It was very much hoped that The Old Dartmothians could once again be able to hold our bi-monthly Commitee and Member meetings in the very near future, however, owing to the latest Government Ruling regarding groups of six or more, clearly we are unable to convene until the situation changes. We will endeavour to keep all members informed via email, and this website, as soon as conditions allow.
Stay Safe everybody.
Richard Rendle. Secretary.
2020 REGATTA FLAG CEREMONY - OPENING ADDRESS
The following is a link to the Port of Dartmouth Regatta facebook page, and shows the opening remarks by our chairman Robert Waycott
This was followed by the traditional raising of the flags of both sections of the Old Dartmothians. NOTE: If you click on an image you can see a bigger version of it, depending of course on what size of device you are using.
ODA President Ron Lambden says a few words prior to unveiling the Peter Norton commemorative seat.
The seat was donated to the town by Peter's wife Pam, and has the inscription plaque as shown.
The reunion dinner may have been cancelled, but that did not prevent another traditional event, the gathering of members at The Ship in Dock Inn on regatta Friday lunchtime, and of course everyone was "socially distancing"
The Old Dartmothians' Association was founded in the Ship 'n' Dock Inn, on the Friday of Dartmouth Regatta in 1923,by four Dartmothians. Their intention was to form a fellowship of Dartmouth men over the age of eighteen, who would cherish their relationship with the town of Dartmouth, and could help to enhance the lives of the townsfolk, even though some of them may have moved away to live elsewhere.
So does that mean the association is only meant only for the elderly townsmen? Well the answer is most definitely NO! The word old has many meanings when used in particular contexts, and in this case we think that it was intended to be interpreted as "Denoting someone who formerly attended, or lived/lives in, a specified place. e.g. as in ‘an old Etonian’. and not someone who is aged.
If you are someone who would like to participate in helping to fulfil the aims of the association, then please read the information contained in the Membership page. If you would like to drop in at one of the meetings and find out more, then you could attend one of the following meetings that are held at the Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club, Sandquay Road, Dartmouth. TQ6 9PH. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the last Tuesday of the following monthscommencing at 7:30pm as follows, January, March, May, July (AGM) September, November. Also, any potential new member who would like to just have an informal meet and greet chat could join several of the present members who meet at the Royal Castle Hotel on a Friday morning from approximately 10.30 am.