Entries by Lauren

Ottery food festival announces stellar chef line-up

The organisers of the Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival have revealed the line-up of chefs for this year’s event on September 11 – and the list is impressive. Kicking off the demos with a masterclass in shredded duck spring rolls is Jazzi Curley from Devon Cookery School. Jazzi was cooking tutor for Jamie […]

Congratulations Hannah!

If you didn’t see it in the news – we’re thrilled for our wonderful team member Hannah Taunton who won a bronze medal at the Paralympics in Tokyo on Friday. Hannah competed in the T20 1500m event and ran a personal best time of 4:35.34. This was even more impressive as the conditions were challenging, […]

Taking part in the Twilight Walk

Good luck to our Ottery St Mary team members who will be taking part in the Hospiscare Twilight with a Twist on Saturday 10th July. This is the 15th anniversary of the charity’s Twilight Walk! A group of around 30 will be involved with fundraising for this wonderful local charity. Some are taking on the […]

Celebrating 70 years of marriage at Otter

We were delighted to welcome some old friends back to Otter for a special lunch in the coffee shop at Ottery St Mary. Lionel and Barbara Smith came to see us last summer when Lionel was celebrating his 95th birthday. This time round, they both had a reason to celebrate as it was their 70th […]

Support for Shekinah Mission

Staff and customers at our Plymouth garden centre raised over £3,550 during 2019 for local charity Shekinah Mission. Donations came through a variety of events and initiatives, from the collecting tins at the tills to staff raffles, plus a visit from traditional woodturners who generously donated £350. In addition, the Christmas launch day and festive […]

Fantastic fundraising for Hospiscare

The charity team at our Ottery St Mary Garden Centre has revealed a fantastic total of over £11,500 raised for 2019 charity of the year, Hospiscare. Branch Manager, John Giblin says “Our fundraising efforts were helped immensely by the help we had from the Otter Vale Friends of Hospiscare, a local group of volunteers who […]

Laying the path to a better experience

Our Ottery St Mary team were pleased to help out at the WESC Foundation at West Hill recently by laying tarmac paths on the site. This means that there is vastly improved access for wheelchairs, and better access for students and community users to get to all parts of the site, including areas that were […]

Supporting the blood bikes – take two!

For the second year in a row, our Wincanton branch raised funds for local blood bike charity, Yeovil Freewheelers EVS. During 2019, just over £1600 was raised through a combination of collecting tins at the tills and visits from the blood bikes. The animated reindeer Christmas display that proved so popular in the previous year once […]