The squally rains on Wednesday, June 15 died down thankfully towards the evening  and the production of The Death of Sherlock Holmes by the Miracle Theatre, who were performing without cover, which took place at Fingals  Hotel was a terrific evening.  The gardens looked lovely and the play moved at a good pace, especially the second act and was really quite dramatic and often very funny. The next day, Thursday was much wetter for the St George’s choir outing to Rosie’s café at Sharpham.  However, everyone turned up in boots and rain gear and had a terrific lunch under a gazebo. It is really more like April, isn’t it, with the unpredictable showers and low temperatures but luckily the sun shone on a  Sunday luncheon outing on the new picnic boat run by the Anchorstone Café. The blonde and gorgeous Jasmine Harvey was the captain and managed the launch to perfection.  Her AB was Chloe, equally proficient at getting the huge platters of lobster, crab, giant prawnsand mussels onto a beautiful table with pretty bowls of  salads coloured with  borage and nasturtium flowers and bowls of garden flowers.  The launch pootled down  the river  and moored up so that guests had views of Dartmouth, Kingswear, the castles and the sea.  A really perfect way to celebrate a special occasion.  Call 01803 722 365.


On Saturday, June 11 Felicity Judd married Adam Buckley.  The service was taken by Archdeacon John Rawlings.  The bridesmaids were Nicola Judd, Eleanor Bunch and Shona Crichton with a  flower girl, Lili-Mei Judd. The pageboy was Oscar White.  The flowers white and pale pink were stunning.

Invitations have gone out to the Village with a Gift Day letter and envelope for the church’s Gift Day lunch on Sunday, 10th July starting at  12.00 noon. This year it will be held at Fairholme, Riverside Road in the lovely riverside gardens of Gil and Carolyn Hayward. There will be cake, plant and produce, gift and bottle stalls,  a raffle and delicious ploughman’s lunch. Jonathan Watts will be entertaining us on the piano during the afternoon.  This is an event to raise money for St. George’s.  The church is a focal point for everyone in our village and this includes those who do not attend services but who enjoy all the events such as weddings, concerts, plays and art festivals that take place there.  It is also, of course, a  beautiful building and churchyard that  enhance our village. Maintenance, heating, lighting, cleaning and upkeep of the churchyard are expensive.  Even if you do not attend the luncheon please put a donation in the envelope provided.

If you have questions or comments about the changes of policing in our area come along to the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 29th


 The Regatta Committee have invited villagers to drinks and nibbles at the Red Lion Inn on Saturday, July 2nd at noon.  They are looking for help on Regatta Day even if it is just for a couple of hours.  Do come along and if  you cannot attend ring the Chairman, Martin Walker 722684 or the Secretary Chris Malley on 722 564 if you can help in any way.  Many of you may remember that Josceline Dimbleby spent many Easters and Summers at her holiday home here in Dittisham and there is a lovely description of those halcyon days in her book Orchards in the Oasis. On Thursday, July 14  at 11.30am at Way with Words at Dartington she will be talking to Tom Jaine, local food historian and publisher, about her life spent travelling the world sampling dishes and creating recipes.  Tickets are selling fast so best call soon. Just a reminder that the Horticultural, Homecraft and Handicraft show is on Saturday, July 30th.