THE FORMER president of a rotary club has handed over the reins to his successor.

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis recently held a handover meeting via Zoom, in which the outgoing club president, Richard Main, passed the ribbon of office to the new president Chris Buckingham.

Mr Main was congratulated on his successful year in office - managing to continue meetings online despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic and continuing to contribute to causes even though many fundraising events were cancelled.

The highlight of the year was a very successful online auction, which raised more than £4,000 for a number of charitable causes.

Moving out of the latest lockdown, the rotary club hopes to be able to once again host some of the major events undertaken in past years, including Carols Around the Christmas Tree, the Lyme Lunge and the annual golf day among others.

New president Mr Buckingham has put forward a programme to further support the club's links with primary and secondary schools in the local area, grow the membership of the club and to create a link to support the town's elderly residents.

The rotary club is now looking for new members to get involved in helping the local community, if you are interested in joining the club, email