Many  of you probably know that our PC Chairman, John Walker, has retired as Vice Chairman of Dart Harbour Authority. During his time on the Board  pontoons in Dartmouth, Dittisham, Kingwear and Blackness Point have been rebuilt or repaired but the  pontoon at Stoke Gabriel still needs attention. Apparently, there are over 200 pontoons on the River Dart.  As the new Harbour Master, Rob Giles, has been at the helm  since November it seemed a good time to talk to him and I asked him if he was going to do anything about the slippery pontoon.  We have all discovered that the new pontoon surface becomes very slippery when wet.  An odd choice of material for a walkway that has a lot of pedestrian activity all year round  being the route to the ferries to Dartmouth, Greenway and Stoke Gabriel, access to the dinghy berths and, of course, the ever popular crabbing.  Rob Giles said ‘I am very aware of this problem and the Board is looking into solutions.  A decision will be made and work carried out before Easter.’  He also said that if anyone has any issues concerning the dinghy berths or toasters he is happy to talk with them.  Tel:  832337.  He commented that  ‘it is a joy to come here and get to know the river community.  I do not want Ditsum folk to think we are too orientated towards Darmouth.’  I suggested he might like to come one evening and meet some of the river rats down at the FBI or in the village hall.

An exciting announcement was made on Sunday, 20th February at St George’s Church, A new Priest  has been appointed for Dittisham and the three churches in Dartmouth.. The  Rev Will Hazlewood , his wife Sophie, young son Theo and Benson the dog  should be coming in July. Last Sunday the service was taken by Ronald Travers who got out of making a sermon as at the invitation of the church wardens Ted Mallet talked most movingly about the Dartmouth Homeless Trust which is a charity that St George’s supports and  Sally Christensen showed pictures of her work at  Baobab Orphanage for children who are HIV positive.and thanked all the people who gave donations.

Good news from the Dittisham Short Mat Bowls team they are in the semi final knock out cup for the second year running and have to play division one the Slapton Cynets.  The match will take place on Tuesday, March 15 at Stokenham. Arthur Wotton who started up DSMB and then moved away  will be playing for Slapton.

Shrove Tuesday is on March 8th there will be sweet and savoury pancakes at the Red Lion Inn. The annual Quiz Night which raises funds for the  Dittisham Horticulural Show is on March 26 it starts at 7.30pm. At the Cornworthy Allotment Association AGM the chairman expressed hope that allotment holders would enter both the Cornworthy and Dittisham Shows this year.  In the March issue of Devon Life there will be an article and photographs by Jan Sayer of the allotments in their first year.

In aid of absolutely nothing except to have a good time there is a 1940’s Blitz night at the Ferry Boat Inn on Saturday, March 12th. Sandbags in abundance, blackout curtains,

period dress -  remember no stockings were available during the war so it’s a felt tip line up the back of the legs, ladies.  and  you need to bring your ration book.  Enjoy wholesome, wartime food (does that mean spam?) and a sing song around the Joanna.