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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!

Musicians Wanted!

Welcome Back Funding Opportunities

Local Councils have been given funding to support the opening up of town centres so, in response, we’re looking to put together a programme of street music over the summer/early autumn months in the town centre/pannier market: busker-style, with a fixed payment structure. Each session could be for up to two hours and the programme would ideally have a couple of sessions per morning. We’re looking at a Saturday – and possibly a weekday as well – with an eclectic roster of performers who can help create a positive ambience in the town centre/market area.

If you’re a local musician and would like to be part of this programme please contact the Town Council and we’ll discuss this with you further. Please e-mail on or phone 01805 626135.

Notice of vacancy in office of Councillor






that due to the resignation of Councillor Siobhan Strode a vacancy has arisen in the office of Councillor for the above Town Council.

If by the 21 July 2021 (14 election days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Town, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.

The address of the Returning Officer is Torridge District Council, Riverbank House, Bideford, EX39 2QG.

A request for an election can also be scanned and emailed to and must contain a “wet ink” signature.

If no such notice is given, the Town Council will fill the vacancy through co-option.

Dated            1 July 2021

Awards 2020/2021

The Town Council is pleased to share photos of socially distanced presentation of awards over the past month.

Cllr Allin, the outgoing Mayor, presenting her Mayoral Good Citizen’s Award to Angela Fleming and Andy Bloodworth and Cllr Smith, the incoming Mayor, presenting  Val and Peter Morris with the Howe Plate Award.

Angela Fleming and Andy Bloodworth – Good Citizen Award
Val and Peter Morris – Howe Plate Award

Mayor 2021/2022

At the Annual Business Meeting on the 6th May, Cllr Doug Smith was elected as Mayor for the following year.  Cllr Smith has nominated Rev Rob Blackhall as the Mayor’s Chaplain and his two chosen charities this year are the North Devon Hospice and Tarka Valley Railway.  Cllr Smith said, “Being nominated by my fellow councillors for the role of Mayor was a huge honour, for which I am grateful.  I am following an illustrious succession in that office, and I will endeavour to maintain and build on the fine traditions set by them.  I am sure everyone in Great Torrington will be working hard together to recover from this awful pandemic and get life back to the normality we have all been missing for some time”.

Cllr Allin was also nominated as Deputy Mayor at the same meeting for 2021/2022.


Members have fully supported two different Motions brought to two Council meetings over the past couple of months.

In December 2020 Members agreed the need to develop the Creamery and for the property be demolished and/or remaining buildings made completely secure and for Torridge District Council to use its powers to ensure these measures are enforced so that buildings are made secure and access to roofs removed.  Members also requested that Torridge District Council works with relevant agents to establish a solution to safely demolish any buildings with asbestos.

In January 2021 Members agreed to fully support the local campaign mounted by Plastic Free Torridge, Plastic Free North Devon and Keep Britain Tidy’s Ocean Recovery Project which recognises the adverse effect on the natural environment of cheap discarded polystyrene bodyboards and their request for retailers to remove these boards from sale.’

Armistice Day 2020

Due to restrictions introduced and lack of timely information the Town Council conducted the laying of the wreath, which would normally be done on Armistice Day (11th November) a week early.

I was joined by the Mayor’s Beadle and the Chaplain to the Royal British Legion. We had an incredibly poignant time where Rev Peter Bevan and I called out the names on the roll of honour. A Bible passage was read by my Beadle and Rev Peter Bevan said prayers and of course, it was an honour to lay a wreath in remembrance to all who have given so much for today’s freedom.

Cllr Keely Allin
Mayor of Great Torrington


1914 – 1918

Royal Navy

Ernest Copp
Robert Henry Palmer
Arthur Ernest Lillington Rudd
Herbert Richard Tanton
Ernest Ware


Thomas Henry Adams
Richard Alford
Lawrence Ashton
William Henry Baker
Arthur Battison
Arthur Bennett
Clifford Bennett
Michael Beer
Thomas Henry Bidgway
John Stanley Blake
Leslie Honeychurch Blake
Gilbert Bowden
Eustace Gilbert Bowhay
Stanley Bright
Frank Buckland
William Budd
Henry Cannon
Robert Harold Capell
Frederick Colwill
Cedric Copp
Lawrence Couch
Charles Cudmore
Alfred Darch
Archibald Davey
Edgar Davey
John Herbert Davey
Henry Frain
Bertram Furseman
Eric Green
Walter Green
Alfred Guard
John Courtney Hancock
Charles Leonard Heale
Walter Heard
Henry Hearn

William Heywood
William Bertram Holwill
James Hutchings
William Henry Johns
Ernest Lake
Claude Ewart Leate
Percival Jefferies Lile
Theodore Lugg
Archibald Eric Luxton
John G Macindoe
Percy Marley
Arthur Martin
William Martin
Ernest Harry Thomas Morse
Harry Nicholls
Thomas Oke
Ernest Parkhouse
Archibald Ernest Passmore
William Rooke Passmore
Claude John Pearce
Walter Penny
Henry Petherbridge
John Pincombe
Jack Popham
William Popham
John Rew
Stephen Rowe
Percival Slade 
William Henry Slee
John Small
William Squires
Archibald Alfred Sutcliff
Walter Thorne
Henry Trott
George Twiggs
William Vodden
Thomas Ware
John Weeks
Frederick Stanley Winson

Royal Air Force

Herbert James Evans
Alan Parnell
Lionel Ward

1939 – 1945

Royal Navy

Arthur Alexander
Edward Halfyard


Alfred George Allin
Kenneth Baker
Leslie Ball
Harry Victor Bell
Leon Dalberti
Harold Furseman
Percy Gerry Francis
Frederick Loosemore
William John Lugg
Clifford Mitchell
Percy Slade
Wilfred Sluman
Douglas Sussex
Austin Sutton
John George Walker
Hugh David Walker

Royal Air Force

Jack Newcombe


Joan Philp