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  • The Ottery St Mary Great War Project

    JULY 1914 : THE END OF AN ERATo the farmers at the local livestock market, July 1914 was no different from any other year. They talked about the animals for sale that day, the state of market prices, the expected hay yield from their meadows, the plagues ...
  • Laura Copley’s Column

    This month’s topic is somewhat of a rant (arguably, so are the others) about something I witnessed the other week. It was the 6th June, and I was heading on into the shops when I witnessed a dispute between a young man on a motorbike and an old lady. Th...
  • Kiss Me Kate – a show shaping up nicely!

    ‘Kiss Me Kate’ – this year’s production by the New Ottregians is shaping up to be a marvellous show. The performances will be at the King’s School from Tuesday 29th July to Saturday 2nd August 2014 starting at 7.30pm. ...
  • King’s School raising funds for Ethiopia trip

    The annual trip to the African nation of Ethiopia taken by King’s school students is advancing ever closer, and after a rigorous selection process, the 10 students who will embark on the experience have been decided. You may be wondering why we continue...
  • Fun with ‘Four go en Seine’ show at the Institute

    A night of laughs with Ottery Community Theatre in aid of ‘FORCE’ charity.  Ottery Community Theatre is expecting a full house for both performances of a new comedy which is being performed as part of the Festival on 17th and 18th July. ...
  • Friends of Ottery Library form Committee to save closure

    In early June, about 80 local residents met in the library to discuss how they could protect the threatened service. Devon County Council, in an effort to save another £1.5 million by 2017, has organised a consultation on how to achieve this over the 50 ...
  • Council Matters July 2014

    The June Full Council meeting heard a presentation from East Devon District Council’s Senior Planning Officer (Policy) Claire Rodway regarding Neighbourhood Plans.  The Council has considered a Neighbourhood Plan on several occasions but following ...
  • Council Matters June 2014

    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 ca...
  • Not long now until the 2014 Food & Families Festival

    The weekend of Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June will see the 2nd edition of the Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival. Like the 2013 Festival, the main events will be on the Saturday, but some very interesting experiences have been added on...
  • Otter Vale Art Society News Pollen grains as you’ve never seen them before

    Pollen grains cannot be seen without the use of a powerful microscope.  Yet their shape, form and variety is one of the wonders of nature.  Using her training and skill as a sculptor, Devon based artist Jo Golesworthy enables their beauty to be ...
  • The Ottery St Mary Great War Project

    The first stage of our project involves the identification of all of the War Memorials in the area so that the names carved thereon may be recorded and researched to reveal the stories of the people concerned. ...
  • Cycleway

    The long hoped-for cycleway and walking trail linking Feniton, Ottery, Tipton and Sidmouth has come a step (and a cycle revolution) closer, with the publication of a report. The `Feniton to Sidmouth (Otter Valley) Trail Feasibility Study` (which the autho...
  • Pixie Day

    ‘What, Pixie Day coming round again already?’ How often have I heard this over the last few weeks when I have happened to mention it in conversation.  Of course, it has been in the mind of the committee for some time now, in fact almost as soon a...
  • Ottery Town Council Matters February 2014

    With this, my first “Council Matters” of 2013, may I, on behalf of the Council, wish you all a happy and healthy new year. At December’s Full Council Meeting Jessica Bailey was co-opted to fill the vacancy for the West Hill Ward so the Council is n...
  • Ottery Faces Even Greater Development Threats

      For much of 2013 it felt as though Ottery, and surrounding communities such as Feniton, Tipton and West Hill, were under siege from voracious developers. In March 2013 we saw the Daily Telegraph exposure of former councillor Graham Brown – who ...
  • Oxbow Lake on the River Otter

    Recent heavy rain resulting in the swift-flowing River Otter carving away large sections of its banks in the fields below St Saviour’s Bridge has led to a huge reduction in the distance which separates sections of the Otter in the floodplain.  Seve...
  • Ottery Bowls Club Awards Dinner

    After a very successful 2013, the annual AGM saw some changes on the management committee. After 2 splendid years as Club President, Mollie Parker steps down, and Michael Potter is appointed as the new President for the next 2 years. ...
  • K & M Butchers win the Treble with their sausages

    For the first time in 3 years we decided that it was time that we started to enter some of our flavoured sausages in to competitions. The first one was the BPEX Roadshow held at the Sandy Park rugby ground in Exeter. In September 2013 we entered 2 flavour...
  • Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival – it needs you!

    Of late, a lot has been written about the fact the Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival failed to get some needed financial backing from the Town Council. The Council believes the Festival to be a ‘commercial’ event, and no matter how much evid...
  • Peter Dare – Mason Extraordinaire

    The internationally acclaimed Master Mason, Peter Dare, was guest speaker at the Ottery Heritage Society’s January meeting, held at the Institute, Ottery St Mary. His subject ‘Restoring Exeter Cathedral’ gave a fascinating insight into the varying s...