Browsing: Ottery St Mary

A trapped driver was rescued by firefighters when his car rolled on its side near Ottery St Mary on Saturday evening. Fire crews from the town and Honiton were called to the B3177 Alfington Road to help police and the ambulance crew after the vehicle turned over. When the emergency services arrived they found the driver trapped inside his vehicle and fire crews worked fast to free him. After the driver of the car was freed, he was taken to hospital by ambulance. A fire service spokesman said: “Crews were mobilised from Ottery and Honiton to assist police and ambulance crews…

A pensioner from Gloucestershire who fell in her local churchyard is seeking the Good Samaritan from Ottery St Mary who stayed with the 80-year-old until the ambulance arrived. Alison Weller fell and hit her face on Saturday, September 12, while walking through the Holy Trinity churchyard, in Minchinhampton, near Stroud. Alison, who was left with a bloodied nose needing hospital treatment, is keen to trace the two physiotherapist friends – known only as Sarah and Susannah – who were meeting in the Cotswold town because it was halfway between their homes in Ottery, and Birmingham. The pensioner said the contact…

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary tackled a blaze in the engine of a car on the A30 at Daisymount this morning (Sunday, September 20). A crew from the town was called at around 11.50am. They used a hose-reel jet and thermal imaging kit to extinguish the accidental fire. The cause of the fire was accidental… A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One fire appliance from Ottery St Mary attended a small fire in the engine of a vehicle. “Crews extinguished the small fire using one hose-reel jet and a thermal imaging camera. “The cause of the…

Reports of underage drinking and cannabis smoking at Ottery St Mary Skate Park and thefts from vehicles in Tipton St John have been highlighted by police. Officers have pledged to increase patrols of the skate facility in Thorne Farm Way after complaints of antisocial behaviour. They are also urging residents to be vigilant after vans and a motorhome were targeted by crooks in the Barton Orchard area of Tipton. On the skate park issue, PCSO Jonathan Sims said: “It has come to our attention that there may be ongoing antisocial behaviour [ASB] at the skateboard park – this may include…

An £80,000 bid for life-size statue of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Ottery St Mary has successfully reached its first funding milestone.  The mooted bronze sculpture of the East Devon town’s most famous son, sited outside St Mary’s Church, would be a world-first. This is not just celebrating history, but making history as the statue, the church and the town will outlive us…Coleridge Memorial Trust has already secured planning permission for the memorial – but £50,000 was needed for the first phase of work. The scheme was awarded £5,160 by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Community Grants Panel at its…

East Devon community crowdfunding projects in Ottery St Mary and Budleigh Salterton have benefitted from £10,000 from the district council. Budleigh Community Workshop Trust (BCWT) and The Coleridge Memorial Trust were this month awarded the cash by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) community grant panel in a bid to help the causes achieve their crowdfunding targets. EDDC said it still has £80,000 available to East Devon community crowdfund projects and welcomes applications for grants of up to £10,000. The Budleigh Community Workshop Trust project, which raised more than £50,000 through crowdfunding to buy the town’s former fire station, to set…

Ottery St Mary’s famous Tar Barrels will not roll this year, organisers of the flaming tradition announced today.  The November 5 festivities have been cancelled, along with the town’s carnival, due to the Covid-19 crisis. Driving forces behind the events say they had worked to be ready to host them if the pandemic ‘released its hold’ on the nation. But they added that the traditions, which attract big numbers to the town, would unavoidably be ‘mass gatherings’, put spectators at risk and fall foul of government guidelines. Organisers said in a statement posted on Facebook this afternoon: “The Ottery St…

Students from Ottery St Mary shining the spotlight on racism have sparked a debate urging county leaders to review Devon’s statues and road names that covertly celebrate slavery. The A-Level politics students from The King’s School recently launched a six-week campaign, Diversity in Devon, opening up a discussion while raising awareness of what signifies racist behaviour or prejudice. “For people to say that racism or prejudice doesn’t exist in Devon is wrong… The teenagers’ crusade has been picked up by Claire Wright, Otter Valley ward member, who on Wednesday, September 9, will urge Devon County Council (DCC) to show support…

East Devon firefighters from Axminster and Ottery St Mary were called to Somerset earlier this week to help tackle a large blaze in an industrial unit. The East Devon crews made up the 10 fire engines, joining two aerial ladder platforms and a pair of water bowsers that worked through the night to tackle the commercial building blaze in Station Road, Ilminster, on Tuesday, September 1. Crews remained on scene overnight, with Ottery firefighters still in attendance at 6.45am the following morning (Wednesday). The cause of the blaze is under investigation, the fire service said. Axminster firefighters were called to…

A new interactive map has shown no coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in East Devon or Exeter in July. Latest statistics show fatalities due to the virus have been logged in 16 of the district’s 20 wards and all but one of the city’s 14 areas. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has analysed all deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred between March 1 and July 31, and were registered by August 15. A total of six coronavirus deaths – in the Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Seaton, Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Stoke Canon, Feniton and Whimple and Exeter St Thomas West wars – were…

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