Browsing: Ottery St Mary

A mum from Ottery St Mary who overcame her hatred of heights to skydive for Hospiscare is urging East Devon residents to find their own fear factor fundraiser. Louise Jones, co-owner of The Coffee Bank in Silver Street, Ottery St Mary, recently jumped out of an aeroplane for Hospiscare., along with fellow mums and colleagues, Jodie Blatchford and Susie Woodin. Louise, who had never skydived before, is challenging East Devon residents to follow her lead, take the plunge and tackle an adrenalin-fuelled activity in aid of Hospiscare. She said: “None of us have done anything like this before, but we…

The decision to refuse a highly controversial 100-acre quarry in Ottery St Mary will come before an appeal in October, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Devon councillors refused the application for Straitgate Farm on Exeter Road, Ottery, last December, following significant concerns about the safety and environmental impact of the project. Council officers had recommended approval for the plans which would have seen up to 1.5 million tonnes of sand and gravel dug up at the site over the course of 10 to 12 years. The materials would have then been transported 23 miles by road to Hillhead Quarry…

An evening blaze in a field of cut hay in Newton Poppleford was tackled ‘promptly’ by East Devon firefighters. Crews from Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth were called to Newton Poppleford, near Sidmouth, East Devon, on Wednesday evening (June 16) where they used water stored on the fire engines to extinguish the blaze and stop it from spreading. Firefighters quickly got the blaze under control in a bid to save the remaining cut hay. The crews used a continuous flow of water to douse the flames and made a fire break to protect the remaining area of field. An Ottery…

Across East Devon people are catching their breath today after four fabulous days of celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70 years on the throne. As these photos show, street parties, family fun, big lunches, live music, games, scarecrow competitions, a host of entertainment for all ages – and not forgetting so much laughter, love and goodwill – came from across the towns and villages of East Devon as we joined the rest of the country in showing our appreciation of Her Majesty as thanks for the Queen’s 70 years of service and duty. Scores of street parties were…

Towns and villages across East Devon are gearing up to hold a host of celebrations, events and street parties in a bid to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Picnics and parties in the park, beacon lighting, live music and children’s entertainment are among the family fun for all ages planned as part of the four-day Jubilee bank holiday celebrations, starting on Thursday, June 2. Residents across East Devon can look forward to packed programmes of events in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidbury, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, and the surrounding villages, joining in with the rest of the…

An NHS worker from Ottery St Mary has been left counting the cost of an arson attack that destroyed her car. Tracy Elliott, who works for the Royal Devon University Healthcare Foundation Trust, in Exeter, discovered her black Peugeot 207 had been torched overnight while it was parked in the Sainsbury’s car park, in Hind Street, sometime between 9.50pm on Tuesday, May 24 and 6.45am the following day. In addition, a Ford Fiesta had its back window smashed and items of clothing from inside the car were stolen. Police investigating the deliberately-started fire, and vehicle break-in, want to hear from…

A deaf teaching assistant from East Devon who has been nominated for an industry award is being celebrated for her 25 years of service to the profession. Mum-of-two Nikki James, who lives near Ottery St Mary, has been deaf from birth and dedicated her life to helping children through her work at the Deaf Academy, based in Exmouth. Nikki, a former pupil at the Royal School for the Deaf, in Exeter – now the Deaf Academy- has been shortlisted for a Tes School award in the Teaching Assistant category. During her time as a teaching assistant, Nikki has been a…

The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) has revealed a new East Devon venue for its summer Rainbow Run event. The colouful run – which for the last two years was held virtually because of the pandemic – has early-bird tickets on sale, with discounts of 10 per cent for those signing up before May 4 to take part. This year the CHSW Rainbow Run will be held at Escot Park, near Ottery – a move away from the 2019 event at Westpoint, near Exeter, where 1,000 people took part and raised thousands of pounds for the youngsters and their families…

Fly-tippers dumping roofing rubbish and a hazardous tank at two separate sites in East Devon will cost the taxpayer more than £1,000 in clean-up costs. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said it was ‘shocked’ by the mess and hoped to identify the offenders and issue penalty fines. The council is urging anyone with information about the fly-tippers and illegally-dumped rubbish to report what they know to Crimestoppers, or direct to EDDC. A large propane gas tank was at the end of March dumped in a lay-by between Rockbeare and Cranbrook. It is thought the tank was dumped from the back…

More than 640 East Devon residents struggling to make ends meet have been helped with a cost of living grant. The Household Support Fund has boosted families and individuals in Exmouth, Honiton, Axminster, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary. A deadline for applications passed on March 31. District council chiefs had previously handed out a total of £128,849 – 79 per cent of the cash available. The authority was given £162,286 by Devon County Council to help residents suffering financial hardship this winter. Out of the 648 successful applications: 247 are in receipt of disability benefit; • 135 have a carer…

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