1. Dartmouth on
2. Lawrence Berry
3. The Comic
5. Small News
1. Dartmouth News
It had to happen! Dartmouth
News is now on Facebook! This news is weekly and as you
know is always a good read with a selection of original
photographs. But occasionally something happens in
Dartmouth that needs to be told immediately, this happened twice
this week. So as and when, and not every day, and with no
stream of adverts, Dartmouth News on Facebook will let you know
what is happening.
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updates as and when.
Remember, we will not bombard you
with stuff, in fact many weeks you won't hear from us at all,
but just occasionally you will get breaking news that you really
Lawrence Berry retires
Many of you will have met
Lawrence who was much more than just the Caretaker at the
Guildhall and latterly acting Market Manager.
Lawrence would open up,
help, move stuff, anything that was required. Lawrence
is a Dartmouthian who often told us of his stories as a lad.
He explored the many underground tunnels connecting
different parts of Dartmouth, now sadly all blocked off.
Lawrence wanted to take
up photography and with the help of Chris (often seen in the
Windjammer) bought an upmarket Canon DSLR. Shown
here is our Town Mayor presenting Lawrence with a Dartmouth
Town plaque for his 21 years' service. The Dartmouth
dot TV crew wish you well Lawrence, see you in the
The Comic Strip Presents
Who remembers "Five Go Mad in
Dorset" from 1982? Lashings of Ginger
They are back and were filming
in Dartmouth this week, if you had Dartmouth News on
Facebook you would have known! The Comic Strip is producing
a one-off special entitled "The Hunt for Tony Blair". This
is a spoof set in the 50's and you will see numerous local
people as extras.
The 60minute film is penned by
Peter Richardson and Pete Richens and follows Prime Minister
Tony Blair (Stephen Mangan), wanted for murder and on the
run. Escaping from Number 10 and leaving behind his adoring
wife Cherie (Catherine Shepherd), Tony vows to clear his
name no matter what the consequences.
But on a foggy London night, Tony has few friends willing to
harbour a wanted man and with front pages demanding his
capture, Blair has no choice but to go on the run, with
Inspector Hutton (Robbie Coltrane) and his sidekick (James
Buckley) hot on his trail. The chase unfolds thanks to
evidence gleaned from his ‘allies' Mandelson (Nigel Planer)
and Brown (Ford Kiernan), as well as an unlikely encounter
with Margaret Thatcher (Jennifer Saunders - a la Bette
Davies in ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane'). Surely Tony's
an innocent man, pursued for a crime he didn't commit?
The cast also includes Harry Enfield as Alistair Campbell,
Rik Mayall as Professor Predictor, Morgana Robinson as Carol
Caplin, John Sessions as Thatcher's butler and Ross Noble as
an ‘old Labour' Tramp.
Kingswear Regatta soon!
Kingswear Village Regatta is to
take place on Jubilee Park at the end of Waterhead Creek
over the weekend of July 23rd and 24th this year. It is now
in its sixth year in its current format and promises to
provide another fun-filled weekend for families with members
of all ages, including four-legged ones !
As usual, the event will centre around rowing races on
Waterhead Creek, organised by Kingswear Rowing Club. Some
are purely for fun (why not have a go ?!) with a best
fancy-dress prize on offer. Some are naturally a little bit
more serious but always good-natured. Once the rowing heats
get underway at 9.30 on Saturday, July 23rd, there will be a
display of beautiful vintage and classic cars owned locally,
weather permitting of course. This will be followed by the
ever popular dog show with an agility display and four
events in both an adult class and for owners under 12 years
of age. Contact Daphne Hine-Haycock by
clicking here to enter.
A new event for Saturday this year is a fun five-a-side
football tournament from 1pm. The emphasis is definitely on
the fun as all players must wear nighties ! Contact Chris
clicking here for more information. Hot and cold
drinks are available from 9.30am and a licensed bar from
11am. The Wright BBQ will be serving bacon butties and you
can pre-order a jug of Pimms for Sunday.
The main Regatta fete takes place on Sunday, July 24th with
family picnics on the grass, stalls, games and the rowing
finals which start at 10.30 am and culminate in the
Dartmouth versus Kingswear Grand Challenge Race early in the
afternoon. Non-stop entertainment will include the Duck
Race, adult fencing and junior taekwondo demonstrations by
local clubs, a Punch and Judy show and a musical performance
from Kingswear Primary School children. There will be a
range of catering to suit all tastes – cream teas from the
W.I., Manna from Heaven pizzas, a Fountain Violet Lamb spit
roast, the Wright BBQ, the Dartmouth Ice Cream Co. and a
licensed bar from 11am.
The Childrens’ and Adults’ Raffle will be drawn at 3.45pm
and the Duck Race prizes awarded. The event then moves up
the road to Kingswear Village Hall for the main prize-giving
at 5.30pm. Afterwards there will be music from a local band
‘Three Bags Full’ and a barbecue at the Ship Inn next to the
hall. Why not come along and enjoy the fun !! If you have
any items for the raffle or tombola please call Gill Davies
on 01803 752613 or email by
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
6. Small News
James Brown of
Browns Hotel reports: Several of you have spotted that
we have started to put Hot Tapas specials on the
blackboard in the evenings to complement the Tapas
platters and boards that we already do in the bar. This
week you could have 1/2 hoop of spicy chorizo, sweet
potato chips and a rocket salad or lamb patties,
flatbread and salad. Both dishes are under £10. Good
food costs less at Browns!
reports: The present electronic organ at St Petrox is
two years past its "use by" date The St Petrox DCC has
agreed to endeavour to replace the present instrument
with a pipe-organ. This is an exciting prospect, from
the musical point of view, but also means that we could
leave something in place for 100 years, rather than the
usual 20+ years for another electronic instrument.
However, it will come with a significant price-tag,
perhaps in the region of about £20k.
Our first major fund-raising effort takes place in The
Royal Avenue Gardens on Saturday 6th August when we
shall hold a Summer Fayre from 10 a.m.
All are welcome at
the annual Sea Sunday service this Sunday 10 July at
6.30pm in St Petrox Church, a special service for a town
with such a strong maritime history. The
collection will be donated to the Mission to Seafarers.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley,
Jill Cawley, Kevin Pyne,