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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.
 

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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.

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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

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL HEALTH & WELLBEING SCRUTINY COMMITTEE REFERS TORRINGTON COTTAGE HOSPITAL CASE TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR HEALTH

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

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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...

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Calf Street Play Area Consultation

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

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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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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.
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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. 

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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.

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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.
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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
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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.
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Telephone Scammers Target Torridge Residents

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

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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

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Latest Events

6th December 2016

A Charity Christmas Concert With The Military Wives & The Hartland Orchestra

A Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Northam Lodge and featuring The Military Wives from Chivenor and The Hartland Orchestra will be taking place at the Bideford Methodist Church on Tuesday 6th December from 7.30pm.
This will be a wonderful musical celebration and will include some Christmas songs to get us in the festive spirit. There is bound to be some audience participation as well.
Tickets priced at £15 each are available from the Northam Lodge website www.northamlodge.co.uk, under 12s are free

6th December 2016

Abbeyfield Christmas Coffee Morning

Our Christmas coffee morning is on Tuesday December 6th at Glen Tor, Villa Road, from 10.30-12 noon. As well as coffee and mince pies there will be stalls and a big raffle. You are all very welcome.
Residents are looking forward to the Christmas lunch with staff and volunteers at the Barnstaple Hotel and all the Christmas and New Year festivities at Glen Tor.
Do you know anyone who might like to find out more about living here, with our friendly and active residents? Why not ring our house manager on 01805 623605 for a chat and perhaps arrange a visit to meet with them and our staff.

9th December 2016

Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity Christmas Distribution of Vouchers

The Christmas distribution of vouchers to those residents of Great Torrington who are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below, will take place at The Plough, Fore Street, Torrington on Friday 9th December 2016, from 9.30am-2pm. No applications will be considered before or after the aforementioned times.
Please note - applicable benefits are:-
Attendance Allowance
Constant Attendance Allowance
Disability Living Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance
Incapacity Benefit
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
State Retirement Pension
Only one claim per household. If you are claiming on behalf of a relative/friend, please bring a letter of authorisation signed by the recipient. Suitable evidence of entitlement to these benefits must be presented on the day and applicants MUST have been resident within the Great Torrington Parish boundary and shown on the Electoral Roll for not less than one year before the date of distribution.
I M Newman – Steward to the Trustees

10th December 2016

Tarka Valley Railway at Christmas


The main event for December is Santa’s visit on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th from 2-4pm on both days. His grotto will be in the carriage and we hope to have our loco illuminated with fairy lights. The cost is £5 per child to include a present. Booking is at the Puffing Billy.
We are making great progress at the site but still need willing volunteers to help, and not just on restoration work. All skills are needed, including marketing, digital and administration; so if you would like to come down for a chat, visit us at the carriage on a Thursday. We are closing the carriage at weekends over the winter but apart from a break at Christmas, we will still be there every Thursday.
Finally, do check out our website www.tarkavalleyrailway.co.uk and Facebook page for news updates and information.
Rob Martin, Tarka Valley Railway

10th December 2016

Enjoy Mince Pies & Chocolate with The Friends of Torrington Library

The Friends of Torrington Library invite you all to visit the Library on Saturday 10th December 10am until noon. There will be mince pies for adults and chocolates for the children and free prize draw tickets for everyone. This year we are also sponsoring a real Christmas tree for the foyer at Castle Hill, for everyone’s enjoyment. Come and see what your Library has to offer!
We would also like to thank everyone for their support during 2016. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Friends of Torrington Library

10th December 2016

Christmas Market with Peppa Pig at Langtree Parish Hall

We will be holding Christmas markets on 10th and 17th December, from 10am until 2pm at Langtree Parish Hall and Peppa Pig will be at all four events - handing out a free selection box to every child that attends. We have 20+ stalls currently booked for each event, offering a wide range of crafts, food, gifts and other essentials, and a tombola, raffle and mulled wine. Our cafe will be open offering hot and cold meals, cakes and refreshments. Entry is free, so we look forward to seeing you there!
Adam Nicholls

14th December 2016

The Big Sing

The Big Sing has been going for over 10 years and is an opportunity for everyone to sing the wonderful carols of Christmas, regardless of whether they are church goers or not.
Why not come along and join the children, friends and neighbours in singing songs accompanied by Torrington Silver Band. All proceeds will go to the Mayor’s charities, so we hope to see you at Torrington Pannier Market on Wednesday 14th December at 7pm.
A warm welcome awaits you.

15th December 2016

GTS Christmas Concert

We warmly welcome you and your friends and family to the GTS Christmas Concert, which is taking place on the 15th December at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Torrington, 7pm.
The Christmas concert is the highlight of our term and promises to be a feel-good event, full of festive cheer. The concert will feature a wide variety of Christmas music performed by both pupils and staff of GTS. Please arrive at 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start. We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas Concert. Join us for a Christmas Story!

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