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                 20th December 2007

1.    Dick Whittington

2.    Christmas at the Castle

3.    Candlelit Dartmouth

4.    A River Dart Christmas

5.    Little Donkey, Little Donkey

6.    Dartmouth Diary

7.    Small News


1.  Dick Whittington

When Kingswear man Keith Pocket strolled into a Dartmouth lingerie department and asked for a large 44DD brassiere for himself, the assistant was some what taken aback!

But it’s all in the name of seasonal fun, as once again it’s that time of the year when panto fever strikes the nation. And not to be out done, the Dartmouth Players will be joining the melee with their new pantomime “Dick Whittington” being staged at the Flavel Theatre, Dartmouth, for the first time, after Christmas. And this is one of several “firsts” for this production. Keith will not only be changing gender, to play the Dame, Sarah Sauce, but so will his wife, June, who is taking the lead as the thigh slapping, principal boy, Dick Whittington, alongside her husband.  Although June is no newcomer to the Flavel stage, having taken the role of Kate in Kiss Me Kate last year, it will be her first time playing a principal boy.

A new format of performance times is also being tried out with three matinees at 2.30pm and one evening performance at 7.30pm between Friday 28 December and Monday 31 December.  Tickets are selling fast from the Flavel booking office (01803 839530), adults £9.50, concessions at £9. Family tickets of two adults and two children at £32 (advance only) and group discounts are also available.

2.   Christmas at the Castle

David Hawke of Royal Castle Hotel reports: Christmas Cocktails!!  The Christmas cocktails are, (left to right) Hibiscus champagne (watch the edible hibiscus petals open as the champagne is poured over), the Castle favourite - warming mulled wine made to our own recipe and a delicious egg nog made with eggs, double cream and Southern Comfort with a little freshly ground nutmeg on top.

3.     Candlelit Dartmouth

Well, what a great time we all had last weekend during Dartmouth's first Candlelit celebrations! Many traders in the town reported bumper sales and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many visitors came to the town especially to experience Dartmouth's newest festival.

It all started on Friday evening with the processions of lanterns from  Bayard's Cove and Anzac Street led by musicians and Morris dancers with flaming torches. The huge colourful lanterns made by children from local  schools made a wonderful spectacle as they met and processed around the Boatfloat ready to meet Father Christmas as he arrived by boat. With carols sung by the Britannia Choral Society, street entertainers and mulled wine available in the Royal Avenue Gardens the whole event got off to a really colourful start.

On Saturday, the Old Market was the venue for the traditional 'Dickens of a Christmas' in aid of Children's Hospice South West, and later in the day you couldn't help but join in with the Street Heat Samba Band from Exeter who  entranced young and old with their fantastic drumming rhythms as they played  in various venues around the town.

The Tennant family who had travelled from Wiltshire especially for Candlelit  Dartmouth said "We had a wonderful time. ..the lantern procession was just  lovely and the market was a real hit. ..We are already planning to return  for the event next year when we imagine it will be even bigger and better.  Thank you, it was a great way to kick start our family celebrations and get  us into the Christmas spirit."





You can visit the Candlelit website by clicking here.


4.   A River Dart Christmas

It is to be a river Christmas morning
For the Darts water is shining as if a jewel
As the bells they make there calling
Bringing us to pay our respects
To an infant
The child of our lord who forever rules
And the seals are upon the water
Whilst the white gulls are in his sky
As the rising sun warms us
As if to tell us how precious is our world
And of Christ our beloved alibi!
And do you see a single rower?
Out on the calm sea
Rowing there in silence each stroke
Making the shape of a cross so perfectly
For some make praise at the high alter
And others in silence differently
Whilst our valley is green and golden
So lush below the bluest Christmas sky
As Dartmouth awakens to its townsfolk
Making their way to their places of worship
Saying merry Christmas on the way
To those that they are neighbours to
And are reliant on each and every day
And the robin in the hedgerows calls
Out its blessing from a holly tree
As we look each of us out across our great river
And our blessed sanctuary
Now did we see a dolphin beyond the bluff?
Beyond in the sea off castle cove
Would that we could ask the great ship
That is passing
And who does not wonder
At Christmas where it is she goes?
Now let us walk the road of our journey
For we are come to give thanks to he!
Who blessed us and left us
So fabulously lucky and not just at Christmas
To live and worship besides the sea!

Best Regards
Kevin Pyne

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5.   Little Donkey, Little Donkey

This Little Donkey is too small to carry Mary or anyone else, it’s Christmas and he is feeling sad because he hasn’t got a name. Just 3 weeks old he cuddles up to his mother Samantha hoping someone will find a better name for him than his nickname ‘Small’. “That’s all we can think of” said Ranger Jess “he is tiny but so sweet with silky ears and big sad eyes. He loves it when the children come to see him and we hope they will think up a name”. Woodlands has organised a Name the Donkey competition throughout the Christmas holidays. “His dad Nutmeg is so proud of the little chap, all he wants for Christmas is a name” said Jess.  
Check him out by clicking here.

6.     Dartmouth Diary

20.  Community College Carol Service 7.00pm St Saviour's Church
28, 29, 30, 31 Dick Whittington, by the Dartmouth Players (more details please guys?) 
31,  New Years Eve fancy dress party, all over Dartmouth

1, 10:00 swim in Bayards Cove

7.     Small News  


  • The Dartmouth dot TV crew need a rest, and it is very unlikely that we will publish any news next week.  We will be covering New Year in Dartmouth, in fancy dress with covert cameras!!

  • Dartmouth Christmas Church services are: 
    Sunday 23 Dec: 6.30pm  Nine Lessons and Carols in St Saviour's
    Christmas Eve: 4.00pm  Christingle and Children's Crib service in St Clements; 9.00pm  First Eucharist of Christmas in St Clement's;  11.30pm  Midnight Mass in St Saviour's
    Christmas Day:  8.00am  Holy Communion (Said) at St Clement's;  9.30am Holy Communion at St Petrox;  11.00am  Sung Eucharist at St Saviour's
    Sunday 30 Dec:  11.00am Holy Communion with Carols at St Petrox
    Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas!

  • Dartmouth Caring reports:   Get rid of your New Year's Eve hangover!  On New Year's day morning between 10.00-10.30am, Terry Edwards and friends are doing a sponsored swim at Bayard’s Cove for Dartmouth Caring.  If you wish to sponsor Terry and his chums contact him at the The Castle Tea Rooms 01803 833897 - everybody welcome,  come along and blow away the cob webs.

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