Welcome to The Torrington Crier

The Crier is an A4 32-page monthly community newsletter, distributed free-of-charge to homes and businesses throughout Torrington and District, with a circulation of 5800 copies, giving a readership of approximately 14,500. It has been established for 25 years and as the only publication delivered across the region, is an excellent way to inform the community about local news, issues and events; it is also one of the best value advertising media in the area.

The Crier is here to keep the community up-to-date with local news, information and events and is a place to share YOUR news and views.  We want to hear from you so please get in touch!

Latest News

Torridge Announce Enhanced Recycling Collections

 From 1st September 2017 Torridge District Council are extending the range of plastic materials they will pick up in their weekly recycling collections to include nearly all types of plastics (with the only exception being black plastic). Resident

Great Torrington Town Council - Lloyds Bank

Whilst it is extremely disappointing that Lloyds has closed both the branch and the cash machine, it does seem rather difficult to understand why the Town Council should be blamed.


The 3rd Annual Big Bang @ GTS 2017 will take place at Great Torrington School, 6th October 2017 thanks to sponsorship from North Devon Manufacturers Association and Group Training and Development.

From 08:45 to 15.00, 600+ pupils from Primary & Secondary Schools will be wowed and inspired by professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).


Annual Art Exhibition 2017

 Every year Great Torrington School has the opportunity to show off its Art and Design work at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington. This is a particularly special event, as our Art Technician, Mrs. Michelle Witney goes to extraordinary lengths to d

Record Amount Raised at This Year's Carnival!

The Great Torrington May Fair & Carnival Committee is pleased to confirm that the money raised from this year’s carnival collection was £2087.62, which is a record figure!


Great Torrington Town and Community Hall Another Phase Now Completed!

 During the past couple of months, you may have seen some activity in the under-croft area of the Town Hall, where our builders, W.M.S. have been carrying out the intricate task of preparing the arches ready for glazing.


Torrington Food Bank Appeal

 The Torrington Food Bank would like to thank everyone who supports us, we remain busy and we are very grateful for all your donations.


Round the Square Festival Free Children's/Young Persons' Activities 16th - 18th June

Great Torrington is holding a new festival over three days in June, based around its fabulous town square, to help raise money to reopen its historic town hall to the public.


SAVE OUR HOSPITAL SERVICES DEVON - Establish our red lines

SOHS Campaigners on Saturday April 1st put a red line under keeping all our hospital services in North Devon by demonstrating their support and marching in procession through South Molton, Ilfracombe, Torrington, Bideford and finally assembling in Barn

Opening of the Castle Community Centre!

The Great Torrington and District Development Trust (The CDT) and Genesis (Great Torrington) Ltd (Genesis) are pleased to announce the opening of The Castle Community Centre (The Centre).


Great Torrington Futures Group A Working Party for Great Torrington Town Council

We are a friendly group whose aims are to support economic and social developments in the Great Torrington neighbourhood. We are looking for new members, particularly if you have skills in using social media and maintaining websites. Professional qua

Great Torrington Big Bake Competition Raising Funds for the Mayor's Charities

The Mayor and Dartington Crystal are organising a Big Bake Competition on 8th April 2017, for the community of Great Torrington. There will be three categories: 5-10 years, 11-17 years and an adult category. In addition to the Big Bake, there will also

Vote for Funding For Great Torrington's Jubilee Wood Project in Tesco

Great Torrington’s Community Jubilee Wood is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000&

Great Torrington Town Council - Your Council Needs You!

We currently have a vacancy for one co-opted Councillor to join the other 15 Council members of Great Torrington Town Council.
The Town Council therefore invites written applications outlining why you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor


 At its meeting on 8 December Devon County Council (DCC) voted unanimously in favour of two motions put by Councillor Brian Greenslade and Councillor Frank Biederman which, together, expressed the deep concern of the council about the impact of pr

STITCH - Secretary of State Referral

As we reported in last month’s Crier, we were not at all happy with the outcome of the Secretary of State referral and vowed to challenge it. This we have now done!
Torrington was the first town to have a ‘Care Closer to Home’

Great Torrington Cavaliers Announce Their Next Major Bonfire

Great Torrington Cavaliers have announced that their next spectacular bonfire event will take place in August 2020. The theme this time will be a full scale replica of the Mayflower – the iconic pilgrim ship that sailed from Plymouth in 1620.


Become an Allotment Graduate at RHS Garden Rosemoor RHS expert-led course starting February 2017

RHS Garden Rosemoor is once again looking for 10 keen gardeners to take part in their informative and practical allotment course starting in February 2017.


Vacancy for a Town Beadle

The Great Torrington Town Council helps to keep town traditions alive. One tradition is to have a Town Beadle, Town Crier and Mace Bearers to support the Council at various functions. The position of Beadle has recently become available.


Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity 202801 Annual Grants

The Trustees of the above Charity wish it to be known that they are willing to consider financial help by way of a grant to any Church, Club, Society or similar organisation operating within the boundaries of Great Torrington. Terms and conditions appl

RHS Garden Rosemoor Welcomes Britain In Bloom Judges to Torrington

 The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor in Devon recently welcomed the Britain in Bloom Judges after their inspection of Great Torrington.



Torrington Neighbourhood Police Asking for Your Help

We would like you all to help us in reducing the amount of illegal drugs in the area.


You'll Be Surprised What You'll Find At Great Torrington Museum

Great Torrington has a long, rich and varied history. Of course there was the battle of 1646, but Great Torrington is so much more than that. Take for example our dairy industry, a well-known mainstay of the town’s history, or our thriving glovin

Great Torrington Neighbourhood Plan - Do You Have Land With Potential For Development?

Great Torrington is preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011. As part of its work in assessing future development needs, the GTNP Steering Group is calling upon landowners, and agents of land within the

Great Torrington Town Council Local Application for Grant Aid

Great Torrington Town Council administers a charity called the Commons Allotment Charity. Each year the charity allocates its small amount of funds to locally-based community groups.


Commons Treasure Hunt

The Torrington Commons Conservators are arranging another walking Treasure Hunt this summer. The route on this occasion will cover areas of the town, as well as skirting the Commons, and will be an ideal afternoon out for all the family. The


Victory for the STITCH campaign group at the meeting on June 20th.


Can Anyone Help With a Local History Project?

 Dr. Sue Baker,author of “Exmoor Ponies- Survival of the Fittest”, is now compiling a new book aiming to bring together local anecdotes and needs some Torrington information...


Calf Street Play Area Consultation

The Town Council wishes to thank everyone who took part in the consultation, read on for the results...


Torrington Rugby Club Devon Junior Cup Winners!

 A fantastic day was had by everyone on Saturday 30th April! The final result of 24-15 was closely followed by the popping of corks, celebrating the biggest cup win by a TRFC side. The weather was also kind to us, which along with the free buffet

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Latest Events

26th August 2017

Cavaliers' Revels on the Commons

 The Cavaliers are planning to hold another of our ‘Cavalier Revels on the Commons’ events again this year.
Please join us on the Old Bowling Green on Saturday August 26th from 2pm. There will be refreshments, entertainment for the children, gentle music, beer tent and maybe a few surprises. Please come along with all the family for fun, a relaxed time and to support the Cavaliers.
All proceeds will go to kick start our next major bonfire build, The Mayflower.

27th August 2017

Iddlesleigh Parish Walk

This year’s guided walk will start at Ash House Iddesleigh, by kind
permission of Mr & Mrs Khayat. To include; The River Okement, Mill Farm, Monks Mill and Weir and The Old Mill at Monkokehampton, finishing at the impressive Ash House for a cream tea. This walk is roughly four miles and is estimated to take approximately two hours. Meet at Ash House Iddesleigh, for a prompt 2pm start, car parking available, sensible footwear advisable, well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Anyone unable to walk is most welcome to come for a cream tea.
Directions will be signed from Iddesleigh and Monkokehampton. The cost is £6 adults, £2 children, payable at the start, cream tea included. Tel: 01805 804347, all proceeds to the Friends of Iddesleigh.

28th August 2017

The North Devon Doggylympics

 The first-ever ‘Doggylympics’ is being held this summer in North
Devon, as part of the popular Little Torrington Village Fete. It’s a funfilled afternoon of games for all dogs and their handlers (like ‘statues’ and ‘egg & spoon’), plus simple fun agility, including a course with jumps, tunnels etc.,and fun obedience too. Plus ‘Taster Agility’ short training sessions for those who’ve never tried agility, but want to join in the fun! Watch a demo with top agility dog ‘Jake’, win a rosette, or the gold, silver and bronze medals for the agility course, or be the show Grand Champion. Local Beer, BBQ, cakes etc., plus crafts and plant stalls and entertainment for all the family. Free entry to the Fete. Fete enquiries to Pat Grimwood-Taylor, email pat@ grimwood-taylor.com Doggylympics enquiries to Sue Hamer-Moss, email sue.hamermoss@gmail.com.

2nd September 2017

Beyond the Lens - Wreford Leverton Exhibition of Wildlife Photography

Curious fox cubs, strolling badgers and feeding kingfishers are some of the subjects of wildlife and nature photographer, Wreford Leverton. The Great Torrington-based photographer has been passionate about wildlife photography for over 20 years and his knowledge and understanding of the countryside has been the foundation for the stunning images he captures.
On Saturday 2nd September, The Plough Arts Centre will host an exhibition of his work, a catalogue of exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that he has captured a rich palette of nature in our own backyard. Wreford spends a lot of time in preparation to catch the perfect image and says, “It’s not luck, it’s doing the ground work and staking out that is rewarded with the shot”.
The event has been organised by Wreford’s step daughter, Tanya Kevern, as a tribute to his support for the family through difficult times and for his work to reach a wider audience. Tanya herself is also a photographer and art teacher at Great Torrington School.
We asked Tanya to explain more about Wreford’s work and the story behind the exhibition. She said, “My step father Wreford Leverton starting taking photographs over 20 years ago when my mum Margaret was very ill with Multiple System Atrophy. She was eventually bed bound. As both mum and Wreford had a passion for the countryside, he would set off to capture the activities of our surrounding areas and take the wildlife and nature back for Mum to see. I know that after my Mum’s death in 1998, Wreford totally immersed himself in his new hobby. It was his lifeline and he has since spent many long hours pursuing that perfect shot.”
“Wreford is a modest and humble man. I am presenting a snapshot of his unseen work as a tribute to everything he did for our Mum over a long period of time before she died as well as celebrating his achievements. I know she will be very proud.”
Wreford will be presenting his work for the first time and would like to invite you to share his discovery of nature and wildlife in their beautiful land. The exhibition will be on the cafe wall in The Plough during September.
To launch the exhibition, The Last Rancheros (the band fronted by Tanya’s husband, Ian Kevern) will be playing an acoustic gallery gig on the evening of Saturday 2nd September. Playing a mix of blues and country, with harmonica, saxophone, dobro and close harmonies, the band are building a strong fan base at gigs.
Band member Carron Holmes said, “Things are going well for the band. The Plough gallery session is a great place for us to give the songs an acoustic airing, a different sound, as our usual gigs are more of an authentic Little Walter style blues band sound. As a wildlife and nature lover, I’m delighted that we’re playing on the night of Wreford’s exhibition launch. The natural world has always inspired writers and musicians and Wreford’s work is just stunning.”
The Last Rancheros last gallery gig was sold out so book early - tickets are available from The Plough box office.

10th September 2017


A guided walk taking in the northern end of our historically interesting and beautiful village. All of the talk can be found in ‘The Story of Weare Giffard’ but there is nothing like the real thing! We shall walk and talk from The Park to Half Penny Bridge and back. We shall cover cherry cream teas (and strawberries!); Piano makers; Church history (briefly); touch on The Hall (external); deaths in the kiln; silver coins and cannonballs; quay and dock; lime burning; the coming of the railway; the pottery; ocean going ship building, and much, much more. Talk is illustrated with old pictures.
This walk and talk is open to all, adults and children. Please note, some road walking. Small fee of £5 (children free), with all proceeds to the W.G. Community Orchard. Leader Keith Hughes (Ed. of ‘The Story’).
Booking with fee in advance essential. Party number limited. Ring 01237 475168.

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