Ottery St Mary news in brief: Institute treasurer appeal, community theatre, trees face chop

Ottery St Mary: Environment Agency’s borehole bid, new recruit for heritage society and museum needs volunteers

Popular venue needs treasurer

A popular Ottery St Mary venue – The Institute in Yonder Street – needs a new treasurer.

The Ottery Institute charity was created to ensure the premises remains a facility for the use and benefit of local people.

It relies on volunteers to function and is on the lookout for a treasurer to take over from Ray Puttick, who has held the post for many years.

The treasurer’s main functions are the month-to-month reconciliation of the charity’s bank account, scrutiny and advice on its expenditure and financial wellbeing, and to collate a monthly treasurer’s report.

Someone with a background in bookkeeping or finance is being sought and the estimated workload is an average of one hour per month.

The retiring treasurer would be available to help during any transition period.

Contact John Green, chairman of The Ottery Institute, on 01404 812836, or email, for more information.

Community theatre for good cause

Ottery Community Theatre will perform a pair of homegrown one-act plays in July.

Clue Who, by first-time writer Kay Crook, and Fairy Tale Ending, by Norma Palmer, are being staged at The Institute in Yonder Street, either side of a ploughman’s supper.

Performances take place on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, from 7.30pm.

Half the profits from ticket sales and those from a raffle will go to suicide bereavement charity Pete’s Dragons.

Tickets (£10) are available from Pearson’s News or by calling 01404 814988 or emailing

Trees face the chop

Several trees lining a lane on the outskirts of Ottery St Mary will be cut down if a planning application is successful.

Four beech trees and four oak trees by the lane past Metcombe Brake, in Higher Metcombe, have been earmarked for the chop.

Despite being the subject of a Tree Protection Order, they have been deemed of an ‘inferior’ nature. It is also said the trees lack of room to grow – except over the public highway. No replacements would be planted.

EA hopes council will dig borehole bid

The Environment agency wants to drill a 30m observation borehole in Strawberry Lane, Ottery St Mary.

This will be to measure groundwater levels in the area. A planning application has been submitted to the district council.

Permission has been sought for a cabinet on a concrete plinth to enclose a standpipe.

New recruit for heritage society

Ottery St Mary Heritage Society has welcomed Carol Anderson as its volunteer archivist librarian.

Carol has a background at the Royal Albert Museum in Exeter and Tate Britain in London.

She will be working with the society’s volunteers, led by curator Nigel Sadler, to assess and document its collection.

Can you help out at museum? 

Ottery St Mary Museum is on the lookout for volunteers to help with stewarding and work on its collection.

The museum is now open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email

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