1.   Flowers and Craft

2.   Town Criers’ competition

3.    Cute Coatis get Fit

4.    River trip

5.   Twelfth Night

6.   Craig Howarth

7.   As A Matter of Patter

8.   Small News



1.  Flowers and Craft Exhibition

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 4.30pm.


2.  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 event.

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.

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3.   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 Zoo-Farm.

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 more details.


4.   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 one.


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 evening.


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 with Craig.

Click here see the collection  or visit the gallery from Friday.


7.  As A Matter of Patter

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 7.30pm.

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 clicking here. 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.

  • And…
    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 Partnership.
    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 click here.

    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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