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            14th February 2008


1.    Climate Change: the local impact

2.    Atonement next Thursday!!

3.    Dartmouth Caring 2nd Gala Dinner

4.    Dartmouth Mystery Picture

5.   Dartmouth Art Society

6.    Return of the Sunday Lunch

7.    Small News




1.     Climate Change: the local impact

Dartmouth & Kingswear Society Open Forum: You are invited to the Society’s Open Forum on Tuesday, 19th February in The Flavel, Dartmouth at 7.30 p.m. on “Climate Change: the local impact”. Experts from the Environment Agency and Devon County Council will start by outlining the changes expected and their anticipated local consequences. The meeting will then be open for general discussion. The meeting is free, so come along and hear the expert view and express your concerns, hopes and views to those planning the future. Everyone is welcome.

2.    Atonement next Thursday!!

On a sultry summer day in 1935, an upper-class British family prepares for a dinner party at their country estate. The players: Briony Tallis (newcomer Saoirse Ronan), a precocious preteen writer; her older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley), Cambridge graduate and femme fatale; Robbie Turner (James McEvoy), the housekeeper's mensch-y son, who carries a torch for Cecilia; and various visitors and family members. A series of misperceptions, fuelled by the summer heat and Briony's childish hurts and fevered imagination, lead to a dramatic false accusation that lands Robbie in jail. We meet all three characters five years later in the thick of World War II, as foot soldier Robbie prepares for the Dunkirk evacuation and the two estranged sisters train as nurses in London.

Thursday 21st February.   Our bar at The Guildhall will open at 7.30 - the film to be shown at 8pm approx. Guest tickets will be for sale in The Windjammer 7.30-7.55 at £3.50

3.    Dartmouth Caring 2nd Gala Dinner

On Saturday at the Royal Castle Hotel Dartmouth Caring held its 2nd Gala Dinner and Auction of Promises. The speaker for the evening was Tony Beard the “Wag of Widdecombe”, he also facilitated the auction. The evening was well supported by many in the local community and it commenced with Mr. Tim Hailstone, one of the Charity’s Trustees introducing the evening by re-emphasising that although in the last year the Charity  has developed beyond recognition, with the complexity and the workload, fund raising still needs to continue for it to maintain its momentum. Dartmouth Caring still needs volunteers, so if any of you have time to spare and wish to volunteer to help in the local Community please contact the office on 01803 835384,”

4.  Dartmouth Mystery Picture

Every now and again, we will show a small part of Dartmouth.  The first person to correctly guess what/where will get a mention in the news!

This object caused a lot of comment when unveiled.

5.   Dartmouth Art Society

Barbara Bowers reports:  It is a very busy time for the Art Society and the paint brushes are red hot!  At the end of January we had a demonstration in watercolours by Paul Weaver. His subject was 'figures in a French market scene'.
As he worked from a tonal sketch to composition he talked his audience through every step he was taking.

Next Thursday 21st there will be a demonstration in oils by Michael Sanders who until recently was chairman of The Society for All Artists and whose work is well-known nationally. On the remaining Thursdays of the month members meet in Townstal Community Hall to do their own work with the opportunity  to do figure drawing from a model. For information about the Society telephone Elizabeth de Vries - 01803 770193

6.   Return of the Sunday Lunch at The Marina

Joanne reports:  Sunday lunch is back on the menu at Dart Marina “by popular demand” as the saying goes. Served in the River Restaurant, which has stunning views overlooking the River Dart, Sunday lunches at Dart Marina will change with the seasons to reflect the abundance of local flavours from the pastures and waters around the South Hams.

Mark Streeter, our Executive Head Chef, has been out and about talking to producers and on the menu there will be the best examples of locally reared meat he can lay his hands on.

The Sunday Lunch menu typically includes delicious Roast Rib of Local Beef, Roast Breast of Creedy Carver Chicken with Bread Sauce, Fillet of Gilthead Bream, Traditional Bread and Butter Pudding, Local Cheeses and home made ice creams. Three courses are £14.95.  Bookings can be made on 01803 832580.

7.     Small News  

  • Local and family history enthusiasts in Dartmouth and the surrounding area will be welcoming a new source of information to be opened in Dartmouth Library by Devon County Council in March.

    Executive Member for Culture Councillor Sheila Hobden said: “This is yet another example of how we are improving our libraries service and increasingly meeting the needs of local people. Now those who live in Dartmouth and the surrounding area do not have to go all the way to Exeter. These points hold copies of parish registers, tithe maps and apportionments, non conformist registers, and other records for the local area.

    On the launch day, people can find out how to research their family history in Devon and discover how to research the history of their house or parish. Other exhibitors on the day will include the The Met Office, Dartmouth Museum, Britannia Royal Naval College Museum , The Devon Family History Society, Westcountry Studies Library, Dartmouth History Research Group and Kingswear Historians. The launch day will be held between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday 26th March 2008, with the official opening at 11am by local author Ray Freeman.

  • Our thanks to professional photographer Tony Pike who is providing us with winter images of Dartmouth.  You can visit his gallery by clicking here.

  • If you are a record fan, or an eBay fan;  who would have thought 3 million records would be for sale as one single lot!!  click here to be amazed and to visit the collection directly, click here .  And for even more details click here .


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