Worm Charming this Sunday!
Dartmouth Shakespeare Week
4. Tell No
5. The Best Burger in town?
7. St Petrox Church
8. Small News
Charming this Sunday!
The village of Blackawton in the
South Hams will once again be the centre of every worm charmer's
universe this May Bank Holiday Sunday. Adults and children
from all over the country and around the world will compete to
extract the greatest number of worms from their dedicated one
metre square patch of grassland. Worm Master Nick Smith
announces the rules and worm plots. And here's the catch.
They have to do it without digging up any of the turf!
So how is it done? Over to "Worm Master" Nick Smith… "You can
use whatever means you like, as long is you don't harm the
animals," he told the BBC Devon website. "We've been worm
charming in Blackawton since 1984, when two locals decided to
try it as a means of banishing the winter blues!"
To see the full programme of events
Come down for the weekend ?
A plaque commemorating the time that Acton Central School
was evacuated to Dartmouth was unveiled on Monday by the
Mayor of Dartmouth, Councillor Iris Pritchard and the Mayor
of the London Borough of Ealing (which now incorporates the
former Borough of Acton), Councillor Hazel Ware. The boys
from the school in Middlesex were sent to Dartmouth in 1939
and spent 3 years being educated in the St Saviour’s Church
Hall, now known as Southford Schoolrooms. In 1942, because
of its role in training and plans for the D Day landings,
Dartmouth was felt to be too dangerous for evacuees and they
left, having made many friends within the town. Check
out the Mayor of Ealing's official car, a crest on the roof
of this brand new Daimler!
Southford Schoolrooms maintains its educational tradition by
now being the home of Dartmouth Pre-School.
Every year for the last five years, The Inn
Theatre Company have presented a Shakespearean production at
Dartmouth Castle, and this year is no exception.
But! The Company are short of men! Rehearsals started for ’The
Tempest’ several weeks ago and this years’ Director, Jane
Windsor-Smith, is still looking to cast several of the leading
“ This play is particularly male ’top-heavy’, and although we
have some fine actors already cast, we need more,” she said.
“ We’re looking for people to play Antonio (Prospero’s brother),
Alonso (the King of Naples), Gonzalo, (the faithful courtier)
and the Bo’sun; not to mention Francisco and Adrian, two more of
the royal party with a few lines, and lots and lots of Mariners
for the stormy opening to the play.”
After last year’s hugely successful production of ‘A Midsummer
Night’s Dream’, the Company are really looking to push the boat
out and give Dartmouth audiences an even more thrilling
So, if you think you fancy treading the boards, you can contact
Jane via their website by
clicking here, or you can
call her on 07825 663 825.
Tell No one showing tonight
man's life is turned upside-down after buried secrets are
unearthed. Kristin Scott Thomas features in this
French adaptation of the best-selling novel by Harlan Coben,
Francois Cluzet stars in this French thriller from director
Guillaume Canet. Eight years after the heinous murder of his
wife, doctor Alex Beck receives an ominous email from an
unknown source. The message contains a video image of Alex's
thought-to-be dead wife in real time.
It’s so rare to find in a thriller a character whose fate
you could possibly care about – but Tell No One is such a
powerful love story that, like Alex, you hope against all
reason for a happy ending.
Guest tickets for sale in The Windjammer 7.30-7.55 £3.50 Our
bar is open from 7.30 - the film to be shown at 8pm approx.
5. The Best Burger in town?
made with Devon Beef prove that Slow Food can also be fast!
Chefs at Dart Marina’s Wildfire Bar & Bistro have made over
2,200 Wildfire Burgers in the last 12 months – all made with
beef reared on Devon pastures and supplied by local butcher
A W Luscombe of Totnes.
“We are very proud of our Wildfire Burgers, which represent
all that we feel is great about local food. The burgers are
made from well matured Devon beef and seasoning – nothing
else. We are fortunate to have the very best local produce
to choose from and Luscombe’s family butchers at Totnes,
which has been rearing and supplying local meat since 1788,
is typical of the quality we have at our fingertips,”
explained Mark Streeter, Executive Head Chef at Dart
An open terrace by the water’s edge allows diners to drink
in the views of the South Hams landscape, whilst enjoying
the flavours from the sea, river, pastures and orchards.
Dart Marina sources local products from many award-winning
producers, many of them from the South Hams area of Devon
including Bigbury Bay Oysters, Farmer Phil Bond Lamb,
Challices of Totnes, Westcountry Smokehouse and Dartmouth
The Dartmouth dot TV Crew sampled this big
burger, they marvelled at the sheer size of the square cut
chips and pronounced their seal of approval. You can't
get better than that!
For further information about events at Dart Marina please
About 80 guests attended
the Dartmouth Town Council Civic Dinner at the Guildhall on
Saturday evening. Held at the end of Town Mayor Iris
Pritchard’s two year term in office, the event included a
toast to the town proposed by Honoured Citizen Miss Irene
Scawn and an amusing address by guest speaker Councillor
Judy Westacott from Totnes.
The Guildhall is available for hire by individuals and
organisations, contact the Town Clerk on 832281 for details.
This lovely old
photograph is believed to have been taken on a sunny day in
1890, perhaps of churchgoers leaving St Petrox Church,
probably after the morning service, and shows Dartmouth
Castle in the background. The Church is thought to have been
developed from a mediaeval chapel sometime towards the end
of the 14th century for the use of the residents in the part
of Dartmouth which lies along the harbour edge between
Bayard's Cove and the harbour mouth (South Town).
St Petrox occupies a special place in the hearts and minds
of many people both in Dartmouth and beyond; sailors and
fishermen see it as they leave the River Dart and on their
safe return and many locals and visitors alike find it a
place of peace and tranquillity.
St Petrox is open daily and this Sunday, 4th May sees the
first of the summer’s Evensong services at 6.30pm.
8. Small News
Joan Cawley reports: Members of
Dartmouth Art Society are very pleased to be
putting on an Exhibition of paintings at the National
Trust property, Coleton Fishacre. The paintings are for
sale at various prices, sizes, mediums and subjects -
including landscapes, seascapes, flowers, people, and
many more - something for everyone! The Exhibition is
open daily (except Tuesdays, when the house is closed)
until Sunday 11th May from 10.30am - 4.30pm. Visit
Joan's website by
Why go to Amsterdam when
you can see better Tulips in Dartmouth right now!
Devon Life has a big feature on
Dartmouth, the front cover and pages and pages
inside! A must have, pop down to the Tourist
Information Centre to buy your copy?
Dartmouth dot TV techies
survived Terminal 5 without event and had a great time
in Munich. They talked the talk, walked the walk,
and drank the beer. Expect a report later?
time to book your holiday
in Dartmouth now?
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