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Around Kingswear ZUMBA


Zumba classes started in mid January and will run for 10 weeks. The cost is a pre-payment of £50 with no refunds for missed classes. There are a few spaces left, so please contact Tricia on 752495 for details.


REMEMBRANCE SUCCESS Following the excellent remembrance service in the church,


then at the slipway, £595.39 was collected. £297.23 came from the collection in the church and the rest from seven collecting boxes. All money was to go to the British Legion.


HISTORIANS ‘A Victorian Christmas in Torquay’ was John Risdon’s theme for


November’s Historians’ talk. A well-attended meeting heard John in the first half of the session talking about Christmases long ago from the point of view of the newspapers of the time and, more especially from two significant diaries of the time. John has become a friend of the Historians’ group and was very well-received as always. On behalf of the Galmpton Historians, John has invited us to an historical walk around Galmpton in 2012. This is to be followed by we Kingswear Historians who will invite a return match. Doubtless research into historic inns may form a part of these eagerly-anticipated events, purely in the spirit of completeness you understand. After coffee the AGM was held when the finances of the group were shown to be in good health, the committee re- elected unanimously and this led to a report on the progress made to renovate the lime kiln in the creek. The restoration will commence as soon as possible. Don’t forget to bring your money with you over the next meeting or two because it is subscriptions time again – but we’re such good value after all. Prices stay the same as last year.


January’s meeting was to have been a talk on the history of Berry Head but the speaker unexpectedly retired early from the Torbay Coast and Countryside Group and had to withdraw. Edgar Lawrence from Brixham manfully stepped in to the breach and gave us a fascinating talk on the arrival of Napoleon (1st


) in Torbay. The talk was enjoyed by all. We


hope to see Edgar again – perhaps with a summer tour of Berry Head to hear its history on the spot.


YACHT CLUB CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 3rd


December saw the annual Christmas Fair at


Royal Dart Yacht Club. There was a good turn-out and a large number of stalls. Much hard work had gone into the craft and baking sides to the event. For many it was the first taste of mince pies and mulled wine in the season. Well done all.


by Mike Trevorrow


WI CHRISTMAS FAIR This eagerly-anticipated cake-fest was a howling success as


usual with the village ladies manning the goodies during a sort of culinary scrum-down. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cake stall evaporate so quickly. Overall there was an excellent turn-out and nearly all the craft and food items were sold, helping the ladies (and Harry) to collect a most creditable sum just a little short of £1000. Well done indeed, ladies, who have worked hard all year to make the fair such a success. Another feather in the ladies’ collective hat was the very successful pudding evening in early February when over 50 of us enjoyed a ploughman’s lunch. More to the point there were 13 puddings to go at, and they were gone at – in a big way. This was a cracking evening and I am sure those who were on the eating end of the event would like to thank the ladies very warmly for their splendid cooking. Thanks are also due to Jan Trevorrow who worked very hard to provide a series of sociable quizzes which amused all the tables well.


CHOIR CONCERT Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir are giving a charity


concert in aid of the National Coastwatch Institution watch station at Froward Point (Kingswear) on Saturday April 14th at 7:30 pm. The soloist is Margaret Johnstone (soprano), their guest choir The Welsh Boys and the compere Captain R. Curtis. (Capn Bob) The venue is St Thomas of Canterbury’s, and the doors will


open at 7:00pm. Tickets cost £7.50 (to include refreshments) and are available from Kingswear post office, Kingswear village stores and from Lynda on 01803 833944.


BEST FROCKS Kingswomen had a very good response to the ‘Posh as you


Dare’ evening held at Tricia Daniels’ house on Wood Lane in December. Although the evening was wet the red carpet was literally out for the ladies to be photographed by the press on their arrival. Maximum vanity was in evidence as flatties were removed and wholly unsuitable high heels substituted for the posing. There was much hilarity and lots of naughty things were said to the butler (Greg Cattell scrubbed-up for the night) and as for poor Father Christmas, well, it was enough to make all his reindeer noses glow red, never mind just Rudoloh’s! Wonderful stuff wine! There was a feast of canapés which were supplied by Jan Cattell and Sandra White and a good time was had by all. Thanks were due to all who organised and hosted the event. The ladies seemed to think this was one to be repeated.


DIRK WHOTTINGTON What can you say about the pantomime – without getting


lynched!? Seriously though it was great fun and gave four


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