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

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.


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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Latest Events

1st June 2017

Great Torrington Bowling Club Open Day

 The outdoor season has now begun and the green has had loving care over the winter and is in wonderful condition. All are welcome to join us for a taste of bowling, club evenings are Mondays. There is an Open Day on Sunday 4th June from 2pm.
Please come and join us. Further information from our website: greattorringtonbowlingclub.co.uk

9th June 2017

The Big Music Quiz at TTVS in aid of Little Frogs Pre-School

 7-7.30 start, £2.50 pp, max 6 per team. In aid of Little Frogs Pre School. Call Lorraine 01805 623635 to book a table

16th June 2017

Round The Square Music & Art Festival 16th - 18th June

 Great Torrington is holding a festival over three days in June, based around it’s fabulous town square, to help raise money to reopen its
historic town hall. The festival’s focus reflects the diverse and wonderful community the town has, by putting on a wide range of events; with music ranging from rock to jazz; art from formal to abstract and performances from modern to traditional. We will have talks and presentations, street theatre, dance, children’s activities and a myriad of other festival goodies across several town streets and venues. Artists from across the UK have been enticed to come to entertain, with a little something for everyone. Alongside the wide-ranging music on offer, there will be a day of children’s activities (Saturday) and a day of dance (Sunday), all in the square and free in the streets! The church will host local participation shows, commemorating the famous botanist and illustrator Keble Martin, once of the parish, with a project from Great Torrington School. The museum will be open (in part) and illustrated talks of local interest will be presented, along with a town walk providing context to the mediaeval history of the town. Art is well catered for, with an exhibition by John Hurford, a local artist with an international reputation, and Paul Seed, local film and TV director, who will be exhibiting photos in the Plough Gallery. The town is famous for its May Fair celebration, and this festival will be building on that, reinforcing its position as one of the strongest communities in the country. The vibrancy of the town’s folk is the main inspiration behind the whole event. “Torrington has such a wide range of fun-loving good people that we felt we wanted to put on a festival that reflected that”, says Matt Whittaker one of the organizers. The Plough will be the centre of proceedings, with a full programme of world and indie music, workshops, dances and film. Local artists and bands get a platform on which to play at the church on Friday, and the Torridge Vale Club on Saturday, with the club hosting a special ‘youth’ show on Sunday afternoon with local hot favourite ‘boy band’ star Rich Cottell. Other entertainment comes from The G.T. Silver Band, Gittisham Hall Jazz band, Truffetete French dance band, Morris and Appalachian dance, Streetz, Punch and Judy, Children’s Circus skill activities and plenty more. There is much to see and do, ticket prices are being held at a minimum to encourage participation, and under 16’s are free! The festival is being funded with support from within Great Torrington; The Chamber of Trade, Town Council and the Rotary club, but if anyone else wishes to help fund some of the extensive ongoing costs, then please do get in contact. Contact Matt Whittaker 01805 622830. All tickets are available from The Plough Arts Centre 01805 624624 www.roundthesquare.co.uk. Facebook; round-the-square-music-art-festival

18th June 2017

Roborough Garden Party

Roborough Village Hall Committee is holding a Garden Party, at the kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Brown, on the 18th June 2017 at Beres House, Roborough.
Come and relax in this beautiful setting and enjoy live music provided by the Umberleigh Bovver Boys. Plant sale, cakes, cream teas and liquid refreshment will be available. Admission by donation, gates open 2.30-5pm .Parking in nearby field. EX19 8SX.

18th June 2017

Rolle Canal Walk to Beam Weir, Aqueduct and Roving Bridge.

Start 2:30pm at Puffing Billy.
The walks are organised by the Rolle Canal & Northern Devon Waterways Society, who appreciate a contribution of £2 towards their voluntary work on the upkeep of the canal heritage. Everyone is welcome to join in – just turn up at the start for your free copy of the new information leaflet, or if you need further details of the walk, email: hassallc@ymail.com.

25th June 2017

Burraton Male Voice Choir in Concert

Cream teas at Netherne, Clogshill Cross Yarnscombe, from 2.30pm

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