Archive for 2011

Christmas Tree Festival 2011

The Lyme Regis Christmas Tree Festival 2011

The fifth Lyme Regis Christmas Tree Festival was held in the Lyme Regis Baptist Church from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th December. Local organisations decorated a Christmas Tree to reflect their organisation. The Festival was open between 10.30 – 18.00 each day with an extension until 20.00 on Friday (This coincided with the ‘Late Night in Lyme’ shopping events). Saturday opening hours were 10.30 until 14.00. There were 26 decorated trees.

Come and see this festive sight in the special atmosphere of the Lyme Regis Baptist Church. Directions to the Baptist Church

Donations from the 2011 Regatta and Carnival Events

The Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee are pleased to announce that they have been able to donate £10,200 to 38 local good causes. We believe that this is the largest sum we have been able to donate in any one year.

The following good causes are being given donations:

  • Christmas Lights
  • Coastguard
  • Father Christmas Sleigh
  • Fishermen
  • Football Club
  • Football Club (Youth Section)
  • Get Together Club
  • Gig Club
  • Gymnastic Club
  • Hallett Court
  • Junior Band
  • Lifeboat Crew
  • Lym Valley Scouts
  • Lyme Regis & District Food Bank
  • Lyme Regis Majorettes
  • Lyme Regis Museum
  • Lyme Regis Television
  • Lyme Regis Town Band
  • Marine Parade Shelters Fund
  • Mother & Toddler Group
  • Operatic Society
  • Over 50’s Lunch Club
  • Over 70’s Christmas Lunch
  • Pantomime Society
  • Photographic Club
  • Power Boat Club (Youth Section)
  • Pre-School
  • Quest Youth Club
  • Sailing Club (Youth Section)
  • St John Ambulance
  • St Michael’s School
  • Table Tennis Club
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • The Hub
  • Uplyme Playing Fields Children’s Play Equipment
  • Uplyme & Lyme Regis Youth Cricket Team
  • Woodmead Halls
  • Youth Theatre

Chairman of the Regatta and Carnival Committee, Teresa Evemy, said,
“We have had a very successful year organising six events as well as the eighty events during Regatta and Carnival Week. We have been able to respond to requests from local good causes and have been able to include several new ones this year.

We have now been able to donate locally over £60,000 in the last ten years.

My committee and I have worked hard to minimise the costs of our events and have tried to make them accessible to as many people as possible.

Once again we are indebted to local businesses who so have supported us and to the many people from Lyme who have helped us with events and collections. We are already enthusiastically planning next year’s events but sadly our committee numbers are dwindling – there are only six of us left – and we really could do with some help next year. If you can help please contact secretary Alan Vian.”

Donations to local good causes

After a successful year the Regatta and Carnival Committee are inviting local good causes to make requests for donations. Interested organisations should detail how they would spend any money donated to them. Requests should be made before November 30th.

UPDATE: The donation requests have now been processed. We expect to announce the beneficiary organisations on the website and local press on 14/12/11 – the announcement is here


Bonfire and Fireworks 2011 – a great success!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event such a success. We estimate that there was a crowd of over 7000 people watching a great firework display facilitated by Euphoria. Seeing the moon through the firework display over the expanse of Lyme Bay added to the magic of the evening. The bonfire, constructed with the help of the Lyme Regis Town Council Staff, the Football Club, the Harbourmaster and other volunteers, soon blazed away under a cloudless night sky. It was lit by the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Sally Holman accompanied by the Mayoress and four councillors. It is great to have so much support from our councillors! Thanks to Lyme Regis Pre-School Guy Fawkes sat astride the bonfire (thanks Travis Perkins & View from Lyme for the many pallets delivered to us) – it was a terrific Guy! The bonfire burnt until the small hours and when we arrived to clear it up at 08.00 there were only ashes remaining. Thanks to the Gig Club and other loyal volunteers the beach was cleared by 09.00.

Thank you too, to the thirty collectors (a record number) who collected over £2000 which covered the costs of the evening and to those of you who generously made a donation.

There was a great atmosphere in Lyme Regis on Saturday. People came from many towns and villages within a thirty mile radius. As one visitor said, ” we always come to Lyme for the fireworks and the bonfire on the beach – there is nowhere else like it for the atmosphere and the organisation.” We also met people who had chosen to have a short break staying in Lyme Regis especially because it was bonfire night.

We enjoyed reading comments from the online community on Twitter (@lymecarnival) and the pictures posted on Facebook (lyme regis). Thanks for posting them.

Bonfire night next year will be on Saturday November 3rd 2012 – book the date because it will be another great night in Lyme.

Spot the window competition – answers

Entries to the week-long spot the window competition were handed in at noon on 12th August.

Lyme Regis shops and businesses added an extra item to their window displays – the fun bit is trying to identify what it was!

Following a technical issue that took more time than estimated, please find link to this year’s ‘Spot the window’ competition answers.

Duck Race Result

Congratulations to the 506 ducks who successfully stayed the course on the River Lym. The winning owner was Sophia (duck 116), 2nd Viv Darling (duck 127), 3rd Joe Loveridge (duck 457) and the last duck home was Finchy-Albiston (duck 501). A special prize was awarded to duck 280 (owned by Ben Trimby.


Pavement Art Competition Saturday 13th August 2011

The final Pavement Art Competition of Lyme Regis Carnival Week took place on Saturday 13th August.

The entries were of a very high standard.

The winners were

5 and under
1st Katie Greene
2nd Christopher Haber
3rd Tommy

6-10 years old
1st Jo-Jo
2nd Imogen
3rd Lucy Turner

11-14 years old
1st Heloise Wormleighton
2nd Monty
3rd Emily Lazenby

Carnival Day Balloon Race 17:00

Balloon Race

Today is Carnival Day at Lyme Regis, to celebrate we’re having our final heat of the Great Lyme Regis Balloon Race

Buy your balloon for just £1 next to the yellow carnival kiosk.

The launch is at 17:00 today.

Last year the winning balloon made it to East Anglia!

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