I returned from three months away in Tanzania a week ago today.  As I write I feel that I am here physically – after sweating in 83 degrees heat 93 degrees humidity in Dar es

Salaam for the last two weeks of my trip the January frost here is nipping at  my fingers – but my heart, I have to say,  will remain for some time with the smiling faces of the orphans, the sunsets over the Indian Ocean, the  lush vegetation of the tropics, the red earth colours of the highlands and the silhouetted acacia trees of the savannahs.

I wonder what memories will stay in the heart of Tony Burn, a well known character in our village, who is moving up to Scotland this week to care for his elderly mother.  Tony has only lived in Dittisham about 5 years, he was previously in Dartmouth but he has contributed so much to our community in such a multi faceted way that it seems he has always been here.  He was barman and cellar manager in both the pubs and being a musician, guitar and eukalele player, vocalist and song writer he has entertained us on many an evening often teaming up with Ray at the FBI., He has been a great talent in Ditsum Players ‘the best bottom I have ever seen’ a quote from Pat Heighway producer and director and an inspirational chorus for ‘Our Town’.  A mighty script to learn.  As if he did not have enough to do he delivered newspapers bright and early every morning.  We wish Tony all that he may desire,  He will very much missed starting tomorrow when Ditsum Players put on another cabaret Party Pieces in the Village Hall doors open at 7.00pm show starts at 7.30pm tickets £7 (includes light nibbles) from Pat Heighway 722 287. Tony will sadly not be performing.    The Sunday service this week is a United Benefice in St George’s starting at 10.15am.