Browsing: Ottery St Mary

Beautiful Days revellers laughed in the face of rain to party hard over the weekend. The popular family-friendly music festival, organised by The Levellers, held at Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, from August 16-18, boasted a packed line-up promising something for everyone. Festival fun for the young and old was on tap all weekend at the three-day party that never sleeps. This event is about people young and old coming together and taking part in something that will be remembered for a long time.Those at Beautiful Days with their children were offered plenty to do, with a host of…

The King’s School, Ottery St Mary, is celebrating ‘outstanding’ A-level results for 2019, continuing a long tradition of academic success in its sixth form. Receiving outstanding results of a clean sweep of A and A-star grades across all their A-levels were seven students. Some nine students achieved A-stars in at least one full A-level course and 22 students achieved an A-star in the Extended Project Qualification. The school said it was ‘delighted’ that 79 per cent of all grades were A-star to C and 31 per cent of grades were at the highest level of A-star and A. The King’s…

A phone box in Ottery St Mary is facing the axe – despite it being the best-used of 18 under threat in East Devon. BT wants to scrap the Hind Street kiosk and a host of others as calls from them have declined by 90 per cent in a decade. The payphone, near to Sainsbury’s, has been used 146 times in the last year, according to the telecommunications giant. Overall use of payphones has declined by 90 per cent in the last decade and the need to provide payphones for use in emergency situations is diminishing all the time… BT…

A pet owner who made a heartfelt plea on social media for people in Ottery St Mary not to feed her cat later discovered he had been found dead. Sam Gaston thought 18-month-old Ralphie had just wandered off in the warm summer sunshine. She feared other people may be feeding him, preventing him from coming home. But every pet owner’s worst nightmare came true when it transpired that someone had reported finding a deceased cat to vets in the town, who collected him and informed Sam. Heartbroken Sam, who had owned Ralphie since he was six weeks old, says she…

A dog owner from Ottery St Mary has been slapped with a fine for allowing his pet to persistently stray. East Devon District Council’s Environmental Health team secured the successful prosecution of Joe Daly, of Chapel Lane, Ottery St Mary, for allowing his dog, Hardy, to regularly roam. Daly was fined £220 and ordered to pay £400 costs by Exeter magistrates for letting fox terrier Hardy stray in the town; the dog regularly escaped the garden and was brought home by people living locally. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said Daly had initially been issued with a fixed penalty notice…

Ottery has celebrated the reopening of a much-loved shop – 10 months after its firefighter owner battled to save the business as a blaze raged above. Martin and Lyn Shaw said they were ‘overwhelmed’ by support when The Pine Store, in Broad Street, was relaunched as Otter Furniture on Saturday. The store had to shut down due to water damage after fire destroyed an upstairs property in the autumn last year. Jets used to stop the blaze spreading through the building damaged stock downstairs at The Pine Store, leaving Martin and Lyn with no choice but to close. The…

Ottery’s Summer Mini Fest was hailed a hit as a fun afternoon, attracting a large crowd. The family fun, held on Saturday July 20 at Ottery St Mary Primary School, was to help raise funds for a new maths confidence-boosting programme to benefit all the pupils. The Year 6 children ran several stalls for their Apprentice-style business competition. Kerry Carr, Ottery Summer Mini Fest spokeswoman, said a circus skills area and the Whizz Kids Toys bike obstacle course had proved big hits with the children. The Ottery Summer Mini Fest was a fun afternoon with a great turn out. The…

A 10-point green action plan – aimed at helping to prevent an environmental ‘catastrophe’ – will go before county council chiefs on Thursday, July 25. Otter Valley representative Claire Wright’s motion proposes supporting tenant Devon County Council (DCC) farmers in setting aside 10 per cent of their land for wildflowers and wildlife. They would also be asked to earmark a further five per cent for tree planting – and to phase out the use of inorganic fertilisers, such as nitrogen, by 2023. DCC, with its positive record on the environment, is well-placed to work with others to help mitigate the…

Police and Ottery St Mary Football Club have teamed up to tackle nuisance youths blighting Washbrook Meadows with unruly antics and vandalism. A ‘small minority’ of youngsters’ bad behaviour could see the well-behaved majority pay the penalty – as the facilities could now be shut off to the general public. In the past week, the club has been left counting the cost of smashed sheds, broken goals, ripped-up benches, and fences being pushed over. Police suspect underage drinking is involved and say the community-minded club is completely blameless for the foul play. We don’t want to completely shut the facilities…

Concerns over rats will see pest control officers return to an Ottery park this week – but residents have been told not to ‘over-worry’. East Devon District Council (EDDC) workers laid bait boxes at the Land of Canaan last week in a bid to assess if the area has a vermin problem. I would advise that members of the public do not need to over-worry…East Devon News.co.uk reported on Thursday how a little girl broke her arm when she fell fleeing from a pack of rats at the Land of Canaan. The youngster’s mum described how the long-tailed furry creatures…

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