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                 25th October 2007

1.    Old Pubs of Dartmouth

2.    Candlelit Dartmouth Auction

3.    Galleries Week

4.    Festival of Healing Arts

5.    Britannia Royal Naval College

6.    Woodlands and bats!

7.    Small News


1.   Old Pubs of Dartmouth

Dartmouth and Kingswear Society present:  The Old Pubs of Dartmouth by David Stranack on Tuesday 6th November 7.30 – 9.00 pm at the Flavel, Dartmouth.

This meeting is open to all with no entry charge. Wine and soft drinks will be available.

We do of course have 14 bars in Dartmouth, come and sample them this weekend? 
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2.   Candlelit Dartmouth Auction

The event is happening at Alf's on November 9th at 7pm. Tickets are £12.50, which includes a rustic supper and the chance to bid for some fantastic lots including:

  • Christmas dinner for 6 (starter, turkey & trimmings, home-made pud & clotted cream, cheese & biscuits - all local produce)

  • Your own personal pen & ink drawing of your house/yacht by Paul Barclay

  • Private consultation and piece of jewellery made by Trish Thomas

  • The chance to have your Christmas presents wrapped

  • A framed Simon Drew original Christmas card

Tickets are available from Baxters gallery & The Good Intent.  Check out the website by clicking here.

3.     Galleries Week

Another successful Galleries week launch !  The town was alive with art as these photographs show!  You can look at the Dartmouth galleries by clicking here.  Paul Barclay was particularly proud of an entry into "Cream of the West Country", a coffee table book featured in Ferrari showrooms !

4.   Festival of Healing Arts  8th to 9th December 2007

Dartmouth is bracing itself for another festival. This time it's an alternative extravaganza – Dartmouth's first Festival of Healing Arts from the 8th to 9th of December at the Flavel.

The organisers, Kerry and Colin Lambert, ran DevonSailing for a number of years and now have turned their hands to this new venture which aims to raise funds for Dartmouth Caring (£1 of every entrance ticket will go to them).  A number of complementary therapists will be on hand, including those practising reflexology, reiki, shiatsu, acupressure massage and allergy testing. Visitors can have a free session in the Taster Tent, attend a talk or workshop, listen to music or dance to the six piece band ‘One Hand Clapping’ on Saturday evening.  There will be a bazaar in the main hall, made up of stalls selling among other things, ethnic/natural clothing, books & buddhas, healing jewellery stones and crystals and natural skin products.

The Royal Castle with be providing a festival menu over the weekend, as will Kendricks and Flavours Café at the Flavel. For more information on the festival, check out the website by clicking here .

5.   Britannia Royal Naval College

Due to an excellent tours season at the College this year, Ann Irish was delighted to advise us that additional Historical Tour dates have been approved for the run-up to Christmas.

The public tours offered via Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre traditionally finish at the end of October, however, bookings are now being taken for the following Wednesdays at 2pm: November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th as well as December 5th and 12th.

Full details available click here

6.    Woodlands and bats!

Saving British Bats
For the first time in the UK bats can be seen in an indoor nocturnal environment at the British Bat Sanctuary at Woodlands Leisure Park near Dartmouth. Sylvia Bevis from the Devon Bat Group is very excited about the project “I have been working with bats for twenty years” she said “for the first time the public will be able to see British bats behaving naturally in a habitat planned to suit their needs.

“The bats needs are of paramount importance” Sylvia concluded “Experience has taught us that after a day or two they will be eager to leave their roost. It will be interesting to watch their behaviour as they explore the 128 sq.ft. sanctuary. We have provided stimulating ‘toys’ to encourage the bats to settle down in their new home. It will be a very exciting time, not only for the Devon Bat Group but everyone who takes the opportunity to visit the British Bat Sanctuary”   The British Bat Sanctuary will be open at Woodlands Nocturnal House ready for the half term Halloween celebrations. The daily admission to Woodlands includes entrance to the British Bat Sanctuary.

October 26th - 28th - 3 Creepy days of Halloween - Trick & Treat Hunts - Workshops - New Ghoulish Ghost Train - New Wild Witch Ride with fiendish Beasties - Free pumpkins & pumpkin carving competition

Saturday 27th – HALLOWEEN SATURDAY PARTY TIME - The Spooky party with Spangles the Clown - New Wild Witch Ride with fiendish Beasties - Free pumpkins, pumpkin carving championship - Trick & Treat Hunt - Workshops - Fancy Dress competition & lantern lit procession

Saturday November 3rd – FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 6.00 – 8.30 pm -  Dual of the Fire Gods themed Bonfire - Devon’s Monsterous Firework display - BBQ, Bar, Sideshows - Benco the Master Juggler & Spangles the Clown - Entry after 4.00pm £5.00 per person or come for the day and stay for the party Free.

7.     Small News  

  • Is it time to book your holiday in Dartmouth now? 

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  • If you always fancied a pedigree cat, click here for some of the most beautiful kittens available quite close.

  • The image here was taken from Yorke Road on Monday, you can see the Daymark on the horizon on the right.


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