1.   Farm Walk

2.   Newcomen Play

3.   Comedy Festival

4.   Small News




1.  Farm Walk

Over 60 people took advantage of an opportunity to experience life on the farm at lambing time and were delighted to see a lamb being born shortly after they arrived. Farmer Phil Bond of Collaton Down Farm near Blackawton explained how he manages the flock of 500 ewes to a fascinated audience.

Felicity Clarke and Steven Henry from the RSPB also attended the event organised by South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and were able to talk about the birds which thrive on the farm including skylarks.  Collaton Down is in a Countryside Stewardship agreement and this helps the Bond family manage the land in an environmentally sensitive way encouraging wildlife.

The event is part of a series organised by the AONB to show how farmers produce food whilst looking after the land.  After the farm walk cream teas were served.  Diane Lethbridge of South Devon AONB commented “We had a huge turnout for the event which was blessed with beautiful sunny weather, it was an ideal day for people to see the farm at its best and appreciate how this special landscape contributes to producing special food; it was a real bonus to have a birth during the event.”

Hopefully we will be able to tell you about the next one before it happens, watch this space.


2 Newcomen Play :  From Floods Defended

Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th July 2012 at the Flavel Theatre Dartmouth

Dartmouth Players will be performing the first ever play about the life of Thomas Newcomen during the Newcomen 300 celebration this year in Dartmouth. The playwright is Linda Churchill who had great success with the John Hawley production “Blow The Wind Fair”. There are potential performing parts for actors of all ages, including the following:

  • Hannah Newcomen (The inventor’s wife). Two parts, a young women and older

  • Martha Newcomen (The inventor’s granddaughter) aged 6-12

  • Sarah Newcomen (The inventor’s mother) aged 30’ ish

  • Thomas Newcomen (The inventor). 3 parts. Aged about 6’ ish, a young man and an older man

  • Elizabeth Newcomen (The inventor’s aunt) Aged 35-40’ ish

  • Elias Newcomen (The inventor’s father) Aged 40’ ish

  • John Flavel (The preacher) Late middle age

  • Man or woman. Any age

  • John Calley (The inventor’s friend and business partner)

  • A young man

  • Mr Harding (A mine Manager)

  • Liza Hodges (A poor women) Aged 30-50.

  • Thoman Savery (Another inventor) Age 50’ish

  • Caleb Rockett (Mayor of Dartmouth) Aged 40-50

Rehearsals will commence early May. There is a large cast so many of the parts are small. We may need actors to play more than one character. Register your interest in being part of the team or have a look at what's happening by clicking here

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.   The Sixth Dartmouth Comedy Festival 6th March - 10th March


It will be here sooner than you think, pop into The Flavel now to get your tickets Click here for more.

  • Mark Steel - Tues 6 Mar @ 8pm

  • Mystery Guest Comedy Film Night with Festival Patron Peter Richardson - Wed 7 Mar @ 7pm SOLD OUT

  • Jenny Eclair - Old Dog New Tricks - Thurs 8 Mar @ 8pm

  • Matt Harvey at Cafe Al Fresco - Thur 8 Mar @ 7.30pm

  • Curry & Comedy at the Royal Castle Hotel with Phil Kay - Fri 9 Mar @ 7pm

  • Slighty Fat Features - Variety by the Sea - Fri 9 Mar @ 7.30pm

  • Gimmeyourleftshoe with Phil Kay - Sat 10 Mar @ 2pm and 3pm

  • Ali Cook - Principles and Deceptions - Sat 10 Mar @ 7pm

  • Miles Jupp - Fibber in the Heat - Sat 10 Mar @ 9pm


4.   Small News

  • Sam Geen reports: Would it be possible for small news to say a few lines about an Indoor Car Boot Sale (table top sale) Dartmouth Pre School, Southford Schoolrooms are having on 17th March 10am. Tables for stall holders are £5.

  • Christian Aid Lunch in St Saviour's Church, Tuesday 6 March at 12 noon

  • Join our Dartmouth News Facebook page and read things  you never knew about Dartmouth!  Click on the logo or click here.  Or if you are travelling it's simply www.facebook.com/DartmouthNews  nothing more !

Why not come and visit Dartmouth?


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