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2.   Mayoral Divisions

3.   Creative Weekend 

4.   Small News




1.   Ferry arrives

On Monday, 15th June hundreds of people lined the River Dart to welcome the new Dartmouth to Kingswear Higher Ferry. The new Higher Ferry, which was completed by Pendennis super yacht builders of Falmouth, Cornwall, was accompanied by an official Naval escort. With almost double the capacity of the old Higher Ferry and simultaneous loading and disembarking systems, the new Dartmouth Higher Ferry will make crossing the Dart quicker and more efficient.

So many people liked last week's poem by Kevin Pyne that he has written another one, just for us!  Kevin also took two of the photos above as we were too busy.  Thanks Kev

Let us welcome the new Dartmouth Higher Ferry
Built in Holland and brought all the way across
The cold North Sea
To be fitted out down in Cornwall
By the shipyard workers
At Penndennis skilfully
For service on the River Dart accordingly

And even if we locals many of us say
“We had a great fondness for the old one
That served us so well all its days"
We know that in truth “we’ll pretty much and soon
Accept and get used to this one
Even with its modern new fangled mega ferry ways”

For everyone has an interest in ferries
Because they are not like any other ship on the sea
But instead a necessary and vital link
That for yet another five decades will ply
Between the either side of our close communities

For she is built to move backwards and forwards
With the motorcycles, cars, and lorries
And be of service to visitors and locals
As they go about their business each day
Even to bring home mums and dads with new babies
Or to take the hearse when it needs to cross
As it will for so many of us at the end of our days

So let it be a floating bridge of welcome
To those of us who have crossed and will re-cross
Or have not indeed yet crossed ever until this day
For they may come to the Dart's water as strangers
But let them be friends as they go again on their way


2.   Mayoral Divisions

There was bright sunshine with just a hint of a cooling breeze for the BRNC Passing Out Parade last Saturday. Dartmouth Town Mayor Debbie Morris, with Rear Admiral Chris Snow inspected the Divisions and took the salute as 58 young officers passed out after completing up to 12 months of arduous training both at the college and in a variety of warships. On parade there were also a number of cadets who have just begun their year long training at BRNC. All were watched with pride by families and friends. With the recent disbanding of the BRNC Band of the Royal Marines, music was provided by the Massed Royal Naval Volunteer Bands under the direction of Band Colour Sergeant Mark Phillips BMus(Hons) RM.


3.   Creative Dartmouth Weekend 

BUDDING artists of all ages are set to get creative as part of a major new interactive festival being held throughout Dartmouth this weekend  20-21 June 2009. Creative Dartmouth is set to be the largest event of its kind in Devon, with thousands of families expected to join in the dozens of free activities available.
Highlights for the packed weekend include open-air life drawing classes in Royal Avenue Gardens, giant works of street art, technique tutorials, live music and a large arts and crafts fair.

Among the 50 artists and craftspeople exhibiting at the festival are some of the region’s biggest names including Sarah Gillespie and James Stewart. All of the dozen or so Dartmouth galleries, as well as Browns Hotel and the Royal Castle Hotel will be exhibiting work and hosting events over the weekend. The Old Market Square will host a contemporary craft fair including blacksmiths, jewellers, furniture makers, and home-wares.
Potential Picassos will be able to brush up on their techniques at the free workshops being held throughout the weekend. These will cover areas such as drawing for beginners, watercolours  oils, and lino-cut printing. Leading artists and craftspeople will be demonstrating their work. Among others Simon Hart will be printing in Foss Street, Victoria Benns painting in the open and Penny Carter firing glass beads in the Old Market. Students from Dartmouth Community College, which is fast gaining a reputation as a centre of excellence in arts, will be creating a large stone sculpture in Avenue Gardens, and asking the public to, quite literally, chip in.

To see the program click here.

Why not come down for the weekend, or even a week?

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A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here


4.   Small News

Candlelit Concert at St Petrox Church, Dartmouth on Saturday

This Saturday 20 June at 7.30pm the Chamber Choir, Barbershop and instrumentalists from St Peter's School, York will perform a varied  programme, including music by Bruckner, Rutter, Rachmaninov, John Denver, The Carpenters and Handel. Come and hear these young musicians in the  magical setting of St Petrox Church. Admission is £5 at the door (wine

Why not come and visit Dartmouth?


Images copyright Dave Cawley, Kevin Pyne, Andy Kyle, Tony Pike & others. 

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