1. New chef at
2. Emma at
3. Tiny miracle
4. Dart Drama
5. Small News
1. New home grown
head chef at Dart Marina
Born and bred in Devon, Tom Woods
has been appointed new Head Chef at Dart Marina Hotel & Spa in
Dartmouth. Tom brings with him over 15 years experience in fine
dining and banqueting, and his knowledge of local producers has
been the result of living amongst them!
Tom explains: “Devon is my home and I have been fortunate to
grow up and work amongst beautiful landscape almost surrounded
by the sea. I’ve lived in Salcombe for 15 years and have made
some great friends amongst local producers so I will be writing
my menus with landscape, the sea and great producers in mind. To
be made Head Chef is something I have worked hard to achieve and
having worked at Dart Marina for three years already, I know the
team very well. I am looking forward to building on the great
food reputation we already have here and bringing my own style
to the menu with more day-boat specials from Brixham and
Plymouth and my own caught and smoked mackerel which I am just
Chris Jones, General Manager at Dart Marina comments: “We are
absolutely delighted to have promoted Tom to our Head Chef; his
outstanding culinary experience, coupled with his love of
regional food means exciting times ahead at Dart Marina.”
Dart Marina’s River Restaurant holds two AA Rosettes in
recognition of its high standards of cuisine, and a Strawberry
icon which illustrates the Hotel’s commitment to using regional
food. As well as an undertaking to reduce its impact on the
environment through the green tourism scheme, Dart Marina
chooses to source locally – both for flavour, quality,
seasonality and local distinctiveness - but also to reduce food
here for more details.
Emma Bridgewater anniversary offer at home ….
Calling all you fellow
Emma Bridgewater collectors. To celebrate her 25th
anniversary we will be entering everyone who spends £10 or
more on Emma Bridgewater products during July into a prize
draw. The winner will receive a Bridgewater goody bag filled
with lots of lovely things! We are lucky enough to be going
to a special open day at the Bridgewater pottery in
Stoke-on-Trent soon and will be able to get some special
pieces to form part of the goody bag. So don't miss out on
this fabulous offer – pop along to home …. at 17 Foss Street
and add to your collection. If you don’t already own some
Emma Bridgewater pottery now is your chance to start …..
Zoo’s tiny miracle gives birth
A tiny deer at Paignton Zoo has
given birth months after she lay critically ill on the
operating table. The lesser Malay mouse deer named Eve gave
birth on Saturday 19th June. Sarah Hewitt, of the Paignton
Zoo vet team, said: “I think Eve is an amazing animal! She
had a long, complicated illness last year involving a tooth
abscess initially then an abscess round her eye which went
into the bone. She underwent huge amounts of treatment with
many general anaesthetics and came through it all. It is
fantastic that she has now given birth – as vets we are
chuffed to bits, as for a while it was touch and go with
For a time the tiny animal - adults stand just 20 to 25
centimetres at the shoulder ( 8 to 10 inches ) – had to have
her eye flushed regularly to keep it clean. To do this, vets
fixed a teat over her eye with a long catheter attached to
it, suturing this onto her back to hold it in place. Keepers
are staying out of the way to give mother and fawn peace and
quiet. The average weight of a baby at birth is about 370
grams (13 ounces) - that’s no more than the weight of a
bunch of bananas.
The lesser Malay mouse deer or chevrotain comes from the
forests of South East Asia. Adult males have tiny tusk-like
canine teeth that protrude from the sides of the mouth and
legs the diameter of a pencil. They are the smallest members
of the animal family that includes pigs, hippos, camels,
deer, antelopes, sheep and goats. Adults are 45 to 55
centimetres long (18 to 22 inches) and can live for about 12
years. A fawn can stand 30 minutes after birth. Their
conservation status is low but the species is threatened by
hunting and habitat destruction.
Eve was born at Poznan Zoo in Poland on Christmas Eve 2007
and came to Paignton Zoo in 2008. Her partner, Ralf, was
born at Newquay Zoo in May 2004 and arrived at Paignton Zoo
in March 2005. This is their second youngster. Paignton Zoo
Environmental Park is a registered charity. For more
information go to
click here or ring (01803) 697500.
Dart Drama Festival 2010.
The Dart Drama Festival is
gearing up for its fourth year and already eight amateur
drama groups have signed up and are raring to go.
The festival, founded in 2007, is non competitive and aims
to promote and showcase the work and talents of the many and
varied amateur drama groups throughout the South Hams and
Torbay. The groups will be performing a programme of one act
plays at the Flavel Theatre, Dartmouth, in November.
And not only has the festival attracted groups which have
been taking part since its conception; Dit’sum Players, the
Inn Theatre Company, and Stoke Fleming Operatic and Dramatic
Society, but is also pleased to welcome back, the Dartmouth
Players, Kingsbridge Amateur Theatrical Society, Salcombe
Players, Shiphay Amateur Dramatic Society and Slapton
Avril Dowding, co festival organiser said:” It is really
exciting, and we are thrilled with the interest and
enthusiasm of those societies taking part. “As always, there
is no theme to the festival, so each group can choose what
material they would like to perform. Our only stipulation
this year is that each play only lasts for 30 minutes.
The content of the festival is always a challenge for us as
organisers: to ensure we give our audiences a balanced and
She added: “As there are potentially eight one act plays, we
have decided to continue with the same format as last year,
that is, to have four plays a night, with each group
performing twice, on alternate nights, over four nights.
Tickets are being organised so theatregoers can either see
one night’s performance of four plays, or have a combined
ticket which will enable them to see any two nights
performances of all eight plays” Dates for the Dart Drama
Festival are Wednesday to Saturday 10, 11, 12, 13 November.
Tickets are: single adult ticket £8, single child £4 (one
night only); combined adult ticket £14, combined child
ticket £6 (for use over any two of the four performance
nights), and will go on sale around October time.
here for more information
Why not come down
for the weekend, or even a week?
5. Small News
Sue Murray reports:
Macmillan Cancer Support are using the Tea Hut in Royal
Avenue Gardens on Wednesday 14th July from 10 - 4pm. We
will have good quality bric-a-brac, books, CDs, and some
nearly new gifts, plus delicious sandwiches and cakes.
Come along and support this valuable charity.
and Devon Link are staging a ‘Health Fair’ for local
residents of Dartmouth and surrounding villages to
inform people of what support is available from both the
voluntary and health sector.
The initiative between Jill Perry (Devon Link) and
Tracey Cunningham (Dartmouth Hospital Matron) is being
staged at the Flavel Hall in Dartmouth on 15th July
between 10.30 -12.30 (free tea and coffee provided by
League of Friends). It is hoped 30 professionals ranging
from the Fire Brigade (showing us how to install fire
alarms) to a Parkinson’s nurse will sign post those
attending to resources held locally and regionally.
Dartmouth Caring reports: Don’t forget we have this
great river trip out, including supper and music on 21
August, please book a ticket and join us, will be fun
and all to a good local community cause. Tickets
from the River Boat office.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley & others.