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1646 Civil War March

Saturday 16th February marked the annual visit by the Sealed Knot which caused a lot of interest in the town. Dressed in the outfits of 1646 it certainly caused a lot of questions from visitors to the town.  The evening was even more spectacular with loud cannon blasts and a torchlight procession  which ended with a firework display. 


Mayor of Bideford's Charity Event

On Friday 8th February Cllr. Margaret Brown and I supported the Mayor of Bideford’s Charity event at the Royal Hotel in Bideford which was in aid of the worthwhile charity “Families in Grief”.  This charity helps to support family members during the loss of a close family member and afterwards as long as they need it. This event was very well supported by members of the community. 


Little Torrington Players Pantomime

We had a lovely evening’s entertainment with the Little Torrington Players and their Pantomime “Snow White and The Dwarf” on Friday 1st February.  Thank you to everyone who took part in this very funny tale, especially the filmed excerpt with the Benny Hill music. What a very scary Queen with an even more frightening laugh. Written and directed by Bob Harrod.  

Little Bridge House

On Friday 25th January we made a visit to Little Bridge House in Fremington. This is one of three children’s hospices in the South West. These hospices exist to make the most of the lives of children and young people with life-limiting conditions, which means they will die in childhood. They also journey with all family members from the point of diagnosis until the death of their child and into bereavement for as long as they need.

Little Bridge House have Open Days for people to see how your support makes a difference to children and their families. Visits are by appointment only so please check the websites for up to date tour dates at  

Whilst there today we met up with the cycling group Old Men Go South who will be cycling from John O Groats to Lands End in May to raise money and awareness for this very important charity.


Panto Fun!!

Wow! What a wonderful Pantomime “Snow White and the Magnificent Seven Dwarfs” presented by the Torrington Cavaliers in the Plough. Congratulations to all for the hard work in putting this event on. Funds raised will go towards building of the Mayflower Bonfire in 2020. The children loved Tornado the horse of course, the louder the flatulence the more they laughed.

Super family show. Well done everyone involved in this super community event which was also helped by the Plough with offers of free time and space.


Music Night in aid of the Mayor's Charities

On Saturday 19th January a music night was held at the Torrington Arms for the Mayor’s Charities - the North Devon Hospice and the Memory Cafe. This was organised by Dick Matthews and the music was a rock and country night with the popular “Rocking Ronnie Rio”, thank you Dick.

Many thanks to all who attended and donated and also thanks to all the volunteers selling draw tickets and helping on the night. Thanks again to Sally, Roger, Vicki and staff, especially for the delicious cottage pie at half time.

Headway Brain Injury Charity event

On Saturday 19th January Cllr Margaret Brown and I supported the Headway Brain Injury Charity event organised by members of the Methodist Church and supported by our local community.  The usual lovely cakes and tasty pies and flan were quickly sold. This is an important charity which helps both the person affected and their family and carers.


Christmas Day care home visits

On Tuesday 25th December my Consort Cllr. Margaret Brown and I made the Christmas day visits to our local nursing and care homes here in Torrington.  Our first visit was to the Hatchmoor Nursing Home where we were greeted by Mr Solomon Singh and his lovely wife. Mel Ryan the senior Care Worker then showed us around the lovely decorated building and rooms where we were able to wish residents and staff a Happy Christmas.  We then moved on to the Castle House Nursing Home and were warmly greeted by the staff who were serving mid morning tea, coffee and festive sherry to the residents.  It was obvious a lot of time and effort had gone into decorating the Christmas trees and rooms.

Our final visit was to the Woodland Vale Care Home where again we were warmly greeted by the staff who were dressed in lovely festive outfits and were helping the residents open their presents. It was lovely to see family and friends visiting and helping make the day so special, including the energetic 18 month old twins Sidney and Percy visiting their Great Gran.

It was a privilege to attend these three visits and appreciate all the hard work and effort the dedicated staff put in to ensure all the residents had a superb Christmas Day. 


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