History and Background Information
Lyme Local Quaker Meeting (LQM) historically is quite young. Around twentyfive years ago a local Friend started Meeting in the village hall at Uplyme. The Meeting for Worship was first Recognised by the then Sherborne and Shaftesbury Monthly Meeting, now called Dorset & South Wiltshire Area Meeting and in September 2004 became a Preparative Meeting.
Since that date the Monthly Meeting has become Dorset & S.Wilts Area Meeting and the preparative Meeting has become the Local Quaker Meeting.
However there have been Quakers in this area way back since the foundations of the Religious Society of Friends. Membury Meeting near Axminster, just over the hill, was created in around 1674 and there were Meetings in Axminster, Bridport and other towns round about. Bridport Meeting still thrives.
Friends at Lyme LM make a point of visiting Membury Meeting’s burial ground near Lea Hill Farm, a holiday complex, and very near the thatched cottage that was Membury’s earliest meeting house. This visit will occur on 22nd. May at 2.30 for 3 in 2016.
Just lately in early 2016 the meeting was advised of another burial Ground nearby Axminster at what is now known as Shiles Farm, off the road from Axminster to Stammery Hill and Blackpool Corner on the B3165. There is also references to a Meeting House and Burial Ground at Thorncombe, near Chard and a Burial Ground in Lyme Regis, in Stile Lane which was the old road from the Cobb area. These refer to Meetings and facilities long since layed down (not used any more in Q parlance).
Uplyme lies right on the border of Devonshire and Dorsetshire and some ask why the Meeting does not affiliate itself to Devon Area Meeting. Perhaps that has something to do with the people who re-formed the Local Meeting and were/ are Members of Dorset & S.Wilts AM. Quakers do not necessarily respect county boundaries!
Lyme LQM has 22 or so listed Members and regular attenders. During the summer months when Area Meeting camps arrive for their holidays on nearby farms this number can swell considerably. When this happens we in Lyme Meeting are delighted to be able to accommodate so many. During the summer of 2011 we received a visit from an Area Meeting when 70 or so arrived on a sunny summer’s morning. Fortunately the AM gave us due warning so that we had sufficient biscuits for after meeting tea and coffee!
Lyme Local Quaker Meeting is a Member Group of Axminster Churches Together.