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Dart Notes T


WHAT’S NEWS & WHAT’S NEW WISH BY THE DART A HAPPY 10TH


o be honest, we never knew we’d have the staying power to reach a decade of publishing By The Dart. Potentially the risk of boredom, the


lure of early retirement or just the sheer hard slog of endless deadlines along the way were all possible pitfalls. Ominously, one or two prominent local business people told us they’d seen magazines come and go. Undeterred, we’re proud to have reached the 10 year milestone, despite wondering where the hell those years went! So much has changed in the past 10 years in the media landscape; our reading habits and how we seek out and process information has been transformed. The inexorable growth in just 10 years of the internet behemoths Google and Facebook has turned the media world upside down and possibly condemned much of traditional media to the past. Readership and revenues of magazines and newspapers have plummeted and the trend is still continuing, if not accelerating - witness the 20%+ decline in circulation of the local newspaper over the past year. Against this backdrop, however, hyper local magazines such as By The Dart have continued to flourish. Part of the reason may be due to our ubiquity – we ‘force’ ourselves upon you by posting the magazine through your letterbox. But I think the main reason is that communities have a thirst for information about what happens and who does what locally. Of course, it helps that Dartmouth is ‘at the end of the line’ such that this geographical isolation reinforces the sense of community but it’s also because we have so much to see and do on our doorsteps that we need to be alerted or indeed reminded to take full advantage of the opportunities. We are also fortunate that the area is a mix of such interesting people – someone once remarked to us a couple of years ago that we would soon run out of people to interview. Well, we have interviewed approx 500+ local people and even after another 10 years, we’ll still have more to go. Dartmouth is that kind of place. Our cover strap line says “Celebrating local life”. That is our raison d’être and our mission statement. There is much to celebrate living here and our magazine merely reflects this back to our readers. It also prompts the thought that we should “use it or lose it”. Such a sentiment is true of such local institutions as The Flavel (see our interview with Ray Bridges and Doug Twigg) on page 43. It’s also true of many of our local businesses. We are rightly proud that Dartmouth does not go into hibernation like Salcombe over the winter,


BIRTHDAY by Mark Simpson


“Celebrating local life”. That is our raison d’être and our mission statement.


which is why we enjoy such a vibrant local community. However, this does depend on sustaining a strong local economy to provide the jobs and pay for the local services. For this reason, we have started a new feature this issue, which will run for the rest of our Anniversary year – ‘Celebrating the Best of Dartmouth’ – to encourage residents and visitors to support local businesses. Do spend time to read these articles as their stories are both illuminating and interesting. Since we launched, we have published over 80 issues,


printed 500,000 copies and 10,000 pages, processed more than 11,000 advertisements and, at a guess, written approximately 4m words. As you’ll see from the feature on page 107, we do this with just one full time publisher/editor (me), 4 part time staff and a handful of freelance writers (Steph, Kate and Ginny) and loyal contributors, many of whom have been with us for years such as David & Holly Jones, Rowena Kitchen, Colette Charsley, Nick Shepherd, Richard Blake, Andy Kyle etc. Not forgetting our hardy and fit distributors who struggle up countless steps around Dartmouth and Kingswear to bring the magazine to your door. I am hugely grateful to my hard working and loyal colleagues without whom we could not create a magazine of such quality. Finally, our thanks to our readers who have given us such positive feedback over the years. We know that the magazine is highly thought of, which keeps the bar high and us on our toes. Retirement will eventually beckon but I am sure there will always be a place for By The Dart for as long as Dartmouth itself remains strong and vibrant.


PS. Readers - don’t forget to keep telling advertisers you saw their advert in By The Dart! Advertisers! - ‘keep using it or lose it!


ISSUE NO. 81


MARCH/APRIL 2018 FREE


Birthday Isue!


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A meal for 4 in the Seahorse


Win Celebrating local life!


A SPECIAL BUMPER ANNIVERSARY ISSUE PACKED FULL OF CONTENT TO HELP CELEBRATE LOCAL LIFE THIS YEAR


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