1. Bayards Cove
2. Path Celebration
3. Ferry slip
4. Small News
1. Bayards Cove
Bayards Cove is arguably the most
beautiful part of Dartmouth, but a lot of holidaymakers spend a
week here and never find it. Our owner Dave Cawley wrote
about it in the "sampler" edition of the Herald Express this
week and now is a good time to give the Cove a little push!
It is where the seminal TV series The Onedin Line was filmed and
has changed little in the last 100 years or so. Residents
and friends of Bayards Cove have recently had meetings to ask
that the area is not "beautified or Disneyfied". Who
do you recognise in the top two photographs?
Many have said the bottom left
photograph is how the cove should look with a few seats so that
young families can watch their children crabbing whilst sipping
a chilled Chardonnay from the "Inn on the Cove" the
Arms. What better way to get away from the X-Box and
Playstation? Later in the evening the sun goes down over
the river and the twinkling lights appear. On a cold clear
night with little light pollution, many stars and far distant
galaxies can be observed. Bayards Cove is very special and
it should be kept that way.
Celebrate the South West
The South West Coast Path
Association are busy organising a special event to celebrate
their 40th anniversary next Spring, with the aim of funding
improvement projects throughout the route of the South West
Coast Path in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. To raise
funds for small but significant improvement projects, over
and above general maintenance of the path, the SWCPA are
launching “The Great South West Walk – putting 40 years of
love back into the Coast Path!”
A large number of countryside organisations are supporting
the event including the South West Coast Path Team, the
National Trust, County Councils and Areas of Outstanding
Natural Beauty Teams, along with local walking groups &
numerous tourism businesses. Media partnerships have also
been secured with Western Morning News, Cornwall Today and
the BBC's Radio Solent, Devon and Cornwall. The event
next April/May aims to encourage at least 30 walkers each
day across a series of sponsored walks which have been
broken down into 56 legs and will be done in relay to cover
the entire 630 mile path around Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
(as well as the Exmoor coast through Somerset).
Meeting with a birthday party at Land’s End on 7th May 2013,
the south coast series starts at Poole on 3rd April, with
the north coast series starting at Minehead on 16th April.
Each leg will be guided by local experts, rangers and path
wardens, who are all assisting the SWCPA with this event.
Walkers joining the anniversary event will be asked to try
to raise sponsorship, with every pound making a difference,
so that further funding can be levered from relevant
organisations via matched giving. Brian Panton,
Chairman of the South West Coast Path Association explains:
“We are offering walkers the opportunity to specify which
project their sponsorship supports, providing there is
enough funding for that project to take place (otherwise it
be used for the project most in need). More
information about each leg of the walk, the dates and the
corresponding improvement project is on our website”.
Brian continued, “People can take part in a half day or full
day walk, through to a number of legs over several days,
building a walking holiday. Whether people are
walking long or short distances, coming from near or far, we
hope that thousands of people will take part to support this
spectacular coast line.” Through individual
sponsorship, grants, corporate sponsorship and matched
giving, the target is to raise £250,000. This will
enable over 50 improvement projects spread along the route
of the entire path to be completed during 2013. These
projects have all been selected to enhance the experience
and enjoyment of walkers using the path.
From locals to visitors, dog walkers to family outings, hill
climbers to gentle strollers – the South West Coast Path is
enjoyed by many. It is used for recreation and
business, is vital for the economy, whilst providing a tool
for a range of charities to raise funds. It is a
unique part of our heritage and it needs help. So
please get involved with the Great South West Walk and help
put some love back into the Coast Path!
Walkers need to register by 4th March 2013. For more
information, or to sign up to take part,
please click here or contact the SWCPA on 01752 869237.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
It is thought that the
Ferry Slip is going to be completely shuttered off and
turned into a sort of dry dock so the work can be done
The council have brought
in URS, a leading provider of engineering construction and
technical services, to design improvements to the slipways –
reduce vibration through improved fendering, and raise the
level of the slipways to berth the ferry at all states of
the tides while keeping clear of the adjacent buildings.
The slipways will be resurfaced and the crane rails
Both slipways will be raised in height which will give the
ferry a wider space to manoeuvre and as a result the
slipways will extend a little further out into the river,
but this will be below water for the majority of the time.
Driving on and off the ferry on the Kingswear side at the
highest tides will be easier, as the ferry will be further
back from the wall at the top.
The work is due to be
finished before Easter and we are sure the Ferry staff who
have been deployed elsewhere are very much hoping it will
4. Small News
this Sunday 3rd February at 4.30pm at St Clement's
Father Will Hazlewood explains: 'This popular service of
light was introduced to the Church of England by the
Children's Society in 1968 and is always a favourite
with children and families. The 'Christingle' is
an orange (symbolising the world), tied with a red
ribbon (the love and blood of Christ), with dried fruits
and sweets (symbols of God's creations) and a lit candle
(Jesus, the light of the world). Everyone, young
and older, is invited to the service, where there will
be a collection for The Children's Society's work with
reports: our Karate Club in Dartmouth has a Face book
click here to see it, and also a new website
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Christian Aid Lunch
in St Saviour's Church at midday on Tuesday 5th
February. We all need to eat lunch and Christian
Aid need our money! Why not come along?
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The Kingswear Castle on a test run this morning
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Glendell, Paul Robersts