Social events

DIARY DATES FOR - 2017                  

                                   

 2017

Fri 10 March                    Meal at the Guardhouse, Berry Head 7.30pm

                                       Details:Paddy 01803 842 481 from whom flyer available

                                       £20 pp no later than 20 Feb after which no refunds.

Sun 2-Sat 8 April           Offas Dyke: the final section from Trefonen to Prestatyn

                                         Details: Bernard P 01803 529052

Tues 9+16 May              Navigation Course run by Chris W  at Paignton Sailing Club

                                       More information: Tessa 07772 068689 or speak with Chris Wood.

Fri 19 May                        Sharpham vineyard - private tour, wine and cheese tasting. 

                                       Flyer nearer the date but details Paddy 01803 842 481

Sun 11 June                     Annual John Musgrave Excursion. The Laurie Lee Trail in Slad Valley

                                       Details: Val Rose 01803 762 931

Fri 6 October                   Archery with Dynamic Adventures. Meal at the Cott Inn

                                       Details: Val Rose 01803 762 931

Fri 3 November               Half day First Aid workshop by Steve Rose. Paignton Sailing club This                                              event is taking place due to the generosity of the late Dr Mike Mason.

                                       Details: Paddy Jewry 01803 842 481

Wed 8 November           34th Annual General Meeting of the South Devon Ramblers in the                                                    Isadora Duncan Suite at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton 7pm

Fri 15 December             Christmas LUNCH at Dainton Park Golf Club, Newton Abbot. Details:                                                    Paddy, Rosie,Val

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REPORTS ON PAST EVENTS

The trip on Vigilance - 13 August 2016

On a gloriously sunny day, we set off for a 3 hour sail from Brixham harbour on VIGILANCE, a 90 year old, 73 foot long, Brixham trawler.

It was manned by a group of highly efficient and enthusiastic volunteers.

Their mood was enhanced either by the fact they had just heard that they had achieved charitable status, or the fact that they shared a splendid array of homemade cakes baked by several members of South Devon Ramblers!!

We, as passengers, were encouraged to pull on the ropes and also take the wheel!

As the first sail was in progress, we were alerted to a sighting of a possible dolphin, whereas the 2nd sail had the experience of watching a pilot whale surfacing behind the boat!

It was a truly lovely day, the weather being perfect for a lazy sail around the Bay.

Paddy J


The Fish Supper - 11 March 2016

Having starved ourselves all day we were looking forward to our fishy ‘extravaganza.’

While we waited for our food to arrive, we watched a couple of fishing boats, night lights on, enter the harbour.

We could see that some of the catch were still flailing in their containers.

There was a mixture of delicious starters to whet the appetite, followed by the ‘catch of the day’. This was either grilled of fried haddock, cod, whiting or pollock.

This was made complete with salad & unlimited chips.

 

I think we can safely say that Rockfish did us proud. The staff were efficient & friendly.

They apparently thought we were friendly & polite, & thanked us for being such easy customers.

(Typical of South Devon Ramblers! )

 

Paddy J

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On Friday evening of 12 February 32 of us gathered in the comfortable surroundings of the library of the Berry Head Hotel to listen to Dr Sarah Wollaston speaking about ‘Life as an Westminster MP’.

We all thought how friendly & well-grounded a speaker & MP she was.

The diverse topics covered were the junior doctors strike; the European Union; the railway at Dawlish; coastal erosion at Slapton; & how since the new rules, plastic bag demand had dropped by 75%  ( as we do not like to spend 5p on a new bag! )

The discussion ended on a lighthearted note discussing the attributes of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, & Boris Johnson!

This was followed by a lovely supper with hot coffee!

I think we can say that no matter what our political affiliations are, we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

 

Paddy J.

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Private Tour of the Britannia Royal Naval College  Friday 24 April 2015

We all found, initially, the entry to the college  rather unclear and confusing.

But then we were met by our guide, a retired naval officer, who gave us an excellent and absorbing talk on the college past and present, with more than a smattering of humour! 

The land  on which the college stands, had been compulsorily purchased from the  Sir Walter Raleigh estate.

Sir Aston Webb, the architect, was commissioned  to build the college which was completed in 1905.

The cadets, some from abroad, some from the Commonwealth, are mainly graduates, and up to 15% of each intake are now female.

They go through  approximately 30 weeks of training which involves leadership skills, seamanship, and academic prowess.

The Brittania Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, is today  globally recognized and very highly respected as an initial officer training establishment of the British Royal Navy.

Towards the end of the tour we sat down to a truly delicious cream tea, and yes, it was substantial!!

Our grateful thanks go to our guide and his charming wife.

PJ

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