1. Gigs in
4. Small News
1. Gigs in
Dartmouth was at her finest on
Easter Saturday – with the town and river bathed in full
sunshine as 12 Cornish Pilot Gig Clubs arrived for a superb
afternoon’s racing. Clubs made the trip down in heavy Easter
traffic from Appledore, Caradon, Cattewater, Paignton, Rame,
Rock, Salcombe, Swanage, Tamar & Tavy, Teignmouth, Torridge and
Boats were welcomed and launched from the newly renovated Higher
Ferry Slip without a hitch and then rowed down to moor off the
Dartmouth Yacht Club. The 3,000 metre course runs from the Res
Nova, down below the Lower Ferry leaving Admiralty buoys to port
and over to the Dartmouth side, round a buoy and across to the
Kingswear side and then back up past yachts on their mooring
buoys to finish off at the Yacht Club. The Embankment was
packed with holiday makers as well as club members and
spectators who thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous spectacle of
these beautiful boats racing in such superb conditions.
The day finished in the Yacht Club with a grand raffle and prize
giving which included new trophies by local artists in
particular a superb glass one made by Nick Orsler from Blown for
the Mens C, also a beaten copper gig logo for the Ladies C by
club member Jane Naish. The club are fortunate to have the
co-operation and help from the Harbour Authority, Ferries, Royal
Dart and Dartmouth Yacht Clubs and all river users, for which we
say a huge thank you. Our thanks also to everyone who helped by
lending and donating essential equipment, kit, goodies and, of
course, their time.
Why not come down and stay for the weekend?
Jamie Waugh reports: "We are
delighted to announce that on Monday 30th March, our new
contemporary and stylish 100-cover bar and bistro opened to
members, residents and visitors. The results of the
refurbishment are stunning and feedback received so far has been
"Our ‘great value’ bar & bistro menu offers a range of rustic,
delectable dishes, all cooked to perfection by our local head
chef Rob Walsh, and his team. In addition we also offer a set
menu, refreshed on a daily basis, which boasts a fantastic two
course meal for just £9.95. This is available 7 days a week, at
lunchtime (Noon until 2pm) and in the evening (6pm until 9pm.
Please see our sample set menu by
"We must also stress that as a green tourism business and members
of Food & Drink Devon, we continue to commit to sourcing and
cooking with superb local primary products wherever possible,
and undoubtedly the delicious menus benefit from the freshness
that this brings to the table." Check out the Dartmouth
Golf and Country Club's website by
3. The disappearing Mermaid
Seawood the Sea Dragon opened the Seascape Mirror Maze at
Woodlands on Good Friday. After cutting the blue ribbon
the 8ft Dragon took the hands of the first two children to enter
the underwater world, Nicholas Hayman and Ellie McMillan to find
the mermaid. They journeyed past Polly porpoise and Colin the
clown fish and in spite of the baffling illusions of arches
stretching forever they inched past the scary shark to find the
mermaid appearing by her treasure chest. “The mermaid was really
magical” Ellie said, “she kept disappearing in a mysterious
way”. “I loved the dark bit” said Nicholas “The monsters were
quite scary but Seawood frightened them which was cool”.
The Seascape Mirror Maze was designed by Adrian Fisher the world
famous maze maker. He came back from a multimillion pound
project in Dubai to design the unique mirror maze costing
£130,000. Adrian said “The mermaid is a clever illusion
called a Peppers Ghost. A Victorian Illusionist, Mr Pepper used
it for magic tricks in his music hall show. The mermaid seems to
appear and disappear by her treasure chest but it is all done by
reflection. It is an old fashioned magic trick which still
fascinates people a hundred years later.”
To complete the Sea Theme Woodlands designers appealed for sea
faring artefacts on their website to create an old forgotten
harbour at the end of the maze. Paul Hodge from Dartmouth turned
up with a big trailer load of old dinghies, lobster pots, a
ships wheel and stuff dredged up from the sea. One mum said “The
old harbour at the end of the maze reminds me of Dittisham when
I was a girl. It was all lovely, I think it will be very popular
because it is different to anything else.” Woodlands was
busy over the Easter holiday with the caravan parks almost full
and the attraction buzzing. It makes a positive start to the
tourist season in Devon. To see more
Thursday 23rd April – Fish Night with Mark Lobb
As many of you will know
Mark is Dartmouth’s local fishmonger and can be found each
Friday in the market. Mark is one of the very few remaining
fishmongers who buys directly from the Brixham market. If
you want to buy fresh and in season then he is your man.
Mark is bringing his fish stall and fishy tales to Browns on
the 23rd April. Mark will recreate his fish stall in the bar
at Browns. You choose what you want to eat, how big a
portion, or even whether you want several types of fish if
you are a party and want to share.
There will be a good selection of mussels, clams, squid,
oysters, sardines, and prawns from which to choose starters.
Mains will be chosen from the market that morning but should
certainly include halibut, seabass, bream, mullet and maybe
some turbot. We will try to ensure that the prices are keen
to allow you to choose a selection of fish. All dishes will
be accompanied by vegetables and sauces as appropriate.
Off Sales @ Browns Many of you will know that we have been
planning to makes our wines available through Off Sales. We
have just taken delivery of our first retail wines and are
going to launch our Off Sales business at the Fish Night. As
a consequence all of our wines will be available at retail
prices for the evening for those people who are eating. That
means a bottle of wine from £4.99, Chablis at £9.99,
Champagne @ £23, Deutz Champagne £12.99, Pinot Grigio £6.20,
Sauvignon Blanc £8.66 and many more.
Bookings are essential. Party sizes are limited to 6 people
to help us with the cooking. This should be a unique
evening. Call a friend and get booking! Browns Hotel
Dartmouth, 27-29 Victoria Rd, Dartmouth,
TQ6 9RT, t 01803 832572
Dartmouth and District Flower Club
Dartmouth and District Flower Club was founded over 50 years
ago with the aim of encouraging all aspects of floral art.
About every two years or so, the club holds a show to
which the public are invited. This year the show is on 23
April in the Flavel Centre, Dartmouth and will be opened by
the Devon and Cornwall Area President at 10.30am. The show
title is "By the Dart" and includes classes for
youngsters: up to 11 years the title is "a creature from the
deep" and from 11 to 15 years "sea fever" an arrangement
of flowers in a crab bucket. Come along and see the all
spectacular floral creations.
If you are interested in joining, the club meets on the
first Thursday nearly every month (August is the
exception) in the Flavel main hall at 2.00 for 2.30pm; about
3 of the meetings are practical workshops, others provide
demonstrations for members. Contact: Vicky Pearce on 01803
833176 for more details.
Candlelit Concert for St George's Day
Forget the credit crunch! Come along to Dittisham on Friday
24 April at 7.30pm for a varied programme of music, verse
and song, celebrating all things English, in the
magical setting of St George's Church, for what is
promised to be a very special occasion. Tickets are £5.00
(including a glass of wine - Bar opens 6.30pm) available
from John Wells on 01803 722 414 or The Anchorstone
Cafe on 01803 722 365. Profits from the concert will go to
Nice to see the latest
Mercedes Magazine featuring South Devon and
Dartmouth. This will encourage quality tourism.
Richard Webb publisher of so
Dartmouth Books reports: Today the Western Morning
News ran an article about Dartmouth's Royal Avenue Gardens.
They called the gardens "outstanding" and we agree!
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley, Andy Kyle & others.