1.   Mansion for sale

2.   Sugary Green saved

3.   Classic Channel Regatta

4.   Summer @ Browns

5.   Small News




1.  River Dart Mansion For sale -  £6,000 o.n.o.

Colin Cadle tells us this fascinating tale:  Freehold Property, 33 Acres, sub-tropical gardens, overlooking the River Dart - £6000 o.n.o.! (Country Life - August 1938)

The box contained 42 Agatha Christie paperbacks that my wife Jan had enjoyed and collected over the years. It lay there on the grass amongst countless other unwanted items we were trying to sell at a boot fair. We were in the process of de-cluttering prior to embarking on the romantic dream of moving home from our native Kent to the West Country of our childhood holidays. Jan has always loved Agatha Christie but at the time my own disinterest in reading meant that I only received limited doses of her output which were spoon-fed to me by David Suchet and friends on television. So, when a rather scruffy old man offered a fiver to take the whole box I was quite delighted.

Our move took us first to Dorset and a year or so later to Dartmouth but it was the next move to Torquay which started to spark my own interest in the great lady and her writing. Discovering that we were living close to the birthplace of the writer somehow excited me but it was the National Trust's announcement that it was to restore Agatha's country retreat Greenway to its former glory which really ignited my interest. The very distinctive Georgian mansion is situated only a few miles from Torquay but yet another move to the nearby village of Stoke Gabriel took us even closer to living near to the house. Early in 2008, although I had no idea at the time, I had started suffering the effects of a blood cancer called Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I had already started having tests and the worry of having to forego an unexpected CAT scan threw up its fair share of sleep deprived nights. It was during one of my 3am wanderings around the house that I randomly pulled out the August 1938 edition of 'Country Life' magazine from a job lot of we had recently picked up in a Truro flea market. I started flicking through advertisements for what would today be amazingly inexpensive houses when my eye was drawn to a handsome property with a price tag of £6,000 being offered as "suitable for First Class Hotel or Residential Club" and adding that the property was "overlooking the River Dart". I suddenly realised that I was staring at a house which looked remarkably like it could be Greenway.

Robyn Brown is the very busy Estate Manager for four local National Trust properties including Greenway. The day after my discovery I emailed to tell her about my lucky find and was delighted to hear that in all their records and ephemera they had never come across this advertisement before. Jan and I were naturally very happy to donate the whole magazine into the care of the Trust and Robyn promised in return that she would be pleased to personally show us around the house when it was opened to the public the following year. A few days later our worst fears were realised and on the day before Good Friday I received the news that I had been diagnosed with cancer. Chemotherapy was due to start within a week or so and although I was determined to launch into the ordeal with a 'glass half full' attitude we had no idea at the time what the eventual outcome would be. With such an uncertain future ahead I explained my situation to Robyn Brown and despite her huge workload and to her immense credit within two days Jan and I were donning hard hats and high visibility jackets and enjoying a whole hour's personally guided tour of Greenway at the height of its renovations. I must admit it felt quite surreal standing in Agatha Christie's bedroom in a bright yellow hard hat. A huge bonus on the day of our visit was being allowed to view the hundreds of artefacts and collectables from the house which were being stored in a number of high security Portakabins and meeting some of the conservators and volunteers who were painstakingly cleaning, restoring and documenting some of the fascinating objects which had helped turn Agatha Christie's house into a home.

Today things have turned full circle. I am thankfully two and a half years into remission and a big convert to reading at every opportunity. We have also started to collect once again what we hope will eventually be a complete set of Agatha Christie novels but it would be too easy to simply buy them from bookshops or online so in order to add a fun factor to the collecting we have ruled that the books may only be sourced from charity shops or boot fairs. If our scruffy car boot buyer of ten years ago had a similar plan at the time then I guess that the twinkle in his eye was a secret acknowledgement that he had struck a rich seam of literary gold! © Colin Cadle - 2011 :  Readers might remember it was Colin who founded Dartmouth dot TV.  You can catch the Greenway Ferry from Dartmouth and visit the Mansion, click here for further details.


2.  Sugary Green saved!

The outstanding natural beauty of Sugary Green (near Castle Cove, Dartmouth) and its breathtaking view of the mouth of the river Dart have been protected forever.

When a major development of the site, with infrastructure and parking, was proposed in 2009, local publisher Richard Webb formed The Friends of Sugary Green, an action group with well over a hundred members, some from as far away as London and Australia, to safeguard this open space. An application was then made to Devon County Council to register it as an official Town or Village Green under the Commons Act 2006. After nearly two years of battling red tape - and even an objection from South Hams District Council – welcome news has just come through that the application has at last been successful.

Richard Webb says, `The Friends have given support and encouragement throughout and I am delighted that we have finally achieved our goal. Sugary Green is now legally protected from development and will remain a very special and peaceful place for present and future generations to enjoy. `

Local resident and dog walker Mrs Rosemary Caddy adds: `What wonderful news – the peace and serenity of Sugary Green means a great deal to so many. I would like to thank everybody who expressed support and especially Richard for so patiently conducting such a long and successful campaign on our behalf. 
The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, gave valuable advice throughout the process. The society’s case officer, Nicola Hodgson, says, ‘We congratulate the applicant and local people on the successful registration of Sugary Green. The land will now be preserved for use and enjoyment by the people of Dartmouth, now and for evermore.’

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3.   Classic Channel Regatta 2011

The 2011 Classic Channel Regatta is taking place during the week 25th June to 2nd July.  Approximately 40 Classic Yachts, including crews from France, will be moored in River Dart by Saturday morning before commencement of the week long Regatta. The Royal Dart Yacht Club looks forward to hosting the fleet of beautiful Yachts including the return of Kelpie, who participated in the first Classic Channel Regatta in 2005, when she was based in the River Dart and remembered by many local residents with affection.  Kelpie was built in 1903, a gaff cutter which has recently completed an extensive restoration returning her to her original rig and layout.  Also to welcoming the President of the Yacht Club Classique, Jean-Christian Fandeux and his 60’ Khayyam built in 1939 and raced and cruised extensively in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Mediterranean.

This is the fourth Classic Channel Regatta which is run every two years and brings together English and French yachts. The event will follow the popular and successful course of the previous Regattas, starting in Dartmouth, then sailing to Paimpol in France and on to St Peter Port in Guernsey.

In Dartmouth, there will be two days of racing in Start Bay on Saturday and Sunday before a Parade of Sail and the start of the Classic Channel Race to Paimpol on Monday afternoon. The parade of sail will take place in the River Dart and commence at 2pm on Monday 27th June – starting by the Higher Ferry and proceeding past the Embankment - a great opportunity to watch such a fine fleet of beautiful classic yachts.

From Paimpol the yachts will take part in the Round Brehat Island Race on the Thursday, followed by a quayside picnic and then an afternoon race back to Paimpol. Then again from Paimpol there will be the passage race up to St Peter Port on the Friday and the Classic Round Sark Race on the final Saturday. The Regatta will be concluded with a prizegiving party at the historic Castle Cornet at the entrance of the harbour.


4.   Summer @ Browns

James reports:  Celebrate Bastille Day at Browns July 14th
We are delighted to have been chosen by the Bordeaux Wine Council to support their "Good food would choose Bordeaux" wine campaign. Their support means that we can push the boat out with the menu, be more generous with the pouring and let you taste some rather nice wines. Vive La France! Our menu is as follows:

Start Bay broth - Lobster, scallops, bass, squid, cooked en papillote
Lightly smoked warm carpaccio of beef - with summer beans and duck fat chips
A cheese board of 20 artisan cheeses - you choose
A tasting plate of desserts
Coffee and petit fours
Each course will be served with a glass of wine.

Chateau Haut Maginet Bordeaux blanc
Chateau Doisy-Daene Sec
Chateau Terrefort Lescalle
Chateau Mauchamp Cru Bourgeoise Superior
Chateau Mountaiguillon St E milion
Chateau Crabitan Bellevue, St Croix-di-Mont

The ticket price is £45pp to include all the wine and food. Don't worry if you only like white or red wine, we will cater for you albeit with slightly less choice.


6.   Small News

  • Angus reports: "Bayards Cove Inn is opening Saturday 25th June and Sunday 26th June for our tapas evening launch. Food being served 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Come down and try our tapas and enjoy a free glass of sangria! We will be having live music with Roger Styles on Sunday 26th from 6:30pm. We will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from the 1st July and throughout the summer, with live music every Sunday."

  • The Dart Marina just e-mailed this really rather good offer : Enjoy a 2 night break at the Dart Marina and explore all that Dartmouth and the South Hams has to offer.

    Midweek Break £320.00  Weekend Break £360.00 Our 2 night break is inclusive of accommodation, breakfast, use of the leisure facilities and VAT. Prices above are based on 2 people sharing a standard double room. Offer is available between Sunday 26th June and Thursday 28th July

    To take advantage of this offer, please call us on 01803 837120 and quote 'Summer in the South Hams' Check out their website by clicking here?

  • David Hartland writes in: As a Wiltshireman living in Chippenham, I so love receiving your Dartmouth newsletter. My wife and I visit once a quarter and are always made to feel so welcome. The mix of seriously wealthy people and true Dartmouth born families works remarkably well! Thank you.


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