2. New Year
New Year's clearout
Lifeboat on patrol
5. Dartmouth dot TV Employee Award
6. Dickens of a Christmas result!
7. Small News
New Year celebrations
Every year Dartmouth celebrates
New Year's Eve in huge style. From families with small
children to large corporates who send their staff to
Dartmouth to party. It is a unique event and Dartmouth
dot TV would like to thank everyone for posing for us and to
The Royal Castle and the Dartmouth Arms for permission to
Now, if you were not here, you
really should be next time. Or now that you have seen
that Dartmouth combines beauty, tranquillity, sophistication
and parties, maybe you should come down for the weekend ?
New Year Swim
On New Year's Day when some of us were nursing terrible
hangovers, a group of intrepid souls flung themselves into
the river at Bayards Cove at lunch time. It was once said,
that you have to try very hard indeed to be eccentric in
Dartmouth, these pictures prove that!! Thanks to Kevin
Pyne for the photography.
New Year's clearout
Manna from Devon, our local cooking school and the makers of
fantastic chocolate brownies, had an unexpected New Year's
clearout when a 40 ft retaining wall in their garden crashed
into Lower Contour Road in Kingswear last Saturday night.
David Jones described how he and his wife Holly had been
sitting, reading in their lounge when they heard an almighty
crash from just outside and looked out of the window to see
their wall strewn across the road. Their first thoughts were
that someone was under the rubble and David rushed out to see
while Holly called the police. Fortunately no one had been
passing at the time and, although initially very shocked, they
are now able to put the incident into perspective;
'A wall fell down in our garden and no one got hurt'
is how David philosophically describes the event.
The bad news is that the rubble is blocking the main road
through the village causing considerable inconvenience to ferry
traffic to Dartmouth (but not coming from Dartmouth and out
towards Paignton), school runs, local buses and everyone who
lives below the landslide. A survey is required before the mess
can be cleared up and the New Year's holidays have seriously
hampered any progress.
The Cooking School is expected to continue without interruption
when workshops resume in Mid-January and Holly and David fully
intend to provide a fully stocked stall, as usual, at the
Dartmouth Farmers' Market on Saturday 12th January:
Click here to visit their web siote.
Lifeboat on patrol
The Dartmouth Lifeboat was on duty in Paignton on
Boxing Day at the annual "Christmas walk into the sea"
Colin Cadle for the
dot TV Employee Award
This is an occasional feature
when someone in Dartmouth provides truly exceptional
service. Anyone is free to nominate and we will
need 200-300 words and a picture.
The first winner is Sue Thomson
of the Tourist Information Centre shown on the right.
The TIC can book train tickets if you turn up in person, or
if you telephone 01803 834224. Whereas British Rail
are only obliged to give you 2 or 3 options, the TIC will
search a dozen or more until you get the very best deal.
This can often be half the price you expected. Nigel
Way said recently "the ticket inspector would not believe
how little I paid for my ticket" Dartmouth dot TV's
owner Dave Cawley reports: "I needed to pick up a car
in Slough the next day. I telephoned the TIC and Sue
trawled all the availed options and found me exactly what I
wanted and even got me an upgrade to First Class at no extra
cost! Credit card numbers were hastily exchanged and
the tickets were waiting for me in an envelope when I called
in to collect them"
6. Dickens of a
Sue Tweed reports: "
£1,044 was raised for Children's Hospice South West at the
5th Dickens of a Christmas Market on 15th December, plus
another £600 in donations from the Candlelit Dartmouth
event. On behalf of all the children and families who
use CHSW's two hospices in the South West - very many thanks
to everyone who supported the Market - in spite of the
bitterly cold weather that day! "
This must be the best Dickens of
a Christmas yet, well done chaps!