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  • A remarkable view of the town

    This stunning aerial view of Ottery was taken by Warren Radmore in October with a Gopro Hero 3 lens, gimbal mounted on a radio controlled quadcopter. Note the Church and The College in the foreground and on the extreme right the end of Silver Street as th...
  • Council Matters October 2013

    The September Full Council meeting was held in Tipton St John Community Hall to allow local residents more easy access to a meeting. It was attended by students from The King’s School who asked the Council to further support the project to create a cycl...
  • German Twinners in Town

    The first weekend in September saw 51 Germans in town from Ottery twin town of Ilsfeld in Southern Germany. They arrived in the bright sunshine which kept up all weekend except for a couple of short showers of rain but this did not deter their spirits. ...
  • THE COURTENAYS OF POWDERHAM - A light-hearted look at the history and legacy of a famous family

    The September meeting of the Ottery Heritage Society, at the Institute, welcomed Felicity Harper, archivist of Powderham Castle as their guest speaker. The audience warmed immediately to her unusual, laid-back presentation; without the use of notes or pro...
  • Ottery Festive Funday

    Ottery Festive Funday, organised by Ottery Chamber of Commerce, will be an all day event happening on Saturday 30th November. We hope you will come and join in the celebrations! ...
  • Ottery Scout Needs Your Help

    The local scout group will shortly commence work to redevelop the site in Winters Lane to provide disabled access and facilities in the building as well as increasing the rooms available for hire by community groups. The Ottery St Mary Scout Group is deli...
  • Ottery St Mary Carnival – it just gets better and better!

    October is now upon us and with it comes the Carnival Season. As previously reported in the Gazette, this year our Carnival procession will take place on Sunday October 27th at 6.00pm. ...
  • Can you see what isn’t there? - OVAS news

    Art is a mind game. So said Neil Marshall at the end of an entertaining evening hosted by the Otter Vale Art Society at the Institute on the evening of 6th September, which featured the well-known Devon watercolour artist, David Webb. Neil was, in his vot...
  • Ottery Environment Week

    Sustainable Ottery are organising a week long series of events aiming to engage the whole community with the subjects of food & energy. The main theme being ‘take something away’, an idea or a piece of information that can save money in the home, ...
  • Why do more bikes belong to staff than pupils in the bike rack at The King's School?

    In a recent meeting I had to explain to Devon County Council that the roads to our school are too dangerous for students to cycle to school safely. We live in a beautiful rural community where we should be promoting healthy lifestyles, reducing obesity l...
  • Ottery Festival Week – Tuesday 16th To Sunday 21st July 2013

    Tuesday 16th July This was the first ever festival held in Ottery St Mary to celebrate all that the town and its many organisations has to offer. We were so lucky that it occurred in such beautiful weather – although it was very, very hot! ...
  • Explorers and Scouts return from an action packed adventure

    53 Explorers, Scouts and leaders have just returned from a 10 day European adventure. The intrepid group from Ottery St Mary travelled from the UK to the Chalet Nicolas Rollinger which was their base for the duration of the visit. The chalet was located j...
  • Landmark success for young pilot

    This weekend Devon & Somerset Gliding Club (DSGC) marked a new record - its youngest solo pilot. Peter Bennett was sent on his first solo flight at just 14 years old having started flying with the Club two years ago. ...
  • Stunning A Level results for King’s School Students

    We are truly delighted by some more stunning A2 level results this year with some outstanding individual performances. An overall 100% pass rate, 83% of all grades being at A*- C level and 34% being at the highest grades of A*/A. Fourteen students achieve...
  • East Devon artists put on a show in Ottery

    More than two hundred framed pictures and other works of art went on display in Ottery St.Mary recently when the Otter Vale Art Society (OVAS) opened its doors to the public for its annual summer exhibition. ...
  • Council Matters September 2013

    The August Full Council meeting heard from a representative of “Otter Rotters” who outlined the problems the organisation is experiencing as a result of changes in Environment Agency legislation which will impose insupportable fees on it.  The Co...
  • Coleridge Notebooks come home

    Ottery library has been selected as the home of a new resource for students of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Chairman of the Coleridge Memorial Project, John Pilsworth, welcomed Lord & Lady Coleridge and a small group of CMP committee members and supporter...
  • Council Matters August 2013

    The July Full Council Meeting was held in the Narthex at West Hill Church to allow easier access for West Hill residents.  Members received with regret the resignation of Claire Wright as Councillor for the West Hill Ward because of her increased wor...
  • Ottery St Mary History in Pictures - An insight into fascinating records of the town’s heritage

    As their contribution to “Ottery Festival Week”, Ottery Heritage Society welcomed members and guests to an evening of pure nostalgia for their July meeting. Despite the somewhat oppressive heat an enthusiastic audience packed into the Institute for Ch...
  • Rampaging Pixies kidnap town’s Bellringers again!

    The weather was very much at the front of our minds as we prepared for PixieDay.  The forecast was not too good, but, with a good band of helpers on Friday evening we soon got everything set up ready for the final touches on Saturday. ...