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20th July 2006    Dartmouth News

1.    Live Youth Theatre from Holland in Royal Avenue Gardens

2.    Parish Craft Exhibition  this week

3.    Dartmouth in Bloom

4.    Dartmouth Illustrated Part III

5.    Barista is open in Foss Street

6.    Car Boot Sale 

7.    Flavel News

8.    Regatta Flag

9.   Film Society  Memoirs of a Geisha

1.     Live Youth Theatre from Holland  in Royal Avenue Gardens


Ventura, a musical street theatre group from the north of Holland performed extracts from their musical show "100 years of Broadway" which included music from "Anastasia" and songs by Abba and the Dolly Dots.  Featuring artists just 15 to 17 years old, the ensemble was formed by award winning teacher Jan Liefting in 1995 who discovered Dartmouth and south west England after reading "Frenchman's Creek".  With two performances the youngsters held the audience spellbound.  Dartmouth dot TV have offered to sponsor Ventura for the 2007 Dartmouth Music Festival, if the organisers will have them.

2.    Parish Craft Exhibition this week

These photographs were taken yesterday and show why you should come along today or tomorrow. St Saviour's Church, Dartmouth is the venue for the annual parish craft exhibition today  10.30am to 6.00pm and Friday, 21 July 10.30am - 4.30pm.  Refreshments are also available.

3.   Dartmouth in Bloom

If this Fish & Chip shop is anything to go by, then Dartmouth should win the coveted trophy!  Judges went around today and we should know the results soon.

5.    Barista is open in Foss Street

Local girl Tara Barton opened her new Café - Coffee Shop, "Barista", offering affordable but high quality food.  With a good range of food and drink, locally sourced and freshly made, Barista is set to become a favourite with locals and visitors alike.  Pop in and tell Tara Dartmouth dot TV sent you !

4.    Dartmouth Illustrated part III

OK, so who knows when this was taken ?

When attending the recent Henley opening a lot of people asked about Dartmouth dot TV and this newsletter - we are not a B&B so why are we getting it ? was the most often asked question.  Everyone has a part to play in stopping Dartmouth turn into Salcombe, which tends to die in the winter.  We all love the bars, the restaurants, the boats and the general "buzz" you get in our town.  A sustainable economy leads to a vibrant town; we need to maintain quality tourism and encourage visitors to come both in and out of season.  Dartmouth needs to be alive in the winter, as it is now.  It is very important for local people to have a thriving town to live in.  The shipbuilding industry has gone and like it or not we are mainly left with tourism.   If handled carefully and sensitively, tourism can provide the bread and butter that Dartmouth needs for ever, the river we get for free!   Whether you are in tourism or not, it's your town, enjoy it and help Dartmouth dot TV spread the word to both locals, friends and tourists.  Together we can keep Dartmouth the very special place it is.

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6.   Car Boot Sale 

The car boot sale last Sunday in aid of Dartmouth Christmas Lights got off to a good start, with more brightly coloured toys and household treasures than you could throw a stick at.  David Gent reports: "The car boot sale was successful; there was a steady stream of people throughout the morning, and I understand all the stallholders did well. I've heard that one of them took well over £300"

The next will be on 13th August, again at the Community College.

7.    Flavel News


Saturday 22 July 8.30pm
Tickets: £6 in advance / £8 on the door
Solar is probably the Westcountry's hottest funk band made up of six of the region's finest and most versatile musicians. With a repertoire that ranges from 70's soul funk classics by James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Tower of Power, through to modern grooves by Jamiroquai and Moloko as well as some Scissor Sisters, this is a band dedicated to dancing - Solar is a must see and must dance.



CURIOUS GEORGE (U) screening from Sunday 23 July
Ted, is a geeky museum guide. He travels to Africa in an attempt to obtain a huge ancient ruin that could save his museum, which the owner’s son wants to turn into a more profitable parking lot.  Instead, Ted brings home an adorable, mischievous, childlike monkey called George, who inadvertently causes all kinds of trouble for him, though there is never much doubt that things won’t work out right for him.
Sun 23 at 2pm KIDS CLUB screening activity starts at 2pm and film starts at 2.30pm all tickets £2.50  Mon 24 at 4pm, Tue 25 at 4pm, Thu 27 at 5pm


WAH WAH (15) screening from Friday 21 July
This semi-autobiographical ‘coming of age at the end of an age’ story based on the early life of director Richard E. Grant, is told through the eyes of young Ralph Compton. Set during the last gasp of the British Empire in Swaziland, 1969, the plot focuses on the dysfunctional Compton family whose gradual disintegration mirrors that of the end of British rule. From the age of 11 to 14 Ralph (Fox and Hoult) witnesses the collapse of his parents’ marriage and the crumbling of his father’s life, career and self confidence. It is out of this turmoil that Ralph’s creativity is born.
‘Acidly funny and very moving’ – Los Angeles Times
Fri 21 at 7.30pm, Sun 23 at 5pm, Mon 24 at 7pm, Tue 25 at 7pm, Wed 26 at 2pm


8.    Regatta Flag

Chairman of Regatta, Basil Williams reports "For the first time in 162 years the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta will have its own flag, which will be flown during the Official Three Days of the Regatta. We have had 50 Burgees made and these are now on sale at £12. I am pleased to say that they will be flown at the masthead of both HMS Mersey and RFA Sir Bedivere whilst they are in the Harbour for the Regatta. Both ships will be open to the general public on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August."




9.   Film Society  Memoirs of a Geisha

Rob Bird reports "The Film Society is screening Memoirs of a Geisha next Thursday, which will be our last film until September, and is an opportunity for those who missed it at the Flavel. By the way, membership of the Film Soc enables a discount at the Flavel."  You may have missed it at The Flavel as many nights were completly sold out, a Dartmouth dot TV must see film!  "In the years before World War II, a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri. Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man beyond her reach."

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