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   Dartmouth News                 26th April 2007

1.    Music Festival

2.    Bluebells in Dartmouth

3.    Quadrophenia meets Dartmouth

4.     Keeping Dartmouth  Special

5.    Our man in Africa

6.    Jan and Freddies Brasserie

7.    Small News

1.     Music Festival  16-20 May

This Music Festival, just two and a half weeks off now, is going to be the best we have had. It is absolutely packed with a kaleidoscope of varied and remarkable musicians - over 170 hours of music principally in two and a half days! And there are not just 100 performances to watch: this year there are more master classes and workshops than ever before, in singing, and guitar and saxophone and didgeridoo. If you have never been to a workshop or masterclass do give yourself a treat and add one to your must-see Festival list! It is absolutely fascinating to observe a highly skilled musician not just playing but actually talking about and demonstrating playing techniques or explaining the complexities of a certain piece of music. Whether or not you yourself play an instrument your musical appreciation of both the music and the skill of the musician will stay with you and enrich your musical understanding for the rest of your life.

If you don't want to miss this great event, why not come down for a short break, for self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.

2.    Bluebells in Dartmouth

How many of us have walked to Gallants Bower?  If you park your car by the Castle or the road above, within 15 minutes you can be in another world!  We think that this weekend and the next two will see the best bluebells ever, theses photographs were taken last Sunday.

3.    Quadrophenia meets Dartmouth

The Torquay scooter club and their compatriots from Plymouth descended in  Quadrophenia  style on Dartmouth this Sunday.  Many nostalgic scooters were present, mostly ridden by 'my older generation' .......

4.   Keeping Dartmouth  Special (a paid for advertorial by Cllr Cawley)

Councillor Dave Cawley reports:  People often ask 'why are we ruled by South Hams' . But there are rumours that South Hams will merge with Teignbridge and that Dartmouth will then be ruled by Newton Abbot.  Go into the Tourist Information Centre and ask to see a copy of the 'South Hams Holiday Guide', you will be astonished to find the very first entry is Dawlish.  So maybe it is true?  Many think it's bad enough being ruled by Totnes, but Newton Abbot??  Changes need to be managed skilfully and sensitively.

If elected my my priorities as a town councillor will be to:

  • keep Dartmouth alive and prosperous

  • press for good local health care for all

  • attract new industries

  • provide jobs for local people

  • bring all year round quality tourism

  • work with the police to keep our town a safe and happy place

  • campaign for the local community’s views to “be heard” by South Hams and Devon County Councils

  • push for more local control of services by the town council

 A vote for Dave Cawley, is a vote for Keeping Dartmouth Special.


5.    Our Man in Africa

Christopher Helyer reports:  On 31st August, 2005 I retired after almost 26 years as a choir school head master in this country, latterly, at Exeter Cathedral School. A few days later, following an unexpected invitation, I took up a temporary teaching appointment at Woodridge College Prep. School, some 40 kms from Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.  I am now planning to return to Jubisa, in September 2007, taking with me two (or possibly three) young men from Dartmouth who will work as volunteers in the schools at Jubisa and Van Stadens for eleven months, before they return to the UK to commence their undergraduate studies (one is a prospective Anglican ordinand from our Dartmouth parish). The plan is for these young men to act as classroom assistants (particularly supporting English language teaching) in the mornings and then to lead extra-mural activities (sports, music, etc) in the afternoons. They are expected to find their own air-fares but The Mayenziwe Project is committed to funding their living expenses (almost half of which has already been promised by donors in the UK). Furthermore, Thamie and Nozolile Matasimba have kindly offered the use of two vacant rooms in one of their rondavels as a base for these young men.

As you will readily appreciate, supporting two schools is a miniscule contribution to an immense need which exists in the rural schools of the Eastern Cape. Contact Christopher to help and support this valuable project at Christopher Helyer,  1 Mews Gardens,  North Ford Road,  Dartmouth, TQ6 9ET,  01803 833392 or click here

6.     Jan and Freddies Brasserie AA Rosette

The champagne corks popped at Jan and Freddies Brasserie last week to celebrate the award of their first AA Rosette, putting this stylish restaurant in among the very best restaurants in the whole of Devon. It is an achievement for new head chef Richard Hilson, who has only been at the restaurant in Fairfax Place since September last year, having trained with Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park Restaurant, Chagford.


7.     Small News

  • Dartmouth Lifeboat  Terry Knight reports: We have an event taking place at the Royal Dart Yacht Club Kingswear on Friday 27th April starting at 1800 hours, running until 2000 hours which involves a finger buffet and glass of wine, followed by a lecture on Lifeboat Development by David Morgan, Engineering Director of the RNLI. David is retiring in June, and this will be a unique and one off opportunity to listen and question how lifeboats have been developed during the last 10 years of his tenure, and how future developments are likely to come to fruition.

    Tickets are £10 each, which because of the Yacht Club’s generosity allows up to £5 per ticket towards the Dartmouth Lifeboat Station Appeal. Tickets available from Derek Young – 01803 834599 Terry Knight – 01803 834933


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