1.  New Mayor & Deputy

2.  Bowled over !

3.  English Wine Week

4.   River Trip

5.  Kids Alright

6.  Small News



1.  New Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Dartmouth

Monday evening saw the Mayor Making at the Guildhall.  Paul Allen was elected Mayor, Dave Cawley as Deputy Mayor and Jill Cawley took the role of Deputy Mayoress.  The photograph above shows from left to right, Jill Cawley, Dave Cawley, Paul Allen, Wendy Rendle (outgoing Mayoress) and Richard Rendle M.B.E. (outgoing Mayor).

Tuesday evening saw Debbie Morris chosen as Chairman of Corporate Property, Francis Hawke as Chairman of Finance, Tessa De Galliani as Chairman of General Purposes, Joanna Gaukroger as Chairman of Personnel and David Gent as Chairman of Planning.

We will all miss Richard Rendle after serving 27 years in local government, Irish Pritchard for 26 years, Peter & Pam Norton for 12 years each and Elwyn Davis over a period of 29 years.  A total of over 100 years in local government, we wish them all well.  The many new councillors who have only just started their "apprenticeship" have a lot of catching up to do!


2.   Trescothick bowled over by Dartmouth Golf Break !

Somerset cricket captain Marcus Trescothick was bowled over by the outstanding value on offer with Dartmouth Golf & Country Club’s summer golf-break packages. Trescothick said: “Dartmouth Golf & Country Club is a fantastic course and one of the finest I’ve ever played. There’s so much on offer in the area; it’s the ideal place to come for a few days. And the fact you can get unlimited golf for such low prices is unbelievable – it can’t be beaten.”

The two-night, three-day packages start from just £155 per person and include bed-and-breakfast accommodation; a two-course evening meal; three rounds of golf on the Championship course and unlimited access to the nine-hole Dartmouth layout. Those seeking a shorter break can still enjoy unlimited golf with one night’s bed and breakfast available for just £99 per person.

Situated in 225 acres of south Devon countryside, just outside the beautiful town of Dartmouth, the resort boasts 27 holes of golf with the 18 hole Championship Course and nine-hole Dartmouth Course complementing each other nicely. Previously ranked in the top 80 courses in the UK and Ireland by Golf Monthly the Championship Course was designed to challenge the most proficient golfer, with strategic positioning of tees, meandering streams, 12 water features and undulating greens. But while it makes the better players think, it is not so punitive as to spoil a round for high-handicappers and provides an excellent and enjoyable challenge to golfers of all abilities.  Although only a nine-hole layout, the Dartmouth is built to the same high standards as its sister course. Measuring 2,252 yards with a par of 33, it is guaranteed to test players while they enjoy a more relaxed round.

In addition to golf the resort also boasts first-class leisure facilities, with an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and spa to which all guests can enjoy complimentary access. For more information, or to book your stay, call 0800 043 3669 or click here.


3.  English Wine Week – Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June 2011

Sharpham Vineyard situated on the banks of the River Dart, two miles downstream of Totnes – their vineyards, cheese dairy and dairy farm have been producing wines and cheeses for over 30 years to local, national and international acclaim.

During English Wine Week, Sharpham will be launching their new Sparkling Pink wine; a blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir from the 2009 harvest. “We are extremely excited about this latest new wine and feel that with all the recent Royal Festivities, it is an ideal time to release this celebratory Fizz,” said Duncan Schwab, Head Winemaker at Sharpham.  Also on show at the vineyard during the week, will be local artists and musicians, and as always tours and tastings of wines and cheeses will be available throughout.

A range of tours are on offer throughout the summer months, from a self-guided walk of the vineyard and tasting of wines and cheeses, to a full ‘Sharpham Experience’

You will be guided through the vines and winery, taste their wines all followed by lunch in the vineyard cafe. We warmly welcome you to come and ‘taste the experience’ at Sharpham Vineyard.  For further information visit their website by clicking here or call 01803 732203

Why not come down for the weekend, or even a week?

Self catering accommodation click here

Dartmouth B and B  click here

Dartmouth Hotels click here

A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

Shopping in Dartmouth click here

Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


4.   River trip

Children’s Hospice South West’s Friends Group are inviting residents of Dartmouth and beyond to sail up the river with them and local band Sax Appeal on Thursday 16th June on Cardiff Castle, very kindly donated for the evening by River Link.

The river trip is organised by Dartmouth & District Friends Group, one of around 40 in the South West working voluntarily to support Children's Hospice South West by fundraising for the hospice and raising awareness of its work. The Friends Group meets at 3pm on the first Thursday of every month in the Floating Bridge, Dartmouth and organises events locally to raise money. Volunteers are always most welcome - any help, however little or infrequent, is very much appreciated. Contact Liz Roe on 01803 833232 for details.

The boat will be sailing at 7pm on 16th June and returning around 10pm. Tickets for the event cost just £15 each. They are available to buy from Number 11 Clothing, Victoria Road, the Spinning Wheel Cafe, the Tourist Information Centre, or from any of the Friends Group members.


5.  The Kids are alright

Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore)  share a cozy suburban Southern California home with their teenage children, Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson). Nic and Jules - or, when referred to jointly by Joni, "Moms" - gave birth to and raised their children, and built a family life for the four of them. As Joni prepares to leave for college, 15-year-old Laser presses her for a big favour. He wants Joni, now 18, to help him find their biological father; the two teenagers were conceived by artificial insemination.

Against her better judgment, Joni honors her brother's request and manages to make contact with "bio-dad" Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an easygoing restaurateur. The kids find themselves drawn to the confirmed bachelor's footloose style - especially in contrast to Nic, a principled doctor who has long established their house rules. Jules, who has been looking to start a new career in landscaping, also strikes up a rapport with Paul. As Paul comes into the lives of the forthright four, an unexpected new chapter begins for them as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined.

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


6.   Small News

  • Noye's Fludde, 19th (tonight!), 20th and 21st May in St Clement's Church at 7.30pm.  When Benjamin Britten set an early 15th century mystery play to music in 1957 he  wrote it to be performed in a church or large hall - but not in a theatre (Britten's request) - by a cast primarily of amateurs.  This local production does fulfils Britten's request and includes the talents of many organisations, including children, within the Dartmouth community.  Tickets are £6 and available from the Windjammer, Stoke Fleming Post Office or on the door.

  • Tuesday 24 May - coffee morning in St Saviour's Church, Dartmouth from 10am


Why not come and visit Dartmouth?


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