1. Devon spa team
2. Easter Egg
5. The Dartmouth Apprentice
6. Small News
Sunday, the entrance to a flower experience
1. Devon spa team
continues to win awards!
The Spa team at Dart Marina Hotel is
again celebrating after being a finalist in the Professional
Beauty Awards 2009 – a scheme which recognises ‘flawless
facilities, tremendous treatments, perfect personnel and superb
Lesley Dennison, manager of the Spa said: “We were up against
some stiff competition and the winner was a fabulous hotel on
Jersey – but we all feel that we represented Devon really well
at the finals in London and that we have made our mark in the
world of spas. We were so pleased to get through to the last
stages of the judging as it was pretty tough. As well as an
arranged visit we had a mystery shopper who was a specialist in
spa treatments and then both reports were judged against the
other 200 spas that entered. To have got through to the finals
is a real result for us as we are very small compared to the
London spas. I told the team that size isn’t everything and we
make up for our size by offering an amazing experience in a
magical riverside setting and it seems that the judges agreed.”
Judges' comments declared that Dart Marina’s Health Spa was
“smart and chic with excellent catering facilities.” This
latest award comes after the Dart Marina Health Spa was awarded
a maximum Five Bubbles in the Good Spa Guide. For further
information please call Dart Marina Hotel & Spa on 01803 832580
2. Easter Egg
Paignton Zoo will have a new Easter
egg trail for children over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Chocolate Tracks Easter Trail runs from Good Friday 10th
April through to Easter Monday 13th April. Visitors will be able
to hop, skip and jump their little bunnies around Paignton Zoo
with this tasty activity trail. Every child who hands in a
completed trail at the Egg Hut will receive a chocolate Easter
egg reward - and could be in with a chance of winning a bag full
of Zoo goodies.
In addition, it’s hoped that the Zoo’s four rare Sumatran tiger
cubs will be on show to visitors by Easter – though this is
entirely dependant on the weather and their mother, Banda.
For information click
here or ring (01803) 697500.
Why not come down for the weekend?
artist and designer
Paul Barclay, international
artist and designer, recently went to Britannia Royal Naval
College to deliver his latest spectacular illustration of the
college, an intricate line drawing that shows the full splendour
of the building, majestically overlooking the town and river.
The picture which now hangs proudly at the college was received
by Commander David Graham, the Commander of BRNC, on behalf of
the Council of the Britannia Association (BA) and Sean O’Reilly
its Chief Executive.
Check out Paul's website by
The final stage in the conversion of
the former St Barnabas Church in Dartmouth was completed on
Tuesday when the Dartmouth Apprentice Restaurant was formally
opened by cookery writer and TV personality Prue Leith. The
restaurant, together with accommodation for homeless people, is
operated by the charity “Training for Life”, and will help
homeless and jobless young people back into work through
apprenticeships in the hospitality industry. The original plan
to provide accommodation for the homeless was begun by Bob
Trevatt more than 10 years ago and the conversion sees the
culmination of his idea. The Chef in charge is local man Nick
Crossley, formerly of the Cutters Bunch restaurant in Dartmouth.
Check out their website by
Digital TV Switchover
There has been a lot of
information about this recently. But two facts have
not been brought to the attention of Dartmouth's residents.
The first is that we will be the very fist area in the UK,
so no one knows exactly what will happen, there is no
history or experience. The second is that the lower
town is serviced by a relay, and no one knows how that will
perform. It's a very small aerial on the side of the
hill in Waterpool Lane, and its power is not much more that
a battery torch.
Some people in Dartmouth have put up with very poor TV and
while the old analogue system is resilient to a weak signal,
the new digital signal is not, and if you have quite a poor
picture now, you may find you get nothing at all on digital.
We all know digital is just that, on or off. Picture
or no picture.
What is the answer? no one knows, we are the first, everyone
will learn from us...........
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
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