1.   Dartmouth in Bloom

2.   Dartmouth Books

3.   Hot Stuff !

4.   Small News




1.  Dartmouth in Bloom wins so many Gold's !

Dartmouth has a culture of flowers and beauty and although the Britain in Bloom judging was in July, all the photos above were taken last Sunday and show what a great place Dartmouth really is! 

Tessa de Galleani reports:  Dartmouth has produced floral displays for 33 years and has won a gold awards for most of these years. Recently Dartmouth Town Council has given grants of £5k to enable the Dartmouth in Bloom group to widen its work. This small group of volunteers who call themselves the “bloomers”, has won 5 awards and a prestigious gold flag at the South West in Bloom awards' ceremony in Newquay. These are the RHS "In your Neighbourhood" awards for Britannia Wood and for St John the Baptist School and also two Discretionary Awards; the Abbiss Cup presented to our Town Gardening team for the Best Municipal Horticultural Display, and Dartmouth Foss Street which won the Southwest in Bloom award Amberol Cup for the Best Business Floral Display.   The best news of all is Dartmouth is back to its winning ways by winning the Gold Cup!

This is all good news and hidden behind the headline is a much bigger success. Our small town council has backed and supported this small group of individuals. This has in turn has helped the local economy as the town is a firm favourite on the tourist map. Visitors come to see the flower tubs and hanging basket in our floral lined streets. For years Foss Street has encouraged visitors to amble along its stunningly beautiful retail street and this year it has been rewarded by winning the award as the best in the South West.

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2.  Dartmouth Books still available in the town

It is desperately sad news that the Harbour Bookshop will finally be closing its doors towards the end of this month and that local authors and publishers will now have to find new outlets for their books.

However, Dartmouth's very own publisher Richard Webb is happy to announce that he has been able to team up with Adam Edsall at White Sails Gallery (opposite the Harbour Bookshop) who has offered to become Dartmouth's main stockist for all of Richard's titles. "I am delighted that as one sad chapter closes another new and exciting one opens" said Richard as he made the announcement.

White Sails Gallery has always had a close relationship with photographer Nigel Evans who started the gallery with his wife Elaine nearly 10 years ago.  As a result the gallery has always sold signed copies of Nigel's 'Reflections of Dartmouth' and now his new book 'Reflections of the South Hams', alongside the photographer's stunning prints of the local landscape. But from Saturday the gallery will also be selling all of Richard's other main titles, such as 'the Chronicles of Dartmouth' and 'Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth - An Illustrated History'.

"The loss of the bookshop is a bitter blow for the whole town", said Adam, "but we are now looking forward and are happy to be able to continue to promote Dartmouth's own publisher and its authors through this new partnership."  To see more Dartmouth Books click here.


3.   Hot Stuff !

Steve Waters reports: We are very pleased to announce the official opening of our new cafe and farm shop on our Chilli farm:  "The view from the new cafe is wonderful. Our customers have been saying what a difference the new shop and cafe have made " The new building has taken 12 months to complete and has resulted in a bright, airy and welcoming space for eating, drinking and shopping. The shop shelves are filled with chilli preserves, sauces and chocolates made on-site with chillies grown on the farm. The shop also stocks a range of chilli-based products from other chilli specialists (UK-based and abroad).

Customers visiting the farm can enjoy tasters of all the South Devon Chilli Farm range of products and wander through the chilli display area featuring over 100 varieties of chilli plants. The farm is free to visit and is open all year. The café is available for special events and there are plans to add evening opening in the near future.  The new cafe has an array of chilli-themed dishes as well as traditional Devon café options such as cakes, Cream Teas, pasties and jacket potatoes. For chilli fans, the menu includes Mexican dishes such as Burritos, Quesadillas and an ever-changing list of spicy specials. South Devon Chilli farm can be found near Kingsbridge, on the B3196 just north of Loddiswell. There is ample parking with a large disabled parking area immediately outside the shop.  Click here for more.


4.   Small News

  • Next week's news might be a bit late as a build up of coincidences have made some of our reporters and photographers away at different times, expect it next Saturday.  So send in any stories now?

  • Alan Spencer reports: Adrian Booker and Tessa are both sadly wrong!! The Photo ( click here to see it ) was taken in the winter of 93/94. If you look at the photo you will see that the "New" Amenity hut is in place and all the big trees have been removed from the centre of the gardens. The amenity hut appears not to have been finished at this time as there seems to be a sheet of ply where the serving hatch is! In 1989 the Regatta Committee christened their new Whalers and if you look at the photos of that event you will see that all the old trees and tarmac are in place so that makes the photo post that time. Indeed I have a photo in my possession that was taken of the ceremony by our old mate Kevin Pyne from the roof of the old "Swimming Hut". So there!!!

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  • Remember, all the photographs you see here (not the header image) were taken this week, no library shots here!


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