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NEWCOMEN CELEBRATIONS A HUGE SUCCESS


The celebrations for the 300th an-


niversary of Thomas Newcomen’s creation of the first practical steam engine have been hailed as a huge success by organisers. There was a week of special pre- sentations and shows at the Flavel in July. They were all well supported and the show by TV personality and Newcomen enthusiast Adam Hart- Davies was a sell out. There was also a performance by the Budleigh Salterton Choir and a special play, written by the Dartmouth Players, about Newcomen’s life, called “From Floods Defend”. The town also saw the arrival of a steam engine too! Chairman of the Newcomen celebrations committee, Ray Bridges, said: “The week was a great success. There were over 800 attendances to the various events at the Flavel, the Opening, From Floods Defend, Adam Hart-Davis, the New- comen Society and the Budleigh Salterton Choir, and heaven knows how many more to the Engine house which had volunteers all week. “The Flavel exhibition, the Museum, St Saviours service on Wednesday and of course the steam engine on Market Square were popular. We had visitors from America, Germany, Holland and France. The New- comen Society was impressed with the numbers attending their lectures: they expected their 18 Members and the addition of a few “enthusi- asts”. In the event there were over 90 people at each one. We have established Thomas Newcomen in Dartmouth, complete with monument - now the rest of the world!”


Ray Bridges and Adam Hart-Davies


DARTMOUTH CARING’S BUSY MONTH! Dartmouth Caring had a busy June and July holding an Information Day for the community and its AGM, as well as announcing a development of its Parkinson’s Café. The information day featured presentations by charity Chairman Dee Nutt, Manager Alison Stocks, and “Bridge Worker” Jackie Mclean. They outlined the huge breadth of the charity’s work. The AGM on June 28 featured the announcement that the number of people helped by the charity had again increased – up more than a fifth to almost 10,000.


And the charity also announced it was opening up its Parkinson’s Café, held on the third Thursday of every month at the Community Corner in the Old Market, Dartmouth, to those with other conditions with similar issues to Parkinson’s. The new


Dee Nutt and Manager Alison Stocks


‘Positive Café’ has its first meeting on Thursday August 16 at 10.30am and will welcome those with Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome. Dee said:“It’s vital that the community can see and understand how we work and how we help people they know every day of the year. “Because of the increase in demand for our services we are always on the lookout for new volunteers who are eager to help – perhaps for only a few hours each month. We are also innovating all the time: for example increasing the scope of our Parkinson’s Café to help even more people. We are very proud of all we do and how many people we help.”


DARTMOUTH MEDICAL PRACTICE FORUMS HELP GPS IN SEARCH FOR NEW PARTNER


Dartmouth Medical Practice has thanked its patients for taking part in its recent public forums. Presented by Drs Andrew Eynon Lewis and Adam Morris, more than 50 patients attended the forums, held at Dartmouth’s Guildhall on Monday July 9 and Dittisham Village Hall on July 12. The forums looked at a series of ‘Hot Topics’ including prescriptions, referrals to specialists and asked for the views of the patients on what qualities the practice should look for in its new partner, who will be chosen in the next month. As in previous forums there was also a chance to ask questions and there were some interesting debates and discussions between the Drs and patients. “We are delighted people ask us difficult questions,” said Dr Adam Morris. “These forums are designed to allow us to take on the feedback we receive and hopefully improve the quality of our service to the patients we serve. They are absolutely invaluable and we are so grateful to everyone who came along and got involved. We look forward to the next forums in early 2013.”


Sharon Windebank and Dee Nutt


MONTY HALLS DROPS BY TO INSPIRE DARTMOUTH ACADEMY STUDENTS AND STAFF ON LAST DAY OF TERM


Dartmouth’s newest celebrity, TV adven- turer Monty Halls, dropped by to give a rousing end of term speech to students and staff at Dartmouth Academy on July 20. The marine biologist and leadership guru gave a presentation at the end of the term assembly to all the secondary students at the all-through academy.


Monty dropped by after an invitation from the Senior Leadership Team, and left the students with a message to ‘be positive’, to ‘choose their attitude’ and a warning not to be a ‘morale hoover’.


Principal Nick HIndmarsh said: “After a year of hard work and great improve- ments at the Academy thanks to the students and their application, I think it is fitting that Monty, someone who has done amazing things, gave them a glimpse of the potential each and every one of them has to achieve whatever they want in life.”


Monty Halls Nick Bowles, Nick HIndmarsh and Rik Meek


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