ISSUE Friday March13, 2009


The village hall was packed for the Horticultural Society's ever-popular annual quiz organised with the Society's customary efficiency and well orchestrated by Brian Murphy, the quiz master . Eight teams competed, most of them comprising eight players, so it was a remarkable performance by the winning team, which  consisted of only four members, Annabel Hobbs, Roger Hickman, Helen Woodman and Sophia Heseltine.  The event raised about £220 which will help fund the Society's annual show to be held on  Saturday 25th July.  If you look in the March issue of the Parish Magazine you will see the schedule.  Do be brave and enter.  Without your exhibits there would be no show.

Race Night should be another really good evening in our well used Village Hall.  Proceeds will go to the Dittisham Regatta fund.  If you would like to sponsor a race or buy and name a horse, please contact Alan O'Flaherty  or ring Helen Woodman on 01803  722 441. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday,  March 21st at  7.00pm.  The village is grateful to the WI for providing black out curtains for the high window very useful for  events such as this.

Things are busy at St George’s church also.   On  Sunday, April 24th there will be a St George’s Concert in the beautiful  candle lit setting of our fine Parish church. 

The concert will be a mix of music, songs and verse including works from Shakespeare, Holst and Elgar.  We will also be taking this opportunity to paying a special tribute to all those involved in the services within our community. All profits go to Dartmouth Caring.

The concert begins at 7.30pm, bar opens at  6.30pm.  Tickets to include a free glass of wine cost £6. Places are limited so it is advisable to book your tickets early from John Wells on 01803 722 414.

I do like to follow through on stories mentioned in this column. Recently, I mentioned the great idea of starting up allotments near Cornworthy.  Unfortunately the Parish Council and Allotment Association were unsuccessful in their bid for the tenancy of the fields.

This is disappointing news but those in charge will continue  to look for land as there has been such and interest for allotments in the community. 


A few weeks ago  I also wrote about a band of ladies who were sewing squares to be made into banners for peace. Last Sunday they went to Exeter to take part in the  International Women For Peace Walk.  Despite the freezing wind and rain there were about 150 people walking.  They saw their squares sewn into banners which were held high  and reflected the strong feelings of the women some from as far away as Palestine.  Their heartfelt message is a simple one and in this terrible week of resurgence of violence in Northern Ireland let us all repeat it now  ‘Let there be Peace’.