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9th August 2017
Charlie Pritchard-WilliamsDartmouth Town Council are very pleased to announce the appointment of a new Clerk to the Town Council. Charlie Pritchard-Williams was born and raised in Brixham, attending Dartmouth Secondary School -now Dartmouth Academy- from the age of 11 and is delighted to return to the town where she learned so much.

Charlie spent twenty years living and working in London, gaining a degree in Contemporary Media Practice from the University of Westminster and going on to work in production for TV and online before leaving full-time work to raise her children and run a small photographic business.

She moved with her family to Somerset 8 years ago, where she first developed an interest in the work of Parish and Town Councils, working as Clerk for several parishes and as an assistant and web manager for Wells City Council, revitalising their website and training others in its maintenance. Currently in the midst of a move back to the area, Charlie is hugely excited to take on the role of Clerk to Dartmouth Town Council, and to continue the work of the departing Clerk, Tracy Rowe.

“I have very happy memories of catching the passenger ferry to school every day - I never imagined I’d be returning to this wonderful town as its Clerk! I can’t wait to get to know the community and help make Dartmouth even more special.”

 


Dartmouth Pyramid Greenhouse wins £20k award from Postal Local Trust
Post Code Lottery LogoA new pyramid-shaped community greenhouse for Dartmouth came a step closer with an award of £20,000 from the Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, following a successful application from Dartmouth Green Partnerships (Charity No.1164582).

DGP Chairman, Stevie Rogers said: ‘We are delighted to be able to announce this grant, and are very grateful to the Postcode Local Trust for their generous support which will enable us to start work on next phase of the pyramid greenhouse. We will be consulting with the designer, Hartley Botanicals on the next step. The grant provides us with the opportunity to launch a wider appeal for funds in September. We need to raise £100,000 in total for the greenhouse.

‘The Pyramid Greenhouse will be accessible to all the community, including visitors to Dartmouth. There will be perimeter and central staging work areas, with wheelchair access all around. In return for demolishing our old greenhouse to make a car park South Hams District Council gave us a paved base, supporting wall, water and electricity and an old hut. We have added a small temporary greenhouse and another hut.’

The Mayor of Dartmouth, Cllr Richard Cooke, who is also a DGP trustee said: Dartmouth Town Council is pleased to support the greenhouse project and delighted that such a generous grant has been awarded by the Postcode Local Trust.’

The new greenhouse and garden area, will be used to grow-on floral displays for the town which are prepared by volunteers under the guidance of DGP. There will be gardening education for all ages and abilities, memory cafe days, and vegetables and cut flowers for community use. The existing surrounding potager beds already provide food crops and cut flowers from which the public can help themselves. The greenhouse will be open so the general public can see DGP’s work.

Stevie said: ‘Our displays this year have been very successful with over 100 hanging baskets (planted up with the help of the Dartmouth Brownies), riverside troughs and planters bursting with vibrant, colourful planting. We have been very pleased with the effect of our chosen ‘hot’ colours this summer which make a big impact. We are also responsible for several lovely planted boats near the river, in the gardens and at Townstal.

Dartmouth Green Partnerships is a volunteer-led charity, which works to promote horticulture, floriculture and ecological awareness in Dartmouth, for the benefit of the public generally and in particular those who live or work in, or visit Dartmouth. We work with many other groups - the Royal Horticulture Society, local councils, wildlife organisations, other local voluntary groups, local schools and colleges, residents and local businesses, to preserve and maintain the town's 'Green' environment. We create floral displays, plant trees and shrubs and educate the public in ecological sustainability, conservation, good horticultural practice, recycling and biodiversity.

The Postcode Local Trust provides financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.

Further information see website: www.dartmouthgreenpartnerships.org.uk

 DGP at Greenhouse Site
Members of Dartmouth Green Partnerships with the Mayor and Mayoress at the greenhouse site in Dartmouth.

From left: Kathy Stansfield, Debbie Morris, Tessa de Galleani, Stevie Rogers, Mayoress Dr Fiona Ward, Mayor Cllr Richard Cooke, Maureen Langmead, Jennifer Wright and Maggie Boote.