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Thursday 28th October 10am – 3pm – FREE event!!

On Thursday the 28th  October between 10.00am and 3.00pm Torrington’s very own Pannier Market will be the location for a very special event half term holiday event.

The Town Council in collaboration with various organisations have put together a jam-packed programme of fun, exciting, creative, engaging, inspiring and most importantly totally free activities for children and young people.

Throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity of working with Tarka Pottery to create something out of air-drying clay, there will be hands on interactive science-meets-art activities with ‘Sciencedipity’ and drop in Circus Skills with experienced and well-known Expressive Arts Practitioner Rob Pudner from Entertainingly Different who will also act as MC for the day.

There will be Street Dance Workshops courtesy of founding Director of ‘Streetz Dance Company’ Amy Avery and Hula Hooping sessions with Circus Performer Maz Manuva.  Della from Fizzog Face Painting will be doing her thing throughout the day as will Dave Hendy who will perform his Punch and Judy show three times at various intervals. If this wasn’t enough children will be able to create a piece of original artwork with Kate and the fabulous Higher Beings paint spinner and last but not least, everyone will be able to contribute to a piece of people participation artwork with Westcountry based fine and digital artist Jo Mortimer. The finished piece – a unique reminder of the day will then be displayed in the town for years to come.

As you can see from above there really is something for children of all ages, abilities and interests and for one day of the holiday at least there should be no moans of being bored – you might even find a brand-new interest is forged or a hidden talent is revealed.

There is no need to book although places on some activities will be limited and delivered on a first come first served basis so whatever the weather just make a beeline for the Pannier Market on the 28th and you and yours will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome and day of family fun. Look out for further details on the town council’s website and around the town, which will include timings of the workshops.

And don’t forget – When in the town centre, continue to support your local traders and “Buy Local”!

Engaging and Exciting Activities for Children and Young People in Great Torrington this October

‘The Welcome Back Fund’ is a central Government initiative to encourage people use their town centres.  As part of this initiative, the Town Council are putting on a couple of special events in this October.

The first event takes place on Saturday 2nd October when ‘Really Wild Learning’, an ethical, education-based wildlife encounter business will be providing some free children’s animal encounters between 10am-2.00pm at the Undercroft of the Town Hall. A range of reptiles and invertebrates will be on show and there will be the opportunity to handle some of these creatures under the experienced guidance of animal expert Kim Insull.


The event will launch ‘Great Torrington’s Bug Hunt ‘ wherefamilies can enjoy following a trail around the town searching for insect facts in the local shops (think window spotting for animal facts). Everybody who completes the trail and returns their application forms will be entered in a draw with the winner receiving a free family ticket to visit ‘Really Wild Planet’ CIC in Bideford. The trail will run for the whole of October and can be completed over half term. Application forms can be downloaded from the Town Council’s website or collected in person from Whiskers Pet Shop.

In addition to this on Thursday the 28th October between 10.00am and 3.00pm Torrington’s very own Pannier Market will be the location for a very special event half term holiday event.

The Town Council in collaboration with various organisations have put together a jam-packed programme of fun, exciting, creative, engaging, inspiring and most importantly totally free activities for children and young people.


Throughout the day attendees will have the opportunity of working with Tarka Pottery to create something out of air-drying clay, there will be hands on interactive science-meets-art activities with ‘Sciencedipity’ and drop in Circus Skills with experienced and well-known Expressive Arts Practitioner Rob Pudner from Entertainingly Different who will also act as MC for the day.

There will be Street Dance Workshops courtesy of founding Director of ‘Streetz Dance Company’ Amy Avery and Hula Hooping sessions with Circus Performer Maz Manuva.  Della from Fizzog Face Painting will be doing her thing throughout the day as will Dave Hendy who will perform his Punch and Judy show three times at various intervals. If this wasn’t enough children will be able to create a piece of original artwork with Kate and the fabulous Higher Beings paint spinner and last but not least, everyone will be able to contribute to a piece of people participation artwork with Westcountry based fine and digital artist Jo Mortimer. The finished piece – a unique reminder of the day will then be displayed in the town for years to come.

As you can see from above there really is something for children of all ages, abilities and interests and for one day of the holiday at least there should be no moans of being bored – you might even find a brand-new interest is forged or a hidden talent is revealed.

There is no need to book although places on some activities will be limited and delivered on a first come first served basis so whatever the weather just make a beeline for the Pannier Market on the 28th October and you and yours will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome and day of family fun. Look out for further details on the town council’s website and around the town, which will include timings of the workshops.

And don’t forget – When in the town centre, continue to support your local traders and “Buy Local”!

Welcome Back Fund Initiatives to-date

Over the summer months we were happy to partner with Rosemoor and had publicity posters positioned on site at Rosemoor in their A Boards.  The design work and printing costs have been met by the fund. In addition, the fund has paid for;

  • Locally grown hanging baskets which were positioned in the Pannier Market and have been maintained by the Town Council’s Technicians. These looked beautiful and many people have expressed their appreciation.
  • A programme Street Music on Saturday mornings from the end of July- end of September.
  • Publication in the Gazette of the Town Map which also listed shopping opportunities in the town centre as well as promoting the “three maps” available free of charge which includes two separate trail maps, “The Civil War” trail and the “Heritage” trail.

Future initiatives for consideration include; October fun for children, town centre pavement deep clean, local shuttle bus service trial and day events in March 2022.

Mayor’s Cadet 2021

The presentation of the new Mayor’s Cadet was held on 20th July 2021 at Torrington Cadet Hut which the Mayor was delighted to attend. Cadet SJT Jack Pledger-Sussex was selected as this years Mayor’s Cadet by the Torrington Army Cadet Force who said:

“Great Torrington Army Cadet Force is very proud of SJT Pledger-Sussex, he has a lot of good qualities as a cadet as well as a member of Great Torrington community. Becoming Mayor’s Cadet has always been a huge ambition for Jack and he has worked hard to achieve this high honour within the cadet force. Within the ACF becoming Mayor’s Cadet is what every cadet hopes to achieve but only a few accomplish, being Mayor’s Cadet is an important job serving the community along with the Mayor, it gives that cadet a real sense of pride and self esteem.

SJT Pledger-Sussex is a cadet who already has a lot of good qualities, he is always very well turned out and takes pride in the way he looks and is always willing to help other cadets as well as the community in general, Jack is on his way to becoming Great Torrington’s first Staff cadet which has never been achieved before within Great Torrington detachment and only a few cadets have ever made within Devon ACF, with an ambition to become a ACF adult instructor within the next few years.

At Great Torrington detachment we are all very proud of Jack and what he has achieved within the Devon Army Cadet Force as well as at detachment level, we are very honoured that he is part of our detachment and feel that he has a great future laying in front of him both within the ACF and his working life, not only has Jack set new records within the Devon ACF, we are certain he will also do the same in life”.

Several members of Jack’s family have already served with Great Torrington Army Cadets including his Mum and two Uncles both of which also served as Mayor’s Cadet (one of which being the first ever in Great Torrington), Jack is now proudly continuing this tradition within his family. Many congratulation SJT Jack Pledger-Sussex, the Mayor looks forward to working alongside you at a number of events throughout the coming year.

Our streets are alive with the sound of music!

Residents and visitors to Great Torrington are set to enjoy a whole new shopping experience from the end of July until the end of September (starting on Saturday 24th July from 10am). The plan – local artists will serenade you as you shop and relax with family and friends.

Great Torrington’s Mayor Councillor Doug Smith explained, “We’re very proud of the shopping experience people can already have in Great Torrington. We’re delighted with the opportunity to be able to deliver an exciting new musical programme and welcome the public back to our town centre, which boasts a myriad of independent shops.”

As part of the Welcome Back Fund the Town Council is in the process of signing up musical talent to provide street music on a Saturday morning in the Town Centre and Pannier Market. Please note the advert is in this CRIER if you would like to be considered to take part.  There will be a fixed payment arrangement for each act.

Come along, shop local and relax and listen to a variety of genres of music over these next couple of months!