LymeForward Weekly Update - this week in Technicolour - w/c 27th July 2020 View in browser
Food Bank Donations

The number of people accessing the food bank is growing gradually each month and we are currently planning for the coming couple of months as people come off furlough and may not have a job to go back to. The support we have received from the local community has been brilliant and we really hope that this will continue, so a big THANKYOU to everyone for supporting us. We continue to need all of the basics as well as the following items especially:

  • Tinned Spaghetti
  • Tinned cold meat
  • Custard
  • Jam
  • Shiphams pastes
  • Savoury biscuits
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Washing tablets

If you would prefer to make a financial contribution to our effort then please get in touch at for bank transfer details.

Active Travel

(Thanks to Belinda Bawden for this content)

The 'Active Travel' initiative represents a fundamental shift in government thinking about how we use our streets and public spaces and offers the chance to put the health and well-being needs of people above those of car users in village, town and city planning.

Please tell Dorset Council what changes you'd like to see before 31st July.

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Build Back Better

(Thanks again to Belinda Bawden for this content)

A Dorset group of Build Back Better is being set up to encourage a 'Green New Deal'-type recovery by building on the community resilience and support which has enabled us all to get through the coronavirus crisis.

Contact Belinda Bawden ( if you would like to join either as an individual or as a community group keen to campaign for a new, more sustainable recovery from the Covid crisis based on the needs of people in Dorset.

Do also please visit the Build Back Better website by clicking on the "find out more" button below

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Re-Set campaign -PLEASE SHARE

(Again thanks to Belinda who now has the title "contributor of the week". You have won a 50p book token)

A cross-party Parliamentary group has been set up to enable everyone to have a say in how they would like the Covid recovery to look. Do take a look and share your ideas.

Reset is a chance for your voice to be heard, so that you can help shape a fairer, greener, future for the UK. Supported by a group of MPs from across the political spectrum, Reset aims to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us to listen, reflect, plan and act – together – to bring about real and lasting change.

Speak out, be heard.

Please click on find out more

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The latest news from Dorset Coucil

Dorset Libraries reopen.

What’s really happening with support for homeless people in Dorset.

Dorset shortlisted for 3 top national awards – vote for Dorset!

Draft Climate and Ecological Emergency strategy

….click on find out more

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Wildwriting! Dorset

(Thanks to the amazing Sarah Action with whom we have worked before on Memory Café projects)

Activate Performing Arts have commissioned WildWriting! Dorset digital resources to share in partnership with Stepping into Nature - six free creative writing activities on nature themes to do in a garden/park/from a balcony or window suitable for all ages, but hoping to target older people and anyone living with dementia and their carers/ anyone who might be isolated.

The digital activities are rolling out over the next weeks as

- pdfs

- audio clips


all available if you click on find out more

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Home-Start West Dorset - press release

Home-Start West Dorset - press release

Do you have parenting experience and 2-3 hours a week available to visit a local family in need? Home-Start West Dorset is looking for volunteers to offer practical and emotional support to families with children under five.

Families require help for many different reasons, including loneliness and isolation, multiple births, poor mental health, illness or disability, housing or financial stresses; or maybe they are just finding parenting a struggle. Covid 19 has also meant many families in Dorset have been finding life particularly hard for the last few months.

Home-Start West Dorset is a well-known local independent charity that has operated across West Dorset, Weymouth, Portland and Sherborne since 2009. All volunteers undertake a 26-hour training course, spread over multiple weeks, which gives them all skills and tools they’ll need. Once matched with a suitable family, our volunteers continue to be fully supported, including a personal supervision every six weeks.

During this time of social distancing the charity has successfully moved its support to on line; still giving weekly support through phone and video call, texts and post. Kelly Rolfe, one of the charity’s organisers says, “As lockdown guidelines have eased, many more families have been pushed towards a vulnerable status and we’re getting increasing amounts of referrals. We are aiming to organise a new volunteer training course as soon as it is safe to do so, and are looking for women and men with parenting experience, aged 18 and over, to apply now so that we can get going again as soon as possible.”

For more information or an application form please contact us on 01305 265072 or email

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Dorset Coast Forum - July Newsletter

The latest newsletter features updates on the new Dorset Coast Have your say website to provide engagement opportunities and updates, Dorset Beaches survey, RNLI updates, countryside code, grants and funding, Defra's consultation on the future of trees and woodlands and more.

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Lyme Bay Radio is offering all local businesses a chance to dedicate a song and mention their business for free on the radio.

Just email and let us know why you want to hear it, and what it means to you, and give us the name of your business and we will dedicate that song to you and let you know when it is going to play out. To give you a start think about the following:

  • What is the 1 song that got you through it all?
  • What song would you share to the Lyme Bay Community?
  • Is there someone you would like to dedicate a song to, for a Birthday, Anniversary or to the love of your life?
  • What's the 1 song guaranteed to make you dance?
  • What's first chillout song you play 1st when you get to a beach?
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Lyme Regis Farmers' Market Launching Friday 14th of August

This August, LRDT are launching an exciting Farmers ' market to take place initially in the Marine Parade shelters during the summer months and then move to The Hub throughout the winter. The market will focus on bringing together local producers, makers and growers to create a diverse and fantastic shopping experience!

The market will be running every SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 9am - 2pm on the following dates (planned so far).

  • 14th August 2020
  • 11th September 2020
  • 9th of October 2020

​Dates for our winter venue to be announced.

​If you are interested in becoming one of the vendors and your product is produced within a 20-mile radius of Lyme Regis then please fill in an application form and the team will get back to you.

​If you have any questions, please get in touch at

Application Form

As always, if you have anything you want to include in our weekly bulletin, please contact us via email or 01297 441224


01297 441224

Our Local Area Partnership would not exist without the very generous help of many volunteers and funding from Lyme Regis Town Council and Dorset Council

LymeForward CIC is a Community Interest Company No 10381732. Registered Address: The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

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