Dittisham Village Voice September 2 2011
The weather for Dartmouth Regatta week was great for sailors with force 4 to 5 winds and twinkling seas. There were masses of entries so that Start Bay was literally covered with a tapestry of sail. Sometimes the genoas and spinnakers are transparent, sometimes opaque with subtle charcoal grey hues merging into silver. The crews’ gear worn by visiting J class yachts is equally stunning matching their boat colours with soft grey and charcoal in gortex with white trim and white wrap around sunglasses. Woof! There was, however, a sadness in the air as we thought about the loss of the Red Arrow pilot. Closer to home, in this very busy holiday season there have been problems with parking down on the Ham. Some residents and second home owners have been disconcerted by the rather aggressive wording of parking tickets slapped on their cars. It would have been helpful to have had a notice on the meter telling people who do own houses in the village how they could obtain the parking disc they are entitled to have as residents to park freely down there. The PCC will be having a meeting about the issues that have come up this summer. The chair of the Ham Car Park Working Party says ‘There is a meeting planned. It will not be an open meeting but will be reported back to the Parish Council with recommendations at the next full meeting on September 13th which, of course, is open with an opportunity for the public to raise issues though, due to the format which is very strictly laid down, the comment will be before our report rather than after.’
The Parish Council has authorised an Outdoor Swimming Society event on the Ham tomorrow, Saturday September 3. A marquee will be erected today, Friday, and taken down on Monday. The celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the programme ‘The River Cottage ‘ will be present also. Their idea is to film some of the swimmers and then cook for them. A generous fee has been agreed and all villagers are welcome to the event. Our friend and neighbour Brian Murphy died last weekend. Brian is best known in the village for his terrific Quiz evenings that he organised to raise funds for the Horticultural Show. The questions were an art form and interspersed with anecdotes and fun and laughter. He was a keen gardener and won many prizes. He will be missed and our warm sympathy to his family.