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

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?


The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations Children's Party in the Square

In Great Torrington we are going to have a children’s party in the Square on Sunday 12th June 3-5pm to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. We would like to invite children of primary school age and under and need your help!


New Community Development in Castle Hill

 Do you need a regular venue for your club or group?

The building previously used for the ‘1646 Experience’ is currently being transformed into space for the community to use. The CDT has gained an ‘Awar

Leap-Into-Action Day at the Plough Monday 29th February

We are asking Plough customers, volunteers and supporters to donate this extra day to The Plough.

There will be free coffee and sandwiches for all who can spare the day to help us with a range of urgent tasks

Car Parking in Great Torrington - We Need Your Opinions

We have two car parks in Torrington, which have different charging regimes.  You can park in Sydney House Car Park free on a Saturday from 12 noon, but not in Barley Grove Car Park where you must pay on Saturday afternoons. This catches peopl&a

Tai Chi

Our instructor, Ian, now runs two weekly classes. They are 12-1pm and 1-2pm on a Thursday and suit participants of all abilities and experience. 


Ageing Well in Torrington

Befriending Service – does anyone you know need a weekly visitor?;


Hospital Coffee Morning & IT Tablet Tuition

Thanks to a kind donation from the Torrington Cavaliers, we have been able to set up a weekly coffee morning (on Wednesdays, 10-11.30am), in the ‘Meeting Room’ of the hospital. It is open for everyone, including out-patients attending

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Latest Events

7th October 2016

Big Bang @ GTS 2016 - Invent, Ignite & Inspire

The Big Bang @ GTS 2016 will take place at Great Torrington School, on 7th October 2016.
From 8.45am to 2.45pm, 600+ pupils from primary and secondary schools will be wowed and inspired by professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). But don’t worry as from 3.30-5pm the doors will open to the general public, so children can bring their family and friends.
Throughout the day there will be an array of various workshops, including Space Odyssey (Simon Ould) and his Planetarium Dome, as well as the amazing Peter Wright from Wonderstruck, with his Fantabulous Rocket Show.
The Sports Hall will be full of fun interactive stands, provided by local employers and organisations. Those confirmed so far include, TDK Lambda, Anglo-Krempel, Eaton Aerospace, Beran Instruments, Plymouth University, Exeter College, Sciencedipity and many more…
Lisa Hutchings from North Devon+ says, “STEM subjects are part of our everyday life; whether it’s cooking our food, paying our bills or putting together furniture! The STEM sector requires 160,000 engineers, scientists and technicians per year by 2020. It is vital that we encourage and inspire our young as there are so many opportunities. This is exactly what the Big Bang is all about, to excite and enthuse both pupils and parents”.
If you are interested in STEM and would like more information, please contact Lisa Hutchings at North Devon+, 01237 426426 or visit:

14th October 2016


Strictly for grown ups (and all big kids!)
Join our evening of fun and games at Devon's largest indoor playground.
All recycled teenagers welcome.
The best sheep show in Devon
Licensed bar with Country Life Brewery
Food available
6.30 - 9.30
£8pp includes free draw ticket
Tickets in advance
Big Sheep, RNLI Appledore shop
Ring Bob 07507514725, Pat 01271 346560

15th October 2016

Torrington Corps of Drums fundraising events

Torrington Cavaliers & Corps of Drums Race Night, Saturday 15th October.Torridge Vale Social Club
Rock and Roasties with Phil Brock ‘Echoes of Elvis’, Friday 28th October, Torridge Vale Social Club, doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £6 each, available from Tracey at Ware’s Butchers.
We are still in need of new members so if you, or anyone you know may be interested, please do come along to our practice night on a Friday evening, 7pm at the Scout Hall, Gas Lane or give Graham Reed a call on 07504 928 432 for further information.
Thank you!

16th October 2016

Massed bands concert 16th October 7.30pm

An excellent evening of music from Bideford Town Band, Torrington Silver Band and Appledore Band.
Sunday 16th October 7.30pm at Kingsley School Theatre, Northdown Road, Bideford. Tickets are £6 and are available from any of the bands or phone 01237 475653.

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