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            3rd July 2008

1.    Naval ship visits

2.    Dartmouth Art weekend

3.    Dartmouth wins race

4.    Property shortage

5.    Summer art show

5.    Small News


1.   Naval ship visits

HMS Enterprise is visiting Dartmouth this weekend. She is an SVHO ‘Echo’ class survey vessel and was launched in Devon in 2002, having been built by Vosper Thornycroft at the Appledore Shipyard in North Devon.  HMS Enterprise is able to collect information on all aspects of the environment (from the seabed to the upper atmosphere), process and send this information to Warfare Commanders in real time. This information allows the Navy to use weapons systems to the best advantage, therefore enhancing war-fighting ability.

She returned to her home port of Devonport in April after a 19 month deployment conducting hydrographic surveys in the Southern Arabian Gulf where she helped to survey a significant amount of the sea bed enabling future charts to show accurate depths and be used by mariners to navigate safely.

2.     Dartmouth Art weekend

Sue Tweed reports: As in previous years, around 30 artists, sculptors, potters, photographers and other artists displayed their talents in gazebos in Royal Avenue Gardens in Dartmouth. Visitors to the Art Weekend were able to watch, and talk to, the artists while they worked.  Excellent homemade food was made and served by Children’s Hospice volunteers.  We made well over £2,500 for the Children's Hospice South West, a wonderful result and about the same amount as last year, and great fun.  We would especially like to thank Marks & Spencer in Dartmouth for contributing bottles for our Tombola stall.

Dartmouth is renowned for its galleries, specialist shops, bars and restaurants, why not come down for a weekend, a week, or forever?

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3.    Dartmouth wins boat race

Kevin Pyne reports: We took the Men’s Super Vets. county title on Saturday.  Below are some pictures of the Dartmouth crews at the event.


4.     Property shortage

Freeborns Chartered Surveyors and Team Estate Agents of Dartmouth are reporting a shortage of long term rental property within the South Hams area. Many of the properties normally available for rental tend to be investment properties and therefore have limited accommodation and lower property value; demand for this type of property within the South Hams tends to be steady although there has been a shortage for a few months now, reports David Freeborn FRICS. The typical 3 /4 bedroomed family type home tends to be in shorter supply and has a greater demand reflecting in the increased rents achievable.

David Freeborn also reports that many of the younger tenants who tend to be low earners or on seasonal contracts are having ever increasing problems finding property to rent, causing this workforce to consider moving out of the area to places where accommodation is more affordable, earnings are higher, and property readily available.

With the slow down in the property market, some property owners have opted for letting their properties instead of selling until such time as there is an improvement in the sales market.  Freeborns rent residential property covering the South Hams area, should you require any further information or advice then please contact Freeborns on 01803 832045.

5.   Summer art show

Coombe Farm Gallery, located just outside the picturesque village of Dittisham, is now exhibiting the work of three very different artists. Ceramic art lovers will be familiar with the work of Fran Benatt a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and long established potter. Many will not have seen her bright and beautifully orchestrated paintings. Influenced by modern British artists Ivon Hitchens and Heron her work also draws on her pottery using techniques such as scratching and scoring though the oil onto the board.

Suzy Fasht, now also living in Devon trained at the Royal Academy and had many successful exhibitions in London including a residency at the London Business School. Since moving to Devon her palette and compositions have changed in response to her new surroundings. The results are dynamic but the underlying subtlety of her approach still very present.

From Bologna in Italy Coombe Farm Gallery is proud to be showing the work of Albano Aniballi, on view for the first time in the UK. His post-modern abstract paintings incorporate aluminium and copper, bitumen, paper and wax. Influenced by artists Joseph Beuys and Antonio Tapies, Aniballi continues to search for new and timeless expression through these mainly abstract paintings. He has exhibited widely throughout Italy and in Croatia and Paris, France.

The Summer Show runs from June 30th to September 13thCoombe Farm Gallery is open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Tel 01803 722352 or email:  All works can be viewed at their website at

6.    Small News

  •  Dartmouth Apprentice, an Italian restaurant with a social conscience is opening on July 26. Thanks to Clive from Avondale B&B for this news. The Dartmouth Apprentice isn’t called the Dartmouth “Apprentice” for nothing. Developed by the charity – Training For Life – this restaurant is the second in the series of ‘Restaurants For Life’ that will combine professional high-quality Italian dining with a training and support environment for people from the local community.  Commenting on his appointment as head chef, Clementé said: “I cannot wait to pass on my knowledge and experience to my ‘Apprentices’ whilst entertaining and delighting Dartmouth residents and visitors alike with the truly authentic taste of Abruzzo!”

  • The brand new riverside house with its spectacular copper roof, designed by local Architect Robert Seymour is featured in Devon Today, you really ought to rush out to buy your copy and see inside?

  • On Saturday 12 July, between 2.30 and 5.00pm, there will be a cream tea in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at The Keep, Dartmouth. Entrance is by ticket only at £5 each, available from Mrs S Murray on 01803 835295.


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