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

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.


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
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Latest Events

26th April 2017

Essential First Aid for Parents and Carers Hosted by Rotary Club of Torrington

A free First Aid Course for Parents and Carers to be held at Torrington Cottage Hospital - choose 1 of 2 courses, Morning 10:00 - 12:00 or Afternoon 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Numbers are limited so essential to register first with Rotarian Rick Smale on 01805 622419 or email rick@ricksmale.com

29th April 2017

RHS Rosemoor Spring Craft and Design Fair

 Treat yourself over the Bank Holiday Weekend with a visit to Rosemoor’s Craft and Design Fair where you can browse amongst stalls of beautiful and unusual hand crafted items for home and garden. This three-day fair showcases a wealth of West Country creative talent and includes handcrafted ceramics, jewellery, clothing, handbags and glasswork, among many other hand made products.
Normal Garden Admission, 29 April - 1 May 10:00 to 16:00

30th April 2017

Merton Vintage and Classic Vehicle Rally and Fayre

This is our 10th year!!
We have over 100 vehicles attending this year.
There is Craft and Food stalls. Arena Entertainment. Fairground rides, Wonderstruck Science, Bug Man, Birds of Prey, Gun Dog demonstrations, musical entertainment from Steve Valentine and Bideford Pipe Band. Plus so much more.....!!
Tickets are £3 pet adult, under 16's £1, under 5's are free.

4th May 2017

Great Torrington May Fair

 Great Torrington May Fair!
A great day out for all the family. Please check on the Great Torrington May Fair Facebook page for times and events, https://www.facebook.com/greattorringtonmayfair/?fref=ts

Any wheelchair user/disabled person who wishes to come and see the May Fair celebrations are advised to be in the Town Square no later than 10.15am. We do try to keep seats for disabled persons outside the Green Lantern, which are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Due to Health & Safety Regulations it is very difficult to get wheelchair users/ disabled persons into the Town Square after 10.15am. Following the celebrations on May Fair day, help is required to put away the chairs that have been used. Anyone who is willing to help should meet in the Town Square at about 4.30/5pm. Any assistance we receive is greatly

5th May 2017

Great Torrington Round the Tree Race 2017

 Torrington AAC proudly presents the annual Torrington Round the Tree Race, which is part of the Torrington Mayfair Celebrations. This is a challenging and scenic 3 mile (approximately) run from Torrington Square, down through the commons and into Taddiport. Once you've reached the tree there's a relatively flat section back along the river path with a tough climb back into the town.

We welcome runners of all abilities to take part in a piece of Torrington tradition. Either as a runner or spectator, please join us in keeping this event as strong as ever.

Entries start from 6.00pm. The evening comprises of 3 races including Juniors at 6.45pm, the Women's race at 7.00pm and the Men's race at 7.30pm.

Adult entry fee is £6, junior entry fee is £4.

Finishers will receive a technical t-shirt (any finishers beyond the first 160 competitors will have their shirts posted after the date).

As always there will be category prizes, please see the entry form for more details. Entry form can be found by following the below link, or sign up on the evening.


6th May 2017

Great Torrington Carnival Saturday May 6th 2017

 Entry forms for the Torrington Carnival are available from Xanadu, South Street Torrington, The Town Council Website and The Great Torrington May Fair & Carnival Committee Facebook Page.
Please note:
All vehicles MUST carry the appropriate insurance.
No intoxicating drinks will be permitted on any of the floats or by walking entries that take part in the procession.
Would all road users please note that various roads and streets in Torrington will be closed for a short time between 6-8pm whilst the Carnival is proceeding through the town.
Please bear with us but do expect some delay if your journey takes you through Torrington at this time.
Please do not throw coins at the floats.
Natasha Batty, Secretary,
Great Torrington May Fair & Carnival Committee

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