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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.  



Get well wishes

Whilst I had the chains on from visiting Bob and Doris Scrivener, I visited a fellow Councillor Margaret Brown who has recently been in hospital, and is now at home recuperating, Margaret works hard for Torrington, both at town and district level. I wish Margaret a speedy recovery.  

65th Wedding Anniversary

I was delighted to visit Bob and Doris Scrivener on the occasion of their 65th wedding Anniversary, I took a card and flowers to the Torrington Arms, where they were enjoying a meal with family.  Bob & Doris have two sons David & Paul, Paul as most will know as their friendly postman and Paul is married to Angie, a school friend of mine. Congratulations Bob & Doris, it always lovely to see you.


Great Gatsby Ball

I was delighted to attend the Mayor of Barnstaple's "Great Gatsby Ball" at the Barnstaple Hotel on Saturday 24th March.  We sat with Julie (The Mayor) and her husband David, the Lord Mayor of Exeter and her Consort, the Mayor and Mayoress of Northam, and our dear friends Dermot & Sarah McGeough the Mayor & Mayoress of Bideford and not forgetting their son Atlas.   We had a wonderful evening, great company, and our own James Morrish carried out the Auction and draw - as you can imagine he took the mickey out of several people, including me.   A fantastic amount of money was raised from the auction for the Mayor's charities so a very successful night was had by all.


North Devon Hospice - Jail Break

On Friday the 23rd of March myself and 7 other people were taken hostage at The North Devon Hospice, we were charged and told we would be released by raising £1000! As well as myself the hostages included Dermot Mcgough the Mayor of Bideford, Julie Hunt the Mayor of Barnstaple and Rob Braddick to name but a few.  Porridge was served whilst we rang and emailed family, friends and local business's to help aid our escape.  At the last count the total was well over £8000. The North Devon Hospice is one of my charity's this year, I would like to thank everyone at North Devon Hospice for the fantastic job they do, we must support this wonderful charity.  I must say well done to Rob Braddick who raised his £1000 in record time, but stayed with us all and soon reached the £2000 mark, well done everyone.



Manor Court - Bideford

I was delighted to attend Manor Court in Bideford recently, it was made even more special by the Mayor Dermot McGeough and Mayoress Sarah McGeough bringing there 6 week old son Atlas to this ancient ceremony.  This is the first time in 110 years that a Bideford Mayor has had a child born while being in office.  He is a beautiful little boy.


Boxing Club Tournament

I was delighted to attend the Police amateur Boxing club tournament on the 11th March, congratulations to all the boxers, and well done to to all at the club who worked so hard to put this evening together.



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