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                 15th November 2007


1.    Christmas shopping

2.    The Lives of Others  tonight!

3.   Operation Christmas Child

4.    Remembrance Sunday

5.    Mistle Toes at the Dart Marina

6.    Coombe Farm Gallery exhibition

7.    Small News


1.   Christmas shopping in Dartmouth

Before the Dartmouth dot TV crew moved to Devon, they went to their nearby city of Cambridge to do their Christmas Shopping, but then they discovered Dartmouth!  What better way to do your Christmas Shopping than here in Dartmouth with huge style?  We have many specialist shops with gift ideas that you simply cannot find anywhere else.  And what an excuse to spend a long weekend here with the roaring fires in the pubs and a little retail therapy ?  All the images were taken last Saturday and in fact only cover around 1/3rd of the shops on offer!  If you think your shop wasn't listed click here.


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2.   The Lives of Others  tonight!

Winner of the 2007 Oscar for best foreign language film, this meticulous portrait of compassion in the midst of oppression from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is a riveting masterpiece.

Set for the most part in East Berlin during the mid-1980s, it charts the consequences of the Minister of Culture’s decision to investigate, by means of the intense surveillance practised as a matter of course by the Stasi, the political affiliations and activities of playwright Georg Dreyman and his actress lover.

It’s not just the artists and their friends whose lives are profoundly affected by the bugging of the couple’s apartment, but also that of Captain Wiesler, the surveillance expert put in charge of spying on them, who gradually comes to question the ethics of his work for the state police.

Guest tickets for sale in The Windjammer -£3.50 7.30-7.55 Our bar at the Guildhall opens at 7.30 - the film to be shown at 8pm approx.

3.     Operation Christmas Child

Last Sunday afternoon, while out for a stroll, the Dartmouth dot TV crew bumped into Heather Robinson, the local representative for "Operation Christmas Child", a project of the Christian Charity Samaritan's Purse. This project collects gift-filled shoe boxes for needy children throughout the world, with many being sent to Eastern Europe where many children still experience appalling poverty. For more information go to click here

Heather has once again been working incredibly hard to promote the project and has been out visiting local schools and organisations. She is hoping to beat last year's total of 3,138 boxes and, as you can see, by last Sunday she had already accumulated 2,000! If you would like to help Heather achieve her goal, there are just a couple of days left. All you need do is find a shoe box and decide whether it is for a boy or a girl, then choose the age group (2-4; 5-9 or 10-14 years) and include age appropriate gifts such as non-liquid toiletries, stationery, sweets, hats, gloves or mittens, girls’ hair accessories, clip-on earrings, small toys, balls, playing cards etc You will need a leaflet, available at Country Fayre healthfood shop in the Palladium Arcade, the Dartmouth Library or from the porches of St Saviour's and St Clement's Churches and then deliver your box to Country Fayre by Monday, 19th November at the latest.

Heather says "The pleasure that each item gives to the recipient child cannot be measured.. Most of them have never received a gift before and these “boxes of love” show them that they are not forgotten and that someone cares."

4.   Remembrance Sunday

Large numbers of people attended the Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Dartmouth last Sunday. For once, the weather was kind and crowds lined the parade route, packing into the Royal Avenue Gardens at 11.00am for the two minutes silence and wreath laying ceremony. The parade was led as usual by the Band of HM Royal Marines and included the Mayor of Dartmouth, Councillor Iris Pritchard, the Commodore of BRNC, Commodore Martin Alabaster, together with representatives of the armed services and local groups. St Saviour's Church was packed for the Service of Remembrance which followed at 11.30am.

Kevin Pyne reports of his experience: I was in Holland earlier this November for the purpose of watching a serious of rowing race in a small port called Muiden not far from Amsterdam. The weekend runs pretty near to armistice day and remembrance Sunday. So in accordance we have taken the opportunity to visit different battle sites by way paying our respects to the fallen.  On one occasion the bridge at Arnhem, on others the airborne graves in Osterbec, the airborne museum.  It is eerie and strange to actually stand where men have been killed!

When, as it did one year, Remembrance Sunday fell on what was the rowing actual race day, it was very moving to see our Dutch colleagues observe the two minutes silence afloat in their boats at eleven that morning as a mark of respect.

This year we came back via Ipre a beautiful small city in Belgium which had been completely levelled by German artillery fire in the great war and yet had been restored completely, taking fifty years to do so.  We took in the nightly service for the fallen at the Mennen gate having visited the huge first world war cemetery at Tyne Cott earlier in the day. To see so many white headstones and walk slowly among them and read the ages and names of the dead, many of whom were all even younger then our own children and in many cases who have no resting place, was a very moving and poignant moment for us.  Who of my age was not reminded that they had never been required to fight in a war as our grandfathers and fathers were? Something which I was happy to reaffirm, and give thanks for, at our own town’s remembrance service this morning! Whilst also not forgetting the important part our little town has played in major events of the past wars. Or that we still have solders, sailors and airmen on active service in places where they are exposed to great danger today.

Until you see the graves
Row on row
You may not understand or know
How it is or how it could be
That for the sake of national pride
So many young lives
Could be wasted unnecessarily

For there they are
Under headstones white as white
Neatly covering the ground
As far as it is a human eye
Might focus its uncomprehending sight.
Each one a name
Each one a so loved son
And tragically a young life over and lost
Before in truth it was begun

And these are the ones
Whose bodies were found
Some have no resting place
No peace of earth or sacred ground
They line the walls in inch letters high
And take the better part
Of a full poignant day just to walk on by

Then we are reminded by the little
Poppies bright and red
That we walk upon the neat ground
That marks forever others loved ones
Killed in battle where we actually stand
And who are our own most honoured dead

Then the cold wind makes us shiver
And tells us to be on our way
But not before the thousands of ghosts
Seem to rise up and walk with you
As you turn away
And all of them seeming to whisper
That we should learn from this
And never forget them
On this or any other Remembrance Day!

After a visit to Tyne Cott cemetery out side Ipre in Belgium. Best Regards, Kevin Pyne


5.   Mistle Toes at the Dart Marina

Therapists at Dart Marina Health Spa have come up with two special treatments which they will be offering on the run up to Christmas – aptly named Santa Paws and Mistle Toes – both treatments are guaranteed to raise a smile!

“We know that in the run up to Christmas people like to improve the look of their hands and feet before the party season starts. So we came up with two really relaxing and luxurious treatments which have an extra bit of festive fun for good measure. Santa Paws is a lovely relaxing manicure with a deep, soothing massage of the lower arms and hands. Using warm mittens to aid absorption, it leaves the skin silky smooth and re-nourished with perfect neat and polished nails. Our Christmas pedicure, Mistle Toes, is a special pedicure with warm boots to help the rich oils we apply to soak in. Then the toenails are painted with bright berry colours to brighten them up and who knows – the Mistle Toes magic might just work on feet!” explained Lesley Dennison of Dart Marina Health Spa.

A special Christmas Preview evening will take place on November 22nd from 5pm until 9pm. There will be Christmas Mulled Wine and Mince Pies and a chance to see the Christmas gift ideas from Elemis. The preview evening is open to all and there is no charge for attending.

For further information please call the Health Spa on 01803 837182 or for further information about events at Dart Marina please visit

6.     Coombe Farm Gallery exhibition

Coombe Farm Gallery is running its 16th Christmas exhibition from November 18th to December 22nd 2007 in Dittisham, Devon and does it with style by offering a free gift wrapping service for all your goodies and a glass of mulled wine or coffee for you.

On offer is a sparkling array of new talent, local artist Suzy Fasht working in watercolours and oils and French artist Veronique Giarrusso, whose limited edition etchings and vibrant oils are highly collected. Also new to Coombe are paper works by Barbara Steele and Rosie Sanders’ flower and fruit monotypes, a selection of striking willow and felt lamps from maker Claire Geeves .

Tina Riley has worked with Katie Mitchell and Indian craftsmen to create a range of new jewellery designs in silver both fascinating and affordable. Fresh from exhibiting in New York we have a new collection of silver and gold jewellery from Laura Baxter.  Karen Howse and Tatjana Peppe are showing new and old textile pieces including embroidered jewellery and wall hangings.

On the ceramic side we are happy to introduce Canadian Potter Ian Steele, who apprenticed with Bernard Leach and worked at the St Ives pottery in the late 60’s together with Coombe favourites, Laurel Keeley and Jill Fanshawe Kato who has produced new vessels which are inspired by Japanese food and drink.

Finally, turned and sculpted wood bowls and wall sculptures by Nick Agar and Jilly Sutton’s signature white wood sculptures complete what promises to be an exciting exhibition.  For more information please contact Coombe Farm Gallery, Dittisham on 01803 722352 or click here

7.     Small News  

  • The bells will ring out on Saturday 17th November at St Petrox Church for the parish bellringing festival for the “Brian and Christine Ridallls Shield”. The event begins at 2.00pm with a Service of Thanksgiving and the competition itself starts at 3.00pm. Tim Chapman, the Tower Captain said "The St Saviour’s Bellringers hope that many friends from the parish will come along to support them on the day." For further details, contact the Tower Captain, Tim Chapman on 833754.

  • Children in Need
    Don't forget there's just one day to go to the Royal Castle's Children in Need appeal. Events take place all day this Friday and into the evening! There's a Coffee Morning and raffle (here are some of the prizes) as well as sponsorship of the bar staff climbing Mount Everest via a borrowed step machine. The grand auction takes place in the evening in the Galleon Bar when donations of many valuable lots will be under the hammer, so don't forget to come along and have a great time as well as raise loads of money for a good cause!


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