Club re­ports


Herald Express - - Down Your Way -

THE cir­cle en­joyed an in­ter­est­ing and en­ter­tain­ing evening at their Novem­ber meet­ing. Fol­low­ing a highly suc­cess­ful ‘men’s night’ held ear­lier in the year, this time it was the ladies turn. Sev­eral lady mem­bers of the cir­cle en­ter­tained with sto­ries, jokes and anec­dotes of past and present ex­pe­ri­ences, the tales ranged from a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into a tour of Viet­nam, a talk about mak­ing minia­tures for dolls houses, a re­cent trip on the Fly­ing Scots­man to ex­pe­ri­ences with hyp­nother­apy.

The Chair­man, Roger Kohl then spoke about the South West­ern Coun­ties Fed­er­a­tion’s re­cent an­nual wine and beer fes­ti­val held at the Lang­stone Cliff Ho­tel, Dawlish War­ren, where he won the Lof­tus Tro­phy for his white kit wine, three se­cond prizes one for his rose wine, one for cit­rus white wine and one for three bot­tles of beer.

The com­pe­ti­tion for the evening was a dry red wine, which was won by Roger Kohl with Yvonne Bur­ton com­ing se­cond.

Meet­ings are held on the se­cond Thurs­day of the month start­ing at 8pm at Kingsker­swell Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the next meet­ing is on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13, which will be cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the chair­man on 01626 863106 or the sec­re­tary on 01626 775740


THE club wel­comed New­ton Ab­bot Pho­to­graphic Club. The two pho­to­graphic so­ci­eties are ri­vals in lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions, but off the ‘bat­tle­field’ they en­joy the im­ages, which they each pro­duce. New­ton Ab­bot re­cently sent seven of its finest pho­tog­ra­phers to en­ter­tain and in­spire mem­bers of the Dawlish and Teign­mouth Cam­era Club. The hall was packed and ev­ery­one en­joyed a var­ied and stim­u­lat­ing evening.

The pro­gramme in­cluded Colin Win­stan­ley who spe­cialises in por­trait and glam­our pho­tog­ra­phy; im­ages of storms from ex-Met Of­fice ex­pert, David Moore; and be­hind the scenes tech­ni­cal wildlife pic­tures from sci­en­tist Kirsty Peake. Chris Mar­sham showed a se­lec­tion of mostly land­scape and travel prints, which were un­usual be­cause they had been printed on spe­cial­ist ‘let­ter­box’ style pa­per. There were three AVs (slideshows with sound) on Dart­moor (Pe­ter Brookes), Den­bury a story with­out words (Christina Bur­ton) and New­ton Ab­bot Lo­ca­tions Group (Sheri­dan Jones).

Dis­cus­sions be­tween mem­bers of the two clubs lasted well af­ter the end of the meet­ing and spilled over into The Cas­tle Inn just to prove that ri­vals can be friends. Dawlish and Teign­mouth Club will visit New­ton Ab­bot in 2019.

Dawlish and Teign­mouth Cam­era Club meets on Wed­nes­day evenings at Hol­combe Vil­lage Hall and new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come www.dawlishteign­mouth­cam­er­a­


OUR speaker on Novem­ber 6 was John Ris­den, who told us about ‘Royal Dart­mouth ’.

The Dart Es­tu­ary, 11 miles from Totnes, has a hid­den en­trance, steep hills ei­ther side and a nat­u­ral har­bour 80 feet deep. The town of Dart­mouth de­vel­oped on re­claimed land below the ear­lier set­tle­ment of Town­stal with it’s12th cen­tury St Cle­ments church, to cater for the needs of ships, & grew into a very strate­gic port, trad­ing with Eu­rope. It was pro­tected by Kingswear Cas­tle.

The ‘Black Prince ‘ Ed­ward 111 gave Dart­mouth Royal Sta­tus in 1333.

St Saviour’s Church was built in 1372 to save climb­ing the hill to St Cle­ments.

Henry V11 added fur­ther pro­tec­tion for the town with ‘ Haw­leys For­tilus’ – ba­si­cally a chain across the River to Kingswear which could be winched up to stop ships en­ter­ing the Es­tu­ary. Later Dart­mouth Cas­tle was built next to St Petrox Church, and op­po­site Kingswear Cas­tle. It was the first de­fence ever built with new can­nons – named Mur­der­ers! Henry V111 built Ba­yards Cove Bat­tery.

In Tu­dor times trade with The Amer­i­cas de­vel­oped, in­clud­ing the very im­por­tant New­found­land Cod Fish­ing In­dus­try.

Dart­mouth be­came a wealthy town. The But­ter­walk was built with it’s now Slop­ing Deck restau­rant with tim­ber ceil­ing and Tu­dor or­nate man­tle de­pict­ing ‘The Pen­te­cost.

In 1592, Sir Wal­ter Raleigh cap­tured a Span­ish Trea­sure Ship, and sailed it into Dart­mouth. It con­tained an in­cred­i­ble 537 tons of spices and 8500 hun­dred­weight of pep­per, both worth their weight in gold – val­ued at £500,000 – £20 bil­lion in to­day’s money!

In 1646 Cromwell’s army came to at­tack Dart­mouth but

Devon Air Am­bu­lance para­medic Grant Thomp­son and Dr Alex Cross Grant re­ceive the grant from Freema­sons Clive Eden, Ian Kings­bury, Reuben Ayres laid down their arms.

Bit by bit a new layer was added to the town. The Mill Pool was filled in the 1800s and the pan­nier mar­ket built.

In Lord Nel­son’s day, the fleet was at sea a long time, con­se­quently many men got mar­ried at the same time. Wil­liam Turner painted a scene in 1811 when 106 sailors were mar­ried at St Petrox Church and the wed­ding break­fast was held on The Green – it hangs in the Tait Gallery.

The New Quay was built in 1836, and ships sailed from there to New York and the Bri­tish Em­pire.

The rail­ways ar­rived in the 1860s.

Nowa­days, with it’s in­ter­est­ing his­tory and scenic po­si­tion Dart­mouth is a haven for vis­i­tors.

The vote of thanks was given by El­iz­a­beth Sten­tiford.

The ACWW lunch was held at Lang­stone Cliffe Ho­tel on Novem­ber 15, the WI carol ser­vice will be at Ex­eter Cathe­dral and to the group’s Christ­mas meet­ing on De­cem­ber 11.

Vis­i­tors are wel­come to join at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Dob­bin Arch at 2.30pm.


CHAIR­MAN Pat King­don, opened the Novem­ber meet­ing of Tor­bay Wine­mak­ers; it was the 57th AGM with all but two mem­bers present. She thanked ev­ery­one for their ef­forts then stood down whilst Roger King­don took over the pro­ceed­ings. The new com­mit­tee was re-elected un­op­posed.

Apolo­gies and birth­days were read out and Dave, a long stand­ing mem­ber, was wel­comed back af­ter se­ri­ous ill­ness.

Mem­bers were then told how suc­cess­ful they had been at the South West­ern Wine and Beer Fes­ti­val held at Dawlish re­cently, with tro­phies be­ing handed to the win­ners. John Gil­bert won the most points for wine in­clud­ing a cup for Kit Liqueur; Joyce Rivers won the most points for beer in­clud­ing a tro­phy for Bar­ley Wine; Wag Rivers re­ceived a tankard for his In­dia Pale Ale and Les Wil­liams re­ceived a diploma for his Light Lager.

The club also won first prize, a bot­tle of cham­pagne, for the best dressed ta­ble of the evening de­pict­ing the Hal­lowe’en theme.

There were three wine com­pe­ti­tions this month which were judged by Kevin Mur­ray, a na­tional judge. The re­sults were: chair­man’s cup Stage 4: Kit Wine Red Dry: 1st: John Thomas, 2nd: Jean Walker, 3rd: Joyce Rivers.

Wine­maker of the Year: Stage 4: So­cial White : 1st: Jean Walker, 2nd: John Thomas, 3rd: John Gil­bert.

So­cial Red: 1st: John Gil­bert, 2nd: Chris Gil­bert, 3rd: Jean Walker.

Sup­per and a quiz fin­ished the evening with the win­ner be­ing Roger King­don.

The Christ­mas Din­ner was due to be held at the Paign­ton Club on Novem­ber 24 and the grand Christ­mas Draw will be held at the De­cem­ber meet­ing. Any­one wish­ing to join is most wel­come, please con­tact Pat on 01803 550612.


A GRANT to Devon Air Am­bu­lance from Devon­shire Freema­sons brings to­tal dona­tions to £2.3 mil­lion.

Re­cently a grant of £4,000 was do­nated by Ian Kings­bury JP. The Pro­vin­cial Grand Mas­ter of Devon­shire, who on the day was ac­com­pa­nied by Dr Reuben Ayres their Pro­vin­cial Grand Char­ity Stew­ard to the Devon Air Am­bu­lance on be­half of all Devon­shire Freema­sons. This has brought the to­tal Ma­sonic sup­port given to air am­bu­lances across the coun­try to £2.3 mil­lion since 2007.

The to­tal con­tri­bu­tion to Devon­shire Air Am­bu­lance since 2007 by Freema­sons is £55,000 and when adding the dona­tions made by in­di­vid­ual Devon Lodges the to­tal is over £116,000.

The air am­bu­lance op­er­ates right across Devon­shire and in 2017 as­sisted 990 pa­tients, more than any other year. 50% of these in­ci­dents were med­i­cal emer­gen­cies (eg heart at­tacks) with 49% be­ing trauma re­lated (for ex­am­ple road traf­fic col­li­sions, and ac­ci­den­tal in­juries). 12% of all jobs at­tended were to chil­dren.

The grant, which comes through the Ma­sonic Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, is funded by Freema­sons and their fam­i­lies from across Eng­land and Wales.

Dur­ing 2018, Freema­sons from around the coun­try will be pre­sent­ing 20 re­gional air am­bu­lances with grants to­talling £192,000.

Caro­line Creer, Fundrais­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor for Devon Air Am­bu­lance said: “We would like to thank the Devon­shire Freema­sons for their con­tin­ued sup­port and gen­eros­ity. Sup­port like theirs re­ally does mean a lot and helps to keep Devon’s two air am­bu­lances fly­ing.”

Ian Kings­bury JP. Pro­vin­cial Grand Mas­ter of Devon­shire said, “We are proud to be able to sup­port the Devon Air Am­bu­lance. Thanks to their team’s tire­less ef­forts, many lives are saved ev­ery year.”

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