1.   New flats

2.   Valentine's Night

3.   The First Grader

4.   Small News




1.  New flats on the St John Ambulance site

The Council Chamber was packed last night for a presentation by G M Planning Services on proposals for the Old Ambulance Station.  The audience seemed pleased that the existing approved proposal using a derelict wooden boat shed as inspiration, had been given the elbow.  Instead a modernist building reminiscent of the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright mixed in with echoes of Coventry Cathedral was shown.  Featuring strong verticals and detailed colouring, this new building will tidy up the corner hugely.  The photo shows a scale model that included boats and buses!

Ever since Vavasour House was built there was always the intention and the planning permission to build phase II.  The only real debate was what and when.  The previous "boat shed design" was met with hostility by local people,  turned down by Dartmouth Town Council and also by South Hams District Council; the developers, ignoring public opinion, sought an appeal and were successful.  Luckily though, the site has been sold in the last six months to developers who have a feel for Dartmouth.

Most Town Councillors were very relieved at this new proposal and one commented that "it is breath of fresh air"  The top penthouse flat will feature a Japanese roof top garden.


2.  Valentine's Night

James Brown reports: It's that time of the year but it's also half term!

Whether you are eating with us or going out for dinner at another restaurant why not drop by the bar. We've got vintage rose by the glass, oysters and special lovely cocktails. As its half term and not everyone is loved up we'll keep the bar food moving and the tempo a little lighter in the bar. Don't be shy!

If however you want to book dinner we are offering a complimentary glass of rose Janz and canapes for each diner in the restaurant. The menu will have some additional specials including a chocolate fondue to share!

This is not a special night so why not use your loyalty card points! 

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

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3.   The First Grader on show tonight

Director: Justin Chadwick, Actors: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, 103 minutes, Cert. 12A. Biography/Drama

This inspiring story of the power of education and the right to equality, The First Grader is set in Kenya in 2003, where Maruge, an 84 year old village elder uses a government initiative to claim the education he has always craved but could never afford.

A former Mau Mau fighter, Maruge’s desire to learn to read and write has been sparked – but when he presents himself at the school gates, he finds head teacher Jane alone in being sympathetic to his cause. Shooting in the stunning Kenyan rift valley, using a real school and its pupils, gives the film an authentic sense of place and community, and the children’s uninhibited natural performances are a joy to watch. There is humour woven throughout and a heart-warming affection and mutual respect between the dignified old man and his passionately progressive young teacher.

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 £3.50 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


5.   Small News

  • Carol Trant, Business Support Officer, South Hams District Council reports:

    If you run a business, or are involved in a social enterprise could I please encourage you to complete the South Hams Business Survey which includes questions around broadband and premises requirements. The survey only takes about 10 mins to complete with only 30 questions. Click here to fill it in please.

  • Dr Sarah Wollaston MP will be at the Townstal Community Hall to meet the public on Monday 13th February at 7pm

  • A special fundraising performance by the BRNC Volunteer Concert Band at The Flavel on Thursday 23 February @ 7.30pm.

    This is a great opportunity to see, hear and support our local big band. Tickets are just £8 adult or £5 under 18s. Full programme and tickets on sale from the Box Office on 01803 839530 or online by clicking here.

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