1. Festival of
3. Christmas Market
4. Naval force
attacks local slipway
5. Small News
All lit up
and looking forward to Christmas!
1. Festival of Healing Arts
Dartmouth Festival of Healing Arts takes place in The Flavel,
The Royal Castle Hotel and The Guildhall from Thursday 4th to
Sunday 7th December. More than 100 teachers, musicians,
complementary therapists and stall holders are involved in what
promises to be a lively, friendly festival.
Friday 5th Dec
7pm to 8.30pm
Presence – an amazingly talented group of five musicians.
Surabhi, their vocalist says ‘we will be leaning towards upbeat
but with some soft touchy/feely pieces too’.
9pm – 11pm Ecstatic Chakra Dance. Dj Jewls
invites you on a guided journey through the chakra system – no
steps to learn. Jewls is well known for her DJ sets at
Glastonbury and Buddha Fields. Please note doors close at 9.15.
Saturday 6th Dec
1pm to 2.30pm Madrum plays a mix of
Native American, Indian, classical and folk. Come and see how
they put all this together to make up their unique style.
5.30pm – 6.30pm Tribal Groove & Presence is
joined by Madrum to create a set of mesmerising trance dance.
Sunday 7th Dec
10.30am - 11am
Ruth Jenni will be playing her didjeridoo in the foyer of The
11am – 12 noon A
workshop production of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ with
The Hood Players and puppets!
2pm – 4pm Goma will be
performing their sacred mantras and bhajans to entertain and
inspire. A blend of vocals, guitar, dholak and Tablas.
£5 for festival entry ticket.
For all other information contact the Festival office on 01803
832524 or click
here to check out their web site!
park for free all
Candlelit Dartmouth festival is next week. Come on Friday night
for the magical procession, a food market, carol singing, late
night shopping and the arrival of Santa by boat. The Park and
Ride will be operating from 3.30pm until 9.30pm so there are no
On Saturday you can park for free all day
and the park and ride is also free so do your Christmas
shopping, see the Santa grotto bus with pantomime characters,
watch a samba band amongst other great entertainment and visit
the markets. There's a Farmers Market too so something for
everyone. Finish the day with the Rotary Club Carol Concert at
St Saviour's at 5.30pm and then a special Candlelit dinner.
click here for
On Saturday night you can boogie to Sax Appeal at the Guildhall
for £15 including your supper! This event is to raise funds for
the Candlelit event so please support it by coming along. Phone
Sarah at Baxters on 01803 839000 as soon as you read this and
buy your tickets straight away.
click here for more details
Hospice Christmas Market
Children's Hospice South
West's Christmas Market is taking place at The Old Market,
Dartmouth on Saturday 6th December from 9am to 3pm. This is a
really good family fun day with mince pies, a BBQ (with some
luscious Dittisham Sausages!), a soup stall and other home made
food, entertainment, tombola, Splat the Rat, and lots of lovely
things to buy at the stalls - just in time for Christmas!
Volunteers to help are most welcome, even for an hour! Contact
Liz Roe on 01803 833232 for details.
This popular event has raised over £1,600 in some previous
years. Even more money is needed this year because a second
hospice opened last year. Children's Hospice South West are now
providing specialist care for 400 terminally ill children and
their families from the South West, but many more are needing
The Hospice's Friends' Groups are now fundraising for the
Precious Lives Appeal to raise the money to build a third
hospice in Cornwall to meet the needs of families in the
Plymouth, South Devon and Cornwall areas. They hope that as many
people as possible will visit this market and spend well to
raise lots of money for Children's Hospice South West and help
to make the most of short and precious lives.
Naval force attacks local slipway
Officer cadets from Britannia Royal
Naval College launched a surprise land attack on Stoke Gabriel
Creek on Friday, emerging muddy but victorious. The team of 11
men and one woman from Hawke Division, led by Sub-Lieutenant
Matt Simmonds, descended on the slipway near the treasured wreck
of the 1906 Brixham trawler ‘The Glory’, armed with axes,
crow-bars and sledge hammers. They soon overpowered the ancient
softwood planking and its metal fixings, stacked the remains
well above the high water mark and retreated to the Stoke
Gabriel Boating Association’s clubhouse for a hose-down and
In a brief speech of thanks Neil Millward, SGBA Commodore,
complimented the team on their generous and well-planned
efforts, part of the College’s Outreach Programme. The removal
of the old planking was the first and most onerous phase of a
project to restore the slipway after years of neglect. The SGBA
had bought the slipway for a nominal sum from Dart Harbour in
July and then successfully applied for funds from the National
Lottery ‘Awards for All’ scheme. The grant would enable the club
to resurface the slipway with a better, non-slip material and
install a new winch for the launching and recovery of dinghies
stored on land above the foreshore. It was hoped that the
slipway would be available for use by next spring.
There will be no news
next week as the boffins at Dartmouth dot TV are attending a
conference in Miami, poor them!!
It's the Fatstock Show this
coming Tuesday morning in the Old Market. This is a
really great show to go to.
The Floating Bridge reports: We
still have a couple of dates available in December for
Christmas Parties which on a Friday and Saturday will
include a disco. We also have some places available
for New Year's Eve, this includes a disco and the very
popular 59Ford Rock n Roll Band. Click here for more
Dartmouth Players are calling
for all members, past and present, to help them celebrate
their 80th birthday next year. And to mark the occasion
there is to be a social celebration dinner for members and
guests at the Wildfire Bistro, Dart Marina Hotel on
Wednesday 18 February 2009.
The society was founded in October 1929 by actor manager
Cyril Maude, who moved from London to Redlap House, near
Dartmouth, in 1924. He was best known as a light comedy
actor in both Britain and America and was also an associate
manager of the Haymarket Theatre.
So if there is anyone out there who would like to be part of
the celebrations, please contact Christine Booker on 01803
833106 to reserve your place.
A handsome specimen from last year's Fatstock Show
Why not come and
copyright Dave Cawley & others.