DITTISHAM VILLAGE VOICE MAY 6 2011

 

This week is all a bit of an anti-climax after the wonderfulness of a hot, sunny Easter and the  Wedding of all Weddings.  One would think enough has been written about it but allow me one more word.  What a pleasure  it was to see our much missed curate the Reverend Michael Macey, now  Minor Canon and Precentor, at Westminster Abbey leading the prayers at the wedding service.  His job now is to organise all orders of service at the Abbey and in his words ‘to make sure everybody knows what they are meant to be doing all of the time’.  He did a pretty good job I would say.  He told me ‘I haven’t had a life these past months but that we all  at  the Abbey are delighted that everything went so well.  The candlelit concert to celebrate our Patron Saint George held on Wednesday April 27 also went without a hitch and was brilliantly organised by Tom Leeman.  There were about 120 people there.  The church looked festive with   huge flags and red white and blue flowers.  The Town Crier, Lez Ellis looked  resplendent in his new outfit.  Blackawton School had been studying the First and Second World Wars and did a great job on ‘Bless ‘em all’. Jonathan Watts on organ and piano and Martin Holland on trumpet performed Bennett, Grieg and Haydn and Oliver Marsh’s fine tenor voice  had us all enthralled with the traditional There’ll always be an England.  Mr Howard-Williams  gave a short talk about the Royal British Legion and the evening raised a goodly sum for them and for the church.  The church was again packed for the Easter Service and many children attended and enjoyed the Easter eggs.  It was, however, with great sorrow that we heard that day of the death of our friend and neighbour Bob Bull.  Our love and sympathy go out to his wife, Edith and all Bob’s family.  The funeral will be on Monday, May 11th.  The coffin will come down by boat from Baltic Wharf arriving at the pontoon around 11.30pm. The service taken by Mr Ronald Travers will start at 12.30pm. Edith says all are welcome to tea at the Anchorstone Café in the afternoon.