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Round Table hoping for more of the same in 2014

LYMM and District Round Table has started 2014 as it means to continue – by donating lots of money to charity.

Following a highly successful 2013, the Round Table has recently donated over £3,500 to worthy causes, including £1800 towards purchasing heart defibrillators and training for the Grappenhall area, £500 to Kids Cancer Charity for family breaks, £500 to Lymm Cubs for developing orienteering facilities and £350 to the Lymm Squash Club to develop activities for young members learning the sport for the first time.

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Round Table members Jon Beesley (left) and Graham Gowland with the new defibrillator

A further £330 has gone towards the Bridgewater Gymnastics Club for portable equipment and £330 to TOFS, a charity for families of children born unable to swallow.

Round Table chairman Steve Liput said: “It has been another great year for Lymm and District Round Table which is good news for local charities and community groups who benefit from the proceeds from our three main events – the Easter Monday Duck Race, the Lymm Beer Festival and the Big Lymm Bonfire.

“Each year we manage to set the bar even higher for ourselves and 2013 was no different – if we can continue this success into 2014 then it will be a fantastic achievement. Special thanks must go to the members of the public who support our events and also the Round Table members who give up their spare time to help out – great work guys!”

Charity bonfire funds rocket once again

LYMM and District Round Table’s annual bonfire ripped up the record books after raising an impressive £7,500 for charity.

Explosions in the sky

The popular event – sponsored by Kids Planet Nursery and held at Lymm Rugby Club – treated attendees to two fireworks displays including an earlier one for children, along with a range of food, refreshments and fairground rides. Oughtrington Pre-School, who had a stall at the event, also managed to raise £400.

Bonfire organiser and Round Table member Graham Gowland said: “We’re really pleased with the number of people who attended the event; it seems to grow in popularity every year.

“It was a cold and wet night but that certainly didn’t dampen the spirits and thanks to the paying public we now have a record figure to donate to a charity or community group in need. Well done everyone!”

Sparks to fly at the Big Lymm Kids Planet Bonfire

THE Lymm and District Round Table’s charity bonfire is returning with more attractions than ever before.

The popular event, sponsored for the second year running by Kids Planet Nursery, will take place on Saturday 9th November at Lymm Rugby Club on Crouchley Lane, with gates opening at 6pm, followed by a children’s fireworks display at 6.30pm, bonfire lighting at 7pm and the main fireworks display from 7.30pm.


“We raised over £8,000 for charity last year which was a great effort however we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels,” said Graham Gowland, joint-organiser and Round Table member. “Last year we added an extra display for younger kids, and this year there will be an even wider selection of food, and fairground rides for all ages. Everyone is welcome, and we even have a special disabled viewing area planned, with free admission for carers.”

Michelle Citrine, manager of Kids Planet’s Lymm nursery, added: “It’s great to be involved with an event that is loved by so many children in Lymm.”

Tickets will be on sale – complete with ‘Guy’ – by The Cross, Lymm, on the three weekends preceding the 9th November, and you can also pay on the door. Prices have been held for the last four years, at £10 for a family (up to two adults and two children), £5 for adults and £2 for children.

For more information about the event, contact Graham on 01925 751599.

Charity money comes pouring in from beer festival

LYMM and District Round Table’s third beer festival has generated a barrel-load of money for charity following another great turnout from the ale-loving public.

Close to £4,000 was raised in total, beating last year’s proceeds by some margin, as hundreds attended the two-day event sponsored by Amplify – a Lymm-based web design company. The 30-plus cask ales, ciders and perries went down a treat, as did the live music and hearty grub served up by Lymm Ladies Circle who also raised over £400 for good causes.

Ian Newhouse, who helped to organise the festival, said: “Raising this kind of money for charity was a magnificent effort and it really is a great event to be a part of. There is certainly a thirst for real ale these days as, despite having significantly more beers on offer than last year, the festival was drunk dry late on the Saturday night.

“Like the duck race and bonfire, the beer festival is clearly turning into another popular Round Table event and we hope it stays on the local community’s social calendar for many years to come.”

More on tap at the beer festival

THE Lymm Beer Festival is set to return for its third year and organisers Lymm and District Round Table are promising it will be bigger and better than ever.

Following on from previous success, this year’s charity event will take place on Friday 6th (6pm-11pm) and Saturday 7th (noon-11pm) September in Lymm Village Hall and is sponsored by Amplify – a Lymm-based web design company ( Two dozen cask ales will be on offer plus a selection of ciders, perrys and wine.

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There will also be live music throughout both days including the Lymm Concert Orchestra and local bands, a quiz and hot food served by the Lymm Ladies Circle, who will also be providing 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 and ciders 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 Ian Newhouse said: “The beer festival is fast becoming an established Lymm event and we’re hoping for another great turnout this year. We’re offering more ales to choose from, there’ll be some great entertainment on show and, of course, if we can raise more funds for charity in the process then all the better.”

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 07810 152931.

Round Table on hunt for new members

LYMM and District Round Table are hosting an event to recruit new members following another fantastic year.

At the recent AGM it was reported that close to £20,000 was raised for charity this year following hugely successful beer festival, bonfire and duck race events. However, with a number of members leaving for the newly-formed ‘41 Active’ club after reaching 45, a new influx of fundraisers is sought.

As such, a free-of-charge ‘New Members Night’ will take place on 12th July at Lymm Village Hall, Pepper Street, starting at 8pm, and will feature pub games, a giant scalextric and chilli.

New chairman Steve Liput said: “We’ve had another great year as we’ve put in a lot of effort to raise money for some really worthy causes. Sadly, as some members are moving on we would like to get more lads involved so that we can continue to host our popular community events to the same high standard.

“Round Table is a great way to meet other like-minded guys, especially if you’re new to the area. We have a busy and varied year of social activities ahead including go karting, curry nights, paintballing, an array of sports – both watching and playing – and then of course there’s the sense of pride you get from helping to raise thousands for charity.

“If the Round Table sounds like something you want to get involved in and you live in Lymm or the surrounding area then come along to our New Members Night to meet current members and see what we’re all about.”

For more information about the Lymm and District Round Table’s New Members Night, email, visit or call Graham on 01925 751599.

Record year for Lymm Duck Race

PEOPLE from across Warrington and beyond braved the cold early spring weather to make Lymm’s customary Easter Monday Duck Race the most popular yet.

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Ducks Away!…Round Table members Rich Storey (left) and Graham Gowland at the duck race launch (picture courtesy of the Warrington Guardian).

Despite the wintry winds, organisers Lymm and District Round Table reported that £6,000 was raised for charity – a record for the event – thanks to main sponsors Co-operative Food, and the support of many local businesses and members of the public.

“The weather wasn’t ideal so we’re really grateful to the many people who came down,” said Steve Liput, one of the event’s organisers and Round Table member. “We’re pleased by how the new Easter Food Fest fared and we hope to bring it back next year.”

This year, the winning ducks were numbers 598 (first), 618 (second) and 951 (third). The super duck winner was named as Cheshire Housing Management and corporate duck winner Vogue hairdressers. Both companies will nominate a charity which the Round Table will donate £1000 and £250 to respectively.

Prizes were also awarded to those who guessed the correct finish times of special Lymm Ladies Circle pink and blue ducks which helped to raise funds for breast cancer and testicular cancer respectively. Lymm Ladies also ran a successful stall selling cakes and other treats on the day.

More on the bill for 2013 Duck Race

The Duck Race is set to return on Easter Monday (April 1st) with Lymm and District Round Table promising it will be bigger and better than ever.

Finn Oakley, 8, is hoping his duck is first past the post.

The popular annual event, kindly sponsored this year by The Co-operative Food, takes place in Lymm village, with the race beginning at 12.30pm. This year, there will be an additional ‘Easter Food Fest’ on Henry Street car park – next to the youth and community centre – comprising a range of stalls offering food to eat on the day or to take home.  This new feature, along with all the customary children’s entertainment, will be open from 10.30am.

“The Duck Race continues to be a well-supported community event and this year we thought we’d try and offer even more for people,” said Steve Liput, Round Table member. “Hopefully the weather will be a little better than last year as there’s nothing nicer than a packed village centre with the sun shining.

“Also new for this year the owner of the winning super duck will be able to nominate a charity that we will donate £1000 to, with £250 going to the charity of choice of the corporate duck winner too.”

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.

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

If you are interested in sponsorship or have an idea for running a stall, then contact Steve on 07795 262726 or


Christmas boost for playgroup

CHRISTMAS came early for the little ones at Incy Wincy Toddler Group in Lymm after a festive donation from Lymm and District Round Table.

Trying out the new toys…(l-r) playgroup organiser Jill Abernethy, Graham Gowland and Rik Wilson of the Round Table and playgroup organiser Kate Harrison.

The babies, tots and toddlers now have a sack-full of new toys to play with after the Round Table donated £300 to the group which runs on Tuesday mornings at Lymm Baptist Church.

Joint playgroup organiser Kate Harrison said: “Some of our toys were looking a bit tired and as the number of mums and tots attending the group has steadily been increasing there weren’t that many to go around either.

“This donation has managed to ensure that all the children have some shiny new toys to play with so we’re eternally grateful to the Round Table and those who helped to raise the funds.”

Chairman Rik Wilson, who visited the playgroup to see the new toys in use, said: “We like to donate our funds to a mix of worthy charities and community groups and Incy Wincy’s certainly fit the bill – it’s nice to see our donation has been put to good use.”

Round Table light up bonfire night

THE local community turned out in force once again to support Lymm and District Round Table’s customary charity bonfire, sponsored by Kids Planet Nursery, raising an impressive £6,500 in the process.

This year, families were treated to two fireworks displays at the busy event held at Lymm Rugby Club – including one earlier display especially for the children – along with a range of food and refreshments. There was also the return of the popular designated area for disabled people and their carers.

Bonfire organiser and Round Table member Mike O’ Crowley said: “It was another great bonfire event and we’re particularly pleased to have raised so much given the number of other local displays also held on that evening.

“It was a bitterly cold night so it was great to see so many people come for both the earlier children’s display and the main display – their support will go towards helping out a charity or community group in need. A big thank you must also go out to the volunteers who helped to run the stalls too including Lymm Ladies Circle and Lymm Lions.”