Dartmouth and Kingswear Society

BRNC from down river
Royal Avenue Gardens in Spring

Aims of the Society

The Dartmouth and Kingswear Society is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the historic town of Dartmouth and the villages of Kingswear, Blackawton, Dittisham, Stoke Fleming and Strete, the River Dart and the neighbouring coastline and countryside of the county of Devon, UK.

The concerns of the Society include the conservation of both the architecture and form of the built environment and the natural beauty of the district together with the maintenance of a viable local economy in keeping with the character and history of the area.

Classic Gaffer near Dittisham
Kingswear from Dartmouth
The Kingswear Daymark

The 2022 AGM

The Dartmouth and Kingswear Society held its 61st Annual General Meeting at the Flavel on Tuesday 22nd March 2022. Our President, Sir Geoffrey Newman, took the chair. As our Society chairman, Robert Brooke, said in his report ‘we live in strange times’ but the work of the Society’s committee continued during Covid shutdowns. Our main priorities remained the same as previously agreed, based mainly on the major local issues such as AONB, Health and Wellbeing, Planning, and protecting – as best we can – the local interests affecting our community. The committee were now actively considering social events for the summer and autumn. The President announced that he was happy to remain in post and welcomed our new Vice-President Doug Twigg, a former Chairman, who was elected in 2020 on the retirement of Philip Charlesworth. The following elections were approved by the meeting:


President Sir Geoffrey Newman; Vice-President Doug Twigg;
Chairman Robert Brooke; Vice-Chairman Andrew Jarrold
Hon. Treasurer Jill Rowe; Hon. Secretary Lindsay Charlesworth; Hon. Planning Secretary Paul Talbot.


Liane Baldock; Ray Bridges; Rita Brunt Seymour
Linda Goss; John Mitchell
Dr. Richard Rawlins; Marvin Shaire.

The meeting concluded with a talk from Steve Williams, convener of the U3A Classics Group. Steve’s talk was entitled Romans in Britain – 376 years in 15 minutes. And, as the title said, that is what he delivered in a very entertaining and informative style.

During the meeting members contributed £150 towards the Ukraine refugee appeal which will be donated via the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).