1.    Newcomen Celebrations

2.    Behind the Celebrations

3.   The Way, on tonight

4.   The Olympic Torch

5.    New fountain

6.   Small News




1.  Newcomen Celebrations

On Tuesday at 5pm Dartmouth’s Alvin Smith, inventor of the Searaser wave pump, set Thomas Newcomen's old engine in motion once again to officially open celebrations to mark its 300th anniversary, before such dignitaries as the new Chairman of South Hams District Council Councillor Rosemary Rowe and her husband Tony and the Mayor of Dartmouth Cllr Paul Allen.

Just prior to that at 4pm Mr Smith unveiled the eight feet high monolith (shown at the top of this newsletter), featuring Newcomen's name and a profile of his engine, designed by Phil Hudson of Deep Blue Signs. This memorial to the inventor, on the Norton Roundabout at the entrance to the town, is designed to help re-emphasise the connection between the town and the famous engineer.

The Newcomen 300 project includes a mini-plaza with “Newcomen Engine 1712” spelled out in red paving against charcoal coloured blocks, which aims to open up and highlight the main entrance way to the museum which houses one of the oldest working examples of his atmospheric engine.  It is designed to underline the importance of this epoch-making invention by the town’s ironmonger-turned inventor, and ensure it is displayed as a lasting legacy in his birthplace.

Two new access ways have been created to open up routes from the car park and Mayors Avenue and the Engine House building is being enhanced, both inside and out, to create an environment worthy of the historic engine inside.

Newcomen 300 Committee Chairman Ray Bridges said: “It is brilliant support from South Hams District Council and Dartmouth Town Council for a local unrecognised industrial genius who has been underrated previously and this will provide a lasting legacy. This is about all the years to come not just the 300th anniversary year and that is key to what the council is doing for the town”.


2 Behind the Newcomen Celebrations

Some good friends of the Dartmouth dot TV group had a significant input to the Newcomen revival.  Artist Paul Barclay and his wife Marianne (on the right) created the fantastic logos seen here, click here to visit Paul's website.

Richard Webb and his wife Jilly (on the left) created the image of Newcomen used on the definitive  book.  Click here to see Richard's website.

Guy Rigby created and recorded some of the music used in the BBC film at his Recording Studio in Dartmouth.  For quite reasonable fees Guy can help you make a complete professional full album or just a demo CD.  Click here to visit Guy's website.

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

Self catering accommodation click here

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A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

Shopping in Dartmouth click here

Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


3.   The Way  - showing tonight

Director: Emilio Estevez ; Actors: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt  ; 123 minutes ; Cert. 12A. Drama/Adventure

Tom, a widowed Californian optician (Martin Sheen), receives a call to say that his son Daniel has died in a storm in the French Pyrenees, while hiking “El Camino de Santiago”. Tom travels to France to retrieve his son’s body, but instead of returning home with Daniel’s ashes, he impulsively decides to honour his son’s memory by completing the journey himself, placing the ashes in his backpack and joining others making the picturesque pilgrimage.

This film is on tonight.  Films are screened at The Guildhall, Victoria Road, Dartmouth. The bar is open from 7.00pm and the films start at 7.30pm Guest tickets are available on the night for £4.00 each from “The Windjammer” Victoria Road between 7.00pm & 7.25pm only. No guest tickets will be sold on the door. For more information call Clive Osborne on: Tel. 07968 026449


4.   The Olympic Torch

The weather was brilliant and the crowds were huge!   Shown here is Georgia Lock 13, she played in the Aladdin  Pantomime this year.  Needless to say we broke the news first on www.facebook.com/DartmouthNews

Sue Stone reported: Dartmouth TIC are proud that we were chosen to be the admin hub for the Olympic Torch Relay Team for the South Hams leg.  We hosted the Olympic Torch Bearers and the Olympic Support Team from 8.15am this morning.  An early start for joint managers Sue & Lesley.  Every thing went like clockwork.  Lots of excitement on Facebook & Twitter! Dartmouth did everyone proud!


5.   New fountain

After 100 years or so of sterling service from the old fountain, the new one was switched on last Friday.  Funded by The Old Dartmothains and The Ladies Division, together with several generous contributions by local people and businesses, this wonderful fountain is set to last at least another 100 years!  A minor issue is that the pipe work under the Royal Avenue Gardens needs a touch of remedial work.


6.   Small News

  • Jubilee Celebrations at St Petrox on Monday 4th June

    Sue Black reports: We are holding a Cream Tea at St Petrox Church near the mouth of the river, from 2.30pm on Monday 4th June from where you will be able to watch the flotilla of boats sail up the Dart. This will be followed by a sung service of Thanksgiving for the Queen at 4.30pm. Tickets for the tea are on sale now and cost just £2.50 in advance and £3.00 on the day, contact Sue Black (833923).

  •  Roger Hickman from Dittisham reports:

    In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Dittisham residents, guests and holidaying visitors are all welcome to a free weekend of fun, frolics and commemoration:

    Saturday 2 June
    12:00 Church Peal of Bells, Dittisham Archive & Floral Display
    12:30 - 17:00 On the Ham, Bar open & light Lunches for sale, Fête events with Brass Band, Dog Show Sports, Punch & Judy
    "A Romp through six decades of music, events, personalities & FROCKS"
    Cream Teas, Tug of War
    View the River Dart Pageant
    19:30 - 23:30 On the Ham, Live Music, Disco, Bar, Spit-Roast Lamb & BBQ

    Sunday 3 June
    11:00 Church Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Jubilee with Peal of Bells
    12:30 On the Ham, Recitation of Brian Patten's Poem "The Secret Visit"
    The Big Jubilee Lunch with Licensed Bar
    14.30 onwards ,Cake Competition
    A Presentation of the Queen's 60-year reign interspersed with tunes of the day
    60 Guineas Sailing Regatta

    Monday 4 June
    10:30 onwards On the Ham, Craft Fair
    16.30 (approx) View the Boat Parade on the river (Up river to Ditsum Pier)
    22:15 Bozomzeal, Lighting of Beacon

  • Afternoon Tea Concert
    with a world premiere of a new piece by Philip Watson (and tea and homemade cakes!) Sun 27th May 3.00pm. Soloists are: Kathleen Bentham & Nicolette Coward (flute duet), Sue Hadow (clarinet), Simon (Sid) Davis (violin), Katrin Irvin & Rowena Marshall (piano duet), Margaret Jackson (viola), Jessica Heywood & Kathy Kenny (vocal duet), Philip Watson (oboe). The rest of the programme includes music by Pergolesi, Mozart and Faure and is followed by tea and home made cakes. Tickets are £5 from the Flavel Box Office


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  • Joanna Bulmer from The Angel reports: Friday, 25th May 2012

    Come and experience Alan Murchison cook the dishes with which he won the Scottish round of BBC2’s Great British Menu, at The Angel, Dartmouth. The programme has an Olympic Theme this year, so chefs were asked to cook dishes that pushed them to achieve the peak of their culinary skills.

    Masterclass Demonstration & Three-Course Lunch : Watch Alan prepare his winning fish dish - Grilled Mackerel with Beetroot, Horseradish Cream – then enjoy it as part of our three-course set lunch menu. Cookery Masterclass at 10.30am, followed by Aperitif and Three-Course Lunch: £29.00 per person.

    Four-Course Dinner : Experience all four of Alan’s winning Great British Menu Dishes: £55 per person with optional ‘flight’ of recommended wines for £25 per person.

    Booking essential. Please call 01803 839425. Click here for more details.


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