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   Dartmouth News                 21st September 2006 

1.    South Coast Rowing Championships

2.    Food Festival Update

3.    Murder and Mystery on the River Dart

4.    Sainsbury's it is!

5.    Harbour Board buoyant at Cruise Ship comments

6.    Memories of Dartmouth

7.    Charity Cycle Ride ends in Dartmouth

8.    Film Society  The Constant  Gardener  Tonight!

9.    Accommodation accreditation, stars in your eyes? 


1.      South Coast Rowing Championships

The South Coast Rowing Championship started with a Civic Reception hosted by Dartmouth Town Council who also provided champagne and food for all.  The rowing attracted well over 1,000 visitors to Dartmouth and some shops ran out of pasties!  Boats, crews, friends, family, supporters and visitors were everywhere. The event gathered nationwide publicity for Dartmouth and thanks must go to Hilary Bastone for organising it.

2.   Food Festival Update

James Brown reports:  Preparations for the Festival of Food are gathering momentum and these are just a very small sample of what is going to happen!

Workshops (over 20)
Food Shacks (all the time)
Drinks Sampling (over 15)
Cookery demonstrations (over 10)

A few tasters of what is coming ...

Manna from Devon will be hosting a 2 hour workshop on bread making
at their cookery school in Kingswear on Friday 13th at 10:00am.

Nick Coiley of Agaric will be cooking wild mushrooms in the festival kitchen in the Market Square
on Thursday afternoon.

Mitch Tonks of Fish Works is cooking up a storm at Alfrescos on Saturday 11th.

Our life patron, Joyce Molyneaux is booking into Browns for the duration of the Festival and will be
around and about, casting her expert eye over proceedings.

The Dart Marina Hotel's sponsored children's day on the 11th is fully booked; 250 local school children will be listening and learning with Riverford Organics, The Dartmouth Ice Cream Company and Britannia Shellfish. To top that John Burton Race is judging a Master Chef Competition with Nigel Way and Rob Dawson in the afternoon!

The Royal Castle are so busy with tastings, special menus and workshops that it's difficult to choose
a place to start!

Amazing tasting menus are being devised at Anzac's bistro (lunchtime wine tastings too) and the Dolphin.

The Wind Jammer is crabbing, the Cherub musseling and the Floating Bridge sausageing.

Details will be found on in the following days.

3.    Murder and Mystery on the River Dart

Courtesy of Nigel Way, Dartmouth dot TV became embroiled in a murder mystery aboard the Dart Explorer last Thursday evening.  A learned professor, minor film star and other suspects were thoroughly investigated by an Elvis look-alike policeman with valuable assistance from the guests on board.  Thank goodness the murder occurred after we had all enjoyed cocktails, canapés and an excellent dinner with wine!  With perfect weather for an evening cruise on the Dart, we wouldn't have missed it for the world.  If you missed this event, click here for details of the next one: 

4.    Sainsbury's it is!

Community Connect have confirmed that on behalf of Sainsbury's they have applied for full planning permission to build a store at the top of town.  Comprising 20,000 square feet of sales area, 180 car parking spaces and landscaping, this new supermarket will provide employment for approximately 150 people.  A public exhibition will be held at the Guildhall on 6th & 7th October.


5.   Harbour Board buoyant at Cruise Ship comments

Dart Harbourmaster Capt David White reported that several hundred wealthy American passengers came off the mighty cruise ship Seven Seas Voyager to explore Dartmouth.  Many carrier bags full of items from Dartmouth shops were returned to this "all suite" Leviathan.  The long running Cruise Ship Initiative originally funded with £233K is being operated to attract ships to the South West, their web site intended for cruise ship operators is here.

Passengers of Voyager voted Dartmouth as their most pleasurable visit!

6.   Memories of Dartmouth

Lucy from Compass Books found this little photo in the back of one of her books.  "I am unsure of the date but, as you can see, Kingswear has expanded somewhat since then!  She says "I though you might like to see this after looking at your "Memories of Dartmouth" section".

7.    Charity Cycle Ride ends in Dartmouth

Four sexagenarians completed a 210 mile cycle ride challenge from Birmingham to Dartmouth having travelled about 50 miles each day.  Finishing the route with a ferry crossing to Dartmouth they were tempted to throw their bikes in the water, luckily they didn't as these photographs taken in Dartmouth Market Square show.

They  raised over £5,000 for charity, the main beneficiary being the Diana Princess of Wales Children's Hospital in Birmingham.  Mr Ingram, one of the cyclists said "It is a cause close my heart because my son, Stuart, who prematurely died of heart failure aged 25, had received treatment there since he was born."

Thanks to our Birmingham correspondent & photographer Ken Guest for this story.

8.   Film Society  The Constant  Gardener  Tonight!

Rob Bird reports "Our film for Thursday 21st September is the award winning The Constant Gardner.

Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient) and Rachel Weisz give electrifying performances in this gripping suspense-thriller. A diplomat on the hunt for his wife's murderer uncovers a treacherous conspiracy that will destroy millions of innocent people unless he can reveal its sinister roots. From the bestselling novel by John Le Carre comes 'this edge of your seat' story of murder, deception and revenge.

Why don't you come to the Guildhall early and try a glass or two of our new quality wines supplied by Dartmouth Vintners. There will be a choice of 2 white wines and 2 reds. Plus a special DFS cocktail Gardeners Grog for the brave! Guest tickets from the Windjammer 7.30-7.55 at £3.50 each. Bar opens 7.30 - film starts approx 8.00. "

9.   Accommodation accreditation, stars in your eyes?  

Dave Cawley reports:  "Some of you will know with the help of the ETC, I attended over 100 self-catering inspections and have an educated feel for quality and star ratings.  Recent television programmes notably "The Hotel Inspector" have shown blatant 2 star establishments being rated as 3 star and even one 2 star rated as a 4 star.  Whilst this makes good television, it could be said to be making a mockery of the inspection system.  There are many places in Dartmouth that choose not to be rated at all, which really would rate as 4 stars.  I know of at least one which was awarded 3 stars and deserves 4.  Click on the ETC Rosette below for more details."


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