The best news for our parish at the beginning of this New Year is that we will continue to have a Post Office in the village.  It will be run from the Red Lion Inn.  There is a poster on the premises detailing opening times.  Many, many people in the village and surrounding areas campaigned hard to keep the post office open.  The campaign now is to support it.  The village shop will continue to operate from the pub partly thanks to a grant from Devon County Council.  Did you know that roughly 50% of the Parish of Dittisham actually live outside the village?  We beg them to support as well.  A reminder that The Red Lion offers English and continental breakfasts every day until 200pm and there is a take away menu also. Other brilliant news is that Dittisham United Football Club have won their last three matches.  On January 3 against Denbury Athletic 1 – 0.  Mark Riley, who plays right back defense, came romping through to score a goal.  These wins mean that they have reached the Division 6 semi final which will take place on Saturday, January 17 starting at 2.00pm  against Kingsbridge and Kellaton.  It is a home game so do come and support them on their way to win the Ivor Andrews Cup.  In December I wrote a somewhat ironic comment on SHDC’s offering free (well, actually it costs £10 per annum) parking at odd hours.  I have received many comments and feel it is important to write here that people who like to walk their dogs on beaches and people who walk or jog early morning and late afternoon in pretty places where they need to park are appreciative of this new venture.  However, if perchance they needed to make a telephone call from Capton they would be thwarted.  The red telephone kiosk in the hamlet (they are known in the trade  as a K6 and are  now an endangered species)   is no longer operable.  O woe for the teenager who needs to make that intensely private call.  The coin box is blocked up and there is no facility for using a card.  Letters please to BT and to English Heritage asking them to help preserve these iconic structures. Allotments are becoming the rage in our towns and cities but for those of us in rural areas who have smaller gardens and need space for vegetable and fruit growing do contact Steve Hunt on 01803 732 851as he is trying to ascertain the take up for allotments in Cornworthy. Future Events: A bit of a clash on Saturday, January 24th as that is the date for Burns’ Night at the Ferry Boat Inn. John Walker will, as always in his inimitable way, do the recitation.  On the same evening at 7.00pm at the Flavel Centre Jonathan Dimbleby will be discussing his latest book ‘Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People’ and the accompanying BBC 2 series.  Not to be missed.