1. Froward Point
2. Live in
3. Beginners on
4. Small News
Froward Point Retains Rescue Readiness
Institution's lookout station at Inner Froward Point, at the
mouth of the river Dart, manned completely by volunteers,
has been tested for rescue readiness in 2012 and passed the
stiff annual test with flying colours. This means that, as
in previous years, the Froward Point NCI station retains its
status as a fully fledged part of the integrated Search and
Rescue services. The technical terms is that it has retained
its “Declared Facility Status”.
Sunday 14 March 2012, the day of the annual assessment,
dawned a bright, sunny day, and the first watch of three of
the half a dozen on duty that day of Froward Point NCI's
volunteer force of almost 70 watchkeepers headed to the
lookout, the refurbished and re-equipped battery observation
post from the old Brownstone Battery, a second world war
facility designed to defend Dartmouth and the Devon coast to
Start Point. With them were Station Manager, Mervyn Balson
and Deputy Training Manager Peter Keil, both there to
observe the two watches of three watchkeepers and assess
them on the procedures and practices of the station. Jeremy
Linn from the MCA's Brixham Coastguard Station was an
important observer. Coastguard representation at these
assessments is vital, because NCI works with the Coastguard
and helps them with local expert co-ordination.
NCI's internal assessor, Ann
Channing, observed and tested all aspects of station
operations, looking at the teamwork and competence of the
volunteers whilst guiding Dart Lifeboat by radio onto seven
different simulated casualties. Ann was impressed throughout
with the quiet teamwork, and the knowledge of the area
demonstrated by the two watches.
Asked for his reaction to the clean bill of health for the
station, Mervyn Balson said “We have a great team. I'd have
expected nothing less than the calm and efficient work the
two watches put in today. Our volunteer watchkeepers work
well under pressure, and give a great service to the boating
and walking public alike. I'm proud of them.”
As well as the RNLI and the Coastguard, the volunteers at
Froward Point NCI also work with the other emergency
services to assist with incidents and other requests for
help on the coast path. The membership, volunteers to the
last man and woman, has a wide local knowledge, as visitors
to the lookout station at Inner Froward Point find out when
they drop in during their walks.
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely
voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK
shores, and a registered charity, number 1045645. NCI
watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast,
monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in
poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies,
offering a variety of skills and experience and full
training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met. The
station at Inner Froward Point costs just under £10,000 a
year to run, all funded by donations. It has a web site
to see it.
NCI Froward Point maintains a visual watch every day of the
year, broadly during the hours of daylight.
2. Live in
Ten long years ago the current
owners of Dartmouth dot TV opened a new Holiday Cottage
letting company focusing on four star properties. One
of the most frequent questions was "what is it like to live
in Dartmouth?" We used to say come and stay for 6
months or so. This gives time to find the part of
Dartmouth you might like, in the town near the bars,
in a creek for seclusion, or on top of the hill for views
and multiple parking. Rushing into a mad 'holiday
moment' purchase isn't going to work, Dartmouth is small but
it has separate areas with separate feels. Living here
for six months or so will give you an understanding of how
Some property is
available for six months or longer, and some like the one
featured here not only allows you to experience living in
Dartmouth and find your ideal home, but can be rented for
much longer, years in fact, or even purchased with a complete
refund of your rent if you like it. This is a bit like
a test drive, only much longer and with no obligation.
Number 10 Broadstone is
a two/three floor apartment which is part of Pilgrim House
and a stone's throw from The Royal Avenue Gardens, two
minutes from the river, and two minutes from the 14 bars and
numerous restaurants and shops. With two bathrooms,
bedrooms and considerable potential for a large office or
playroom in the carpeted and decorated attic area, space
isn't an issue at all! And it even has an outside
courtyard/barbeque area too.
Click here to see it or
click here to download the brochure. Remember, the
rent shown is per month, not per week!
To see the floor plan
click here, the attic area is carpeted, decorated has
many windows, numerous power sockets, lighting and even a
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Beginners on tonight!
Director: Mike Mills :
Actors: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer : 105 minutes :
Cert. 15. : Comedy/Drama/Romance
Oliver Fields (Ewan McGregor),
is a 38-year-old graphic designer working in Los Angeles. He
is first seen sorting through someone’s possessions, getting
rid of endless bottles of pills, throwing out plastic bags.
The year very specifically is 2003, Bush is president, and
Oliver's father, Hal (Christopher Plummer) has just died of
cancer at the age of 79. As Oliver sorts through his
parent’s memorabilia, we learn about a key fact that shaped
their lives: Hal was a homosexual. When Georgia, his wife,
died, Hal came out of the closet, initially shocking his son
by his frankness. Hal found a younger lover, Andy, and threw
himself into the gay community. He then enjoyed a remarkable
Indian summer of happiness before stoically living with
cancer in his final months.
Beginners is immensely moving, funny and involving, the
acting beyond reproach, with Christopher Plummer bringing
wit, compassion and grace to the role of Hal.
Films are screened at The
Guildhall, Victoria Road, Dartmouth. The bar is open from
7.00pm and the films start at 7.30pm Guest tickets are
available on the night for £4.00 each from “The Windjammer”
Victoria Road between 7.00pm & 7.25pm only. No guest tickets
will be sold on the door. For more information call Clive Osborne on: Tel. 07968
4. Small News
Grand Opening of
Engine 1712 plaza : Tuesday May 22nd 5.00 pm in Royal
Avenue Gardens Dartmouth
Refurbished Newcomen engine house and new garden will be
opened by Alvin Smith inventor of the Searaser wave
pump. Join in the filming of dance routine “Steam Heat”
by Dartmouth school of dance pupils
Dance in Devon.
South Devon Dance Compass and Active Villages are
looking for dancers of all ages and abilities to take
part in a performance in Stoke Fleming on the 20th May
in celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay passing
through South Devon.
The idea is to get as many different people from the
community moving together as possible, and to have fun!
So whether you are 9 or 99 and want to dance sitting
down, or maybe you have never danced before and fancy
giving it ago. Come, bring your children, parents
grandparents and even your friends, join in the fun and
show the rest of the county our community spirit!
The group will meet on Monday 23rd, 30th April and 14th
May 6 till 7.30pm and then on Saturday 19th May from
10am till 1pm and Sunday 20th May from 10am for the
performance. For more information contact Claire
Summers, Area Dance Ambassador on 07864 168663 or email
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The photo above and on the
index part at the top of this page were taken 10 days ago and
show why The Royal Avenel Gardens are so very special to us.
Thanks to SHDC for maintaining such beautiful gardens for us.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley,