DITTISHAM VILLAGE VOICE     issue September 17 2010


Last Sunday down on the Quay there was the  most unusual sight of 250 swimmers coming out of the river  to enjoy a meat and vegetable chilli provided by the Ferry Boat Inn.  These crazy people from all over England, some in their seventies, had swum the 10k from Totnes.  The tide was with them and so was the weather as for mid September it  was quite warm with a bit of wind but at least the sun shone.   One participant, after a rest and  a cupp,   said ‘well, that was a good  warm up now I’m off for a proper swim’ and away he went.  An even more extraordinary feat of endurance was accomplished by David Smart, the son of Alan and Jean Smart of Riverside Road, as the day before he had completed the 8 day marathon called the  Gore-Tex Transalpine Run.  He  raised £25,000 for St Peter’s Hospice, Bristol.  David lived in the village from the age of 15 to 21 when his main interest was  dinghy and board sailing..    The transalpine event entails running 300km over the Alps with 18,500m of ascent. There were 13 peaks over 2000m.    I asked David which was the toughest  “Day 4 was vicious.  32k uphill in a howling gale and snow at the top.”  He and his partner finished 29th out of 75 pairs in his class. (see photo) To find out more www.spurt300.blogspot.com  to support the hospice www.justgiving.com/spurt

The two  new Churchwardens, Pip Gooderham and Jenny Sjoberg were voted in unanimously at a special Parish Meeting after the church  service last Sunday. The Chairman of the PCC, Roger Hickman, thanked the retiring churchwarden, Penny Mathews, for all her hard work and dedication to St George’s as Churchwarden and this was warmly applauded by the congregation. Progress on the appointment of a new vicar is that the post has been advertised and applications close on October 21.  The successful candidate would start in the New Year. The Harvest Service will be on Sunday, October 3rd at 9.15am.  The church will be decorated the previous morning.  There is a Bring and Share supper with entertainment by children’s groups at St Clements Church, Dartmouth on Saturday, October 2nd starting at 7.00pm.  Next year it is hoped to reinstate a Harvest Festival supper in the village.


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