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GTTC’s New Councillor

The Town Council is very pleased to announce that Bruce Callaghan-Martin was voted onto the town council as the newest councillor at the September Council meeting.  Cllr Callaghan-Martin is well known throughout the community of Great Torrington having lived in the town for 17 of the last 25 years. During this time, he has been involved in various community activities and currently has a business in the town.

Cllr Callaghan-Martin said; I feel extremely honoured to have been accepted onto Great Torrington Town Council and will strive to act in the very best interest of Great Torrington and its residents at all times. Becoming a councillor gives me a deep sense of pride and I look forward to working with the mayor and the other councillors for the benefit of our beautiful historic town and our lovely community”. The Town Council is very happy to welcome Cllr Callaghan-Martin and looks forward to working together in the future.

Job vacancies at Torridge District Council

Waste and Recycling Manager

£29,174 – £32,798 per annum | Full Time | Permanent

Are you an experienced manager looking for an exciting new challenge? We may have the perfect role for you! A new opportunity has arisen within our Operational Services team, the post holder will directly manage our Waste and Recycling Supervisors, Workshop Supervisor and Admin Support team, therefore it is essential for candidates to have previous management experience. The Waste and Recycling Manager will be responsible for keeping abreast of industry-wide developments, evaluating ways to continuously improve the service standards and delivery and provide recommendations to the Operational Services Manager on an ongoing basis. They will be responsible for taking the lead on revitalising the recycling education programme, promoting recycling initiatives with the aim of increasing public engagement.

How to apply!

Operational Services Support Officer

£21,269 – £22,571 per annum I Full Time I Permanent

We are seeking a professional and organised individual to provide general administration support to the Operational Services Team and to assist with the efficient and effective delivery of all aspects of the Waste Management service. Duties will include collating, logging and maintaining accurate electronic records, dealing with customer enquiries/complaints, monitor and review the Fleet Management system, reconciling, spreadsheet data entry, raising purchase orders and assisting with roadshow displays.

How to apply!

Waste Management Loader

£18,887 – £19,650 per annum I Permanent I Full Time

Loading a recycling collection vehicle, you will collect recycling or household waste throughout the Torridge area. You will be able to cope with the physical, and at times pressurised nature of the job, with the ability to work on your own initiative and within a team. Your day starts early and you and your team will work 37 hours per week on a task and finish basis, to include occasional Saturday work.

How to apply!

Property Maintenance Apprentice

£11,335 per annum, increasing after the first year | Full time (37 hours per week) with attendance at training provider | Fixed term contract for duration of apprenticeship

Are you interested in a career in property maintenance and/or caretaking? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking to recruit an apprentice to assist our Senior Caretaker in providing general building maintenance and an efficient caretaking and cleaning service to all corporate buildings.We are looking for someone with a ‘can do’ attitude, a team player, with good communication skills.

The successful candidate must be motivated to study and complete a Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship and it is desirable for the candidate to have achieved a Grade C/Level 4 in English and Maths.

How to apply!

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

A huge thank you to all who helped over the 4-day holiday period as we celebrated the Queens amazing achievement of serving her country for 70 years as our Monarch.  Our Town Crier joined others nationally by reading a Proclamation in the Town Centre at the ordained time of 2.00pm on the 2nd June.  On the same day the Cavaliers excelled themselves again by hosting a “Fun Day” at the Old Bowling Green which culminated with Stuart Gisbey Piping Diu Regnare, with the Bugle Call, “Majesty” played by Nick Megson immediately prior to the lighting of the Beacon which was followed by fabulous fireworks!

The weather was perfect and it was fabulous to see so many there, all enjoying being together.  A huge thank you to the Cavaliers who arranged it all, including building the Beacon and also the Town Band, Stuart, Nick and all who took part in the Fun Day and evening activities.

Thanks, are also extended to the Commons Conservators for allowing all of this to take place on common land.

The Sunday brought with it the Community Jubilee Picnic but also inclement weather!  On Saturday it was agreed to switch from the town centre to the Town Hall.  What a lovely afternoon it turned out to be with the Town Hall full of people of all ages in every room.  As people “picnicked” so the Town Band played renditions of suitable jubilee music.  Rob Pudner and his accomplice Chris entertained the children and adults alike, Della painted children’s faces beautifully and there were various games and activities for all to join in with, along with a crown competition.  It truly was a great afternoon and we again extend thanks to everyone involved from those who made paper flowers for the tables, to volunteers who helped set up and set down, and all who helped on the day.  Special thanks to all at the Town Hall who pulled all the stops out to enable the switch of venue at short notice!

A fabulous few community days, which demonstrates time and time again how great the community of Great Torrington really is!

Big Jubilee Community Picnic

Come along and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the “Big Jubilee Community Picnic” on Sunday 5th June between 3pm and 5pm in Great Torrington’s town centre.

Entertainingly Different’s Rob Pudner will not only be acting as our Master of Ceremonies in his inimitable style but will also be providing some Circus skills around the tables and will be joined by Chris James throughout the afternoon who will be bringing a little bit of magic to the proceedings.

Great Torrington History Alive Event

On Saturday 10th September 2022 the town of Great Torrington will be holding a History Alive event to showcase the town’s rich heritage which dates all the way back to the 8th century AD. 

The town will be buzzing with plenty of free, fun, educational and interactive activities to highlight important milestones experienced by our relatively small but hugely significant Northern Devon Market Town throughout the ages.  Activities will include living history re-enactments, a 1st World War recruitment drive, guides dressed in period costume ready to talk to visitors about notable characters who lived in Great Torrington, a costumed bowls competition, talks and guided tours of the Rolle Canal and Tarka Valley Railway, displays and exhibitions, a costumed market day and an oral history project focussing on the town’s industrial history as a glove-making centre. 

In addition, visitors will have free entry to Dartington Crystal’s Visitor Centre which showcases the history of glass making in Great Torrington, and the Landmark Trust’s “Cawsey House”, an elegant late-Stuart townhouse, will be open to the public as part of Heritage Open Days 2022.  A free shuttle bus will be running between the town centre and RHS Rosemoor where the Wardour Garrison, a 17th century living history group will be stationed for the weekend. 

Come and join us in September and experience some of the fascinating history Great Torrington has to offer!

Notice of Great Torrington Mayoral Introduction Ceremony

Notice is hereby given that:

The inauguration of the Mayor of Great Torrington Town Council will be held at Great Torrington Community Hall on Tuesday 31st May 2022 at 7.00pm

The meeting is open to members of the public who are most welcome.  If you are intending to attend, please let the Town Council know by Tuesday 24th May 2022 so that we can make suitable arrangements for refreshments. Contact details are as follows; phone 01805 626135 or e-mail

Karen Chapman, Town Clerk                                                                                              


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Crown templates & Paper Flower designs

Make your own Crown

Paper Flower Templates

HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

There will be a variety of commemorations and celebrations over the Platinum Jubilee long weekend for the community to come together to celebrate the HM The Queen’s historic reign of 70 years! 

Thursday 2nd June 2022

The Town Crier will make a Proclamation @ 1.00pm in the Town Centre; the Town Crier to be accompanied by 4 Pikemen all wearing 17th century period dress.

This will be followed by a “family fun” afternoon/evening organised by the Cavaliers.  It will be held at the Old Bowling Green and will start at 2.00pm.  The afternoon and evening will host activities for families including free kiddie fairground rides, bouncy castles and games and sports.  There will be music from our Town Band as well as various acoustic sessions and a DJ.  On top of this there will be a Beer Tent and BBQ!  A fantastic family afternoon/evening which will culminate with a Piper playing the nationally agreed tune of “Diu Regard” at 9.09pm and the lighting of a Beacon at 9.15pm followed by Fireworks.   

Sunday 5th June 2022:

The Town Council and Town Hall are organising a Big Jubilee Community Picnic in the town centre on Sunday 5th June 2022 between 3 and 5pm for the community to come together to continue with celebrations to, mark The Queen’s historic reign. 

Picnickers: Bring your own food and drink to enjoy and we will provide the entertainment!  We will have Rob Pudner and Friends, the Bluecoat School Choir and Torrington Silver Band: there will be magic tricks and circus skills at the tables, face painting and kids’ games as well as a ‘Best Crown’ competition!  The event is completely free to all so please join us for a right royal ‘knees-up’ to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! If you’d like to help us decorate the tables for the picnic, we are looking for people to make paper flowers to go in jam jars: please see our website for links to some paper flower templates or give the Town Council a call and we can supply you with some instructions.


Phone: 01805 626135