Dittisham Village Hall was packed out on Wednesday , April  11th with a fabulous audience who all seemed to enjoy the talk given by the Holland family about their voyage to St Petersburg to deliver their Cornish Crabber  which had been sold to a Russian Doctor on ebay. The 1680 miles were achieved in 26 days with ten overnight stops in seven countries. There were strong winds in the North Sea and the Baltic and a great deal of ‘traffic’. Well done to the intrepid crew.   The evening raised over £600 towards Mazey Holland’s trip to Malawi where she will be taking part in a programme designed to teach first aid in rural Africa where medical attention can be hard to reach. Further donations can be made on http://www.bmycharity.com/mazeyholland .  If you have not already done so do buy,beg, borrow or steal  Kim Sayer’s charming book The Perfect Plot  about the Cornworthy Allotments. To encourage sales outside our area you could put positive comments on Amazon or Facebook.  You may have noticed that trees have been felled on the Ham Triangle above the Millenium Birds.  Parishioners have been encouraged to put forward ideas to improve this area  but so far only four have been received .  It is not too late to contact Mike Faulkner on faulknermichael@hotmail.com or call 722 549.  South Devon Nature Trust will be giving a presentation to the Parish Council about this  at their June meeting and Mike hopes to have a general meeting before then.  It is the season of AGMs.  The Ditsum Players AGM was held  on Thursday, April 19 and the chairman, treasurer  and committee  were voted back in.  Alex Thom retired as secretary and yours truly stepped back in.  The accounts are healthy and so it was agreed to support the Jubilee fund with a further £500. If you want to keep abreast of our drama productions you can become a Friend of Ditsum Players by contacting  me.   .   Father Will Hazelwood chaired his first APCM after a lovely evensong service last Sunday. The PCC was voted back in.  Jenny Sjoberg remains a Churchwarden. Pip Gooderham stood down and Roger Hickman has stepped into the breach. Father Will reminded us that in 1961 there were five  clergy in Dartmouth and, of course, Dittisham had its own vicar.  In 2012 there is only one  priest for both.  This makes pastoral care incredibly difficult and he encouraged  parishioners  to continue  caring for each  other as we try to do  already.    He said he was very impressed at how St George’ is  used in many different ways for  community events.  It  may come as a surprise to you, it did to me,   that attendance at St George’s is up.  Ways With Words  Writing & Photography  Course starts this Sunday,  29 April and finished on  Friday, 4 May at Fingals Hotel. This year author Mark McCrum  will run the writing workshops  full details on www.wayswithwords.co.uk  ‘phone  01803 867373, email bryony.tilsley@wayswithwords.co.uk.