Community resettlement scheme Open Event Launch of website and Sustainable Development Goal pledge


Uplyme Community Sponsorship (UCS) invites Lyme and Uplyme residents to the Malthouse in the Town Mill next Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th November to celebrate a successful year of fundraising, the launch of the new website and to update the community on the next stages.


On Tuesday 29th November there will be an open drop-in event from 1pm to 6pm with the launch of our website from 6pm to 7pm, including an introduction to the project and a short presentation of fundraising events.  


The following afternoon, Wednesday 30th November from 3pm to 6pm, UCS and the One Planet Working Group will jointly host a drop-in session to highlight its work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10 to reduce inequality by facilitating safe and responsible migration, implementing a planned and well-managed migration policy, as the resettlement of an agreed number of refugees is a key government response to the Syrian conflict. 


The One Planet Working Group was set up to enable the Lyme Regis Town Council, community groups and interested individuals to fulfil the climate and environmental emergency declaration and work towards being carbon neutral by 2030. OPWG will be registering the Uplyme Community Sponsorship scheme as its second project to pledge to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Acting locally can have global impact!


Members of the local community have been fundraising with UCS for over a year while researching the facilities and services currently available to create a resettlement plan which will be submitted to the county council early next year. Once approved by the Home Office, the UNHCR will select a vulnerable refugee family from one of the countries neighbouring Syria.  Once the chosen family arrives, UCS volunteers will welcome them and provide ongoing support to enable successful integration into local school and community life. 


The next event on Wednesday November 6 in the Marine Theatre will be TV producer Eric Harwood’s film “A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China”. Tickets from the Tourist Information Centre, or from the Marine Theatre. 

Followed by the Arabian Night 'Auction of Promises' and dinner at the Uplyme Village Hall from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday 30th November.  Our Syrian Supper last year was a hugely popular event sell-out event so be sure to buy your tickets early!

Star of screen and stage Oliver Ford Davies is our Auctioneer and the promises range from tea at the House of Commons with MP; to a stay in a holiday cabin; lessons in piano, guitar, tennis, gig rowing, German, drawing and Alexander Technique; a dinner party for 6; a fossil walk;  a home extension/improvement plan and many, many more.  

Together with an Arabian Nights themed dinner the evening offers a wealth of opportunities to meet, mingle and try something new. Tickets costing £20 must be booked in advance from the Tourist Information Centre or Uplyme Stores.  

Belinda Bawden                                                                                

25th October 2019