1. A Tale of Two
2. Blue Skye
5. Small News
1. A Tale of Two
Paul Riley reports: “The two rivers
depicted in this exhibition are the river Vltava in Prague, the
home river of my wife Tina, and my own “home” river – The River
Last year I had an exhibition of watercolours in Prague, the
highlight of which were several images of the Vltava, which
focused on the rafters who used to ply the river for centuries
up until the 1940’s.
The paintings were a form of “nostalgie” for the time and a
celebration of the extraordinary character and strength of the
men who piloted these craft.
Alongside my interest in the Vltavan story I have long been
fascinated by what the river Dart must have been like a hundred
odd years ago. I refer to a bygone era when there were schooners
delivering fruit, classic yachts sailing for pleasure, great
working fishing boats and paddle steamers carrying passengers
and catering for tourists.
I harken back to not such a long time ago when men cast their
nets from wooden rowing boats to catch salmon. I used to
accompany these men, especially “Big Patrick” to paint them at
work. Woe betide they didn’t catch anything as I would be
As for the craft of the river Dart that used to look so splendid
there are various sad wrecks, which tell the tale of the decline
of an era. The Brixham trawler however, still lives on in the
capable hands of Trinity Sailing who are able to introduce new
sailors both young and old to these wonderful boats. One of the
Kingswear Castles still motors on in London of all places!
for more paintings.
Blue Skye Thinking
Baxters on Foss St is holding an
exhibition entitled “Blue Skye Thinking” to coincide with
Dartmouth Galleries Week which starts with the private view
on Friday 1st June at 6pm.
The Baxters show is an
exhibition of work from, or inspired by, The Isle of Skye
and features paintings, prints and ceramics from 4 artists –
James Newton Adams (pictured), Liz Myhill, Rowena Brown and
Click here to see more from Baxters.
There will be 14
galleries open on Friday evening so it’s well worth a visit
and a great way to start your long weekend.
To see the best
Galleries in Dartmouth
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Dartmouth Anglo French Association 35 year celebrations
Brilliant sunshine greeted our
French visitors as DAFA (Dartmouth Anglo French Association)
celebrated their 35th year of twinning with Courseulles sur
Mer this weekend. As well as the cultural exchange our
visitors from France enjoyed our shops and filled their bus
up with presents and souvenirs of their visit. To see
exactly what we all did
click here. Pictured above are the Town Mayors of
Courseulles sur Mer and Dartmouth signing a new 35th
anniversary charter, prepared by Paul Barclay, and a trip
aboard the Fairmile to view the D Day practice site in Start
Bay. It was a great opportunity to renew friendships
and welcome new visitors. If you would like to be
involved with DAFA, contact the Secretary, Wendy Rendle on
Derek Guy took the beautiful
photograph of a deer nonchalantly swimming across the river
near Dittisham earlier this week.
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5. Small News
DHNA reports: this
Saturday and Sunday, 2/3 June, The British Marine
Federation event ‘Try A Boat Free! 2012’ will take place
in Dartmouth. The event will offer newcomers to
the river rides in a multitude of vessels supplied by
local companies. It will be run from the Dartmouth Yacht
DHNA reports: As
part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee, an informal River Dart pageant of boats will
travel between the Higher Ferry, Dartmouth and Totnes on
the afternoon of Saturday 2 June 2012. The boats will
muster in the vicinity of the Higher Ferry near
Sandquay, and proceed north at 2 knots, with the
intention of arriving in Totnes at 1700, to join a
community event ashore at The Longmarsh.
DHNA reports: As
part of the ongoing celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee, a pageant of River Dart boats will parade the
river between the Castles and Dittisham on Monday
afternoon (4 June) at 3pm. Starting from The Range
(south of The Castles, Dartmouth and Kingswear) at 3pm
the ‘line astern’ (review) formation will head up river
returning to Dartmouth for approximately 5pm. There are
60 vessels participating in the event (one for each of
the 60 years), with approximately 8 support boats.
The flotilla boats will be spaced at intervals of 20
yards making the formation an amazing single column of
craft almost 1 mile long!
Don't forget you could watch the flotilla from St Petrox
Church and have a cream tea at the same time!
Tickets £2.50 in advance from Sue Black (833923) and
£3.00 on the day
Harry Escott from
the RNLI reports: Jubilee Waterborne Street Party on
Monday 4 June on the Cardiff Castle, embark on the Town
Quay at 19:00 depart 19:30. Just £15 per head for the
trip, a disco and a choice of hot supper, all proceeds
to Dart Lifeboat.
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