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Association Chairman Rob Waycott, acting in his other role of Almoner, was this week out and about delivering 30 Christmas cards to the widows of former members, each card containing £10 as a small gift for Christmas. He also dropped in on four of our local care homes with parcels of chocolates and biscuits, each one was expertly wrapped up by Rob's wife Diana Waycott . Just one of the many deeds done by the Old Dartmothians' Association.



Association members marched into the Royal Avenue Gardens and then gathered to unfurl the association's flags on the opening evening of the Dartmouth Royal Regatta 2021.

Regatta Opening 2021 Town March ODA Regatta Opening 2021 Flag ceremony




Next association meeting will be the association's AGM on Tuesday January 25th at 7:30pm.
Download a copy of the agenda HERE
NOTE: Dates of future meetings.
March 29th. May 31st. July 26th. Sept 27th. Nov 29th. January 31st 2023
Usual 7:30pm time, venue, Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club - All welcome.
Stay Safe everybody.
Richard Rendle.
Richard Rendle 2021


 A relatively quiet year to be expected during these difficult times. Attendances by members have been very good at our normal events i.e. Remembrance Days, Regatta Ceremonies and Presidents Dinner. Good attendances by members at our bi monthly meetings at the Rowing Club and again very good attendances at our informal Friday Coffee mornings at The Ship In Dock. We have settled in very well at The Ship In Dock and we are all most grateful to the wonderful owners and staff who make us most welcome. The Association has started planning for our Special Year our 100th Anniversary. On-going planning will be going ahead this year. The Association is financially well balanced and led very ably by our Treasurer Barrie Brehout. Great thanks by us all to our Secretary Richard Rendle who keeps us on an even keel, keeping myself and members well informed of what’s going on. Every day is an “Old Dartmothians” day for him. Thank you to our Flag Officer, Kevin Langworthy and to our Press Officer Nigel Punchard, the creator of our most impressive Web Site. Thank you to all for the trust you have in me to be Chair of such a wonderful organisation. It is indeed an honour to hold such a position

Finally I am sorry I am unable to be present at this year’s AGM due to family health matters. I hope you have enjoyable AGM and it goes well, as I’m sure it will.

Rob Waycott.

Chairman, Old Dartmothians Association.

D-Day Remembrance 2021

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A short remembrance service was held at the D Day Landing Craft Memorial on the North Embankment at 10:45am on Sunday June 6th.
The memorial which is maintained and planted out by the Old Dartmothians, was attended by civic dignitaries and representations from the BRNC and the Old Dartmothians.

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This year's annual re-union dinner took place as scheduled in the Dartmouth Guildhall on Friday the 30th August. Over one hundred members and guests attended the joint mens and ladies section event.

MC Rob Waycott opened proceedings by announcing the arrival of distinguished guests...........

Father Andrew Langley and Gemma Langley
Father Andrew Langley & Mrs Gemma Langley
Lynne Maurer Roly Boyden
Representing the Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Lynne Maurer & Mr Roly Boydon
Mayor Graham Webb
Mayor of Dartmouth
Councillor Graham Webb
Ladies section President Mrs Sandra Lumley
Mens section President Mr Ron Lambdon with Kirsty Emmins
Photos by Barry Morris

 Father Langley then said the grace, before the assembled sat down to their meal, supplied and served, by the good services of The Royal Castle Hotel staff.
Once the meal was completed our MC then asked all to be upstanding for 'The Loyal Toast', this was followed by our President Ron Lambden welcoming our guests and thanking the members of both associations for all their hard work and commitment throughout the year. Next to address the members was the Ladies section President Mrs Sandra Lumley also echoing her thanks and gratitude for the support of the ladies section members.
Mayor Councillor Graham Webb, replied to both of the president's speeches by saying how much the town of Dartmouth has benefited by having the support and commitment of both sections of the Old Dartmothians, and expressed his best wishes for the coming year.
Mrs Debbie Morris then read out the cards and messages from those who unfortunately had been unable to attend this year's event. followed by a roll call from all those present.

Ron Lambden then stated the thanks on behalf of the associations, for the staff and meal supplied by The Royal Castle Hotel, and also to the staff of the Guildhall.
The raffle draw was then conducted by Barrie & Elaine French, £410.00 was raised from the 17 prizes kindly donated by association members.

(Ed. Apologies for the lateness of this report, it's due to me having to extend my stay in Devon, and then once back home I have been organising a week long art exhibition in Wells Cathedral.)


At the recent AGM the outgoing Old Dartmothians' Association President, Mr John Mitchlemore is pictured handing over the reigns of the presidency for 2019-20 to Mr Ron Lambden.

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Close ties between Britain and the USA were celebrated in flag fluttering style on the Dartmouth Embank­ment.

The Old Dartmothians flew the colours of both nationalities on the waterfront memorial to welcome a delegation from Dart­mouth, Massachusetts.

The volunteers also planted new floral displays and spread decorative chipping stones at the D-Day memorial to those servicemen involved in the Normandy landings.

A two minutes silence will be observed in a short D-Day service organised by the Old Darts at the memorial at 11am on Monday, June 6, involving the Britannia Royal Naval College, the Royal Naval Association and Royal British Legion.


Pictured are Old Darts David Kelland, Ron Lambden and Lewis Langworthy at the D-Day memorial.



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