1. Farewell to
3. Wine at
4. English Wine
5. Small News
1. Farewell to
Yesterday afternoon, the Royal
Marines Band, Britannia Royal Naval College said 'Farewell
to Dartmouth', a very sad occasion as there has been a Royal
Marines Band at BRNC for the past 53 years and now, as a
result of restructuring, the band has been disbanded and its
members drafted into other Royal Marines Bands.
In recognition of their service and commitment to the town
the Band was granted Freedom of Entry to the Town in April
2004, the only band to be granted such an honour, and a
right they exercised for the final time yesterday, before
handing back the Freedom Scroll to the Mayor of Dartmouth,
who then presented it to the Royal Marines Corp Museum where
it will be on public display.
The sun shone on the crowds gathered on Coronation Park
where the Band beat retreat, then marched along the
Embankment and through the town to the sound of clapping and
cheering along the way. Finally they played 'Auld Lang Syne'
outside the Guildhall before being entertained at a
reception hosted by the Mayor. It was certainly an occasion
to be remembered by all, but an especially proud one for
Robert Trowbridge, former Town Sergeant, whose son was
playing drums and bugle in the Band yesterday. Robert also
played a major role in organising the event. Well done
We would especially like to
thank our old friend and professional photographer Tony Pike
for his help in covering this event. Tony's
photography is really quite special, visit his gallery by
Galleries open night
Many galleries will open this
Friday 22nd May in the evening from 6:00 to 9:00pm
This is a wonderful opportunity to view new exhibitions and
talk to artists about their work, to have the odd glass of
wine, meet old friends, and to buy real art or plan future
presents for loved ones!
Nick & Jacky Orsler will
have their Blown Glass studio open at 2 Smith Street, you
can check out their web site by
James Brown will have
several of Trevor Price's work at Browns Hotel/Bar. If
you like James Stewart's work than you will like Trevor's
paintings. Many of the paintings are easy on the eye until
you look more closely at the detail. Shall we say that there
is something for the girls as well as boys in much the same
way as much of the fun of James's painting is in the detail.
to read more about Browns.
Baxters in Foss Street
will also have a solo show of Trevor Priceís work beginning
on Friday 22nd May. Trevor is a renowned and collected print
maker and a selection of his work is always on show in
Baxters. However, for this exhibition, Trevor has produced 8
paintings alongside a wide range of etchings. Owner, Sarah
Duggan has had to wait 2 years for the exhibition, such is
the demand for Trevorís original work.
Click here to
visit Baxters gallery.
Dartmouth has a truly
wonderful selection of Art Galleries to see some of them
Why not come down
for the weekend, or even a week?
Wine at Wildfire
The Philip Shaw Wine Dinner on
Tuesday evening at Wildfire at The Marina was once again a
sellout success. Philip Shaw (a really laid back Aussie!)
himself was there to provide the background to each of the
wines chosen for the evening's set menu - our special
favourites were Philip Shaw No 11 Chardonnay 2005 which
accompanied the tortellini of crab, and Philip Shaw No 17
Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon 2005 with the main course
of Roast Duck Breast which was simply delicious.
Wildfire's Wine Evenings are a great opportunity to sample a
range of different wines alongside the bistro's excellent
food and are very good value for money. As they seem to be
becoming a regular feature, you still have the chance to try
one. Contact Wildfire for dates and book early as places are
limited, telephone 01803 832580 - to see their website
By the way, have you spotted the mystery celebrity we
mentioned last week?
English Wine Week
Nine of Devon's top vineyards are getting together to
promote English Wine Week from the 23rd May to the 31st May.
Throughout the week Sharpham Vineyard near Totnes will be
offering tours through the vineyards and beside the River
Dart and tastings back at the winery of award winning wines
On Tuesday 26th the Exeter Chamber Choir are performing
'Summer Songs in the Winery' starting at 6.30pm - bookings
essential. Sharpham Vineyard are celebrating having
picked up 9 awards, including two silver medals, at the
International Wine Challenge held in London this month.
Click here for more
5. Small News
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The sun is hot and
the Chardonnay is cold, come and join us in the town or
on the river, or on the beautiful coastal path past the
Castle, Little Dartmouth and beyond!
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?