1.   A brave new building

2.   Newcomen Celebrations

3.   Spotlight on Dartmouth

4.   Squib  Round Up

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 Dartmouth.

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 successful.

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.


2.  Newcomen Celebrations

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 sickness!!

The Internet 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 Dartmouth………………….

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

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

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3.   "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, click here.

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 ?


4.   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 and Country.
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!

  • Dartmouth Olympi-Kids 22 July

    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 judges.

    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?


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