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

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

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. 

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Ageing Well in Torrington

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

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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

29th July 2016

Tarka Pottery Kids Holiday Clay Workshop 10am

Finding Dory - Nemo’s back! Make Nemo and friends in our underwater adventure. t: 07931 306 414

30th July 2016

Iddesleigh Fete & Dog show from 12 noon

  • Demonstration by the North Devon Working Gun Dogs. 
  • Family Fun dog show 10 classes rosettes to 3rd place. 
  • Have a go Scurry. 
  • Exclusive rides in a vintage bus to the impressive Ash House and maybe a glass of bubbly!
  • Horse and Cart rides; n exhibition of local interest in St James; trips up the Church tower; stalls, jumble sale; vintage vehicles; live music; cream teas, barbecue.


All proceeds to St James Iddesleigh. For more details contact: 01805 804347

6th August 2016

Umberleigh Garden Show

The 95th Umberleigh Garden Show will take place at the Village Hall on Saturday 6th August from 2.30pm. Admission £1 adults, children free. Classes include: fruit and vegetables, flowers, photography and crafts. Enjoy our family dog show, rural run, trade stands and famous ‘Human Fruit Machine’. With a bar and our popular cream teas, there’s something for everyone.
Details of how to enter the competitions are in the schedule, available free from local shops, pubs and post offices, Murch’s Antiques Emporium, Umberleigh, or from www.umberleigh villagehall.co.uk.

13th August 2016

Dolton & Dowland Horticultural Society 89th Annual Show Saturday 13th August

The 89th annual show of the Dolton & Dowland Horticultural Society will be open to the public at 2.15pm on Saturday 13th August, with an entry fee for adults of 50p and children for free. Exhibits, usually in excess of 550, include: vegetables, fruit, flowers, floral art, bread, cakes, pastries, preserves, wine, handicrafts, paintings, photography and children’s classes. The afternoon is one of fun and games with skittles, ice cream, hoop-la and cream teas with the presentation of winners’ prizes commencing at 4.45pm.

13th August 2016

Appledore RNLI Fund Raising Guild Tea at Tapeley Park

Saturday 13th August 2-5pm
Ticket only event so please order from Pat 01271 346560 or Lowri on 01271 860699.
£8 for adults £1 for children and tickets include a cream tea, entry to gardens and entertainment. RNLI souvenirs will also be available and there will also be tombola.

20th August 2016

RHS Rosemoor Local Produce Show 20th August

Staged in conjunction with Great Torrington Horticultural Society. Enter your home grown produce into Rosemoor’s very own local produce show. Categories for both adults and children, with Rosemoor Gift Shop vouchers as prizes. Pick up a show schedule from Rosemoor or call 01805 626 800. Get growing and join in the fun! From 11.30am, show opens to the public after judging.

25th August 2016

Summer Rugby Camps at Torrington RFC

 Coaching by Mark Lee. Thursday 25th August 10am-3pm ages 5-14.
All abilities, boys and girls welcome. Only £10 per day! To book a place please call or text Mark Lee direct 07415 190 807

29th August 2016

Little Torrington Summer Fete & Dog Show

We welcome everyone to our summer fete on August 29th, Bank Holiday Monday. Come along to Little Torrington and enjoy our famous BBQ, craft, plant and food stalls, entertainment, family fun activities and dog show. Free entry, plenty of car parking too! All profits to support the repair of St. Giles Church.

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