1.  SpinDrift Dance

2.  40th anniversary walk

3.  Dinghy Rack relocated

4.  Small News




1.  SpinDrift Dance Company : Obstacles and Horizons

An evening of contemporary dance encompassing beautiful lyricism, physicality and gravity-defying stunts can be seen at the Flavel on Saturday, 26TH January when SpinDrift Dance Company bring their latest performance project to Dartmouth. Featuring new choreography and performance by Sarah Farrow Jones, Suzie West, Susie Reeves Smith and Impermanence.

Based in the South West, SpinDrift cleverly combine contemporary dance with characterfull stories and film. With music ranging from classical to electronic, including two pieces specially written for this project, ‘Obstacles and Horizons’ is a series of choreographed pieces which portray the joys and frustrations of living in the South Hams. Devised by the dancers themselves, they were inspired by moments of privacy, hesitations and the discovery of beauty in everyday people and their horizons.

Founded in 2009 by Suzie West and Sam Dukes, SpinDrift is a company of professional dancers who enjoy collaborating with home-grown talent and artists from other disciplines to present inspiring, high-quality work. Guest artists from fellow companies and local enthusiasts will join SpinDrift for this exciting showcase of dance.

The performance begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 and £5 (under 18). Tickets can be bought online by clicking here  or by calling the Box Office on 01803 839530.


2.  AONB Patron Jonathan Dimbleby joins South West Coast Path Association 40th anniversary walk

South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit is pleased to announce that patron Jonathan Dimbleby will be walking the stretch of the South West Coast Path’s Great South West Walk event on Tuesday 16th April from Stoke Fleming to Torcross.  The 6 mile walk is one of the 56 legs around the entire South West Coast Path that make up the event, eleven of which take place through the South AONB from Monday 15th – Sunday 21st April.

South Devon AONB Patron Jonathan Dimbleby said “This part of the South West Coast Path from Stoke Fleming to Torcross is absolutely stunning; it’s an area I know well and I am pleased to join in the walk to raise awareness of the campaign and to raise funds for the path to be given some much needed care.”

Chairman of South Devon AONB Partnership Committee Richard Foss said “We’re delighted that Jonathan is able to participate in this leg of the walk which covers some of the most dramatic scenery through the area, lending his support to this fantastic campaign. As a farmer on the coast I know how well used the path is and I’m fully aware of the need to fund improvement projects and upgrades to the path.”

The Great South West Walk is being organised by the South West Coast Path Association to celebrate their 40th anniversary, taking place in April and May with supporters undertaking a relay of 56 sponsored walks to cover the whole 630 mile path around Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (as well as the Exmoor coast through Somerset).

Each leg will be guided by local experts, rangers and path wardens, who are all assisting the SWCPA with this event, raising funds needed for significant improvement projects, over and above general maintenance of the path, with the ethos of putting 40 years of love back into the Coast Path. Registration for the event is now open, with a deadline of 4th March for anyone interested in taking part, with those registering now to receive a special thank you with various discounts and offers from sponsors such as discounts off accommodation and food and drink incentives.

More information about each leg of the walk, discounts, the dates and the corresponding improvement project is available by clicking here or contact the SWCPA on 01752 896237

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3.   Dinghy Rack relocated

The Dinghy Rack or Toast Rack as some call it, is now in its new position in permanent water.

Soon the connecting LWL pontoons that are being refurbished will allow easy access. This is a terrific improvement in that dinghy owners will be able to get on the river 24 hours a day instead of sometimes only a few hours a day.

The pontoons are also being refurbished with a new surface finish and after removal of a lot of crud from the bottom they will float higher.

Last year the whole walk on LWL pontoons were designated for berth holders only and hence minimising the damage visiting dinghys were causing.  It is thought that a secure gate will be fitted on the embankment as well.  This all ads up to increased safety and security.  DHNA has already renewed the pontoons at both Dittisham and Stoke Gabriel.  It's nice to know our money is being ploughed back into the river.  Well done DHNA !


4.   Small News

  • From Sue Bruyn of last weeks news "Re photos of 2012 - obviously never a dull moment in Dartmouth!!!!!"

  • Tom Leeman reports "The date for St Georges Day concert Dittisham will be 26 April 7:30 St Georges Church"

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