1. Civic Evening
3. Tony Amos
5. DGCC wins
6. Small News
Richard Rendle M.B.E. Mayor of
Dartmouth hosted the prestigious Civic Evening last Friday
at the Royal Castle Hotel. Several previous Mayors attended
and we all had a splendid time, thanks Richard!
Community Music Workshop and
Performance Saturday 12th March 2011
Calling all budding performers and
secretive singers. South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONB) is organising a community music workshop on
Saturday 12th March 3-6pm at Townstal Community Hall, Davis
Road, Dartmouth. Anyone who plays an instrument, likes song
writing or just singing in the shower is very welcome to
participate. The workshop will be led by Steve Banks from local
band Blue Jewel. The afternoon will be spent devising and
performing songs about the area. Songs could be about the Dart,
the sea, fishing, farming or any part of the area which is
It will culminate in a rehearsal and 30 minute performance the
following Friday evening on 19th March at the Flavel in
Dartmouth as a part of the South Devon AONB’s 50th anniversary
showcase event. The evening will also include a film show from
the South West Film and Television Archive looking at life as it
used to be and displays from groups who have been involved in
To book a place at this free event would be performers are asked
to ring 01803 782219 Steve Banks with details of their
instrument/voice and any ideas for a song. As places will be
limited applicants are asked to confirm their places early. The
workshop is open to anyone over the age of 10 years and at grade
1 or above for instrument players. The project is part of
the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s 50th
Birthday Celebrations supported by a Your Heritage grant from
the Heritage Lottery Fund. The area was designated in August
Paul Reach reports: We were all
very saddened by the loss of our friend Tony Amos last year.
He was a skilled, natural artist whose talent even he did
not fully appreciate. Our visits to his studio were both
inspiring and frustrating - he would be searching for the
perfect painting surrounded by part finished works each of
which was already a masterpiece in the making.
We have 3 earlier
paintings of his favourite subjects. The square rigger
yardarm - a precarious position which the early sailors
adopted (ignoring all health and safety rules!), a pair of
yarning sailors on a bench (here, he has captured a
gentleness and charm that reminds us of him) and lastly, one
of the beautiful skies over Teignmouth, illustrating his
love and appreciation of the west country: vast skies,
unique palette and all painted with fingers and rags.
Check out Paul's website by
clicking here and
afterwards have a look at Dartmouth's best galleries by
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
4. Dartmouth’s 5th Comedy Festival
It is back! Dartmouth’s 5th
Comedy Festival…………9-12 March. Chris Addison may have sold
out, but there is still plenty to keep you laughing…but book
early to avoid disappointment! Starts at the Flavel, on
Wednesday 9 March @ 7pm, with a Tribute Film night to one of
Comedy’s Greats. With a surprise guest…
Boothby Graffoe - Thursday 10
March @ 8pm. A quite brilliant comedian and musician, back
with his band.
Arabella Weir - Friday 11 March
@ 7pm. She will talk about her new book ‘The Real Me is
Thin’ and tell you why she still cannot be trusted with a
packet of chocolate digestives. Followed by
Joy of Wine @ 9.30pm. Learn to
be an expert wine taster, explore the dark habit of the Blue
Nun and meet the world’s largest bunch of grapes.
Breathtakingly funny…you will be very thirsty and will need
the free wine!
Fairly Tales, kids show -
Saturday 12 March @ 3pm. Hilarious stories created out of
thin air. Lots of silliness….suitable for ages 6+. There is
a free, one hour ‘story’ workshop with the actors when you
buy a ticket for the show at 1.45pm for ages 8-12. Limited
spaces are available for the workshop.
Anil Desai – Saturday 12 March @
7pm. A stand up chameleon…50 impersonations in 55 minutes,
Matt Harvey – Thursday 10 March @7.30pm in Café Alf Resco
Enjoy ‘Alfs’ famous rustic supper with comedy from local
poet Matt Harvey. Nearly sold out!
Andrew Clover – Friday 11 March @7pm in the Royal Castle
Hotel Love Rules! You will leave laughing, armed with the 7
rules of relationships and an excellent ‘all you can eat’
curry buffet before or after Andrews show.
Not to forget, our local artist Simon Drew will have a week
long Comedy Festival Art Exhibition in the Flavel, why not
pop along to see it? For full ticket prices and information
DGCC wins prestigious award
Dartmouth Golf and Country Club
has carried off two prestigious prizes in the HRS Hotel
Excellence Awards 2011. The hotel’s outstanding customer
service wowed the judges with DGCC winning the Excellence
Through People category and receiving a special commendation
in the Excellence in Marketing category.
The panel also praised the marketing skills of the hotel,
especially in regard to its new South Devon Golf Tour,
saying it was a good example of a pro-active marketing
initiative which has raised the national profile of golfing
breaks in South Devon stating DGCC had accomplished “A well
thought through marketing exercise with excellent tracking
of results.” Judges found the SDGT to be innovative,
addressing challenges and opportunities, allowing golfers to
enjoy South Devon’s top golf courses at an affordable price,
providing an inexpensive ‘continental-type’ golf tour
destination. The tour is now well-known throughout the
national golfing community with the result that bookings
have increased throughout the year.
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Managing Director, Jamie Waugh, praised the work carried out
by all the staff at DGCC. He said: “Everyone has contributed
to this fantastic result and I would like to congratulate
all the staff for their efforts. It’s a brilliant outcome
which I am extremely proud of. “We faced extremely tough
competition from across the country and for the judges to
pick us as winner in one category and award us a special
commendation in a second category is a huge accolade for
everyone.” The awards were held in association with the
British Hospitality Awards and the Best Practice Forum.
6. Small News
Sarah from Bellinis
reports: This Saturday we have a good evening planned –
the Dominic Doolittle band which play boogie woogie,
jazz, 60’s and soul. Fun starts at 8pm!
moderation! Yoga classes every Thursday (starting 3rd
March 2011) at the Dart Centre, Dartmouth Academy from
7pm - 8.30pm. £4.50 per person (£2.50 for the unemployed
Learn how to cut down on eating, drinking, smoking and
more! Build your confidence, be calmer and happier
with more energy and a healthy body and mind. Go
on...you can have a better, more positive, life! and it
starts with you changing into the new you! Some mats are
provided, but please bring a blanket for relaxation and
meditation Phone Sally on 07714 167836 for class
The Dartmouth Trust
was in the news again this week, both on radio and
television this Wednesday. It was said that they
"had" to increase rents, the Charities Commission
disagree. It was also said the vote for the rent
increase was a majority decision, when in fact only 5 of
the 12 trustees voted for a rent increase.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
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