Dittisham Village Voice  Jan 12



In those not so sunny days last June the TV presenter Dick Strawbridge (the moustachio’d ex army chap) and his son, James , sailed up the Dart in the Amelie Rose  in search of ingredients from local producers who share their passion for food. They discovered Ditsum plums and got creative with a mushroom plum dish and they also discovered Sue Fildes’ prize winning pigs up at Dittisham Farm.  This episode of The Hungry Sailor will be broadcast on Wednesday, January 18 on ITV1 from 4 to 5 pm.  Not to be missed, I would say.  We have a new Parish Clerk.  The chairman, John Walker,  said ‘Linda Cookson has done a superb job as Parish Clerk for the last 5 years while we are sorry to lose her we are pleased to welcome Annette Thom who has already got off to a very good start.’  I spoke to   Annette Thom who said ‘I  am delighted to become more involved in the community in my new role as Parish Clerk and I would like to thank  Linda  Cookson for her help in  the handover’..  Some of you may know Gracie Emmett from behind the bar at the Ferry Boat Inn.  She is leaving after three years to go travelling.  We wish her bon voyage. January 25th is Burn’s birthday  but the FBI will celebrate that on Saturday, January  21st starting around 7.30pm. It is advisable to book a table.  I was interested to read that there is a particularly strong tradition for Burn’s night in southern New Zealand’s  main city Dunedin of which Burns' nephew Thomas Burn was a founding father.  I wonder if they do A Toast to the Lassies down under?  Something, I am not sure happens here?  Apparently, this toast should be amusing but not offensive bearing in mind that it is usually followed by a Reply to the Toast by a Lassie who gives her views on men and replies to any specific points raised by the previous speaker.  Sounds like a good debating forum. A must for the diary is Saturday, February 18th when the Dittisham Village Hall Committee and the Ditsum Players invite you to an entertaining evening of Party Pieces in the Village Hall starting at  7.00pm.  Tickets are £7 and available from Gail Mosley 01803 722 633 or 07710740812’