1.  Magic of Mozart

2.  Community Greenhouse

3.  World Book Day

4.  Small News




1.  Magic of Mozart

Opera Bohème brings the Magic of Mozart to the Flavel on Saturday, 23rd March in a gala evening of operatic favourites from some of his best-known works, including Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, The Magic Flute and Clemenza di Tito.

Formed last year and based in London, Opera Bohème aims to provide opportunities for young professional singers, just embarking on their careers, to sing grand opera. The young soloists featured in this exciting gala performance are: Rebecca Dale (soprano), Aurore Lacabe (mezzo), Alex Anderson-Hall (tenor), James McOran-Campbell (baritone) and Peter Brooke (bass).

The performance begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £16, £15 (Concessions), £5 (under 18s). An excellent Pre-Show supper is also available for this performance in the Flavel Arts Café - two courses for £15 (advanced booking essential). For Supper bookings and concert tickets call the Box Office on 01803 839530. Tickets can also be purchased online by clicking here.


2.  Dartmouth in Bloom to Restore and Rejuvenate Dartmouth's Community Greenhouse

Dartmouth in Bloom has big plans to restore one of Dartmouth's greatest assets, the Community Greenhouse, to its former Edwardian glory and return it to its rightful position at the centre of the community.
Recognising the huge historical importance of the Greenhouse and its part in the heritage of the town, the Bloom team has put substantial research into the history of the Greenhouse and also into finding specialists in the restoration of historic greenhouses. The team would love to hear from anyone who remembers the Greenhouse in its earlier days who can add to our knowledge, and in particular want to track down some early photographs to help with the restoration.
The Greenhouse, built in 1905, was an original feature of the 'New Ground' which became Royal Avenue Gardens, and remains the oldest surviving feature of the gardens (six years older than the bandstand). It is part of the heritage of the town. Its role was to provide flowers for the town's flowerbeds and even the Council offices.
The Dartmouth in Bloom team have worked on a Management and Restoration Plan, setting out their aims and objectives for working with the owners, South Hams District Council, to ensure full community use of this fantastic asset. One aim is to grow plants for the hanging baskets and other floral displays around the town in the Community Greenhouse, something which has not been done for many years. The team would like to work with South Hams to ensure access for wheelchair users to enjoy gardening at a height useful to them. Studies have shown that gardening can have huge benefits to Alzheimer's sufferers, as the therapeutic activity can trigger the good memories that Alzheimer's pushes out of focus. If the Greenhouse can be made properly accessible, the team would like it to be used by the elderly, the infirm, those suffering from physical or mental impairment, who would enjoy some fun gardening but have nowhere to do it at the moment.

Dartmouth in Bloom are hoping to secure the blessing of the owners, as they would like to implement initiatives with our younger residents too, and have plans for an 'education area' where courses can be held to help children and adults learn more about horticulture. Also included would be a 'heritage area', with information about the history of the Greenhouse and its role in the town, so that local people and visitors alike can appreciate the historical importance of the building.

In short, the Management and Restoration Plan for the Dartmouth Community Greenhouse would enable it to become a jewel in the crown of South Hams' assets, as it would be one of a very small number of community greenhouses in England. For Dartmouth the benefits would be both visual and cultural, the building would become a tourist attraction in its own right. As all Dartmouth businesses know, the more we have to attract visitors the more likely they are to enjoy spending their hard earned money in our town.

The plan depends, of course, on the rescue of the greenhouse. The base seems solid, though it will need to be checked. It is hoped that the upper frame, though rotten in places, can be rescued for long enough for this year's planting work to go forward while funding is being raised. “We very much hope that South Hams will be happy to allow us to work with them on this project,” said Secretary Melanie Trent “Just look at what Dartmouth would have at the end of it; a beautifully restored, practical greenhouse for the use of the whole community, as well as a unique new tourist attraction, and at the same time we will have preserved another important part of the heritage of the town.”

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3.   World Book Day in Dartmouth

Kathy Stansfield reports: The Dartmouth Community Bookshop welcomed more than 100 pupils from the Dartmouth Academy who came to the shop to exchange their vouchers for free books on World Book Day, March 7. They came in relays through the day, while they were working at the library, keeping the manager, Andrea Saunders and the volunteers busy all day. On Tuesday the shop had a visit from Kingswear Primary School pupils.

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day.

'It was wonderful to watch the pupils select their books and look at all the other great children's' books we have in the shop', said Andrea. 'We hope to see more youngsters bringing in their £1 vouchers, which are valid until March 24.'


4.   Small News

  • For more snow pictures from Dartmouth this week click here.

  • Led by The Revd Will Hazlewood, an intrepid band of pilgrims is setting off tomorrow to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in deepest Norfolk, where the easterly wind comes straight from Siberia.  Let's hope the weather warms up for them.  More news next week.

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