1. Dartmouth in
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.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
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
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
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
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.
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?
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!
ferries than you could throw a stick at!
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