1. Homeless made
2. Art & Craft
3. Some Like It
5. Small News
‘Second-Homers’ made welcome
Recent visitors to St George’s
Church in Dittisham were surprised to find the usual entrance
locked, but then sat entranced when they saw why.
A pair of swallows had nested in the porch, using an old nest,
which had then collapsed with chicks inside. The six shivering
chicks were found huddled together for warmth on the porch
floor, but were rescued by kindly locals and given a small
basket which, we are told, was ‘lined with underpants (return
not required)’ – thank goodness! - and some nesting material, as
a temporary home from which they have all now fledged.
The churchwardens now plan to remove the old nests each autumn
so a such an accident cannot happen again. Dartmouth dot TV
hopes that there will be no objection to these second homers
applying for planning permission each summer!
Dartmouth Art & Craft Weekend – Lit up by the Olympic Torch!
Sue Tweed reports:
The Olympic Torch lit up faces at the 9th Annual Dartmouth
Art & Craft Weekend, held in aid of Children’s Hospice South
West in Royal Avenue Gardens last weekend, helping to raise
almost £3,000 for the charity. Gill Knight, Dartmouth
Torchbearer, spent Sunday morning taking photographs of
visitors holding the torch, raising a terrific £157 in
donations in the process! One 94-year old had missed being
an Olympian himself in 1954 by a mere 4ft in the Hammer
event, but proudly had his photograph taken holding the
Torch on Sunday!
And, as shown here, the
Dartmouth dot TV crew presented a £200 cheque from an
anonymous customer, who wanted to benefit a local charity.
With 99% fine weather, a record 26 stalls contained artists,
a potter, a pewter worker, driftwood, a sculptor, many other
craft-workers and Andrew Woodward playing some fascinating
music on his hammered dulcimer. Children had fun making
their ‘Raise a Smile’ hats while Marmalade the Mouse
provided mouse ears and faces and sold out of his wonderful
first edition first children’s book.
Proceeds from teas, sandwiches and delicious home-made cakes
provided by volunteers, bottle and toy tombola stalls, stall
fees and some extremely generous donations, raised a
tremendous £2,742 after expenses.
The money raised by the Friends Group helps Children's
Hospice South West to provide essential specialist care for
hundreds of terminally ill children and their families in
the South West. More volunteers would be very welcome, to
give any help they can, however little or infrequent, to
raise the funds needed to make the most of short and
precious lives. Contact Sarah Green on 01803 722340,
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Some Like It Hot - tonight
Director: Billy Wilder : Actors:
Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft : 121
minutes : Comedy/Classic
For those who haven't seen it, "Some Like It Hot" is one of
the greatest comedies ever. In a story of increasingly wild
absurdity, it follows the antics of two idiot musicians
(Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) who, after witnessing the St
Valentine's Day Massacre, struggle to escape the gangsters
(including a severely unsmiling George Raft) by dressing up
in drag and joining an all-girl band. Comic complications
aplenty ensue when Tony Curtis - now a pouting girlie -
strives to express his lust for the band’s lead singer Sugar
Kane (Marilyn Monroe), while Jack Lemmon - equally
high-voiced and simpering - is being pursued by an amorous
Joe E Brown, who has one of the funniest final punch lines
in screen comedy….. complimentary American-style hotdogs
will be available !!
This film is on tonight. Films are screened at The
Guildhall, Victoria Road, Dartmouth. The bar is open from
7.00pm and the films start at 7.30pm Guest tickets are
available on the night for £4.00 each from “The Windjammer”
Victoria Road between 7.00pm & 7.25pm only. No guest tickets
will be sold on the door. For more information call Clive Osborne on: Tel. 07968
This year’s publications from Dartmouth History Research
Jan Barwick reports: No
visit to Dartmouth is complete without a visit to one of the
town’s most historic and scenic locations, so all those who
love Bayards Cove will take much pleasure in David Stranak’s
book, ‘Bayards Cove’ which traces the routes through history
of the cove and some of its iconic buildings. From land
reclamation, castle construction and subsequent building
developments, there’s plenty here to inform and tantalise.
Did you know, for example, that the fort spent a part of its
life as a latrine and dung store, or that the Cottage
Hospital, now Morocco House, was established to celebrate
Queen Victoria’s jubilee and treated one of the first ever
In March 1791 English smugglers
came ashore in Mounts Bay, Cornwall, with an unusual cargo –
the Bishop of Breton – the first refugee clergy to arrive
following the French Revolution. Marguerita Brunt Seymour’s
study of religious persecution, the establishment of a
Catholic mission, the building of the town’s Catholic church
and the priests who have ministered there, is
comprehensively documented in ‘St John the Baptist Church:
Catholics in Dartmouth 1782-2012.’ Concluding remarks
consider the dilemmas facing Catholicism in general and
Dartmouth’s Catholic church in particular.
Eric Preston’s book ‘Thomas
Newcomen of Dartmouth’, published in conjunction with the
Dartmouth and Kingswear Society, was written in celebration
of Dartmouth’s pioneering engineer and inventor of the steam
engine to coincide with Newcomen’s tricentenary . Already
selling well, it’s a useful read for anyone who wants to
know more about the inventor, his time in the town, his work
and the developments that followed it.
All three publications are
available from the Dartmouth Community Bookshop, Dartmouth
Museum and the Tourist Information Centre.
5. Small News
There has been some
talk recently about the TIC and should it have a
physical presence in the town. We at Dartmouth dot
TV firmly believe it should. It is well known that
"post purchase support" makes for both a happy and a
repeat customer. When a holidaymaker come down to
Dartmouth, on the first or second day they often pop
into the TIC for advice on the best things to do.
That advice is without doubt the very best, such is the
dedication of the TIC staff. The visitors have a
great week, and come back again and again. Without
this vital support many visitors would not come back.
Hence we believe a physical presence of the TIC in a
high visibility location in the town is essential to the
long term sustainability of Dartmouth as a quality
Jo from The Angel
reports: We have recent changed to an all-day brasserie-style
menu at The Angel, Dartmouth in order to provide more
choice for holiday-makers during the daytime, while
still offering our evening diners more restaurant-style
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