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Christmas Greetings from Ron Lambden

2019 rambdenSeasons greetings to all Old Dartmothians members and their families, both at home, and abroad. As another year draws rapidly to its conclusion, it has been a year that we can all look back on with pride. The projects we undertook during 2019, i.e. the refurbishment of the regatta whalers, and the rejuvenation of the Middleton Arch at the entrance to the Royal Avenue Gardens, to name just two, have been a resounding success and admired by all of the community, so well done everyone who contributed their time and effort and also to those who contributed financially. The year 2020 will see much celebration under the auspices of the Mayflower 400 celebrations, which will commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower and the Speedwell from our Town in 1620, to form the new world in America. My hope is that we take part in the celebrations to the benefit of the Dartmouth community. To that end we have one project in mind which will further enhance our beloved Royal Avenue Gardens with a special display during the spring, watch this space for details in the coming months.

On that note, may I now wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Ron Lambden

President, Men’s Section O.D.A.


In adverse weather, the association performed a handing back ceremony for the Middleton Arch at the entrance to the Royal Avenue Gardens.
Some intial photos supplied by Barry Morris and Martin Thomas of DARTMOUTH PHOTOS.  

Video link to the event from Martin Thomas, apologies for the sound quality due to traffic. VIDEO LINK

Some information for you all on this major project undertaken by The Old Dartmothians’ Association for the refurbishment of the Middleton Arch, at the entrance to the Royal Avenue Gardens.

This has without doubt been a major project undertaken by our association from start to finish. Of course with a huge project like this we have required outside help with certain aspects of the work required.

The Old Dartmothians are extremely proud of the fantastic results we have achieved, and as you can see “The Middleton Arch” is back to its former glory just as it was in 1992, when Alan Middleton designed and built this marvellous structure, which is very much a focal point for the town of Dartmouth. Alan has helped considerably with advice throughout the project, and has been on hand constantly to supervise. What better than the creator, designer, and builder to be at our side, so a big thank you to Alan, we are extremely grateful.