Dittisham Village Voice April 15, 2011


Did you have a flutter on the National?  I hope you did better than I did.  I entered two pub sweepstakes which gave me seven  horses.  The only time I heard a mention of any of the names  was after one fell at the first fence.  I think I will stick to tennis and boating on the river.  Jeremy Robinson of Little Coombe Farm  has always loved the water and he can now indulge this passion as he has bought the boat  hire business from Jasmine Harvey at the Anchorstone Café.  It  is now called Dittisham Boats.  The company also offers sailing instruction.  The wonderful Kate Marshall is already signed up as an instructor  but Jeremy is looking for more people to help with teaching dinghy sailing.  For this or bookings call him on 0845 8810110.  There were two AGMs last week.  The Annual Parochial Church meeting held last Sunday after the service in St George’s Church was well attended.  The church wardens Jenny Sjoberg and Pip Gooderham were re-elected as was the Treasurer,  John Wells.  Roger Hickman will continue to be chairman of the PCC until the arrival of our new vicar, the Revd Will Hazlewood in July.  The date for his inauguration at St Savior’s, Dartmouth is  Tuesday,  August 9th.  The chairman reported that the fabric of the church is good,  the new heating system works well.  Many thanks were given to all the people who have helped keep the church services running during the long interregnum.     On Tuesday, April 12th  the Ditsum Players had their AGM in the village hall.  Pat Heighway has retired as Chairman and Paul Vincent has stepped into the breach.    Pat will remain a guiding force on the committee.  It is hard to sum up the incredible work that she has put into Ditsum Players over many years. We have been privileged in this village to see some fantastic productions – the acting, direction, sound, lighting and  wardrobe of such high quality in such a tiny village.  The committee were all re-elected.. 

There are a number of  weddings coming up this summer. The bands of marriage were read out last Sunday for  Phil Trant’s granddaughter, Laura Drury who is marrying Edward Tucker on July 2nd.  The couple were in church and told me that they had met at Pony Club when Laura was ten years old.