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Lyme Regis Area Daily Diary   January  2017 Events

Snow over Lyme Regis


Sunday 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, 

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
2017 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 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 2017 Sponsor Form 

watch the Lyme Lunge 2016


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


Tuesday 3rd


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

Competition – subject Patterns in Nature;
For further information please contact Mr Chris Sellers on 01297 442475 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club  7.30 pm - 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road,  DT7 3PG.


Tuesday 10th

Pastel Composition
Richard Turner  demonstration
2.00pm The Woodmead Halls, Hill Road,  Lyme Regis Art Society.  More info: 01297 445464

Friday 20th

Members’ Evening – Slide shows
or further information please contact Mr Chris Sellers on 01297 442475 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club  7.30 pm - 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road,  DT7 3PG.


Tuesday 24th

Gouache “A Devon Landscape”
Phil Creek demonstration
2.00pm The Woodmead Halls, Hill Road,  Lyme Regis Art Society.  More info: 01297 445464



Wednesday 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".

Refreshments will be on a Bring and Share basis, so come along, renew your subscription and swap your spare seeds for something new to grow. Last January’s event was a very enjoyable evening, so not to be missed 7.30pm Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society   Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme.


Monday 30th

Pastel Composition Workshop
Richard Turner
 10-1pm  Football Club, Lyme Regis.  Lyme Regis Art Society. More info: 01297 445464.



Some 2016 Events you may have missed

‘Escape from Christchurch’  by Richard Hamblin - British Geological Survey
"Not many professional geologists experience a major earthquake, as these are difficult to predict, but I had the ‘luck’ to be standing almost at the epicentre of the devastating second earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the talk I shall explain how major earthquakes are caused by plate tectonics, the movement of continents, and I shall then describe our traumatic journey from the earthquake epicentre out of town to the east, to the evacuation centre at Hagley Park on the west side of the city centre. I shall explain what we saw on our journey, and attempt to explain the peculiarities of this particular earthquake."  10am coffee, 11am talk.  Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Heritage Coast U3A

Penny Piddock with her presentation on Creative light
Competition Street Photography;
Lyme Bay Photographic Club  7.30 pm - 10.00pm. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, DT7 3PG. For further information please contact Mr Chris Sellers on 01297 442475

R&D by the Sea:  Seatown Ladies Salon
An evening of inspiration, conversation and creativity.  Inspired by a grainy old black and white photograph from the 1900s of a group of lively women standing next to a rowing boat captioned Rude and Coarse, Likely Story Theatre Company are developing a new play about a team of female gig rowers, their friendships and their experiences at sea.  Join us for a G&T in the Stage Door Bar and a salon hosted by brilliant women, big ideas, and gently creative activities to inspire curiosity and debate. This is an enjoyable opportunity to investigate how Likely Story make theatre, and how ideas take shape.  R&D by the Sea is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England  5.30pm  Running time:  2hrs (approx)  Free

Fridays in the Stage Door Bar
Every Friday Night is Cocktail Night at the Marine Theatre. Come after work to kick back and relax in our cosy quirky bar. Bar open from 5pm serving Cocktails, wine, music and offering an oasis of calm sophistication. There’ll be DJs and live music on throughout the season so keep up-to-date with what’s on on our website and social media. 5.00pm-late  Free

 Roxy Magic
Roxy Magic are the UK's best and longest-running tribute to Roxy Music & Bryan Ferry.  This band of experienced and talented musicians recreate the music and feel of the hugely influential band Roxy Music and pop icon Bryan Ferry. Join us for Roxy classics such as Virginia Plain, Avalon, Dance Away, Street Life, Love is the Drug, Let’s Stick Together and more  Bar Open: 7.00pm  Onstage: 8.00pm  Running time:  100mins (approx) plus interval  Full Price: £12.00  Concessions: £11.00 TheatreFriends discount available

Social Media Taster Sessions at Lyme Library

Age UK Dorchester is hosting taste sessions for over 50s in Lyme to help you get online and get connected.

Loneliness and isolation can be a real issue for people living across rural Dorset, with 17% of older people receiving contact from friends and family less than once a week, and over 6% leaving their homes only a few times a month loneliness and isolation is a big problem that we need to tackle. Getting online and connecting with friends (new & old) and family is a great way to stay social and tackle isolation.

The session is run by local volunteer Jen Hollands, an experienced IT tutor, who will be running the drop in on a first come first served basis between 2:30pm and approx. 5pm. The sessions last around 20-30 minutes and aim to give you an introduction to getting online and connecting with others using social media, advising on where you can go to learn more.  For more information contact Sam Ling from Age UK on 07890531958, or to confirm the session is taking place contact Lyme Regis Library    Silver Street, Lyme Regis  DT7 3HR Tel 01297 443151 Sessions are taking place on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30pm – 5pm at Lyme Regis Library.


London Klezmer Quartet: Alternative Burns Night Ceilidh 

Dance your socks off with the London Klezmer Quartet at this alternative Burns Night ceilidh accompanied by a heart-warming Goulash stew.  The band will show you the steps for a variety of Yiddish dances, with live klezmer music to help put a spring in your step. Come along and try out freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks and shers. No previous experience or partner necessary, but willingness to have a good time IS essential.  The London Klezmer Quartet combines the subtleties of the original tradition with a kick-the-chairs-over ability to party, bringing to life an almost-lost folk tradition on violin, clarinet, accordion and double bass. “Dizzyingly dynamic playing... a band at the forefront of the European klezmer revival" (fROOTS). "With artistry like this, the music doesn't have to be reinvented." (Evening Standard)"  Your ticket includes a delicious hot supper of a hearty Goulash stew and crusty bread by Aroma Cafe, served on arrival. Doors:  7.00pm  Music and dinner: 7.30pm  Running time:  2 hours approx All tickets:

£15 with delicious hot dinner  £10 without dinner TheatreFriends discount available

eed Swap, Quiz and Social Evening
Chance to socialize and find out what the society is up to for the coming year, renew your membership (if you haven’t already) and sign up to forthcoming outings. With a light hearted quiz and bring and share supper.  Bring along any unwanted seeds to swap with other members 7.30pm Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society   Non-members: temporary membership fee of £3. Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme.


'Let them all in: how immigration can benefit every one of us’

A talk by Emeritus Professor John Treble:  John Treble was an academic economist for 40 years, specialising in the study of labour markets, and advising both private firms

 and governments departments. In his talk he will discuss recent evidence of the impact of immigration on employment, wages, taxes, benefits, crime, the health service and housing.  7.00pm Woodmead Halls, Small Hall  Free admission. All welcome Parking and refreshments available  This event is arranged by the Amnesty International Lyme Regis Group

Thank Funk it’s Friday featuring Mr Jean and guest DJ
Disco and Dancing.   Bathed in neon lights and advocating fashion which should have been banned long ago, Mr Jèan are the Lyme Regis go-to band for tight dance grooves, outrageous style and all out fun. From forgotten 70's Disco classics, to 90's French House and Pop into the modern day, Mr Jèan will take you on a dance-floor journey until the only thing you have left is a sense of elation and cheer. If you've been deprived of serious night of dancing, let Mr Jèan cure you.  Followed by guest DJ. Bar opens: 5.00pm  Live Music:  7.30pm  DJ: 9.00pm Running Time: 3hrs (approx) £6.00


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




December      February  



 What's  on
in the Galleries 2017

29 November -2 January 2017

The sixth annual pop up vintage shop run by Jan Calow and Mandy Wiscombe who spend all year sourcing, making, repairing, cleaning and renovating their stock. Competitively priced; suitable for Secret Santas. Closed 25-26 Dec.

The Courtyard Gallery,
The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU.
Free entry. Open 10.30am-4.30pm.

29 November -2 January 2017
Christmas Art Exhibition

A festive exhibition of recent artwork by members of Town Mill Arts, full of inspiring and enticing paintings, sculptures, drawings, pottery, textiles, jewellery and books. Closed 25-26 Dec.

The Malthouse Gallery,
The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU.
 Free entry. Open 10.30am-4.30pm.


Tenovus Cancer Care –
volunteer to help in one of our shops!  

click here to read more


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


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


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


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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