1. New ‘Dominion’
2. Birthday gift
3. The Illusionist
4. Special Sports
5. Small News
1. The Inn Theatre
Company’s new production, ‘Dominion’
It is, perhaps, serendipitous that
The Inn Theatre Company’s new production, ‘Dominion’, is setting
out to help a local cancer support charity (Rowcroft), after it
was recently revealed that one in four women will, at some
stage, suffer from breast cancer. The company, who present the
phenomenally successful Dartmouth Shakespeare Week every year,
regularly help local charities and organisations. Their 2010
production of ‘Macbeth’ raised over £2000 for those causes.
‘Dominion’ is, at heart, a love
story. Siobhan Lock is dying, but she has a plan: to find her
husband Eddie a new partner before she leaves. It deals with
their struggle to come to terms with what is happening to them
both and how they are supported by friends and professionals -
and, in Siobhan’s case, a confidante that only she can see.
Although the subject matter is serious, dealing with love, loss
and grieving, there is a thread of humour running through the
play that readily reflects the reality of the situation: in the
midst of everything, life itself still goes on. The powerful
cast is led by Jill Brock and Phil Scoble (who play Siobhan and
Eddie respectively), both of whom have had leads in some of the
Company’s Shakespearean productions; and Phil has garnered a
Best Actor gong for playing the lead in another company
production, ‘Clowns’. Lesley Ash, Gil Garland, Ben Hamilton and
Jane Windsor-Smith give hugely accomplished performances to
round the story and help carry the audience through this
‘Dominion’ will be at The Flavel Theatre, Dartmouth on 24th,
25th & 26th March @ 7.30pm. It is both a love story and a story
about love, loss and leaving - and in support of Rowcroft
for more details, then select 24 March.
A surprise 70th Birthday gift from Canada
Another glimpse into the past of
Greenway Ferries' 'Fairmile', the English Riviera's most
iconic and easily recognisable World War Two passenger ship
was made possible today after an email sent out of the blue
from Canada. Fairmile was built in 1941 by Southampton Steam
Joinery Ltd for His Majesty's Royal Navy as RML497 and
served King and country in active service as part of the
69th Flotilla between 1941 and 1947. She has since
provided civilian services across Torbay and most recently
to Dartmouth and Agatha Christies Greenway.
Andrew Barton whom now lives in
Canada, and is grandson of Les Parkinson, Rescue Motor
Launch 497's master during Fairmile’s active service years,
emailed Greenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises attaching a
picture taken by his grandfather prior to the
decommissioning of the ship, together with a collection of
found memoirs. The poignant black and white photograph
surrounded by signed pictures of her crew was put together
by Mr Parkinson as a memory of time served aboard the ship
for his crew.
Will Ford, Director of
Greenway Ferry said "When we purchased Fairmile in a sorry
state from Poole prior to returning her home to Torbay in
2009, paperwork and history on her was, let's say, not up to
scratch. The new owners had not received any memorabilia,
pictures or paperwork other than that necessary to transfer
the ownership of the vessel. Unbelievably, this is the first
actual picture we have and have ever seen of Fairmile /
RML497 during active service in World War Two and is of huge
importance to the historic memory of this very special
vessel. I can confirm it will take pride of place onboard in
the newly refurbished Churchill's saloon”. People interested
in the memoirs of Les Parkinson can find them by
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
The Illusionist tonight!
This movie by the French
film-maker Sylvain Chomet, director of Bellville Rendezvous,
is an act of homage and an act of cinematic love: a
classically conceived, hand-drawn animation based on an
unproduced script by Jacques Tati, written in 1956. Our
weary hero is an old-fashioned variety-turn conjuror at the
end of the 1950s, specialising in rabbits and hats, paper
flowers and coins, and presenting each creaky trick with a
deadpan fastidious flourish... Lack of work forces him to
leave France for England, where he heads north and ends up
in Edinburgh – acquiring, along the way, a young companion.
She is heartbreakingly dazzled by the faded showbiz glamour
that everyone else finds so passe, or perhaps sincerely
believes in his magical abilities...
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 – 7.25 pm.
New members can join at the door on any screening night. For
further information contact: Clive Osborne on 079-6802-6449
Special Sports Day
Dartmouth Leisure Centre on
Saturday 12th March 2011 from 1 pm - 3.30 pm.
Dartmouth and District
Sports Association has been formed over two years with the
aim of promoting participation in the sports clubs active in
the area, and striving to protect and enhance the facilities
available to all.
Click here for more information. Following on from
a very successful Sports Taster day last summer when
Coronation Park was thronged with under 16’s trying their
skills at various sports demonstrated and coached by
participating clubs, we have launched another day aimed at
adults – of all ages.
Participating Sports with their
Canoe Club - will have their brand new kayaks on show
Parkour/Freerunning - not for the faint-hearted!
Rugby – Dartmouth RFC will be playing a match on Norton
Fields for all to watch
Short Mat Bowls
Swimming Pool - displaying plans of the proposed pool
Walk and Talk
Dr Sarah Woolaston MP has
confirmed that she intends to cycle on her tandem from her
home in Chudleigh to Dartmouth to attend this event, (she's
in training for a future event for fund raising for charity)
and after a good two hours cycle she will arrive in
Dartmouth at 2pm. She will then hold an open forum to answer
questions and meet local people.
6. Small News
It is rumoured that
although the old VT Sandquay boatyard is closing down,
facilities might still be there for maintaining the
Naval College boats. A possibility is that the
picket boats could be replaced with twin screw motor
boats for a new course at BRNC. Future
developments might see a new building to accommodate a
possible extra 600 people. Also rumoured was a
passing out parade nearly every week. As BRNC is
Dartmouth's biggest employer this all has to be
considered very good news indeed!
Helen Burgess, Events Fundraising Officer for Christian
Aid South West reports: "On Saturday 12 March an
exciting new ethical market is coming to the Civic Hall
in Totnes, raising money for the world's poorest
communities. 'Traid It' is a day of trading books,
clothes and auction items (small furniture, art,
collectibles, antiques, record collections etc), to
raise money for Christian Aid. Simply donate in the
morning and come along to a sales extravaganza in the
Donation drop off: 9-11am : Open for sale:
11am-7pm : Auction: 1pm
Entry is free although donations are welcome.
As a community, simply by trading items we no longer
need, we can make a huge difference to the lives of some
of those living in the world's poorest communities,
bringing Christian Aid's vision of ending poverty a step
closer. To make 'Traid It' happen, your donations and
participation are needed. Thank you for your support."
Don't forget the Farmers' Market this Saturday. Despite
the current regeneration work the Old Market is still
open for business. Come and buy your fruit and veg, meat
and other products, all from local businesses.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley,