Isn’t it a joy to live in the South Hams and have such natural beauty all around us. Last Sunday we went on walk organised by The South Devon Area of Natural Beauty www.southdevonaonb.org.uk   If you have not done one of these walks it comes highly recommended.  We started at Blackdown Rings near Hazelwood House above Garra Bridge.  There was something of interest for everyone birds and wildlife, architectural heritage and the hedgerows and woodland flowers along the River Avon were a delight. It was a 5 hour trip and every second enjoyed.  That day alleviated somewhat my anger over this issue of the withdrawal of Bus route no 112.  I quote from a letter written to the parents of school children who now have no bus to take them to KEVICS next term.  “The changes to local bus services in this area were instigated by commercial changes by the two bus companies, Stagecoach and First Bus.  Devon County Council’s  response and the final outcome with respect to travel to and from schools, is in the context of the reduced budget for public transport support in the financial year 2011/12. The budget cuts went through the due procedures within DCC and were agreed at Full Council on 17th February.  DCC has resolved not to subsidise public transport services for pupils who are not statutorily entitled to County-assisted school transport. Therefore, any transport for non-entitled pupils will rely on bus operators providing this as a commercially viable service. Where no bus company is willing to provide such services commercially, the County Council will not put on a subsidised service.”  The letter carries on but this is the crux of the matter.  There is now no school bus service for seventeen students in the Parish of Dittisham and another twenty nine children from Blackawton and surrounding hamlets and farms.  As it is a public service it also affects other members of the public.   I understand that there have been changes to the no 111 service also as it will now only go from Dartmouth via Totnes to Paignton and vital journeys to Torbay Hospital have been cut out. Not a nice Easter present.  This evening Good Friday there will be a service of hymns, prayers  and readings at St George’s Church starting at 6.00pm.  If any children would like to help decorate the Easter Garden and as a family help decorate the church just turn up on Saturday morning and the flower ladies will give you a warm welcome and put you to work.  On Easter Sunday the Eucharist Service will be at 9.15am.

Our patron Saint, St George, will be celebrated in St George’s Church on Wednesday 27th April at 7.30pm.  The magnificent 12th century church lit by candle light will be a marvellous back drop for a varied concert of music and verse, hymns and pageantry brought to us by a variety of performers and musicians.
Our theme is “The English in Love”, having in mind the Royal wedding a couple of days later.  This year we will be joined by Budding West Country tenor Oliver Marsh who will be singing some old favourites interspersed by songs from the shows.
The talented Jonathan Watts will be on the keyboard and  Martin Holland on trumpet. The Blackhawton School Choir will be performing  some well know songs from the 1940’s.  There will be a well-stocked bar in the church which will be open from 6.30pm for pre-concert drinks and  in the interval.  This year proceeds will go to the  Royal British Region and St George’s Church.  Tickets are £7.00 and available from John Wells on 01803 722414 children are free.