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South Molton Olde English Fayre

Cllr Miss Sue Mills and I attended South Molton’s Olde English Fayre on Saturday 9th June for the annual celebrations.  It was a really beautiful day with such warm weather, and so lovely to see the excitement of all the children taking part in the crowning of the Fayre Queen.

We congratulate South Molton on the colourful and busy Pannier Market which had such a variety of stalls and indeed the stall holders themselves who were dressed in the quaint and charming costumes. 

We ended the day by listening to the “Battle of the Bands” which was a contest between Tiverton Town Band and Appledore Band. We are awaiting the result of the contest. Both were really brilliant.


Happy birthday wishes

A very happy birthday wish to Mrs Phyllis Stacey of Well Street who celebrated a special birthday on Wednesday 30th May. Phyllis was so pleased to be given a bouquet of flowers and birthday card which I presented to her on behalf of Great Torrington Town Council.

Phyllis is a really lovely lady and it was really great to hear her carers sing happy birthday to her when I was leaving the house.

Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Sanderson  of St. Mary’s Close who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on May 24th. I had the pleasure of presenting  this lovely couple with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of Great Torrington Town Council. They also proudly showed me the lovely card they received from the Queen.

Duke of Edinburgh awards at Great Torrington School

I was delighted to attend the Duke of Edinburgh celebration ceremony at GTS after school on 10th May where eight pupils received their Bronze certificates, it was very interesting to hear the activities they had carried out to gain this certificate.  Well done to everyone involved.



Torrington Carnival

Congratulations to everyone on the Mayfair and Carnival Committee once again for their hard work in organising the Carnival again this year and to everyone who took part - you all made a fantastic effort which produced a very enjoyable carnival.  We had a new cup to present this year in memory of the late Jeff Guppy, his wife Patsy was delighted to present this to the "Soultaker" Pirate Ship entry which was an outstanding float and particularly close to Patsy's heart as she explained that a pirate ship was the idea that they personally had always intended to be their next entry in the carnival.  After the carnival the bands played on the bandstand in the square which was lovely to see. On another note, 2018 marked the 60th anniversary of when my dear Mum was crowned as Carnival Queen as can be seen in the newspaper cutting below. 


Northam Mayfair Day

On Saturday 5th May I had a wonderful day at Northam Mayfair, there were many things to see and do, the Maypole dancing was a little different to what we do in Torrington but the children were excellent.  Everyone had a lovely day, we were very lucky with the weather and I was grateful to have been invited to be part of this special day.



Torrington Round the Tree Race

I was over the moon to be invited once again to give out the prizes for the Round the Tree race on Friday 4th May.  There were a lot of runners who all did so well, below are several photos of the boxing club runners who had great fun on the night.  


Torridge Cup Final

The Torridge cup final between Ilfracombe Town and Boca Seniors from Barnstaple was a delightful evening, it was a close game with the final score being 3:2 to Ilfracombe.  I was delighted to attend the cup presentation and was very grateful to receive a lovely bouquet of flowers.  A pleasant evening was had by all.


Great Torrington Mayfair Day

On Thursday 3rd May we enjoyed fantastic weather and was delighted at last for everyone to see the theme for this year which was "our cavalier town".  The Square was packed with onlookers and it was so good to hear from several mayors that this is a day they will truly remember.  Thank you to everyone involved in organising this special day.  A big thank you to my daughter who worked so hard with the dressmaker Mrs Stephanie Fisher, her daughter Tanya and husband Bill.  Tanya said "wouldn't it be lovely to see two Cavaliers walking up through the square" - a fantastic idea to thank the Great Torrington Cavaliers for everything they do for our town - when the children's Mum's and I saw the outfits for the first time on Wednesday afternoon (the day before Mayfair) there were a lot of tears.



Relocation of Torrington Jewellers - Grand Opening

It was a great pleasure to be asked to officially open the recently relocated Torrington Jewellers which is now operating from the old Lloyds Bank building in the High street.  Elizabeth Harris has had a smaller shop in the town for many years but this new and bigger shop has certainly enhaned the top of the town, we may have lost all our banks but it is great to see that another bank building has been sold and is not laying empty.  Liz has made a fantastic job of laying out the building to suit her business needs and I wish her every success in the years to come.


Atlas McGeough Christening Day

Keeley and I were delighted to attend the Mayor of Bideford son Atlas's Christening Service on Sunday 29th April.  It was held at St Mary's church in Bideford and was conducted by Alan Glover.  Atlas was so well behaved during the service and we had many civic photos after the Christening.  We then moved on to the Bideford Conservative Club where we had a wonderful Christening tea. We gave Atlas a Dartington Crystal "Torrington Tankard" with his name engraved on it.  Dermot and Sarah have been wonderful company over the last 12 months and will remain firm friends of ours in the future.  I also wish to say Congratulations to Dermot who has just been elected as Torridge District Council Vice-Chairman.


Great Torrington British Legion - High Tea

On 28th April I was delighted to attend a High Tea arranged by Mrs Louise Dunn the treasurer of the Great Torrington British Legion.  Louise raised £350.00 for the Legion which is a fantastic amount, I was honoured to be able to attend to support such a good cause.


Town Tidy Day

Congratulations to everybody who worked so hard on the Town Tidy Up Day on Saturday 28th April - it was a great success and wonderful to see the community of Torrington coming together.  Another one is planned before south west in bloom later in the year so I look forward to seeing you there.  



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