1.   Jubilee Flotilla

2.   Galleries Week

3.   The Help on tonight

4.   The Face of  Newcomen

5.   Small News




1.  Jubilee Flotilla

Just 60 boats were allowed to take part and here are the best ones!  The embankment was lined with people in an almost Regatta frenzy as the decorated boats passed on the Kingswear side of the river.  The Dartmouth dot TV crew commandeered an old Dartmouth Pilot Boat and with some friends attempted to take some photographs whilst celebrating!


2.  Galleries Week

All our friends had their galleries open and are holding special exhibitions for the next week or so.  To see the best galleries in Dartmouth click here

'A Tale of Two Rivers' watercolours by Paul Riley, Exhibition runs until 23rd June 2012, open 10am-5pm Tues-Sat. We covered last week, click here to see that.  Pop into Foss Street to have a look?

And also White Sails Gallery are proud to exhibit the latest work by acclaimed watercolour artist Gillian Mcdonald. Gillian exhibited for many years here in Dartmouth and to mark her return has painted 6 new original works of Dartmouth which will be exhibited at the gallery for a short time, along with many other of her latest works. Gillian’s brooding landscapes are rich in atmosphere, evoking a sense of isolation and solitude, and each image is brought alive by her appreciation of the interplay between light and the natural environment. Her innate understanding of the subtleties of different light effects and her bold use of colour are the hallmarks for the harmony of her highly collectable paintings and prints.  White Sails are opposite the old book shop and next to Pillars newsagents.

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

Self catering accommodation click here

Dartmouth B and B  click here

Dartmouth Hotels click here

A Tourist Guide to Dartmouth click here

Shopping in Dartmouth click here

Eating and drinking in Dartmouth  click here


3.   The Help on tonight

Director: Tate Taylor ; Actors: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer : 146 minutes : Cert. 12A. Drama

A hugely enjoyable award-winning adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel…. Set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, The Help tells how Skeeter Phelan, a young, white would-be writer, convinces two black maids, Aibileen and Minny , to work secretly with her on a book. Skeeter wants the maids to reveal, anonymously, the hardships routinely inflicted on them by the wealthy families whose food they cook and whose children they raise. But the secret writing project and the resulting unlikely friendship breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realisation that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed - even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

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.   The Face of Thomas Newcomen

William Knight is the new face of Thomas Newcomen. He is taking the part of the 18th Century inventor of the world’s first working engine, in a play called "From Floods Defend". Bill Hunt, Chairman of Dartmouth Players said that William has worked with us in previous productions and is delighted that he has returned from New Zealand for 6 months and wants to play the part. By an amazing coincidence William Knight has written an article about Thomas Newcomen for the Institute of Engineers so was especially enthusiastic about playing the great inventor.

The play about Newcomen’s life and family was researched and written by Linda Churchill who said “It was quite a challenge researching the background of someone about whom so little was known or published, we don’t even know what he looked like, but I have discovered some previously unknown facts about him which will be included in the play”
The picture shows William Knight in period costume for the part.

The play is part of the Dartmouth’s celebrations commemorating the Tercentenary of Thomas Newcomen’s great invention in 1712. It is to be performed at the Flavel Centre in Dartmouth on July 9th and 10th at 7.30pm. Tickets now available from the box office (01803) 839530. More information by clicking here.


5.   Small News

  • The top  © HDR image  was taken by local photographer Harry Slight.

  • Sam Geen reports:  Dartmouth Pre-school are holding a summer fete on Saturday 9th June in the Royal Avenue Gardens. It starts at 10.00am with refreshments and games and lots to see and do. There will be a free children's fancy dress competition on at 11.30am - judged by members of the Old Dartmothian's Association with prizes. Everyone is welcome to come along and join the fun.

  • The Anzac Club would like to thank everyone who took part in the Jubilee celebrations & this Sunday 10th June @ 4pm feature SIMON GEE excellent vocalist & Guitarist - lets hope he can bring sunshine too!

  • The TIC reports: Volunteers from Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre attended a Travel Advisor training programme presented by Sue Stone & Julia Makepeace. During May we have had in excess of 500 visitors coming through our door every day. This figure will rise to over 1000 visitors every day during the peak summer season.  We are always pleased to talk to anyone who has local knowledge and customer service experience and would be interested in joining our happy friendly team of volunteers.

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