It is always a pleasure to hear about a wedding.† Bands of marriage are currently being announced at St Georgeís Church for Tom McDonald, son of Sheila Johnston of Fingals Hotel who on May 21st is marrying a† lovely French lass, Emily Minard. No prizes for guessing where the reception will be held. Perhaps in good time for the church to look its best next Tuesday, March 23 volunteers are needed to help Henry Harvey do a blitz on our beautiful graveyard or, those of you who are not gardeners but interested in local history, could help him with the recording of the tombstones in the top part of the property.† Henry works so hard and it would be great to support him.† For more information call him on 722 439.†

There were two funerals last week.† Ken Fletcher almost reached 90. Most of us will have fond memories of Ken, a salmon fisherman, who, dressed in faded tweed jacket over a woollie cardie and† wellies winter or summer alike he would †walk from his home, The Manse, along The Level, past the shop, down the steps to Lower Street, down the path to the river and to† his lovely fishing dinghy.† The village will miss him and we extend our †sympathy to his devoted wife, Marian and to all his family.† (see obituary).†

Jennifer Maude did celebrate her 90th birthday last year and in great style †giving three parties, one for her huge family, one for her friends in Blackawton and one for her friends in Dittisham as she had houses in both places and indeed friends everywhere.† About 400 of them turned out for a beautiful service in St Michaelís Church, Blackawton on Friday March 11th .The committal was in Dittisham.† ††Jenniferís musical talents have gone down the family and her niece, Lucy Robinson played a Bach andante and sang a madrigal.† Jennifer was a gracious, charming, generous woman admired and loved by so many.† Condolences to her family. She will be much missed by all who knew her.† (see obituary).


Forward planning:† Donít forget to buy your tickets at the Red Lion for the Barn Dance at the Village Hall on Saturday April 2nd.† Get on those dancing shoes.† This is in aid of the Village Hall always a worthy cause.† There will be an AGM of Ditsum Players on Tuesday 12th April at 7.30 pm in the village Hall.† Mark your diaries for a special event on the 15th and 16th of †July when †Ditsum Players will be putting on a garden celebration of Shakespeare with scenes, songs, poetry and clowning.†