3. The Way, on
4. The Olympic
6. Small News
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
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”.
Behind the Newcomen
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 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.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
Saturday 2 June
12:00 Church Peal of Bells, Dittisham Archive & Floral
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
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
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
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Joanna Bulmer from
The Angel reports: Friday, 25th
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
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
Booking essential. Please call 01803 839425.
Click here for more details.
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