Old age no long seems to command respect in� Western� society but a universal truth is that becoming a Grandmother does.� �Congratulations! How wonderful!� How are mother and baby doing?.� Even young lads have the bug,� �cool, got any photos on your phone?�� It is an honour to become a grandparent something that time bestows and, unlike other rewards in life, you do not have to work for it. Just thinking about my new granddaughter, Rowan, brings a rejuvenating glow.

Dick Strawbridge, the TV presenter, ex army chap with a fine moustache,� and� his son James and a small film crew turned up in the village last week.� They are making a food series travelling from Plymouth to Greenwich in a small wooden boat stopping en route to talk to locals about produce and recipes.� They visited Dittisham Farm, Capton because the owner Sue Fildes has some very fine Berkshire pigs which she raises for pork and also shows. (see photo) Dittisham� is, of course, more famous for its plums so Philys Trant, who owns a lovely plum orchard along the Lane, was interviewed under her trees about how the unique plums arrived in the village. Always a controversial subject.� Phil was very pleased with her gift which was �wait for it� a small bottle of Dittisham plum liqueur.� The series will be going out sometime next Autumn.� At the time of writing there have been two weddings recently.� Tom Macdonald married Emilie Minard on May 21st (see separate story) and Felicity Judd married Adam Buckley on Saturday, June 11.� The service was taken by Archdeacon John Rawlings.� The bridesmaids were Nicola Judd, Eleanor Bunch and Shona Crichton with a� flower girl, Lili-Mei Judd. The pageboy was Oscar White.� The flowers white and pale pink were stunning.

Invitations have gone out to the Village with a Gift Day letter and envelope for the church�s Gift Day lunch on Sunday, 10th July starting at �12.00 noon. This year it will be held at Fairholme, Riverside Road in the lovely riverside gardens of Gil and Carolyn Hayward. There will be cake, plant and produce, gift and bottle stalls, �a raffle and delicious ploughman�s lunch. Jonathan Watts will be entertaining us on the piano during the afternoon.� This is an event to raise money for St. George�s.� The church is a focal point for everyone in our village and this includes those who do not attend services but who enjoy all the events such as weddings, concerts, plays and art festivals that take place there.� It is also, of course, a �a beautiful building and churchyard that� enhance our village. Maintenance, heating, lighting, cleaning and upkeep of the churchyard is expensive.� Even if you do not attend the luncheon please put a donation in the envelope provided.� . Sunday, July 24th will be the last Village DIY service before the arrival of our new vicar, the Reverend Will Hazelwood. This will be a Choral Evensong Service at 6.30 pm  and it� will be taken by Ron Travers and Paul Vincent who have both done so much for us during our interregnum.

�Many of you may remember that Josceline Dimbleby spent many Easters and Summers at her holiday home in Dittisham and there is a lovely description of those halcyon days in her book Orchards in the Oasis. On Thursday, July 14 �at 11.30am at Way with Words at Dartington� she will be talking to Tom Jaine, local food historian and publisher, about her life spent travelling the world sampling dishes and creating recipes.

The Ditsum Players are putting on a concoction �of Shakespeare at Middle Meadow on Friday, July 15 and Saturday July 16 (see notice board).

�Just a reminder that the Horticultural, Homecraft and Handicraft show is on Saturday, July 30th

�Looking ahead to August the Regatta takes place on Saturday, August 6.� As always there will be sailing and rowing races, a bbq,� stalls and games for children on the Quay and �a tug of war on the beach. One of the stalls will be a �gift stall� if you have any unwanted gifts new or nearly new please call me on 01803 722 515.� If this magazine comes out early enough you might just catch the Regatta Committee�s invitation to drinks and nibbles at the Red Lion Inn on Saturday, July 2nd at noon.� They are looking for help on Regatta Day even if its just for a couple of hours.� If you cannot attend ring the Chairman, Martin Walker 722684 or the Secretary Chris Malley on 722 564.

There will be an Evening Concert in the church on Saturday 13th August by the duo known as �Viano'  i.e. Jonathan Watts and Sarah Wormall. �A concert not to be missed with music by Beethoven and Kreisler. For more information contact Jenny Sjoberg on 722 358. Refreshments will be served afterwards. �Our new Vicar, the Reverend Will Hazelwood �will be there to say a few words of welcome at the start of the concert.

�Last but by no means least all are welcome to the Summer Whist Drives held at the Village on July 28, August 25 and September 29.