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                 22nd November 2007


1.    Dartmouth Art Society

2.    Candlelit Dartmouth

3.    Royal Castle celebrates 25 years!

4.    Ice Rink Opens at Living Coasts

5.    Lobster & Frites

6.   Wildfire Winter Menu

7.    Memories of Dartmouth

8.    Small News


1.   Dartmouth Art Society

Barbara Bowers reports:  Instead of their normal meeting on Thursday 29th of November, Dartmouth Art Society is pleased to welcome the well known artist, Ray Balkwill who will be giving a demonstration of his work on Tuesday, 27th November at 2pm in Townstal Community Hall.  Ray, who lives in Exmouth, has written four books and contributed many articles to magazines as well as exhibiting his work both locally and nationally. He works in watercolour, oil, pastel and also mixed media. Click here to see his fascinating web site.  For those who love art this is an opportunity to see a master at work.  Anyone wishing further information should contact Elizabeth de Vries, telephone 01803 770193.

Why not come down and have a dabble, or a drink in one of our 14 bars?   For Dartmouth self catering accommodation click here,   for Dartmouth B & B  click here,  for Dartmouth Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.

2.   Candlelit Dartmouth

The Candlelit Dartmouth team have been busy raising funds for the event due to be held from 14th – 16th December. A Candlelit Auction was held at Café Alf Resco’s recently and all 60 people who attended had a fantastic evening.  Auctioneer Nick Crossley from One Design had just the right mix of encouragement and banter to push the grand total for the evening to just over £4000. The lot to attain the highest bid was a framed original of a Christmas Card design by Simon Drew, while the most hotly contested lot was a Martin Proctor Limited Edition donated by the D’Art Gallery.

Our picture shows successful bidders Jane and Keith from Juste Moi with Paul and Brenda from The D’Art Gallery and Piers from Alf’s who provided the great food. The businesses of Dartmouth have been generous in their sponsorship and auction donations and the Candlelit Dartmouth event looks set to be a great occasion.

Put it in your diary now and be sure to visit Dartmouth for some Christmas shopping and to enjoy the magic of Dartmouth. For more information click here.

3.   Royal Castle owners set to celebrate 25 years!

You may be aware that this coming April Mr and Mrs Way will be celebrating their 25th year here at the Royal Castle Hotel. To mark this momentous occasion they will be hosting a party and taking the prices, the dress and the music back to reflect how things were back in 1983!  If you would like to join us for the celebrations please  get in touch and if you have any photos or hotel publications from previous years please send them in for our collage.  Any contributors will be entered into a prize draw to win a bottle of champagne

1983 was a pivotal year, MTV was launched in the UK and Michael Jackson's album 'Thriller' turned out to be the most successful selling album of all time;  'Red Red Wine' from UB40;  The year of the very first CD player;  My Little Pony, ahhh ..  Blockbusters: "can I have a 'P' please Bob?";  Roland Rat was on TV;  Eastenders had not been thought of, and Dallas - Dynasty was in full swing, what great times we all had..................

4.     Ice Rink Opens at Living Coasts

Torbay’s first outdoor harbourside ice rink, Torbay’s coolest attraction this Christmas, will be launched today Thursday 22nd November.  Local people are being invited to come and ‘chill out’ in a winter wonderland complete with music, lights, Christmas trees and a festive rink-side creperie.

Beacon Quay is being transformed with a 15 metre by 14 metre eco-friendly skating rink on the boat park opposite Living Coasts. It will open to the public from 2pm on Thursday 22nd November and will be open every day from 2pm to 9pm until 6th January 2008.

Living Coasts’ David Reid said: “The rink is great for children and adults alike – it’s a good value day out for families, great fun for groups and a romantic evening by the water’s edge for couples.  It’s terrific exercise - and everyone on the ice will be making a donation towards wildlife conservation as they enjoy themselves!”

Music is being provided by Gemini FM, the rink will be lit with blue floodlights and surrounded by giant Christmas trees decorated with low energy LED fairy lights.

The rink is part of Living Coasts’ environmentally-friendly Green Christmas. David explained: “Conventional outdoor ice rinks use a huge amount of energy to create the ice and need generators and chiller units which produce high carbon emissions and use large amounts of water. This eco-friendly ice rink requires no power at all - except the energy you exert when you skate!”

In addition, the synthetic ice rink is said to be the best surface to learn on. “This type of ice rink is endorsed by the National Ice Skating Association, who use it to get children skating for the first time. The surface is easier and safer to skate on than real ice, making it perfect for anyone who wants to give it a go.”  A 45 minute session is just ₤5.00 for adults and ₤3.50 for children with a family ticket available and big discounts on a joint ticket for the rink and Living Coasts.  Check out their web site by clicking here.

5.   Lobster & Frites

James Brown Reports:  On Saturday 24th November, we are poaching lobsters to order, and then serving ½ a lobster with lemon mayo frites and green salad. The price is £15 per person and includes a glass of wine or beer. There will also be starter nibbles available and a choice of desserts. It is advisable to book - Tel : 01803 832572 or call in.

Sunday evenings until the end of the year.
We will continue our Sunday evening bar food until end the end of the year. For £20 for two people we are offering a House Tapas Plate with the addition of Dartmouth smokehouse smoked chicken and salmon, a small green salad and bread. No need to book, just turn up!  Check out their web site by clicking here.


6.   Wildfire Winter Menu

New Flavours of Winter Menu at Wildfire

Traditionally reared Devon beef, superb seafood landed on local boats, orchard fruits and rich cheeses from local artisan cheesemakers.  2 courses for £12.50 or 3 courses for £15.00 Available Monday - Thursday for Lunch and Dinner. Offer available until 20th March 2008 excl. 23 December 2007 - 2 Jan 2008. Subject to availability.

Complimentary Ferry Travel, to help you get to us we will be offering, for a limited time only, a Complimentary return ferry trip on the Dartmouth Higher Ferry. Please call for details or to book your table.  The hotel was recently awarded 4 AA stars in October 2007

7.   Memories of Dartmouth

With the somewhat younger pictures of Nigel and Ann Way above, we thought you would like to guess who these two handsome people are ? 

To prompt you on the year, Frank Howe & Son had a 'Menswear For All Occasions' shop at 1 Foss Street and 'In Stitches' was a haberdashery and children's clothes shop at 19 Newcomen Road.

Hilary Bastone had long hair and wore the Regatta Chain.

Richard & Wendy Rendle had the 'Light House' in Palladium Mews.

8.     Small News  

  • Children in Need
    The the Royal Castle's Children in Need appeal raised a total £5,273.36, much more that last year!

  • Operation Christmas Child
    Heather Robinson beat last year's total with an amazing number of  just over 3,500 Christmas Child gift boxes!


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