Category Archives: Events

Events organised by the Society for its members and the public

Autumn Talks Programme Starts

Exploring the Undercliffs

On Tuesday 25th September Donald Campbell will start off the Society’s Autumn talks programme with “Lyme Regis’ Undercliff”. Donald is a former chairman of the Axe Vale Conservation Society and an expert on the geology, flora and fauna of the Undercliff that was formed by the Great Landslip of 1839. He is also the author of “Exploring the Undercliffs”

The full schedule for programme is shown on our Events page.

Heritage Open Days and Dorset Architectural Heritage Week

This weekend the Society will be opening Lyme Regis Guildhall  on behalf of Lyme Regis Town Council. Opening times will be from 10am till 4pm on Friday 7th to Sunday 9th of September.

The event is part of both Heritage Open Days and Dorset Architectural Heritage Week and, as usual, it is the only opportunity ot the year for the public to have a good look inside this lovely building designed by architect George Vialls.

To complement the event, Lyme Regis Museum will be presenting a talk on Vialls by Max Hebditch at 6.30pm on Saturday 8th September. The talk will take place in the guildhall.


Our Honoured Citizen

On Saturday 2nd June, following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Parade through Lyme, the Society’s long serving ex-Chairman, Bernard Spencer, was made an Honoured Citizen of the town for his service to the Town through the Lyme Regis Society. The pictures below show Mayor Sally Holman presenting Bernard with his well earned award. Good work Bernard!!







The Society was well represented in the parade. Molly Spencer supported Bernard at the head of the parade with others, shown below after the event, joined the main body of marchers.








More pictures of the Parade and Awards Ceremony can be seen on Peter Wile’s site,

Come and join the Parade

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are approaching fast, so here is a reminder about three of the events in Lyme Regis.

On Saturday 2nd June there is the Civic Parade. The Society is taking part so, if you would like to come and join the parade, you will be most welcome to join us. The parade leaves Holmbush Car Park at 11am.

All Over The Town


On Tuesday the 5th June, the Friends of the Museum are presenting a rare showing of All Over The Town (No, not our Newsletter) the much loved 1940’s film starring Sarah Churchill.

The film is showing at 10.15am in the Regent Cinema and is likely to be very well attended.

For more information click on the poster.


Jubilee Concert


On Wednesday 6th June the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum are putting on a Jubilee Concert performed by the Ware Quartet. One of the Society’s members will be playing. The music will include pieces from Bach, Pachebel, Mozart, Elgar and Strauss and much more!

For more information click on the poster.





On the Beach

Last weekend Lyme held its 2012 Fossil Festival. Successful, yet again, in itself, it also was the start of a summer/coast long Earth Festival which forms part of the Cultural Olympiad. There were fossils, fossil sellers, fossil collectors … everywhere; especially on the beach where a huge marquee was the centre of the festival.

There is always something new to be learned at the Fossil Festival and this year was no exception. Chris Paul gave a very interesting talk about ammonites that had worm tubes attached to their shells. More can be learned about this on the Museum web-site.

However, the thing that has stuck in my memory is a tiny piece of information gleaned from Tom Sharpe’s talk on Mary Anning. Henry de la Beche (right) who lived for a time in Aveline House (Lloyds Bank) on Broad Street and was the founder of the British Geological Survey, was a great friend and benefactor of Mary Anning. Mary gave Henry his love for geology and he helped the Annings financially when they fell on hard times and even drew the above cartoon of Mary at work on the beach to raise money for them. In his talk, Tom Sharpe pronounced “de la Beche” as “de la Beach” and not “de la Besh” as one would expect for a French name. On being asked “Why?”, he explained that we had Mary Anning to thank for our knowledge of how Henry’s name was pronounced 200 years ago! How can that be?

Mary was largely self educated and often wrote words phonetically. In her letters she refers to her friend as “Henry de la Beach” thus we know that was how she and others pronounced the name. Perhaps my heading should have been “Of the Beach”.


Poundbury, Urban Triumph or Disaster?

Love it or hate it, Poundbury produces different reactions in everyone. On Tuesday 24th April, Martin Pakes of the Crewkerne Civic Society will give a talk on the subject which will, no doubt, lead to an interesting discussion.

Everyone is welcome to the talk, at Woodmead Halls, which will cost £1.50 including refreshments and will follow the Society’s AGM which starts at 2.30pm.