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1.   Festival of Healing Arts

2.   Dartmouth architect wins award
3.   Pilgrims visit the Holy Land

4.   Children in need

5.   Small News


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1.    Festival of Healing Arts

The 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.

For a single entry ticket, you get to see the film  ‘Meet the Fockers’, attend several workshops and talks, visit the shopping area and listen to the concerts over the whole weekend.  This has to be good fun!

Pamper yourself with a massage or stay up late dancing. Try a workshop or browse for Christmas presents. Fresh Organic will be serving their excellent vegetarian fare in The Flavel and do not miss Goma in concert on Sunday afternoon. Workshops include yoga, t’ai chi, 5 Rhythms dance, meditation and lots more.  Festival entry tickets on the door at The Flavel from 2pm Friday 5th Dec (£5).  The Festival is raising money for Dartmouth Caring and kicks off on Thursday evening (4th Dec) with a reception and screening of ‘Meet the Fockers’ at the Flavel. Ticket £7.50 which includes festival entry. Contact Dartmouth Caring on 01803 835384.

For all other information contact the Festival office on 01803 832524 or click here to check out their web site!

2.    Dartmouth architect wins award

Winners of the Arnold Sayers Housing Design Awards were announced this week by Catherine Gandon, Events and Membership Coordinator at the Royal Institute of British Architects South West Regional Office.

In a most spectacular location, the Riverhouse by architect Robert Seymour RIBA of Robert Seymour & Associates is an outstanding building. Its form is a continuation of the quay edge, which sits respectfully among the neighbouring properties. The copper roof and white rendered walls pay reference to the Devon tradition of great modernist seaside architecture. As in many Dartmouth houses, one descends down steps to the quay level and is drawn in to the entrance along a curved white wall. Within, the organisation is clear with a delightful top lit staircase, the curved stair wall in particular creating an instinctive tropism effect drawing you up into the light. The main living space with cantilevered glass floored balcony has great drama. All involved in the project can be applauded for their achievement, including the client, the architect, the builders and the planners, for in historic environments their enlightened support for contemporary design is necessary. This building is proving to be a true example of fine architecture.

Seen from the river, this spectacular house actually blends in very well indeed.

Robert Seymour is currently working on the Dartmouth Town Market and lives in Dartmouth.  Click here to check out his website?


3.  Pilgrims visit the Holy Land

Jill Cawley reports:  A  group of 33 parishioners from Dartmouth and Dittisham has just returned from a 10 day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The group, led by the Revd Simon Wright was able to visit many of the major Christian sites of interest in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and around Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee, including the Shepherd’s Fields, Basilica of the Nativity, the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

We floated in the Dead Sea and swam in the Sea of Galilee, sheltered from thunderstorms and baked in the Judean Desert, and we also had an opportunity to visit local co-operatives and rehabilitation centres.

The pilgrimage enabled us not only to visit locations of importance to the Christian faith, but also to gain new understandings and insights, particularly about the challenges of living in the area in the present day.

You can see 300 photos taken by Jill Cawley by clicking here. Use the slider bar to move down through the images and single click on any image you want to see?


4.  Children in need

David Hawke reports:  Children in Need, Friday November 14.  Staff from RCH and RSS will be doing a sponsored walk from Totnes to Dartmouth. Sponsor forms from both receptions.
Sponsored rowing in the Castle.   Grand auction and raffle 7pm Friday Nov 14 with donated items from generous Dartmouth sponsors.   Coffee morning.

As usual the Dartmouth dot TV crew will be bidding furiously on the great items at auction!

5.    Small News

  • The Candlelit Dartmouth website is now up and running, you must have a look by clicking here!  Friday 12th and Saturday 13th December
  • The Rotary Carol Service is at the end of Saturday's of Candlelit festivities (5.30 p.m.) in St Saviour's Church. It's a family service with well known carols and a glass of wine and a mince pie afterwards, so instead of just sloping off home, why not come to the service.
  • Remembrance Sunday - this Sunday the parade begins from the Guildhall at 10.30am to the War Memorial for the 2 minutes silence at 11.00am, followed by the Remembrance Service in St Saviour's Church at 11.30am



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