There were two funerals in St George�s Church in March. On March 12, many came to pay their respects to �Ken Fletcher who almost reached 90. Most of us will have fond memories of Ken, a salmon fisherman, who, always dressed in a� tweed jacket over a woollie cardie and wellies come wind come shine.� HHHe would� walk from his home, The Manse, along The Level, past the shop, down the steps to Lower Street, down the path to the river and to� his lovely fishing dinghy.� The village will miss him and we extend our� sympathy to his devoted wife, Marian and to all his family.� (see obituary).�

Jennifer Maude did celebrate her 90th birthday last year and in great style� giving three parties, one for her huge family, one for her friends in Blackawton and one for her friends in Dittisham as she had houses in both places and indeed friends everywhere.� About 300 of them turned out for a beautiful service in St Michael�s Church, Blackawton on Friday March 11th .� Jennifer�s niece, Lucy Robinson, �played a Bach andante and sang a madrigal. The committal was in St George�s.� �Jennifer was a gracious, charming, generous woman admired and loved by so many.� Condolences to her family. She will be much missed by all who knew her.� (see obituary)

On February 27 the DIY village worship service was taken by Ronald Travers and instead of a sermon 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 and talked about her work with children who are HIV positive and a building project for the Baobab Orphanage in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.� Many thanks to all the people who gave donations.� Another successful

fund raising evening was �held on Saturday, March 5 at Fingals Hotel for Impact Foundation whose aim is to prevent and relieve avoidable disability �3000 was raised.� This money will cover the cost of many operations out in Bangladesh performed by David Jameson-Evans an orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in operating on club feet.� Closer to home Dartmouth Caring, who do so much in our community, held a tea party for volunteers at the Royal Castle Hotel.� If you want to become a volunteer or know of someone who could benefit from one of the many facilities they offer call 01803 835384

It is always a pleasure to hear about a wedding.� Bands of marriage were called in March for Tom McDonald, son of Sheila Johnston of Fingals Hotel who, on May 21st is marrying a� lovely French lass, Emily Minard. No prizes for guessing where the reception will be held. At the Cornworthy Allotment Association AGM held in late February at the Huntsmans� the chairman expressed hope that allotment holders would enter both the Cornworthy and Dittisham Shows this year.� We will we promise �if only the sun would come out and warm up the soil.

Future Events:

Sunday, April 10 after the morning service at 9.15am there will be the Church AGM. There will be a Ditsum Players AGM on Tuesday, April 12 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

I have been asked by John Wells to pop in here something a little outside our village but as it is the nearest bowling green and several Ditsum people are involved here goes.� On Saturday, April 16 at 2.30pm the Stoke Fleming Bowling Club invite any interested parties and beginners are welcome to come along to their opening day.


St George�s Day Concert will be held in church on Wednesday, April 27th.� There will be some fine music and singing.� (see notice board)

Easter Sunday service will be sung eucharyst at 9.15am.

Mark your diaries for a special event on the 15th and 16th of �July when �Ditsum Players will be putting on a garden celebration of Shakespeare with scenes, songs, poetry and clowning