Dittisham Village Voice Friday Nov 11 2011


Last week the seven billionth baby was born on our planet but these sort of numbers are unfathomable.  The birth of all babies is a wondrous thing and our village would like to extend many congratulations to Father Will and Sophie for the arrival of their baby daughter,  Esther Constance.  Father Will is on paternity leave and the service for Remembrance Sunday in St George’s Church  will be taken by Ron Travers.  Please be there by 10.55am. On November 5th this year there was no bonfire, no burning of the effigy of Guy Fawkes, no sparklers, no fireworks down on the Ham. Why not?  The cost of insurance.  I checked around and discovered that  there were very few public Bonfire Nights in the South Hams.  With the shocking reports of the M5 crash which may have been caused by smoke from fires and fireworks nearby we may have seen the last of this ancient tradition. We have not seen the last of the fight to keep the steep road into and out of our village gritted in bad weather.  The  parish council and many residents have taken up the banner and are negotiating with Mr Jim Morrison , Neighbourhood Highway Team Leader at Devon County Council. He can be contacted on cscroads@devon.gov.ukSome news for the sailors in the village.  The Devon Gaffers held its Laying Up Lunch at the Abbey Inn, Buckfastleigh on Saturday 5th November. Mike Lucas of Marie Louise won the trophy for first gaffer at Dittisham Regatta.  Some of you may remember the Harding family who lived on Riverside Road.  It was David Harding who was at the helm for that race. Another sailor in our midst Johnny Moulsdale who lives in Dittisham Court, is at present taking part in the world’s longest ocean race.  He has set sail from Geraldton, Western Australia and is  bound for Tauranga, New Zealand in Race 5 of the 15-race, 40,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe. He is crew on Qingdao and if you want to see how he is doing google ‘clipper round the world’.  They are about to hit the Southern Pacific which has been described as ‘like being out in the Gobi Desert, it’s very desolate. You look at the waves, when you’re high up on them you don’t realise how big they are, but when  the waves come over they are the size of houses’.  A little different from Ditsum pond.  Last Sunday, a glorious day,  Sue Fildes of Dittisham Farm, Capton led a lively group of babies, toddlers, grandparents and parents up a muddy track to check out her prize winning Berkshire Pigs and North Devon cattle.  It was a fun and informative hour and the views from the top are terrific. The  sausages offered at the end of the walk were quite the most delicious I have ever eaten.  You can buy directly from the farm from 10 to 2 every Saturday or by prior arrangement 01803 712452 sue@dittishamfarm.co.uk. I highly recommend the guided tours at 2.00pm any Saturday.  If you need an inspiring recipe to ring the changes try Taste of Dartmouth a new book out which has recipes from Dartmouth’s top chefs and proceeds go to Dartmouth Caring. Too lazy to cook Sunday lunch book in at the Ferry Boat Inn who start up Sunday roasts from November 12.


On Saturday November 26 there will be a Christmas market in aid of St George's Church n the Village Hall starting at 2.00pm.  This is always a lovely festive afternoon the cakes are divine and there will be plenty of bargains and gifts to be had. Please bring contributions to the Hall from 11.00am. For further information call Gil or Carolyn Hayward on 722 274.