Hedgehogs may be hibernating but the dooers and shakers in our village are busy planning events for this special Olympic and Diamond Jubilee year.

There were about forty people at the meeting on January 10th. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated in terrific style in our village. The chairman, Pat Heighway, made it clear that all ideas for celebrations were welcomed from the floor but as a start the following events were already booked.  The weekend of June 2nd  will start with a peal of bells and continue on with the Torquay Brass Band, a marquee with stalls on the Ham, a sort of sports day as of old in the afternoon, a fashion parade of all the decades with music, cream teas, evening supper with dancing bands. On the Sunday there is a village Jubilee lunch followed by a  history of our beloved Monarch and then  a singalong.  On the bank holiday Monday the beacon up at Bozomhill will be lit and there will be a bbq up there.  In the church there will be an exhibition of village archives.

Many other brilliant  ideas were put forward including using the river in some way and at a later date these will be revealed. If you missed the meeting and would like to be involved in any way please call Sophia Heseltine on 722318 At the same meeting Mike Faulkner representing the Parish Council mentioned that ideas are needed on what to do with the triangular piece of land by the Ham Lane which looks rather sad now the trees have been cut down.  There are funds and the feeling is that something to commemorate the jubilee might be good. 

If you need a break from all this planning why not join a weekend course of flower painting  in the  half term week of February 13th to 17th at Coombe Farm Studios lara@coombefarmstudios.com .  Other courses in oil painting  in March and April will be in the Parish Magazine.

Don’t forget  Party Pieces in the Village Hall on Saturday, February 18th..  Tickets are £7 and available from Gail Mosley 01803 722 633 or 07710740812’

If you have not heard of Ring and Ride it is a local charity that will pick you up from Dittisham and take you to Dartmouth for only £5.  It is subsidised by a number of local organizations.  Call for more information 01803 867878 . I think we are all aware that the facts on Wikipedia are not always correct and I fear I do use that facility sometimes.  I must apologise to all residents of Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand as it is not, as I said it was last week,  the largest city in that island.  Christchurch is. Thank you to the person who pointed this out.

I will not be able to cover village affairs in February and most of March as I will be planting trees and teaching environmental studies in a remote mountain area of Tanzania. 

I hope to be missed… and look forward to writing again towards the end of March.