1. Olympic Torch
2. New fountain
3. Proper Tapas
4. Small News
1. Olympic Torch
Tracey Rowe reports: I attended the
3rd South Hams Olympic Torch Relay meeting yesterday where
details of the route and timings were released. I attach the
route map (with timings).
It's on Sunday 20th May
It has been confirmed that the torch
will follow its route through Dartmouth before going into the
College for lunch, and will process out of the College (in torch
mode) back out of Dartmouth as far as Sainsbury’s car park.
The black marking is the Convoy Stage and the red the
From the official website: to places
of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). That would be us
According to Wikipedia: The Olympic
Flame or Olympic Torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games.
Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by
Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was
kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics.
The fire was reintroduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics in
Amsterdam, and it has been part of the modern Olympic Games ever
since. According to legend, the torch's flame has been kept
burning ever since the first Olympics.
World-wide support for town’s new fountain meeting point
Donations have flooded in from
all over the world from Old Dartmothians willing to help
fund a £10,000 new Italian marble fountain, the base for
which, is currently being prepared by fellow members in the
town’s Royal Avenue Gardens.
In a remarkable display of fondness for the town’s memorial
to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, every one
of the current 285 membership of ‘Old Darts’ contacted by
email and letter pledged their support. Now the members want
the new marble fountain to be dedicated to celebrating HRH
Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and plan to have it
finished by mid to late April in time for the celebrations
(June 2–5 2012).
Richard Rendle, a former town mayor and secretary of the Old
Dartmothians said: “This is a good community project. We
have collected about £4,000 already. It is going to cost
£10,000 and our members are underwriting it. The fountain is
being delivered the first week in April. “The first
fountain, which was leaking so badly and was really too
expensive to keep repairing, was made for £21 out of
builder’s rubble by the council. I don’t think it was helped
by having a road driven through the gardens during the
Second World War and tanks being driven over it for loading
off the Embankment.”
The marble top tiers of the original fountain, because of
its importance to the history of the town, are to be given
pride of place and planted out with flowers and an
inscription by the Dartmouth Gardens works team, Rob
Harkness, Steve Howrihane and Dave Barnes, who all come in
for praise at the way they care for the town’s gardens.
Richard added: “Throughout its lifetime the fountain has
been a focal point for people to meet their families,
parents their children, and grandparents their
grandchildren, especially during the regatta time. We have
all gained a bit of affection for it; plus the fact that
every year we have raised £700 from the monies people throw
in and given it to local charities.”
South Hams District Council is also helping the volunteer
effort by painting the railings surrounding the new
fountain, just a small part of continuing improvements at
Royal Avenue Gardens, which also includes the council works
for the combined community project, funded by the town
council and the Supermarket Section 106 Agreement fund, for
a Newcomen Plaza just next door. Work there is due to
finish in time for the official opening on May 26. Currently
the ‘Old Darts’ have removed the fountain and rubble,
repositioned the plumbing and are preparing to lay a
concrete base which will be finished with brick paviors
ready to receive the new fountain.
South Hams Executive Member for Environment Services
Councillor Jonathan Hawkins said: “The fountain is a focal
point of Royal Avenue Gardens and all of us in Dartmouth are
proud of it. This is an exciting project to commemorate the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and that is why I have contributed
towards this scheme. We look forward to seeing it finished”.
Both Councillor Hilary Bastone, (£500) and Councillor Melvyn
Stone (£200) have both donated from their Sustainable
Community Locality Funds. Cllr Bastone said: “This is
a supreme example of localism at work with the community,
through its own efforts, achieving an objective with a
superb outcome which will command respect and admiration for
generations to come”. Councillor Melvyn Stone, a life
member of the Old Darts, said: “It is really very important
for future generations that we replace this fountain. There
is a great spirit in the Old Darts for this project and I
congratulate all those in the past who have worked so hard
to keep it going. But replacing it in Queen
Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee year is fabulous – it is the
right time to change it.”
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Proper Tapas with a Browns Twist
James Brown reports: Tapas
Special Night this Thursday (tonight) but still need to find
a few tables! Don't be shy, call a friend and make a booking
We've just tasted a Portuguese
red which is gorgeous and a Turkish, which is a delight!
Both will be available by the glass on Thursday with a
couple of new whites, all the wines will suit the big
flavours of the Tapas.
Pop into the bar for one dish.
Book a table and if you're careful spend £15, if it's dinner
about £20 and £25 should see off the really hungry!
4. Small News
Saturday 31 March 2012 @ The Flavel. Yulia’s much
anticipated concert is nearly here and we have a few
remaining tickets…so if you have not bought yours yet
for Saturday do not delay, we know you will not be
disappointed. Please note Yulia is not now playing
Mephisto Waltz but Chopin’s - Polonaise Brillante
South Devon Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit is staging pre Easter
events helping people to understand and enjoy the
They include an event led by well known horticulturalist
Stevie Rogers at Ash Tree Farm near Dartmouth on Sunday
1st April from 2pm – 4pm. The walk will identify spring
flowers, shrubs and trees pointing out the importance of
our ancient local hedgerows to man and to wildlife. Meet
at Ash Tree Farm, signed off A3221 near Dartmouth. TQ6
‘Naturally arty on the beach’ is a special event for
families being staged at Wembury beach on Wednesday 4th
April 10am – 1pm. It will be an opportunity to help make
a fantastic piece of art from natural materials,
inspired by the beautiful landscape. Participants can
stay for the whole morning or drop in and stay as long
as they like, or until the tide comes in to wash it all
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