I cannot believe I am beginning my second term as Mayor of Great Torrington; thank you all for your support over the last 12 months. It’s been incredible serving our wonderful town and I’m looking forward continuing to do so. This next year will be different, but I know as a community we will embrace the challenges and come out stronger.
I have been very proud to raise funds for the Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club and the 1st Torrington Scout Group, and it was lovely to see you supporting these local groups through various fundraising events. I am very pleased to say that we have raised a total of £4500.00; money which will be divided equally and I know, gratefully received to by both groups and will hopefully serve to help them continue their fantastic work. (Please note this sum does not include sponsorship for my postponed sky dive. Once I have done this, these funds will be divided and sent separately to these groups).
At this point I choose two new charities to support over the next 12 months, and it hasn’t been an easy decision. Will suggested that I look back over the last year at who has made a real impact, so my first charity is the Torrington Silver Band. They were all very welcoming at the events I’ve been invited to, they are the beating heart of the town, and I look forward to supporting them in any way I can over the coming year.
My second charity is the Friends of Great Torrington Library. Being a keen reader myself, I know how vital this service is to a broad range of individuals in our community. As well as being able to access a wide range of resources, the library offers events and support for all ages. I fondly remember doing the book tracker program as a child and would love to see more people taking an interest in reading.
Again, at this point, I would usually award the Mayor’s Award to an individual or group at our Mayoral Introduction Ceremony. Naturally this event was unable to go ahead, but I would like to announce that this year’s chosen recipient is ‘The Great Torrington Knit and Natter Group’: a recently formed group meeting every Wednesday to knit/crochet and share companionship. The defining moment for me was the incredible work that went into our fantastic Poppy display for Remembrance celebrations last year. This was a wider community effort but with the group forming and coordinating the display, it became a breath-taking piece. I’ve also received comments about how warm, welcoming and friendly the group is, with some members even travelling from outside of Great Torrington for weekly meetings. Community is what our town thrives on and so I know that this community group are truly deserving of the award.
As a council, we have been trying to resume some normal proceedings by commencing virtual meetings. It’s all very different but as we all adjust it is working well. By the time you read this we will have held our first full council meeting (25th June 2020). I hope you are all continuing to stay safe, and perhaps that you have managed a socially distanced catch up with friends or relatives. Businesses are adapting to the ‘new normal’ as shops start to re-open and I know our traders appreciate your support and consideration as they adjust to this change.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything at all.
Keeley Allin – Mayor of Great Torrington – Cllr.firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 07783 711500