As part of Earth Science Week, the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival held Alison Neil’s one-woman play, The Fossil Lady of Lyme, at The Hub over the weekend.
An audience of 70 people were treated to the mesmerising and richly varied performance about Mary Anning, her struggles and friendships and an amusing and moving account of how she made ground-breaking and spectacular discoveries in Lyme Regis.
Heather Prior, Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Co-ordinator, said “It’s such a fantastic play that had to be bought to Lyme Regis, and it was brilliant to see so many people come to The Hub and enjoy the show. We hope to bring it back for Fossil Festival in April 2017, for primary schools’ day and for an evening performance at The Hub.
“It was such an informed show which I thoroughly enjoyed, and even as a Lyme Regis resident I learnt new facts about Mary Anning” said one member of the audience.
Another unique way that The Hub is being used this week is by Chris Fogg and his company of actors and musicians for the development of his play ‘Tree House’ which will go to the Marine Theatre and on tour in the South West. Another source of funding and collaboration with the Marine Theatre for our building.Tree House
The Hub has had a lovely surprise! Rachael Souter-Phillips Maraveli and the Royal Standard held a Bake-Off and they have kindly donated £140 from the funds raised to youth club sessions! We’re very happy and grateful!
Youth club at The Hub is continuing on Wednesday’s thanks to the great fundraising efforts of it’s members and of Lyme Luggers Ukulele Band who very kindly donated £900 to the club. For the full report please see the following link and read the article that was in The View Newspaper!
Zoe and her her youth club group from London stayed at The Hub last weekend to help with their grieving process. This is what Zoe said about their stay:
On September 10th my group of bereaved teenagers from West London travelled down to Lyme Regis from Nottinghill . The purpose of our visit was a sad one..one of our group “Fola ” aged 17 ,was brutally murdered on July 3rd by another youth in a savage knife attack.
As the lead youth worker and mentor on the estate where Fola lived, I felt we had to respond to this hideous event by helping his many friends through their grieving process.
After a long sad summer I felt they needed a fun residential weekend and as an ex Lyme girl myself I chose to bring them to my favourite place in the world.
We booked the Hub which was a funny one for me as I remember coming here as a kid and using the trampolines ! Back then it was called The Boys Club !
The Hub was perfect for us, loads of space to run around and really close to the beach !
The weather was perfect and on the Sunday we even manged to get out on Harry Mays boats to let off our white balloons out at sea in memory of Fola. We even had our own life guards
Hope and Barney both local to Lyme .
The young people fell in love with Lyme, and we would love to come again and visit the Hub !
– It was a privilege to host such a group for a special occasion, indoor camping at The Hub certainly worked –
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The Hub is very excited to play host to The Fossil Lady of Lyme on 15 October. Alison Neil’s one-woman play tells the fascinating story of Mary’s life, friendships, her struggle to make her mark and put food on the table. It’s both amusing and moving and you’ll know the difference between an ichthyosaur and a plesiosaur by the end of the play!
Tickets are on sale at Lyme Regis Tourist Information office.