1.  Dartmouth in Bloom

2.  Delicious Dart Trail

3.  Breakfast at Tiffany's

4.  Browns re-opens

5.  Chris Horan leaving

6.  Small News




1.  Dartmouth in Bloom

Dartmouth in Bloom (DiB) met last night to adopt a proper constitution.  Readers might remember our report in our 27 September news (click here to see it) where we reported that our sponsorship was turned down because we were "someone like that"

The really great news is that DiB is now under dynamic new management and going from strength to strength with the help of Dartmouth Town Council, South Hams District Council and Devon County Council.  DiB is now open to sponsorship from anyone, this is such great news!  Some contact details have been lost though, so even if you are an existing sponsor or a wannabe sponsor it's important to let DiB know by sending them an email by clicking here.  The Dartmouth dot TV crew are looking forward to the best flowers ever in Dartmouth this year!  Onwards and upwards chaps!


2.  The Delicious Dart Trail : A Food Festival on the Run !

An imaginative new event showcasing South Devon’s spectacular scenery and outstanding local produce will take place in the Dart Valley this March.

The Delicious Dart Trail is a trail running event for foodies. Participants will run from Dartington Hall to Dartmouth via Sharphan, Dittisham and Kingswear, sampling a mouth-watering variety of locally produced food and drink along the way. By the time they reach Dartmouth, runners will have clocked up 15 miles of scenic riverside trail and tasted over a dozen different beers, wines, liqueurs, savouries and puddings. An alternative 10 mile route which stops short in Dittisham and includes a ferry ride to the finish in Dartmouth is also on offer.

The event, which organisers are describing as ‘a food festival on the run’, will take place on Saturday 16th March 2013 and raise money for kids’ cancer charity CLIC Sargent. It is inspired by France’s Marathon du Medoc, an annual event in which the Medoc Region’s chateaux and vineyards open their grounds and cellars to thousands of runners, offering wine tastings at more than 20 points along the 26.2 mile course.

Runners taking part in The Delicious Dart Trail will be treated to a wine tasting at Sharpham Vineyard before switching from grape to grain with real ale tasters provided by Dartmoor Brewery at The Durant Arms in Ashprington, Quercus Devon Ales at The Maltster’s Arms in Tuckenhay and Otter Brewery at The Ferry Boat Inn in Dittisham. Meanwhile, a tot of Bramley & Gage’s unique Dittisham plum liqueur will reward runners on arrival at Dittisham’s Red Lion Inn.

Other tasters served along the route include: wild and foraged food from The White Hart Restaurant, Clive’s Pies, Tideford Organics soup, Luscombe’s apple juice and mini croissants at The Waterside Bistro in Totnes, homity pie from Riverford Farmshop, Riverford Field Kitchen’s legendary sticky toffee pudding, smoked salmon by The Maltster’s Arms, Cupcakes from Devon, and fish and chips served at the finish line.

Organiser, KateTreleaven said: “We are incredibly grateful to these local producers, pubs, restaurants and to the Dartmouth River Boat Company for their generous support. We’ll be working together to make sure the event is really special for all involved. Many of the venues hosting food and drink stops along the route are planning to go to town with live music and parties to welcome the runners and spectators. There’s going to be a real carnival atmosphere - we can’t wait!”

Businesses who would like to be part of The Delicious Dart Trail can still get involved. Organisers are hoping to confirm the final few food and drink stops in the next couple of weeks and are also looking for a sponsor to help cover basic event costs. Contact Kate Treleaven on 07833 586733 or by email by clicking here  for more details.

Runners keen to take part in the event can enter online by clicking here.   All proceeds raised from the £25 entry fee will go to CLIC Sargent. Just 250 places are available and are expected to sell out fast. All participants are encouraged to dress in accordance with the theme ‘Heroes and Villains’.

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3.   Breakfast at Tiffany's : Tonight

Director: Blake Edwards : Actors: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal : 115 minutes ; Cert. PG. Comedy/Drama/Romance

‘Director Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic, and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.’

New York City, the early 1960s: Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a charming socialite with a youthful zest for life who lives alone in a nearly bare apartment. Maintaining a childlike innocence yet wearing the most perfect designer clothes and accessories, she spends her time on expensive dates and at high-class parties. She escorts various wealthy men, yet fails to return their affections after they have given her gifts and money. Holly's carefree independence is changed when she meets her neighbour, aspiring writer Paul (George Peppard), but just when Holly and Paul are developing their sweet romance, Doc (Buddy Ebsen) appears on the scene and complicates matters, revealing the truth about Holly's past.

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.   Browns Re-opening tomorrow !

Browns reports:  We will re-open on the 8th February having refurbished all of our rooms. We will have 8 stylish and modern rooms including a fantastic new suite. For 2013 Browns has changed the emphasis from formal dining to a more relaxed and casual menu available Wednesday to Saturday evenings and at lunch from Tuesday to Saturday. We would prefer people not to book. Our menu will be short but reflect the way people want to eat.

I'm sure we all welcome the re-opening of Browns as one of the best places to have a coffee during the day, a glass of wine in the evening or some really good food.  Welcome back chaps!


5.   Chris Horan takes early retirement from Dartmouth Town Council

After nearly 15 years in the post, Town Clerk Chris Horan has decided to take early retirement at the age of 55.

Chris who is the second longest serving Clerk the Town Council has ever had, has managed the Council's input into many projects in recent years. Some of these include The Flavel, The Leisure Centre, The Townstal Community Hall, the MCTi, the Allotments, Natural Burials, the Old Market Regeneration as well as continuous maintenance of some of the town's most historic buildings. These were exciting times for Dartmouth and Chris's assistance and advice were greatly appreciated by current and former mayors and councillors.

Tributes to Chris have come pouring in on our Facebook page, to read them click here.

Chris's hobbies are as diverse as steam trains, motorcycles and trumpets. We hope the people of Dartmouth will join us in wishing Mr Horan the very best for the future in his early retirement.


6.   Small News

  • Peter Gilmore who stared in 91 episodes of the Onedin Line filmed on Bayards Cove died this week.  Peter married his co-star Anne Stallybrass and for many years lived in Crowthers Hill.

    In 1984 Peter also played Brazen in Doctor Who a Chief Orderly of the human colony on Frontios, second-in-command to Captain Revere and responsible for maintaining law and order. This isn't the first link for Dartmouth of Dr Who.

  • Liz Mills reports: The Academy of St Clements in Townstal.

    Recorder Workshop for : Descant - Treble - Tenor - Bass Come and play at St Clement’s Church Dartmouth. Saturday February 16th 2013 2.00pm - 5.30pm with a short concert to follow. All ages and standards are welcome but please bring your own instrument. Free to all ! For more information please telephone: 01803 834963


  • Shrove Tuesday, 12th February, St Clement's Church is hosting a Pancake Party from 5-7pm. Children and grown-ups welcome!

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