It was good to see the Revd Simon Wright back in St George’s last Saturday, May 29th to take the marriage service of Amy Haytor and Harry Marlow.  Amy’s parents, Joy and Malcolm Haytor and their two daughters Mandy and Amy lived for many years at Otago on The Level and the family were completely at the heart of this village involved in and  supportive  of so much that goes on here. In Malcolm’s touching  words he described how much his  two daughters loved and cherished  where they grew up.  Joy has a beautiful singing voice which is still much missed.  I will never forget her singing ‘Keep the home fires burning’ at a VE day celebration in May 1995.  There were seventeen choristers as the Dartmouth choir turned out in full force as Joy and Malcolm now live in Dartmouth.    Amy looked so happy she just beamed from start to finish.  The three  bridesmaids wore elegant chocolate and pale cream dresses and held lovely white carnation bouquets. The page, Harvey, Amy’s nephew, was a complete star.  Many congratulations to the couple and may their life be long and happy.

The night before there was a rather more secular event.in Dittisham Court.  A beautiful bench has been donated and erected at the top of the meadow which commands one of the best views, in my humble opinion, of this stretch of the River Dart.  A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new veterinary clinic at Aurora Lodge  so I was very pleased to be sent this missive from Monty the Burmese cat who lives on Lower Street.  ‘I was honoured to be the first patient at the new vet’s surgery last Monday.  I did not appreciate the needle in my bottom or the ‘tasty’ worming tablet but it was great not to have to suffer the car journey into Dartmouth or Totnes.   I thought the room, if not quite luxury, was certainly fit for purpose and I was intrigued to hear that the ceiling has had to be adjusted to accommodate the height of the vet, Colin Hare’. 

On the weekend of June 12/13 the lovely Brambletorre gardens will be open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm  in aid of the National Garden Scheme.  Admission is £3 children free.  There will be cream teas.  Please note there is limited wheelchair access and some parts of the garden are very steep.  There is, however, plenty of parking.  Have a look at Sally Vincent’s delightful website www.rainingsideways.com  it will make you want to go.