1.  Candlelit Dartmouth

2.  ITV1's Secret Dealers

3.  Local artisan blacksmith

4.  Christmas Fayre

5.  Small News

 

 

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1.  Candlelit Dartmouth

Final preparations are underway for the biggest ever Candlelit Dartmouth festival, which starts tomorrow. Thousands of visitors are expected to flock into the picturesque Elizabethan town for the two-night extravaganza.  Now in its sixth year, the volunteer-run event will see Dartmouth filled with with music, festive markets and street entertainment. Weekend highlights include Father Christmas’s arrival by boat complete with naval escort on opening night.

On Saturday evening, hundreds of people will carry hand-made paper lanterns through the streets. The Candlelit Parade has become famous for its creative and ambitious lantern designs. Giant swans, crabs and even a replica of the town’s Higher Ferry have all floated through the town in previous years.  The weekend will feature Dartmouth’s largest Christmas market. Stalls will fill the town’s historic meeting places including Royal Avenue Gardens, the Quay, the Old Market and Flavel Place. The hugely popular Best Dressed Christmas Dog competition also makes a return.

Throughout Saturday street entertainers will mix with the crowds including fire jugglers, unicyclists, Morris Men and a samba band. A traditional Santa’s Grotto will be at the Flavel Centre. A free park and ride service will run from 10am on Saturday 1 December. Late night shopping is on both nights.  Organiser Steve Thomas said: “Interest in this year’s Candlelit Dartmouth has been phenomenal. We’ve had hundreds of people take part in the lantern making workshops and requests for stalls in the market are 30 percent up on last year. It’s going to be our best festival yet.” “This is a community event that not only gives everyone a brilliant start to the festive season but helps support Dartmouth’s shops and restaurants, 80 percent of which are independently owned.”  (Photo from last year's event)

Friday 30th November 2012
4 - 8.00pm Markets and music in the Royal Avenue Gardens, The Quay and Flavel Place
4.00pm - 5.15pm Dartmouth Academy Choir followed by Drum Line in Royal Avenue Gardens
5.15pm - Carol singing around the Christmas tree
5.50pm - Switch on of the Christmas tree lights
6.00pm - Santa arriving by boat in the Boatfloat (with escort from the Britannia Royal Naval College)
7.30pm - Candlelit Arias at The Flavel (pre-booking essential)

Saturday 1st December
10.00am - 7.00pm Markets and street entertainment in the Royal Avenue Gardens, The Quay and Flavel Place
10.00am - 5.00pm Dartmouth Academy Christmas Fair in The Old Market
10:30am - The children of Dartmouth Pre School Carol Singing on the Bandstand
10.30am - 3.30pm Children's craft & wreath-making workshops & Santa's Grotto in The Flavel
2.00pm - Best Dressed Christmas Dog competition in the bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens
5.30pm - Lantern procession starts at The Old Market
6.00pm - Lantern procession arrives in Royal Avenue Gardens for finale and live music.
7.30pm - Candlelit Arias at The Flavel (pre-booking essential)

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2.  ITV1's Secret Dealers

Katy Roberts reports: My name is Katy and I am a Researcher on the ITV1 Antiques programme, Secret Dealers. We are starting production on the fourth series of the show and we are looking for people with a passion for collecting from around the UK to apply to be on the programme. We are looking to film in Devon and I was hoping that we could maybe get some information out via the local parish newsletter or magazine.

Secret Dealers sees three rival antique dealers doing battle in private homes for items they can sell. The competing dealers tour the house inspecting everything of value. The owners are then faced with a bonanza of surprise valuations and cash offers on some of their most prized (or not so prized) possessions. They can either accept or reject the offers and the owners must then face the choice between sentimental attachment and the chance to make a fast buck.

If you know of anyone with antiques or collectables that they would consider selling then we would love to hear from them!  My number is 0117 970 7674 if you have any questions or would like to chat more about the programme.
Click here to e-mail me. 

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3.   Local artisan blacksmith

Sarah from Baxters Gallery in Foss Street reports: Baxters is really pleased to now have the work of local artisan blacksmith Joff Hopper from Dartington.

Joff established Metal Pig Forge 15 years ago and his work is inspired by the Devon coastline.

He creates pieces of all sizes and has recently completed double entrance gates for Greenway. Baxters has candle holders and wall sconces available – just in time and very appropriate for the Candlelit Dartmouth weekend. The birds nest candle holder has an amazing 20 feet of wrapped hand forged steel in it. Each piece is stamped with a small pig logo.

To visit Baxters Gallery click here to see a few other good galleries in Dartmouth click here.

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4.  Christmas Fayre

Wendy Rendle reports: The annual Christmas Fayre is being held in St Saviour’s Church this Saturday 1st December from 10.00am. Come along and buy your presents - we will have Christmas decorations, jewellery and toiletries, crafts and home made gifts, books, children’s toys and games, as well as home made Christmas and other cakes, chutneys, pickles and preserves.

The raffle includes a hamper full of Christmas goodies. Why not also enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or coffee with home made cakes, mince pies and biscuits after all that shopping! Entry is free and everyone is welcome. (photo from last years event)

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5.   Small News

  • Sam Geen reports: The children of Dartmouth Pre School, Southford Road SchoolRooms will be Carol Singing for the Candellit Festival 10.30am Saturday 1st December in the Bandstand, Royal Avenue Gardens.

    We will also be selling toys at the Xmas Market Saturday 8th December in order to raise much needed funds for the school, which is celebrating its 60th year.
     

  • Carols by Candlelight
    As the season of Advent begins this Sunday 2nd December, St Petrox Church hosts an advent carol concert with ‘Sine Nomine’, a capella singers beginning at 5.30pm. Beautiful music in a stunning location by candlelight, don’t miss it! Everyone is welcome, so wrap up warm and don't forget to bring a torch!
     

  • Lunch for Christian Aid - On Tuesday 4th December at 12 noon in St Saviour's Church. Come and have a simple lunch in exchange for a donation to Christian Aid, which will help the needy at home or in the Third World. Open to everyone – come and bring a friend. As Christmas approaches now is surely the right time to make a special effort for those less fortunate than ourselves.
     

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  • Helen Woodman reports: Dear Friends, The Ditsum Players’ next production will be Black Comedy, by Peter Shaffer (of Equus and Amadeus fame). It’s a hilarious 1960s one-act farce, and will be performed in Dittisham Village Hall on the evenings of Friday 7 December, Saturday 8 December & Sunday 9 December. The play will be performed cabaret-style, with the ticket price including a simple supper. A bar will be open before and after the show. Doors open at 6.45 (for drinks and pre-show nibbles), with performances at 7.30 and supper to follow at 9.00 approx.

    Pre-booking is essential, because of the catering requirements. Tickets are £12.50 for adults and £6 for children aged 8 – 16 (the play is not recommended for under-8s). For tickets, please contact Gail Mosley on 01803 722633 (mobile 07710 740812) or e-mail by clicking here

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