East Devon Villages Plan - Consultation on East Devon Villages Plan Draft for Consultation from 3rd August 2016 until 28th September 2016.

 Please click on the link below for further information on the East Devon Villages Plan 2016:-

Consultation Letter Parish Councils 2016


Walking for Health Program

STEP RIGHT UP – East Devon Health Walks – February 2017 – July 2017

Supported by LED – East Devon Way and East Devon Walk this Way


The timing for each walk is always meeting at 10.15am for a 10.30am start - at the car park Strawberry Lane EX11 1RG

(Strawberry Lane club house is equipped with toilets, storage and kitchen facilities)

The dates for the walks are as follows:-

Wednesday 15th February (Grade 2,3)

Monday 6th March  (Grade 3)

Wednesday 17th May (Grade 2,3)

Grade 2 walks are for those that can do a little exercise and cope with gentle on mostly flat and level footpaths but with some slight gradients. Grade 3 walks are approximately 60 – 90 mins. For those able to walk at moderate speed, with slopes and uneven pathways. On footpaths and pavements with some gradients and hills. Steps with handrails and stiles in some places. It can be slippery under foot when wet)

 The Full Program of walks for East Devon can be found here



Ottery St Mary Paths Partnership - OSM P3

P3 is an initiative to ensure that the entire rights of way network in the OSM Parish is legally defined, properly maintained and well publicised. The main aim of the scheme is to improve and maintain the condition of the local rights of way and keep them open and in use. Funded by Devon County Council, P3 is designed to encourage community involvement and the enjoyment of the public rights of way. Devon County Council works in partnership with Parish/Town Councils, landowners and local voluntary groups.

Please click on this link for further details: OSM P3


Citizen of the Year 2016 Presentation


At the Annual Parish Meeting The Mayor praised the large number of volunteers who worked tirelessly in the Parish. Nominations for Citizen of the Year had been been received for George Anning, Sid Burnage, Mrs Judy Davis, Laurie Palmer and Mrs June Woodward. However, the person nominated with the largest number of public votes was Mrs June Woodward (pictured). Many glowing tributes had been paid about Mrs Woodward including that she put other people first, was warm and compassionate, kept an eye on people who were unwell as well as doing numerous other tasks to help people. The Mayor presented June with a commemorative shield and warmly thanked her for everything she did.

To vote for the 'Citizen of the Year 2017', please click here to download information and a voting form.  


Presentation of the prizes for the John Gaffney Young People's Writing Award


At the Annual Parish Meeting Philip Algar provided background information as to the vital and important contribution that the late John Gaffney had made to Ottery which was the reason behind the creation of the  Writing Award Scheme.  At the Annual Meeting the Mayor presented prizes to Lily Allen-Smith 1st  (Pictured), Emily Elizabeth Brant 2nd and Natasha Ross 3rd and congratulated them on their achievements.  


Mike Brown - The Neighbourhood Highways Officer

Devon County Council

Will be holding Surgeries at the Town Council Offices on

Thursday 16th March 10.00am - 12 noon

Thursday 18th May 10.00am - 12 noon 

He will be available to answer queries/concerns you may have regarding Highway Matters


                                 USEFUL NUMBERS  

East Devon District Council                                                      01395 516551

South West Water                                                                       0844 3462020                                                  


To report faulty streetlight (not on EDDC land)                              08705 561851

(Supply column no.)

EDDC Streetlights (Streetscene)                                                    01395 516551

Police                        Non emergency no.                                               101 

Ottery Help Scheme                                                                       01404 813041 

Tourist Information Ottery St Mary                                              01404 813964

RIO                                                                                                    01395 571537




Ottery Help Scheme is working in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and men's Sheds UK to bring a Men's Shed to Ottery St Mary.

Men's Sheds are sprouting up all over the country with the aim of providing a welcoming and creative space where men can meet socially and at the same time work on any project of their choice using a variety of materials and equipment. 

The Sheds are mainly aimed at engaging those who are over 50 but all would be welcome. It may be that you have a talent to share with others or would like to learn more about wood/metal work work or some other craft or hobby. We would love to hear from all those who would be interested in using The Ottery Shed - we need a show of interest to make this happen!

We also want to hear from all those who are interested in becoming a Shed Committee Member, taking the lead in decision making and shaping our own Men's Shed in Ottery. Please call Ottery Help Scheme now on 01404 813041 if you would like to become involved.



Ottery St Mary Flower Arrangement Society

Meets 3rd Wednesday of each Month at 7.30pm.

at Ottery St Mary Primary School in Longdogs Lane 

The Chairman is Carol Bennett who can be contacted on 01404 812031. Please do contact her for more information. Thank you


Ottery St Mary has a community building in Yonder Street that is run by a Management Committee  as a registered charity for the benefit of local clubs and voluntary organisations.

It is also available for parties, dances, and receptions. The hire cost includes use of the large well-equipped kitchen.

There are also two other rooms suitable for smaller functions that can be hired independently or inclusively.

Rental charges are kept to a minimum to encourage maximum community use but have to include maintenance costs. For local organisations and clubs the main hall costs just £24 for up to three hours. For weekday mornings this drops to £20.50 for up to three hours.

For more details and availability contact booking secretary Ron Berry on (01404) 812844 

Citizens Advice


  Need Help or Advice?


The Citizens Advice Service in Ottery St Mary is moving to:


 Ottery Station, Mill St, OSM, EX11 1AH

 Times as shown below:

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month


Advice line:

Tel no. 03444 111 444

Mobile no. 03003 300650

Open every week-day 9.30am - 4.00pm

or visit their national web-site to find the answer to your questions.


Benefits,Work, Debt & Money, Consumer, Relationships, Housing

Law & Rights, Discrimination, Tax, Healthcare






Ottery St Mary Food Bank please click here for more information.

Spanish Classe

Tuesday - 10am to 12 noon – SPANISH INTERMEDIATE I

Starting on January 10th and running for 10 weeks with a break for half term

Tuesday - 7pm to 9pm – SPANISH BEGINNERS

Starting on January 10th and running for 10 weeks with a break for half term

Wednesday - 10am to 12 noon – SPANISH CONVERSATION

Starting on January 11th and running for 10 weeks with a break for half term

Free material. Coffee and tea facilities. Audio-visual equipment. Lowest fees in East Devon. For more information please contact Josefina Gori at 01404 811583 / 07941459441 or e-mail to: or



Parlez-vous français?

A five-week (10 hours in total) informal and friendly course will start at the end of September 2016 at Ottery Town Council Offices. Why not join us to learn the language but also to go on a journey to discover the French way of life and what makes the French ……. so French, from a French national.

Classes will carry on throughout the year should you wish for an ‘encore’.


Three courses are available:

- ‘Bonjour’:a course for beginners to enable you to learn quickly with a minimum of efforts. (Please note this course will not be running due to lack of interest.)

‘Déjà Vu’: a course for students at intermediate level who wish to consolidate their knowledge of the language and improve their conversational skills.


- ‘Vive la France’: a course for students at advanced level.

Free coffee and tea facilities during the two-hour sessions. All the necessary material will be provided during the course. Very competitive fees.

To book a place or obtain more information please contact Sylvie Leroy on 01823 601059/07794957938 or e-mail:

All enquiries
01404 813838

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday closed
Thursday 10am - 1pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm
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West Hill Potters Market
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