1. A brave new
3. Spotlight on
5. Small News
1. St John
Ambulance - a brave new building
Last night Dartmouth
Town Council unanimously approved the planning
application for this great new building in
Dartmouth. Some councillors said that it
bravely hid the bland 1970's Vavasour House.
Another praised the integration with the existing
buildings. Others loved the modern new look
that isn't at all out of place in that area of
Ever since Vavasour
House was built there was always the intention and
the outline planning permission to build phase II.
The only real debate was what and when.
The previous "boat shed
design" was met with hostility by local people,
turned down by Dartmouth Town Council and also by
South Hams District Council; the developers,
ignoring public opinion, sought an appeal and were
If the current design
from new and sensitive developers is turned down,
then we could end up with the old ugly design, and
that would be a great mistake.
Apparently the Newcomen Society
were thrilled to bits with the celebrations last week.
Tessa reports: A member of the Newcomen Society had
travelled down with his distant cousins from California.
They were descendents of Josiah Hornblower, who had
travelled across with the Newcomen engine bought by John
Schuyler for £1000 in 1753. It was said that he was so sea
sick that he never returned, although they told me, that he
had fallen in love, married and settled.
He went on to say that there was a connection with CS
Forester’s, Horatio Hornblower, a well educated Royal Naval
Officer, born in 1771, who suffered from chronic sea
suggests: In 1748 John Schuyler's copper mine near
Passaic, New Jersey, was shut down by flooding. So
Schuyler paid the English engine-maker Jonathan
Hornblower £1000 to ship him a "fire engine" and a
crew of mechanics to set it up. The engine arrived
five years later, in 1753, along with Hornblower's
son, Josiah, and his crew.
When Josiah got
the machine up and running two years after that,
Schuyler hired him to run the engine and the mine as
well. The engine did well enough for five years.
Then it was badly damaged in a fire. Josiah got it
running again, but only 'til another fire ruined it
in 1768. This time it stayed ruined through the
American Revolution. An aging Josiah Hornblower made
another repair in 1793, and this time the old engine
kept pumping well into the 19th century.
It is said that
he fell in love, married and settled in America and
many years later his name was used for the Horatio
Hornblower stories written by CS Forester . A
Captain in the Royal Navy and possibly trained in
Could this all
be true? However we particularly liked the
Steam Fair in the Market where we found this 1905
Traction Engine running on coal to drive its steam
powered wheels. With a flywheel bigger than
ever, the engine majestically ticked over at 30 rpm
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
"Whatever It Takes" by best selling author Adele Parks
shines spotlight on Dartmouth
Dart Marina Hotel & Spa has
linked up with Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks
on the launch of her latest book "Whatever It Takes" .
Each book will carry a cover
sticker promoting Dartmouth and readers will be able to
enter a competition to win a short break at Dart Marina.
“We were approached by the
publishers of "Whatever It Takes" with this opportunity and
we jumped at the chance of promoting Dartmouth on the cover
of a book that is written about and extols the town of
Dartmouth and surrounding area! Adele Parks is a
Sunday Times bestselling author and all her books have been
top ten bestsellers; they are translated into 20 languages
so Dartmouth could benefit from an international audience
for many years to come. The book was published on 21st
June and it’s described as ‘an emotionally powerful and
unputdownable novel’. The story follows Eloise Hamilton, a
Londoner born and bred, as she uproots to Dartmouth so that
her husband can take over the family law practice,” explains
Paul Downing of Dart Marina Hotel. If you want to read
more about this "must read" book,
Adele Parks visited
Dartmouth in May, staying at Dart Marina and being filmed
for the launch of the new book and photographs of the town
will be used in the press and media throughout the coming
months. Why not check out the Marina's website
now by clicking here
44th ICAP 2012 Squib National Championships Round Up.
The 44th ICAP 2012 Squib
National Championships, hosted by the Royal Dart Yacht Club
(RDYC), took place over six days. Sunday through Wednesday
saw favourable conditions and even some sunshine but on
Thursday driving rain and poor visibility meant the windward
mark could not be seen from the start line by the 72
competitors and the Committee launch, which stood alongside,
could only be seen as a dim silhouette. Friday’s
forecast was for winds of 17 knots but out in Start Bay it
was gusting at 28 knots. Some boats retired early; two with
broken rudders, another two with shrouds wrenched out and
several other boats took a bashing. A short chop in
the sea conditions seemed to be the problem along with waves
around a metre high.
The Prize Giving took place in
the marquee on Darthaven Marina on Friday night. Mike Moody,
Chairman of the Organising Committee, thanked the sponsors
of the event: gold sponsor, ICAP; silver sponsors Specialty
Fastners, Valeport Ltd., Knight Frank and Darthaven Marina;
Bronze sponsors Wollen Michelmore, Caterfood and Dart
Harbour Authority; and other sponsors Linden Homes and Coast
The overall winner was the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club
(SCYC) boat, ‘Cariad Bach’, helmed by Alan Johnson with
David Garlick crewing.
“Dartmouth and Kingswear is an
excellent venue to come to,” Alan Johnson told me. “To sail
out there into the Channel is fantastic – it’s a beautiful
place. The RDYC facilities are marvellous; to get into a
Royal Yacht club and see how it should be done was great.
Everyone we’ve met has been very helpful, very friendly and
nice to deal with.”
The prize giving was followed by a buffet supper and live
music from local band ‘Sax Appeal’ which saw Squib sailors
and sponsors celebrating a fantastic week’s sailing
5. Small News
Flower and Craft
Exhibition : In St Saviour’s Church,
Dartmouth from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th July open
from 10.30 to 5.00 (4.30 on Friday). With craft exhibits
ranging from painting to patchwork, quilting to quill
pens, together with flower arrangements to celebrate The
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the 300th
anniversary of the Newcomen Engine, the exhibition will
be bigger and better this year so do come along. Home
made refreshments are also available. Entry is FREE but
please be generous with your donations before you leave!
Mia Cameron from
WHK Services reports: The day will start at 12h15
with Teneille getting the lighthouse at the unit;
instead of a torch we are going for an inflatable
lighthouse as this event is in support of RNLI ! She
will pass it to Tyler by Speedwell Units and take it
though Britannia Avenue and pass it to Ryan at the
beginning of that road. Ryan will take it through
Townstal Crescent, then pass Rock Park and go to the
first top College gate. Then Lindon will carry it down
the hill until the Fire Station where he will pass it on
to Jamie. Jamie will take it to the bottom of the
hill where all the kids mentioned above will go together
to place it in the Coronation Park.
All categories will run for 2 age groups - 6 to 9 years
old and 10 to 14 years old. The first competition
will be Tennis with Mike Wood and Joshua Cameron as
By the end we will have a Bounciest Jumper competition
for the little ones with David Kelland as judge.
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley,