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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

Grass Cutting

You may have noticed that throughout the summer months, we deliberately left grass and any wild plants to grow on four sites across the town.  The grass land outside Woodland Vale, the bank running parallel with Greenbank and banks around Linden Close and New road.

These areas are being cultivated to enhance the environmental and ecological aspects of the area.

As we approached autumn, we have cut back the vegetation and raked the area and have sown ‘yellow rattle’ seed ready for next year.

If the seed takes well the Yellow Rattle will not only add to the aesthetic appearance bringing yellow flowers, but it will weaken the strength of the grass, ready to plant with wild flower seed at the end of next summer for 2022 season.

The aim is to create natural environments which not only look great, but will also as increase the positive impact for birds, bees and insects.

This is an ongoing project which we hope will bring long-term environmental and ecological benefits.

If you have any thoughts about this approach, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Council.

Great Torrington’s New Link to The Commons

A collaboration between Great Torrington Town Council, the Commons Conservators, Men’s Shed and Great Torrington School has seen a new link between town and Commons established.

A new gateway and steps from the Council’s Jubilee Wood and a restored bridge over Common Lake Stream have made the new route possible and it is already proving popular with walkers. The link was officially opened by Great Torrington’s Mayor, Cllr Keeley Allin, on 19th August.

The gate was built at Torrington’s Men’s Shed and the surrounding area has been planted up with trees and shrubs by the school. Al Mitchell, the Conservators’ Head Ranger, led the team restoring the bridge.

Jubilee Wood can be accessed from the bottom of School Lane and from Trafalgar Drive; the bridge is adjacent to Barmaid’s Path on the Commons.

from left: Mayor Cllr Keeley Allin, Ranger Al Mitchell, Conservators Andy Giles and Mandy Harrison, Great Torrington School’s Suzanne Fawcitt, Gate builder Tony Warren of Men’s Shed and Jonathan Roberts, Jubilee Wood volunteer

Mayor Cllr Keeley Allin cuts the ribbon on the new gate

DCC Daily Updates – Covid Cases

There have recently been a number of questions come through to the Town Council and on Facebook about whether there are any COVID-19 cases in Great Torrington and the surrounding area.  Devon County Council publishes daily updates on the number of cases in Devon down to a district level and it can be found by clicking on this link: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard and Data for Devon  This data does not drill down to the level of individual towns, but it does give clear data for the Torridge and North Devon districts.

Lloyds Mobile Banking

The Lloyds bank van visits Great Torrington fortnightly on a Monday and is situated at the bottom of Sydney House car park. The next planned visit will be Monday 15th March and it will attend thereafter every other Monday, so the 29th March, 12th April, 26th April, 10th May, 24th May, 7th June, 21st June and so on until further notice.

The times of opening are between 11.00am and 2.00pm – 3 hours with no break.

It is imperative that people use this resource during this time to ensure securing an ongoing provision of this service.

VJ Day Commemorations

On Saturday 15th August the Mayor of Great Torrington was honoured to join a small group at the War Memorial to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. The Mayor and her Deputy Cllr Doug Smith, joined Nick Megson from Torrington Silver Band and the Town Council Beadle, Andy.  The last post was played followed by a two minutes silence.  After the silence was broken the Mayor laid a wreath on behalf of the Town Council and read a “Tribute to the Millions”.  The Beadle finished by saying the Kohima Epitaph and everyone present joined with “We will remember them”.  The Mayor thanks the small group who joined them at the War Memorial to ensure we remember those who selflessly gave their lives for us.