1.   New BRNC Book

2.   Coffee Morning

3.   Newcomen in the News

4.   Art at The Flavel

5.   Small News



1.  New BRNC Book

The third edition of the illustrated history of the Britannia Royal Naval College is now available. A painting of this special occasion by Mandy Shepherd forms the new Frontispiece to the book.

In his Preface to this edition Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC, the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff states: “I am delighted that this updated and refreshingly presented account of the College’s rich heritage is published in Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.”
The Commodore of the Britannia Royal Naval College, Commodore Simon Williams ADC RN says: “Richard Porter and Jane Harrold have produced that very rare thing – a definitive reference that is also a fascinating and highly readable book which captures the rich history of the Royal Navy training at Dartmouth.”

Richard Webb, the publisher, is delighted that the book that was first published in 2005 is now in its third edition and has become established as the definitive history of the Naval College.

This latest edition has a special page featuring HRH Duke of Cambridge - or as he was known during his training course at BRNC in 2008: Sub-Lieutenant W Wales RN. There is a special spread on the Queen’s many visits to the College – a place of special significance to her as it was there that she first met Cadet Prince Philip in 1939.  To see more click here.


2.  Coffee Morning and Sleepwalking

A coffee morning and bring and buy sale is being held at The Sportsman’s Arms on Saturday 21st April from 10am – 12 noon. The event will feature a homemade cake and produce stall, bedding plants, white elephant, jewellery, books, and a grand raffle. Entry is free.

The event is being organised to raise funds for the Rowcroft Hospice Sleepwalk which South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is entering under the name of “AONB Avid Amblers.”  Click here for more.  The team includes Nicky Bailey – Community Projects Officer, Sarah Porter - Admin Officer, Diane Lethbridge - Communications Officer and Gail Bond of Farmer Phil Bond Collaton Farm which hosts farm events on behalf of the AONB. The Sleepwalk takes place in Torbay on the evening of 21st July and the team are opting to walk 15 miles in aid of the campaign.

Everyone is most welcome on the day, all contributions for sale will be gratefully received. Diane Lethbridge said “We hope that lots of people will come to donate items, pick up some bargains, enjoy a coffee with friends"

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

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3.   Newcomen in the News

The Model Engineer magazine is producing a new book "300 years of the Steam Engine" and of course it features our very own Newcomen Engine and our 300 year celebrations.

The Model Engineer said "300 Years Of The Steam Engine Celebrating Construction Of The First Industrial Steam Engine. (2012)  Celebrate the Tri-Centenary of the construction of the very first engine that used steam as a means of doing work.

In 1712 Thomas Newcomen erected an atmospheric ‘fire’ engine above a mine shaft and began to pump water with his beam engine. This was the first time steam had been used in industry. We give the reader an historical look at how steam power was developed through the following two hundred years. We also tell a remarkable story of preservation as the Crofton engine celebrates 200 years at work. "

Thanks to our model maker friends for this, click here to see the book.  To see our past coverage and photographs of the original Newcomen Engine in Dartmouth click here.


4.   Art at The Flavel

Janet Mitchell, a Fine Arts graduate from Reading University is having an exhibition of collages using found papers enhanced by vibrantly coloured oil pastel arranged in a grid suggesting a collector’s album. Collages at the Flavel, April 16 – 30th 2012. Open 9.30 am – 10. 00 pm Mon - Sat

We went to the Private View and it was buzzing with many sold already.


5.   Small News

  • The Future of Traffic and Parking in Dartmouth : The Questionnaire : Will be popping into your letterboxes any day now. Those of you who are against Pay & Display should tick the "Would you prefer Traffic & Parking Management to remain as it is now" box at the bottom of the page. In fact ticking that box is no bad thing as any small change that will advantage someone, will invariably disadvantage others.

  • Dartmouth on the TV again for nearly 45 minutes!  Click here to see the ITV special.

  • Sam Geen reports: Local mum of two, Suzie Bowden is running the London Marathon this weekend. Sponsor forms are at the school, Gillians Hairdressers and on-line by clicking here. Suzie does so much volunteer work for the school and we wish her the very best of luck this weekend.

    Dartmouth Pre School, Southford School Rooms are collecting unwanted clothes, bags, shoes (tied together) belts and textiles. This will not only raise funds for the school the textiles are recycled, reducing the 1M tonne that are finding their way into our landfill sites. Please bring textiles in bin liners to Southford schoolrooms before 26th April.

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  • Save the date - 27 April 2012!  Tom Leeman reports:  The fifth St George's Candlelit Charity Concert will be held in the beautiful 12th century church of St George in Dittisham on Friday 27 April at 7.30pm.  To mark this special occasion we are delighted to be joined by Jordene Thomas (soprano) and other performers including Blackawton School choir, Martin Holland (trumpet), always a firm favourite, and for the first time this year, local cellist Jess Heywood; no concert would be the same without our resident organist Jonathan Watts, who will not only accompany our soloist but will also be performing on the organ which he has spent much time restoring over the last three years.

    There will be a cash bar at the back of the church open from 6.30pm and the Red Lion Inn will be holding post-concert suppers. Tel: 01803 722235.

    All profits from this event will be split between St George's Church and the veteran’s mental health charity “Combat Stress”, a mental welfare society that helps ex service personnel suffering from psychological injuries and mental health problems.

    Please help us to help them.  Come and celebrate St George's tide, this is the one concert not to be missed.

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