Dittisham Village Voice

July 15, 2011


It was perfect weather for the church gift day last Sunday.  The lawns at Fairholme, with views over the Dart, were mowed to Wimbledon centre court perfection.   Our organist and choir director, Jonathan Watts, was able to play medleys on the piano outside which added a lovely atmosphere to the afternoon.  A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes for an occasion like this  so many thanks to all and especially to Gil and Carolyn Hayward for hosting the event.  It was also sunny for the Dittisham Sailing Club’s Commodore’s picnic which took place on Sunday, July 3.About 25 sailing boats of all sizes and types cruised to Newfoundland Cove for a BBQ.  Down on the ebb and back on the flood.  Good planning.  The programme for Dittisham Regatta Sailing events on Saturday, August 6th for dinghies, keel boats, gaffers and small cruisers is  available from Mike Bennett 01803 722307 or email  mandpbennett@btinternet.com.  All are welcome to enter   and it is hoped that entries will be up on last year. Last Saturday afternoon, July 9 Dittisham United celebrated their 40th anniversary as a football club. They looked under stones and unearthed some  Dittisham heroes from the early days of the club's formation for a celebration match between the 'old boys' and the current cup winning team. Some of the old boys, Ditsum legends, were  the three Fletcher  brothers, Nigel Rendle, Paul Marino, Phil Elliot, Bill Kitchen, Andy Pound, Pete Hepper, Ian Powell and Roger Bastin.  They lost 9-3 despite, at times having 14 players  on the pitch! Mark Riley scored twice but ended up with a shiner as at the end of the match his head collided with another head. Afterwards, there was  a ram roast and buffet in the village hall with speeches by President Peter Forde, by Chairman  Philip Bond and reminiscences by Nigel Rendle. A special presentation of a Paul Riley original painting of salmon fishermen on the Dart was made to Vic Andrews for his 40 years of service to Dittisham United.  He said ‘I was honoured and delighted to receive this’.  To explain the photograph this week (see photo sent on Sunday) – Paul Hunt in Cornworthy had the great idea two years ago of running a scarecrow competition and the one pictured here, made by Judy Bryant of East Cornworthy, won second prize.  It is, of course, ‘flobalobalo’  one of the Flower Pot men. The judge this year was Stephanie Ashton from Dittisham.  When asked what she was looking for in a winner she replied ‘an entry that really does scare crows away’. If you haven’t bought tickets for tonight or Saturday night’s Ditsum Players production  Shakespeare in the Garden it is not too late.  Call Gail Mosley on 722 633.