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.


Tuesday, 16 July 2019 09:43

Dementia Champion Induction Day

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We have been advised by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service that the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority has agreed a 12 week consultation period following the announcement of proposed changes to the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service. Under the new proposals, the Service would seek to move underused resources from where the risk is low and invest more into work to reach the most vulnerable members of society and help keep them safe. This includes proposed closures of a number of fire stations where risk and activity is low and the removal of fire engines that are underused. They are looking to reinvest some of the financial savings into prevention work in the community. They will be holding public drop-in exhibitions in the localities that are affected by the proposals and other locations across Devon and Somerset throughout July and August – please see the poster for details. This is so they can talk with local residents and explain the changes and reasons for change as part of the consultation process.

Please Note: Their proposals do not include changes to Torrington Fire Station.

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Friday, 07 June 2019 12:05

Torrington Museum

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.

Friday, 31 May 2019 16:23

New Mayor of Great Torrington

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On 29th May 2019 Great Torrington celebrated the introduction of the new Mayor for the forthcoming year, Councillor Miss Keeley Allin.

At the age of 22, Cllr Allin joins the handful of “youngest Mayors” across the country.  However, despite her age she certainly does not lack experience as Keely has been involved with the Town Council from a very young age. At the age of 12 Keeley acted as the Mayor’s consort for her mum and has since had a serious interest in Town Council activity.  Whilst at Great Torrington School Keeley sat on the School Council and was a senior leader in year 11. In 2015 Keeley joined the Town Council as a Councillor and since then has worked hard for Great Torrington, with the people the Council represents being Keeley’s main priority. 

Her proudest achievements are setting up the ‘Town Tidy’ Initiative, which sees everyone come together to tidy the town up before big events such as Mayfair and being part of a group who have worked hard to get a youth club back into the town. 

Keeley said “as Mayor of Great Torrington I am very much looking forward to a busy year ahead, with my diary already filling up! I have set up a Facebook page (Great Torrington Mayor’s Blog) where I will keep everyone updated and will continue to contribute to The Crier with the monthly ‘Mayors News’ article.

 “I feel very proud to hold the office of Mayor of Great Torrington this year and I’m really looking forward to supporting our town and various projects. I also hope that the lovely people of Great Torrington will feel free to contact me if they would like me to attend any events over this forthcoming year.”

Keeley has nominated 1st Torrington Scouts and Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club as her chosen charities for the forthcoming year.

At the Mayoral Ceremony Pastor Tim Gilbert was welcomed as the Mayor’s Chaplain for the forthcoming year.  The Town Council would also like to thank Reverend Peter Bevan for his service to the Mayor and Town Council as Mayor’s Chaplain over the past two years.

Command Sergeant Major Jimmy Birch was thanked for his service as Mayor’s Cadet for the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Mrs Di Davey and Cpl Holly Rice-Smith was welcomed as the Mayors cadet for the forthcoming year.


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