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Monday, 26 February 2018 14:44

Train waiting on Platform 2

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Recently our Technical Assistants helped Great Torrington Men's Sheds members in moving a "Train & Carriage Planter" they had made to be placed on Barnstaple town railway platform. The Train shaped planter was commissioned by the Devon and Cornwall Railway Partnership (based at Plymouth University).  I'm sure you'll agree it certainly makes a great feature on the platform.


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:     

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:

Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:41

Technicians at work

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The Technicians have spent some time cleaning up the path between Castle Street and Castle Hill Gardens - Please see the result!

Whilst cleaning up, the Technicians came along a considerable number of incidents of dog fouling. Please make every effort to pick up after your dog and help us keep this pathway clear for all.

Kind regards

M Tighe, Town Clerk


New pictorial maps have been put up in six locations in and around Torrington. The maps were designed by local graphic designer Phil Butcher and feature text inlays providing descriptions of historical sites, landscape features, and information on attractions, facilities and services in the town.

£1,000 came from the Mary Portas town initiatives but were supplemented by £600 from the Town Council as part of their Great Torrington Futures Group. The long term focus of the group is the economic regeneration of the town and surrounding parishes; next steps concentrate on better highway signage.

The signs are located in locations for maximum exposure including Sydney House Car Park, RHS Rosemoor, Town Pannier Market, Dartington Crystal, Puffing Billy complex and at the old Bowling Green. Smaller reproductions of the boards have been placed in Council offices, tourist information and other locations.

Torrington Councillor Cathrine Simmons said: “The information boards are just a small part of a much longer list of projects we hope to implement to rejuvenate the town and surrounding areas. But they have already been well received with lots of positive feedback. I want to congratulate the Great Torrington Futures Group for delivering these enhancements and will be working with them to progress other projects in the town.”