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1.   HMS Somerset comes to town!

Dartmouth welcomed HMS Somerset and her crew with bright sunshine this afternoon (Friday). The Type 23 Frigate whose commanding officer is Commander Rob Wilson RN is staying for the weekend and will be open to the public on Sunday between 11.00am and 3.00pm (she leaves at 5.00pm Sunday). Tickets are free and only available from the Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre who say the limited numbers are already going fast, so hurry down to Mayor's Avenue to reserve yours!

How about this? A rather unexpected side effect of a warship arriving in the Dart has recently been reported to Dartmouth dot TV: while their neighbour was on holiday, some local friends were the keyholders in charge of an empty riverside house; as a warship passed by, its radar and electronics set off the burglar alarms alerting the alarm company who telephoned the friend.  Having checked out the property, they were asked "what set off the alarms?" "A passing warship" replied the friend, "Oh yeah, so what really set off the alarms?" came the cynical response!

2.   The Chamber of Trade

The Dartmouth and District Chamber of Trade recently had a networking meeting, over a glass of wine or two in Browns. How much better does this get?  The Chamber are fairly unique for a Dartmouth organisation as every meeting is minuted and published in the public domain on their web site,  click here to see it.  The Chamber took on the Town Crier at their own expense and have lively monthly meetings; if you are a local business, why not come along to the next one?

3.   Bollinger Dinner

Chris Jones reports: Bollinger Dinner in Wildfire on 4th February. Champagne on arrival, four courses, wine with each course and the wines presented by Christian Dennis who is the Ambassador of Bollinger. My senior team and I met him last March at Bollinger and he is a truly entertaining man. He lives, breathes and loves everything there is about Bollinger.  At £35 per person you will probably think that I have done a typo or gone mad. But it is true, it is only £35. To book call 01803 837180

On arrival
Bollinger NV Special Cuvee
Wild mushroom and slow cooked local
chicken terrine, fig and grape chutney, brioche
Bollinger NV Special Cuvee
Pavé of brill, lobster ravioli, roasted root vegetables,
fondant potato and vanilla foam
Bollinger La Grande Annee 1999
Roast rump of lamb, smoked potato puree,
ratatouille of vegetables and red wine jus
Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Domain Chanson 2005
Passion fruit soufflé pancake, tropical fruits poached in rum
Bollinger Rose
Coffee and petit fours

4.    Small News
  • Chinese New Year at the Royal Castle. On Monday 26 January celebrate Chinese New Year - the year of the Ox -   at the Royal Castle Hotel. All you can eat Chinese buffet for only £11.50.

    And if you're a fan of Haggis, why not try the Burns Night special on the bar food menu on Sunday 25 January.
  • Shirley Tonkin reports:  I was wondering if you could mention that there is an exercise class for "Over 50s" run at the Dartmouth Leisure Centre Wednesdays - 10.00am - 11.00am. ( A lively class set to 60s music to raise heartbeat, tone and stretch muscles.) I run the class and would love more participants please.


  • All are welcome to come along to the Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning in the Royal Castle Hotel on Tuesday 3 February from 9.45am to 11.30am. Macmillan Cancer Support helps improve the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support and pushes for better cancer care. For more information click here


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