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Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:34

Recycle Devon Thank You Awards

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Monday, 14 October 2019 10:04

Mayor's Event - Quiz Night

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 12:59

Mayor's Challenge!

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When I became Mayor of Great Torrington, I committed to work towards helping increase the footfall in Great Torrington Town Centre.  We are fortunate to have a large number of independent shops, cafés and a local market, which are very much enjoyed by a number of locals and visitors to the town.  However, in recent times, for a number of reasons, there has been a reduction in footfall. In order to help the town centre thrive, it needs, simply put, more people to visit and buy goods and/or frequent the places for refreshments. 

If every person living in Great Torrington over the age of 19 spent £2.00 per week in the town centre it would increase revenue by nearly approximately half a million pounds per annum!

So, here is my challenge:  To everyone who is able; walk to the town centre, or catch the bus at least once per week and purchase something from within the town centre. Please also remember it is market days on Fridays and Saturdays with even more opportunity to buy something a bit different. If this is something new to you and you take the challenge, I would be pleased to receive your feedback, or perhaps post a selfie on FB with your Great Torrington purchases? Come on Great Torrington, lets support our local economy as best we can! I hope you do and that you are pleasantly surprised at what the town has to offer.

An aside – From the 7th October Devon County Council will be re-tiling the pavement in the Square to improve safety and also the aesthetics of the town centre.  Whilst this is a welcome move, it will mean that the town centre will be closed to traffic for approximately 4 weeks.  However, Businesses in the Town centre remain OPEN! Devon County Council have assured the town that signage is maximised to ensure this message is relayed along the main routes in and out of the town centre.  I would like to strongly encourage residents in the town and the outlying areas to please continue to make every effort to support your local shop keepers/businesses and make the extra effort by parking in one of the town’s car parks. 

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 12:47

Doing what matters

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The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Town Clerk met with three Devon County Council (DCC) officers at the end of July to discuss an experimental pilot scheme, “Doing what matters”. In summary, it is a 6-month DCC project to establish whether engaging better with people “on the ground” serves and improves the maintenance programmes of the roads, paths and drains better than relying on more distanced evidence to drive decision making.

As part of this initial project the Town Council is working with DCC to establish priorities in relation to road repairs and drainage.  Following an initial meeting at the end of July the Town Council undertook an audit of all drains in the town centre and its boundaries setting out which ones are blocked/semi blocked and has relayed this information to DCC.

The Town Council welcomes this opportunity to work closely with Devon County Council and hopes such relationships will be of significant benefit to the fabric and community of the town. We will also await the outcome of this experiment.

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 11:39


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During the Spring and Summer months the Town Council’s Technicians have been busy grass cutting, weed controlling, weekly checking of parks, maintaining the Church Yard, Rack Park and allotments as well as assisting with numerous events and activities such as May Fair, Civic events and South West in Bloom.

Over the winter months the Technicians will turn their attention to hedge cutting, maintenance of street furniture such as benches, grass edging, autumnal tidying, park maintenance, cleaning and painting as necessary and again assisting with a number of events such as Remembrance Parade and other community events. 

Situated in the heart of North Devon, in the friendly market town of Great Torrington, this A-grade 2 listed building has quickly become the social hub of the Town. The Hall is steeped in history and the recent refurbishments are a truly beautiful and unique balance of the old and new coming together in the most quintessential way. The Great Torrington Town & Community Hall has a combination of stunning and practical rooms for hire and we look forward to welcoming locals and visitors to Torrington to see what we have to offer. We can accommodate most events and come up with tailor-made package to fit your needs. Call in or ring Anne Tattersall on 0797 1696192 or Helen on 07944 639739 or log on to our website


The Great Hall

Dimensions:49ft X 23ft 4ins

Seats: 160 approx.

Features: Sound and lighting capability, separate access


The Long Room

Dimensions:27ft X 13ft 8ins

Seats: 40 approx.

Features: Adjoining Main Hall, separate access


The Oak Room

Dimensions: 26ft X 17ft 4ins

Seats: up to 60

Features: Oak panelled, access via grand staircase


Other Facilities

•Glazed lobby for separate hire

•Fully equipped kitchen

•Office space for hire

•Free WIFI access, projector for hire

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