What a year for Lymm & District Round Table!

LYMM and District Round Table has raised a record amount for charity this year with over £20,000 donated to worthy causes.

The extraordinary total was raised from the proceeds of the Round Table’s main events throughout 2014/15 – the Beer Fest, Big Lymm Bonfire and Duck Race – and dwarfs the amount raised in previous years.

Outgoing chairman Chris Gorman said: “It’s been a hugely successful year and my thanks goes out to all our members who have given up their spare time to organise and deliver the events, plus the local community which has been as supportive as ever.

“Thanks to them we have been able to donate thousands of pounds to a number of worthy causes in Lymm and the surrounding area.”

The Round Table will be hoping for more of the same in 2015/16 and are already seeking charities, community groups and individuals to donate to.

New chairman Graham Gowland said: “Helping those in need is what the Round Table is all about and we are actively encouraging people to step forward and request a donation. We have appointed our very first charity officer this year in Tim Oakley who will be co-ordinating our donations and ensuring the proceeds of our event goes out to those who need it the most.”

If you would like to nominate a charity, community group or individual to donate to, email Tim at charity@lymmroundtable.co.uk

Duck Race Online Sales – Update

We are aware that some people who purchased ducks online via PayPal didn’t receive their entry number in return. This system has run seamlessly for a number of years and upon investigation the problem is specific to those with Hotmail/Live email accounts.

In the past few months Microsoft have adjusted their SPAM filters meaning more email is being marked as Junk and therefore either going straight into that folder or not arriving at all (I know this as a Hotmail customer myself!)

Clearly, Hotmail didn’t like the IP address or account from which we were sending duck race numbers out, hence some people never received them. Rest assured we had a full list of numbers attributed to online sales on the day and were ready to contact people should they have won.

The Lymm Duck Race is a charity event run solely by volunteers and our main aim (in addition to raising lots of money) is that everyone has a good experience; hence we are disappointed to hear of this issue. We are currently looking at more efficient ways to disseminate duck race numbers relating to online sales in time for next year.

Best wishes

Chris Gorman, Chairman

Duck Race is Top of the Bill

THE crowds flocked to Lymm and District Round Table’s popular Easter Monday Duck Race, helping it to raise more for charity than ever before.

The family event amassed over £7,500 which will go towards worthy causes, largely thanks to the main sponsor – the Co-Operative Food at Cherry Lane – the support of local businesses and the general public. Along with funds raised from the race itself, Lymm Ladies Circle’s Easter Food Fest also added around £1000 to the charity kitty.

“Everything went according to plan and we couldn’t have wished for a better event – the sun even came out for us!” said Nick Elliott, organiser and Round Table member. “We’re eternally grateful to the Co-Op, the local businesses that stepped forward to sponsor us and those who bought a duck to enter the race. We now have the lovely task of donating lots of money to charity.”

The winning ducks were numbers 25 (first), 636 (second) and 305 (third), with the super duck winner named as Clinic Equilibrium and corporate duck winner The Sweet Shop. Each business will now nominate a charity of their choice to donate money to (£1000 for the super duck, £250 for the corporate duck).

Lymm and District Round Table are seeking charities and community groups to donate to – please email info@lymmroundtable.co.uk with your nominations.

Ducks Away!

The Lymm Duck Race returns on Easter Monday (April 6th) and organisers Lymm and District Round Table are hoping for another quacking turnout.

The race, once again kindly sponsored by the Co-Op store on Cherry Lane, starts at 12.30pm while all the usual children’s entertainment and stalls, plus the popular ‘Easter Food Fest’ on Henry Street car park – next to the youth and community centre – will be open from 10.30am.


“The Duck Race is now firmly established as one of Lymm’s most popular events and we’re finding that people are travelling in from further afield,” said Nick Elliott, Round Table member. “As well as organising a fun day out for all the family we also strive to raise as much money as possible for charity, which is why the support of local businesses as corporate or super duck sponsors is really important. As has now become customary, 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 www.lymmduckrace.co.uk – 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 three Saturdays preceding Easter Monday and you can also buy them on the day.

If you are interested in sponsorship then contact Nick Bond on 07967 831371 or sponsorship@lymmduckrace.co.uk If you would like to run a stall then email stalls@lymmduckrace.co.uk

Lymm and District Round Table to celebrate 50th year

LYMM and District Round Table are holding a Charter Night to mark their 50thyear on Friday 20th February, 7:30pm, at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Lymm.
The fundraising group, which organises popular community events throughout the year including the Easter Monday Duck Race, Big Lymm Bonfire and Lymm Beer Fest, is inviting all former Table members to a night of hot food, a private bar and entertainment.
Current chairman Chris Gorman said: “This will be an informal evening where Table members past and present can share stories about the good old days and hopefully catch up with some forgotten faces.
“It would be good to see as many former Tablers there as possible – either from Lymm and District or further afield – plus if anyone has any memorabilia or old photos to add to the occasion that would be great too.”
Tickets are priced at £10 and to book your spot or find out more call Chris Stephens on 01925 759699 (evenings) or email charter@lymmroundtable.co.uk

Charity bonfire funds are sky high

LYMM and District Round Table’s annual bonfire smashed its previous fundraising record after amassing a staggering £13,500 for charity.

This dwarfs last year’s record total of £7,500 and represents the most successful event in the Table’s 50-year 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, also raised over £700 for charity.

Bonfire organiser and Round Table member Rob Spurr said: “We are absolutely over the moon at the amount we have raised this year. We knew it was a busy night but never dreamed that we’d better last year by so much.

“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 kitty.”

This year’s chairman, Chris Gorman, added: “To raise such a huge total in what is our 50th year is absolutely amazing. We have a great group of hard-working lads who have given up their free time to help out. Their commitment to the cause means a lot of charities and community groups will be getting a much-needed boost this Christmas.”

If you would like to nominate a charity to be considered for a donation email info@lymmroundtable.co.uk

Round Table ‘Veterans’ Mark Remembrance Sunday

Lymm and District Round Table marked this year’s Remembrance Sunday by laying two wreaths at the Lymm and Oughtrington War Memorials.

Vice-Chair Graham Gowland (45) who served with 168 Pioneer Regt, RLC said: ‘Especially in the years of the Centenary of WW1, we wanted to mark the sacrifice of all those who have fought over the years to keep us safe’.


Matt Stevenson (34) who served with 4th Armoured Brigade commented: ‘Marking those that served before is important to me, and I always attend a remembrance parade, work permitting’.

Rob Spurr (26) who served with 150 Transport Regt (V) RLC added: ‘We are always looking for more servicemen to join the Round Table, and the camaraderie of Table reflects that which you find in the Services’.

Earlier this year Lymm and District Round Table commemorated the outbreak of WW1 by distributing hundreds of packs of Poppy seeds locally.

Picture: Round Table members (l-r) Ian Newhouse, Graham Gowland, David Hughes and Nick Elliot at the Cross in Lymm

Round Table fired up for bonfire night

THE Lymm and District Round Table’s charity bonfire returns to light up the night sky and entertain the crowds on Saturday November 8th.

This year’s event is once again sponsored by Kids Planet Nursery on Eagle Brow and held at Lymm Rugby Club on Crouchley Lane. It will feature slightly different timings than previous years with doors opening at 6pm, closely followed by bonfire lighting at 6.30pm, a children’s fireworks display at 7.00pm and main fireworks display at 7.45pm.

“We must say a big thank you to Kids Planet for sponsoring us again, they’re always keen to support our community events and it’s great that their children will be making the Guy this year too,” said Rob Spurr, organiser and Round Table member. “We’ve brought forward the bonfire lighting this year in the hope that we can keep people warm if it’s cold, plus there’ll be the popular funfair rides and lots of food and drink on offer.

“Hopefully the public will turn out once more and ensure we have plenty of money to donate to charity in time for Christmas.”

Tickets will be on sale by The Cross, Lymm, on the three weekends preceding bonfire night. Advanced ticket prices are £10 for a family (up to two adults and two children), £5 for adults and £2 for children, while on the door charges are £12 for family, £6 adult and £3 child.

For more information call Rob on 07557 435482 or email info@lymmroundtable.co.uk

Charity money by the barrel load

CHARITY money has come pouring in following Lymm and District Round Table’s fourth annual beer festival after another great turnout from the ale-loving public.

Over £5,000 was raised in total, a record for the event, as hundreds attended the two-day festival sponsored by Warrington-based Urban Building Projects Ltd, specialists in domestic and commercial building. The 37 cask ales, ciders and perries on offer at Lymm Village Hall, along with hearty grub served up by Lymm Ladies Circle – who also raised over £450 for good causes – ensured the public went away well fed and watered.

beer fest 2014

James Williams, who helped to organise the festival, said: “We had more ales and ciders on offer than ever before which proved to be a good move as at the end of Saturday night the stocks were running low, but we still had a few beers available. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the event, especially our main sponsors, Urban, our cask sponsors, those who sampled the ales, pulled the pints, entertained the crowd or provided the food.

“They all helped to ensure we raised as much money as we did – we now need to focus on making some donations and planning next year’s event…not before our Big Lymm Bonfire that is!”

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

Ales galore at the Lymm Beer Festival

THE Lymm Beer Festival is back for its fourth year and organisers Lymm and District Round Table are promising more ales than ever before.

This year’s charity event has been kindly sponsored by Urban Building Projects Ltd of Warrington, specialists in domestic and commercial building, and will take place on Friday 5th (6pm-11pm) and Saturday 6th (noon-11pm) September in Lymm Village Hall. Over 25 cask ales will be on offer plus a selection of ciders, perrys 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 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 Duncan Selkirk said: “The beer festival is now one of our most popular events and, as such, we will be having more beers on tap than we have had in previous years. We are keeping our fingers crossed for the weather again as there’s nothing better than sipping a tasty ale in the late summer sun.”

For more information about this year’s beer festival find it on Facebook or Twitter, or, if you’re interested in sponsoring a cask call Duncan on 07804 796902.