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Final two Lyme organisations sign major grant agreements

THE final two organisations to receive major funding from Lyme Regis Town Council have signed their grant agreements.

Marine Theatre cheque presentation

LymeArts Community Trust, which runs the Marine Theatre, will receive £120,000, and LymeForward, the local area partnership, will receive £60,000, both over the next four years.

The town council allocated a combined £365,700 over the next four years to seven local organisations.

LymeArts Community Trust will use the funding to help cover the core running costs of the theatre, and to pay for capital improvements to the building.

The Mayor, Cllr Owen Lovell presented a cheque to the trust chairman, David Edwards, trustee Chas Hall and theatre director Clemmie Reynolds.  

Cllr Lovell said: “Since giving the theatre to the trust, the council has always sought to support the activities of the theatre, within reason, for the benefit of the town.”

LymeArts Community Trust chairman Mr Edwards said: “The LymeArts Community Trust are pleased to agree the council’s financial commitment to the theatre.

“We will continue to work together to ensure this valuable asset to the community is well maintained and positively improved so that a broad mix of quality events can be offered.”

Signing the grant agreement with LymeForward

LymeForward will use its funding to help deliver community planning and engagement in Lyme Regis, and support the council in delivering community-based objectives, such as the residents’ survey group Lyme Voice and community engagement through social media.

The grant agreement was signed by the Mayor, town clerk, and two of LymeForward’s directors, Sally Holman and Chris Boothroyd.

Mr Boothroyd said: “LymeForward welcomes and appreciates the award of this grant. It enables the excellent community work led by Adrian Ragbourne, with the support of a wide range of volunteers, to continue.

“It’s also a strong statement of partnership between the town council and LymeForward to serve as many interests in the town as possible.”

Cllr Lovell said: “After much discussion, the council has accepted LymeForward’s move to a community interest company and the funding is there for the next four years.

“What the future holds, no-one knows at this point in time as there is some uncertainty over the funding from West Dorset District Council.”

Grant agreements were previously signed by Lyme Regis Gig Club, the Hub, Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, Lyme Regis Football Club, and B Sharp.