April 24 09  issue


The Irish celebrate St Patrick’s Day with gusto, the Welsh celebrate St David’s Day heartily in song and leek soup, the Scots celebrate anything Scottish so on St Andrew’s Day it is bagpipes, dancing and the drinking of scotch.  And the English how do they celebrate St George’s Day?  Well, I fear, in a rather reserved English way and until recently really not at all.   However, in Dittisham we are trying to do our bit and tonight, Friday April 24th in St George’s Church starting at 7.30pm (a wine bar opens at 6.30) there will be a candlelit feast of words, music and song..  As I write there are still some tickets left so ring our wonderful ticketron, John Wells Inc,  on 01803 722 414.  The church has probably not seen such day and night time activity since mediaeval times for it was the setting last week for Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer prize winning play OUR TOWN.  The church was packed for all three performances yet sometimes you could have heard a pin drop as  the audience became so involved in the love story which ended in tragedy of a couple living in a small community. The nights were clear and starlit as characters slipped in and out of the vestry door to dash through the graveyard in order to make an entrance from the west door. Perhaps it was the atmosphere of this old church that helped the performers really get into their roles (including the dead who had to sit motionless for thirty minutes not easy with a tickly cough or itchy nose).  As a member of the audience said ‘it is amazing that such a small village has so much talent not just in acting but sound, lighting, costume and direction.’  It really was a triumph for every single person who was involved in this ambitious task. An equally lovely event was the  Easter Sunday Service. There were about 130 people and two dogs in the church. As always Simon made everyone feel so welcome and there was much laughter on several occasions particularly when he told the children that the eggs in the church were for decorative purposes only.  Walking out into warm sunshine I noticed how good the churchyard was looking and this is a good opportunity to thank Roger and Rosie Bastin who now look after it.  On Sunday19th after the service there was a well attended PCC AGM.  All PCC officers and members were re elected except for Jocelyn Garman who retired as Secretary having done a good six year stint. She was warmly thanked by Simon Wright.  The new secretary will be Pat Stannard assisted by Pam Bennet.

The football final between Dittisham United and Marldon Reserves took place on a stunning evening at the very well kept grounds at Ipplepen.  In the first half the goalie, Sam Davies, made  an inspirational  diving save and then no 5 Sebastian Charnock did a ‘bend it like Beckham’ free kick goal from about 25 yards.  Sadly, as the huge red sun sank over the Devon hills and a hot air balloon disappeared into a wood so did the chances for a win. Despite another good goal from Ditsum angled across the goal keeper Marldon managed to score again and it was 4 -2.