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.”

Round Table bonfire back with a bang!

THE Lymm and District Round Table’s charity bonfire is set to sparkle once again with more family fun than ever before.

This year’s event will be held at Lymm Rugby Club on Crouchley Lane on Saturday 3rd November with doors opening at 6pm, closely followed by a new children’s fireworks display at 6.30pm, bonfire lighting at 7.15pm and main fireworks display from 8pm.

“We raised over £7,000 for charity last year which was a great effort however we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels,” said Mike O’ Crowley, organiser and Round Table member. “We’ve added earlier fireworks especially for the kids meaning people can now get two great displays for the price of one.

“As per usual there’ll be lots of other stuff going on including children’s rides, plenty of food and drink on offer and many other stalls run by the community including the Ladies Circle. We’re also bringing back the popular additional disabled access with carers gaining free entry.”

Tickets will be on sale – complete with ‘Guy’ – by The Cross, Lymm, on the three weekends preceding bonfire night, and you can also pay on the door. Prices are £10 for family (up to two adults and two children), £5 for adults and £3 for children.

The Round Table are also seeking sponsors for the event – for more information contact Mike on 07867 531764.


Lymm Beer Festival makes a barrel load for charity

LYMM’S second beer festival pulled in the crowds once more with over £2,500 raised for charity.

 Over 500 ale lovers sampled the range of beers and ciders on sale at the annual two-day event held by Lymm and District Round Table, which also featured live music and entertainment, with hearty grub served up by Lymm Ladies Circle.

Richard Storey, who helped to organise the festival, said: “Pulling it all together has certainly been hard work but well worth it when totting up the thousands of pounds we’ve raised for charity. It’s fair to say that the event was more successful than we could have ever wished for – the fine weather certainly gave everyone a thirst and the event was so popular that the drinkers managed to finish all the ale just before we stopped serving!

“This could be seen as great management of supplies but rest assured, we’ll be monitoring the weather closely next year and ensure we have sufficient supplies for the 2013 event.”

Darren Walter, festival visitor and medical director of NW Air Ambulance – one of the beneficiaries of a Round Table charitable donation – added: “This is a great community event, not just because it brings local people together but its proceeds give a real boost to charities who are crying out for funding. I’ve got first-hand experience of the Round Table’s generosity and long may events like the Beer Festival continue.”


On yer bike – cyclists ride Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity

A TRIO of intrepid cyclists have raised over £2500 for charity after pedalling their way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Matt Hacker, Jamie Sharman, both of Lymm, and Neil Shand, of Comberbach, took on the impressive 915-mile feat, which took only eight days to complete, in a bid to raise funds for the NW Air Ambulance Service and Headway, the Brain Injury Association.

Six hundred pounds alone were donated to the cyclists by Lymm and District Round Table. Matt, a former member himself, said: “When we first set out on the challenge we never dreamed we’d raise as much as we did. We’ve been amazed by people’s generosity, most notably Lymm Round Table who pitched in with such a substantial amount.

“We’re also really grateful for the support we received along the way, with complete strangers willing us along and digging into their pockets to make a donation.’’

The cyclists are also members of North Cheshire Clarion Cycling Club, based in Warrington. If you are interested in developing your cycling at any age or discipline, then why not visit

Cheers – Lymm charity beer festival set to return

LYMM and District Round Table will be rolling out the barrel once again for its second charity beer festival.

Following last year’s successful inaugural event, this year’s will take place on 7th and 8th September in Lymm Village Hall and promises to be bigger and better with music from the Lymm concert orchestra, local singer Duncan Selby and Peter Corbett (aka the man behind Sooty and Sweep). There will also be a quiz and hot food available served by the Lymm Ladies Circle, who will also be providing free soft drinks for non-drinkers.

This year’s main sponsors are Evolution Recruitment Solutions and the Round Table is also seeking out organisations to sponsor one of over 20 beers and ciders that will be on sale. Barrel sponsorship is £75 for which sponsors’ names will appear in the programme, at the event and on the festival’s twitter feed (@LymmBeerFest).

Sponsors will also receive six tickets to the event including two VIPs who will be invited to attend from 5.30-7pm on the Friday, where there will be a chance to meet other sponsors, local dignitaries and members of the charities who have benefited from the Round Table’s donations. During this time all beer will be free-of-charge.

Lymm and District Round Table member and beer festival organiser Rich Storey said: “Last year’s event went so well, enjoyed by organisers and drinkers alike, that the beer festival is now a regular fixture in our calendar of events.

“We’re hoping for a great turnout again this year with even more money raised for charity in the process.”

To find out more about the event and how to become a sponsor, call Rich on 07929 357580, visit or email

Record year for Lymm and District Round Table

THE Lymm and District Round Table has profited from the generosity of the local community this year and raised a record amount for charity as a result.

Over £13,000 was raised from the Round Table’s main 2011/12 events – the Lymm Duck Race, Big Lymm Bonfire and the new and well-attended Lymm Beer Festival. New chairman Rik Wilson said: “We are constantly amazed by the number of people who come to our events, in all kinds of weather, and without their support we simply wouldn’t be able to donate so much money to worthy causes.

“Local businesses have been particularly generous this year too and my thanks also go out to our members who have put in a great deal of hard work to plan and run the events. Our first beer festival was a huge success and we’re really looking forward to doing it all again this September – watch this space for full details!”

The local causes to have benefited from the Round Table’s donations include Oughtrington Pre-School, NW Air Ambulance Service, Children’s Adventure Farm, Warrington Peace Centre, along with national beneficiaries such as Child Reach International, MacMillan Cancer Support and Pain Relief Foundation.

Charity donation is music to pre-school’s ears

CHILDREN at Oughtrington Pre-School can now hear more than the birds singing in their outdoor play area thanks to a donation – to the tune of £500 – from Lymm and District Round Table.

The pre-school, based on Oughtrington Crescent, Lymm, is now the proud owner of an outdoor musical station

Jo Cooper, a member of the pre-school’s fundraising committee, said: “We were aware of the Round Table and their charity work so we wrote to them hoping they would consider us. Thankfully, they were able to fund the entire cost of the equipment which will support the children’s motor skills, social interaction, confidence and self-esteem, as well as helping them have lots of fun!”

Oughtrington Pre-School is just one of the many beneficiaries of Lymm and District Round Table’s latest batch of charitable donations, with a total of £4,500 also having gone towards organisations such as the Walton Lea Project, Warrington RSPCA, Brainwave, Lymm British Legion, Canal Street Day Centre, Warrington Hospital Maternity Ward and Cotebrook House.

“We’ve raised record figures again this year, so, as a result more and more charities and community groups will get cheques sent their way,” said Round Table chairman Chris Stephens. “We’re always on the look-out for worthy causes so feel free to get in touch if you’re a charity, group or individual who needs some support.”

Charity funds come pouring in at the Duck Race

THE racing ducks weren’t the only ones who got wet at this year’s Easter Monday Duck Race in Lymm – however the rain didn’t stop the public turning out in force to support the event.

In fact, spirits were anything but dampened as organisers Lymm and District Round Table reported an impressive £5,000 raised for charity.

A host of businesses gave the event their backing, including main sponsor 235 Consulting, helping to make it one of the most successful duck races ever.

“We were a touch worried that the poor weather forecast would deter a lot of people from coming down, however the number of people who actually braved the rain was really pleasing,” said John Edwards, organiser and Round Table member. “A big thank you must also go out to the countless businesses which purchased corporate and super ducks as it was their generosity which ensured we raised as much money as we did.”

The winning ducks, carried down the lower dam in a record time of just 20 minutes thanks to the strong current, were numbers 308 (first), 993 (second) and 127 (third), with the super duck winner named as St James’s Place Wealth Management and corporate duck winner Sainsbury’s.

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.

Duck Race back on the bill

IT’S ‘quacks away’ for the duck race once again on Easter Monday (April 9th) thanks to the Lymm and District Round Table.

The popular annual event takes place in Lymm village, with the race beginning at 12.30pm. A wide range of food stalls and children’s entertainment will be open from 10.30am.

“We broke all records last year by raising over £5,000 for charity and local causes so we have a lot to live up to this time around,” said John Edwards, organiser and enthusiastic Round Table member. “We’re hoping some good weather will bring out the crowds again in support of this great community event.

“We’re particularly keen this year to hear from businesses who may wish to get their name out there in front of hundreds of local folk, either as one of the main sponsors or by buying a corporate or super duck.”

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 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 John on 07772 235235 or