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

News of Recent and Future Events

At the beginning of December 2021 the Dartmouth and Kingswear Society managed to hold a very successful lunchtime Drinks Party in Sally and Edward Benthall’s beautiful barn at Little Dartmouth. Members and friends enjoyed delicious canapés provided by Elaine Day and her team from Entertaining Food. Chairman Robert Brooke gave an update on the Society’s activities over the past year, which have continued mostly unseen by members. At the Benthall’s request a donation will be made to LandWorks, in Dartington, an independent charity providing a supported route back into employment and the community for those in prison or at risk of going into prison.

The Dartmouth and Kingswear Society committee continues to meet on a monthly basis, mostly via Zoom over the last difficult months, but now gradually returning to actual meetings in the Flavel. The Committee has been busy monitoring planning applications. With Robert Brooke also chairing the Dartmouth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, the Society has taken a keen interest in Dartmouth’s NP which has now received formal approval from Dartmouth Town Council. A programme of Members’ events is being arranged for 2022, but, owing to currrent ongoing uncertainty regarding social gatherings, we have decided to cancel the Market Day Lunch planned for 28th January. We hope to be able to hold our AGM in the Flavel on 22nd March, but, if this is not possible, we will endeavour to hold the meeting via Zoom.