Ottery St Mary Review of the Year - July to September

PUBLISHED: 18:30 01 January 2012

Students pose for a photo with one of their teachers on the red carpet at the King's school prom on Saturday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref sho 1124-27-11SH. To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Students pose for a photo with one of their teachers on the red carpet at the King's school prom on Saturday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref sho 1124-27-11SH. To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A look back on events in Ottery St Mary in 2011

JULY

Church goers in Ottery completed the E100 challenge by reading 100 essential daily Bible passages.

The members of Churches Together in Ottery took part in the challenge starting in January, which looked to string the Bible together in an easily understood narrative.

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Locals can workout while they take a walk after plans were approved for a series of outdoor gym equipment in Ottery.

The Ottery St Mary Multigym Project started after the town council conducted a poll into how a fund of money from developers should be spent.

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A mysterious affliction plagued motorists in Ottery as a stretch of road was causing cars to flood to local garages.

Riverside Motors had vehicle after vehicle pulling in to the forecourt with owners complaining about their wheels.

But on closer inspection there appeared to be nothing wrong with the cars, and it may have been a stretch of Exeter Road which was the problem.

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A unique community project to commemorate Ottery’s most famous son was launched.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s legendary poem Kubla Khan was set to be immortalised in stone alongside the new cycle path and footbridge along the Land of Canaan.

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Controversial plans to develop 50 homes in West Hill were back on the table after Blue Cedar Homes lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.

A public inquiry was planned to decide the future of the houses planned for land north of Eastfield.

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Identical twins, who were lambasted as ‘dumb blondes’ after starring on a hit television dating show defied cruel cyber bullies by scoring first class university degrees.

Sam and Cat Wilkinson, 21, were inundated with hurtful jibes after appearing on ITV series Take Me Out earlier in the year.

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Ottery is gearing up for a week of traffic chaos as Hind Street closed and Mill Street becomes two-way.

The closure is due to sewage and electricity infrastructure works for the new Sainsbury’s store.

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Scores of Ottery causes left civic leaders with a cash conundrum over a £3,000 windfall, secured from Sainsbury’s.

Twenty-six projects applied for a portion of the money, with only four being successful in getting the full amount they asked for.

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Devon County Council announced that the library opening hours would be cut

They were to go from 29 hours per week to 21.

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AUGUST

The public decided the new £1 million footbridge at the Land of Canaan will be known as ‘The Coleridge Bridge’.

Ahead of its opening the town council wanted the people of Ottery to decide what it should be named.

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A family of tar barrelers were literally rolling in the aisles after an extra special guard of honour for a wedding at Ottery Parish Church.

Kelly Strawbridge, who is one of the tar barrel rollers herself, was married to fellow teacher Steven Jeffs, and the couple were given a special welcome as they left the church by two fellow female rollers, mother and daughter team Leah Gething and Sally Gooding.

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A cardiac nurse who suffered a sudden heart attack was hoping to raise £7,000 for charity with a desert trek in Africa next year.

Marion Baker, 54, from Venn Ottery, wants to walk 100km with the Maasai people through Tanzania for Devon Air Ambulance Trust and ‘Mending Broken Hearts’ next October.

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‘Amazing and outstanding’ students at The King’s School proved, yet again, they’re top of the class after scoring a 100 per cent A2 Level pass rate.

Teenagers saw a tense summer wait end in joy yesterday as more than half of all marks were above B grade and a quarter at either A* or A standard.

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Shock new proposals to transform the closed Salston Manor Hotel into homes were uncovered by the Ottery Herald.

A mystery developer hoped to revamp the once family-run business into a ‘community focused’ residential scheme with facilities for townsfolk.

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The saga over dogs being allowed on Winters Lane field looked set to be finally over after the district council agreed to do nothing.

The long-running feud over whether a dog-control order should be applied to the area came to an end, when it was agreed to keep the field open for dog walkers.

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Sainsbury’s refuted claims its new Hind Street store would have 24-hour opening.

It said although it applied for full-time opening, the store would be open from 8am to 8pm.

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Ottery teenager Hannah Brown raised £880 for charity by surviving on 10 litres of water for everything per day for a week.

She took on the Water Challenge after learning that more than 3.8 billion people worldwide survive on that amount.

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Retired West Hill couple Clive and Carol Gaywood said they hoped to build an ‘extraordinary’ eco-friendly home, tailor-made for senior citizens.

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SEPTEMBER

One of the world’s leading environmental thinkers and speakers visited Ottery St Mary.

Green guru Satish Kumar attended the ‘Environment Exhibition’ at Ottery Parish Church as a guest of Sustainable Ottery.

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A new book celebrating the lighter moments of famous Ottery Romantic Samuel Taylor Coleridge was published.

Entitled Coleridge Sauce, it is a miscellany of the poet’s puns, jokes and amusing observations.

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A property of a rare vintage became available as an award-winning local winemaker was selling his vineyard in West Hill.

Geoff Bowen, who runs Pebblebed vineyards, was selling the three-acre site off Toadpit Lane at £50,000 to focus on a new vineyard at Clyst St George.

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East Hill was identified as one of the fly-tipping hotspots by the district council as incidents were on the rise.

New figures showed there were 407 reports from January to July, whereas there were only 495 for the whole of 2010.

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A man found out why written post is called ‘snail-mail’ these days when he received a Christmas card sent nearly six years ago.

Keith Webber, from Ottery St Mary, received the card at Honiton signal box where he works, and was shocked to find it had been sent in 2005.

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The town council’s message to the district council was to sort the school, hospital and sewerage system and build fewer houses in the town.

It was included in the town’s response to East Devon District Council’s Local Development Framework consultation, which was being considered across the area.

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The town turned out in force for the opening of Ottery’s new million-pound footbridge and cycleway.

There was a party to mark the opening, which was well attended on the Land of Canaan.

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There was a rare chance to become the Lord of the Manor, with the title going up for sale.

For less than £10,000, somebody could have become the proud owner of the 1,000-year-old lordship after it had been sold by the Kennaway family, 25 years earlier.

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Spending £1,500 in times of austerity on a new ceremonial chain for the mayor would ‘provoke a backlash’ said an Ottery councillor.

The disagreement over the town council’s spending priorities broke out at a meeting when deputy mayor Ian Holmes proposed looking at buying a new mayoral chain of office for Ottery Town Council.


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