Dittisham Village Voice May 23, 2010


Having two photographs of our lady reporter last week was a bit excessive don’t you think?  I thought the editor might have deleted the normal mugshot but no such luck. The photograph this week is of

Mrs. Janet Bootherstone who lives on Rectory Lane.  Janet has been Chairman of the Dartmouth Committee of Seafarers UK (aka King George’s Fund for Sailors) for eight years. On May 14th she went up to the Mansion House and received the Prince Philip’s Award of Merit from the Lord Mayor of London.   The certificate reads ‘for invaluable services to the charities that care for seafarers in need and their families’. Janet said  “I would not have received the award without  the support of the local committee. It was a lovely day.”  After the speeches the Royal Marine Band did a resounding  drum roll which thrilled the family as Mark Bootherstone had learned to play the drums with a band member when he was a child.  I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Janet.  If you have a story about a villager or a village event past or present or future do please contact me on sallychristensen@btintertnet.com. The Regatta Committee had their AGM on May 11.  Helen Woodman stood down as secretary and was thanked for all her efforts over the last three years.  The new secretary is Chris Malley.  Paul Heighway stays on as Chairman and if you are able to help out in any way please contact him on 722 287.The date this year is Saturday, August 7th.  A reminder to cup winners that they need to have them engraved and returned to Paul in good time.  The committee  are hoping to have more stalls along the Quay this year please contact Martin Walker on 722 515 if you would like to have a table.  In keeping with our new parliament the Ferry Boat Inn has become a sort of coalition.  The lease ran out recently and the latest is that there is a new leaseholder who wants the place to stay pretty much the same.  Ray will be front of house, Barry and Lorna Dafforn Jones will continue running an excellent kitchen and along with their son Simon they will take on  management roles.  So, it is pretty much a three party system with some independents mixed in.  The Quiz Night on Thursdays  will continue through the Summer.

Don’t forget the Garden Party fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support Trust tomorrow Saturday, May 22nd at the Heighways, Middle Meadow, The Level  from  noon till three. There will be a  Ploughmans’s lunch, live music, bring and buy stalls. .  For your diaries there will be a St George’s Church Gift Day at Pier House on Sunday, July 4th starting at noon.  More details nearer the time.