1. Town Criers'
2. Three Star Gold
4. Our man at the
5. Small News
Dart Marina’s head chef creates Three Star Gold recipe with
A recipe for iced yoghurt has
tickled the taste buds of judges at this year’s Great Taste
Awards – gongs that have become widely known and recognised
as the Oscars of the fine food world. Tom Woods, Head Chef
at Dart Marina Hotel & Spa in Dartmouth, Devon, created the
Tregothnan Honey Frozen Yoghurt Ice recipe with Salcombe
Dairy, also based in Devon. The recipe has been awarded a
coveted Three Star Gold Great Taste Award and it has also
been listed on the Great Taste Award’s Top 50 Foods in
“I was blown away when I heard
the news – and so pleased for Dan Bly at Salcombe Dairy who
I’ve worked with on the project. The recipe is totally West
Country – I made it with honey from the Tregothnan Estate in
Cornwall, cream from a small dairy farm in Devon and yoghurt
from Yarty Valley at Axminster, again in Devon. As a chef
working at the heart of the Devon food scene, this is all
great news for Devon, and of course to have a Great Taste
Award for a recipe I’ve had the honour to work on is a great
result,” explained Tom Woods, Head Chef at Dart Marina Hotel
Salcombe Dairy’s Dan Bly said;
“Tom has worked with us to develop several new recipes, both
classic combinations and innovative new ices and these take
us to another level. We already supply restaurants across
the South West and many high class restaurants in the South
East including chefs in London who demand pure flavours,
quality ingredients and a point of difference. Our ice
creams and sorbets are also on board Air New Zealand and
Singapore Airlines flights – so this new flavour with its
Great Taste Award may be winging across the oceans if we are
lucky. It’s also fitting that the ingredients are sourced
from within the West Country and we celebrate this award for
ourselves and for the spotlight it shines on Salcombe and
here for more information.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Dartmouth artist’s exhibition of drawings and paintings
Being rescued from the mud has
not been an unknown event in artist David Barwick’s life. “I
do carry a lot of stuff, so tend to want the car fairly
close to where I’m painting – but it has meant that
sometimes I’ve taken it into places where most motorists
would not venture. On a couple of occasions I’ve been very
grateful for the local farmer’s tractor-rescue service!”
Working out in the landscape –
his favourite subject matter – has always been important to
David, who trained as a painter at Walthamstow School of Art
and, in his final year, was awarded the Royal Academy of Art
David Murray Landscape Painting Scholarship. He has since
held exhibitions in London, Devon, Gloucestershire,
Manchester and Norfolk, and his work figures in numerous
private and corporate collections in England and abroad. He
also trained as a teacher and is a self- taught
Of his painting David says, “I
love those places where man has left a mark which modifies
the view, a hedge line or old wall following the form of a
hill, a distant house with its shelter of trees, the
patterns made by his use of the land, the rhythm of his
ploughing. I love the immediacy that comes from working
directly in the landscape, although recently I am working
more in the studio from the drawings and sketches made en
plein air. Fundamentally, of course, the subject will still
control me in some way...I believe drawing and painting are
forms of magic.”
David is a longstanding
resident of Dartmouth, first moving here in the early 1970s
to set up his own photography business, when he was a
regular freelancer commissioned by the Dartmouth Chronicle
and Kingsbridge Gazette. For nearly two decades he was Head
of Art at Churston Grammar School, inspiring generations of
students, many of whom have gone on to make a name for
themselves in the art world. Former County Arts Adviser
Professor Robert Clements, OBE, once described David as ‘the
best teacher of painting in the county.’ After retirement,
he continued teaching at both Salcombe Art Club and at
Harbour House in Kingsbridge, as well as developing his own
body of work. This exhibition, bringing together material
made over a number of years and including several self
portraits, demonstrates the range of his illustrative and
The exhibition will run in the
Flavel, Dartmouth, from 31 July-20 August.
4. Our man at the
David Woods shown on the left is one
of the 1,000 volunteer drummers, he reports: Friday 27th July
2012 – The day of the Olympic Opening Ceremony. I arrive at
Stratford station and lock up my bike along with the crowds,
which are just phenomenal. Many are there with no tickets; just
absorbing the electric atmosphere. I walk through Westfield
shopping centre where all the shops are closed. I continue into
the ‘priority lane’ to Security check-in and enter the Olympic
Park. I pause for a few moments in order to savour the whole
atmosphere (I feel very important with my priority pass).
6.10pm – I check into the
‘Performers area’ (back stage), where I receive the usual;
packed meal, fm radio and third security pass. I then proceed to
my designated chair, where my costume is set out for me. I also
find that a personal certificate from Danny Boyle and a copy of
the programme have been left for me. I immediately thumb the
programme and locate my name in the cast list! Taking thirty
minutes to walk around the stadium – I meet the other cast
members; nurses / Mary Poppins / bouncing punks / Chelsea
pensioners / Grimethorpe colliery band / Brunels / and many
more... The excitement is electric.
I return to the changing zone, where
I put on my ‘industrial’ costume, set the FM radio in ears and I
am checked from head to toe by the costume team (they notice
that in my haste I have put my trousers on back to front!). We
then have a cast photo and final words from the drum director.
Five minute call – collect my drum. Now it is my time to go into
position and wait for the show to start. On the way; a ticket
checker for the audience asks: “Can I see your ticket?” (I’m
dressed in costume with a drum) – What a Muppet... You can
imagine my response!!! With only moment to go I hear a call come
over the radio from our director: “Have a good show!” Some
female cast members are crying.
3 – 2 – 1 – GO!
We all drum like never before for seventeen minutes. *Bang,
I then take my final position, which is halfway up the
Glastonbury Tor, under a tree. In this position; I enjoy a
magnificent view into the centre of the arena. The atmosphere is
absolutely sensational. We finish our section, take a bow and
leave the stage. As the show goes on – I drop off my drum and
return to the podium to see as much of the show as I dare,
before having to change into my next costume. I return to the
changing area and put on my ‘marshal’ costume, before being
called to my waiting position under the stadium.
As the previous acts return – Dizzy Rascal passes by me with
four of his minders; he poses for photos and signs autographs
for the cast. In our FM radio’s we hear the show continually.
The start of the athlete’s parade:
As athletes pass by me they stop and want to take photographs
and chat. The question I ask all of them is: “What is your
sport?” As the athletes continue to pass me – my eyes are
suddenly drawn toward a seven feet tall Chinese basketball
player. His large frame reaches to the sky as he carries the
country’s flag with pride.
We hear over the radio: “The Australians are getting into the
wrong place... Stop them entering area A” (which is not safe)...
“Repeat... Move the Australians quickly!”
Enter France – Loud cheer.
Enter India – Loud cheer.
Enter Jamaica – Huge cheer.
Enter USA – Massive cheer.
Enter GB Team – The stadium erupts with applause and cheers.
The fireworks, the speeches and then the Arctic Monkeys play...
The flying doves... I see it all.
Then the torch arrives into the Stadium. I am within five metres
of the seven torch bearers. I am only one metre from the central
flame itself, facing the ‘Royal Box’. The flame is ignited and I
can physically feel the heat.
The music. The fireworks. What a finale.
As the crowd leave; we marshal the
athletes out of the stadium, but the GB athletes remain. We
chat, take photos and get autographs. What a privilege it feels.
For a few more minutes; I continue to ‘party’ whilst on the
stage, before having to leave and get changed. We are given the
two costumes and a drum to keep, but I am on my bicycle... How
do I propose to take all this kit?!
copyright Dave Cawley,