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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.



Images of the original design have been scanned in from Alan Middleton's scrapbook.
With the return of the refurbished arch due back into Dartmouth on Thursday the 24th October, we thought you may like to see some of the original images, including some from Alan Middleton's scrapbook design records, they were scanned, and sent in by Barry Morris.
Photographs 'A' and 'B' have been donated by Martin Thomas of Dartmouth Photos

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original Arch

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Well it was fine sunny weather for five or six days after the initial deconstruction of the archway, and some of the items that needed to be taken off site for professional shotblasting, were removed on Wednesday 18th. The good weather meant that the members could crack on with doing the cleaning and undercoating of the remaining parts on site in the avenue gardens.

The workers pose for a group photo


Monday the 16th September 2019, sees the commencement of the refurbishment of the Middleton Arch at the entrance to the Royal Avenue Gardens.
Numerous members of the The Old Dartmothians' Association, along with the creator and manufacturer of the arch, Mr Alan Middleton (centre), gathered to go about the dismantling process.

Once the dismantling has been completed, (under the watchful eye of Alan Middleton, left), the parts will be taken away for shotblasting and priming on Wednesday the 18th September.

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Photos - Barry Morris


The recent spell of bad weather relented in time for Members of the Old Dartmothians Association to gather on the jetty at Coronation Park on Sunday morning, 18th August, to witness and participate in the launching of the newly refurbished regatta whalers.
A few weeks ago a cry for help was received from the Regatta committee, who were concerned that the whalers were not in a useable condition for this year's forthcoming events. The whalers are now thirty years old, and were in a sorry state. So, with the material costs covered by the Regatta Committee. Our members volunteered their time, and skills, to bring the boats up to a fitting standard, spending many hundred of hours on the project, as can be seen in our earlier article Whaler Refurbishment.
Our President, Mr Ron Lambden, thanked everyone involved in the project, and in particular Paul Hodge for his huge commitment and logistical support by allowing the use of his premises at Bugford Nurseries. Ron went on to say that he was particularly pleased that members were keeping up with the fine traditions and ethos of our Association, which was founded on the Friday of Regatta in 1923 following a day of especially good rowing.
Ed Botterill, the Regatta Chairman, graciously accepted the handing back of the pristine and fully serviceable whalers, "Britannia" "Friends of Bayards" "Clifton" "Hardness" "Townstal" "Wayhard Castle" and thanked everyone involved, saying he was mightily impressed, with the huge commitment and quality of work, which clearly demonstrated members affection for the town and Regatta. Ed concluded by saying “In truth you have saved the Regatta's bacon

Photos submitted by member Barry Morris


whalers restoration July 2019

Some members of The Old Dartmothians' Association are taking time out to start the refurbishment of the Regatta Whalers, in order for them to be ready in time for this year's annual Royal Dartmouth Regatta, being held at the end of August. Any members with a few hours to spare, and who live locally, would be most welcome if they can come along to lend a hand. The work on the whalers is being done under protective covering at the Bugford Nurseries, run by association member, Tony Hodges. So give Tony a call on (01803 832535) to arrange a visit.

Association Secretary Richard Rendle, said "If you are someone who would like to participate in helping to fulfil the aims of the association, then please read the information contained on the association's membership web page at https://www.dartmothians.org/index.php/membership. 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 months commencing 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."

Middleton Arch - Royal Avenue Gardens

Dear Members,

 You may recall that in 1992 the Old Darts, along with the Middleton family, replaced the archway leading into the Royal Avenue gardens, which had been previously scrapped when the gardens were redesigned by the South Hams District Council. Well time has taken its toll, and the arch now in need of some TLC.
Members have been giving this project some thought and have priced up the idea and come up with some fixed price quotations for the work.

Royal Avenue Gardensb Oct 2018Disassembling, and taking down the arch, to be undertaken by members.

Shot blasting and hot zinc spay, and spray with two pack primer, (all to be done off site by contractors)

Members to reassemble, and paint in its original colour, with two part paint.

The price for this work including transport is £9,125.

Members met on Thursday April 25th at the Rowing Club, and talked over the idea, updates on this project will be posted as they become available.

It is again a lot of money which needs thoughtful consideration, we can pay from funds, or maybe start an appeal?

Its your association, what do you think? If you were unable to attend the meeting, then please contact the secretary via email with your thoughts.

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