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21st August 2017

Torridge Announce Enhanced Recycling Collections

 From 1st September 2017 Torridge District Council are extending the range of plastic materials they will pick up in their weekly recycling collections to include nearly all types of plastics (with the only exception being black plastic). Resident

25th July 2017

Great Torrington Town Council - Lloyds Bank

Whilst it is extremely disappointing that Lloyds has closed both the branch and the cash machine, it does seem rather difficult to understand why the Town Council should be blamed.

8th July 2017

The 3rd Annual Big Bang @ GTS 2017 will take place at Great Torrington School, 6th October 2017 thanks to sponsorship from North Devon Manufacturers Association and Group Training and Development.

From 08:45 to 15.00, 600+ pupils from Primary & Secondary Schools will be wowed and inspired by professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

8th June 2017

Annual Art Exhibition 2017

 Every year Great Torrington School has the opportunity to show off its Art and Design work at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington. This is a particularly special event, as our Art Technician, Mrs. Michelle Witney goes to extraordinary lengths to d

26th May 2017

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!

24th May 2017

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.

23rd May 2017

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.

3rd May 2017

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.

19th April 2017

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

18th April 2017

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).

18th April 2017

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

8th April 2017

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

1st February 2017

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&

26th January 2017

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

12th December 2016


 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

21st November 2016

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’

28th October 2016

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.

29th September 2016

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.

15th September 2016

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.

15th September 2016

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

27th August 2016

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.


16th August 2016

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.

29th July 2016

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

21st July 2016

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

21st July 2016

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.

4th July 2016

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

22nd June 2016


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

28th May 2016

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...

28th May 2016

Calf Street Play Area Consultation

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

18th May 2016

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

18th May 2016

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

16th April 2016

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.

4th April 2016

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

23rd March 2016

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.

19th March 2016

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. 

16th March 2016

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.

10th March 2016

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.

6th March 2016

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

4th March 2016

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.

23rd February 2016

Telephone Scammers Target Torridge Residents

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

17th February 2016

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?

17th February 2016

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!

4th February 2016

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

3rd February 2016

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

24th January 2016

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

1st January 2016

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. 

21st September 2015

Ageing Well in Torrington

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

5th August 2015

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