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  • Happy New Year from all of us at Ottery Primary School!

    It’s an especially happy one for us as we have been handed the keys to our newly refurbished swimming pool. After months and months of hard work and generosity on the part of our PTA and a select group of parents our old, tired, run down pool has been t...
  • Ottery Scouts find themselves in a hole (again!)

    At the end of November and early December, the Ottery Scouts hired a minibus and took our bi-annual trip down Pridamsleigh Caves near Buckfastleigh. This adventure has become a fixture in the Scout-ing calendar as the youngsters all get the thrill of faci...
  • Robin Hoodie at the Institute

    We have once again reached that time of year when we need something to cheer us up in the dreary post-Christmas slump.  Ottery Community Theatre’s latest offering, Robin Hoodie, proved to be just the tonic that was needed in a cold, grey week. ...
  • YOUTH PRESENTS MUSIC 2013

    As has been the case for many years now, the Rotary Club of Otter Valley will again be sponsoring “Youth Presents Music” at the King’s School, Ottery St Mary in February this year. ...
  • Food & Families Festival – exciting new event in Ottery St. Mary

    The weekend of Friday 31 May – Saturday 1 June (this is the weekend at the end of the May Half Term week) sees the birth of an exciting new event: The Ottery St. Mary Food & Families Festival. Kicking off on the Friday evening with a host of events ...
  • COUNTRYSIDE UNDER THREAT

    As a result of 2 recent planning appeals, Ottery – and the rest of East Devon -  faces what can only be described as a planning crisis. Quite simply our countryside is under threat in an unprecedented way. There is a very real fear that greenfield ...
  • Ottery Town Council Matters February 2013

    With this, my first “Council Matters” of 2013, may I, on behalf of the Council, wish you all a happy and healthy new year. It seems some time now since the late night Christmas shopping and the switching on of the Christmas lights in Ottery.  Th...
  • Ben signs up for Ginetta Junior Championship

    Ginetta are set to welcome another new face to the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship, as 15-year old former kart star Ben Pearson has announced plans to make the step up from karting to cars. ...
  • Ottery Food Bank supplies parcels to needy locals

    Over the past few months Churches Together in Ottery have distributed several food parcels to families in need. Reports from other Food Banks suggest that take up will increase steadily as the news gets out.  With Christmas approaching...
  • Amazing community support for scouts fundraising

    While various charity groups across the UK announce an overall drop in fundraising in 2012 of up to and beyond 10% because of the gloomy economic situation, Ottery St Mary Scout Group are very pleased to announce that donations to the groups for all their...
  • 9 good reasons for shopping in Ottery St Mary

    Why we should pause a few minutes and think of our where we shop...and why.A lot has been written and said about shopping and the shopping habits of people in and around Ottery St Mary. We all have our reasons why we buy, what we buy, and where we buy it....
  • News of nefarious doings in Pantoland

    We are sad to report nefarious goings on in Pantoland. Ottery Community Theatre are doing their best to bring the evil doers to justice but it’s very hard to know who is whom. It seems a certain Robin Hoodie - a well known local bad boy - is the goody a...
  • New Vicar will be joining us soon

    Cathy and I are delighted to be joining you in Ottery St. Mary. I am looking forward to being your Vicar, and to being Team Rector of the Otter Vale Mission Community. My prayer is that we can make all our church communities vibrant and fun to belong to, ...
  • Dick Whittington Panto at West Hill

    It is Panto time again and I would like to bring to your attention the Pantomime being held at West Hill Village Hall on 11th and 12th January 2013. Friday 12th is an evening performance at 7pm and Saturday is a matinee starting at 1.00pm. ...
  • Council Matters December 2012

    The November Full Council meeting was unusually held on a Tuesday – to avoid Tar Barrels on Monday 5th November.  I hope that you all enjoyed the annual spectacle which was blessed with good weather.  The Council meeting agreed on (non-financi...
  • Another great year for Ottery Carnival and Barrels

    Well I did say in the last issue that Carnival and the Tar Barrels would soon be over and sure enough it seems an age away now. ...
  • A 2012 round up from the Tourist Information Office

    Just where has this year gone??? I can hardly believe it is nearly Christmas!.At this time of the year our thoughts turn to relatives and friends, both near and far away. It offers memories of folk from whom we receive cards and messages each year that br...
  • PLANNING OTTERY`S FUTURE

    DEVELOPMENT AT THE FORMER FACTORY Planning may not appear to be a local council`s most interesting function, but it is vitally important. Get it wrong, and the community can suffer the consequences for many decades. ...
  • The Lamb and Flag

    Ron and Angi Miles took over the Lamb & Flag Pub, batts Lane, Ottery St Mary, 3 years ago. It had been closed for almost a year and was in need of some TLC. They embarked on an extensive programme of refurbishment to improve the facilities offered on ...
  • Ottery Scouts Hike-a-thon

    At just after 5pm on Saturday 13th October, a large group of slighty soggy , Explorers, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, parents, supporters and Leaders trouped across the finish line in Broad Street, Ottery St Mary. The ‘Walk the Golden Mile” event having help...