1.   Froward Point

2.   Live in Dartmouth?

3.   Beginners on tonight!

4.   Small News




1.  Froward Point Retains Rescue Readiness

National Coastwatch 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 click here to see it.
NCI Froward Point maintains a visual watch every day of the year, broadly during the hours of daylight.


2.   Live in Dartmouth ?

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 Dartmouth works.

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, four 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 sink!

Why not come down for the weekend, or even a week?

Self catering accommodation click here

Dartmouth B and B  click here

Dartmouth Hotels click here

A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

Shopping in Dartmouth click here

Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


3.   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 026449


4.   Small News

  • Grand Opening of Newcomen
    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 by clicking here.

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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.

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