1. Reflections South Hams
2. As You Like It
4. Carmen close
5. Small News
1. Reflections of
the South Hams
Richard Webb reports: All the special beauty of the South
Hams captured in one lavishly illustrated book will be published on 26th July. Go down to the bookshop and
order your copy now!
‘I can think of no better way of
celebrating the wonder and delight of our precious heritage than
Nigel Evans’ glorious and revealing photographic portrait of the
Jonathan Dimbleby from his Foreword.
184 illustrations in colour
Hardback 250 x 250mm
We have a review copy, and there
is no doubt, you will want one now!
The Three Meerkateers
These 3 adorable baby Meerkats
known as pups have made their debut appearance after
spending their first few weeks underground at Woodlands
Family Theme Park near Dartmouth, Devon. The Keepers
at the Zoo-Farm first discovered the pups when they went in
to feed Dad, Rogan & Mum, Gibby and heard lots of little
squeaks coming from one of the tunnels. Head Keeper Elliott
Hamilton, said “the noises they make are very funny, they
sound like they are laughing”.
“It wasn’t until Mum & Dad brought the pups out that we saw
that there were 3 beautiful babies”. Being too young to sex,
Elliott nicknamed them ‘The 3 Meerkateers’. “It really suits
the 3 pups, they definitely are ‘all for one and one for
all’. They are constantly looking out for each other and
becoming very adventurous exploring their new home. We even
gave them their own Muskateer’s hat to play with which was
great fun to watch”.
Both Mum, Dad and all 3 pups are
doing really well and they can all be seen at the Zoo-Farm
at Woodlands Family Theme Park.
Click here for more.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
As You Like It
After visiting the dark-heart of
Shakespeare last year with 'Macbeth', this year's Dartmouth
Shakespeare Week lightens up considerably with The Inn
Theatre Company's production of 'As You Like It'. Probably
the closest Shakespeare ever came to writing a farce
(although even this play has its serious side), 'As You Like
It' is the simple, everyday Elizabethan story of wicked
Counts, love-lorn shepherds and girls dressing up as boys
and having girls fall in love with them. As ever, the
production is in the open-air, in the stunning setting of
Dartmouth Castle, and runs from 2nd August to 6th August.
'As You Like It' is being
directed by Malcolm MacIntosh, who brought us the hugely
successful 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Much Ado About
Nothing' in previous years.
And we have sheep; and
wrestling; and Gods and specially written music. Oh, and a
lion too. Tickets are on sale (and selling fast) from the
Tourist Information Centre...and please, remember to wrap up
warmly; it can get chilly in the evening's at the Castle,
even though it's going to be a glorious Summer!
Get close up to Carmen (if you dare!)
In the intimate atmosphere
Dartmouth’s Flavel opera lovers can enjoy at close range the
dramatic - and ultimately tragic - story of Bizet’s Carmen.
In a piano-accompanied version of this most popular opera, New
Devon Opera, the south west’s own critically acclaimed
resident professional opera company, bring rising stars of
the opera world, Clare Presland and Ben Kerslake to perform
the two leading roles of Carmen and her ill-fated lover Don
Jose. The company will perform the opera in English over two
nights, Tuesday and Wednesday 26 and 27 July at 7.00pm.
Much more affordable small scale
opera performances have become increasingly popular in
recent years, bringing many wonderful and innovative
productions to a wider audience. The young professional
soloists, Clare and Ben, both graduates from prestigious
music schools, have already notched up appearances in top
venues, both small and large, in this country and overseas
and received accolades for their performances. Seasoned
opera lovers will, of course, be familiar with the many
famous melodies from this all-time favourite work and for
those who have never experienced the thrill of a live
performance this could be the perfect opportunity to become
involved in a compelling drama of love, life and death, with
a distinctly Spanish flavour.
For a really special evening why not include a visit to the
Flavel’s Saveur Cafe who will be putting on their renowned
“All you can eat” £12 hot and cold buffet prior to the show?
Book for this and tickets for the Opera, which cost £23 (£18
for under 18s) at the Flavel Box Office, telephone 01803
839530 or online by
6. Small News
Oh yeah, Oh yeah. Oh
yeah and a lot more! The Town Criers' Competition is
this Sunday from 11.00am in the Royal Avenue Gardens. Criers will
also be competing for The Peter Randall Memorial Cup
which will be awarded to best cry in Dartmouth on
Sunday. Peter, the previous Town Crier died in
2003 and this is the first competition since then.
There will be about 17 criers plus their escorts, from
all the over the west country and beyond,
including David Frith from Bermuda who won the Armada
Cup last year.
There will also be prizes for 2nd and 3rd cry, plus best
dressed crier and best dressed couple. The parade
will be at 10.30am from Bayards Cove Inn along South
Embankment into the bandstand.
being consulted and comprehensively rejecting parking
meters, Devon County Council slipped a small piece into
the local paper that few of us noticed. It looks
like the consultation has started again?
Click here for details. Everyone of us,
residents or visitors, should write to "Reference
HP/B05670, County Solicitor, County Hall, Topsham Road,
Exeter EX2 4QD" and tell them Dartmouth does not want
our Dartmouth News Facebook page and read things
you never knew about Dartmouth! Click on the logo
or click here. Or if you are travelling it's
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Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
Dartmouth B and B
Guide to Dartmouth
Shopping in Dartmouth
Splish, splash, splosh -
loadsamoney!! This Saturday at 11.00am, three members
of Dartmouth Parish Choir are bravely undertaking a
sponsored swim from Stumpy Steps (where the Castle Ferry
stops) to Bayards Cove - and back!! Do come along to
give them support and also some money which will go towards
a new organ for St Petrox Church.
Don't forget to look in at the
Craft Exhibition being held in St Saviour's Church today and
tomorrow (Friday). All sorts of art and craft by local
people is on show - and there are delicious home made
refreshments too!! Open today (Thursday) until 5pm and
tomorrow until 4.30pm.
copyright Dave Cawley,