2nd TOWN TIDY 2019! The judging for Torrington in Bloom is on July 14th and as we are not free do the 2nd Town Tidy the weekend before, it will be on SATURDAY 6TH JULY. Like last year, it should be quicker and a bit easier than the first tidy as it's just a matter of re-clearing a few areas. We'll start at about 9am and focus on: the market end, town square, South St, South St Car Park, Windy Corner. Try not to get in the way of shoppers.

(Leave bin bags behind the wall of Castle Hill in South St Car Park and I'll put them in the van and get rid of them.)


Friday, 07 June 2019 12:05

Torrington Museum

Come and visit Torrington Museum in the centre of the Town.

We now have a Cavalier and Parliamentarian soldier standing outside the Museum welcoming you in! The museum is now open for the Summer season, the displays have been changed and cleaned. There is a 1646 Civil War room were you can try on the clothes they would have worn in those days. Displays are to do with local history, glove making, dairy and items on fishing. We are also selling a marvellous new book, ‘The Brief History of Torrington’ written by Dr Hugh Reed, very readable with interesting maps and photographs.

Opening times for the museum:-

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am to 4.00pm

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.30am to 1.00pm

Looking forward to seeing you.

Friday, 31 May 2019 16:23

New Mayor of Great Torrington

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On 29th May 2019 Great Torrington celebrated the introduction of the new Mayor for the forthcoming year, Councillor Miss Keeley Allin.

At the age of 22, Cllr Allin joins the handful of “youngest Mayors” across the country.  However, despite her age she certainly does not lack experience as Keely has been involved with the Town Council from a very young age. At the age of 12 Keeley acted as the Mayor’s consort for her mum and has since had a serious interest in Town Council activity.  Whilst at Great Torrington School Keeley sat on the School Council and was a senior leader in year 11. In 2015 Keeley joined the Town Council as a Councillor and since then has worked hard for Great Torrington, with the people the Council represents being Keeley’s main priority. 

Her proudest achievements are setting up the ‘Town Tidy’ Initiative, which sees everyone come together to tidy the town up before big events such as Mayfair and being part of a group who have worked hard to get a youth club back into the town. 

Keeley said “as Mayor of Great Torrington I am very much looking forward to a busy year ahead, with my diary already filling up! I have set up a Facebook page (Great Torrington Mayor’s Blog) where I will keep everyone updated and will continue to contribute to The Crier with the monthly ‘Mayors News’ article.

 “I feel very proud to hold the office of Mayor of Great Torrington this year and I’m really looking forward to supporting our town and various projects. I also hope that the lovely people of Great Torrington will feel free to contact me if they would like me to attend any events over this forthcoming year.”

Keeley has nominated 1st Torrington Scouts and Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club as her chosen charities for the forthcoming year.

At the Mayoral Ceremony Pastor Tim Gilbert was welcomed as the Mayor’s Chaplain for the forthcoming year.  The Town Council would also like to thank Reverend Peter Bevan for his service to the Mayor and Town Council as Mayor’s Chaplain over the past two years.

Command Sergeant Major Jimmy Birch was thanked for his service as Mayor’s Cadet for the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Mrs Di Davey and Cpl Holly Rice-Smith was welcomed as the Mayors cadet for the forthcoming year.


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Many visiting dignitaries and invited guests attended the Proclamation of the Fair at the Plough Arts Centre on the morning of May Fair Day on May 2nd, during which a number of guests made speeches about celebrating Great Torrington and it’s Fair and to thank our visitors for joining us on this special day.  Fairings were offered during the speeches which represent titbits originally offered to entice people at the Fair.



Following the Proclamation ceremony the guests formed a procession to parade around the town during which the Town Clerk read the Proclamation statement to call people to the Fair, when they arrived back in the town square they retired to the bandstand to watch the Crowning of the May Queen (many thanks to Cllr John Insull for the following photographs):



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Great Torrington Annual Parish Meeting took place on Thursday 11th April 2019 in the Town Hall, Great Torrington. The Mayor gave a report for the year 18/19 and the Town Clerk a report on Finance.  There were a couple of questions raised in relation to the Cable Car project and local bus services available.  In addition, a matter in relation to CCTV was raised by a member of the public.

This will be an annual event from now on and we hope that as time goes by, we will attract more members of the public to attend this meeting.  It is a good platform for registered electors who reside within the parish of Great Torrington to ask questions and raise any matters to be considered by the Town Council. The Mayors annual report and the Financial report can be found on the GTTC website.

Karen Chapman, Town Clerk


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