2. Christmas Tree
3. Jack & The
4. Crib Service &
5. Small News
Sands just down the road, last Sunday afternoon
1. The Kingswear
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
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
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.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
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
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
you really should!. Don’t miss this Christmas treat!
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
2013, Brixham Theatre 7:30pm
5th January 2013, Brixham Theatre 2:30pm
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
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
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!
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
copyright Dave Cawley, Barry Rigby,