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                 29th November 2007

1.    Higher Ferry revealed

2.    Magic at The Floating Bridge

3.    Mexican at the Castle Hotel

4.    Dartmouth & Kingswear Society

5.    Festival of Healing Arts

6.   Candlelit Dartmouth

7.   Christmas Treats at Fingals

8.   Thanksgiving

9.   Small News

1.  Higher Ferry revealed

The Dartmouth-Kingswear Floating Bridge Company, operator of the town’s Higher Ferry, has signed a contract with Pendennis Shipyard for the construction of a replacement vessel to be delivered in the summer of 2009. The new ferry will replace the existing 47-year old, paddle-driven vessel and will effectively double the capacity – carrying up to 36 cars at a time. The £4 million contract was awarded to Pendennis, the World-renowned superyacht builder based in Falmouth, who recently built Cornwall’s new King Harry Ferry which came into operation last year.

Apart from the new ferry’s greatly increased capacity, a 25% reduction in crossing times and a more efficient traffic management system should ensure that long queues are a thing of the past. The new vessel will also be able to carry heavier vehicles and, although a midship central control room will span the car-deck to give enhanced visibility, there will be capacity and space for double-decker buses below it.

The drive system will be provided by a pair of hydraulically-operated bullwheels which will pull the ferry along two steel hawsers anchored on each side of the river. A major advantage of this technique is that it is particularly quiet; and that wash is kept to a minimum.  The ferry is scheduled to be delivered to Dartmouth on 10th June 2009.

2.   Magic at The Floating Bridge

Get ready with your magic wand! There will be more than roast turkey on offer during December at The Floating Bridge pub in Dartmouth. Starting on Sunday 2nd December (then 9th, 16th, and 23rd,) there will be amazement and astonishment as a magician works his magic and entertains the children from 2.30 until 3.30pm.

Rabbits might pop out of hats, cards will certainly disappear up sleeves and coins will magically materialise from behind unsuspecting children’s ears! Budding Harry’s and Hermione’s should come along and bring their wands, top hats and magic spells as the magician will need lots of help to conjure up some breathtaking hocus-pocus.

The Floating Bridge is well loved in Dartmouth for its friendly atmosphere and a menu that has Devon flavours at its core. “We love Sunday lunchtimes in the pub and on the run up to Christmas we thought it would be lovely to have a children’s entertainer in the pub to add to the excitement. We are hoping to see lots of families and friends and as always we’ll have a gorgeous tree and plenty of local produce on the menu – we are sourcing local turkey, and as always will have locally reared meat, Devon cheeses and lots of delicious puds,” said Ann Firmstone manager of The Floating Bridge.

For further information please call The Floating Bridge on 01803 832 354 or for further information about events at Dart Marina please click here.

3.   Mexican at the Castle Hotel

Only two nights left, today and Friday.  If you ask, you can have a shot of Tequila for a pound!!

4.    Dartmouth & Kingswear Society

"My life behind bars"  by Nigel Way Proprietor of the Royal Castle Hotel, Dartmouth Tuesday 4th December 7.30 – 9.00 p.m. at The Flavel, Dartmouth.

This meeting is open to all with no entry charge. Wine and soft drinks will be available from 7pm.

Why not come down and listen, 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.

5.  Festival of Healing Arts    8th & 9th December

Kerry reports:  Over sixty people are participating in the festival including teachers, musicians, complementary therapists, local volunteers and stall holders. The festival is taking place in three locations: The Flavel, the Royal Castle Hotel and Kendricks Restaurant.  We have sold over 120 workshop places – in t’ai chi, tantra, qigong, yoga and sound healing.  In the Taster Tent there will be 12 complementary therapists offering free taster sessions– Shiatsu, Ki Treatment, Spiritual Healing, Allergy Testing, Thai massage, Kinesiology, Crystal & Sound Healing, Acupressure Massage, Indian Head Massage & Reflexology.

There will be a continual programme of live entertainment on stage at The Flavel throughout the weekend. Not forgetting the Saturday night Celebration with ‘One Hand Clapping’, a very talented six piece band playing a fusion of rock/latin/sweet soul. The Shopping Bazaar will have stands selling among other things: jewellery, ethical/natural clothing, natural skin products, Books & buddhas, Tantra clothing, Sound healing instruments and CD’s

Weekend Entry Ticket is £6. Under 12’s free with £1 going to Dartmouth Caring. For further information click here.  8th & 9th December 2007

6.   Candlelit Dartmouth   14th - 16th December

Sarah Duggan reports:  A 15 piece ukulele band, a 20 piece Samba band, a uni-cyclist, a juggler and stilt walking reindeers and fairies are just some of entertainers you can expect to see over the Candlelit Dartmouth weekend.

There will be carol singing led by the 40-strong Britannia choir at The Bandstand, duets and choirs from The Dartmouth Community College will be performing around town.

The Friday lantern lighting procession promises to be magical and with Santa arriving by boat and a festive market in The Royal Avenue Gardens there is plenty to see. Many of Dartmouth’s interesting shops will be having special Candlelit offers over the weekend with lucky dips and Christmas refreshments available. Most will be open to at least 8pm on Friday and Saturday so do come and support our local businesses.

Put it in your diary now, 14th - 16th December, and be sure to visit Dartmouth for some Christmas shopping and to enjoy the magic of Dartmouth. For more information click here.

7.   Christmas Treats at Fingals Hotel Dittisham

On Friday 30th November from, 9.30am - 7.30pm, we are having a Christmas Fair in a marquee at Fingals Hotel.

The marquee will be brim full of stalls selling baskets, Indian jewellery, African presents, plants, pottery, a white elephant stall, cashmere, delicious local produce, textile and silver jewellery, - in fact everything you would need to buy for Christmas.

Come and enjoy plenty of food and fun and have a great day out! Charity Donations will go to Ragalla Aid in Sri Lanka and Life on Lens.

8.   Thanksgiving

Over 40 Dartmouth people attended this magnificent Thanksgiving Dinner.  So much food, so much wine.  If you missed it this year, you really ought to come next year!!

9.     Small News  

  • Christmas Fayres  this Saturday 1st December

    Dartmouth Caring is hosting its Annual Christmas Fayre at the Flavel.  This is a chance to buy Christmas presents from a variety of craft stalls. Hot pork baps with stuffing and apple sauce, homemade soup and mince pies will be available. Cake stall, Tombola and spirit draw, come along and have some fun. Christmas draw tickets will also be on sale.   10am – 3pm. The entrance fee is £1.00 per adult to include a coffee

    St Saviour's Church are also hosting their Christmas Fair from  10am- 4pm, free entry. 
    Home made cakes and  refreshments, Bric a Brac, Toys, Toiletries, Jewellery, Books, Raffle; games for the children. 

    You're sure to find all your Christmas presents at these Christmas Fayres


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

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