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

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

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.

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Latest Events

22nd July 2017

The Grumpy Old Men at Buckland Brewer Hall 7pm for 7.30pm

 An evening of live music, classic hits from the 60’s, plus a touch of ‘Rhythm ‘n’ Blues’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’,
£10 including a ploughman’s supper. Please book in advance. 07976 220 014 or 01237 451822
email: bbvhbooking@gmail.com.
Proceeds to Buckland Brewer Hall. Registered Charity No. 297685

29th July 2017

Weare Giffard Village Fete

 Weare Giffard Village Fete will start from 2pm onwards and will include a traditional family fun day. Entry is adults 50p and children free!
Beer tent, BBQ, cream teas, games, competitions, tug of war, raffle, tombola and lots more. Sorry, no dogs!
If anyone has a classic car that they wish to exhibit, or if there are any aspiring tug of war teams (teams of 8) that would like to enter this competition then contact Gay Daniels 01237 421606.

30th July 2017

1940's Tea Party at Iddesleigh

Sunday 30th July 3-5-30pm at Northcote Hall, Iddesleigh.
A nostalgic afternoon with music, comedy and monologue, opportunity for all to join in. A delicious high tea and hamper draw. Dress for the occasion (optional)!
Tickets £10 (£8 for friends), 01805 804347, all profits to the friends of Iddesleigh.

5th August 2017

Elevation Festival 2017

 Live music festival at Cranford Cross nr Torrington
8 band lineup + kids stuff , bar , food etc
Skata Tones , Tuesday Syndicate , FOS Brothers ,
Big Al & the wild strawberries , Head over Feet
Raggamuffins , Super8
lots of great ticket offers , click the link below


11th August 2017

Concerts in Yarnscombe 11th & 13th August

 In August, in St Andrew’s Church, we will be hosting two evenings of concerts. Firstly Small Town Jones on Friday 11th August, with Rakes Adrift on Sunday 13th August. Both events start at 7:45pm with refreshments available. Tickets in advance or on the door £7/£8 (adult) £5/£6 (child).
Combined advanced tickets for both nights also available for £12 (adult)/£8 (child).
Our infamous Big Brunch is already proving popular, at 10am on the Sunday morning at the village hall.
Tickets for all events are available through yvw.tickets@gmail.com or via 07542 813 882.
All enquires see our Facebook page (@yarnscombevillageweekend) or email yarnscombe.weekend@gmail.com.

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.

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