1.  Kingswear Castle returns

2.  Christmas Tree Festival

3.  Jack & The Beanstalk

4.  Crib Service & snow

5.  Small News



Blackpool Sands just down the road, last Sunday afternoon


1.  The Kingswear Castle returns

The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle returned home to Dartmouth on Tuesday having spent the last 30 years or so on the River Medway.  She is the last remaining steam powered paddle steamer in operation in the UK and has been chartered by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society to run between Dartmouth and Totnes from April next year.  Kingswear Castle was built in 1924 by Philip and Son at Noss and she still has her original 1906 steam engine, with a new boiler fitted about 10 years ago.  In her heyday she could carry almost 500 passengers and has an impressive history, including having been loaned to the US Navy during the the second world war as a harbour tender.

On her return on Tuesday afternoon she was greeted by the Western Lady, Dart Explorer, Cardiff Castle, Dittisham Ferries and a host of small boats all sounding their horns in greeting; as she approached Kingswear Station a fellow steam powered engine whistled a warm welcome.  All in all a very moving moment for this 88 year old lady of the Dart.


2.  Christmas Tree Festival

Last weekend St Peter's Church, Stoke Fleming was once again transformed into a winter wonderland of brightly decorated Christmas trees.  Now in its sixth year the Christmas Tree Festival included some 26 trees decorated by local groups and businesses each with a different theme from seafood to figgy puddings, cricket to bowls!  The Dartmouth dot tv crew, including visiting photographer Pat Davis, were enchanted by the display.

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3.   Jack and The Beanstalk

The Dartmouth Pantomime opens in just two weeks time. Tickets are going very fast and this is likely to be a sell out show so get your tickets now from the Flavel Theatre Dartmouth, 01803 839530 or click here . This year it is one of the best panto favourites “Jack and The Beanstalk”.

The title role of Jack is played by Gus Clayton who has a great voice and trained in theatre skills. The principal girl, Jill is played by Ali Parr. This is her first major role with the Dartmouth Players. Comedy comes in the shape of Dame Trot, played by a newcomer, Matthew Thornhill.  Matthew has been in other productions in Norfolk and has recently shaved off his hair as a fund raiser for “Children In Need”.  Also part of the comedy team for the first time is Kate Ruddle playing a rather short sighted Simon Trot. This will be Kate’s third role for the Dartmouth Players. She was Prince Charming in “Cinderella” and this year she played Chris in “Dancing At Lughnasa”. The villain Fleshcreep is played by Graham Mewis.  Graham is best known as one of the ugly sisters in “Cinderella” and Wishee Washee in last year’s “Aladdin”. Graham also appeared earlier this year in “Dancing At Lughnasa”. A hilarious Fairy Starlight is played by Linda Churchill. Linda has been in many productions but is best known for being the playwright of “From Floods Defend” this year and "Blow The Wind Fair” in 2008.

This is a panto with all the usual audience participation, outrageous costumes, glitter and razzamatazz. See the magic beanstalk grown on stage, admire Daisy the cow and don’t forget Giant Blunderbore stomping across the stage saying the immortal words “Fee Fi Fo Fum”. For a sneak preview click here you really should!. Don’t miss this Christmas treat!

28th December 2012, Flavel Theatre 2:30pm
29th December 2012, Flavel Theatre 7:30pm
30th December 2012, Flavel Theatre 2:30pm
31st December 2012, Flavel Theatre 2:30pm

4th January 2013, Brixham Theatre 7:30pm
5th January 2013, Brixham Theatre 2:30pm


4.   Crib Service and a snow machine ?

‘The real meaning of the Christmas often gets forgotten in the rush to buy the turkey and gifts’ says The Revd Will Hazlewood, Vicar of Dartmouth and Dittisham ‘but there are services for all ages being held in all the parish’s churches where you can celebrate the joy and excitement of the birth of Jesus at the first Christmas. We warmly invite everyone to come along and join in.’

For the young (and not so young of course!) there is a fun filled candlelit children’s Crib Service at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve in St Clement’s Church – did someone mention a snow machine? Angels? Shepherds?

The traditional Midnight Mass is at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve in St Saviour’s Church and on Christmas Day there are services in St Clement’s at 8am, St St Petrox at 9.30am, St George's at 9.15am and St Saviour’s at 11am.   Hope to see you there !


5.   Small News

  • Steve Atwell reports:  Thanks for the regular additions of the Dartmouth news, I enjoy reading the articles each week.

    My son Joel Atwell who is in year 10, plays a lot of basketball for a local team Torbay Tigers, his County and South West England. He has been selected for the second year running to represent the South West in Sweden, flying out on New Year’s day for a week long tournament.  Well done Joel!

  • A service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held in St Saviour's Church on Saturday 22nd December at 6.00pm

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Barry Rigby of Bayards Cove took this photo showing
another high tide this week!


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