Browsing: Ottery St Mary

A rare leather chest more than 400 years old that originated from Ottery St Mary is set to be auctioned after it was discovered in Wiltshire. The 17th century brass-studded chest was made by King Charles II own cabinet maker, Richard Pigg Junior, and is thought to have been kept at Knightstone Manor. The metre-wide chest, seen photographed in a room in Knightstone Manor in a 1950 edition of Country Life, is estimated to make between £3,000-5,000 at auction. Salisbury-based auction house Woolley and Wallis, selling the chest, said the photograph was taken at the time Knightstone Manor was owned…

Controversial plans for 150 homes and a new primary school in Ottery St Mary have been rejected.  East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Planning Committee went against the recommendation of its officers when it turned down the scheme for land at Thorne Farm, off Exeter Road. They debated the proposals for nearly three hours. Proposals would have seen flood-hit Tipton St John Primary School relocated from its village setting to the site on the town’s outskirts. The outline application from Devon County Council (DCC) was for a 210-place new school on the western part of the plot, which lies opposite Barrack Farm.…

Police say they are investigating the cause of a flat blaze in Ottery Mary yesterday evening (Sunday, January 3). Firefighters from the town, Honiton and Middlemoor in Exeter were called to Little Close at around 7pm. They found smoke and flames coming from the property. The crews donned breathing apparatus before using water jets and thermal imaging kit to tackle the flames. Nobody was said to be injured. Upon arrival crews confirmed there to be smoke and flames issuing from the property… A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “A fire engine from Ottery St Mary, one…

The fate of controversial plans for 150 homes and a new primary school in Ottery St Mary is set to be decided on Wednesday, January 6. Blueprints for land at Thorne Farm, off Exeter Road, have been recommended for approval before they are considered by East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Planning Committee. Proposals would see flood-hit Tipton St John Primary School relocated from its village setting to the site on the town’s outskirts. The outline application from Devon County Council (DCC) is for a 210-place new school on the western part of the plot, which lies opposite Barrack Farm. Up…

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary tackled a car blaze in Whimple this morning (Sunday, January 3). A crew was called to London Road at around 10.35am after the vehicle’s owner raised the alarm. They donned breathing apparatus and used hydraulic and thermal imaging kit as well as compressed air foam and hose-reel jets to douse the flames. The road was then reopened. The car was 40 per cent damamged by fire and 100 per cent destroyed by smoke and water. The vehicle has 40 per cent fire damage and 100 per cent smoke and water damage… A Devon and Somerset…

A red squirrel called Radish has ‘retired’ from an East Devon wildlife sanctuary after fathering a dozen kits in a bid to save his species. Staff at Wildwood Escot, near Ottery St Mary, bid the cute critter a fond farewell this week – and even presented him with a card to mark the occasion. Radish is a real star…we’re all sorry to see him go, but he’s certainly earned his retirement… Five-year-old Radish has been ‘the engine’ of the charity’s successful red squirrel breeding programme in Devon. His son and grandchildren will continue his legacy at Escot in helping to…

East Devon residents looking to get rid of their Christmas trees can take them to be ‘recycled’ at a host of drop-off points across the district from Monday, January 4.  The now-forlorn festive items can be left at nine designated sites in Axminster, Broadclyst, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, Exmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton and Sidmouth. They will be composted and used as a natural fertiliser by local farms or in the district’s parks. East Devon District Council is holding new year Christmas tree recycling events in: Axminster: West Street car park – Monday, January 4, 12.30pm to 2.30pm; Broadclyst: -…

Thirty Covid-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon in a fortnight – with case ‘clusters’ of the virus identified in all but one of the district’s wards. Devon was today (Wednesday, December 30) moved up to Tier 3 of the Government’s pandemic restrictions. County health chiefs say a rise in cases among all age groups meant the move was ‘inevitable’. Seaton is the only part of East Devon where a coronavirus ‘cluster’ has not currently been identified. Nineteen wards – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid…

A big-hearted business is to deliver free Christmas dinners to elderly, vulnerable and lonely residents in Ottery St Mary tomorrow (December 25). Otter Garden Centre has come up with the scheme after the town’s famous annual festive meal could not take place because of the Covid-19 pandemic. With this small gesture we hope that the most vulnerable and lonely in our community will know that we are thinking of them – Otter Garden Centre MD Jacqui TaylorMD Jacqui Taylor and her team of willing helpers want to make sure no-one in the community will go hungry on the big day.…

Christmas community spirit smashed an Ottery St Mary fundraising drive to give a much-needed boost to end-of-life care charity Hospiscare. The Rusty Pig’s Ho Ho Hospiscare draw, which aimed to raise £500 for the charity, collected more than £2,000 for the cause after the community rallied in support. Businesses piled on extra prizes as the total topped all expectations, and the draw raised £2,300. Robin Rea, Rusty Pig owner, said: “With times being hard for so many, we are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by the local community.” Toni Hiscocks, local Hospiscare fundraiser, said: “Thank you so much to…

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