Browsing: Ottery St Mary

A host of fundraising events held over 2021 by garden centre staff in Ottery St Mary has raised more than £14,000 for Hospiscare. The business this week thanked all who had supported the events to raise much-needed funds for the charity, totalling £14,700. It was the third  consecutive year the garden centre in Ottery has backed Hospiscare through fundraising. Jacqui Taylor, Otter Garden Centres managing director, said: “This is, quite simply, a brilliant total. It shows just how much this local charity means to our team and customers. “We are so incredibly grateful for the ongoing support and enthusiasm shown…

Fees in council pay-and-display car parks in East Devon have been slashed until the end of March 2022 in a bid to boost winter trade. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has announced a £2 all-day deal from now until the end of March 2022, valid at its car parks in Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Lympstone and Colyton. Tickets bought in one town can be transferred and used in another area’s car park on the same day, the council said. The council said its parking cost cuts were as a result from feedback from…

A van blaze on the A30 near Ottery St Mary on Wednesday afternoon (December 1) prompted multiple calls for help to the fire service. Traffic heading for the Daisymount junction, towards Ottery St Mary, came to a standstill shortly after 3.30pm and thick black smoke could be seen across the A30 carriageways and at the exit of the slip road and roundabout. Firefighters from Ottery St Mary and Honiton tackled the blaze and also put out fire in a hedgerow by the side of the road after it caught alight. Scores of motorists left the dual carriageway at the Ottery…

Controversial plans for a 100-acre quarry near Ottery St Mary has been rejected after concern was expressed over the safety and environmental impact of the project. Devon County Council (DCC) refused the bid at Straitgate Farm, in Exeter Road,  despite its officers recommending it for approval. The scheme by Aggregate Industries UK Ltd would have seen up to 1.5million tonnes of sand and gravel dug up over the course of 10 to 12 years,  writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. Extracted materials would have been transported 23 miles by road to Hillhead Quarry near Uffculme, Mid Devon, for processing. Members of…

A care home in Ottery St Mary is celebrating being awarded a ‘Good’ rating by regulator Care Quality Commission (CQC). King’s Manor Care Home, in Pavey Run, was found by CQC inspectors to offer safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led care, with a ‘Good’ rating across all five inspection areas. The care home manager said she was ‘proud’ of the team of ‘caring and committed’ staff, who have worked tirelessly through the Covid-19 pandemic. Marita Westaway, care home manager, said: “I am delighted with this hugely positive CQC report which rightly highlights the quality of care we provide, the positive…

The photographic legacy of a champion of all-things Ottery St Mary is set to continue thanks to the launch of an annual competition. Through her own passion for photography, former Broad Street TIC manager Phyllis Baxter kept a well-documented record of the town, its people and events, which continued until her death in 2018, aged 73. The Friends of Phyllis Baxter recently announced a yearly photo competition in a bid to continue the ’well-documented’ legacy she left to Ottery. Entries are being taken from now until January 5, 2022, with the theme Ottery at Christmas time. The competition is open…

A singing schoolboy from Sidmouth who lost his hair to alopecia will be in Ottery St Mary later this month to sign books he illustrated during illness and lockdowns. Chorister James Mason-Carney – who with his mum, Julie Claire-Carney, wrote and illustrated Tiggs and the Midnight Choir – will be at Otter Garden Centres on Saturday, November 27, where he will sing carols and songs he plans to record onto CD. And the Exeter Cathedral chorister is gearing up for the sequel to his book, with mum Julie working on the next adventure. They will be at the garden centre…

Highways chiefs have rejected a bid to extend the 30mph speed limit on a busy East Devon road, despite concerns from local residents.   West Hill Parish Council asked Devon County Council (DCC) for the measure on the B3180 to the north of the village, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives. It said motorists are going too fast, too many HGVs are using the stretch, and the speed limit is not being enforced enough – all of which is putting cyclists and pedestrians at risk. But Highways and Traffic Orders Committee (HATOC) members put the brakes on the bid as…

A children’s play area in Ottery St Mary will get a £50,000 revamp after more than 200 town youngsters helped with the design. The upgraded facility in Winter’s Lane will feature a ground-level trampoline, 12-metre zip-wire, and 2.4-metre rope climbing pyramid A slide, climbing area, picnic bench, play puzzle panel, toddler swing and a toddler and parent swing will also feature at the site owned by East Devon District Council (EDDC). Winter’s Lane play park is the first major project…in what promises to be a great year for the youth of Ottery…It is hoped the park will be open ready…

Ottery St Mary is gearing up for its Christmas light switch-on later this month, with festive fun including late-night shopping and a market. The town will celebrate the start of its festivities on Friday, November 26, to include a torch-lit procession, entertainment, stalls selling crafts and gifts, plus many of the Ottery’s shops staying open until 8pm. A shop window gingerbread man hunt, music from the town’s Silver Band and La La Choir members, a torch-lit procession led by Ottery’s carnival princess, a Christmas tree festival in Ottery St Mary parish church, festive market in Silver Street and two traction…

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