1. Indoor Swimming
2. Away we go
3. BRNC goes
4. Little S.O.D.S
5. Small News
1. Auction for the
Heated Indoor Swimming pool
Over £7,000 was raised in a charity
auction of local artists' work at The Apprentice Restaurant on
Saturday. The funds and more donated by The Apprentice, go
towards the much anticipated heated pool and totalled over
£8,000. Trustee Sean O'Reilly confirmed that Devon County
Council had offered £1.5M, South Hams District Council £400K and
Dartmouth Town Council £250K. Sean went on to say that if
all went well the first digger could start this year!
Bring it on is what we say!
Away we go
Burt and Verona are a couple in
their 30s who have been together for a long time, and who
are perhaps frozen, mentally, in the twentysomethingness
they shared when they first met. Everything about their
lives appears ramshackle, temporary; when Verona gets
pregnant, they hope that his mum and dad will help out. But
they propose to take off for a long-planned trip to Antwerp
one month before the baby is due, thus signalling their
essential ineligibility for the traditional roles of doting
grandparents. So Burt and Verona realise they are alone.
They must start afresh,
rebuilding themselves as conventional adult. But the crisis
is in a sense liberating and they tour North America,
dropping in on old friends and classmates, auditioning
locations and pondering their future...
This film is on tonight at the
Guildhall at 7.30PM. Guest tickets can be purchased on the
night of the screening at The Windjammer pub in Victoria
Road, Dartmouth for £3.60 per film, between 7.00 – 7.25pm.
New members can join at the door on any screening night. For
further information contact: Clive Osborne on 079-6802-6449
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
BRNC goes potty
Britannia Royal Naval College
Officer Cadets helped
Kingswear Primary School to finish the garden
started by their fellow cadets last summer.
Last June, as part of the Britannia Royal Naval College
Outreach Programme, 20 officer cadets spent a day helping
the school to create a garden from scratch in a field. Last
Saturday more than 30 officer cadets crossed the river to
help the school again and finish the project started last
The village primary school is developing an outdoor learning
space in the corner of a field at the top of the village,
generously donated by the owners of Fountain Violet Farm,
Edward and Emma Jones.
On the last visit the officer cadets of Vanguard Division
fenced and rabbit-proofed a 20 by 8 metre area and built 5
raised beds. The school decided to name the fledgling garden
the vandguarden in return ! This time it was the turn of
Ambush Division, led by Sub-Lieutenant Michael Johnson, who
was joined by a large group of international cadets from
countries as far afield as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Yemen,
and a number from the Marine School in Germany to build the
remaining 5 raised beds, the compost bays and a garden shed.
They also built the fire-pit area, added some low benches
for the children and dug a large circular trench in
preparation for the planting of the willow classroom. The
new shed is now to be known affectionately as the ambush hut
The school again provided the tools and materials as well as
food donated by parents and helpers. A camp fire, sausages,
cakes, and hot drinks were served up by the Headteacher,
Mark Oakshot, and several governors and their families.
The Outreach Programme helps
build links with the local community, encourages
team-building and prepares cadets for tasks such as disaster
relief work. All the cadets were very enthusiastic, capable
and well-motivated, not to mention extremely polite. It was
another very enjoyable and productive day for all involved
and Kingswear Primary School would like to say an enormous
thank you to the Royal Navy for making it possible.
If you are able to donate any garden items such as
child-sized wellington boots, garden tools and gloves,
kneeling pads and flower and vegetable seeds, please contact
Kingswear Primary School on 01803 752356 or phone Gill
Davies on 01803 752613.
Lesley from Stoke Fleming
Operatic and Dramatic Society reports: Little S.O.D.S. is
the name we’ve given to our local children’s drama group and
stands for the junior section of our society. We’re so proud
of the children ~ they have been working their winter socks
off! “Dream On” is our next production and will be performed
at the Village Hall on 11th and 12th February. This lively
show is a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer
Night’s Dream” and is our most challenging show so far. The
story retains all the humour and characters of the original,
but is retold in a style that the children (and our
audiences!) will understand and love. This is Shakespeare
without the fear, but with ALL the fun. And of course, as
our audiences have come to expect by now, there’ll be some
surprises along the way ~ look out for the rapping
Little S.O.D.S. have quite a
reputation to live up to following their previous successes,
and the children and production team have once again given
their all. This ambitious project features a cast of more
than 40 children aged between 6 and 14 and it is wonderful
to see how they‘ve all grown with each production ~ not just
in stature, but in confidence and ability. “Dream On” is
expertly directed by Dartmouth’s own Lynne Deller who has
brought this magical musical to life and who has taught the
children so much over the last 4 productions. The Inn
Theatre Company have supported this production with scenery,
props and some of the costumes from A Midsummer Night's
Dream and have also donated £150 to Little S.O.D.S which has
funded the hire of a glittering star cloth for the show. We
are hoping that “Dream On” will be a sell out. We will have
raked seating and a licensed bar and other refreshments will
also be available. Little S.O.D.S. is a not for profit
making group, run entirely by volunteers on behalf of
children who either live in the village or are past or
present pupils at Stoke Fleming Primary School. We are
delighted to be able to make donations to local charities
from the small profit that we make each year. So, if you’ve
heard how good the Little S.O.D.S. shows are but have yet to
find out for yourselves, then please do come along and
support us, we can guarantee to put a smile on your face!
Tickets are now on sale priced £6 and are available by
phoning Lesley on 01803 770071. “If music be the food of
love ~ play on” or should that be “Dream On”!?
6. Small News
Rowena reports: For
the month of February we are running a special “Local
£18 Lunch” at Restaurant Angélique. Guests can choose 2
courses from a choice of starter - main - dessert for
£18 or opt for all 3 courses for £22. The menu will
change weekly and
click here to see it.
Sarah from Bellini's
Bar reports: Starting this Thursday we will be
holding a cocktail evening every Thursday with Christof
doing the mixing and shaking. For our launch this week,
all cocktails will be 2 for the price of 1. Mick is
playing Motown and Soul each Thursday evening so a great
atmosphere is guaranteed.
Also : For the England rugby games we will have a
large screen to show the matches – come along and enjoy
free hot nibbles and our guest ale. Saturday 12th
February 2.30pm England v Italy
Philip Watts is
guest Chef at the Dolphin Inn on Wednesday 23rd
February. Proceeds & profits to Meningitis UK. The Menu
is 4 courses @ £20.00 per person. Philip is not taking a
penny... cooking for free.
Good news on the
Dartmouth Trust this week, our local MP Dr Sara
Wollaston has been busy
click here for more. Two out of the three
beneficiaries have said they don't want any extra money
to the detriment of Dartmouth people:
On Monday night Dartmouth Town Council resolved: "That
the Town Council does not support the present activities
of the Dartmouth Trust with regard to the rent
increases." The Archdeacon of Totnes,
the Venerable John Rawlings, said "The Church does
not want to receive extra funds as result of putting
Dartmouth people into hardship."
And this week the Charities Commission once again
confirmed formally and in writing, that the Trust could
change if it wanted to. So we
all need to have a little chat with the trustees to
encourage them to change their view?
The two photos above were
Andy Kyle just 90 minutes apart this week. In
Dartmouth sunshine and goodwill is always just over the horizon!
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley,
Keith E Gould & others.