Someone needs to invent a new phrase for ‘best ever’ and ‘best ever, ever’ will not do.  These two words were used about the Regatta and I can now report that financially it did really well also with St George’s Church Stall raising £209, the children’s activity centre  £173 for Altzheimers Society and the Ditsum Players Dramatic Group over £1000 from  the barbeque.  Watch this space for how this will be spent.  Any surplus funds after paying for the rowing boats and other expenses will go to St John’s Ambulance and towards next year’s Regatta.  Hardly time to draw a breath and it is on to the next big event. The Dittisham Arts Festival  which starts tomorrow Saturday 21st August. On display and for sale in both the Village Hall and St George's Church will be a wide range of artistic talent from across the South Hams ranging from professional to non-professional artists and makers.  There will also be a flower festival in the church with floral themes based on well known paintings. Hours are 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m on Saturday and 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m on Sunday.

 A piano and clarinet recital will take place at 7.45pm on Saturday evening in St George’s Church (Tickets £6 from John Wells 01803 722414). Doors open at 7.00pm and there is a wine bar.

 Also, as part of the Festival on Sunday at 5.30 pm there will be a short service similar to evensong which is being called 'Hymns on the Ham'. This starts at 5.30 pm.   All denominations and faiths are welcomed as are visitors and holiday makers.  Afterwards there are hot dogs on sale for £2  or bring a picnic and  your own refreshments and enjoy the river views.  There will not be a morning service. Last Saturday August 14th Rebecca Holman married James Spencer Ellerker in St George’s.  Some people in the village may remember Alfie Holman (dec) who was lengthsman, cobbler, barber and chimney sweep.  He lived at 8 Meadow Cottages, Manor Street.  Rebecca is his great grand daughter and he would have been proud of her.  She looked so pretty in a simple, ivory, satin, halter-necked dress with a veil and coronet.  Her bridger bridesmaids.  Susannah Wilson, Ellanor Jennings and Nicola Hoy wore cranberry and white frocks. Rebecca is a secondary school teacher her husband is an engineer. They presently reside in Manchester and their dream is to move back  to  this village.  In the meantime they are touring France for their honeymoon.

On Sunday last a long time visitor to Dittisham, Phil Chaplain took the service and talked to the congregation about his work as a Prison Chaplain at Brixton.  Nobody nodded off I can tell you.  It was an inspiring talk and left much food for thought.  Thank you Phil for doing this on your holidays.