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

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

Dementia Awareness Week Events

 On Wednesday 18th May from 2.30pm at The Plough, dementia awareness support services including memory cafés, Alzheimer’s Society, Taw & Torridge Caring, After Caring and Ageing Well will all have stands for information on what is

Great Torrington's Celebration for the Queen's 90th Birthday

We are still busy planning Great Torrington’s celebration of the Queen‘s 90th Birthday on Sunday 12th June 3-5pm and have a draft programme.


May Fair & Carnival, How Much Does it Cost?

Your support is very important! May Fair is not far away and all the committee are busy making sure arrangements are in place so residents and visitors alike, will once again be able to enjoy Great Torrington's most important week of the year celebrati

Aged 18-25 and Caring for a Parent or Sibling?

Bright Futures is a Devon-wide project which supports young adult carers aged from 18-25 who have a parent or sibling who is unwell; this can be due to mental or physical health, or drug and alcohol dependency.

Need to Raise Funds for Your Club or Organization?

The Rotary Club of Torrington is offering voluntary organizations in the Torrington area the opportunity to take part in Megadraw 2016, which helps you raise funds for your own organization. 


Still Haven't Got Your Pet Micro Chipped?

What is the new law regarding micro chipping?
From April 6th this year, it becomes law that all dogs must be micro chipped. This means that your pet can easily be traced back to you if he or she is lost.


Aged Between 16-64 and Unemployed? Gain Digital Skills

Digital challenges for the unemployed, with the Real Ideas Organisation, working on real projects throughout April to improve your skills and help you find work.

Eat with Your Neighbours for Eden Project's Big Lunch

The aim of the Eden Project's Big Lunch is to get people across the UK to eat with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. This year's official Big Lunch date is Sunday 12th June, the same day as The Patron's Lunch which celebra

Council unveil new Cash Payment solution in Torridge

Use PayPoint to pay your bills from 1st April, when cash payments will no longer be accepted at Council-run offices.

Telephone Scammers Target Torridge Residents

Beware of scam calls by someone claiming to be from Torridge District Council.

Would you like to be a Commons Conservator?

New members are needed to make up a full board. Why not get in touch to help preserve this magnificent local resource?

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Latest Events

24th February 2017

Tarka Valley Railway Talk on local history by Hugh Reed

 Our New Year programme of events starts with a talk on local history by Hugh Reed on Friday February 24th at 7 for 7.30pm. It is at the Puffing Billy in Great Torrington and tickets costing £3, including a buffet, are available at the Puffing Billy during opening hours, or by calling into our carriage on a Thursday.

4th March 2017

Mad Allsorts Tea Party

 To celebrate our 10th birthday, we will be holding a ‘Mad ALLSORTS Tea Party’ at the Bluecoat School on Saturday 4th March from 2-5pm. The party will include an afternoon tea and a number of ‘ALLSORTS’ style activities – fun for all the family! Please come and join us if you have, or in the past have had, any connection with Allsorts. We would love to see you then.
If you want to find out more about ALLSORTS and what we get up to, visit our website at www.allsortschildrensclub.org.

18th March 2017

Appledore Singers at St. Peter's Church

Saturday March 18th at 7.30pm
St. Peter’s Church is delighted to welcome this well-known local ladies’ choir to perform arrangements of songs old and new; ranging from gospel and showstoppers to Top Ten hits. The concert will also feature their small chamber group, the ‘Pips’ and amusing poems. The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, Pam Beechey and accompanied by Chris Beechey, with Anthony Chambers ably compering the evening. Please come along and enjoy the music , the singing and the talent. We can promise you a most enjoyable concert. Admission on the door is £5 and proceeds will go towards the cost of a new sound system for the church.
For further information about the choir, contact 01237 420652 or see
their website: theappledoresingers.co.uk ‘Seek a Smile thro’ Song’

24th March 2017

Junior WHAAM - Westward Ho! & Appledore Music Showcase

 We invite youth bands, singers and choirs to apply for places at this
event. Full details are given below. Following the enormous success of the first Westward Ho! & Appledore Music Showcase on 28th September 2016 there was a popular demand to showcase the talents of North Devon’s youth bands, singers and choirs, featuring a broad spectrum of music from bands and individual singers, and youth theatre groups, senior schools and colleges. This event is a great opportunity for young people to showcase their musical talents in front of a live audience – to gain experience, enhance their confidence in performing and confirm that ‘North Devon’s Got Talent’! Junior WHAAM will take place at one of the top entertainment venues in the area – The Pier House, Westward Ho! and there will also be a grand raffle in aid of the RNLI. Doors open at 6pm and the entertainment will run continuously from 7-11pm with a short break at 9pm for the raffle. To apply or for further information, please email your name, phone number and a brief description about your music, band, singer or choir and any other details which you think may help you to be chosen for a place. The closing date for applications is Friday 24th February 2017.
Open to young people from 14 years of age. Please ask your parents for permission to take part if you are under 18 years old. For further information you may email us for our phone number.
Contact: email: noahsark@uku.co.uk

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