Village Voice Dittisham September 18



There are not many better things in life than discovering a wonderful book. 

Then to discover that this beautiful book has been designed and produced by a friend, Patrick Morley, and that the words inside come from our own resident poet, Brian Patten and the exquisite drawings come from the extraordinarily talented artist Sarah Gillespie who lives in Blackawton and that all three gave their time, artistry and expertise freely, well,  the soul is filled with joy.  The cover of the book  is a thing of beauty and ‘a thing of beauty is a joy forever’. It feels like and looks like  natural linen and inside it  is  100% fine  cotton art paper.  Some years ago  Patrick had the idea of making a collection of Brian’s poem’s, many of them written  in the 70’s at  the Sharpham   boathouse on the Dart, and  interspersing theses poems with drawings by Sarah.  He said the whole experience has been quite intense as three strong characters had to gel. Brian commented ‘I have known Sarah’s work for quite a while  and am a great admirer’. Chris Nichols, manager of The Sharpham Trust, was very pleased to sponsor and publish as he felt it continues the history of Sharpham supporting artists.  . The book is called View from the Boathouse Window and is published by the Sharpham Trust. It is a limited edition.  If you would like to know more about programmes at Sharpham such as the poetry evenings given by Alice and Peter Oswald call 01803 732 542.  Auditions for Dick Whittington, a Ditsum Players production  took place on September 8th.  The cast has been cast.  One of the children who came was Anna Wotton, the daughter of Keith Wotton of Downton Park Farm, who played Buttons in Cinderella over 30 years ago.    Anna and her sisters, (think Woody Allen) Kaye and Amber are very keen horse riders and they all did brilliantly at the Kingsbridge Show.  Anna on her pony Fudge won seven ribbons; Kaye on Munchkin was best rider 11 to 15 yrs..  Dates for the diary: On Saturday, September 26th at The Hunters Lodge at 2.00pm there will be an Apple Fest.  All surplus apples can be left at the pub. The idea of a Back to Church Sunday is self evident.  If you feel like it invite a relative, a friend or a neighbour  to St George’s on Sunday, September 27th. The service starts at 9.15am  The more the merrier.  The Dittisham Short Mat Bowls Club are having a taster afternoon on Sunday, October 11th from 2.00 – 5.00pm in the Village Hall.  You will need to bring soft slippers or socks