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   Dartmouth News                 23rd November 2006 


1.    Largest privately owned yacht in the World!

2.    Mr Henley's First Summer  Free This Weekend

3.    Christmas lights this Saturday

4.    Children in Need @ The Royal Castle

5.   Special offers at The Floating Bridge  

6.    Memories of Dartmouth

7.    Dart Marina Health Spa  Open next Thursday Evening

8.   Big Christmas Fair at St Saviour’s Church

9.    1,000+ readers of Dartmouth News?


1.   Largest privately owned yacht in the World!

There are no strangers
In this port
Just friends who you might
Have not yet got to know
So come along in
To its sanctuary
And be careful how you go
Come along into our harbour
Come along away out of the sea
For all who sail the oceans
Are welcome
To this a town of friendship
To rest and take shelter
In its peace and safety!

Super yacht “Eos” visits Dartmouth
This week the Port of Dartmouth welcomed “Eos”, the largest privately owned sailing yacht in the world. All 93metres (that’s more than 300 feet in old money!) of the yacht “Eos” recently built by Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, arrived last weekend and at the time of producing this news was still gracing our harbour, awaiting better weather before setting sail for Gibraltar where she will undergo her first sailing trials. It is expected that her owner will join the ship for Christmas in the Caribbean - we’ve already put our names on the crew waiting list! With three 60 metre masts this modern schooner has 21 crew and can accommodate 60 passengers in luxury.

Harbourmaster, David White said “I’ve told the captain he can stay in Dartmouth as long as he needs to, especially with the bad weather forecast for the next few days. Local trade in the town is benefiting from having the ship here.”

Picture credits, Colin Cadle, Dave Cawley & Kevin Pyne (also the poem)

2.    Mr Henley's First Summer  Free This Weekend

This year Dartmouth Museum has moved up the ranks of tourist attractions in the Town. Even with the hot summer days - when our visitors usually prefer to stay outside - the sound of the Town Crier’s bell at the entrance has helped to bring people in to see the displays and especially the new Henley Study. Indeed there have been at least 1,500 more visitors than in 2005 giving a total for the year to date of over 8,500.

Much of the Museum reflects Dartmouth life through the centuries and it is today’s Museum Association that looks after those artefacts, pictures and photos. The Association is made up of Dartmothians who are keen to show off the Museum not only to the summer visitors but also to the many local people who have only rarely or maybe never, been inside. There will be Museum open days on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November between 10-00am and 4-00pm each day when there will be talks on the artefacts and models, a chance to meet the curators - Angela White and Brian Langworthy - and also a cup of coffee or tea.
For those two days entry will be free.

Here is the opportunity to find out more of the story and heritage of the town in which we live and to become part of the team doing its best to preserve and display it. It is also the chance to find out more about the Museum Association itself. For example did you know that there was a Christmas shopping trip to Taunton last Wednesday and that John Haddock will be talking to members in the Guildhall at 7-30pm on Wednesday 10th January 2007 about his involvement in the Pacific war in 1944/45 in the very unusual vessel HMS Menestheus.

3.    Christmas lights this Saturday

Grand Christmas Lights Switch On
   Saturday 25th November 2006 in Royal Avenue Gardens.
•  Seasonal music on the Bandstand from 4.00pm.
•  Carol singing from 4.30pm.
•  Lights switched on by the Mayor of Dartmouth at approximately 5.00pm.
  Father Christmas will also be in attendance
  Free car-parking all day for shoppers !

When the Mayor of Dartmouth, Cllr Iris Pritchard, switches on the town's Christmas lights on Saturday 25th November, she will be joined by a group of children from local schools who will lead the crowd in the countdown. Please come along and join in the singing - if you're not sure of the words, songsheets will be available, The Rotary club will be selling their popular hot chestnuts, and tea, coffee and mince pies will be available at the refreshment hut.

Let the festive season begin...

4.    Children in Need @ The Royal Castle

Congratulations once again to Nigel Way and the staff of the Royal Castle Hotel who worked even harder than Terry Wogan last Friday to raise funds for the BBC Children in Need Appeal! Over £4000 was raised from various events including a coffee morning, raffle and the now regular auction of a vast range of donated items, put under the hammer by Nigel himself.

Lots ranged from designer clothing and jewellery, through original paintings to a helicopter trip along the Dart. If you were unlucky enough to miss this excellent night, you can still make a donation to Children in Need; just call in to the Royal Castle Hotel and ask for details.

5.     Special offers at The Floating Bridge  

  Sunday Roast Lunch & Dinner –  two children eat free
  Monday 2 for 1 lunches – cheapest choice is free!
  Tuesday Curry and a Quiz Night (6pm – 9pm) freshly prepared curry & a quiz
  Wednesday  Roast Dinner – Enjoy a Sunday Roast Dinner on a Wednesday
  Thursday Steak Night – Two steaks and a bottle of house wine from £22.95
  Friday 2 for 1 lunches – cheapest choice is free!

6.   Memories of Dartmouth


Taken from "Cranfords Album of Dartmouth and The River Dart", another  find on eBay! The Cranfords came from Dittisham in the 1770s to set up a business dealing in tea and coffee. They soon diversified into other areas, notably newspapers, and in 1838 Robert Cranford, who later became Mayor, founded the Dartmouth Chronicle.

7.    Dart Marina Health Spa - Spa Open Evening Thursday 30th November

Amanda Inkster reports: Many of you missed the last free demonstration & open day, so here is another one.

Join us on Thursday 30 November between 5pm and 9pm at our Elemis Spa Open Evening.

Our therapists will be demonstrating therapies & products from our extensive Elemis range, including our new Elemis Christmas Gift Boxes and Gift vouchers and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

A number of special offers and discounts will be available on the night and the first 50 guests will also receive a complimentary Elemis Goody Bag.

For more information please contact the spa on 01803 837182

8.   Big Christmas Fair at St Saviour’s Church

Not done your Christmas shopping yet? Why not pop along to St Saviour’s Church in the town centre on Saturday for the parish Christmas Fair? There will be an excellent selection of toys, toiletries, bric-a-brac and second hand books, as well as home made cakes and preserves. The raffle has lots of great prizes and you can even get a refreshing cup of tea or coffee whilst you browse. The fair opens at 10.00am – be there early for the bargains!


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