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Lymm Produce Show 2014

Posted by Neil on Sunday, 28 September 2014 at 19:37:43

Filed under: Lymm, Awards, Competitions, Village centre

Plans in place for new Lymm Produce Show

Organisers of the second Lymm Produce Show were so pleased with how it went, they are already planning for 2015.

Challengers came forward to battle it out to be best baker, top brewer, and perfect pie maker earlier this month at Oughtrington Community Centre.

Now they have an extra hot challenge planned for next year when the event will be held on September 7. Organiser Jo Yellen explains: "We thought we would have a chilli competition.

"What we haven’t decided is whether to have a chilli tasting competition too. So if you know about chillies and think you can judge them please get in touch. If you enjoyed the show you can start planning your entry for next year. While we do change some of the categories you can bank on us having beans & tomatoes classes. However you can bank on us having ‘wild card’ class."

The theme for this year's show was the the bugs have landed in the orchard with lots of bugs and a bug hotel to amuse the visitors.

This year, competition was so close in the bread category that winners Maxine Smith and Jen Muphy shared the Lymm & District Round Table Bakers Shield as the judge couldn’t choose between two very different breads - a batch and a fig & walnut loaf.

Donald Reid managed to keep his Lymm & District Round Table Brewer Shield for his home brew beer, winning both first and second in that category. And a new pie class was sponsored by Lymm Ladies with Ruth Warren's savoury beetroot, cheese and onion Pie winning.

The children's competitions were also keenly contested, especially in the shortest bean and favourite bake categories.

Also on show to visitors were produce from the Oughtrington Community Orchard's apple press. That is available to rent at or get in touch at If you have ideas for next year's produce show, email


Tags: show, food, prize

The Lymm Rider

Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 14:38:06

Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Competitions

Sean Neary's promising start to the Ducati TriOptions Cup Championship 2014 continued with a podium finish at Donington Park.

The Lymm rider's second place in the World Superbike round proves his greatest achievement to date and saw him maintain fourth spot in the championship.

The Ducati Coventry-backed rider missed out on a podium finish by 0.1secs, setting the fastest lap, at Brands Hatch a round previous and is now determined to continue his good form.

"It was a fantastic weekend all in all," said the 27-year-old. It's been a flying start to the 2014 season for the team and definitely my greatest achievement to date to stand on the podium at the World Superbike round.

"My target prior to the season was a top five finish in the championship but I obviously want to push on further than this.

"We have made great progress and the mymate team have been fantastic along with Ducati Coventry.

"There are some very good racers in the championship so it?s never easy to stand on the podium."

Tags: superbike, Sean Neary

The Day I Met Pele

Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 at 16:17:42

Filed under: Sports, Interview, Competitions

A tiny scrap of paper with soccer legend Pele’s autograph is a treasured possession of soccer fan Ian Thomson.

And, as the 2014 World Cup draws nearer, Ian can look back at those heady days of 1966 when England won the Jules Rimet trophy and say “I was robbed” ... of the chance to play against the great Brazilian star.

Ian (67), of Moorland Crescent, Clitheroe, was a 19-year-old building society worker in Lymm, Cheshire, at the time. The Brazilian squad was based at the Lymm Hotel, just a few hundred yards from his home.

The team included big names such as Tostao, Garrincha, Jairzinho, and Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele. Ian was a player with Lymm Rangers, and his team tried to fix up a training game with the Brazilians.

“I used to play right-half and Pele was number 10, so I would have been up against him,” recalls Ian, a retired council officer and Blackburn Rovers fan. In the event, it didn’t happen. Alderley Edge had a better ground and got to play with the Brazilians. We weren’t happy.”

However, Ian consoled himself by walking to the Lymm Hotel with his pals, chatting with the players and getting Pele’s autograph.

“Pele didn’t speak much English, but Tostao spoke good English and did most of the talking,” Ian said. “Pele would never walk past the fans. He’d stop and sign autographs for anyone who was there. He was a real gentleman.

“I actually got his autograph a few times, but over the years they’ve been lost and I just have the one left.”

Ian bought a 10-match ticket for all the matches at Goodison Park and Old Trafford, and watched Brazil get knocked out of the competition in their controversial 3-1 defeat by Portugal at Goodison.

“From the start they went out to kick Pele off the pitch. I saw him at Lymm the next day and he was on crutches.”

Ian went on to watch the third-place play-off at Wembley in which Portugal beat the Soviet Union 2-1, and the great final in which England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time.

“The atmosphere in Wembley was fantastic,” Ian said. “There was no aggro, and the Germans were gracious in defeat.”

Even after 38 years, there is still controversy over England’s third goal and whether Geoff Hurst’s shot against the crossbar actually crossed the line before rebounding out.

Ian says: “If you see the replays, it didn’t fully cross the line. The linesman was Russian, it was 21 years after the war, and the Russians still hated Germany.”

Now, as England fans eagerly await this year’s tournament in Brazil to see how Roy Hodgson’s team fare, Ian isn’t expecting a repeat of the 1966 triumph.

“I think Argentina have the best chance, possibly Uruguay, and you can never rule out Brazil as the home team always does well.

“England are a young squad and I don’t expect them to win this time, but maybe next time...”

Article courtesy of the Burnley Express

Tags: football, world cup, 1966

Lymm Squash Club Serves Up A New Kids Academy

Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 09:09:46

Filed under: Events, Announcements, Sports, Entertainment

Lymm Squash Club is launching a new coaching and development program for children aged 5-17 in Warrington and surrounding areas, aiming to introduce children to the popular sport of Squash.

The Lymm Squash Academy, which has already benefited from advice and support from England Squash and Racketball and a generous donation of equipment by Lymm and District Round Table, will feature rolling six week squash coaching programs on Saturday mornings led by coach Darren McCann. Sessions are tailored to suit children of any age and ability with each program concluding with a competition and prizes for participants.

“Squash is a fun, healthy and competitive sport that is easy for children to pick up and enjoy,” said Rob Spurr, Chairman of Lymm Squash Club. “We are very thankful to Lymm Round Table for their donation of Junior Squash equipment. With it we can offer the opportunity for children to try squash without parents needing to dip into their pockets.”

Under a new management committee, the entire club is undergoing a big development push and developing junior squash is one of its main aims. This year its first team, competing in the North West Counties Squash league, achieved promotion to the next division after completing an impressive unbeaten season. The club is hoping to introduce juniors who progress through its Academy into county and national competitions in the future.

For more information about Lymm Squash Club and its Junior Academy visit Lymm Squash.

(via Rob Spurr, Lymm Squash Club)

Tags: squash, kids

Lymm in Bloom Accolade

Posted by Neil on Friday, 22 November 2013 at 12:59:15

Filed under: Announcements, Lymm, Awards, Competitions, Village centre

Lymm in Bloom’s work has been crowned with an accolade at the North West in Bloom Awards.

The Britain in Bloom scheme is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), and encourages teams to take pride in their areas and villages by creating and maintaining attractive environments for both residents and visitors.

Organisers reward teams who imaginatively use trees, flowers, shrubs and landscaping, while also promoting litter free and sustainable environments.

The team, consisting solely of volunteers which has only been set up recently, won a silver award at a ceremony in Southport last month.

Ben Selwood, group chairman, said: “We would like to thank all the people in Lymm who have helped us to achieve this silver award.

“It is testament to the hard work and effort that the people put into the village.

“In particular, we would like to thank Lymm Jubilee WI, St Mary’s Church, Lymm Jubilee Gardening Club, The Lymm Environment and Heritage Group as well as Lymm Parish Council – without which, this achievement would not have been possible.”

It is hoped that the award will be displayed at either Lymm Library, at Davies Way, or the Lymm Council Chamber, at the village hall on Pepper Street.

Tags: bloom, award


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