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1.    Kingswear Regatta
2.    The Tempest

3.    Venomous fish have arrived

4.    Dartmouth Players get an Award

5.    The flowers of Dartmouth

6.    Small News



A ferry trip last Sunday

1.    Kingswear Regatta

As previously reported on this site Kingswear Regatta is scheduled to go ahead on the 9th and 10th of August 2008 at Jubilee Park and on Waterhead Creek, Kingswear

The event will follow the same successful format as last year with events on land and water, with the Kingswear Dog Show, Vintage Car Rally and Regatta Rock on the 9th and the Grand Fete and Duck Race on the 10th August - and rowing on both days.

The fete will be a family fun event and as well as the usual stalls and cream teas, there will be a special treat in store for the kids with a Punch and Judy Show on Sunday and special rowing events for younger children as well as mums and dads. The prime beneficiary will be Kingswear Community Primary School and the school orchestra will be performing on the Sunday too. The Regatta Committee hopes that funds raised during the event will be used to provide more instruments and equipment for the school.

Entry forms for the rowing events are in Kingswear Village Stores. Entries are open to all and are limited, so get yours in as soon as you can.

Anyone wishing to hear Sax Appeal at Kingswear Regatta Rock in the Kingswear Village Hall on Saturday 9th August starting at 8-30pm should order tickets through the Regatta website click here to see it .  Watch this page for further news and do put August 9th and 10th on your calendars now!

2.    The Tempest

After last year’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Inn Theatre Company are continuing the ‘magical’ theme for this year’s Dartmouth Shakespeare Week, with their production of The Tempest.

The story tells of the deposed Duke of Milan, Prospero, who is living on a strange and enchanted island, where he was banished 12 years ago, with his daughter, Miranda. Also on the island is the monster Caliban and the spirit Ariel. With Ariel’s help, Prospero conjures up a magical storm, which apparently wrecks a galleon carrying his old adversaries.

The main character in the play is undoubtedly that of Prospero, who is one of Shakespeare’s more enigmatic protagonists. On the island, with his magical abilities, he is all-powerful. At times he can appear self important, petty and autocratic, but there can be no doubt that the play revolves around Prospero as he schemes and manipulates the other characters and bends them to his dynamic will.

This challenging part is being played by Max Brandt, who first stunned audiences in Dartmouth with his portrayal of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice two years ago. He is very much looking forward to playing another legendary Shakespearian character at this year’s Dartmouth Shakespeare Week. The photo shows him casting his spell over proceedings at Dartmouth Castle. Playing Miranda is Corrina MacIntosh, who last year enchanted theatregoers as Hermia, the grotesque Caliban is played by Dartmouth Shakespeare Week stalwart Gil Garland, and the spirit Ariel is performed by newcomer Katherine Lock.

The play also features many otherworldly characters such as spirits, nymphs and goddesses, just as last year’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Tempest will be performed from Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th August in the open-air at Dartmouth Castle. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre, 01803 834224. More information is available by clicking here.

3.    Venomous fish have arrived

Torquay’s coastal zoo is now home to eight stingrays of three species: two mangrove whiprays (which are brown), four blue-spotted ribbontail rays (which are oval) and two of the kite-shaped blue-spotted stingrays.

Sometimes known as sea devils, stingrays have venomous barbs on their tails. Marine biologist Jodie Peers is quick to defend her new charges: “They have the potential to kill, but it is just like with bees - their sting can be painful but it is rarely fatal. “Rays are not at all vicious, but some hide in sand on the sea-bed and they can be stepped on - that’s when you could get hurt. Rays are sensitive and intelligent creatures, some are shy, others are more outgoing. I can identify all of our new arrivals individually. The two mangrove rays are quite boisterous characters. I hope we will have breeding here in the longer term.”

As their eyes are on top of their bodies and their mouths underneath, they never see their prey, but use smell and electro-receptors similar to those of sharks. They feed mainly on molluscs and crustaceans. Click here to see their website.

4.    Dartmouth Players get an Award

A special drama award in recognition of “innovation and ensemble work” has been presented to the Dartmouth Players by a leading theatrical expert.

At the final of the South Devon Drama Festival held at the Carlton Theatre, Teignmouth, festival adjudicator, Peter Reeves, presented, society chairman Bill Hunt with the “Adjudicator’s Special Award” for the pantomime, Dick Whittington, which was staged at the Flavel Theatre, Dartmouth, during Christmas last year.

Mr Hunt said: “We have another pantomime written already with music again, by Norman Cork. This time it is to be the magical “Sleeping Beauty”, by Linda Churchill, who wrote and directed the recently performed “Blow the Wind Fair” staged as part of the Hawley 600 commemorations”.

Mr Hunt is inviting anyone who might be interested in taking part, to come along to the auditions to be held in the Studio, at the Flavel, Dartmouth on Monday 28 July at 7.30pm. “We are looking of all types of help,” he said. “We need a large team including not only actors, dancers and singers, but backstage, computer graphics, costumes, you name it we need it.

Sleeping Beauty is to be staged at the Flavel Theatre, between Sunday 28 and 31 December. For more information click here or telephone 01803 832036

5.    The flowers of Royal Avenue Gardens

It's that time of year again, where the flowers almost overpower you!  These photos were taken on Sunday.  Why not come down for the weekend ?

Art galleries click here

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A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here


6.    Small News
  • Dee just called to say: we have had to change the venue for the Dartmouth Caring party, it is now at the Guildhall with Sax Appeal, food available and bring your own bottle (though refreshments available at a donation).
  • Macmillan Fete - Macmillan Cancer Relief is holding its annual fete on Tuesday 22nd July in the Royal Avenue Gardens.  Come along and visit the stalls selling home made cakes, bric-a-brac, books, arts and crafts and help the charity improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
  • People using Firefox and Internet Explorer with larger than normal font sizes have been experiencing problems with images covering text.  This new format News uses tables to separate text and images, but if you have any problems please tell us.  We always check the news on a standard Apple Mac as well.  We have taken this as an opportunity to freshen up the format a little, we hope you like it!
  • Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
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  • Dartmouth Hotels click here
  • A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

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Images copyright Dave Cawley, Dartmouth Books & others. 
 header image Nigel Evens from his new book Reflections of Dartmouth,

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