Dittisham Village Voice August 5


It is said that the Brits have a unique  sense of humour and this  certainly came out  at the annual Dittisham Horticulture Show.  Someone had the brilliant idea in the longest runner bean class of very obviously cellotaping three beans together.  In the three matching courgettes class someone else, who shall remain anonymous, had tried to glue on their  courgette flowers but had got caught out by the judge as two had fallen off.  The winning limerick  keeps up the humour.

All the folks at the show went quite pale

When the entrant, a lady, quite frail,

Placed her beets, two in number,

And a short, plump cucumber,

In a way quite suggestively male

It was a terrific show this year with many entrants in all classes and the handicraft, art and photography exhibits were of a very high standard.  Well done to all the winners and the committee who work so hard to make it such a great day. The show was, of course, held in the village hall and that committee held their
AGM on July 20.  The secretary, Stella Stothart , stood down and was replaced by Claire Stevens.  The chairman Trevor Pollard thanked her profusely for all the work she has done.  The rest of the committee were voted back in.  However, there are two vacancies so if interested please call Trevor on

The old schoolhouse is constantly in need of maintenance and consequently funds are always needed. The next projects are  to replace the kitchen flooring and clear and repair the outside storage sheds.  Do remember that the hall is available for hire at a very reasonable price and it makes a wonderful venue for all types of  parties and what a view!

There was a good turn out for the choral evensong on Sunday, July 24.  This is not a service usually held at St George’s so the choir had been brushing up on plain song for the magnificat and nunc dimittis under the expertise of their choir director and organist, Jonathan Watts.  The service was conducted by Ronald Travers and Paul Vincent read the lessons and intercessions.  These dear gentlemen were both thanked for all the time they have spent keeping the services going in the interregnum which is now almost at an end.  Our new vicar, the Reverend Will Hazelwood has arrived and on  Tuesday, August 9 there will be a Licensing and Installation Service at St Saviours Church, Dartmouth starting at  7.30pm.  On Friday, August 12,  Father Will , his wife, Sophie and son, Theo will be in Dittisham for tea, cakes & biscuits at the church from 4.00 pm.  The following evening, Saturday August 13th is a  wonderful Summer’s Eve Concert held in St. George’s starting at 7.30pm with duo ‘Viano’ – Sarah Wormall, violin and Jonathan Watts, piano playing Fritz Kreisler, Beethoven, and other such delights’.  Doors and Bar will open at 6.30pm.  Tickets £10 - from John Wells 722 414. On Sunday, August 14 there will be a sung Eucharist at the earlier time of 9.00am in order to give Father Will time after the service to have a chat before taking the next service in Dartmouth.  A busy week for our new man in a dog collar.  The first rowing event,  Happy Families Race, and the sailing races  start at 11.00am  at tomorrow’s Regatta.  See you there and don’t forget the sun tan cream.