First International


Family Reunion 2005

China Fleet Club, Saltash (just across the river from Plymouth)


Friday  May 13th 2005

6 pm    Official Opening,  welcome, introductions, collect your personalised registration packs containing CDRom, souvineers, information, and a few surprises.

Saturday May 14th 2005

TRACING THE DASHPER STEPS :An exciting bus Tour of Dashper Devon Historic Places that we have organised specially for you. Everyone will receive information pack with map and illustrated information for the journey. There will be frequent stops and meal breaks, and lots of memorable steps to add to your family's journey over the centuries.

Notable places that have Dashper family associations that we will be visiting on the journey are as follows:  

Berry Pomeroy,  where Nigel the custodian of Berry Pomeroy church will answer questions and give us a short guided tour

Little Hempston, a little place indeed, but has a lovely church, 

Brixham,  which will include "Dashpers" and of course St.Marys Church.  

Ipplepen, where we will have lunch at the Plough Inn. We are hoping here, that Arthur French will be able to meet us all at the Church and talk to us about our association with this area.

Cockington, near Torquay via the beautiful scenic Torquay sea front.

Return to Plymouth and back to China Fleet.

[Starting times, and the itemised itinerary and map with fact sheet and activity for the children,  will be included in your registration packs.]

Sunday May 15th 2005


Setting up in conference room (committee and early birds)


Mingle and view memorabilia, view continuous displays, visual family tree etc. Swap session where people can request copies of items.

9.30am  Welcome

Explanation of what the day is going to be, possible updates to programme, introductions and notices.

9.45 -10.15am  Panel Discussion

5 countries - 500 years of history - featuring "The Dashper Brains Trust"

Origins of the Dashper name from its early beginnings - a short entertaining powerpoint presentation showing current research.

Our research, virtual and actual meeting, website development, tracing ancestors as a group, and all the funny stories you don't get to see on the web.

10.15 - 10.45am  Personalized Stories UK

Judith and Chris give an outline of the Dashper family movements in the home country.

10.45 - 11:00  Coffee/Tea Break

11.00 - 11.20am  Personalized Stories Canada

Gloria and Linda tell the Canadian Dashper stories and their fascinating discoveries of their roots.

11.20 - 11.40 Personalized Stories  Australia

Life 'down under ' for the Dashper colonists.

11.40 - 12.00 Personalized Stories  USA

The USA families and their brave journey to the new world.

12.00 - 13.00 (1pm)  Lunch

Dining room and local venues - a chance to discuss and trace your family's eating habits.

13.00- 13.20  Personalized Stories  New Zealand

Mark tells us what the Dashpers have been doing since they colonised Aotearoa New Zealand  last century.

13.30- 14.00  Photo Session

Digital photos will be taken of all families and requested groups. You can all have copies on CDRom and take home to print as required.

14.00 - 14.30 

Film -  BBC documentary "Dashper's House Mystery"  (caution: SCARY! . . . may not be suitable for younger viewers)

14.30 - 15.00

A selection of the strangest Dashper X files mysteries.   Powerpoint presentation by Mark and others.

15.00 - 15.15

Dashper Novel background of discovery/ readings/ dramatizing.

15.15 - 16.00

Guest Lecture spot,  featuring an invited guest.

16.00 - 16.15

Afternoon Tea 

16.15 - 17.00

Informal chat session  for groups planning side trips (e.g. to Tavistock etc. or  tourist  info )      

 17.00 -18.00

Informal fun activity to recognise journeys people have made over the centuries.  Highly suitable for the young and the young at heart.

17.30 - 18.30 

1)  Rest, recovery and relaxation, a round of golf,  workout in the gymnasium,   or . . .

2)  Brief meeting for those interested in forming a Dashper Family Educational Trust

18.30 - 20.00  Dashper Family Feast

Special menu, and farewells

[Version 3 January 2005]


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