Sustainable Ottery lend hand to flood victims

PUBLISHED: 17:01 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:06 17 June 2010

FLOOD victims will benefit from the proceeds of a hotpot supper and Ceilidh later this month.

FLOOD victims will benefit from the proceeds of a hotpot supper and Ceilidh later this month.

The Sustainable Ottery group has arranged the evening of fun in The Institute on January 23 to boost the town's Flood Relief Fund and East Devon District Council has pledged to double the proceeds.

Devon-based band, Stick the Fiddle, have agreed to waive their fee to provide entertainment. There will also be a licensed bar and raffle.

Organiser Tony Rhodes said: "The motivation behind it is pretty obvious, we were all affected by floods, if you weren't hit personally then you knew friends and family who were.

"The flood aftermath coverage that has shown Ottery has great community spirit, we get knocked down but we get up and fight back- this is really just part of that.

"When we read about the flood relief fund we thought this was a good idea and when we heard EDDC matched funding it was an even better idea.

"We are getting free help, the only costs are license and hire of hall. There has been a lot of support from local suppliers and we hope food will be provided free of charge- if it is the more money we will have to give.

One hundred tickets have gone on sale at a minimum of £5 per-head and Tony is hopeful the generous nature of Ottregians will help bump proceeds close to the group's £800 target for the event.

Tony added: "We want it to be a fun evening with the chance to have good food, a jolly good dance and to boost spirits in January. We have limited tickets to 100 so there will be plenty of space to dance and space to eat.

"This was the obvious thing to do- a community event that fits in with Sustainable Ottery, as much local stuff as we can and not far to go for an evening of entertainment."

A spokesperson for EDDC said: "The Trustees of the Flood Relief Fund are delighted that Sustainable Ottery is bringing much needed support to the residents of the Otter Valley. The Fund currently stands at around £15,000 which includes matched funding from East Devon District Council."

The event will begin at 7.30pm on the 23rd. Tickets are available from Ottery's Tourist Information Centre, Roberts DIY and the Ottery Office & Computer Shop. Numbers are limited to 100 people. E-mail Tony

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