Councillors turn pirates
4. Small News
Dart Gig club took its turn in hosting the pilot
gigs from across the circuit this past weekend. Gigs from
Bristol and Weymouth and both the north coast of Devon and
Cornwall took part as well as The World Champion crews from
Caradon who are always a favourite to watch, as they make rowing
the long vessels such a joy to behold with their seemingly
Coming as it does so near to the world championships, other
clubs treat Dart's gig racing event as a serious indicator of
form for the world championships. Interestingly, Dart
always have their event early in the season, as the popularity
of the beautiful harbour means that river traffic coming in to
visit and for berthing overnight after the middle of April would
most probably inhibit the fiercely competitive racing.
The community on both sides of the Dart seems to have taken the
event to heart as both the Royal Dart and the Dartmouth yacht
clubs help extensively with facilities and equipment; without
their kind cooperation the event would not be as highly rated
throughout the south west as it has become over the past decade
since its conception!
Many individuals give their time to help the event, and sales of
tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches make a considerable
contribution to the club's finances for the coming year. Also
key among those who help out are the Harbour Authority, the
local community police and the District Council who help the
Giggers by allowing the use of the harbour, the parking of
competitors' vehicles, and the storage of the long trailers on
Coronation Park for the afternoon.
Provisionally it is hoped to run the event again next year on
the 11th April 2009 as the tidal conditions are exactly right on
Rowing in the pilot gigs is great fun and all ages and levels of
experience are catered for! Anyone who would like to join in
should contact Halina Brown on 834855 and, as ever, will be made
This Saturday morning Dartmouth's
small but perfectly formed Farmers' Market is taking place in
the Old Market. This is where you can meet the locals and
buy local fish, meat, vegetables and other locally produced
specialities that will make your mouth water. Here are
some photos of previous events.
Come down for the weekend ?
3. Councillors turn
Dartmouth Town Mayor officially opened the scary ride at
Woodlands this week with a bottle of Champagne.
Certain Town Councillors ignored advice and rode at the back
of the boat where the G Forces were maximised. It took
one councillor two glasses of wine and a good meal
(thoughtfully provided by Woodlands) before he could stand
up properly. The adventure park is brilliant and would
take a good 6 hours to do everything. We hope to do a
full length feature later in the year?
There are just a few
tickets left for the St George's dinner on 23rd April
from Phil Roe, Hon. Secretary on 833232
Book now for a
Murder Mystery Dinner on Thursday 24th April at The
Royal Castle Hotel. A night of trickery, intrigue and a
three course dinner for only £32.50 per person.
Call 01803 833033 to book your table.
Di from Dartmouth
Caring reports: Three local Dartmouth businesses, thatís
Danielli, The Cove and Just Moi are staging a fashion
show on Monday 21st April at the Royal Castle Hotel in
aid of Dartmouth Caring. Sarah from Danielli will be
previewing her summer collection, Lucy from The Cove
will be offering treatments and therapies prior to the
show and Jane from Juste Moi will be previewing their
summer spring collection and lingerie. This should be a
fun event and to emphasise that fashion is for all, one
of Dartmouth Caring's lunch club members will be a
model. The event commences at 12 noon at the Royal
Castle in the NU restaurant. The event includes a
buffet lunch with a welcome drink of Bucks Fizz and each
entrance ticket will be entered into a draw, for which
each of the three stores have donated a prize.
Tickets are available at a cost of £20.00 from Danielli,
32 Lower St (833233), The Cove, Hauley Rd (770191) or
Juste Moi, 6 Foss St (833070). Do come and support
your local community by supporting Dartmouth Caring
(835384) for this event.
time to book your holiday
in Dartmouth now?
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