Browsing: Ottery St Mary

Firefighters from across East Devon spent the night tackling a huge barn blaze in Seaton – with a number of cows saved from the inferno. Reports of the straw- and hay-filled agricultural building – measuring 30m by 20m – was engulfed in flames and smoke first came in at around 10.20pm last night (Friday, January 17). One man has been treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation, said the fire service. Crews from Seaton and Colyton were first on the scene. They were joined by colleagues from Sidmouth,  Axminster, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Exmouth, and Tophsam. Firefighters from Crediton, Bovey…

Trees to encourage birds and bees were planted by volunteers at Ottery St Mary’s new community orchard. A team of more than 50 volunteers on Saturday, January 11, joined councillors, East Devon District Council, and the Greener Ottery group, to plant 10 apple trees at the Land of Canaan. I’m hoping that this is the start of a beautiful friendship between the Ottery community and East Devon showing what can be achieved when we all work together…Apples can be picked by the community as the trees mature and grow fruit. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said the community orchard was…

Ottery St Mary Football Club’s first team manager has resigned from the role after five years – saying ‘the time is right for a change’. Dave Fairweather said he feels the ‘incredibly difficult’ decision is for the best for both himself and the Washbrook Meadows outfit. The club made the announcement ‘with regret’ last night (Tuesday, January 14) – thanking its former boss for his ‘significant contribution’ and ‘focussed dedication’. It has been an incredibly difficult decision. I’ve enjoyed my time at the club immensely – Dave FairweatherIt will announce its recruitment plans in the near future. Dave, who had…

Ottery St Mary Football Club’s under-nines are blazing a trail thanks to a generous sponsor. That is because the children are the first side at Washbrook Meadows to be decked out in a new kit. The strip will eventually be sported throughout all of Ottery’s teams – from the very youngest players to the two senior men’s squads and the ladies’ squad. Sponsorships like this are the very lifeblood of our teams and we are so grateful to Callum and Ross – Club chairman Mike Ringer Sponsorship for the under-nines has from Callum Hill and his business partner Ross Jeffcoate,…

A new location has been announced for the Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival, enabling the whole event to be held at one location. The site of this year’s festival, on Saturday, May 30, starting at 10am, is just off Alfington Road, near Otter Nurseries, which will allow for more entertainment, and a bigger market. Having the festival in one enclosed and car-free space allows us to do many things… Organisers of the Food and Families Festival have begun recruiting for entertainers and are keen to hear from musicians, or other artists. Now gearing up for the eighth food…

The first trees will be planted in Ottery St Mary’s community orchard tomorrow, Saturday, January 11, and all are invited to go along. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has donated 10 trees and a strip of land at the Land of Cannan for the town’s community orchard. We really hope locals turn up and celebrate this precious gift and then keep in touch with Greener Ottery to suggest the next plants and flowers and help us maintain this vital space…Volunteers, the Greener Ottery group and EDDC Streetscene will be on site from 10am until 12noon, tree planting. All are welcome…

Ottery St Mary is gearing up to enter its first South West in Bloom competition in a decade after judges’ comments about Mill Street’s derelict factory let the town down. Ottery in Bloom hopes the community will get behind the team to spruce up the town and keep it competition-ready for the judges’ visit in July. Brian Nelson, Ottery in Bloom’s chairman, is keen the town’s competition entry marks 100 years of the Ottery St Mary Silver Band, which celebrates its centenary this year. At the time, the judges, they came for half a day in July. One of the…

East Devon residents looking to get rid of their real Christmas trees can take them to be ‘recycled’ at a host of drop-off points across the district. The now-forlorn festive items can be left at designated sites in Axminster, Broadclyst, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton and Sidmouth. They will be mulched to be used in public parks and gardens. East Devon District Council is holding new year Christmas tree recycling events in: Axminster – West Street car park, Monday, January 6, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm; Broadclyst – Victory Hall car park, Tuesday, January 7, from 12.30pm…

Ottery St Mary hosted East Devon Hunt’s annual New Year Day’s meet, which attracted crowds of well-wishers and supporters to The Square. East Devon Hunt master Shaun Carter welcomed onlookers, young and old, and wished the crowd a happy new year, thanking them for their continued support. Before they set off Mr Carter reminded the field they were following a previously-laid scent and said they must alert hunt staff immediately to stop hounds if the pack deviated from the artificial trail. Joining the crowd in Ottery to watch the hunt move off was retired huntsman Gerard Noel, of Rockbeare Manor,…

A returning New Year’s Eve party in Ottery St Mary will help a family boost the suicide bereavement charity that supported them after the loss of a loved-one. Gemma Youlden is putting on the December 31 celebration at the town’s cricket club for the second time to raise money for Pete’s Dragons. Last year’s inaugural event, in memory of her late brother Rob, raised nearly £1,000 for the cause. I’ve come to realise just how important it is to have amazing support just when you need it the most. It can be very comforting in such a distressing and vulnerable…

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