Issue feb 27 09




Finding a topic, a theme or linking random items in a weekly column like this can do your head in.  Even the team on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme often fail miserably so I make no apologies for finding absolutely no theme or link this week  in the past and future happenings of our village.  Well, perhaps there is one link and that is I do make an apology to Briony Bond, our young talented singer, as last week  I called her Briony Taylor.  This caused some amusement amongst my readers as there is a Bryony Taylor in the village, a lady of some years, and there  was   surprise at her entering a talent show. I guess I should apologise to her also and I pray that I have got the Christian name spelling the right way round.  If you were looking out on the river on the morning of Wednesday, February 18 you would have seen a lovely sight.  A one hundred and forty  year old two masted schooner miraculously sailing up river in a one knot wind.  ‘Our Lizzie’ had been chartered by the BBC for a short sequence in a forthcoming series with a working title of ‘The Seven Ages of Britain’ presented by David Dimbleby.  Please do not write in to say that she was not sailing but under power.  There was really nothing to be done about that and she did look beautiful.  Last Saturday, the National Trust kindly invited the residents of Dittisham and other nearby villages to view the newly restored  house at Greenway.  It was a stunning, sunny day and the ferry was very busy taking people back and forth.  The house has been lovingly renovated. Agatha Christie, her parents, her daughter and son in law were all collectors and the house is full of interesting objets d’art.  There appears to be still a lot to do but I gather it is opening to the public next week.  On the dramatic side of life i.e. The Theatre, rehearsals in St George’s Church  are coming along well for the Ditsum Players’ April  production.  In case our actors are not busy enough the Inn Theatre Company are looking for people for the Dartmouth Shakespeare Week 2009.  This year it will be ‘ Much Ado About Nothing’.  Please contact the Director, Malcolm MacIntosh on  01803 835551.  Auditions will be held in early March.

On Friday March 13th there is an Old Time Music Hall evening in aid of St Clements Church, Dartmouth.  Dittisham folk are warmly welcomed.  It will be held  in Stoke Fleming Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. The MC is Peter Reeves, an RSC actor, so you will certainly be able to hear and enjoy the announcements. 

Advance warning of a Night at the Races in aid of the Regatta. Come along at 7.00pm on Saturday, March 21st.to the village hall.