Castle Hotel: 25 years
Local History Day
5. Small News
Castle Hotel: 25 years
What can we say? A night
of fun and nostalgia, Sax Appeal in one bar, a disco in
another, fireworks at 10:00, and a great collection of
people wishing Ann and Nigel success for the next 25 years!
You had to be there to appreciate the excitement and buzz,
if you weren't, look at the pictures and see who you
To see our
previous report on Nigel,
To see the Castle Newsletter for
Spring, and you really ought to,
Have you visited this 1920s holiday home, built for Rupert
D’Oyly Carte of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, and now owned by
the National Trust? Coleton Fishacre is located just outside
Kingswear and is built in the Arts and Crafts style, of
local Dartmouth shale, roofed with Delabole slate. The
interior is very much elegant English Art Deco with light
and airy rooms overlooking the spectacular hillside garden
which contains many plants from the southern hemisphere
which thrive in its sheltered and humid atmosphere. It is
one of the Dartmouth dot TV team’s favourite places and we
were fortunate to be there recently when Kevin Stuart-Banks,
a visitor from Budleigh Salterton, was playing the grand
piano in the saloon. We could have stayed and listened all
afternoon, thank you Kevin and Lucinda!
Come down for the weekend ? Get a brochure from the
Tourist Information Centre?
3. Spring Babies
There were only 10 Siberian Turkamanian Eagle
Owls in England but there are now 12! The nesting pair at
Woodlands have had two babies only 3 days old.
Falconer Geoff Pearson is very pleased with proud parents
Rasputin and Katrina and is monitoring the chicks' progress on CCTV.
At the moment they spend their time hiding under Mum but
will start to run about in the next seven days.
There are lots of other babies to see at the 80 acre Leisure
Park near Dartmouth, this lamb is already curious about the
world, seen here making friends with Adam Callard from
Local History Day
recent Local History Day has been hailed a great success
with over 300 visitors delighted with the help and advice
available. It was held to celebrate the Library becoming the
latest Devon Record Office Service Point. This provides a
range of local history records on microfiche, which can be
accessed in the Library instead of having to travel to the
Record Office in Exeter. There were displays by Kingswear
Historians; The Met Office; BRNC Museum; Devon Record Office
and Salcombe Museum, with a free tour of BRNC available.
Dartmouth History Research Group brought along their
fascinating publications on many aspects of the town's
history, and also gave advice to the public. A particularly
popular exhibit was the slideshows of old photographs of
bygone Dartmouth, kindly provided by Dartmouth Museum, which
were run on the PCs. Queues formed to consult experts from
the Record Office and Devon Family History Society on Devon
County Council's Community Information Bus. The Service
Point was opened by local historian Mrs Ray Freeman watched
by visitors including Dartmouth Mayor Mrs Iris Pritchard,
Councillor Jonathan Hawkins and Councillor Melvyn Stone. The
new facility can be used during normal library opening
hours, but to receive assistance with your search why not
come along any Thursday between 10am and 12am, when
Dartmouth History Research Group hold their weekly Helpdesk?
6. Small News
for St George's Day - On Sunday 27th April at 6.00pm,
you are invited to a varied programme of music,
traditional and modern and words of celebration of
all things English in the magical setting of St George's
Church, Dittisham. Tickets, priced £5 (including a glass
of wine) are available from The Anchorstone Cafe,
Dittisham, or phone 01803 722365.
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