1.  Town Criers' Competition

2.  Three Star Gold recipe

3.   Artist’s exhibition

4.   Our man at the Olympics

5.   Small News




1.  Town Criers' Competition

Led by David Frith from Bermuda with his bagpipes, the Town Criers and escorts, all in their brightly coloured costumes paraded along the South Embankment to the Royal Avenue Gardens where the subject of their 'Cry' was Newcomen the man who started the Industrial Revolution.

Twelve Town Criers took part in a vibrant competition last Sunday.  Our own Town Crier Lez Ellis was not allowed to compete in his home town.  The sun shone, we all had a great time, and thanks to Bayards Cove Hotel for coffee.  The winner this year, and in fact last year, was Mark Wylie from Calne in Wiltshire whose cry was not only very loud, but also very clear. We all look forward to next year !


2.  Dart Marina’s head chef creates Three Star Gold recipe with Salcombe Dairy

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 Britain.

“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 & Spa.

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 Dartmouth!”  Click here for more information.

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3.   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 photographer.

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 painterly skills.

The exhibition will run in the Flavel, Dartmouth, from 31 July-20 August.


4.  Our man at the Olympics

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, *Bang, *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?!


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