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ED’S “FANTASTIC” TALES OF SPIKE BRING IN FUNDS FOR DARTMOUTH CARING


Dartmouth Caring has said thank you to composer Ed Welch after his ‘brilliant’ talk about his time working with Spike Milligan. The hugely successful Mr Welch gave the talk at Dartmouth’s Royal Castle Hotel on Tuesday November 6 in aid of the charity, which looks out for the elderly and the vulnerable in the Dart- mouth and district area. Mr Welch, who has provided music for countless TV and film projects – includ- ing the famous Blockbuster’s theme and music for Thomas the Tank Engine and friends – worked with the famous come- dian, writer and poet on a number of his series, including the hugely influential “Q” programmes - which were an inspiration to the Monty Python group. Mr Welch kept the audience rapt with his stories of Mr Milligan, including his fights with TV executives and his ‘dif- ficult’ reputation, as well as light-hearted anecdotes of his legendary quick wit. The evening also featured a raffle with prizes kindly donated by local busi- nesses and a top-quality meal from the Castle’s Grill Room restaurant, hosted by its manager Tom Kendrick. Alison Stocks, manager and coordinator for Dartmouth Caring thanked everyone who helped make the evening such a success – especially Ed. “It was a fantastic talk which every- one clearly enjoyed,” she said. “The presentation and the anecdotes were informative and funny. We are so grate- ful to him for giving up his time and helping us to raise funds for our vital work in the community. The raffle was a big success thanks to all the very gener- ous donations from local businesses and Tom and his team did a great job: the food was top notch and we all felt very welcome.”•


DART HARBOUR LOOKING FORWARD TO BUMPER CRUISE SHIP VISITS IN 2013 As we enter into the last few months of the year Dart Harbour has announced a welcome bit of news for 2013 – Cruise Ship visits are going to see a big jump! Already booked in for next year are 21 Ship visits – up from 14 this year. Cruise ship visits are a big boost to the town’s economy - with estimates stating each visitor spends between £80 and £100 whilst in port on a visit. Dartmouth’s stunning views and the fact the ships can often moor in the harbour are seen as big plusses by cruise company bosses. Assistant harbourmaster Nick Clarence said: “It’s brilliant - fantastic year for Dartmouth.”•


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EX-DARTMOUTH STUDENT INSPIRES ACADEMY SIXTH FORM FUNDRAISING


Dartmouth Academy Sixth Form have been inspired by a former student in their efforts to raise funds for the Red Cross. The students have been working on fundraising activities for charity both as a positive project and as an exercise to improve their CVs, helping them gain employment or a place at Univer- sity. They are also looking at earning awards through the volunteer organisa- tion Vinspired. The event was another special ‘10th Day’ – a scheme unique to Dartmouth in which students work on a large-scale project once every two weeks through- out the year. The group listened to an informative talk by ex Dartmouth student - Emma Swanton - as part of this process. Emma is undertaking an internship with the charity Global Poverty Project UK – which aims to end extreme poverty around the globe - and also outlined her career decisions from finishing GCSE’s to her present work. These included


graduating from University, working and teaching all over the world with one of her last placements in a school in Bogotá, Columbia. She explained how her experiences abroad have changed the way she now views the world in terms of poverty and helped her realise how lucky the people of Britain are. To this end Emma is now a dedicated fundraiser for charities. Part of the 10th Day was examining the work that the Red Cross does in the UK and overseas. They then had to come up with their own ideas on how to raise money for the Red Cross and present their ideas to the rest of the group. There was a varied range of fundraising ideas from a Fairy tale cake sale, car washing, Where’s Wally puzzles and a fashion Show.


Mandy Piggott, who arranged Emma’s visit and led the day’s workshop, said it was a very inspiring event for the students – who were amazed at Emma’s achievements since leaving Dartmouth in 2001.•


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