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.
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!
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 email@example.com or phone 01805 626135.
TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL
NOTICE OF VACANCY
IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
GREAT TORRINGTON TOWN COUNCIL
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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.’
We are pleased to welcome Phil Cloke to Great Torrington Town Council as our new co-opted Councillor. Phil will be known by a lot of local people and we look forward to his contributions over the coming months.
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
LIST OF NAMES ON TORRINGTON WAR MEMORIAL
1914 – 1918
Robert Henry Palmer
Arthur Ernest Lillington Rudd
Herbert Richard Tanton
Thomas Henry Adams
William Henry Baker
Thomas Henry Bidgway
John Stanley Blake
Leslie Honeychurch Blake
Eustace Gilbert Bowhay
Robert Harold Capell
John Herbert Davey
John Courtney Hancock
Charles Leonard Heale
William Bertram Holwill
William Henry Johns
Claude Ewart Leate
Percival Jefferies Lile
Archibald Eric Luxton
John G Macindoe
Ernest Harry Thomas Morse
Archibald Ernest Passmore
William Rooke Passmore
Claude John Pearce
William Henry Slee
Archibald Alfred Sutcliff
Frederick Stanley Winson
Royal Air Force
Herbert James Evans
1939 – 1945
Alfred George Allin
Harry Victor Bell
Percy Gerry Francis
William John Lugg
John George Walker
Hugh David Walker
Royal Air Force