Dittisham Village Voice July 31 09


I wonder if anyone else is concerned about the lack of road sweeping  in our otherwise pretty village.  Certainly around the old village shop and down by the church wall and all along Riverside Road there are leaves, high weeds, gravel, earth and moss ( all this is known as detritus) as well as rubbish such as cigarette butts and sweet packets and bits of plastic.  I have contacted the Parish Council, South Hams District Council, Devon County Council and talked at length to Cllr John Tucker.  It may amuse you to know that DCC are responsible for ‘weeds’ and SHDC for road sweeping.  The DCC are planning to spray soon but because of health and safety the spray they use does not really do the job.  To my mind it is impossible to sweep an area properly if there are weeds.  Gravel does not come into either category, apparently, but as we all know where there is earth or gravel weeds grow.  No road sweeper has been in the village since March.  A pilot scheme of a vehicle with brushes and two men is at present being tried out in the Stokenham area.  How can a machine sweep the sides of our streets when nowadays cars are parked in every single space?  If you feel strongly about this issue or need further information you can email stuart.jellings@southhams.gov.uk about getting a more frequent and more efficient road sweeping service.  You can call the DCC on 0845 155 1004 to report excessive weeds or email John at john.tucker@yahoo.co.uk.  Let’s make Dittisham beautiful again.  ADD IN HERE

The Dittisham Horticultural, Homecraft & Handicraft Show was well supported again and the attendance was up on last year.    Mr Ronald Travers judged the popular limerick entries. The winner was Marion Drescher

‘Controversy reigned at the show

The winning result was a blow

‘Cos a whisper went round

With an ominous sound

T’best marrow was bought at Tesco.’

The humungous red cabbage was not bought at any supermarket but grown and shown proudly by Mr Paul Cherrett at Capton.

There was an excellent turnout of the Village Hall Meeting for the outgoing committee and thirty five members of the public turned up.  Sincere thanks were expressed for those who have stood down after many years of service in particular for Hugh Treseder (Chairman) and Mike Faulkner.  Although the hall has hosted some wonderful events including, of course,  the Horticultural Show last week, on a weekly basis it is underused. The new Chairman, Trevor Pollard and Vice Chairman Ian A’Court are very keen to hear from anyone who has ideas for regular use of the hall perhaps for an  indoor sport like table tennis, billiards or   exercise classes.  Do pass the word around that it is a great location for events, very well equipped  and  a reasonable cost.

Dittisham Regatta takes place on Saturday, August 15th.  The sailing club welcomes entries in the dinghy races. You do not have to be a member.   Call Stephanie Ashton on 01803 722 319 for more information. Regatta info maybe in here added.   Hot off the press is the news that this year there is a new cup for the Men’s Whaler’s Race between the Anchorstone Café and the Ferry Boat Inn called the Ray Stannard Cup.Ray, much missed, was chairman of the Regatta Committee in the early 90’s and always worked hard to make the Regatta a special day.    His widow, Pat, will be presenting the prizes in the village hall at the end of the day.