1. Flowers and
2. Town Criers’
3. Cute Coatis
5. Twelfth Night
6. Craig Howarth
7. As A Matter of
8. Small News
1. Flowers and
Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, the
Olympics, our own Thomas Newcomen's tercentenary, as well as
outstanding local talents, the annual flower and craft
exhibition in St Saviour's is definitely a 'must see' event.
When you've had a look around, you can get freshly made
sandwiches, home made cakes, cups of tea and coffee, buy a
raffle ticket and escape from the heat! The colourful
exhibition in St Saviour's Church in the centre of town is open
today until 5.00pm and tomorrow (Friday) from 10.30 until
Town Criers’ competition
Lez Ellis, Dartmouth Town Crier
reports: This Sunday 29 July sees the annual Town Criers’
competition come to Dartmouth once again.
We expect to see about
15 criers battling it out for the best ‘cry’, best dressed
crier and best dressed couple – for it is not only the Town
Criers but also their partners who take part. The
participants will be gathering in Bayards Cove on Sunday
morning ready to parade along the Embankment to the Royal
Avenue Gardens where the competition takes place. They will
set off at 10.30am led by David Frith from Bermuda with his
bagpipes (weather permitting) and the competition begins at
11. Come along and enjoy this colourful and traditional
Sadly, Lez is not allowed to
take part in his own town, but will be competing in
Kingsbridge on Saturday 28 July. The photo above is
from last year's event.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Cute Coatis get Fit
Three super-fit coati kits have
plenty of opportunities to practice their high jumps and
gymnastics in their new Activity Den at an attraction in
Devon. Just a month old, the two baby girls and a boy
arrived at Woodlands Zoo-Farm this week, they are 25cm long
and extremely cute. Their long striped tails are carried
like flags to signal to one another and are used for
balancing their way round their enrichment apparatus. They
are already becoming firm favourites with guests at
Woodlands Family Theme Park.
Keeper Michaela said "I was amazed at how quickly they ate
out of my hand, their favourite is meal worms pushed into a
banana!" The coati (also known as coatimundi) comes from
South America but unlike the other members of the racoon
family, they are not nocturnal. Michaela told us "our guests
love them because they are so active and entertaining
throughout the day. They are so inquisitive, always running
about and sniffing like little puppies with long noses, I
think they are even cuter than our meerkats!”
Elliott Hamilton, who has been head keeper at Woodlands for
10 years, was surprised at their progress. "We’ve been
trying to get them used to human contact for a few days now,
we never thought they could become friendly so quickly." He
said "the apparatus is really working to keep them healthy
and active, they move so fast we couldn't take a photo of
them using it." The new coatis Activity Centre is near the
popular meerkats and the Reptile House at the extensive
Other new arrivals include a giant spider, the Mexican Red
Knee, various rare breeds of chicken and some Tokay Geckos.
The Zoo-Farm has rare and exotic animals as well as farm
animals for families to interact with. Baby lamb feeding
time is at 12.30 and 4.30 every afternoon. With 16 family
rides, 11 playzones and an amazing falconry centre there’s
always plenty to do at Woodlands. "We are looking for really
clever names for the kits" Michaela explained, "the winner
will be involved in some very special activities.”
Click here for
Children's Hospice South West river trip
The Children's Hospice South
West river trip was a wonderful success raising over £1,300
from the 100+ on board revellers. We all had a great
time and the modest £16 we paid covered a three hour cruise,
loads of food and live music. Watch out for the next
5. Twelfth Night :
If Music Be The Food Of Love - Play On!
The Inn Theatre Company, Dartmouth
are celebrating their tenth anniversary this summer with Twelfth
Night for Shakespeare Week August 7th to 11th 2012 outside
Dartmouth Castle overlooking the mouth of the River Dart, truly
the most beautiful and unique setting for any theatre.
Like many of Shakespeare’s comedies Twelfth Night centres on
mistaken identity. Viola, is shipwrecked on the shores of
Illyria and she loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian,
whom she believes to be dead. Masquerading as a young male page
under the name Cesario, she enters the service of Duke Orsino
through the help of the sea captain who rescues her. Orsino has
convinced himself that he is in love with the bereaved Lady
Olivia, whose father and brother have recently died, and who
will have nothing to do with any suitors, the Duke included.
Orsino decides to use "Cesario" as an intermediary to tell
Olivia about his love for her. Olivia, believing Viola to be a
man, falls in love with this handsome and eloquent messenger.
Viola, in turn, has fallen in love with the Duke, who also
believes Viola is a man, and who regards her as his confidant.
Much of the play is taken up with the comic sub-plot, in which
several characters conspire to make Olivia's pompous head
steward Malvolio, believe that his lady Olivia wishes to marry
him. It involves Olivia's uncle, Sir Toby Belch, another
would-be suitor, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, her servants Maria and
Fabian and her father's favourite fool, Feste. Malvolio
chastises the group for drunkeness, and this provokes Sir Toby,
Sir Andrew and Maria to plan revenge on Malvolio by convincing
him that Olivia is in love with him. Then the mistaken identity
theme takes a turn for the chaotic, when Viola's twin brother,
Sebastian, appears on the scene. 'Twelfth Night' is, without a
doubt, one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays.
The cast includes Dartmouth favourites Lesley Ash (Viola), Sally
Feetenby (Olivia), Gina Carter (Feste), Anthony Chamberlain ((Malvolio),
Phil Scoble (Orsino), Max Brandt (Sir Toby Belch), Gil Garland
(Sir Andrew Aguecheek) and Jane Windsor-Smith (Maria).
Tickets are on sale now at the Dartmouth Tourist Info Centre
01803 834224: £12 for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday and £14 for
Friday & Saturday; performance starts at 7.30pm and in case of
bad weather the performances will go on in St Petrox Church next
to Dartmouth Castle. Do check the website for more details
on The Inn Theatre Company by
clicking here -
so if music be the food of love – go on grab a ticket, warm
clothing, some wine and nibbles and have a wonderful summer’s
6. Craig Howarth
White Sails Gallery are very proud
to announce the arrival of a young and exciting new photographer
to the gallery this week.
Openly inspired by the great Ansel
Adams, Craig Howarth is a classically trained fine art
photographer whose assignments over the last 17 years have taken
him across Europe and as far afield as the great American
National Parks. However, Craig has now swapped the hustle and
bustle of his home town of Cardiff for a more peaceful life,
with his partner Lisa, in Dartmouth and is announcing his
arrival with a stunning new collection of Black & White images
of the local coastline, entitled “Inspired by the Sea”
The collection presents local coves
and beaches as you've never seen them before, from Castle Cove
to Blackpool Sands, Sugary Cove to Slapton.
The photographs are all Hand-signed,
Limited Editions of 95, beautifully mounted and framed and mark
what the gallery hopes to be a long and successful partnership
Click here see
the collection or visit the gallery from Friday.
7. As A Matter of
Dartmouth enjoys a good laugh and
indeed has its very own wordsmith in the ever popular Simon
Drew, so a warm welcome will be assured for the world renowned
singer and master of the art of “patter”, Richard Suart, who is
performing at the Flavel Arts Centre on Thursday 2nd August at
Combining a wicked wit, amazing language skills and a powerful
baritone voice, Richard will delight the audience with his pithy
anecdotes and social commentary, bringing his twenty first
century take to an artform associated with those well loved
pillars of the English music scene, Gilbert & Sullivan. Think
Noel Coward, Tom Lehrer, Kurt Weill, and Flanders & Swann - but
make no mistake, this is not a show which is mired in history.
Far from it! Richard’s renowned “Little List”, based on Ko Ko’s
famous number from “The Mikado”, may well include some local
references, so listen up!
Richard is an accomplished singer, having performed at The Royal
Opera House, New York City Opera, Welsh National Opera and
English National Opera. He is a leading member of the re-formed
D’Oyly Carte Company and has performed many of the major comedic
roles, which of course include more than a smatter of patter!
For this performance he will be accompanied by Bryan Evans, Diva
Opera’s Musical Director, in what promises to be an evening full
of music and laughter. Book soon at the Flavel Arts Centre
either in person, by telephone on 01803 839530 or online by
Tickets cost £16, £5 for under 18s. The Flavel Arts Café’s
popular Pre-Show Supper will be available prior to this event –
ask the Box Office for details
8. Small News
Fancy a coffee?
Come along to the Flavel for a short classical concert
on Sat 28 Jul, featuring talented local musicians.
Starts at 10.30am with coffee and homemade biscuit
afterwards for just a fiver!
Click here to book.
Back by popular demand, in case you did not see it first
time around, or just want to see it again… Evacuation
Tues 7 and Thurs 16 August @ 7.30pm
Fabulous film featuring local people, produced and
directed by Ian Phillips for the Slapton Line
In November 1943 three thousand people were given the
shattering news that they were to be evacuated from
their homes within six weeks, in order for the American
troops to use the area as a practice landing beach. Rare
footage and a gripping story will enthral viewers.
Tickets are £7, £6 conc., and £5 under 18s. To book or
just to see more
Why not treat yourself to a pre show supper in our
Flavel Arts Café? Two courses for £12, including coffee
with Posh fish pie and classic trifle among the choices
on the menu.
Click here to book.
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