2. ITV1's Secret
3. Local artisan
4. Christmas Fayre
5. Small News
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
10:30am - The children of Dartmouth Pre School Carol Singing on
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)
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
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.
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
Joff established Metal Pig Forge
15 years ago and his work is inspired by the Devon
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
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)
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.
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
copyright Dave Cawley,