1.  Clarinet Classics

2.  Dartmouth Pre-school

3.  Well Digger's Daughter

4.  Ferry slipway work

5.  Small News




1.  Clarinet Classics

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 and Brahms.

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 clicking here.

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2.  Dartmouth Pre-school

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 stimulating environment.

For more information please visit our website by clicking here or call Pam on 01803 834449.


3.   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 026449


4.   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 forefoot foundations.

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

  • Michael Cozens 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 dancing !

    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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