Essential repairs to the Tower and Spire of St Michael and All Angels Parish Church in Great Torrington, a Grade 2* Listed Building will begin on the 9th April, the work will secure the safety of the building and make it water tight and we are grateful to the HLF and many other Grant Aiding Bodies including the Great Torrington Town and Lands Charity for their help in funding this much needed work.

To enable this work to be carried out safely it will mean that the diagonal path through the Churchyard will need to be closed, but the paths around the sides will still be open. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but it is essential to keep the public safe, and thank the public in advance for their co-operation in this matter.

The work should be completed by the 20th December, but the Bells which will be silent during the work will not be able to be rung again until Easter 2019 to allow time for the mortar to cure.

Chris Foster & Harold Martin Churchwardens 

In 2013 Torridge District Council introduced a series of Dog Control Orders (DCOs) under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. This designated offences of failing to pick up faeces, failure to put a dog on a lead (by location or by direction) and exclusion of dogs from specified areas.   

The DCO provisions have been superseded by the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The new provisions available under this Act to tackle dog related issues is by the designation of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). Before these provisions can be enacted, the proposals must be subject to consultation.  

Torridge District Council has launched a six week consultation on the proposals, which can be accessed via their website here:

Alternatively, hard copies are available at Torridge District Council reception points. 

The consultation consists of the draft wording of the order, along with a plans/a schedule of the areas it will cover. Comments are invited on both. The consultation run’s until the 25th March, following which the feedback will be considered as part of the determination process for the adoption of the provisions.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018 21:08

Report a Problem



Do you have a problem with Blocked Drains or Flooding, wish to report a Pothole or Overgrown Vegetation, having problems with a Faulty Street Light or Broken Manhole Cover? items such as these and many others can be reported direct to the relevant department by clicking the following link and then choosing the option you require:-


Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:32

Vacancy for Co-Opted Councillor

We currently have vacancy for 1 Co-Opted Councillor to join the other Council Members of Great Torrington Town Council.


The Town Council therefore invites written applications outlining why you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor and what you believe you can bring to the role for consideration.    


Applicants must meet at least one of the qualifications set out below:  


a) I am registered as a local government elector for the parish; or

b) I have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option, occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish; or

c) My principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; or

d) I have during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option resided in the parish or within 3 miles of it.


Applications should be no more than one side of A4 paper.


Please forward applications to Great Torrington Town Council, Castle Hill, Great Torrington, EX38 8AA or by email to  to be received no later than midday on Wednesday 21st February 2018.


M.A. Tighe, Town Clerk

We have had a good summer although we were operating in two sites, the Market House and the reception area in the main museum. We do thank our volunteers for all their cheerfulness and knowledge which can be seen in the comments in our visitors book.

How many of you who live in Torrington have been into the museum?

A small group of us have brought the museum from a small country museum situated in the Town Hall to where it is now. We are now embarking on the next phase which is to bring it into the 21st century and this is where we need your help. Running a museum these days is like organizing a business, were we do need special expertise and skills. Perhaps you have done a risk assessment, or looked after Fire protection in the work place. Could you help us by doing one of these items? It would be a massive help. We also need somebody to look after the copyright and the new Data protection laws. Also someone who would like to organize a group to help with events, talks and exhibitions and fund raising. I know it is a long list,  however some of our volunteers are looking after the Health and Safety and Safe guarding aspects and others are hoping to engage with the schools. Perhaps the schools themselves could come and talk to us. There must be many people living in the houses round Torrington hiding their knowledge and skills away, we need you.

As I have said before this is a community museum supported by the Town Council. We have had many grants from organisations to put us where we are now. However the major grant is now with the Heritage Lottery and the other week we did have a very good meeting with them, but there is still much work to be done with engaging with different organisations in the town. We also have to show there are many people in the town helping to sustain and move the museum forward.

The museum is one of the major tourist’s attractions for the Town and if we fail to move ahead, due to lack of commitment by people in the town, it will be one of the saddest days for the town.

Please do not just read this and dismiss it as not important, but come and speak to us we really do need your help. Please become an advisor to the museum.

Moving the museum forward depends on each one of us in Great Torrington.