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1.   Palate to Palette

2.   Dartmouth News
3.   Spirit of Giving

4.   Festival of Healing Arts

5.   Christmas at The Good Intent

6.   Small News


The view from Dartmouth looking over to Kingswear last Sunday

1.    Palate to Palette

In the run up to Christmas, Coombe Gallery, Foss Street, Dartmouth will be holding an extraordinary exhibition, combining the Westcountry’s top chefs including Michael Caines MBE, Mitch Tonks and Hugh Fearnely-Whittingstall together with the region’s most inspirational artists who will be transforming their wonderful recipes into unique pieces of art. Several of the leading Westcountry chefs have very kindly agreed to donate their own recipes to artists for inspiration. Each work of art will incorporate the chef’s recipe enabling the viewer to cook directly from this unique piece of Art.

The chefs who have kindly agreed to have their recipes transformed into works of art are:

Michael Caines M.B.E.,  Joyce Molyneux,  John Burton Race,  Sally Vincent,  Mitch Tonks & Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall.

The artists whose enviable task it is to pour over these recipes for artistic inspiration are:

Paul Riley,  Simon Drew,  Rowan Lange,  Marc Farrell,  Kate Marshall,  Ben Jones, Malcolm Cheape,  Fran Gynn &  James Stewart.

The recipes range from scrambled duck's egg with eel to king prawn stir fry and on to chocolate fondant. Each work will provide inspiration year round to budding chefs and a beautiful and original work of art incorporating some of the finest chefs and artists working together for the first time in the Westcountry.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 29th November 2008 at 10.00am and will run until 5th January 2009.  Check out Mark's Gallery by clicking here.

2.    Dartmouth News

We have so far produced about 130 news bulletins.  Many people stop us  in the street and thank us.  People miss it if it doesn't arrive by Thursday tea time, but when we asked for donations, we only got one this year!

We have asked local businesses to share their mailing lists, and we have asked to work with people.  With the exception of the Dart Marina no one has helped.  We love doing the news, but it costs us time and hard cash and we can't continue for ever without some funding.  We won't be producing news on Thursday 11 December, and unless we get some serious help it's unlikely we will produce more than a small handful in 2009.  If you can provide help, please click here.

3.  Spirit of Giving

In these troubled times Coombe Farm Gallery, Dittisham invites you to remember the true spirit of giving.

All the work on display at ”The Spirit of Giving” exhibition is handcrafted by expert artisans, be it ceramics, wood, or jewellery. The makers have all been selected for their integrity, originality of approach and the lasting value of their products. The paintings and illustrations on display celebrate and focus on the beauty that is constantly all around us if we choose to see it.  “The Spirit of Giving” prices range from £20 - £3000

The exhibition will run from November 23rd – December 22nd. The opening times are Monday to Saturday 10 am – 5pm and Sundays by appointment. Coombe Farm Gallery is 1mile from Dittisham towards East Cornworthy.  For more details please contact Tina at Coombe Farm Gallery on 01803 722352 or visit the website by clicking here. Or see the brochure by clicking here.

4.  Festival of Healing Arts  4th – 7th December 2008

Try something new! The festival is running 28 workshops in the Flavel, Guildhall and Royal Castle Hotel and already 200 places have been sold.
Make your selection from:
Yoga, T’ai chi, sound healing, 5 Rhythms dance, tantra and meditation.
And if you would rather sit back and be entertained, the festival promises non-stop performance at The Flavel including musicians, belly dancers and demonstrations.
Opening times are
Fri 5th Dec: 2 pm – 9 pm
Sat 6th Dec: 10 am – 6 pm
Sun 7th Dec: 10 am - 5 pm
Tickets on the door only £5 for so much!
To book your workshop places, phone 01803 832524.
For a full programme click here

5.  Christmas at The Good Intent

Christmas always starts early at The Good Intent as Adam and Helen busily bake and steam delicious home-made cakes and puddings. All made with the finest ingredients using a traditional family recipe they are now ready to order – but hurry – as limited numbers are available.

Here at the Good Intent you can also find a wide range of festive delights from sugar mice to luxury chocolates. Why not give a hamper of local food this Christmas – just pick a basket, fill it with delicious goodies and we’ll gift wrap it for you. We can also send our home-made fudge or Devonshire clotted cream by post, to delight your long-distance friends and family with a little taste of Devon at Christmas.

And if you haven’t tried our delicious, much loved, Christmas pudding ice cream you’re in for a treat. Available in a pudding shaped mould to be turned out onto a plate, it’s a great addition to the dinner table and a popular alternative to the real thing. Just drop in for a taste and place your order while stocks last or click here to see their web site?

Come down and get your Christmas Shopping in Dartmouth?
Art galleries click here Restaurants click here
Shops click here  
Self catering accommodation click here Dartmouth B and B  click here
Dartmouth Hotels click here A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

6.    Small News
  • Wildfire Winter Menu 
    Click here to see the new Wildfire menu  that goes live today. Great starters, fantastic new main courses and desserts to die for. Also the Chateaubriand is back by popular demand and it is better than ever. It's also only available at Wildfire. All of Wildfire's beef comes from Luscombes of Totnes.
  • Garage for rent!  Click here to rent of of Dartmouth's best garages, totally secure and big, very big!!

  • From Laurian Snowden:  I was just looking online to see if I could find any mention of a Spode commemorative plate that was issued for the 150th Dartmouth Royal Regatta. I could not find anything and so thought you may be interested in noting on your website that I have one for sale if anyone was interested. I live in Bournemouth now and it could be posted.

    It has been in its presentation case since I bought it in 1994. It's very attractive and one of a limited edition of 250. One from the same edition was presented to the Duke of York in 1994.  Click here if you are interested.

The über cool Wildfire restaurant, and yes, there is an inside too!


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