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                 6th December 2007


1.    Festival of Healing Arts

2.    Fatstock Show

3.    Candlelit Dartmouth

4.    Dickens of a Christmas

5.    Can't Sing Carols

6.    Small News



1Festival of Healing Arts

This weekend step out of the rain and visit Dartmouth's first alternative festival at the Flavel. Enter a world of performances, workshops, meditations, products and treatments to encourage, inspire and expand your connection with your inner self, your physical self and with those around you.

Our aim is to create a lively weekend festival with a friendly atmosphere. Listen to a talk, enjoy a dance or music performance, be inspired by our stand holders’ offerings, be transformed with a session from one of our complementary therapists. And finally, enjoy our Saturday night celebration with ‘One Hand Clapping’, a uniquely talented group of musicians.  The Royal Castle Hotel and Kendricks are offering special festival menus (vegetarian of course!).

Pay on the door: £6 with £1 to Dartmouth Caring. Under 12's free. For further information and to book workshops click here.

2.   Fatstock Show

Phil Bond reports: Just to let you know that the annual Dartmouth Fat Stock show is taking place at the market next Tuesday 11th December. Judging of cattle , sheep and poultry classes starts at 10.30am. Sale of exhibits starts at 1.30pm

For those that have not been before, this is a fascinating insight to livestock and farming in the Dartmouth area.  Entry is free!

3.     Candlelit Dartmouth

Five local primary schools are busy making beautiful willow and paper lanterns to carry during the lantern lighting procession in Dartmouth on Friday 14th December at 6pm. Up to 150 children are busy over the next week attending workshops organised by the Candlelit Dartmouth team. Stoke Fleming, Dartmouth Primary, Dartmouth St Johns, Kingswear and Blackawton schools are all involved and the procession promises to be a magical event. The children will process with stilt-walkers and the lantern lighting teams through the streets of Dartmouth and will meet at the Boatfloat where Santa will arrive. After Carol Singing at the Bandstand everyone will enjoy musicians, entertainers, a festive market and late night shopping until at least 8pm.
The festivities continue all weekend with many more activities for children including a fancy dress competition due on Saturday 15 December.

Ann Routley with the help of her mother Shirley is reviving an old tradition of lighting up Avenue Gardens with lit decorated jam jars for the Candlelit Dartmouth event. Ann’s grand father Bill Wotton used be involved in the same event 35 years ago during the Regatta and Ann remembers seeing the magical jewel-like colours glowing in the Gardens. The Scouts are helping to supply jars and Ann and her team will be busy decorating them in preparation for Friday 14th. Ann has asked that local people get involved and said “It would be lovely for everyone to meet us at the Avenue Gardens at 6.30pm after the lantern procession with their own decorated jam jars and to hold them during the Carol singing at the bandstand. All the jars will then be displayed in The Gardens for the evening and should be collected from 9pm”.

You can visit their website by clicking here. The fantastic printable program is only available from the Dartmouth dot TV website here  Dartmouth dot TV Candlelit Dartmouth Programme or click here.

There will be late night shopping until 8:00pm on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December.  Dartmouth has a wondrous variety of really cool and different shops, totally ideal for your Christmas Gift Shopping, and you will find several places, such as Simon Drew will be offering 5% or even more discount!  Jayne from the Canvas Factory in Foss Street reports: we'll be open until late on Friday and Saturday and will be offering mulled wine, mince pies and a festive welcome to all our customers. Most of the galleries will be open, click here to see them. Afterwards have a meal in one of our World Class Restaurants, click here to see them, or have a glass of wine, a beer and a meal in one of our lovely bars  ? click here to see them.  Tables are already filling up fast for Cafe Barista in Foss Street's special festive evening menu on Friday and Saturday, where there will be a complimentary glass of mulled wine for everyone eating there.

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4.   Dickens of a Christmas

Sue Tweed reports: 'Dickens of a Christmas' Market is taking place at The Old Market, Dartmouth on Saturday 15th December from 10am - 2pm.  Children's Hospice South West's really good fun day with Father Christmas, mulled wine, mince pies, entertainment, tombola and lots of lovely things to buy at the stalls - just in time for Christmas! Stallholders will be in fancy dress. Volunteers to help are most welcome, even for an hour! Contact Liz on 01803 833232 for details.

This popular event has raised around £1,600 in each of the 4 previous years. Even more money is needed this year because a second hospice opened in the spring. We are now providing specialist care for 400 terminally ill children and their families from the South West, but many more are needing care. We are now fundraising for a third hospice in South Cornwall so we hope that as many people as possible will visit this Dickensian market and spend well to raise lots of money for Children's Hospice South West and help to make the most of short and precious lives.

5.   Can't Sing Carols

Becca Way from The Royal Castle reports:  The Castle "can't sing" carol singers and U3A singers will be meeting at the Royal Castle Hotel from 6.30pm on Tuesday 18th December. Meet here for a glass of mulled wine, mince pies and a practice before we head off around the town to various hostelries in an attempt to raise money for a local charity. Come and join us for a sing along to get you in the Christmas mood!  Put in your diary now!

6.     Small News  

  • Rowland Abram, owner of The Harbour Bookshop in Dartmouth, says : "This Christmas we are in a position to help our customers or other local businesses who may want extra boxes (in assorted sizes) or box packing material, ready for the hoped-for Christmas rush. The Bookshop has loads of packaging available at the moment - so just call in if you need to store all those presents or protect items going into the post".


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