1. HMS St Albans
3. Hamilton & his
4. The way I see
5. Small News
Wildfire welcomes Rioja winemaker
Dart Marina’s Wildfire Bar &
Bistro in Dartmouth will welcome special guest Roberto
Ijalba Perez, from the Ermita de San Felices estate in Spain
to a Wine Tasting Luncheon on Thursday 14th April from
12:30pm. Throughout the event, Roberto will share his
stories, knowledge and experience of making Rioja, and will
be on hand to answer questions about the art and tradition
Chris Jones from Dart Marina
comments: “This promises to be a wonderful lunch - Roberto
is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable winemakers
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and his passion for Rioja
is obvious. I was lucky enough to visit the Rioja region of
Spain to explore the area in depth and to taste some amazing
wines, but I always feel there is so much more to discover.
Ermita Rioja is one of our most popular wines and so we are
really excited that Roberto will be here in Dartmouth to
meet and talk about his love of Rioja.” Tom Woods, head chef
at Dart Marina has created a three-course menu bursting with
local, seasonal ingredients such as hand dived scallops from
Start Bay, Blackawton lamb and Westcountry cheeses. Each
course will feature a specially chosen Ermita Rioja, and a
description of the wine from Roberto will bring each glass
Amuse bouche and Gran Bach Cava
will be served at 12:30pm before the Wine Tasting Luncheon
starts at 1pm. For the full menu
A limited number of places are available, tickets are £30
each; to book please call Wildfire on 01803 837180.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Hamilton and his band perform in Dartmouth at the Music
Festival May 6th.
When Hamilton Loomis was 16 in
1992, his mom took him to Rockefeller's in Houston to see Bo
Diddley. During the intermission, Ham went backstage to get
Bo Diddley to sign Hamilton’s guitar case. He took his
guitar out of the case and played some Bo Diddley and saw
his reaction. He said "that's pretty good son...do some
more". So he did some more and he liked it. So during the
2nd set, Hamilton was sitting right up front and Bo saw him
and said "there's a young man who played for me back stage.
Come up and play a tune with me". Hamilton hopped up, the
rhythm player gave him his guitar, and they played a song.
When they were done, he said "boy, I’m scared of you...I’m
gonna break yo fingers". Then he took his hat off his head
and put it on Ham’s.
Later, Hamilton went backstage
to thank Bo and he gave Ham his home phone number. He said
to call him and that they should record together. Hamilton
called him a couple weeks later Bo invited Ham’s family to
his house in Albuquerque. Hamilton went out there and
recorded a couple demos in his studio with his then
producer, Scott Free, who wrote some tunes for him including
"Slow Lover" or “Ain’t Just Temporary”. There at his house,
he tried to give Ham his bbq pit; his cat, and actually did
give him a washtub bass, which he painted for Ham complete
with his signature and a big "H".
Bo Diddley then invited Ham to
tour with him. Together they did like 6 or 8 shows. During
those shows, Ham spent so much time sitting and listening to
Bo Diddley tell stories of the biz back when he was starting
out. Bo would share with Ham advice on the music business,
and Ham would listen to him for hours and learn, learn,
learn. In 2007, Hamilton was on a tour in Florida
(where Bo lived until he passed away) and stopped by his
house and jammed. They wrote "You Got To Wait" and he took
it home and added words and arranged it. Hamilton played it
back for Bo and he gave him his blessing, "son, you got it
right". As far as we know, it's the last recorded song Bo
Diddley was on before he had his stroke in 2008.
The way I see it – Solo Exhibition by Devon Artist Gill Cox
Gill has gained a reputation as
a specialist in colour and light, covering a wide range of
subject matter spanning many years. Self taught, ex art
teacher, she now concentrates purely on her God given talent
of painting for her own pleasure in celebration of regaining
her sight after the danger of becoming blind a few years
ago. Hence her choice of title The Way I see it'.
Her first of several Exhibitions planned for this year
begins at The Flavel for 2 weeks from Monday 28th March -
11th April 10.00am – 5.00pm daily where she will be
showcasing a diverse painterly selection of her work in
Watercolour, Oil and Acrylic chosen from her extensive
Portfolio, some of which can be seen on her website by
6. Small News
Jo Hampshire, senior
officer of the Charities Commission said recently of the
Dartmouth Trust that if
" the purposes of the charity were not appropriate / had
failed due to e.g. social and economic circumstances,
then they should conduct a public consultation, not only
with the beneficiary charities but also the
public/residents in Dartmouth. "
It is thought that a group of people will hold this in
late May and announce it in early May. Doing this
would enable reasonable rents to be achieved and also
maintain the Trust's Charitable and Tax status.
Read what the Dartmouth Chronicle had to say by
Annual Fashion Show is on Wednesday 6 April at The
Flavel with new season outfits from Danielli, Dreams,
Mistral and Starburst
The evening also includes the finalist catwalk for the
Dartmouth Academy Fashion Student of the Year Award.
Twelve finalists were selected from the Academy’s own
student show to present their outfits once more in front
of the judges at the Dartmouth Caring Show. The winner
will be announced on the evening. Raffle tickets will
also be sold on the night for some wonderful prizes.
Tickets cost £20 each and include a gift bag to take
home plus delicious savoury and sweet delights by
Saveurs to enjoy at a seated table whilst watching the
show. They are available at each of the shops taking
part or the Dartmouth Caring office, opposite the
Medical Practice entrance. Proceeds from funds raised go
towards the charity for use in its community support.
Please do come along and enjoy the event with us, doors
open at 6.30pm.
reports: This weekend we have the following: Friday 25th
March – James Harris and Mick Jones playing light jazz –
from 8pm : Saturday 26th March – Local singer and
songwriter Mark Ely will be playing a selection of his
own material and well known favourites – from 8.30pm.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
Dartmouth B and B
Guide to Dartmouth
Shopping in Dartmouth
Donald Lang reports: 'Dart in
Transition' at 10am on Saturday 2nd of April at the Flavel
Centre, where we'll be talking about the 'Transition'
movement, which started in Totnes less than 5 years ago yet
has already inspired over 180 Transition initiatives in
Britain and 380 worldwide.
'Transition' has often been featured in the media, from 'In
Business' on BBC Radio 4 and The One Show to Al Jazeera TV.
In Totnes it has created 59 'Transition Streets groups,
produced 10 short films, put 74 solar panels on the Town
Hall roof (saving the Council £5,500 per year) and brought
100's of visitors and well over £100,000 into the local
economy. Perhaps that's why Totnes Town Council recently
voted unanimously to become the first official 'Transition
Town Council' in the UK! Local Dart projects include
affordable self-build eco-home developments in several local
villages, community owned care homes, our sustainable
inshore fishing project (with South Devon College at Noss)
and the proposed Dartmouth to St Malo 60 metre sailing
passenger ferry! (Yes, really!) Why not come along and see
if Transition thinking has some answers for you. We hope to
see you there!'
copyright Dave Cawley,