1. Magic of Mozart
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
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
Dartmouth in Bloom to Restore and Rejuvenate Dartmouth's
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.”
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
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
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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