Browsing: Ottery St Mary

Coronavirus survivor Exmouth town crier Roger Bourgein last night rang his bell ‘for those that saved my life’ when he joined the country in applauding the NHS. Applause, cheers and music erupted from the towns and villages of East Devon on Thursday night, when the UK came together at 8pm to pay public tribute to frontline coronavirus carers. Roger, aged 72, survived the virus but not before his family was told on day six of illness there was nothing more medics could do. Last night Exmouth’s town crier stood on his doorstep in his dressing gown to ring out his…

An Ottery St Mary business celebrating winning four national awards for its products says it is ‘living the pie life’. Chunk of Devon has been recognised nationally, winning gold, silver and bronze at the 2020 British Pie Awards, announced earlier this month. The pie factory team, based on Finnimore Trading Estate, Ottery, scooped gold for its vegan spicy jack pie and another for its steak, stilton and mushroom pie. Silver was awarded for a vegan chunky roast veg creation and bronze for Chunk of Devon’s ultimate steak pie. Suzi Bryon-Edmond, co-founder of Chunk of Devon, said: “The team were totally…

A host of bus routes in East Devon and Exeter are set to be improved thanks to £1million of extra funding poised to be splashed around the county.  Routes serving Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Axminster and Cranbrook  are among those in line for a boost. Devon County Council (DCC) has spending plans for 18 routes in this financial year, subject to the Department for Transport (DfT) approval. East Devon bus services in line for improvements are:  157 Sidmouth – Newton Poppleford – Colaton Raleigh – Otterton – East Budleigh – Budleigh Salterton – Littleham – Exmouth. There is currently…

Recycling centres across East Devon and Exeter have been shut until further notice following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a UK coronavirus lockdown. Devon County Council (DCC) has made the move with immediate effect today (Tuesday, March 24) as part of temporary restrictions around the country to curb the Covid-19 outbreak. The authority had yesterday issued a plea to the public to only use the facilities if ‘absolutely necessary’ – telling over-70s to stay away. Queues of traffic were seen around many of the hubs in East Devon on Monday as staff limited access at their gates. Residents have been…

Libraries in East Devon and Exeter have shut due to the coronavirus outbreak – after an idea to keep self-service facilities open was scrapped.   It had been hoped facilities in Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Seaton could be accessible so residents could still borrow books between 10am and noon on certain days. However, Libraries Unlimited announced today (Monday, March 23) it had reconsidered its position over the weekend. Temporary closures across the county, implemented on Friday (March 20), will now remain in place ‘until further notice’. Staff say they are trying to continue to provide services ‘in different…

An Ottery St Mary woman is speaking out about Down’s syndrome in a bid to raise awareness of those living with the condition. Emma Bishop is championing World Down Syndrome Day, on Saturday, March 21, in the hope of busting some of the myths and to help stamp out the stereotypes. Emma, who said having Down’s syndrome does not define her, is asking Ottery and East Devon residents to join her in the celebration of people later this month, and turnaround the negativity she, and friends, have experienced first-hand. Emma said she wanted people to know she was not a…

Sightings of a runaway red squirrel in the Ottery St Mary area have prompted a call from wildlife experts not to feed the animal because it could kill her. Thistle has escaped from Wildwood Escot. She is on the run around Ottery and a rescue mission is in place to bring her safely home. The public are being asked to report any sightings of the runaway red squirrel, so Wildwood Escot can set a live trap to catch her before she contracts fatal disease, squirrel pox. It’s really important that we do recover her. While she’s out she’s at risk…

Police are warning motorists travelling along the old A30 at Gittisham to be aware of a loose dog. Devon and Cornwall Police said the animal has been coaxed into a field near the Nags Head Road and its owners have been contacted. Police are warning motorists to take care in case the dog escapes again before it can be collected. Anyone who sees the dog loose on the road is asked to report it to police on 101. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Drivers are asked to be aware if travelling on the old A30 Nags Head Road,…

A pensioner who admitted molesting a toddler in a Honiton supermarket has been branded a ‘predatory paedophile’ and jailed for two years and four months. Derek Finch, 81, of Church Lane, Alfington, near Ottery St Mary, was sent to prison by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court today (Monday, March 9). Finch admitted sexual assault of a child under 13 years old, breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. In passing sentence, the judge told Finch: “This was the predatory behaviour of a paedophile and is…

Kindness and a warm welcome have been heaped on a couple from Buckinghamshire who have bought an Ottery St Mary newsagent. Sajjad Karim, aged 56, and his wife Sabah, 49, recently took over Pearson’s News, in Silver Street, buying the business from Ian and Karen Pearson. The couple, who in the past ran a newsagent in London, chose Ottery over Cornwall after being charmed by the town. Owner Sajjad said: “People have been so nice I can’t tell you. Everybody has been so kind – every single person. “In London everybody is on their phone. They have more to say…

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