1.  Open Art Exhibition

2.  Dart Drama Festival

3.  Benda Bilili tonight

4.  Business advice

5.  Small News




1.  Open Art Exhibition The River’s Story

The exhibition runs until 12 November in the Flavel, pop in and have a look?  The inspiration for the theme of this year’s Open Art Exhibition at the Flavel, Dartmouth was taken from a poem by local poet Brian Patten – The River’s Story.

The £200 first prize was won by Margaret Stenning from Tavistock with a beautiful acrylic painting titled ‘The River of Life’. The Flavel Gallery committee felt that this entry best reflected the theme of the exhibition and were very impressed by the way the artist had captured so many interesting themes in one piece of work. The runner up prize of £50 Flavel vouchers went to local artist Beverly Beeland from Capton with a stunning piece of carved mahogany called ‘Pi – Cut from a Sensuous River’.

Sarah Hackford, the Flavel’s Artistic Director said ‘We were highly impressed with the quality of the entries we received for this year’s exhibition. It is always amazing to see such an array of talented work from local people and always so difficult to choose a winner! We are planning to run an Open Photographic Exhibition in 2013, details will be announced nearer the time.


2.  Dart Drama Festival

“Small but beautifully formed”, the Dart Drama Festival 2012 is set, ready to step into the spotlight at Dartmouth’s Flavel Theatre.

Mrs Dowding said:” Many of our regular participants are engaged in their own shows this year, which is good. So, we are really delighted to bring to the Flavel, four local societies, all of whom can be thought of as "core" contributors to the festival over the past years. “In true festival fashion these groups have stepped up to the mark in what promises to be a varied and entertaining programme of challenging One Act Plays. “This means that our offering for 2012 is uncomplicated, two nights and each night features the same societies and the same plays, so if our audiences can make either the Friday or Saturday night they will be sure of not missing anything.”

Taking part this year is Stoke Fleming Operatic and Dramatic Society which is kicking off the evenings’ entertainment with a light hearted comedy set in a retirement home entitled “Old Folks” by Archie Wilson. Ditsum Players are performing a two-hander, “Last Post” a light drama from the “Deckchairs” series by Jean McConnell. Another two-hander is coming by way of the Inn Theatre Company, well-known for its annual Dartmouth Shakespeare Week. They are tackling a 1920 drama, “A Matter of Husbands” from the pen of Hungarian playwright, Ferenc Molnár.
In complete contrast, Salcombe Players, despite a year of bereavements and illness, have pulled out all the stops to present the delightful and fast moving comedy “Gosforth’s Fete” from Alan Ayckbourn’s “Confusions” series.

The dates for the Dart Drama Festival are Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November at 7.30pm when each of the four plays will be performed on both nights. So to be sure o your place in the audience, tickets are on sale priced, adult £8, child £6 and concessions £7. from the Flavel Box Office 01803 839530 or online by clicking here. Disabled access is available. For further details, please visit the festival’s website by clicking here.

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3.   Benda Bilili tonight !

Directors: Renaud Baret, Florent de la Tullaye : Actors: Leon Likabu, Roger Landu : 85 minutes : Cert. PG. Documentary/Music

Benda Bilili (which means "look beyond appearances") is the name of a band - a ramshackle alliance of middle-aged paraplegics and street kids - from the rutted, alternately muddy and dusty streets of run-down Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This heartwarming Franco-Belgian documentary, made between 2004 and 2009, records their heroic struggles to support their families through music (an exuberant blend of blues and African rumba) reflecting the hopes and sadness of their everyday lives. They dream of stardom and the film shows how they wend their way from African slum to European concert hall.

Benda Bilili!" earns its exclamation mark. It's a feel-good movie that actually makes you feel good, a story that will have you shaking your head in astonishment and moving your feet to some unstoppable rhythms.

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.   Business advice support available for small businesses in Dartmouth

South Hams District Council reports on a scheme to help Dartmouth businesses improve their competitiveness, attract more customers and safeguard jobs.  A business advisor will visit the business premises, and offer advice on various aspects of business management – including development of a full business plan if required. Through discussions with the business owner or manager, an in depth review will be undertaken, in order to identify areas that can be improved or amended. Such areas may include:

* Financial management, budgeting analysis of financial performance
* What areas of the business are producing the best margins – are you maximising the return from these?
* Developing marketing plans
* Developing sales plans
* Developing financial plans
* Looking at customer care and increasing income from all customers
* Retaining customers
* Reducing costs
* Identify your short and long term business objectives
* Identify an action plan to achieve your objectives

Business reviews are being offered to existing businesses to help them grow and improve their profitability. During the one-to-one health checks all relevant aspects of the business are reviewed including finance, marketing, customer relations or health & safety. The expert advice would normally cost around £500 but is available for just £20 thanks to grant funding. To talk through how the scheme can help you contact David Hinshelwood, telephone 0800 592872 or email by clicking here 


5.   Small News

  • Police Crime Commissioner Election. Meet some of the Candidates:

    Nicky Williams
    Brian Blake
    William Morris
    Graham Calderwood
    Ivan Jordan

    Listen to their presentations and ask your questions at the end. At Townstal Community Hall, Davis Road
    Friday 9th November 6.30pm for 7pm start

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