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   Dartmouth News                 14th December 2006 


1.    The Devon Flag flies proudly down under

2.    'Dickens Of A Christmas' Market   This Saturday

3.    Wading Through Jelly   This Saturday

4.    Christmas Church Services

5.   Fatstock Show

6.    Memories of Dartmouth

7.   Onedin Line talk

8.    Jilly's new Greengrocery

9.     Old postcards of Dartmouth

10.    Small News


1.   The Devon Flag flies proudly down under

Hugh Prothero reports:  The Devon and West Country Assoc here in Adelaide South Australia has been running for many years with a membership of about forty people, all of whom are from the West country.  We meet four times a year at different locations and have a great time. This picture was taken at our Christmas picnic; we are the Dartmouth group.  From left to right we have: Carita & Roger Pyne ( Carita is an Aussie) Elaine (Kenny) & Ernie Payne, Maureen (Tucker) & Hugh Prothero.


2.    'Dickens Of A Christmas' Market  This Saturday

'Dickens Of A Christmas' Market is taking place at The Old Market, Dartmouth on Saturday 16th December from 10am - 4pm.  Children's Hospice South West's really good fun day with Father Christmas, mulled wine, mince pies, tombola and lots of lovely things to buy at the stalls - just in time for Christmas! Stallholders in fancy dress and entertainment - including Blackawton’s Clog Dancers and Town Clerk Chris Horan on his trumpet. Tables available to other charities (£7.50 each) & traders (£15 each). Volunteers to help are most welcome, even for an hour! Contact Liz on 01803 833232 for details. It's a free parking day in Dartmouth so there's no excuse not to turn up and help a really worthy charity to raise lots of money.

3.    Wading Through Jelly   This Saturday

Andrea at the Harbour Bookshop reports:  Saturday Dec 16th at noon we have Mary Ann Pledge coming to sign copies of her new book Wading Through Jelly which is a fictional story  set in the Devon Countryside.  The novel traces the life of  teacher Connie, who with a divorce looming, concern over an ex-lover turned stalker and a rebellious teenager to deal with, is regularly forced to accept 'Oh no, supply teacher" offers of work at various schools.  Read how Connie deals with life.


4.     Christmas Church Services

As Christmas draws closer, don’t forget the real reason we celebrate. Come and join in the services being held in Dartmouth and Dittisham parish churches over the festive period.

The Rotary Club’s Carol service is tonight (Thursday, 14th) at 6.30pm in St Saviour’s Dartmouth, with the Dartmouth Primary School Carols at 2.30pm tomorrow in St Clement’s Church and the Community College Carols being held on Monday the 18th at 7.30pm in St Saviour’s. Next Tuesday sees the Rowcroft Hospice “Light up a Life” service at 7.00pm in St Saviour’s and the Carol Singers in Dittisham will gather at the Church on Wednesday the 20th at 7.00pm for carol singing around the village.  Full details of the services are listed at


5.     Fatstock Show

There was good weather for this year's  Annual Fatstock Show held in Dartmouth Old Market on Tuesday.
A crowd of onlookers watched the judging of good entries of cattle and sheep, together with Christmas poultry.  The Fatstock show has been running for over 120 years, more than any other, and still held in the original Old  Market.

6.   Memories of Dartmouth

Lionel Bond, Chairman of the Fatstock Show Committee loaned us this wonderful photograph of his grandfather Jim Forster (2nd from left) at the Fatstock Show in 1926. Anyone who was at this week's show will see that it hasn't changed that much!

7.   Onedin Line Talk

Fond memories of the popular BBC drama, the Onedin Line, were re-kindled last Thursday evening when the Dartmouth dot TV team visited Dittisham Village Hall for an illustrated talk by John Fabian, Associate Producer of the series. Did you know that back in 1971, his budget for each episode was a mere £29,000, compared with £2 million per episode for the recent “Hornblower” series?

It’s amazing what lots of straw and old barrels together with donkeys and carts can do - we heard how Bayards Cove was transformed into 1860s Liverpool, Kingwear became Cardiff, Brixham Quarry was a Turkish volcano and a stretch of the Dart up by Dittisham was converted into the Amazon complete with dugout canoes and natives, while artificial snow created the Arctic in temperatures of 84°!

There were fascinating photos of the filming which took place in many locations in and around Dartmouth and many locals were roped in as extras. The series is still being sold on video and shown on TV around the world, especially in Japan.

Thanks are due to Henry Harvey for organising the evening which raised over £300 for St George’s Church, Dittisham’s Christmas Charity donations.

8.    Jilly's new Greengrocery







Jilly Rowden, stalwart of the Friday Market with her locally reared meats, has taken "one giant leap" into a new Farm Shop where the old greengrocers used to be in the Market.  The Dartmouth dot TV crew plundered some of the very best Chillies ever seen!

9.     Old postcards of Dartmouth

If you collect old Dartmouth Postcards then click here.  To save postage you can collect from Dartmouth in person.



10.   Small News

  • Late Night opening tonight  We believe that several shops will be opening until 8:00pm tonight, this Thursday evening.  See you there?

  • All wrapped up? As seen here, the Royal Castle Castle seems to have Christmas "all wrapped up" or is this a fake picture ?  You be the judge?

  • Is your business advertising here, press the "where to stay" "eating" or "shopping" button on the top of this e-mail, are you there ?  Do you want to be there for free? Do you want a web site "all" inclusive for £150?  Who you gonna call?  Err, yes, that would be us then.

  • If you want your event covered, we need the information in the week before publication, no earlier.   100-200 words, a photograph and if applicable a web site link.  If you don't have a photograph invite us so that next year you will!

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