This year the Town Council has awarded the Howe Plate to Peter and Val Morris in recognition of their remarkable efforts over several decades in keeping the Museum going and in doing so, contributing to preserving the towns heritage for future generations. Peter and Val stepped down from the Museum last September and Members considered the presentation of the Howe Plate to be a fitting tribute for all that they have both done for the community.
When my appointment as Mayor of Great Torrington was announced, the support and encouragement I had from our retiring Mayor Cllr. Keeley Allin and so many friends and associates has been humbling and most gratifying. I was honoured to have received the confidence of my fellow Councillors, and will do all in my power to justify that trust. It will be a genuine privilege being your Mayor.
The decision about which two Local Charities are named as Mayor’s Charities for the upcoming year has been the first of many delightful challenges facing me.
A little over three years ago my late wife and I were overwhelmed by the kindness and care showered on us by the North Devon Hospice during the difficult latter part of her life. The Hospice is a very special organisation, and so many of us have benefited from its unique contribution to the community. Covid has impacted dramatically on the funds coming into this charity on which they rely so heavily, so I will be urging everyone to continue giving as generously as ever to this vital local resource by supporting my Charity
The presence of a thriving Heritage Railway will surely put us on the ‘Holiday’ map for many more people. Tarka Valley Railway has a momentous anniversary in the offing, so I know we are going to be hearing much more from them about this event in the coming months. Emerging from lockdown, and looking at the many roads to recovery, it is clear that Tourism is one of the keys to Great Torrington’s continued regeneration, and I look forward to working with this lively group, and to supporting them with my Mayor’s Charity.
Cllr Miss Keeley Allin has awarded her Good Citizen Award for 2021 to two people! The two Heads of our Primary and Secondary schools; Angela Fleming and Andy Bloodworth. Keeley said, “I am conscious that all staff members at both schools have worked incredibly hard over this past year, working in extremely difficult situations and unchartered waters, needing to react to changes in guidance and rules, often with very little notice. The school Heads have worked tirelessly leading staff members, children and young people and families endeavouring to ensure the right balance between meeting educational, psychological and safety needs are met. I am very grateful for all that they have done for the children and young people of our community and hope that this award also goes some way to express gratitude from the community at large”.