In Twelfth Night Malvolio says ‘…but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them’.  Several people in our village, who were part of the Ditsum Players  wonderful Shakespeare production last weekend, had ‘greatness thrust upon them’.  The directors, Linda Cookson and Paul Vincent, showed great courage in casting  young people and those of a certain age in major roles knowing that they had never set foot on a stage before.   The performances had to take place in the church as it was too cold, wet and windy in the garden setting but the whole  cast  rose to the occasion and having never rehearsed there before  put on  terrific performances.(I believe you have been sent photos by Anthony Burdon?)  At the after-theatre party on Saturday night  special mention was made of the incredible costumes and  brilliant stage management.

Pietra Collins achieved greatness the weekend before when she walked in Race for Life in Bristol and raised £1,350 for Cancer Research UK.  Since Race for Life began in 1994 women of all ages and fitness levels have come together at these inspiring events to walk, jog or run and raise money for the over 4,0000 researchers who do ground breaking work.  Pietra walked most of the way but did use the wheelchair which had been decorated with pink bows..  (see photo).  She said ‘it was a lovely feeling’ and she would like to thank everyone who sponsored her.   St George’s Church PCC would also like to thank everyone who gave so generously either in their gift day envelope or by coming to the gift day luncheon or indeed, both. Over £3000 was raised.  This Sunday, July 24 there will be no morning service. Instead there will be a choral evensong service at 6.30pm taken by Ron Travers and Paul Vincent who have both done so much for the church during the interregnum.  With the drought earlier in the year and then the cold weather recently it is hoped that gardeners will find some produce and flowers for the Dittisham Horticultural Show which takes place on Saturday, July 30th starting at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.  The programme and entry form is available from the Red Lion Inn.  All entry forms must be in by Friday, July 29. Any queries please call Ann Unitt on 722 599.