1.  It were loverly

2.  Dartmouth Academy Art

3.   Indoor Swimming Pool

4.   Paul Marels retires

5.   Small News




1.  It were loverly :  A poem by Kevin Pyne

There’s a buzz about
The river this morning
With all kinds of boats
Going this and that a way
With the harbour being in its
Best summer colours
That it keeps for such warm
Beautiful June River days

A tug was secured to
Number 3A buoy
And a sail training ship
Was alongside the town jetty
Whilst a pile driving barge
Just up from Falmouth
Was being made ready
To drive piles over at Hodown
Deep into the bed of the estuary

There was large private yacht
Made fast fore and aft off the
And although perhaps not the
Biggest of private craft that
The harbour has sheltered
In modern times
What she lost by being a few
Metres shorter than some others
Was made up by having
Exceptionally fine lines
Two sailing trawlers slipped out
On the ebb tide
As did a handful of sailing boats
On passage as well
With the wind being most suitable
For a quick channel crossing
Without anyone being sea sick
As there was little if any swell

The ferries went backwards
And forwards
As the boatmen had a natter before
Staring their busy day
And a pretty young woman smiled
And said “good morning”
On what turned out to be the very
Best of fresh green summer days


2.  Dartmouth Academy art students show off

Daniel Ewings is a student with a future. In his own right he is an accomplished photographer whose photographs took the eye of our professional photographer and also a painter as this tribute (above bottom right) to Andy Warhol shows only too well!  Dan is considering studying architecture at Uni soon and we wish him the very best of luck.

The Dartmouth Academy Summer Exhibition at the Flavel contains an outstanding selection of all the students' GCSE and A Level Art and Design work, with a whole range of media, techniques and processes, including books produced by the students which would enhance any coffee table!  No wonder the Academy has special visual arts status!

The exhibition is on until 20th June and is open during normal Flavel opening hours - don't miss it!

Due to logistical issues were we forced to use an iPhone 4 instead of a professional Nikon camera for this news item, not bad though?  Normal service might be resumed next week!

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3.   Dartmouth indoor heated swimming pool

Councillor John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, officially announced the promise of £1.5 million pounds for the Dartmouth Indoor Heated Pool to Sir Geoffrey Newman last Friday.  Shown here (l to r) are Sir Geoffrey Newman, Chairman of the Indoor Pool trustees, Councillor John Hart, Michael Crowson, pool trustee and Councillor Dave Cawley, Dartmouth's Deputy Mayor.

With the £1.5M from Devon County Council, £400K from South Hams District Council together with a gift of the £200K plot of land, and up to £250K from Dartmouth Town Council, Sir Geoffrey told us that with other donations, the capital funding is now fully in place.

The new Dartmouth Academy might operate the site and this could be the key to the necessary ongoing revenue stream requirement.  We can't wait, but we have to!


4.   Paul Marels retires

Well known face about the town, PC Paul Marels has retired after 30 years police service, 20 of which have been spent in Dartmouth, where he lives with his family.

Inspector Andy Tomlinson paid tribute to Paul's long service and in recognition of his contribution to the town, Town Mayor, Councillor Paul Allen presented Paul with an official town plaque and the whole council wished him well in his retirement.

We understand that after the presentation Inspector Andy Tomlinson and colleague Iain Simons took Paul out for a drink or two!


6.   Small News

  • Saturday 11th June – BRNC Volunteer Band – 2pm-4pm. Tea and cakes and a band concert in Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

  • The Death of Sherlock Holmes

    This summer, the exciting Miracle Theatre Company is touring the West Country with one of the best Sherlock Holmes mysteries - a period thriller containing a large measure of comedy and a sting in its tail! The Death of Sherlock Holmes, written and directed by Bill Scott, is to be performed in the beautiful gardens of Fingals Hotel near Dittisham.

    It’s a dangerous time for Sherlock Holmes as he stumbles upon a most ingenious crime whilst preparing for his final battle with the criminal mastermind Moriarty. Faced with a web of questionable motives, bizarre weapons and devilish disguises, Sherlock and Watson head off at breakneck speed on a trail which leads from 221b Baker Street, via the Swiss Alps, to a suburban sťance bursting with paranormal goings on.

    The performance takes place on Wednesday 15th June. Tickets are £15 each and you need to book in advance on 01803 722398. There are a few tickets left for a Pre-Show Dinner costing £20 per head - booking is essential for this.  Dinner will be at 6pm with the performance starting at 8pm.  Please come in warm clothing and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. The bar will be open and there will be a collection for the Mental Health Charity MIND, through the Mongolian Adventure which takes place in July and August this year.

    There's also a performance of the Death of Sherlock Holmes at The Flavel on Tuesday 14th June at 7.30pm


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