Dittisham Journal March 2011


Let�s chase away the doom and gloom and February grey skies with some good news.� Our church warden, Jenny Sjoberg, announced in church on Sunday, February 19th that we should have a new Vicar by July. We already love anyone with a name like Will Hazelwood.� (see article for details about him and his family).� He actually will have a hard act to follow as the DIY services with� intercessions and talks done by members of the congregation and family eucharist� ministered by Philip and Ron have been wonderful.

Other good news is that� the Dittisham Community Library which is housed in the Red Lion Inn� has had more books borrowed in the last three months than were borrowed in an equivalent period from the mobile library which was a victim of cutbacks. Anyone can borrow a book and the stock is rotated every three months.� It is also possible to order books and you can do this online. Brigitte and Penny can help if you find the process complicated.

More nice news is that in the first two weeks of February there was a collection around the village for Marie Curie and a goodly amount was raised.� You can wear your daffodil with pride and that goes for you fellas, too.�� On the subject of daffodils I am going to be� naughty here and plug my gorgeous niece Kitty Dimbleby�s book Daffodil Girls which is coming out on March 16.� Daffodil Girls captures the extraordinary world of the heroines behind our army heroes and the book is in support of Help for Heroes.

Mr, and Mrs, R Bull, aka Bob and Edith, who got married last year, have asked me to thank the village for their wedding present which is now installed and they invite everyone� to sit there and enjoy the view.

Future Events:

Mothering Sunday, April 3

On Saturday, March 5th� to celebrate World Book Night� Clive Pig, Story Teller and Bard of Exeter, will be performing at the Red Lion from 7.00 pm onwards. He will entertain with dramatic tales, music, songs and poems. If you are unaware of WBN it is a scheme whereby one million books will be given away on that night to members of the public right across Britain..� I will be on the Dartmouth Ferries with my old friend Sarah Stoddart giving away 40 copies of Mark Haddon�s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.

The annual Quiz Night which raises funds for the �Dittisham Horticulural Show is on March 26th. At the last Cornworthy Allotment Association AGM the chairman expressed hope that allotment holders would enter both the Cornworthy and Dittisham Shows this year.� In the March issue of Devon Life there will be an article and photographs by Jan Sayer� of the allotments in their first year.

In aid of absolutely nothing except to have a good time there is a 1940�s Blitz night at the Ferry Boat Inn on Saturday, March 12th. Sandbags �in abundance, blackout curtains,

period dress - �remember no stockings were available �and� you need to bring your ration book.� Enjoy wholesome, wartime �food (does that mean spam?) and a �sing song around the Joanna.�

Early April dates.� Don�t forget the Barn Dance in aid of the village hall on Saturday, April 2nd.�� Tickets �10 available from Red Lion Inn 722 235 to include a hot supper for more nformation you can call Stella on 722 492.

There will be some news about Ditsum Players in the April issue but for now the AGM is on April 12 at the Village Hall at 7.30pm.� We love to see new fresh faces attend (old ones are welcome too,)