1.   A Tale of Two Rivers

2.   Blue Skye Thinking

3.   Dartmouth Twinning

4.   Social Networking

5.   Small News




1.  A Tale of Two Rivers

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 Dart.

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 blamed.

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!  Click here for more paintings.


2.  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 Chris Barnes.  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 click here.

Why not come down for the weekend, or even a week?

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3.   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 832435.


4.   Social Networking

Derek Guy took the beautiful photograph of a deer nonchalantly swimming across the river near Dittisham earlier this week.

And a shameless plug, day to day news and photographs are often only on our Facebook channel.  We are registered as Media/News/Publishing, and so successful are we that other Facebook pages frequently link to us, thanks guys!  But to get our news first click here and press the "Like" button on the top right of the page.  Ask all your friends to "Like" the page too please ?

Facebook is beginning to replace e-mail as it is simple, quick, easy to upload photos, works on new mobile phones and is genuinely friendly (never any spam, you only get people you approve first) and if needed private too.


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 Club pontoon.

  • 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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