12 noon Higher Mill Flats, Windsor Terrace.

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









A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, in aid of "Help4Heroes".  13.00 hours at the Cobb Beach, all for charity.     Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. “If you would like to raise funds for the chosen Rotary charities in aid of "Help4Heroes". please feel free to use the downloadable 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 swim, feel free to join us, there is no obligation”   1pm  from the Sandy Beach (time to watch the Duck Race First).   more.. 
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.  No doubt the collectors will get as wet as the Lungers!  Whether watching or lunging don't forget to arrive early.  Download your sponsorship form here Sponsorship Form



Monday 5th


Tuesday 6th  Twelfth Night 
Time to take down your decorations and
Recycle your Christmas Tree: - see right


Friday 9th

“Never Mind the News, what about the Adverts?”
A light hearted look at advertising in the last 100 years with Bruce Upton, who comes from the Bridport Museum. Bruce has entertained us twice in the last two years. He uses many illustrations from his own collection and the Museum’s photographs.  Start at 10.00am with coffee/tea and biscuits served until 10.45am. The talk starts at 11.00am Woodmead Hall.


Friday 16th

Luftwaffe Aerial Photography of the 2nd World War.

by Nigel Clarke.  For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club 7.30 pm 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls.


Wednesday Jan 22nd


‘Grown in Dagenham’
– growing food in the city by Alice Holden
Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society   7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall.  For more details contact 01297 444034



Saturday 24th

The Giants

Warren has supported The Glovers since he was a young lad, and he has green and white blood pumping through his veins.  But now he’s stepping off the terraces, and planning on bringing a touch of Yeovil glory to his own team of under 12s. Warren and his merry band of school kids have their sights set firmly on the Premier League, but first there’s the small matter of conquering the Somerset Schools’ Cup.  Meanwhile, a teenage girl called Rachel is willing Yeovil on to victory and promotion back to The Championship. Her Bovril-loving older brother is by her side and with her all the way - or is he?

Wassail Theatre presents THE GIANTS, a play about going for three points, striving for your dreams and what happens when the reality of life scores a last minute winner.  For football fans and theatre goers alike. Written by Will Gore. Directed by Tim Bell.  Full Price:  £10.00  Concessions: £8.00  LYT members can come for £1!  TheatreFriends Discount Available  Free Entry to Lyme Regis Passport Holders. 7.30pm   Marine Theatre


Sunday 25th  Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. Burns' best known work is "Auld Lang Syne".

Friday 30th

Coffee Morning
Lyme Regis Society 10.30am at the Alexandra Hotel

Seascape & Open PDI & Print Competitions
For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club 7.30 pm 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls.

Some of last year's events you may have missed

Lyme Mummers Play

The old time will host its very own mummer's play for the third
year in a row! Each year hundreds have packed the streets to share in the magic of this time-honoured twelfth night tradition. Few people realise that nineteenth-century mummers plays bequeathed to us characters that have gone onto become household names, not least Father Christmas
and the Pantomime Dame. Now is your chance to meet a motley crew of Lyme characters in stunning masks created by local artists and to
follow the horse-back knight Sir George through the streets of Lyme to banish the baleful influences of wintry despair. The play will go on rain or shine, so war warm clothing for the outdoor scenes. Uplyme Morris side will be supporting the play as will the talented singers of Lyme Bay Chorale. Once again It will be absolutely free but there will be a
collection for charity. At 3:30pm beginning in the square Lyme Regis Museum,


with Julie Oldfield:  Fridays at the Peak hall at Rousdon at 11am  phone 01297 444672 07775422501


Milan - Leonardo's City Heritage Coast U3A ART APPRECIATION MEETING


Drop-in advice session: how to switch energy suppliers, keep warm and save money this winter.
No booking is required, residents are able to pop in at a convenient time to discuss their individual needs and concerns and received advice on how to switch suppliers. Refreshments will be provided by the Co-operative and free energy saving devices will be on offer from Dorset Energy Advice Centre. Sponsored by Magna Housing Association. 2pm to 6pm at the Woodmead Halls.  see

Blue Jasmine
Jasmine arrives in San Francisco in a fragile mental state, her head reeling from the cocktail of anti-depressants she's on. While still able to project her aristocratic bearing, Jasmine is emotionally precarious...RUNNING TIME: 98 mins.  Anyone is welcome to come to Silver Screen; you don’t have to be over a certain age to enjoy these shows. A Silver Screen ticket is just £3.50, and that comes with a complimentary tea or coffee. Thursday 10.30am, The Regent Cinema

Competition: New Beginnings

Judge: George Reekie 7.30 pm 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club

 Vin Garbutt
Powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane, inspired, funny and gut-wrenchingly honest. These are just some
of the superlatives used to describe Vin Garbutt's performance. An elder statesman of folk, Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant worldwide touring. His songs are inspired by the folk tradition, but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros, but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance. A perfect winter warmer this January at the Marine!  Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001. Full Price: £14.00  Concessions: £13.00  TheatreFriends Discount Available  Doors 7.45pm Onstage 8.30pm Marine Theatre

Fun with Acrylics  

by Shuna George. 
Lyme Regis Art Society demonstration 2-4pm Woodmead Halls




  'Alan Carr - Work In Progress' (plus support) the 'Chatty Man' himself, Bafta Award-winning comedian and chat show host, Alan Carr is coming to the Marine Theatre with his new tour, on Friday 7th March 2014.  With huge acclaim for television appearances such as his hit series, 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man', Comic Relief and The Royal Variety Performance, Alan is also known for bringing lively and uproarious stand-up comedy to theatres across the UK. It is his sharp wit and clever quips that have resulted in awards ranging from Baftas to National Television Awards and Comedy Awards to the ‘Funniest Tweeter of 2013’ (Heat Magazine).  This must-see evening of hilarity is on sale from Thursday 23rd January 2014 with an exclusive earlier booking date of Wednesday 22nd January (from 11am) 2014 for TheatreFriends members only.

About Time
Celebrated filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) writes and directs ABOUT TIME, a new comedy about love and time travel that stars Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Tom Hollander and Bill Nighy. At the age of 21, Tim L...RUNNING TIME: 123 mins  Anyone is welcome to come to Silver Screen; you don’t have to be over a certain age to enjoy these shows. A Silver Screen ticket is just £3.50, and that comes with a complimentary tea or coffee. Thursday 10.30am, The Regent Cinema

The Big Garden Birdwatch 
Watch for one hour: you can do your birdwatch with a cuppa, your favourite biscuit and your feet up.


We’re delighted that after disbanding 18 months ago, Lyme Regis’s favourite band, Papa Le Gal, are set to reform and relaunch this January with a very special gig at the Marine Theatre.  Hailed by hit-maker and BBC DJ Tom Robinson as ‘one of the hottest bands around’ and widely tipped for success by music critics, the band bring their unique sound of energised samba fun blended with white funk and Afro rhythms to the theatre for an evening not to be missed!  All Tickets:£7.50 Doors 7.45pm  Onstage 9.00pm  Marine Theatre

Sunday 26th
14th Annual Farmhouse Breakfast
Come and enjoy a traditional farmhouse breakfast; brunch or lunch using local produce, with lots of choice, yoghurts; fruit; tea; coffee; toast etc. Raffle, in aid of village hall and Macmillan Cancer Support £7.50 under 10's £5   9am - 2pm Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall.  More info tel 01297 489375

Between Courses presents:  The Lost World
Yes – they're back!  The local group who brought you their own brand of daft drama last year with 'The Wizard of Cobb' now return (for the fifth year running) with their new offering – Conan Doyle's classic adventure 'The Lost World'.  Supported by our own TheatreFriends, who organise a light supper of ploughman's and pudding between acts, this light-hearted evening is a fundraiser for the Marine Theatre. Expect corny jokes, shoestring sets, a song from Brian and full bar service during a fun-filled night out for all.  It's table seating too, so bring along a group or just come on your own and join in - everyone's welcome.  But please note, it’s advanced booking only for this popular event, so don’t leave it too late.  All Tickets: £10.00  (Ploughman's & pudding supper included) Nightly at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm curtain up.  Running Time: 2hrs 30mins (approx, including 2 intervals for food)  Marine Theatre


“Town Mill Vision” Open meeting at The Town Mill
for volunteers, tenants and all who have an interest in the future development of the Town Mill: Lyme Regis Town Mill is manned and kept open to the public through the efforts of its’ volunteers. The session will cover the plans for developing The Town Mill including the proposed Heritage Centre, the new website and the 5yr Business Plan. 5.30 - 7.30pm
 Upper Gallery, Town Mill

The Way, Way Back

The Way, Way Back tells the story of 14-year-old Duncan's awkward, funny, and sometimes painful summer vacation with his mother, Pam, her overbearing boyfriend, Trent, and his daughter, Steph. Although Duncan has a tough time fitting in and finding h...RUNNING TIME: 130 mins  Anyone is welcome to come to Silver Screen; you don’t have to be over a certain age to enjoy these shows. A Silver Screen ticket is just £3.50, and that comes with a complimentary tea or coffee. Thursday 10.30am, The Regent Cinema

ArtsFest A
 All local artists and everyone interested in taking part in ArtsFest 20th - 28th September invited to attend.  The Guildhall 7pm 
Lyme Regis ArtsFest 


Coffee Morning
Lyme Regis Society:
Entry by donation with a free cup of coffee. 10.30am Alexandra Hotel

Tony Burges presentation ‘Hidden Extras’
7.30 pm - 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club

Steve Waters Plays Live
We'll be saying 'farewell' to January with a great evening of live music from By the Bay favourite Steve Waters.  This promises to be a great evening - there's no cover charge, just come on down for supper or a glass of wine to help you relax and unwind for the weekend. Tables quickly fill with Steve's fan club - so book yours soon to avoid disappointment!

December      February  

Recycle Your Real Christmas Tree

West Dorset residents
Real Christmas trees can be:

Taken to your local Household Recycling Centre and placed in the garden waste container for composting free of charge or

Booked for collection with your normal kerbside recycling  Trees must be less than 6 feet long or cut into pieces less than 6 feet long. Please remove decorations and remember that fake or plastic trees cannot be collected for recycling. Please call 01305 251010 to book a collection or book online up to 48 hours before your scheduled kerbside recycling collection  Christmas tree recycling online. 

Book your real tree to be collected on your normal recycling day:  Please allow 48 hours before your recycling day.


at the Regent Cinema

Spring Season

A selection of the year's best films, in case you missed it the first time...

A season of films running twice per year over a 12-week period, Silver Screen is a selection of the year’s best films. Maybe you missed it the first time around or maybe you would just like to see it again...

A Silver Screen ticket is just £3.50, and that comes with a complimentary tea or coffee. Anyone is welcome to come to Silver Screen; you don’t have to be over a certain age to enjoy these shows.

Every day at Scott Cinemas we keep an eye on the best selection of films. Twice a year we sit down and decide on 12 of these to bring back to the big screen. Sometimes we add in films that may not have had a major release in the UK and would not ordinarily have played in the cinema. Whatever your taste in films, we’re sure that there will be something that will interest you.

Thursdays 10.30am, The Regent Cinema, £3.25 including tea or coffee. Open to all. See relevant dates for films and  synopsis.


Guided Walks and Tours


Fossil Walks

Fossil Hunting Walk 10am Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Booking  Advised: Tel 560772

Rocks and Fossil Weekend Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Booking  Advised: Tel 560772

Daily Fossil Walks Sat - Tues with Brandon Lennon from the anchor, Cobb Gate Tel 07944 664 757

Fossil Walks

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

Your fossil walk ticket gives you FREE access to the museum where you will be able to see displays of rare fossils, learn all about Mary Anning, the famous early paleontologist who once lived on the site of the museum and much more. Cost: £10 adults, children and students £5.

Each walk is limited to 15 people per guide. Start times for walks vary according to the tides and take about three hours. Walks can fill up quickly on the day so before traveling any great distance please contact the museum and book a place: telephone 01297 443370 or email  or call into Lyme Regis Museum shop on Bridge Street

Mary Anning Walks

Mary Anning was a world famous fossil hunter - and was featured in Tracey Chevalier's novel Remarkable Creatures - hear stories of her life and see where she lived and hunted.

Meet at
Lyme Regis Philpot Museum

Bridge Street
Lyme Regis


The Big Garden Birdwatch

Taking part is simple and fun: All you need to do is watch your garden or local park: just settle down for an hour watching and recording the highest number of each bird species seen in your garden, or local park (not flying over) at any one time. 

More info:
 The Big Garden Birdwatch


Rotary Charity Golf Day

Rotary Charity Golf Day

Tues 12th May 2015
  Lyme Regis Golf Club
Download Golf Entry Form


Recycle those unwanted Gifts

Please Donate them to:  

RNLI Shop, The Cobb:

Weldmar Hospice Shop, Broad Street:

Jumble Sales


Books to your Door
Unable to get to the Library? Housebound?

'If you are housebound or unable to get to your local library, we may be able to arrange for books to be delivered to your home, free at regular intervals by volunteers.  Read more


  Volunteers wanted

Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee 
Tel. 443696 Secretary  442220

or email


SOS day is for everyone

Join our biggest fundraising day!
RNLIIt's a great way for everyone to have some fun, whilst raising funds to help the RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards save lives at sea.

Whether you get people to Sample Our Snacks, Sponsor Our Sports or something completely different, you'll be helping the RNLI to rescue 21 people every day.

  Register now   for your FREE SOS day fundraising pack or Tel  0845 121 4999


Something in need of repair or
maintenance around town?

Sign cleaning, clearing and repair.  Unblocking drainage gullies,  small areas of footpath, roadway  or carriageway edge repairs
Report these problems to either Lyme Regis Town Council 01297 445175;
Dorset Direct 01305 221000
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