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   Dartmouth News                 5th April 2007

1.    Dartmouth Art Society Exhibition

2.    Keeping Dartmouth a very special place

3.    Easter Bonnet Parade

4.    Easter at Woodlands

5.    One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well

6.    Café Barista hits the headlines

7.    Small News


1.     Dartmouth Art Society Annual Exhibition



Winner of Joy of Colour section, Shaunagh Radcliffe's picture 'Under African Skies', was chosen by Paul Barclay and the award given by Judy Illingworth.  It was also Shaunagh's & Fred's wedding anniversary which they celebrated at RB's later that evening!




Best in show, voted for by members and guests went to Ray Redman for his painting called 'Three Terns'

Don't miss Dartmouth Art Society's Annual Exhibition in The Studio and First Floor Foyer of The Flavel open until next Thursday 12th April, open from 9.30am to 5.30pm, including Sunday.

2.    Keeping Dartmouth a very special place

Monday saw the last full Town Council meeting before the elections on 3rd May.  After a lively meeting the Mayor Iris Pritchard invited everyone back to her parlour for a late night snack, named somewhat appropriately by one mischievous Councillor as 'The Last Supper'........ 

Councillor Dave Cawley reports:  It is very important for the new Council to confront reality and to keep Dartmouth a very special place.  The days of 400 Dartmouth workers crossing the river to work at Noss are well and truly gone.  We need to support quality  tourism and to get some new industry into the town. 

Dave continued "It's all very well to have industrial units at the top of the town, but we need them to house new businesses employing local people, not simply used as storage employing no one.  Dartmouth is a very special place, we can attract new industry here if we try."

3.  Easter Bonnet Parade this Sunday

Sue Tweed reports:  Dartmouth's Royal Avenue Gardens is hosting an Easter Bonnet parade and an afternoon of family fun on Easter Saturday, 7th April, at 3 pm, in aid of Children's Hospice South West. Local artist, Paul Barclay, will be judging the bonnets and awarding prizes for the best.  Several stalls including flower displays, competitions to win prizes, and sales of cakes and Easter eggs, chickens, ducks and rabbits (no, not real ones!)

Lots of support is needed for this event to raise as much money as possible for the Children's Hospice. Doors open in April to their second hospice in the South West which will provide specialist care for 200 terminally ill children and their families. This doubles the number cared for over the past 11 years by Little Bridge House, the only children's hospice in the region until now.

4.    Easter at Woodlands

Eggstream Easter Fun!

Imagine finding a yummy scrummy Easter Egg mountain for you and your friends. At Woodlands Leisure Park on Easter Sunday and Monday there’s thousands of tickets to be exchanged for eggs all day in the 60 acre action packed park. There are top live entertainers every day of the school holidays, great competitions for terrific prizes and half price admission if you enter the famous Easter bonnet competition on Monday. Springing Lambs and cute baby animals are all part of the Easter Fun at Woodlands

April 6th Good Friday – Spot the chicks competition
Spangles the Clown , Emazdad The Magician

7th Easter Saturday - Easter Bunny Hunt
Dan The Hat, Benco the Master Juggler

8th Easter Sunday – Woodlands Famous Easter Egg Hunt
Spangles the Clown, Richie – Award Winning Street Performer

9th Easter Monday – Easter Bonnet Competition, 1/2 price park admission to competition entrants.
Easter Egg Hunt, Emazdad The Magician, Richie – Award Winning Street Performer, Father Mike’s Jazz Band

5.     One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well

Di Collins reports:  There’s no doubt that Dartmothians have the capacity to think, love and sleep well given their access to the finest foods available. From farm fresh local produce on sale in the farmers' markets through to the superb offerings of Dartmouth’s restaurants there are fresh local foods to suit every palate and pocket.

The Dining Club at RB’s Restaurant, near the Lower Ferry on Lower Street, has been the scene for local residents tasting the finest local food at extremely reasonable prices. Established by restaurateurs Wayne and Wendy Cramp, the Dining Club was abuzz last  Wednesday night with enthusiasts who packed the restaurant for this month's Dining Club offering.

The menu was a five course meal starting with a Demi Tasse of Watercress Soup, followed by Smoked Duck and Walnut Salad with a Tomato and Tarragon Vinaigrette. Not content with this Wayne followed up with a Crab, Prawn and Leek Crumble before presenting the main course of Devon Beef served with spring greens and a wild mushroom sauce. All this completed by the pudding of marmalade jelly and homemade chocolate ice-cream. Sheer bliss and a bargain for around £19 each.

All of which is testimony to the great food we have on our doorsteps.

So take advantage of the finest that Dartmouth has to offer, enjoy the variety of local food and restaurants well ahead of the visitors and the long hot summer ahead, and dine well. 
For Self catering click here,  for B&B click here,  for Hotels click here For a Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here.


6.     Café Barista hits the headlines

Café Barista  opened for a year now has matured into a favourite place for locals and holidaymakers to eat informally.  Owner Tara told Dartmouth dot TV   "The main aim of Barista is to create a relaxed bistro style café where everyone is welcome. The ethos and beliefs of the café are rooted deep within the abundant high quality produce available in the local area. Our penchant for excellence within the catering industry means that while prices remain affordable, the service & quality of the food & drinks on offer are second to none. "

Tara has just commissioned Dartmouth dot TV to build her new web site, take a look by clicking here.  Tara's web site including registration, design, hosting and everything, and cost just £150 or £12.50 a month all in.  If you want a web site click here

7.     Small News

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