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   Dartmouth News                 22nd March 2007 


1.    Sausages from Devon

2.    Free Oysters?  Cheeses and wine!

3.    Dartmouth Books new web site

4.    Memories of Dartmouth

5.    Britannia Choral Society

6.    Small News


1.     Sausages from Devon

David Jones, Manna from Devon reports: As we all know Devon is a wonderful place for the rearing of livestock; warmth, plenty of rain and plenty of sun make for great pasture for lambs, beef, venison and happy pigs. This means that we can boast some of the best meat producers in the land.  And what happens when we've eaten the pork tenderloins, venison haunches and all the other prime cuts? The rest is used for sausages of course!

Last Sunday a couple of Dartmouth's own farmers, Lesley and Richard Goodman of Gara Barton Venison and Rare Breed Pork at Blackawton, teamed up with the Manna From Devon Cookery School in Kingswear, to take a group of sausage enthusiasts through the sausage making process. First they discussed the downside of badly made sausages; huge amounts of fat, flavourings, colourings, sinew, tendons and gristle. Then, after a demonstration from expert Richard they made their own, selecting flavourings, mincing real meat, mixing, filling and linking.

I think you'll agree the finished products look fantastic and it looks like they had a lot of fun in the process. There's more going on around here that you could ever imagine.  Why not take your friends next time, it's quite reasonable and great fun!  How about a bread making course, you name it?  Click here for more details.


2.    Free Oysters?  Cheeses and wine!

Cheese and Wine Tasting Ė Thursday 29th March from 7pm.
James Brown reports: Browns and the Smith Street Deli have finalised their Wine and Cheese Tasting at Browns Bar on Thursday 29th March from 7pm. We have chosen a selection of white, rose and red wines followed by port and sherry, each matched to a particular cheese. After tasting your way through the delicious wines and cheeses, sit down and enjoy a plate of three cheeses, with bread chutney and salad. Tickets will be £9.50 per person and will include all the cheese and wine tastings and the cheese plate. Bookings can be made from Browns (01803 832572) click here or from Smith Street Deli (01803 835900).

Free Bigbury Bay Oysters
We need more takers for our fantastic Bigbury Bay Oysters. People have been raving about the oysters, but not enough of you have tried them! Donít forget that they are complimentary every Thursday and Friday night with drinks. Never tried Oysters?  come and learn how to eat and get the most out of them?


3.   Dartmouth Books new web site

Well known local book publisher Richard Webb today launches his new web site (click here) about his many Books.  Richard published the seminal 'Chronicles of Dartmouth', more recently 'Dartmouth Ghosts & Mysteries' and the inimitable poems of Kevin Pyne.  

The Dartmouth dot TV crew designed Richard's web site and he commented "I am very grateful to you for leading me through the whole process and at last making a reality of something I had hoped to do for years - and it looks pretty stylish as well!"

What is lesser known is that Richard was/is the publisher of the entire 'The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' series.  How many of us had those Dorma bedspreads, and the pillow case, and the lampshade, us? err yes......

You may well find the 'about page' on the new web site very interesting, it charts Richard's family back over several decades, we truly have a legend in our midst.  But then, that's makes Dartmouth so special.  If you too want your own website from only £150 for everything, click here to contact us.

4.    Memories of Dartmouth

Appropriately taken from 'The Chronicles of Dartmouth"   here is the Butterwalk under water around 1944.  A Councillor of the time said " It's a slum property and should be pulled down"   if you want to find out who he was, go the Harbour Bookshop and pick up a copy?

In 1945 the MoW thwarted the Town Council (to its disgust) by making the Butterwalk a listed building, to be restored later for future generations to enjoy.

True to form, that is exactly what the present Dartmouth Town Council is doing, last year the front of the building, and in a few weeks time the back of the building.  Dartmouth Town Councillor Dave Cawley, current Chairman of Corporate Property committee said "This is an outstandingly beautiful building, it is photographed by nearly every visitor.  The Town Council is committed to maintaining the heritage of Dartmouth"


5.     Britannia Choral Society

Victoria Conway reports:

Stabat Mater by Antonin Dvorak   7.30pm Sunday 25th March 2007

At The Chapel, Britannia Royal Naval College (by kind permission of the Commodore)

Tickets (in advance only) are £7.50 available from Tourist Information Centre, Dartmouth & from Brenda  tel: 01803 770237

Why not come down for a long weekend and enjoy?  For Self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.


6.     Small News

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