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Crowds flock to Duck Race

LYMM and District Round Table’s popular Duck Race was once again ‘top of the bill’ this Easter.

The family event raised over £6,500 for charity, largely thanks to main sponsor Co-operative Food, local businesses, the general public and Lymm Ladies Circle’s Easter Food Fest.

“Thankfully the rain held off and everyone seemed to have a good day out,” said Adam Devaney, organiser and Round Table member. “We’re extremely grateful to the Co-op, our super duck and corporate duck sponsors and the great British public who bought a duck to enter the race. Our next job is to decide who to donate all the money to!”

The winning ducks were numbers 188 (first), 161 (second) and 85 (third). The super duck winner, Evolution Recruitment Solutions, chose to donate their £1000 to St Rocco’s Hospice and corporate duck winner South Cheshire Roofing are donating their £250 to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lymm and District Round Table are seeking charities and community groups to donate to – please email with your nominations.

Will your Quack be the quickest?

CHARITY duck racing is back on the bill this Easter Monday (April 17th) thanks to Lymm and District Round Table.

The race, once again kindly sponsored by Co-op Food, starts at 12.30pm. The children’s entertainment and stalls, plus the ‘Easter Food Fest’ on Henry Street car park – next to the youth and community centre – are all open from 10.30am.

“The Duck Race is one of the village’s most popular events of the year and helps us to make thousands of pounds for charity,” said Adam Devaney, organiser and Round Table member. “Come rain or shine the local community always come down and make a day of it and we’re hoping for more of the same so we can pass on all profits to worthy causes.

“We’re also extremely grateful to Co-op Food who have once again generously sponsored the event.”

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Racing duck tickets can be bought online at – normal duck tickets are priced at £1, with corporate ducks £30 and super ducks £60. The first normal racing duck over the line receives £100, second place £50 and third £25, with the winning corporate duck nominating £500 to a local charity, and the winning superduck nominating £1,000.

Alternatively, tickets are on sale by The Cross, Lymm, on the three Saturdays preceding Easter Monday and you can also buy them on the day.

If you are a business interested in being the main event sponsor or would simply like to sponsor a duck contact James Reid on 07825 518452 or If you would like to run a stall then email

Big Lymm Bonfire 2016 – Update from the Chairman

“First of all, thanks to everyone who came down to the bonfire on Saturday evening. You’ve all helped to raise £20,000 for charity which will be going out to many worthy causes in the coming weeks.

Further to some comments made on the night and on social media over recent days, we must also apologise to those of you who were disappointed with the event.

We take all feedback very seriously concerning any of the local events that we organise. The sheer volume of people who attended the event – much more than ever before – has certainly given us food for thought on how we can better manage the crowds next year.

As soon as we recognised that it was getting busy we started advising people they could watch the fireworks free-of-charge from the pavement outside the club and then come in once more people had left.

As regards safety, many of our volunteers are health and safety-trained, we employed a professional company to manage the fireworks display, the bonfire was marshalled with safety barriers in place and St John’s Ambulance were on site in case of a medical emergency.

We have a debrief planned in the coming weeks where all ticket/capping numbers at future events will be high on the agenda – we’ve never had to before but it may be something we need to consider.

We sincerely hope that those who had a negative experience on Saturday night are not put off from attending another Lymm and District Round Table event in the future.”

Best wishes

Ian Newhouse, Chairman, 2016/17

Charity funds rocket at Lymm bonfire

LYMM and District Round Table’s annual bonfire has amassed a staggering £20,000 for charity.

This dwarfs the record total of £13,500 and represents the most successful event in the Table’s history.

The popular event – sponsored by Kids Planet Nursery and held at Lymm Rugby Club – wowed the crowd with two fireworks displays, a range of food, refreshments and fairground rides.

Lymm Ladies Circle, who served up some warming beverages, contributed £1200 to the total, while Statham Community Primary School raised over £300.

Bonfire organiser and Round Table member Steve Liput said: “We are delighted with the amount we have raised this year and a big thank you must go to everyone who came along, our main sponsors Kids Planet, the rugby club for hosting us and the traders who also provide a welcome contribution to the charity kitty.

“It was clearly a very busy night and we need to think carefully about how we manage the crowds next year in order to ensure it remains one of the best bonfire and fireworks displays in the local area.

“That said, our next big job is to decide who to donate all the charity money to!”

If you would like to nominate a charity to be considered for a donation email

National honour for Lymm & District Round Table

Lymm and District Round Table has received a national award to mark its services to the community.

The team of fundraisers was bestowed the ‘National Community Service Award’ at the Round Table National Conference in recognition of its efforts during 2015/16.

Over the last year Lymm and District Round Table has donated almost £30k to in excess of 50 charities and community groups, as well as supporting initiatives such as Heart Start Lymm and The Poppy Appeal.

Lymm & District RT members with their Community Service Award.
Lymm & District RT members with their Community Service Award.

Graham Gowland, 2015/16 chairman, said: “I’d like to commend all the hard work our members put in to organise our events and community activities that help to raise the funds each year. It really does make a difference and this award is something we should all be very proud of.”

Lymm and District Round Table runs three large events a year – the Easter Monday Duck Race, Big Lymm Bonfire and the Lymm Beer Fest, which recently raised £4,500 for worthy causes.

“Following another successful beer fest we’ve agreed which charities and community groups to donate the proceeds to,” added Ian, this year’s chairman. “This means we’re actively seeking more sponsorship requests in advance of our charity bonfire which is our most profitable event of the year.

“There is no criteria to meet as such, we just need as much detail as possible sending to and we’ll consider the request at our next business meeting.”

As well as being a prolific fundraising group, Lymm and District Round Table has one of the largest and most buoyant memberships in the country. If you’re interested in finding out more visit their website at or email


Lymm Round Table toast Beer Fest success

CHARITY money has come pouring in following the sixth annual Lymm Beer Fest and chief organisers Lymm and District Round Table couldn’t be more delighted.

Over £4,500 was raised in total at the popular two-day event, boosted by the main sponsorship of Warrington-based Urban Building Projects Ltd, specialists in domestic and commercial building, and silver sponsorship of Globus, world leaders in protecting hands. The many cask ales, ciders, wines and premium gins on offer at Lymm Village Hall, along with food served up by Lymm Ladies Circle – who also raised over £480 – ensured all attendees went home well fed and watered.


Euan Macdonald, who helped to organise the festival, said: “As well as following a successful formula we introduced the President’s Gin Palace which went down a storm. The Friday night was rocking as usual thanks to Alley Clarke’s live band, and the pleasant weather on Saturday meant that customers on the patio enjoyed both the Lymm Concert Orchestra and the brilliant acoustic set of Matt Fearon.

“Thank you to all our customers, sponsors, entertainers, suppliers and workers who created such a fantastic atmosphere. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!”

If you would like to nominate a charity or community group that you would like the Round Table to consider donating to, please email with more information.

Round Table Bonfire back with a bang

THE Lymm and District Round Table’s charity bonfire returns to light up the night sky and entertain the crowds on Saturday November 5th.

This year’s event is once again sponsored by Kids Planet Day Nursery on Eagle Brow and held at Lymm Rugby Club on Crouchley Lane. It will feature a children’s fireworks display at 7pm and a main fireworks display at 7:45pm. The doors will open at 6pm with the bonfire lighting at 6:30pm.


“This event continues to raise thousands for charity – it’s our biggest fundraiser of the year in fact – so we’re always keen to make it extra special for those who part with their hard-earned cash to support it,” said Steve Liput, organiser and Round Table member. “As ever, there’s fun for all the family with two great displays, rides for children of all ages and plenty of food and drink to keep everyone warm and happy.”

Tickets will be on sale by The Cross, Lymm, on the three weekends preceding bonfire night. Advanced ticket prices are £12 for a family (up to two adults and two children), £6 for adults and £3 for children, while on the door charges are £15 for family, £7 adult and £3 child.

For more information call Steve on 07795 262726 or email

Ales by the barrel-load at Lymm Beer Fest

THE Lymm Beer Festival is back for its sixth year and organisers Lymm and District Round Table are promising another fantastic event.
This year’s charity event, once again sponsored by Warrington-based Urban Building Projects, will take place on Friday 9th (6pm-11pm) and Saturday 10th (noon-11pm) September in Lymm Village Hall and over 36 cask ales will be on offer plus a selection of ciders, perrys, lager and wine.
There will also be live music throughout both days, food and free soft drinks for non-drinkers. The entry fee is £5 (£3 Saturday afternoon and discounts for CAMRA members) which includes a pint glass created specifically for the event. All cask ales, ciders and lager are at one great price of £2.50 a pint.
The Round Table is also seeking organisations to sponsor a cask for £80 for which their names will appear in the programme, at the event and on the festival’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. Sponsors will also receive four tickets and £20 of beer tokens.
Lymm and District Round Table member and beer festival organiser Euan Macdonald said: “The beer festival has continued to go from strength to strength and raised thousands of pounds for local good causes. We will again be focusing on ales from local breweries, but draft lager and fizz will also be in plentiful supply after proving popular last year. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the weather again as there’s nothing better than sipping a refreshing drink in the late summer sun.”
For more information about this year’s beer festival visit, find it on Facebook or Twitter, or, if you’re interested in sponsoring a cask email or call James on 07480 477970.

Record year for Round Table

THE Lymm and District Round Table has donated a record amount for charity this year with almost £25,000 making its way to local causes.

The impressive total was raised from the proceeds of the Round Table’s three main events – the Easter Duck Race, Big Lymm Bonfire and Lymm Beer Fest.

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Round Table members celebrate their record year around the Cross…(l-r) Ian Newhouse, Graham Gowland, Al Priest and Ed Gough.

Outgoing chairman Graham Gowland, who has also recently become a Lymm Parish Councillor, said: “It’s been a great year for Lymm and District Round Table – we’ve grown in numbers, with 26 active members helping to raise and donate such a vast amount to local good causes in the last year alone.

“We couldn’t do this without the support of local businesses, and of course the public coming to our fundraising events. I look forward to handing over the reins to our new chairman, Ian Newhouse, who I’m sure will continue to adopt, adapt and improve what we do. It’s certainly been a great year getting to know, through their support, some of the amazing local organisations that make Lymm and district such a great place to live.”

The causes to have benefited from the Round Table’s donations include Action for Sick Children, CAFT, Walton Lea Partnership, Wolves Foundation, Express Arts Youth Theatre, Contact the Elderly and the Mid-Cheshire Samaritans.