3. Well Digger's
4. Ferry slipway
5. Small News
The first recital in the Flavel’s
2013 Classical Series takes place on Friday, 1st February. Under
the title Clarinet Classics, Timothy Orpen (clarinet) and John
Reid (piano) will perform pieces by Finzi, Stravinsky, Schumann
Timothy Orpen and John Reid are both critically acclaimed
musicians and have been playing together for over 10 years.
Timothy has been described as a ‘blazing talent’ by The Times
and is one of the leading clarinetists of his generation. He has
performed as a soloist across Europe, as well as with many of
the UK’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles and is
currently co-principal clarinet of the London Chamber Orchestra.
John Reid is an outstanding chamber musician, accompanist,
soloist and exponent of new music. He has performed with
numerous major artists, chamber groups and orchestras in the UK
and abroad and has also recorded extensively for BBC Radio 3.
Their Flavel recital starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £16, £15
(Concession), £5 (under 18). A Pre-Show Supper is also available
in the Flavel Arts Café – 2 courses for £15. Advanced booking is
essential. For Supper bookings and tickets call the Box Office
on 01803 839530. Tickets can also be bought online by
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Sam Geen reports: The children
at Dartmouth Pre-school will be busy this term transforming
our playroom and garden into a variety of animal habitats.
So beware… when you visit you may be invited on a Bear Hunt,
or meet Elmer the Elephant, or even take a walk through the
jungle to see what you can see!
Our baby and toddler group has now re-opened on Thursday
afternoons from 1-3pm. Everyone is welcome to come and join
in the fun, have a chat and a cup of coffee with Jo, and
give your little ones the chance to play in a safe and
For more information please visit our website by
clicking here or call Pam on 01803 834449.
The Well Digger's Daughter : Tonight !
Director: Daniel Auteuil :
Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey , Nicholas
Duvauchelle : 107 minutes : Cert. PG. Drama/Romance
‘Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in
Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, Daniel Auteuil stars
in and makes a very competent directing debut with this
handsome film, adapted from the novel by Marcel Pagnol.’
Set in Pre- WW2 Provence, Auteuil plays Pascal, a digger and
cleaner of wells: he is a greying widower and the father of
a number of daughters. The most beautiful of these is the
18-year-old Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who is being
courted by Pascal's heartbreakingly humble, middle-aged
friend Félipe. But she, like Hardy's Tess, is to be romanced
and ruined by a handsome, unreliable young man from
wealthier stock. This is Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle),
whose parents, played unimprovably by Jean-Pierre Darroussin
and Sabine Azéma, are the upwardly mobile bourgeois owners
of the local store.
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
Dartmouth Ferry slipway work well underway
The £1m refurbishment of
Dartmouth Lower Ferry’s landing slipways at Dartmouth and
Kingswear has got off to a flying start – with yards of
sheet piling outlining the footprint of the new Dartmouth
slipway already vibrated into position. The main contractor
Dyer and Butler assembled their plant over the Christmas
period ready for a quick start on January 7 and were ready
to float their 96 tonne working platform into place.
The platform is made up of 24
floats each weighting in at four tonnes, which once linked,
engineers could then float into position. On board is a 36
tonne JCB and a 35 tonne crane to lift the interlocking
steel piles, the longest being 18 metres, into position. The
JCB drives them 10 metres in to the river bed using a giant
vibration hammer on the arm of the JCB. Paul Hunt, Project
Manager for subcontractor TMS, said: “Everything is going
smoothly at the moment. We have driven a section of piling
down the side of the existing slipway and we are putting in
the 352mm circular piles at the end of the Dartmouth slipway
which will take the extension of the new slip”.
Two other JCBs have been busy at
low spring tides removing timber cladding from the slipway
sides at both Dartmouth and Kingswear. Plans are to raise
the level of both slipways and in doing so ensure the
foundation of the slipways are secure, replace the corroded
rails that act as rubbing strips to protect the concrete and
replace the wood fendering with new high tech materials to
absorb impact and reduce vibration from the ferry operation.
Once all the sheet piles have been vibrated into place, two
giant pumps will be used to keep the workings comparatively
free of water while engineers recreate the new slipway
The 17 staff and one casual who
run the ferries have all been redeployed doing other work
within the council – in the Street Scene, Landscaping or
maintenance departments. Councillor Bill Hitchins,
South Hams Executive Member for Assets, which runs the ferry
service, said: “I am delighted with the way the work is
going at the moment. We hope the weather will hold. Having
taken off the fendering we have discovered that there is not
nearly as much deterioration as we had imagined. This is
very good news. The quicker we can get the ferries back in
action the better and the greater the reduction in
inconvenience to our customers. “
5. Small News
reports: BBC2 tonight at 21:00, 'The Genius of
Invention' will feature Thomas Newcomen
Gill Davies reports:
Kingswear Rowing Club are holding a fund-raising Ceilidh
Evening in Kingswear Village Hall this Saturday
evening (26th) starting at 7.30pm. This post-Burns night
celebration features Totnes-based Mrs Crotty's Ceilidh
Band with a caller for those up for some Scottish
The £15 ticket price includes a bowl of heart-warming
chilli (vegetarian version available) and there will be
a bar selling wine and beer. Tickets from Kingswear
Village Stores and Post Office.
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