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                    19th July 2007


1.    A Lifeboat for Dartmouth at last!

2.    Dartmouth and its Neighbours

3.    Craft Exhibition

4.    Naval College PIP/POP

5.    Macmillan Fete

6.    The Kalahari Darts

7.    B&B or Self Catering in Dartmouth?

8.    Small News


1.   A Lifeboat for Dartmouth at last!

South Hams District Council has granted planning permission for the RNLI to erect a wooden trial Lifeboat Station on the site of the condemned pavilion on Coronation Park. Tom Mansell, Deputy Divisional RNLI Inspector stated in his presentation to the Councillors that, although a plastic track had been applied for, a survey by the Sports Turf Research Institute had shown that the low impact vehicle and trailer will not damage the ground. No track will therefore be laid, except immediately outside the Station and at the exit from the Park, unless it becomes apparent that it is required to protect the Park. A refitted D class inshore Lifeboat to Dartmouth should arrive early in August and training on the Dart can begin. Hopefully the Lifeboat will be on display during Dartmouth Lifeboat Week from the 4th – 11th August. It is planned that the Lifeboat station will be ready by mid October and the station will begin its trial operational period shortly after.

Dartmouth dot TV are proud to have provided the aerial photography that probably prevented the project from having a delaying 'site visit'.  Taken at 500 feet from a Robinson R44 helicopter with the door removed and piloted by John Bradbury from Stoke Gabriel, we have a lot of aerial photography available including Dittisham, Kingswear, Dartmouth and Totnes.  Not forgetting our 6,000 picture Dartmouth image library!

2.     Dartmouth and its Neighbours

A new updated edition of this classic history of Dartmouth is being published by Richard Webb today!  Launched last night at the Dartmouth Museum, this book is definitely one for your collection!

Ray Freeman brings to life the way people have lived in Dartmouth from prehistoric times to the present day. Based on detailed research into local documents, contemporary maps, old prints and photographs and oral evidence this book includes 18 chapters, over 100 carefully chosen illustrations and 25 fascinating maps.

  • Chaucer`s Shipman inspired by Dartmouth`s pirates

  • John Hawley, the town`s most distinguished citizen, MP, Mayor and benefactor.

  • Gilbert and Raleigh sailing from the Dart to found England`s first colonies.

  • Newcomen`s Atmospheric Engine: the Industrial Revolution

  • Nineteenth century: the railway, Britannia and the bunkering trade

  • World Wars: bombs on the town and the D-Day fleet leaving for Normandy

  • Dartmouth since 1945 to the present day

Ray Freeman is a history graduate from Durham University who came to Devon in 1964 to become head of history at a local grammar school. She is a respected local historian, author and founded the Dartmouth History Research Group.

Why not come down for the weekend and buy the book at the  Harbour Bookshop?   The sun is hot, the beer is warm, and the lager ice cold!  For self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.

3.    Craft Exhibition

Don't forget to come along to St Saviour's Church in the centre of Dartmouth today or tomorrow to see the wide range of outstanding local craft work on show. Exhibits include patchwork quilts, needlework, paintings, sculptures, metalwork and calligraphy, together with examples of the impressive art work done by students at Dartmouth Community College and Primary School. Some of the exhibits are for sale and there is a Grand Draw; and as if that were not enough, excellent home made refreshments are available all day! The exhibition is open today (Thursday) until 6.00pm and tomorrow (Friday) from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Don't miss it!

4.    Naval College PIP/POP

Britannia Royal Naval College is looking forward to its summer 'Passing-In/ Passing-Out Parade' on Thursday 26th July. This date is one of the few occasions in the year when members of the public are allowed in to witness this spectacular ceremonial event which, weather permitting, will take place on the Parade Ground. Limited tickets are now available from Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre (01803 834224).  This is a quite limited event and one which will bring tears to the eyes of Royalists and supporters of Great Britain.

5.     Macmillan Fete  

The Dartmouth fund raising committee for Macmillan Cancer Support is hoping that the rain will go away and the sun will return for their annual summer fete to be held this year on Tuesday, July 24th, in the Royal Avenue Gardens. Along with the stalls of home-made cakes, books, bric-a-brac, gifts, arts and crafts, there will be a raffle, a whisky draw and a demonstration by the local line-dancers. Hot drinks, freshly made sandwiches and home-made cakes will be available from the tea-hut and music will be supplied by Trefor Jones.  It is hoped that the event, which starts at 10.00am, will receive lots of support to raise funds for the wonderful work of Macmillan in helping people living with cancer.

6.    The Kalahari Darts 

Dart Marina is supporting the first ever British team of four men, three of them living in Devon, as it prepares for a challenge of a lifetime. The team, called The Kalahari Darts, will undertake a 250 km run through the Kalahari Desert - the equivalent of six full marathons in seven days in temperatures of up to 120° F.

All money raised by the Kalahari Darts will be donated to the Children’s Hospice South West where over 200 children and their families are helped each year.

Mike Firmstone, one of the Kalahari Darts team who lives in Dartmouth, explains; “The training for this type of extreme challenge is crucial as we will be running over rough terrain in searing heat and the demands on our team will be unrelenting. The route through the Kalahari includes rocky ground, dry river beds, sand dunes and gorges and we’ll need both physical and mental stamina to be able to survive the heat and the trauma to our bodies. Dart Marina has opened the doors of its Health Spa to us at any time without charge – so we will be able to swim, run, use weights and have regular sports massages which are all crucial in a punishing training schedule.”

7.   B&B or Self Catering in Dartmouth?

All B&B's and Self Catering establishments will get a letter from us next week.  We need a link from your website or a modest fee by 31st July, otherwise your business will disappear from one of the most read websites in Devon.

 Our newsletter is read by 2,000+ subscribers and  more directly on the web.

Obviously we cannot do this for free, it's not fair on us, so at the end of this month everyone will still get their free listing (providing your website links to us), but without the photographs.  We will be making a small service charge of just £40 + VAT a year for the photographs.

If you leave it to the last day we will have a backlog and your listing will disappear,  put your business on the paid up list now  click here.

8.     Small News  

  • Dining in Dartmouth We have some of the best restaurants in the world, and some have the best view in the world!  The image on the right was taken from The Embankment Restaurant this week.  Check out Dartmouth's restaurants by clicking here  every one has been personally checked and approved by the Dartmouth dot TV team.  Enjoy.............

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