Ottery carnival set for a Friday and other news

Ottery St Mary Carnival Committee has had to change the date of its big night to avoid a clash with another event. Read this and more

ALL AGE SERVICE: Ottery Parish Church is offering free pastries and drinks to anyone who comes to its All Age Service this Sunday. On the fourth Sunday of every month, the church holds a less formal service, where everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of age. The next one opens its doors for breakfast at 9am, and will include a baptism for the first time.

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MEN’S BREAKFAST: The next men’s breakfast in Ottery will take place tomorrow morning at the Tumbling Weir Hotel. It starts at 8am, and the speaker is the Reverend Mac Dick, Ottery St Mary’s new church youth worker.

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RIVER MESSING: Escot Park is hosting a day by the River Otter on Sunday, from 10am to 4.30pm, suitable for the whole family. There will be river dipping, barefoot swamp walking, face-painting, bug-box making, beaver dam building and a barbecue. Minimum donations of �1 are required. The proceeds will go to the Tale Valley Trust. Call Escot for more information on 01404 822188.

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JUBILEE CREAM TEA: On Sunday, Ottery Parish Church is holding an afternoon of cream teas in the Dorset Aisle to help celebrate a summer of Diamond Jubilee events, from 3pm to 5.30pm,

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CHEESE AND WINE: To help celebrate 60 years of the Friends of the Parish Church in Ottery, there is a cheese and wine evening at Cadhay House on Wednesday, July 25. Tickets cost �10. Call 01404 813964.

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CARNIVAL CHANGE: Ottery St Mary Carnival Committee has had to change the date of its big night after one of the biggest processions in South West was scheduled for the same evening. A spokesman from the committee said they were put in a difficult decision by the announcement of Bridgwater Carnival’s procession date, but decided the best thing to do was switch to Friday, October 26, a day before Honiton’s carnival, in the hope competitors might attend both events. For more information, contact Steve Pearcy on 01404 811335.

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