1. Frozen River
2. SOS events
3. The French
4. Small News
1. Frozen River
Dartmouth Film Society's film for Thursday 28th
January is Frozen River - the impressively directed,
superbly written and powerfully emotional drama with a
deservedly Oscar-nominated performance by Melissa Leo.
In the New York State town of Massena, on the border of
Canada, Ray is a woman in trouble. With the approach of
Christmas, Ray's husband, a compulsive gambler, has
abandoned her and their two sons, taking with him the money
that Ray has painstakingly saved to buy their dream house.
Broke, in debt and at risk of losing everything she has
worked for over the years, Ray goes looking for her husband
at the bingo hall on the nearby reservation and instead
finds Lila, who draws her into a people-smuggling plan that
promises to yield easy money. Melissa Leo delivers an
achingly raw performance as a woman at the very end of her
tether. There's also terrific support from Misty Upham, who
provides the perfect counterpoint to Leo's performance.
Together, they make an unlikely but deeply engaging screen
Guest tickets for sale in The Windjammer £3.50 from 7.30 -
7.55 Our bar at The Guildhall opens at 7.30 - the film to be
shown at 8pm approx
John Fenton reports:
SOS events with the Dart RNLI lifeboat
The RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat has been increasingly busy
with 32 call outs last year and 2 already this month.
Every year the RNLI run a national SOS fundraising event. In
Dartmouth Sax Appeal are playing at the Guildhall on
Saturday 30 Jan. Tickets are available on
the door or from The Royal Castle Hotel and the Harbour
Bookshop. The Lifeboat Station is open to all on the same
day between 11am and 4pm. The Sea Safety team will show you
how to check your lifejacket, Sea our Safety, and there is
plenty to eat and see. Sizzle our Sausages, Scoff our
Scones, See our Souvenirs... Join the fun, bring your family
and support the local RNLI.
The French navy has sailed
the River Dart with five of its navigation training ships,
Guepard, Tigre, Lynx, Glycine and Eglantine.
Their visit last
was greeted with snow and this time a bit of fog.
They have close links with the Dartmouth Naval College and
had a great time here in our wonderful town.
If you're curious, The
French Connection was made in 1971 featuring Gene Hackman
who has starred in more than 100 productions. If you
are fan of the 60's
to read more about him?
Like the French
Navy, why not come down
for the weekend, or even a week?
4. Small News
romantics!! Valentine’s Dinner Saturday 13th February.
Book your table now in Nu, the river view restaurant at
The Royal Castle hotel. A five-course candlelit
dinner for £39.95 per person. Renowned harpist Louise
Wiggans will be playing throughout the evening. To book
call: 01803 833033
Pat Martin reminded
me of Michael Portillo on his great railway
journeys on prime time TV where he visited the Royal
Castle Hotel and got up from the 'cosy corner' and
walked straight into the kitchens? What fabulous
publicity it was for Dartmouth and the Steam Railway!
Philip Watts reports that The Kings Arms at Strete and the Floating Bridge
Dartmouth both feature in this year's Michelin Guide.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?