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                 17th January 2008

1.    Rijttafel Night

2.    Indian Night 

3.    Lark Rise to Candelford

4.    Dartmouth Art Society

5.    WWII Commando Raids

6.    Small News


1.     Rijttafel Night

Beca Way reports:  Here at the Castle we are introducing a new menu in Nu, this will be served every Friday night throughout January and February. It is based on traditional Indonesian family cuisine, inspired by Rita and Heri whose dedication has influenced and inspired Mr. Way's love of Indonesia and its colourful culture and cuisine.

The menu is called Rijttafel; the name is derived from the Dutch language and literally translated means 'rice on the table'. In Indonesia it is traditionally a big family meal where everyone sits down to eat together around a large table with many small mixed dishes and large bowls of rice. Our menu is vast and varied with dishes carefully selected from all over Indonesia.  Heri has had to adapt and moderate some of the recipes to make them less hot to account for the western palate. With their extensive knowledge of ingredients, our terrific local meat and fresh seafood and enjoyed with a group of friends I believe that this new Rijttafel meal experience will be a great addition to the diversity of food and culture at the Royal Castle Hotel.  Check out the menu by clicking here.

2.    Indian Night

Marilyn Bird reports:  The Dartmouth Film Society hope to dispel those winter blues with a special evening of song, dance and steaming eastern culinary delights. The film is " Bollywood Hollywood" directed by Deepa Mehta, the award winning Canadian based film maker. It is a comedy set in Toronto combining a mish mash of Indian American plot clichés oozing with across continents style. "The Spice Bazaar Restaurant " aided by the Film Society Committee will be providing a cornucopia of curry delights as a pre-film supper.

All are welcome, however booking is essential. For information please phone Marilyn Bird on 01803 835849.

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3.   Lark Rise to Candelford

Our literary correspondent Richard Webb reports:  You know this already, I'm sure, but Flora Thompson who wrote Lark Rise to Candelford, the new chocolate-boxy BBC TV Sunday night serial, lived in Dartmouth and is buried at Longcross Cemetery.

If you look at page 238 of The Chronicles of Dartmouth  (published by Richard Webb! and shown here), you will see her photo and that she came here in autumn 1928 and lived at the Outlook at Above Town where there is now a blue plaque. Her husband had been appointed Postmaster of Dartmouth in the previous year. She later wrote her famous book which was not published until 1945. She died in 1947.

4.  Dartmouth Art Society

Barbara Bowers reports:  Dartmouth Art Society had an interesting in-house exhibition and party last Thursday, 10th. The committee and friends put in a lot of hard work in the morning to set up the exhibition of members' work and prepare the food and drink for the party. In the afternoon members and partners were invited to choose their favourite picture in each category. Since the artists' names were hidden this led to lots of conversation and conjecture. But, votes were cast and counted and the following were awarded prizes by the chairman, Judy Illingworth:

Portrait, Figures........Sarah Perks
Animals.........Sarah Perks
Abstract & Experimental.........Mandy Westcott
Still Life, Flowers & Gardens.........Elizabeth de Vries
Landscape, Woodlands, Towns, Industrial........Penny Perret
Water, Seascapes, Boats........Liz Williams
Most Improved Artist 2007.......Moyra Stocks

Also on display were some very colourful silk banners which two members, Kathleen Heeley and Tony Bolton had helped to make at a workshop organised by Dartmouth Community College in June 2007.  Still to come this month is a demonstration in watercolour by Paul Weaver of a French market scene. This will be on Thursday, 24th January at 2pm in Townstal Community Hall. Anyone requiring further information about the Art Society should contact Elizabeth de Vries on 01803 770193

5.  WWII Commando Raids from Dartmouth

Eric Preston reports:  The Dartmouth History Research Group has just published their latest booklet (No. 34 in their series). This one is written by Eric Preston and describes the Commando Raids made on the Channel Islands from Dartmouth during the war, using recently acquired letters from a Free French Commando who was second-in-command of the raids on Sark.

This booklet records yet another aspect of Dartmouth's rich history, and can be obtained from the Museum, TIC, Harbour Bookshop and other outlets, price £2.50.


6.     Small News  


  • Dartmouth Caring's Second Gala Dinner and Auction of Promises will be held at the Royal Castle Hotel on Saturday, 9th February. This black tie event includes a 3 course meal with pre-dinner drinks at 7.00pm; the after dinner speaker is Mr Tony Beard "The Wag of Widecombe", farmer, entertainer and BBC Radio Devon broadcaster who will also present the Auction. All proceeds go to Dartmouth Caring. Tickets are £27.50 per head and available from Dartmouth Caring on 01803 835384 (9-12noon).

  • Dog Training in Dartmouth.  Westexe Dog Training's classes are about to start again at St Clement's
    Church Hall on Townstal Road, Dartmouth, beginning on Tuesday, 22nd January at 7.00pm.
    Why not take your pooch along for training and meet other dogs and their owners at the same time?


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