Mayors News

Mayors News (1)

Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:20

Mayors News

Written by

Christmas Bingo

I want to say huge thank you to everyone who came and supported my Christmas Bingo on Friday 6th December - it was a fantastic and successful event!

We raised a brilliant £540 for my two charities - The Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club and The First Torrington Scout Group.

Massive thanks to those who donated draw prizes and also to John Kelly for being a fantastic caller yet again - a true legend! 

Again, thank you all so much - the support I have received during my year so far has just been fantastic, I am so grateful!

Christmas Tree Festival

I was invited out to Petrocstowe Church on Saturday 7th December to see their fantastic Christmas tree festival. All trees were decorated by individuals or groups within the community around the theme of fairy stories and children books.

It was a really fantastic event and really showed how the whole community comes together and creative such a festive display. There was a lovely little stall with all kind of treats, and I got this adorable tea cosy- I want a say a huge thank you to everyone involved, in very pleased to be asked to go and see it all. 

The event is still running tomorrow, so please go along, show your support and see the brilliant work they have done!



Book Launch

On Monday 2nd December I attended a book launch at The Voice, North Devon, in Barnstaple.

The book is called Mrs Slocombe’s Bull at a Gate Cookery Book and is written by Tracey Slocombe and includes a variety of amazing recipes and even has a recipe for Beef Torrington - a lovely tribute to our fantastic town and our amazing Great Torrington Cavaliers!

Tracey spoke so fondly of Great Torrington and especially of our fantastic view from Castle Hill.

I want to personally thank ‘Mrs Slocombe’ for inviting me along, I really enjoyed catching up with some familiar faces and meeting new ones too and an even bigger thank you for including Great Torrington in her cookery book; I really can’t wait to start trying some of the lovely recipes - yum! 

Please visit her Facebook page to find out where you can buy this fantastic book!


Christmas Light Switch On

I had a brilliant night for our Christmas light switch on Saturday 30th November, and it really showed the strength of our amazing community spirit!
Seeing the town come together, join in the exciting count down and sing carols together was just beautiful - thank you all so much for coming!
A huge thank you to everyone involved in making tonight possible, our town looks stunning and I was very honoured to be asked to switch on the lights!
Can I also take this opportunity to thank all shop owners who have beautifully decorated their windows and put up festive lights, you are all making Great Torrington look so festive.



Torrington Dental Practice - open evening

On Tuesday 19th November I was delighted to attend an open evening at the newly refurbished Torrington Dental Practice.

I was given a guided tour by practice Manager Toni Batty and it was great to see how much of a difference the new refurb has made and how all the extra space is making a difference to both staff and patients.

It was particularly lovely to see how much support they were shown, I enjoyed chatting to various people and seeing some new faces! 

I want to thank everyone at Torrington Dental Practice for making me so welcome, for putting on such a great evening and I wish you all the very best for the future. 

Great Torrington Community Awards

On Friday 15th November it was an absolute pleasure to attend the first community awards evening at the Great Torrington Town and Community Hall. We all came together to celebrate some of the wonderful people in our town who do so much for others and to help our community. It was lovely to help give out the prizes, alongside the sponsors for each of the awards - it was very special to meet all the very deserving winners of each category.

My thanks go to everyone involved with the evening, and especially to Anne Tattersall for organising the event and making it so special!  Congratulations to all the winners, you really do put the Great in Great Torrington and I thank you for everything you all do. 

I’m so proud to be the Mayor of such a very special town. 

Toy Zone colouring competition

I was invited to judge and give out the award for Toy Zone’s colouring competition. To begin their new selection of PlayMobil toys, they ran a colouring competition, in conjunction with PlayMobil, and had lots of brilliant entries. On Thursday, the young man who won came along, received his fantastic prize and we even posed for a photo with the policeman outside!
Thank you to Julie for inviting me along, I’m always so pleased to support local business and local events.

Remembrance Parade & Service

A huge thank you to everyone who came out today to join our remembrance parade and service - it was fantastic to see so many people and so many organisations represented.

I was honoured to lay a wreath on behalf of Great Torrington Town Council, read For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon and give thanks at the end of the parade on behalf of the British Legion.

It is so important to make sure we remember and honour all those who fought and continue to fight for our country.

We Will Remember Them.

Remembrance Concert

On Saturday 9th November Will and I attended the Torrington Silver Band remembrance concert in aid of the Royal British Legion.

It was a really lovely evening and, having a prime seat in the front row, we got to enjoyed a varied amount of different pieces - I find it fascinating watching all the different instruments being played and hearing it all come together so beautifully!

It was particularly special when poppy petal were blown over the audience during one of the last pieces of the evening - very very moving and a special way to take us into Remembrance Sunday. 

We are very lucky to have our Torrington Silver Band and I want to thank them for inviting me along and for raising funds for the Royal British Legion. 

Great Torrington Poppy Project

It was very humbling to be invited to unveil the Great Torrington Poppy Project in the town hall today.

Over the last few months the towns Knit and Natter group, steered by Margaret and Rosie, have helped to bring our whole community together to craft so many amazing poppies, in a variety of different colours, to remember those who have given their lives in battle. Anne too has given so much time to supporting this project, thank you for everything you have all done.

This morning was a lovely event and I was honoured to thank everyone who contributed by making poppies and helping in any way to make the project possible. The displays are absolutely beautiful and, seeing them for the first time, I was very overwhelmed by the sheer scale of them, so much love, care and attention had gone into every poppy, it was very emotional.

My thanks go to everyone involved in bringing this fantastic project to our town - we have such an amazing community, I am so so proud to be Mayor of such a special town!

What a truly beautiful way for Great Torrington to say ‘We Will Remember Them’.



"A Wife for all Reasons" - Torrington Players production

On Friday the 24th of October, I attended a production in the town hall by the Torrington Players titled ‘A Wife for all Reasons’ - written by Stephanie Easton.

It was a really fantastic evening and Will and I went away trying to pick our favourite monologue and we just couldn’t, they were all so different and so brilliant!

It was so entertaining as well as informative, I learnt so much about Henry VIII and his wives and we were able to see a totally different perspective on it all.

A huge well done to everyone involved and all the actors - we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! 

It was also lovely to see one of our very own councillors, Harry Cox, in the production, well done Harry! 

Torrington in Bloom's Best Garden Competition

On Thursday 24th October I was delighted to attend Torrington in Bloom’s Best Garden Competition awards evening at the Torrington Arms.

It was lovely to see photos of all the gardens that entered the competition and to help award the prizes too! Torrington in Bloom work very hard to set up this competition and its great to see lots of people enter!

Well done to the Young Gardener of the Year, Riley Sanders and to Steve Ware for winning best in show, but massive well done and thank you to everyone who entered; you all make Great Torrington look beautiful! 

Lynton & Lynmouth Civic Service

On Sunday 20th October I was delighted, along with Cllr Chris Bright, to attend the Mayor of Lynton and Lynmouth’s Civic Service.

Everyone commented on how lovely the church service was and we both liked the theme of ‘service’ and this followed on into the afternoon where we were welcomed back to the stunning town hall for lunch.

The lunch was made up of Civic guests and members of the community - to say thank you for the service they had provided for the town.

They also award the Sir George Newnes medal and this year it was awarded to Mr Ashley Clarke (manager of the Cliff Railway) for all his contributions to the community - it was a really special thing to see, we could really see what an honour this award is.

I want to thank the Town Council for their kind invitation and hospitality and also to Cllr Chris Bright for your company for the day - I hope you enjoyed an insight into Civic occasions!

Opening of new Hair & Beauty Salon in Great Torrington

On Saturday 12th October I had the pleasure of being invited along to No5 Hair and Beauty Salon for their open evening and to also officially declare the salon open.

It was a brilliant evening, and as my first official shop opening in the town centre as Mayor, it was very exciting - I even got to cut the ribbon!

Inside looks absolutely stunning; you can really see how much hard work has gone in to creating such a relaxing space - it was great to so many people come along to show their support.

Helen and Tony are so friendly and welcoming and No5 is going to be a lovely addition to Great Torrington.

I wish Helen, Tony and all the staff the very best in their venture.


Great Torrington Town Council  complies with the new General Data Protection Regulations.  Please use the links to view our General Data Protection Privacy Notices, our Data Protection Policy an Our Data Retention Policy.