1.  'The' Book on Dartmouth

2.   Browns Hotel, 10 years

3.   Waste Land

4.   Small News




1.  The book everyone will want read from cover to cover

" The Chronicles of Dartmouth 1955 - 2010 "

‘Labour of Love’ Dartmouth History Book Ready for Publication After Four Years
A new book about the historic Devon port of Dartmouth is a ‘labour of love’ according to its author and publisher.

The Chronicles of Dartmouth: 1955-2010 was written by Phil Scoble and is published this month by Richard Webb. Its 300 pages contain more than 600 illustrations and world-renowned artist Simon Drew has written the Foreword to the book.

The book is based on more than five decades of events covered by the town’s weekly newspaper the Dartmouth Chronicle, and features more than 30 special spreads on specific subjects.

The former Dartmouth Chronicle reporter Phil Scoble has been working on producing the book since September 2007. He has read more than 3,000 newspapers and spent more than 3,000 hours writing and editing this accessible and fun modern history.

The lavishly illustrated book uses stories from the town’s newspaper which results in a volume packed full of high drama (including murders and tragedy) and quirky stories and tales of everyday triumph by members of the local community.

“After four years it is amazing to finally be on the eve of publication,” said Phil. “I’ve spent so long writing and editing the book so it’s very exciting to be at the point where I can hold it in my hands. It has been a labour of love both for Richard and myself. I’ve come out of the writing process with a deep affection for the town and a respect for the people of Dartmouth. It really is the most wonderful place to be.”  World-record breaking Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady publisher Richard Webb has created his own publishing niche in his hometown of Dartmouth starting in 2000 when he published the first Chronicles of Dartmouth 1854-1954, written by Don Collinson.

Since then has brought out ten bestselling books about the town and area, covering its beauty, history and even its restaurants – the Chronicles of Dartmouth 1955 – 2010 is his eleventh local publication.

“My life and family will always be inexorably linked with Dartmouth,” he said. “This book covers almost the entire span of my adult life and I have personal experience of many of the events in it. It has been a fantastic, nostalgic and interesting journey to come to this point and I hope that people will enjoy reading it as much as Phil and I have enjoyed preparing it for publication. We are very proud of it.” 

Dartmouth TV boss Dave Cawley said "this is the book everyone will want to buy and read from cover to cover, so pop down to White Sails Gallery opposite the old book shop in Dartmouth to buy your copy on Friday, and maybe a few for Christmas presents too?"  This magnificent book features two whole pages of photographs from the Dartmouth dot TV crew and their friends, see more by clicking here.


2.  Browns Hotel & Bar ten years old this week !

Clare and James bought Browns 10 years ago this week!  For a look down memory lane click here to see the last ten years of fun, design and really good food and accommodation.  Gina Carter said "many many congratulations I feel honoured to have been part of it from one side of the bar and now delighted to be a big part from the other side of the bar hoorah xx"

James said "Dartmouth is now fully open. The river is full of newly launched boats, the castle ferry is up and running, the boys and girls at Sharpham and the Anchorstone cafes are cooking like mad. The river is alive with little brill and gurnard, some 6 weeks earlier than normal. This looks like a good season for lobster and crab, both of which are in plentiful supply.

Life is good, so why not join us for a short break before the madness of the bank holidays, Dartmouth Music Festival and the Jubilee? If you plan carefully, we have good offers available, particularly for midweek stays where guests eat in. "

Spring Offer - April/May2012 : We will continue to offer great value deals to guests staying and eating midweek at the hotel. The best way of finding out what's available is to look at our late availability pages click here to see them. During this period our standard rooms will usually be priced at £95 BB and our Superiors at £115 BB under the terms of our Spring Offer. Our offers are not available at weekends and will not include the Bank Holiday weekends and Dartmouth Music Festival, where a 3 night stay is required.

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

Self catering accommodation click here

Dartmouth B and B  click here

Dartmouth Hotels click here

A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

Shopping in Dartmouth click here

Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


3.   Waste Land, the film on tonight

Director: Lucy Walker, Joao Jardim : Actors: Vik Muniz : 99 minutes : Cert. PG. Documentary

Lucy Walker's excellent documentary follows one of the most ambitious projects of Vik Muniz, the New York-based Brazilian sculptor, artist and photographer.

Born to an impoverished family in São Paulo in 1961, Muniz transforms apparent rubbish and other discarded materials to comment on the waste, exploitation and hidden beauties of life. In 2008 he became friends with men and women who worked on the world's largest landfill, Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho, sorting out recyclable materials from garbage. After photographing them, he incorporates the stuff they've retrieved into giant blow-ups of them, creating expressive portraits.

These pictures not only give them pride and dignity but are later exhibited and sold to provide them with money to realise useful projects that enhance their lives. The subjects are sensitively observed and the process of the work lucidly explained; Muniz is a gifted, modest and altogether delightful man.


5.   Small News

  • Trans Devon Walk, Sing and Row

    On Monday 30th April Christopher Helyer sets out to walk from Hartland Quay to Totnes, and then row down the River Dart from Totnes to Dartmouth. Each evening, at 8 p.m., he will give a short recital of baritone songs.

    Monday St Petrock’s Church, Petrockstow – with Barry Ferguson
    Tuesday 1st May St John-the-Baptist’s Church, Hatherleigh - with Roger Cleverdon, organist of Chagford Church
    Wednesday 2nd May St Mary-the-Virgin Church, Throwleigh – with Andrew Maries
    Thursday 3rd May St John-the-Baptist’s Church, Lustleigh – with Paul Morgan
    Friday 4th May St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes – with Andrew Millington, of Exeter Cathedral.
    Finally, following the row down the River Dart, there will be a concert at 7.30p.m. in S.Petrox Church, Dartmouth, featuring Dartmouth Parish Choir, organists Jonathan Watts and Jan Dietz.

    Anyone interested in being a walker, rower, or sponsor, should contact Christopher by clicking here   or call 07814 971 151.  Funds raised will be divided between the St Petrox, Dartmouth, Pipe Organ Fund, and The Mayenziwe Project, supporting rural education in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

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