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Dart Notes WHAT’S NEWS & WHAT’S NEW IN AND AROUND DARTMOUTH


o you look forward Christmas – or dread it as a financial and energy-sapping threat looming ever closer? Would you like a pre-Christmas tonic to boost your enthusiasm with a dose of charm, enchant- ment, amusement and delight? For the past six years Stoke Fleming has hosted a Christ- mas Tree Festival, and it has been surprising during that time how often it has been the least ‘churchy’ people who have said how much they have enjoyed their visit, that it had ‘brought back the magic of Christmas’, or ’Renewed their sense of Christmas’. So why is it so special? The church is filled with trestles placed across the tops of pews on which stand around 30 live five-foot trees, each one displaying a different theme and decorated by a different Stoke Fleming organization. Almost all the decorations are hand-made (lots to show children here), but it is the adults who enjoy the Festival most, on a much deeper level as they can appreciate the humour and imagination, the work and thought which have gone into each display. For example last year the Cricket Club tree was dressed appropriately for its title, ‘Let the Bails ring out for Christmas’, while Gardentime which supplies the trees went for ‘Edibaubles’ – and they all were! The Festival is a gentle and peaceful place to charge the batteries before being swamped by Christmas overload. The Seventh Annual Christmas Tree Festival, St.


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Peter’s Church, Stoke Fleming, is open from 10.00 – 5.30 on Friday to Sunday, 13, 14, 15 December. It’s peaceful, it’s free and it’s fun for all ages, and the donations this year go to Home Start South Hams which works with families with young children (see their website), and St. Peter’s Church. As another inducement, if you like to combine business with pleasure, on the Saturday afternoon a small but very enjoyable Christmas Fayr will be held in the Green Dragon, opposite the church!. During the weekend ad- ditional car parking is available in the school car park further up the road.


DO YOu RuN A LOCAL CLuB OR sOCIeTY?


group, sports club etc? Are they open to local people and are you keen on encouraging more members and local support? If so, By The Dart would like to hear from you. We’ve been busily contacting local organisations in recent weeks to offer them a free page on our new website - www.


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o you look run a local organisation e.g. for hobbies, arts or pastimes, fund-rasing organisation, support


sTOKe FLeMING CHRIsTMAs TRee FesTIVAL


bythedart.co.uk - so that they can post details of what they do, where they do it, when they meet and how to get in contact or become a member. If we haven’t yet been in contact with you, then please email us - mark@bythedart.co.uk - with the above relevant information. Also, please send us up to 6 relevant digital photos that best illustrate what you do. With your help, we’ll make the website the most comprehensive online resource of local information for access by all local residents. Please also read our article on page 18 about how you can upload your events e.g. fund raisers, to the website to promote them far and wide.


ALL THe INTeRVIeWs IN ONe PLACe?


there have been hundreds published since we launched 5 years ago. As we have been compiling our new website - www. bythedart.co.uk - we’ve uploaded most if not all of these interviews (you can find them at www.bythedart.co.uk/living/ people) to the web. That got us thinking - would our readers want us to pull all or most of these interviews together, not just online, but perhaps as part of a printed book? So, would you? Before we rush off and print a book only to find copies languishing unsold and ultimately destined for the landfill, we’d like to get a sense first of what demand there’d be. Can you help us? If you’d like to buy a copy (it’ll be priced somewhere


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between £10 and £14), could you email us (mark@bythedart. co.uk) or go online to www.bythedart.co.uk/living/people) where we’ll place a simple online poll. If we sense demand is strong, we’ll go ahead and print some copies. Thanks in anticipation of your help.


Is YOuR BusINess usING FACeBOOK OR TWITTeR?


growing number of local businesses are, like ourselves, using social media to improve communication and build relationships with their customers. By The Dart is busy building a database of the many


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Facebook pages and Twitter feeds etc used by local businesses. We’ve found it is not as easy as we thought to identify these through the social media channels themselves because of the multifarious information that businesses upload. We plan to post this database on our website so that readers and other businesses can quickly identify who’s doing what in social media - we think that will help those businesses build a wider network of ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ facilitating perhaps a faster local connectivity and communication between


visit www.bythedart.co.uk - for everything & anything about Dartmouth


ne of most popular parts with readers of By The Dart magazine has been our interviews with local people -


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