Dittisham Voice June 26 09


Last week Paul Heighway of Middle Meadow, Dittisham won the Michelmore and Western Morning News Commercial Property  Heritage Project of the Year Award for his work on the restoration and change of use of St Barnabas Church into the  Dartmouth Apprentice Restaurant.  If you have not yet visited this inspiring building I suggest you do so at the earliest opportunity and enjoy a fine meal cooked and served by young people supported by the training for life project.  The space really does have a wow factor or as Paul says proudly ‘the building sings’. Perhaps one reason is the amazing kingfisher blue of the ceilings.  Paul contributes so much to our village, and many other villages, as he is inspecting architect for more than 30 churches in Devon one of them being St Clement’s in Dartmouth presently undergoing a facelift.    On a local front he is chairman of the Dittisham Regatta Committee and on Regattta Day can be seen  hanging bunting off tricky places;  he looks after our treasured village hall and most importantly  he makes weird and wonderful props for our pantomimes.  We are right proud of our  lad.

The RNLI are very enterprising in their fund raising.  Last Saturday there was another delightful event this time at the Malsters in Tuckenhay.  On a good high tide and in fine weather   eight teams from Dartmouth, Totnes, Harberton and  Stoke Gabriel paddled 12 seater canoes about 500 yards  in some very exciting races.  Many Ditsum people supported the event just a shame we did not have a team.  Perhaps next year?.