1. Ferry winner
2. Tony Pike
3. Poem & Art
The Spirit of Giving
6. Small News
1. Ferry winner
Mrs Brenda Capstick, from Dartmouth,
has won a golden ticket to travel on the Dartmouth to Kingswear
Higher Ferry for a whole year - absolutely free. Brenda provided
the closest answer to the question posed in the Higher Ferry’s
first anniversary newsletter; Approximately how many miles does
the Higher Ferry travel in one year? Brenda’s estimate of 17,500
miles was a mere 73 miles off the correct answer provided by
Higher Ferry Manager, Kerry Southern.
Brenda explains: “I’m really keen on puzzles so when I saw the
question in the Higher Ferry newsletter I was simply intrigued
to see if I could work it out. First of all I estimated roughly
how many metres it was to cross the River Dart, and then I
multiplied that by journeys per day, days per week and finally
weeks per year – before converting from metres to miles! I never
thought I might actually win; I was shocked when the Ferry team
let me know. I use the Higher Ferry around four times a week, so
this new ticket will mean some considerable savings for me over
the next year.”
Higher Ferry Manager, Kerry Southern comments: “To celebrate the
Higher Ferry’s first anniversary we wanted to give something
away that would be really memorable - a kind of Willy Wonka
golden ticket! Rather than just have an easy multiple choice
question we decided to give people a little puzzle to think
about. It took me and the team some time to arrive at the answer
of 17,427 miles, so the fact that Brenda came so close with
17,500 miles, really took us by surprise. I would like to thank
everyone that entered and also to congratulate Brenda on her
fantastic effort – we look forward to seeing lots of her over
the next year!”
We often talk fondly about our
professional photographers. We are delighted when
these professionals are chuffed to bits to be featured in
our weekly news blog. So it is especially sad that we
have to report that our Canon Professional Photographer Tony
Pike passed away this week. He was 72 and left his wife Pat,
his daughter and two granddaughters.
Tony had such great
enthusiasm for Dartmouth being a key figure in the St
George's Society and organising the Thanksgiving event every
year in The Royal Castle Hotel with Teri and Gary Larson.
When a big ship came into Dartmouth, if Tony was here we
knew he would get the best shot, and he did. The
Dartmouth dot TV crew will miss the frequent unexpected
meetings at social events and our MD Dave will miss the
endless chats on cameras and photography.
As our tribute this
photograph and the ones on the top and bottom of this page
were taken by Tony just over a month ago and are probably
the last he took of Dartmouth. Usually we adjust the
contrast and the colour, but on this occasion they are just
as Tony took them. You can visit his website by
We will miss you Tony, God bless.
Poem & Art
D’art Gallery’s Autumn
exhibition this year features Stewart Edmondson, a leading
gallery artist. Stewart has a growing reputation for his
energetic paintings representing the area around Dartmoor.
His favourite subjects are found on the moors, by the
riverside and overlooking the south Devon coast. His
interpretation conveys both the visual impact and the
emotional energy of these land and seascapes and he has
based this latest collection around one of his favourite
Stewart says, ‘This poem and the way of it, has been with me
for many of these paintings. And these paintings belong in
this world – the world of heather and gorse and massive sky
above Widecombe Vale, the grand moor beyond, down the Dart
valley shrouded by magnificent oaks . . . and down to the
South Devon coast and its epic, rugged wildness. I love
painting in this place, and I hope this comes across through
this collection of paintings’
here to visit their website.
Hearing the Sound of
my Belonging – Daverick Leggett
Today I broke the habit
of my walk
and followed on impulse
an unfamiliar path
to the hillfort in North Wood.
On the southern slope
the first of the daffodils
had opened quiet as sunlight,
a scattering of blessings
across the woodland floor.
an unexpected scattering of flowers
in an unfamiliar wood
and I had crossed
into a new day.
My feet knew better than I the way,
how to break a habit
is to open a new world
bright with possibility.
This was not the day I had begun
it was another, already won
from certain defeat, redeemed
from the old habit that conceals
the newness in all things
the deep down freshness of the day.
An older knowing
led me here.
I had entered
of the world.
So many days lost and homeless
walking on the surface of what is known.
So many days lost
but knowing the importance
of what I have found
I come home and write a poem
saying listen for the sound
listen for the sound
of your belonging.
Tree knows where it
and today I too stood
in the implicate order of things
amongst the wild daffodils
longing only for this life
for this marriage of sun and rain
in the wild garden
for this dance of joy and pain
and the sudden breaking open
of the pattern hidden deep
in the heart of the wildwood
to this world.
The Spirit of Giving
Coombe Farm Gallery Dittisham
are pleased to announce their popular Christmas exhibition
showing some of the best artists and makers in the South
West alongside new talent recently selected at the Craft
Council’s showcase exhibition “Origin”.
Many artists and makers are multi talented and this is
evident in some of our chosen artists this year including
Exeter-based ceramicist Laurel Keeley who will be showing
her acrylic on paper paintings alongside her ceramics for
the very first time at this show. St Ives jewellery designer
Sally MacCabe is also working on small scale mixed media
paintings that are intimate and evocative of her
surroundings. Painter Philippa Crawford has a new collection
of “art to wear” brooches inspired by organic and elemental
forms and materials - and the traditional arts of Japan.
These will be at the exhibition as well as her paintings.
Resident well-known painter Paul Riley has been working on
large scale woodcuts inspired by Japanese masters. These
were very well received in London and are now being shown
The Japanese theme continues in our selection of jewellers
with exquisite “light as a feather” jewellery from Ai
Kawauchi. Her brooches and necklaces are made from
traditional silk organza from the town of Kiryu in Japan,
the larger necklaces, rolled around glass beads have the
elegance and charm reminiscent of Coco Chanel. Carol Meng-Yi
Yeh’s jewellery also has a strong oriental influence which
is shown in the finishes and the combination of the
materials used. Betty Pepper, another new designer uses
ageing fabric from recycled old garments which she
embroiders to create jewellery reminiscent of Victorian
On Sunday November 21st from 11am - 5pm there will be a
preview of this exhibition which will include on the spot
portraits by Mic Chambers and drawings by Paul Riley, and
book signings by local authors - a gift wrapping service is
Gina Carter of Coombe Farm Gallery enthuses, “what better
place to do your Christmas shopping than in a beautiful
gallery full of a myriad of different presents in peaceful
surroundings - bliss!” The exhibition runs from November
22nd–December 23rd 10am-5pm Monday - Saturday. For more
information on the Spirit of Giving Exhibition including
images please contact Tina Riley at Coombe Farm Gallery on
01803 722352 or nearer the time visit the website by
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Candlelit is coming!
Sarah Duggan reports: Make
your own lantern! The local schools are busy making lanterns
for the parade for Candlelit Dartmouth on 3rd December. The
theme of the lanterns is “Dartmouth” so expect to see plenty
of boats and fish and other interpretations of sights in the
town. Some of the students from The Dartmouth Academy have
created some large feature lanterns for the procession that
will prove to be an amazing sight and add to the atmosphere
of the evening. It is expected that the swan will need 4
students to carry it.
Any individuals or families wanting to make their own
lanterns can come to the open workshop at The Sculpture
studio at The Academy this Sunday 21st Nov from 10am – 4pm.
All materials are provided free of charge and it’s really
not that difficult. So if you want to make anything from a
simple shape to an ambitious model of the Naval College, the
Candlelit team will be there to help. The fish in the
picture was made at the workshop last year.
to visit the Candlelit website.
6. Small News
Not only can you go
and chose a gift for the girl/women in your life,
have it gift wrapped and be happy, now The Gift Box in
Market Street has an on line shop full of lovely things
to buy yourself or to get the man in your life to buy
click here to see it.
Toby Murray reports:
I am asking your readers whether they might be kind
enough to sponsor me for my latest test. After the
success of raising around £900 last April by running the
Edinburgh Half Marathon in a Sumo Suit, I have decided
to take the challenge further by running the Paris
Marathon - although this time just in normal running
attire - I don't think I could hack 4 hours in a suit!!!
I am once again running in aid of Macmillan Cancer
Support, as you all may well know it is a charity that
is very dear to our family's heart and, with Mum (Sue
Murray) being chairman of the Dartmouth Branch and
myself having previously helped out in various
fundraising events for them, it made sense that I run
for them again and I have asked for the money I raise to
be distributed to the South West Branch of Macmillan.
It's always been a pleasure to help what is a fantastic
team and I hope I will be able to reach my target sum of
£2,000. I hope you will be able to help, it would mean
the world to me, Mum, Dad and Macmillan if you could.
here to donate or to read more about this event!
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley, Tony