1.   Olympic Torch Route

2.   New fountain

3.   Proper Tapas

4.   Small News




1.  Olympic Torch Route

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 Torchbearer Stage.

From the official website: to places of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).  That would be us then!

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.


2.  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.”

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3.   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 01803 832572

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

  • Yulia Chaplina 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 protected landscape.

    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 0LR

    ‘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 away!

    Further information about these and many more events click here.

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