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The Museum is now open until the end of October so do come and look around the new layout and displays. There is a lift which can take you up to the Grade 2* listed building, The Market House, and also round the first floor where you can see and read all about the Civil War in the Town.

There are a couple of talks organised for July. The first one is on Thursday 5th July given by Alan Crawley, member of the Commons Conservators. Alan will be talking about the creatures living in the river and the problems the Conservators face with the river, and what they hope to achieve in the future. As we all live near the Torridge we should be interested in what is in it ans how we can help to look after it.

The second talk is on Thursday 26th July by Harry Juniper, the famous Potter from Bideford. He will brig his son with him and he will set up a film recorded by the BBC about himself and his pottery. Then he will talk about when he was an evacuee in Torrington. I am sure it will be a very interesting evening.

Both talks will be in the Market House starting at 7pm, the doors to the museum will be open at 6.30pm for tea and coffee. There will be a £3 charge per person.

Opening times for the museum: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am to 4pm. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10.30pm to 1pm.

Today marks the retirement of two important members of our team. Firstly, our Town Clerk, Michael Tighe, who is retiring after over 20 years service, he will be sorely missed and has worked incredibly hard for our Town Council. And secondly, Mario Magarotto, who has given many years service taking care of Donnacroft football field and changing rooms. 

A surprise get together was organised for Michael yesterday morning in the council offices where current and past councillors/Mayors and other guests got together to wish him a happy retirement. A few members then went to the Golf Club for a farewell meal for both Michael and Mario. 

Thank you to both of you, the service you have provided Great Torrington Town Council has been second to none.

              

Mill St residents will get the same service as the rest of Torridge.  Residents will be given a weekly food waste caddy and, instead of a green wheelie bin for green waste, will be given a hessian bag to use because the raised pavement means that the green wheelie bins cannot be collected and emptied efficiently. Residents can start signing up for the optional green waste service now, which will be the same annual charge of £35, which is for the collection and disposal of the waste rather than for the wheelie bin.

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 

Priorities for economic development in Great Torrington

The Great Torrington Futures Group has now re-convened with an enlarged membership of 4 Councillors and 5 lay members.  

Based on several local consultations over recent years, we have constructed a questionnaire about options for economic and related development.   Your Town Councillors were each asked to indicate 10 priorities out of a list of 45 proposals.   

A complete summary of their choices is available from the Council Offices at Castle Hill.   The top five priorities, with at least half of the twelve Councillors selecting them, were:

• Encourage more of the thousands of visitors to Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor to visit the town (11).

• Investigate how to attract small and medium-sized businesses, including those working in technology, arts/media, niche industries and internet marketing (9).

• Work with District and County Councils to determine options for business development and inward investment (7)

• Market the town and the locality online (7).

• Improve the image of New Street as it is one of the stronger impressions that visitors receive about Torrington (6).

38 out of the 45 items were selected as a priority by at least one Councillor, which perhaps reflects the diversity of local opinion about how people would like to see the town develop. 

You may have noticed the new town information boards which we have sited at Sydney House Car Park; Barley Grove Car Park; Tarka Valley Railway; Old Bowling Green; Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor.   Members of the Futures Group will lead on short-term projects which can be realised fairly easily and cheaply; but will also address the challenges of longer-term, more complex projects.  Whether it is seats and bike racks which make the town more user-friendly, or commercial investment which improves the local economy, we shall aim for changes which have a lasting impact.   

Great Torrington Futures Group:  Di Davey, Chenie Miller, Keeley Allin, Peter Bevan, Chris Bright, Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin, Ian Ashelford, Phil Topham, John Eeles.

If you would like to help with our work, or comment on our activities, please contact us:

By email to: philtop@hotmail.co.uk.     

By writing to: GTF, c/o Great Torrington Town Council, Castle Hill, South Street, Great Torrington, EX38 8AA

By hand delivery to: Great Torrington Town Council mailbox at Castle Hill

Via the Great Torrington Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/GreatTorringtonTownCouncil/?fref=ts