1.  Delays on Lower Ferry

2.  Sponsors help  Bloomers

3.  Post issues

4.  Small News




1.  Delays on Lower Ferry

A South Hams District Council spokesman said: “While the refurbishment of the slipways got off to a flying start engineers have encountered problems with driving the steel piles into the bed of the river on the Kingswear side. Underwater obstructions have been encountered which have required closed circuit TV investigation by a team of divers and the need for further specialist plant and equipment to be brought in to break up the obstructions below the low water springs tide line.

“The contract team have experienced difficult ground conditions on a very challenging project timetable and face significant programme difficulties. They are working together to try to mitigate this and win back lost time. We will let our customers, residents and businesses know as soon as we have an opening date.

“We would like to apologise to all our ferry customers and those who rely on the ferry trade for the delay but this is vital work to ensure the smooth, safe and future running of this ancient river crossing.”


2.  Sponsors help Dartmouth in Bloom

No-one would ever want to see Brian Yole pushing a pram! But that's exactly what he had to do to bring compost to a planting party near the Higher Ferry recently. Dartmouth in Bloom Committee member Cllr Tessa de Galleani decided that could not happen again, and went seeking a wheelbarrow! “It was hilarious looking at Brian pushing the pram with compost in it,” said Tessa, “but the pram is limited in its usefulness and it certainly doesn't look dignified!” So she talked to Travis Perkins who have very kindly added a brand spanking new wheelbarrow to their sponsorship of the re-formed organisation. There was great discussion at Travis Perkins about who should be in the picture with Tessa for the great wheelbarrow handover, and Terry won!

An appeal for donated tools made on the Freegle network, an internet giving and sharing scheme, has also sprung into early blossom. Danny Simpson, who works at Home and Hardware in the Market, has generously given two brand new builders' buckets to the team.

Stevie Rogers, Chairman of Dartmouth in Bloom said “It's lovely, and it just goes to show the great goodwill of the people of Dartmouth. It's almost as if the re-forming of the organisation has triggered generosity in people's hearts.” She went on to give a taste of the new initiatives. “New things are spilling out of our members at committee meetings now,” she said. “We're starting an initiative with some youth organisations, we're already working with Dartmouth Academy. I'm not going into details yet, it's too early and plans aren't settled, but I wanted to give Dartmouth the good news that we're not just about hanging baskets! If a group would like to take part we'd like to hear their ideas and needs.”
At last week's committee meeting there were more new faces. “The Committee would like to invite anyone with an interest to come along and get involved. This is going to be an exciting time for Dartmouth in Bloom.”

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3.   Post issues in Dartmouth

The Royal Mail reports: Royal Mail is making some changes to the way it delivers mail in Dartmouth over the next few weeks. Postmen and women will use new delivery methods and adopt revised delivery routes as these changes are introduced on a phased basis. We are writing to every address in Dartmouth about these changes and this includes households, businesses and other organisations.

Royal Mail provides one of the most comprehensive and best value mail services in the world. Our postmen and women play a vital role in Dartmouth, as well as across the rest of the UK, where we deliver to almost 29 million addresses, six days a week. However, we need to modernise the way we operate. We are therefore making changes in Dartmouth to maintain our services and to keep our prices as low as possible.

Why we are making these changes : The way in which we communicate with each other has changed dramatically. Unfortunately, fewer letters are now posted every day and Royal Mail needs to organise its delivery routes to be as efficient as possible. We also deliver an increasing number of larger items and so we are investing in new equipment to carry these items to customers even more securely.  The new equipment also reduces the risk of injury to our postmen and women from carrying heavier mail bags.

What this means for customers in Dartmouth : Royal Mail will continue to deliver in the morning and for a longer period during the day. Many customers will continue to get their mail by lunchtime. The time customers receive mail will depend on where they live on the new delivery route. This may be later or possibly earlier than current delivery times. When mail volumes vary, we may need to adjust delivery arrangements and times.

If customers have any queries after they have received a letter, they can call our Customer Services Team on 0845 601 1399.  Our deaf and hard of hearing customers can use our Textphone: 0845 600 0606. Local elected representatives and business groups are also being advised of these changes.  These changes will require a period of adjustment for staff. However, Royal Mail will be doing everything possible to maintain a high level of service and thanks customers for their understanding.

Royal Mail’s Collection and Delivery Sector Manager, Mick O’Brien said: “We are proud of the high regard in which our postmen and women are held in Dartmouth. The changes to delivery routes will mean that a member of our local and experienced team will still be delivering to our customers in Dartmouth.” “The local delivery team and I are fully committed to providing a high quality of service that is as reliable and friendly as customers have come to expect from Royal Mail in Dartmouth over many years.”


4.   Small News

  • Variety Show at the Flavel
    Saturday 2 March @ 7.30pm
    There’ll be music, laughter, magic and lots of fun at the Annual Flavel Variety Show this weekend. The Flavel is playing host to an evening reflecting the abundance of talent from our community this Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm. The Dartmouth Players will be strutting their stuff providing laughter and music, Dartmouth’s answer to Flanagan and Allen will be taking a stroll down memory lane while musical comedy will be reflected by numbers from the hit show Chicago. Norman Cork's Singing For Pleasure singers will be appearing with many songs including those from the great Ivor Novello.  We’ll see and hear the talents of many of our community’s young people from Shacademy some of whom will be performing at the Flavel for the first time and there’ll be some stunning magic performed by Richard Rawlins.

  • Carol Barker reports: Christian Aid Lunches have a new venue, come and join us in the Foss Street Chapel on Tuesday 5 March at noon.

  • Our Facebook page go from strength to strength with a certified 53,321 views on just the Dartmouth in Bloom article, yes views not just clicks!  To see it click here.

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