1.   Discover Dartmouth

2.   SpinDrift Dance

3.   Blazing Saddles

4.   Bowjangles performance

5.   Small News




1.  Discover Dartmouth

The Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre reports: Discover Dartmouth – the guide produced by Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre for visitors – was launched  on Tuesday. 2011 was a big year for Dartmouth tourism with 160,000 visitors visiting the TIC Centre for advice and help.

‘We give positive support to local businesses,’ said TIC Director Roger Jordan. ‘With so many people using our services we are the main way in which visitors gain information about Dartmouth and this guide is a big part of that.  We support all of the town’s events to help them be as successful as possible.  We are also delighted Pete Callis, round-the-world yachtsman, has provided a foreword to the guide – he says in all the world there is nowhere he would rather be.’

Dartmouth TV boss Dave Cawley adds "The days of 400 men crossing the river each morning to work at the Noss Shipyard have long gone.  With so few available industrial units in Dartmouth (and they are often 4 times the price of other towns) Dartmouth needs tourism to sustain its economy.  Tourism is now more Internet led, even by the "silver surfers".  A point of presence is essential to allow visitors to Dartmouth to get first hand advice on how to maximise their enjoyment of the area, and that is where the Tourist Information Centre next to the Royal Avenue Gardens really works well.  I do hope the Dartmouth Town Council, South Hams District Council and Devon County Council will all provide yearly cash funding for this valuable organisation"  Call in or telephone 01803 834224 to get your copy!


2 SpinDrift Dance

SpinDrift is a stronghold of seven local talented dancers and dance makers, co-directed by Sam Dukes and Suzie West, producing high energy, expressive and beautifully poignant work. The company focus their work in three areas; professional, community and education within the South West. They successfully mix engaging topics with many dance forms and multi media formats.

They will be presenting five pieces of dance that combine live performance with dance films all created in the locality of Devon and Cornwall: Trust, Delicately Placed, Held, Love, Grass is Greener

As always, SpinDrift will celebrate their community and educational ethos with a curtain raiser by local dance students and dance enthusiasts. The show is on Sat 21st January at 7.30pm and tickets are £10, £5 for under 18s, from the Flavel 01803 839530

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3.   Blazing Saddles : tonight  (Thursday 12 January)

Dartmouth Film Society reports: Should we remind you of the campfire scene and the baked beans? We thought not…..

So politically incorrect it probably couldn’t be made today, Blazing Saddles is crude, rude, and enormously funny, with Mel Brooks' irreverent wit and a fantastic cast. It’s a great reminder of a time when we took ourselves a little less seriously, and when a great director could make a daring, provocative, funny movie into a mainstream box office hit.

The plot? Plot, schmot. Blazing Saddles is an absurd, stitched-together reversal of western stereotypes, a series of great set-ups for punch lines and sight gags, and a flimsy excuse to explore the premise of a black man installed as sheriff in a whiter-than-white frontier town. There’s never been anything quite like it, before or since.

Films are screened in the Ballroom 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 £3.50 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.   Bowjangles special performance in The Guildhall

This special Evening is to be on February 18th in the gloriously decorated Ballroom in the Dartmouth Guildhall, transformed into an Olympic Nightclub for the event.

As 2012 is to be the year of Britain’s Olympic Games the internationally revered Bowjangles bring their brand new colourful, energetic and musically astounding show, appropriately titled “Bowlympics “ to Dartmouth.

All classically trained (they all have amazing bios!), Bowjangles combine fiery musicianship with energetic dance moves, vaudeville comedy and four part harmony singing in a dazzling stage show.

Bowjangles' energetic, choreographed versions of popular classical music have captivated the Covent Garden crowds for over 12 years and, uniquely, they are the only quartet who play classical instruments while dancing. Their complex choreography has to be seen to be believed as they blur the boundaries between classical music performance and street theatre. Playing in Covent Garden has led to Bowjangles being invited to perform all over the world most recently at Glastonbury and festivals in Brisbane amongst others.

This is to be one of those special evenings full of song, dance and music and the odd glass of wine and delicious canapés, all set in extravagant surroundings, certainly not to be missed.The limited number of tickets at £15.00 are on sale at Baxters Gallery Foss St and at No 11, Victoria Road. The Bar will open at 7.15pm. For any enquiries phone 01803 835849  Did you know that local organisations can hire the Ballroom at the Guildhall for just £30 click here for more details.


5.   Small News

  • Thanks to many of you who wrote in to help our diary page.  It is looking really good, so please click here just to check it's perfect please?

  • Lydia Guy reports: Chris Lavers photography exhibition at the Flavel from 16th - 30th Jan is called 'Swords into Ploughshares'. Chris is a physicist who teaches at BRNC for Plymouth Uni and is interested in using military technology in the civilian world.


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