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   Dartmouth News                 11th January 2007 

1.    Nigel Way MBE

2.    Sue Snell's birthday!

3.    A little dark, and a little twisted - tonight!

4.    Memories of Dartmouth

5.   Trade talk

6.    Small News


1.   Nigel Way MBE

Nigel, who was awarded an MBE in the New Yearís Honours List, was born in Sidmouth and went to school in Ottery St Mary. He took his HND in Hotel Management and tourism at South Devon College. His first jobs were in London and Windsor, before an opportunity to buy a 20 bed hotel in Sidmouth came up when he was 22 years old. He became interested in hotel and catering because he felt it was the best way to enable him to stay and work in the West Country. 

Nigel, 51, and his wife and business partner Anne, bought the Dartmouth Royal Castle in the spring of 1983, and set about refurbishing the hotel to create the busy 3 Star, 25 room hotel it is today. In February, 2005, Anne and Nigel bought the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes and have already used the Way magic to transform the 18 bed hotel.  Nigel tells us that he first met Anne in the Royal Seven Stars, bless...........

The staff at Dartmouth dot TV are particularly pleased, Dave Cawley said:  " Nigel has been a good friend ever since I moved to Dartmouth.  He has advised and helped me with general business issues and stepped in as a director of the TIC, helping me during my years as Chairman of the TIC.  I could not have managed without him.  Nigel sponsors many people and events in Dartmouth, more than many people think or know about.  And on a personal note, one of Nigel's greatest triumphs was introducing to the Royal Castle Hoegaarden the white beer known as 'The Drink of Gods'. "

2.     Sue Snell's birthday!
No canals, but an evening in old Venice!


The Dartmouth dot TV team recently helped surprise their friend Sue Snell on her birthday. Organised by her daughters, the surprise party was themed on Venice with all guests joining in the fun by wearing masks or Venetian fancy dress. The two girls arranged everything, including excellent home prepared Italian food and even replacing the familyís pictures with Venetian Old Masters! and made sure Sue was kept away from the preparations until the scene was set.

The evening was rounded off by a brilliant fireworks display, organised by husband Matthew. Sue and Matthew run Scrivenerís graphic design and publishing house in Totnes, responsible for producing, amongst other things, the excellent Discover Dartmouth guides published by Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre.

3.   A little dark, and a little twisted - tonight

Rob Bird reports: For those who like their comedies a little dark, a little twisted and completely hilarious, tonight's showing of KISS KISS BANG BANG will come as a welcome treat. Shane Black, the creator of Lethal Weapon, directs his debut feature in this genre-blurring action-comedy-thriller starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan.   Small-time crook Harry (Downey Jr) stumbles into a film audition, while fleeing the cops, and ends up being flown to LA for a screen-test. To help him get into character for the role, heís paired up with the tough private-eye known as Gay Perry (Kilmer).

But as he starts dipping his toe in the murky world between the glamour of Hollywood and the LA underworld, things, as is so often the case, donít quite go to plan. Chance (and not so chance) meetings with a child-hood friend (Monaghan), a door and a dog are just some of the incidents that set the ball rolling on a fast and furious, comedy-action-buddy-noir movie. Our bar at THE GUILDHALL is open tonight from 7.30pm. The film is to be shown at approx 8.00pm

Guest tickets will be available from The Windjammer 7.30-7.55 at £3.50.

4.    Memories of Dartmouth

Colin Cadle sent in this fascinating page from July 30th 1938 Country Life.  Does anyone remember this ?

5.   Trade talk

As it's winter and there isn't much news, this section is for businesses in Dartmouth.  Dartmouth dot TV is now storming up the search engine rankings and soon it will be essential to have your business featured.  Right now it is free, providing you put a link on your own site to ours.  We can add you within about 14 days, however as summer approaches it will take longer, come on board for free now!

Some businesses that are currently listed, do not link their web site to ours, so here is your 28 day notice period!

We would like some feedback too, the sexy animated images take up a lot of resource on some people's computers.  It's great, but usability should rank first? 
We are proposing to speed the whole site up considerably and have just one image, what do you think?

You can get extra exposure by having your own accommodation website from us at just £150 all in, the name, the design, the hosting, everything.  An example is  if you put Ferry View into Google, and just how many Ferry Views are there in the World ?
it comes up on the first page and the only one with a heading that actually says 'Ferry View' how good is that ?

6.     Small News

  • It's time to book your holiday in Dartmouth now, for Self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.


  • Is your business advertising here? press the "where to stay" "eating" or "shopping" button on the top of this e-mail, are you there?  Do you want to be there for free? Do you want a web site "all" inclusive for £150? Who you gonna call?  Err, yes, that would be us then.

  • If you want your event covered, we need the information in the week before publication, no earlier.   About 100-200 words, a photograph and if applicable a website link.  If you don't have a photograph please invite us so that next year you will have some!

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