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Lymm couple show true value of community volunteers

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SINCE launching Lymm Life magazine in April 1999 we have covered many uplifting stories and recounted many tales involving community spirit and the numerous volunteers who help make Lymm such a unique place.

During our very first issue we reported on some local history via local historian Joe Griffiths and the Lymm Dinosaur footprint.
During many stories and conversations it was often mentioned how great it would be if Lymm had its own museum or heritage centre -but at the time many felt it was little more than a pipe dream.
Step forward Alan and Su Williams, fast forward the time machine and now thanks to their endeavors and their team of volunteers we now have a superb heritage centre, which any town or city would be proud of, let alone little old Lymm.
It really is a Jewel in the crown and testament to what can be achieved through dedication and hard work.
I don’t think Alan will ever forgive me for the photograph I took of him and Su in Victorian costumes pushing a Victorian Pram and baby doll which appeared on the front cover of Lymm Life!
Thanks to their dedication and ambition, a lottery fund and a generous landlord (thank you Howard Platt) not only did Lymm Heritage Centre become a reality – it is now going from strength to strength with a sound financial footing, even though it is closed due to the pandemic.

Alan Williams

It has attracted circa 20,000 visitors has 5,000 followers across two facebook pages and more than 1,000 children have participated in educational activities, with over 3,000 visitors to the online archive, thelymmarchive.co.uk which now holds almost 3,000 entries!
Not only does Lymm have a great history it now has a lot of it online for future generations to enjoy.
While I am sure Alan will be relieved I have not managed to dig out the infamous photo of the Victorian Pram I did stumble across a snapshot I took at the very first Lymm Transport Day, when Alan was wondering whether there would ever be another one!
I am pleased to say the clouds soon lifted and thanks again to a great army of volunteers we have another amazing community event
– whether the pandemic restrictions will lift in time for an event this year, only time will tell.

Breaking News – With the lockdown roadmap suggesting a lifting of all outdoors restrictions by June 21 and Transport Day due to take place on June 27th let’s keep everything crossed!

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Experienced journalist for more than 40 years. Managing Director of magazine publishing group with three in-house titles and on-line daily newspaper for Warrington. Experienced writer, photographer, PR consultant and media expert having written for local, regional and national newspapers. Specialties: PR, media, social networking, photographer, networking, advertising, sales, media crisis management. Director Warrington Chamber of Commerce Patron Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Trustee Warrington Disability Partnership. Former Chairman of Warrington Town FC.

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