1. Spring in
2. McHenry Hohnen
3. Rare Baby Owls
4. Small News
1. Spring in
The Dartmouth dot TV crew love
Dartmouth and the surrounding area, does it show? The
photographs here, at the top and at the bottom of the news were
all taken in the last 7 days in Dartmouth or within a ten minute
drive. We have the most beautiful riverside town in the UK
and it is our aim to promote quality tourism for Dartmouth and
to Keep Dartmouth Special,
do you agree with us? If so, come down for a long weekend,
or for a week, enjoys the riverside walks, drink in our 14 bars
and eat in our World class restaurants
to see them.
Why not come down and stay for the weekend?
Hohnen Australian Wine Dinner
Chris Jones from the Dart
Marina reports: Since the Bollinger dinner was such a huge
success we decided to do another wine dinner. Who knows, this
could become a monthly event. The wine dinner is on Monday 27th
April. Pre dinner drinks are served at 7.00pm and dinner will be
served at 7.30pm. The dinner will be attended by David Hohnen of
McHenry Hohnen wines. He is the man that made Cloudy Bay famous.
Click here to learn
The menu is really quite extensive,
5 courses, 5 wines and all for just £35.00 inclusive!
Click here to see the menu. This is going to be
another Dartmouth moment, and at that price, with all that food
and all that wine, well, will we see you there? Call the
Dart Marina on 01803 832580.
"McHenry Hohnen Vintners is a family owned wine producer
sourcing grapes from four vineyards owned within the families of
David Hohnen and his brother in law Murray McHenry. Wine
making is handled by David and his daughter Freya. The MCH
philosophy embraces minimal intervention winemaking, where each
wine is a focused expression of its variety, its growing season
and its individual site. In 1985 David received backing from
investors to see Cape Mentelle establish Cloudy Bay in
Marlborough, New Zealand. Veuve Clicquot bought into Cape
Mentelle in 1990. As chief executive, David guided the
growth of the company until 2003, at which time he left Cape
Mentelle to pursue interests in farming, grape growing and wine
making in Margaret River."
3. Rare Baby Owls
Two beautiful fluffy rare
baby owls have arrived for Easter at Woodlands Family Theme
Park. Their proud parents Katrina and Rasputin are very rare
Russian Siberian Turkemanian Eagle Owls which are hybrids and
are not found anywhere in the wild. There are only about eleven
of these rare owls in England at the moment. Katrina is an
excellent Mum and Rasputin became very excited and protective
when the babies hatched two weeks ago. They have been watched
closely on Closed Circuit TV cameras by the park’s two Falconers
Geoff Pearson and Lyn Goss.
There were three eggs but after Katrina had hatched out the
first two babies she pushed out the third egg and ate it.
Breeding mothers have a way of knowing whether the eggs are
fertile or infertile even before they hatch. These eggs are
often eaten by the females to gain extra nutrients.
The owls are now being hand-reared by the Falconers to give them
extra care and attention. “Lyn and I are being foster Mums to
the baby chicks” Geoff said. “We take care of them day and
night. They are to be kept at a precise temperature, not too hot
and not too cold. Feeding the chicks every four hours by
hand is a bit tough, at least they don’t wear nappies, but they
do have to be cleaned and picked up for cuddling”. Geoff
continued “we then gain the trust of the babies and soon they
accept other people. All being well they should be ready to take
part in the Woodlands Falconry Displays by August, where they
eventually fly and land on gauntlets held by the public”. Check out
Woodlands website by
Easter in the parish of Dartmouth
As well as all the eggs and bunnies, remember that this
weekend Christians around the world will be celebrating
Easter - the Good News of God raising Jesus from the dead as
a sign and promise of hope and new life. After the pain and
sadness of the crucifixion on Good Friday, on Easter Day we
will rejoice in the risen Lord. On Sunday at 6.00am we will
light the Easter candle at St Clement's, Townstal as the sun
rises (there may even be some sunshine on Sunday!) and then
celebrate with a Sung Eucharist service at St Saviour's in
the town centre at 11.00am. Why not come along?
Easter Egg service for children
at St Clement's church at 4.00pm on Saturday!
The Ditsum Players Spring
Production is "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder, co-directed by
Paul Vincent and Linda Cookson. It is a classic 20th century
play about life in a small community. Performances in St
George's Church, Dittisham on Thursday 16 April, Friday 17
April and Saturday 18 April. Doors open 7.00pm, performance
and 7.45pm. Call John Wells on 01803 722 414 for tickets.
Farmers Market in Dartmouth
this Saturday, come and buy local produce, meet the farmers?
Digital TV Switchover
Well, it's almost done,
or is it! People on the top of the hill who had been
receiving digital for years, suddenly found they had to
re-tune. And people in the lower town discovered they
could only get BBC on digital, and no BB2 on analogue.
I suppose we will have to wait for the final switchover?
Others have discovered that digital isn't working for them
and are scratching their heads wondering if there is a
problem with their TV or aerial?
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
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