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                 8th November 2007


1.    Dart Marina now a 4 Star Hotel

2.    Dartmouth Drama Festival

3.    Lifeboat now up and running

4.    Thanksgiving Dinner

5.    Children in Need Auction

6.     "take one crab"  Browns Bar

7.    Small News


1.  Dart Marina now a 4 Star Hotel

Dart Marina Hotel & Spa is delighted and proud to announce that it has been awarded four stars from the AA making it the first and only hotel in Dartmouth to achieve this high standard. This classification is a true reflection of the impeccable accommodation, professionalism and service which is central to the new Dart Marina.

“The investment in Dart Marina, which is privately owned, has been in the region of £25 million and we believe that we now have one of the most stylish hotels in the UK. However, it’s not simply style that impresses the inspector. Every aspect of the hotel, from the lamps beside the beds to the linen on them and from breakfast to the room-service menu, is inspected and assessed. There is a whole long list of details which have to be absolutely first class to achieve FOUR STARS.  Above all, the level of service is examined for courtesy, knowledge, skill and attention to each individual guest.  We have all been working towards this and we’re absolutely delighted. This is a huge achievement and it recognises the dedication and commitment of every member of our team,” said Mark Godfrey, MD of Dart Marina.

The inspector’s AA Quality Standards Report included positive comments; “It was good to return to the Dart Marina Hotel and to note the impressive changes that have recently taken place…….all bedrooms and bathrooms provide guests with high levels of quality and comfort……housekeeping proved a great strength of this visit with a thorough attention to detail apparent throughout all areas of the hotel……..public areas including the new spa facilities are excellent features.”   Check out their web site by clicking here.

2.   Dartmouth Drama Festival

The Dartmouth Players have launched a new and exciting community project bringing together six South Hams amateur drama groups under one roof for two nights of live theatre Flavel Theatre.

Taking up the cudgels are, Blackawton Amateur Dramatic Society, drama students from Dartmouth Community College, Dit’sum Players (Dittisham), the Inn Theatre Company, Stoke Fleming Operatic and Dramatic Society and the Dartmouth Players.

The event has taken organisers, Avril Dowding and Daphne Scorer, by storm: “We are quite overwhelmed by the passion and commitment the participating groups are bringing to this venture. There is so much talent and good drama being staged in the many villages around us that it seemed a wonderful way to bring it to a wider audience. We are particularly delighted to have the students from the community college with us”. Dartmouth audiences can expect an array of entertainment from the philosophical to the ridiculous, comedic to the fanciful. And so full and comprehensive is the programme that the festival curtain is having to go up at the early time of 7pm.

Festival dates are Thursday and Friday 15 and 16 November. Tickets are on sale now at The Flavel priced £7 for adults; £4 for children under 16 years.

3.     Lifeboat now up and running

John Fenton reports:  At last the Dartmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat is “on service.” There were three days of intensive training and assessment of the Operations team, the helmsmen and lifeboat crew with the launch crew. Following that Simon Pryce, the RNLI Divisional Inspector from Saltash, was able to ring the Marine Rescue Centre at Brixham and declare the lifeboat “an operational asset.” There will be quarterly inspections by the RNLI whilst the Station is still on trial.

Training on the water takes place twice a week. On Tuesdays from 5pm and on Sundays from 10am. Training on shore takes place in the new crew training/ops room in the lifeboat station.

The station has a web site ( click here ) for up to date information and contact details.

Everyone is invited to come and look at the new Lifeboat Station and facilities this Saturday, the 10th November, between 10am and 4pm.

4.   Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is arguably the most traditional of all American holidays.  While the tradition has evolved over the years, there's something about sharing a meal with family and friends that brings us closer together just as it did the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621.

Dinner Menu
Smoked trout with apple and onion slices served on a bed of watercress or Homemade pumpkin soup in a half pumpkin

Turkey with cranberry sauce, Sausages and gravy, Roast and mashed potatoes, Green bean casserole American style, Buttermilk corn bread, Baked yams with marshmallow topping, Brussel sprouts and carrots

Dartmouth vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce and toasted almonds or Pecan Pie with Devon double cream, followed by Coffee and tea

Thursday November 22nd  at The Royal Castle Hotel, in Nu Restaurant. Tickets are £17.50, to be purchased from The Royal Castle Hotel by Monday 19th November 2007. Complimentary welcome drink at 5.00pm, sit down at 5.30pm

5.   Children in Need Auction

Becca Way from The Royal Castle reports:  On Friday November 16th we will be doing our charity auction as usual, Richard Baker will be hosting the auction in the Galleon Bar.  We are at present collecting both the auction and raffle prizes from various places around the town. 

In addition to the raffle and the auction, there'll be a coffee morning in the galleon bar and the bar staff are gathering sponsorship for climbing mount Everest!, (they have borrowed a step machine and are doing the distance in the galleon bar!) Nic and Taz are also throwing themselves out of planes to try and raise a bit more!! Last year we raised over £4000.00 so have got our work cut out if we want to raise more, which we do!!

Dartmouth dot TV always attends the evening Auction, it is so much fun, so why not make a date in your dairy and be part of the fun next Friday?

6.     "take one crab"  Browns Bar

Tuesday November 13th - "take one crab!"   James Brown reports:  Inspired by many of the dishes at the food festival and the perfect seasonality of crabs we want you to feast on crab for the evening. We will cook, pick and prepare three perfect autumn dishes from local crab. A crab bisque, sweet and sour crab  claws and legs followed by crab cakes served with frites and salad. These three dishes will be £12 per person including a glass of house wine. Puddings and small eats will also be available.

If you want to be sure of a table please call Browns Bar 01803 832572.

7.     Small News  

  • Alan from the Embankment restaurant has had a bad heart attack, we all wish him a speedy recovery.  Paul reports: Rather than try to recreate the Embankment's evening menu without Alan, we have decided that up to Christmas we are going to open for a daytime function with morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. We have some great young chefs from Dartmouth who are going to cook for us and it's all coming together. I have to say our customers and Dartmouth friends have been so wonderful... especially Wayne from RB's restaurant.  Where else in the country would you find your competitors mucking in to help you out.  Wayne even came and cooked for a private party last Friday in the Embankment while his second chef Jake held the fort in his own restaurant. What a star!.

  • This Sunday, 11th November, is Remembrance Sunday, a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. At one time the day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.  The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One. At 11am on 11th November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

    Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11th November; this year 11th November falls on a Sunday. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain and a national ceremony takes place at the cenotaph in Whitehall, London.

    In Dartmouth the Remembrance Parade led by the Band of the Royal Marines and including the Mayor of Dartmouth, the Commodore and officers from Britannia Royal Naval College begins at 10.30am at the Guildhall. The procession makes its way to the War Memorial, where at 11.00am the Act of Remembrance  and two minutes silence takes place, followed by a Remembrance Day service  at 11.30am in St Saviour's Church.


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