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The inaugural meetings of these working groups were held on June 27th and July 3rd. The meetings recognised that lines of distinction between the two working groups were blurred, and frequently overlapped, so discussions were proposed to redefine their remit at our next Council Environment Committee on 18th July, which our Chair has brought forward in order not to lose impetus over the summer recess. Both meetings were well attended, and we were particularly pleased to welcome a number of participants from outside the Council, including one from ‘Devon View’ who spoke about the previously discussed Cable Car, a spokesman for local cyclists, and John Fewings from Devon County Council who explained the ‘Doing What Matters” initiative which is being rolled out using Great Torrington as one of the Pilot cases. Our next proposed meeting is due to be on September 4th, but we may bring this forward subject to the outcome of the upcoming Committee meeting. We look forward to the contribution of anyone who is interested in these subjects. This is the opportunity for everyone, not only Councillors, to have an input within the community.  If you would like to know more, or put forward some views please do so through the Town Council on 01805 626135 (Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday), or e-mail 

Cllr Doug Smith 

Chair of Working Groups


Tuesday, 16 July 2019 09:59

Historic Heritage Fund

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Over the past two months Torridge District Council’s Economic Development Officer, Chris Fuller, has been working with the Town Council, Petroc, the Plough Arts Centre and the wider community to compile an application to the above fund, which is a strand of the Future’s High Street Funding initiative.  The scheme offered a 2-stage process, the first being an Expression of Interest, the second a fully developed scheme (which is not competitive). The Historic Heritage Fund was announced at the end of May, with a deadline for Expressions of Interest by the 12th July, which gave a fairly tight, but definitely workable, window to work within. 

At the time of writing this, Chris was looking to meet this deadline with a submission that sets out ambitious plans for the heritage aspects of our town as well as creating economic and youth opportunities.  Chris presented at the Torrington Together in June and received positive responses.  We will hopefully have more news on this project for the October Crier, but first, we need to get to the 2nd round of applications! Watch this space for more information.


At the June Council meeting, the Mayor presented a “Certificate of Recognition” to Ellie Carter, the youngest woman in the UK to fly solo.  Members recognised what an incredible achievement Ellie has made at the age of 16 and wished her well for her future.


Friday, 07 June 2019 12:05

Torrington Museum

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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.

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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