Programme of Events

Upcoming Events

Torbay Archive Service sessions at Galmpton Village Institute

Date: 30 September 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

Morning and afternoon sessions available. More details to follow.

Illustrated talk: ‘Agatha Christie and her poisons’ by Janet Sellick

Date: 7 October 2022
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Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

More details coming soon.

Illustrated talk: ‘Shaldon and Labrador Bay’ by Colin Vosper

Date: 18 November 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

More details coming soon.

Illustrated talk: ‘Legends of Torbay’ by Kevin Dixon

Date: 13 January 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

More details coming soon.

Illustrated talk: ‘The John Musgrave Heritage Trail, including its path across our Parish’ by John Risdon

Date: 10 February 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

More details coming soon.

AGM and illustrated talk (yet to be confirmed)

Date: 10 March 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

More details coming soon.

Below you can find our programme of events for our 2022-2023 season.


Past Events

See some of our past events below.

Dartmouth Guided Tour led by John Risdon

Date: 7 May 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Entrance Fee: Optional donation to RNLI Dartmouth

Meet outside Kingswear Station at 9.30am or the Dartmouth passenger ferry terminal at 10am. The tour will break for a refreshment stop.

Should you wish to participate I would be grateful if you could notify me by either phone or e-mail so that I have some idea of numbers.
johnrisdon@heritage-southdevon.co.uk Tel. 01803 844102 or mobile 07768 418417

There will be no fee for this guided walk but in its place a donation to Dartmouth RNLI would be much appreciated. Please remember to bring £3 for your return ferry crossing plus funds for your refreshments.

Dartmouth Waterfront 18th Century
18th century Dartmouth waterfront with the New Quay,
overlooked by The Royal Castle Hotel to be.

Dartmouth originated at the top of the hill during Saxon times originally known as Tunstal. Our walk on Saturday 7th May will be very much at the bottom of the hill, 90% of the time on the flat, on land that has been reclaimed from the river estuary over the past 1000 years. This means that we can access and identify the different periods of Dartmouth’s development as an historic seaport of national importance and the beautiful setting it finds itself in.

The Boat Float came into being in 1885 with the construction of the South Embankment, finally isolating New Quay from its international trading vessels. Now a haven of leisure and pleasure, ever-changing on the tide.

The Boat Float, Dartmouth

History Group exhibition at Galmpton Open Gardens

Date: 10 April 2022
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: Free!

Galmpton Institute, or The Village Hall, was completed in 1902 on instruction of Squire Thomas Bolitho of Greenway, whose portrait still hangs over the fire place within the hall. It was originally opened as a Temperance Hall, Squire Bolitho being concerned that the preponderance of licensed premises in the area meant there was nowhere for more sober and genteel folk to meet.

Photo c/o Galmpton Village Institute https://galmptonvillageinstitute.org/

From this colour tinted pre-war photograph of the Institute (above) taken before the extension was built in 1971, a garden area existed to the right of the building where No 6, The Roundings stands today.

To commemorate the first 25 years of our existence, we will also be launching the sale of a 2023 Calendar consisting of local scenes over the years at a cost of £5.

South Devon Coastline Course – final session

Date: 18 March 2022
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £5 (includes refreshments)

Led by John Risdon, the course has been created to highlight the sheer beauty and diversity of the South Devon coast. It is a perfect example of how our geology has moulded our geography, and hence our heritage of human development over the past thousands of years, from settlements to 21st century tourism.

All welcome.

A.G.M. followed by Illustrated Talk “The Very Slow Evolution of the Railway” by Dennis Sheen

Date: 11 March 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

Our Annual General Meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk by our very own committee member Dennis Sheen.

The story provides a brief outline of the gradual development of the early English railway system.

From Newcomen to efficient steam locomotives; wooden tracks to usable tracks; from public resistance and disbelief to realisation of the benefits of the world’s first commercial railways.

Photo originally uploaded by Urizzato at English Wikipedia., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Locomotive_trevithick.jpg

Illustrated Talk “The Royal Borough of Dartmouth” by John Risdon

Date: 11 February 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

The World renowned river port of Britain, created through its geography and welded by kings, merchant traders and mariners for over a thousand years.

Illustrated Talk ‘Lighting the Rock’ : the saga of the Eddystone Lighthouse by Ian Howes

Date: 14 January 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2

The fascinating story of the Eddystone Lighthouse, located on the dangerous Eddystone Rocks, approximately 9 miles (14 km) south of Rame Head in Cornwall, England.

Eddystone Lighthouse

The first lighthouse on the rocks, completed in 1699, was the first in the world in open ocean.

The rocks lie in the open sea beyond Plymouth Sound, one of the most important naval harbours in England. They are normally submerged and were a great hazard to shipping.

Ian Howes dramatically presents the story of a successive number of lighthouses, describing the immense challenges to successive builders and tragedies along the way.

The talk will commence at 7.30pm.

Photo by Benjaminevans82 at English Wikipedia., Copyrighted free use, via Wikimedia Commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eddystonelighthouse.jpg

Illustrated Talk “Mayflower II of Brixham” by John Scotney

Date: 19 November 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £2
mayflower_ii

An illustrated talk by our very own committee member John Scotney who has written a book on the Mayflower II project.

The Mayflower II is a replica of the 17th century ship that took the first permanent settlers to America in 1620.

It was built at Upham’s Shipyard, Brixham, and in 1957 sailed to America in celebration of the arrival in the original Mayflower.

Photo by Paul Keleher – “Mayflower II” on flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3797175

Illustrated Talk “The Torquay Pageant of 1924” by David Hinchcliffe

Date: 22 October 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Galmpton Village Institute

Guided Walking Tour of Cockington with John Risdon

Date: 9 October 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Cockington Village

Meet outside Information Centre, Centre of Village for a 9.30 start. The walk will last 2.5 hours, including a refreshment break. £2 fee. Enquiries and booking contact John Risdon Johnrisdon@heritage-southdevon.co.uk / 01803 844102.

Course on The River Dart – Source to Mouth led by John Risdon commencing Friday 8th October 2021

Start date: 8 October 2021
End date: 19 November 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Galmpton Village Institute
Entrance Fee: £5 per session

Running October-November, commencing Friday 8th October for 7 Fridays. £5 per session. Places still available, contact John Risdon Johnrisdon@heritage-southdevon.co.uk / 01803 844102.