1. The French
3. Canoe Races
4. Full Circle @
5. Small News
1. The French
Dartmouth welcomed a group of
visitors from our twin town of Courseulles sur Mer who
arrived last Friday evening. On Saturday the guests
and their hosts took a tour of the Plymouth Gin Distillery
returning via Dartmoor; Sunday was a relaxing day around the
area culminating in a very enjoyable supper at the Dartmouth
Rowing Club. Having set off bright and early at 7.30am
on Monday for their return trip, the French visitors' coach
broke down at the Sportsmans Arms with a broken fan belt!
Thanks to Brian Woodgate, FRL and a spare fan belt carried
by their driver Jean-Luc, they were able to continue without
too much delay and caught their ferry home from Portsmouth
as planned. If you are interested in taking part in
the next visit, please contact Wendy Rendle on 832435.
Market this weekend
This Saturday and Sunday
Dartmouth's Old Market Square will be transformed into a
continental market as the town plays host to traders from
the continent: biscuits from Brittany, sausages from
Germany, nougat from Italy to mention just a few of the
delights on offer. Open from 9.00am to 5.30pm.
Why not come down
for the weekend, or even a week?
Phil from Canoe Adventures
reports: On Sunday 23rd May at 12.00 at the merry Maltsters
Arms on Bow Creek at Tuckenhay, the 8th Annual Voyager Canoe
Races welcome you. 1st Race is 13.00. All in support
of Dart Lifeboat and the Totnes Chernobyl Children's
To open the day we have wild music from local acoustic band
Kazmel. Elfic the Astonishing Jester & Juggler is also
booked. The Maltsters Spring Real Ale Festival will be in
full flow with 6 good ales to test. The quay BBQ will be
alight, and we all believe the sun will shine. Eight race
crews of ten paddlers each, aboard two of Canoe Adventures
brand new Totnes made 9 metre Voyager canoes, each face a
500 metre out and return course at full pelt around a 180
degree turn on beautiful Bow Creek. The Start and Finish
line is at the centre of the Maltsters Arms quay offering
excellent views of the action.
Race team Stoke Gabriel have won and held the Tuckenhay
Voyager Cup since 2008. Ranged against them are Dart
Lifeboat, Totnes Titans, Hunters Lodge, White Feather,
Harberton Hands, newcomers Babbling Badgers, and the
returning and powerful Norfolk Chance. Race Practice only is
at 12.00 on the day before. We hope you will come to
support and enjoy this Great Fun event. It is unique to the
South Hams. Entry is Free and children are very welcome.
When Racing and Prize-giving and entertainment are done, the
ace singer-guitarist James Cann is engaged to perform into
the evening. For more information call or
click here to e-mail01803 865301.
Circle @ Baxters
Next Friday May 28th, Baxters in
Foss St begins an exhibition entitled Full Circle featuring
Dartmouth artist Simon Hart and gallery favourite Michael
Turner who creates fish and sea creatures from metal. There
will be a substantial new body of original work from Simon
which will be eagerly anticipated by people who have seen
his work evolve since his arrival in Dartmouth 10 years ago.
The exhibition coincides with
Dartmouth Galleries Week and the evening of Friday 28th is a
great time to explore the 12 Dartmouth Galleries who will be
open and to see the exhibitions of work by new and
Spotted in Baxters windows was
this picture depicting many Dr Who's, two Daleks, the Tardis
and a Cyberman. Rumour has it there are more clues in
this and the other picture in Baxters window?
Readers may remember that the
Dartmouth dot TV crew were the first to relate the unseen
episode of Dr Who filmed in Dartmouth in 1975. We
first broke the news on 22nd February 2007, you can see it
in section 2 by
5. Small News
Last week's Music
Festival special was the talk of the town. However
some of you fell victim to your own Spam filter and
missed it! If you want to see it again simply
The Dart Valley U3A
is an organisation for people no longer in full time
employment, providing educational, creative and leisure
opportunities in a friendly, fun environment. Dart
Valleyís many, free interest groups range from Archery,
Creative writing, Patchwork quilting, Spanish, Walking
and many others.
We meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at 10am at the
Flavel, Dartmouth, when we hold a general meeting and a
speaker. Visitors are welcome.
The U3A is an international body with thousands of
U3A stands for the University of the Third Age (donít be
put off by the word University, itís fun and you do meet
lots of new people)
Thursday June 10th Dart Valley U3A A.G.M
Thursday July 8th Wine making in the UK (wine tasting
included) Laura Armstrong from Sharpham
Thursday September 9th Nautical Voyages Paul Barclay
Thursday October 14th The Princes Trust Doug Twigg
Thursday November 11th Did Darwin Get it Wrong?
Professor Mark Macnair
Thursday December 9th There was an Old Artist From
Dartmouth Simon Drew
To receive a list of interest groups, meetings and
membership (only £10 per annum!) please contact
membership secretary Ray on 01803 835033 or just come
along to the next meeting.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?