1.  Homeless made welcome

2.  Art & Craft Weekend

3.  Some Like It Hot

4.  Dartmouth History

5.  Small News




1.  Homeless ‘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!


2.  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,

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

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3.   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 026449


4.   This year’s publications from Dartmouth History Research Group

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 aviation casualties?

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 tourist destination.

  • 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 dishes.  Click here to read more.

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