Ottery Elects its First Female Mayor

At the remote Annual Meeting of the Council on Monday 1st June 2020, history was made when the first female Mayor of Ottery St Mary was elected, who will take over from Cllr Roger Giles who had held the position for a year.

Councillor Vicky Johns was elected after having been a Councillor of the Town Council since May 2019.  She also represents the Parish in her role as an East Devon District Councillor

Councillor Stewart Lucas was elected as Deputy Mayor and has been a Councillor for the same time, newly elected in May 2019.

Both Vicky and Stewart are passionate about the parish of Ottery St Mary and its community. They have been extremely pro-active in their roles as Ottery St Mary town councillors since their election success in 2019. We look forward to working with them both as they continue in their success.



 Letter to Local Authorities from Local Government Minister Simon Clark – 23 April 2020




UK Government & NHS

The UK Government coronavirus (COVID-19) page will keep you up to date with how the government is responding, and includes guidance on social distancing and staying at home. Please ensure you stay up to date on the latest announcements and guidance from the government. 

The UK NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes a wide range of health related information. This page gives clear information on when people need to self-isolate and how long for.

You can also complete this survey to help the NHS understand more about how and where coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting people currently:

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply: 

Devon County Council 

Please click here to visit Devon County Council’s main coronavirus webpage.

East Devon District Council

Please click here to visit East Devon District Council's main coronavirus webpage 


NHS Volunteers


The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.

NHS Volunteer Responders can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:

– delivering medicines from pharmacies;

– driving patients to appointments;

– bringing them home from hospital;

– or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

To find out more, please click here:

To request help from an NHS Volunteer Responder, please fill out the form here:





Office Closure

Ottery St Mary Town Council has taken the decision to close its offices due to the Coronavirus pandemic for an undetermined period of time.  Members of staff will work from home in order to maintain services to the best of their ability during this difficult time

The Council will still be contactable on 01404 812252 or by email to:

Christine McIntyre, CEO –

Liz Graveney, Deputy CEO –

Emails will be checked regularly and information will be posted on this website.

Business Continuity Plan

The Council will adhere to its Business Continuity Plan and Scheme of Delegation signed off at the Extra Ordinary Council Meeting held on 23rd March 2020 and will try to maintain services as far as practicable

People in need of help and assistance

Responsibility for vulnerable and elderly people who receive help and support to live in their own homes lies with Devon County Council and East Devon District Council.  However  Ottery Community Volunteers has been formed to coordinate help and assistance for vulnerable and elderly members of the community and an emergency centre has been set up in part of the Council`s building to effect this. The contact telephone numbers/e-mail addresses for this are:-

01404 600013 and

General Advice -
The Council asks members of the public not to panic and stockpile food and other supplies as this tends to make the situation worse for those who are unable to easily get to the shops or have funds available to purchase large amounts.

Advice from the NHS is to regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home or into work, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, dispose of used tissues in the bin and wash your hands. Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is ill and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Finally, keep any eye on the news for regular updates, advice and guidance. 

Please see the Devon Libraries Website for full details of the library closure




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We are here to make sure that when things get bad that there is a network in Ottery to ensure that no one who is vulnerable, sick, elderly, lonely or scared gets left behind.

We are not asking anyone to give any medical support or enter the home of anyone who may have the virus, or get into close proximity with them.

We are simply here to support Ottery Help Scheme and Coleridge Medical Centre and other local groups by being aware of the people around us whose needs may change and may need their assistance.

Remember there will be a lot of young and healthy people who will need to self-isolate at some point to protect others.

111 is the NHS number for medical advice

999 is the number for police or ambulance if you think someone is not capable of answering the door or phone or has not been seen for a while.

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We will try and organise a buddy system so that no one has to go anywhere alone. Please comment on the last question if there is someone you would like to be paired up with.

Thank you all so much for your time and effort.


Mrs Johnson and Mr Mike Cozens Bob Johnson Allotment CupALLOTMENT CUP WINNER

The Town Council's allotment holders enjoyed a splendid Christmas dinner at the London Inn. The Bob Johnson Cup for the best allotment was awarded at the dinner to Mike Cozens by Mrs Rita Johnson. The allotments are judged by Mr Les Peak who makes his decision over the course of the growing season. Congratulations to Mike Cozens, the recipient of this year’s prestigious award.
Roger Giles

Cllr Roger Giles was named an honourary alderman by East Devon District Council at an extraordinary meeting of the council on Wednesday 19th December 2019.

The title is given to people who have, in the opinion of the Council, given good service to the authority as past members but are no longer elected representatives. The Mayor was one of 10 former district Councillors to be named an alderman and announced his retirement as district Councillor in May this year after more than two decades representing the Ottery area. Speaking after the extraordinary meeting, Mr Giles said: "I have had the great privilege of representing Ottery on this council since 1995. Ottery is a wonderful community, and I shall be forever grateful for the support of its people. I am delighted to accept the honour on behalf of the people of Ottery."

Mr Giles was first elected as an independent District Councillor, representing the Ottery St Mary Town ward, in 1995, securing 1,037 votes. In that time he has twice served as chairman of the council's scrutiny committee and once as vice chairman.

Proposal for a primary school and associated residential development at Thorne Farm Way, Ottery St Mary 


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Ottery St Mary has declared a Climate Emergency as it is committed to making changes to ensure that the Town does everything possible to contribute to a cleaner and better future for the next generations.

A group set up will take advice from experts, carry out its own research, talk to their neighbours and work out what Ottery St Mary can do to make a difference.  It will also report back to the Full Council with a series of proposals and ideas for the Council to enact. 



Sadly, there will no further Citizen Advice Bureau meetings for the foreseeable future in Ottery St Mary. This is due to the entire service being under review. If the situation changes, we shall let you know.