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  • Generous Shoppers Provide A Boost To Local Scout Group

    The Ottery St Mary Group were recently presented with a cheque from Tony Babcopp on behalf of the local Ottery St Mary Co-operative Store. The local scout group applied for a grant to the Community Fund which is operated by the Co-operative Group. The sc...
  • Good news from Ottery In Bloom

    With the temperature reaching 28 degrees  as I write and wall to wall sunshine since the middle of Wimbledon fortnight it has been a testing time for Ottery in Bloom.  Every planter and every tub has needed copious amounts of water more than twi...
  • STC – Super Team Cleaners

    With the sun blazing down on them, the Coleridge Poetry Stones team from the Kings School set to with mops and buckets and gave our poet’s memorial a welcome wash and brush up. The cleaning team lead by Chris Calderwood (Kings School subject leader for ...
  • What’s happening to our wildlife?

    When I was a child my sister and I used to spend many summer days examining what seemed like hundreds of ladybirds that used to flock to the laurel hedges in our garden. We were fascinated by their scarlet little bodies, which stood out against the brigh...
  • Ottery Scouts Annual Award Night celebrates a successful year

    The Chairman of the Executive Committee Nick Johnson welcomed the well over 100 people who attended the meeting. Amongst the audience were many specially invited guests including the new Parish Vicar Steve Weston, Fiona Rimmer and Grenville Gilbert (Churc...
  • Council Matters July 2013

    The June Full Council meeting heard an update on the first Street Market held in May and about forward planning for the June Market (which of course has now been held).  Information was also received about progress with the building of the Sports Pav...
  • 1,000’s enjoy Ottery’s very first Food & Families Festival

    In the first weekend of June, a huge turnout witnessed the ‘birth’ of Ottery St Mary’s very first Food & Families Festival, held in the centre of the town. The gloriously sunny day saw between 3,000 and 5,000 people flock to the Festival, enjoyi...
  • Ottery Scouts Launch Local Heritage Project

    At the end of May, the Ottery St Mary Scouts were very excited to welcome Jim Woolley of the Ottery Heritage Society for a talk as part of the Ottery St Mary Scouts Local Heritage Project. ...
  • Midsummer Madness 13

    Last year, the Rotary Club of Otter Valley decided to hold a “Fun Olympics” day; despite the appalling weather immediately preceding it, it was a huge success. Accordingly, the highly successful organising team of Rotarians Greg Layzell and Phil Hende...
  • Otter Trail Cycle Path Update

    Although we may live in an idyllic part of Devon, many of the routes between our towns and villages were, unfortunately, not designed for 21st century traffic.  This has not been improved with the number of cars and lorries on our roads doubling in t...
  • Keeping Ottery in the Picture

    What you did yesterday is already history. You may not have noted it down or taken any photos of what happened, but it still forms part of your personal history and is also part of a wider family, local and national history. The way you dress and eat and ...
  • Ottery St Mary Twinners Trip to Pont L’Eveque

    Last bank holiday weekend 24th – 27th May,  a group of twinners from Ottery St Mary along with a group of folk singers, departed  by coach at 5-00am to travel via Poole – Cherbourg to Pont L’Eveque in Normandy. After a calm crossing, a sho...
  • Council Matters June 2013

    The May Full Council Meeting was the Annual Meeting of the Council. Councillor Glyn Dobson was re-elected as Mayor of Ottery St Mary with Councillor Ian Holmes continuing as Deputy Mayor. For your information the current list of Councillors can be found o...
  • Pixie Day in Ottery

    There is no doubt that one of the biggest events in the town is Pixie Day, which this year is on 22nd June. It always attracts a large crowd of people of all ages, which is very gratifying at a time when there are so many calls on people’s time. Why is ...
  • Ottery Festival

    The first Ottery Festival Week will take place from Tuesday 16th to Sunday 21st July 2013. Everyone is invited to come along and join us to show all that Ottery St Mary has to offer. ...
  • Hire wire act

    An early morning shower on Saturday 4th May, gave way to a brilliant blue sky day, perfect weather for the Ottery St Mary Scout Group’s Charity Abseil Challenge. 65 lucky members of the local community had pledged to raise money for the group, to take ...
  • Claire Wright elected to Devon County Council with 74% majority

    I was absolutely thrilled to be elected to Devon County Council on Thursday 2 May. It was with a degree of shock that I realised I acquired the largest majority on Devon County Council, with 74 per cent of the vote. The Ottery Rural ward also had the high...
  • Ben completes Junior Ginetta Championships

    Local motor racing ace Ben Pearson, aged 16, has now completed 3 rounds of the Junior Ginetta championship which comprises 6 races in total. The first time on track for qualifying was held at Brands Hatch in March on a snow bound track - a ...
  • Barclays in Ottery St Mary celebrates 150 years of serving the local community

    Local Barclays employees have been delving through the archives to find out more about their historical branch in advance of its 150thanniversary celebration  on Friday 12thJune, 2013. ...
  • Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival - A great new annual tradition in the making?

    It only seems like yesterday when a few of us first discussed the possibility of hosting some sort of ‘Food & Drink’ event in our lovely town. And what started as a fairly compact, small scale event (think street market and a small marquee offerin...