1. Classics Weekend
2. Spring colour
3. The Machinist : Tonight !
4. Tastes of Spain
5. Small News
Classics Weekend - 6th & 7th July
Classic and traditional boats of all
rigs and ages are welcome to this weekend of friendly racing and
social events – including a parade of sail.
There will be racing on Saturday and Sunday with classes for all
rigs – and a Parade of Sail on Sunday morning. There will also
be a cruising programme for those not so keen to race
Dartmouth Classics brings together the first weekend of the
Classic Channel Regatta and the 50th Jubilee Race of the Devon
Old Gaffers' Association. We welcome all local, Westcountry and
Solent based boats to come for the weekend.
The beautiful River Dart and Port of
Dartmouth provide the perfect backdrop for this weekend
celebration of classic and traditional boats – we do hope you
will come and join us.
Come and join this great weekend by getting more details by
Spring colour brightens Dartmouth
There's a tremendous amount of
work to do in the garden, even in March, and the larger
garden that is Dartmouth has a number of beds and planters
which need tender loving care so our visitors are encouraged
to come back again and again. The Dartmouth in Bloom team is
hard at work right now to make sure that the beds look their
So, on Tuesday 26th February, some of the team took on the
bed at the top of the town by the 'welcome' sign to add a
temporary planting of very low cost pansies, and in the
centre some forget-me-nots. This had been planned for the
previous Saturday, but delayed because of the bitter winds
which would dry the plants out before their roots have the
chance to become established. “We were very grateful for the
buckets Danny Simpson bought and donated to us,' said
Melanie Trent, the Secretary. “He must have known exactly
what we needed. They were put to use straight away at the
The planters on the
railings of the Boatfloat came in for that special touch,
too. The cyclamen which were there have been saved for the
future, and replaced for now by some interesting varieties.
Keen gardeners may want to take some inspiration from these
exposed planters. The plants have been chosen to be able to
survive the surprisingly harsh environment there.
“There's great news on
the horizon for another bed at the top of the town. We
haven't quite finalised the details yet, and they may need
some help with the heavy stuff, but we'll have news very
soon of a local youth group making one of the prominent beds
on the entrance to Dartmouth their own,” said Stevie Rogers,
Chairman. “We're starting to work with so many different
groups in Dartmouth, and each brings a special something to
The committee will have
good news very soon on the sponsorship front, too, after
complaints that last year's steep rise in the sponsorship
prices for the hanging basket stanchions caused many
stalwart sponsors to look at their budgets very carefully.
Incoming Treasurer Debbie Morris has looked carefully at the
finances to find ways of making the sponsorship far more
affordable and attractive to Dartmouth in Bloom's
supporters. She's planning something for everyone.
Information about the new, simpler, lower cost sponsorship
packages will be released as soon as the plan has been
approved. As Debbie says, “Everyone has to make the money go
further nowadays. Sponsorship has to be affordable and
practical or it just doesn't work. That's why some of our
sponsors will be able to choose to give us a little time
rather than a lot of cash. This year we all have to do more
with less money. Dartmouth in Bloom is no exception.”
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
The Machinist : Tonight !
Director: Brad Anderson :
Actors: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana
Sánchez-Gijón : 101 minutes : Cert. 15. Drama/Thriller.
‘Dropping 63lbs for the role, Christian Bale plays Trevor
Reznik, a tortured lathe operator and a man whose epic
insomnia (he claims he hasn’t slept for a year) has reduced
his life to a dazed cycle of paranoid delusion.’
Slowly, he begins to doubt his sanity as increasingly
bizarre things start happening at work and at home. Haunted
by a deformed co-worker who no one seems to think exists,
and an ongoing stream of indecipherable Post-It notes he
keeps finding on his fridge, he attempts to investigate what
appears to be a mysterious plot against him and, in the
process, embroils two women in his madness. Director Brad
Anderson creates a film that's highly atmospheric, propelled
by a compelling mystery, and in which Reznik's private
trauma is made both haunting and uncomfortably raw.
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
Tastes of Spain - Thursday 14th March
James Brown reports: When did
you last have a good sherry? We thought that we would test
some of the best available on the market at the moment with
some gutsy tapas at the bar followed by a massive Paella
served at the copper table. The Paella will be served with
some salads and punchy aioli. The price for the tasting and
Paella will be £15.00 per head.
We will also have some delicious Spanish cheeses and a
Spanish dessert as additional options.
To book, please call 01803 832572. We would be really
grateful if you could ensure when you book that you are able
to attend. We have suffered recently from a great many
last minute cancellations which have made it very difficult
and often costly for us.
5. Small News
reports the news from the latest meeting of the
Dartmouth & Area Public Transport group:
Following the successful naming of the Park & Ride buses
‘Thomas Newcomen’ last year as part of the 300th
anniversary commemoration, Robbie Lamerton, General
Manager at FIRST confirmed that they were hoping also to
have the official logo, as designed by local artist Paul
Barclay also on the buses in some form in time for the
new season as part of the group's on-going efforts to
link Dartmouth and Thomas Newcomen. The group are also
hoping to do something similar in recognition of the 150
years of the Royal Navy presence in Dartmouth this year.
The group is also progressing with FIRST the initiative
of utilising the Park & Ride outside of the existing
season, hoping to incorporate the town service bus, as
this could attract more users and would enable easier
access also to the new swimming pool. The group are
hopeful this will be introduced from Nov 2013.
The group are continuing to pursue the possibility of
discounted fares for students' use in the evenings and
weekends and also the possibility of utilising social
media for informing people of late or cancelled bus
services. FIRST have recently been communicating any
problems via the group’s representatives who in turn
cascade the info. into the community and this was
proving most helpful. They are also striving to progress
the possibility of linking Dartmouth and Torbay by using
the Higher Ferry and utilising the school bus when it’s
not in use during the day.
From the on-going discussions regarding the X81 and
stopping inside the Totnes railway station and also the
double decker buses using Duke Street and Victoria Road
FIRST reported that from 30th March 2013 the double
deckers would be re-routed via College Way except for
the first school / worker bus in the morning and
afternoon, which would continue to use DukeStreet and
Victoria Rd. This change will also enable the X81 to
provide the direct link into Totnes railway station.
These changes will be monitored, but have the full
support of the town and parish councils and other
organisations represented on the group. The town service
is unchanged and will be able to provide any necessary
links to the double decker services. The only change
which is being looked at is to the Sunday service
starting (and finishing) an hour earlier to enable the
community to link to the Sunday church services.
David Bowden reports
on the Britannia Choral Society's performance of
Mozart's Requiem at St Clement’s Church.
The beautifully restored Church of St Clement at the top
of town will this Saturday, 9th March host a performance
of Mozart’s Requiem.
This dramatic and moving requiem was the last of
Mozart’s compositions and he actually died before
finishing the work. It is thought that his pupil
Sussmayr completed it in the style of his master.
This is the first performance by Britannia Choral
Society at St Clement’s and it is hoped that this
stunning venue will attract a large audience.
The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets at £10 are
available at the Tourist Information Centre or on the
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?
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