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Great Torrington Town Council

Devon County Council – “Connect Me” Children & Families update November 2020

Devon leads £2 million bid to end holiday hunger

A major operation is under way in Devon to combat holiday hunger for children this Christmas.

We are leading the operation to organise networks of providers across the county, using a £2 million government grant to support vulnerable children and families in the most effective way.

Over the next few weeks a range of community kitchens, holiday clubs, charities and local businesses will be enlisted to coordinate help and support for those who need it the most in every district in Devon.

They will ensure that every child entitled to Free School Meals will be able to get free food over the Christmas holiday, during the Easter half-term and the Easter holidays.

You can read the full story on our News Centre.

More information about financial and food support for families and individuals in Devon is available on our website.

Are you worrying about money?

If your income has changed and you’re struggling to pay for basic household essentials, we’ve made money available via local District Councils to provide small emergency grants to people in financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

The funds can be used for different things such as access to emergency short term support through shopping vouchers, utility top ups, paying for essential travel needs or essential advice and support services.

We’ve also published information on our website about financial help in your local area, including links to national support and information on what to do if you were employed but have now lost your job.

Tell us what you think!

We believe that every child in Devon should have the best possible start in life and the opportunity to thrive.

Since the coronavirus outbreak many of our services have had to change how they work, almost overnight. 

If you are the parent or carer of a child aged 5 years old or under, our Early Years and Childcare Service want to hear about your experience of accessing activities and support for families with young children. 

Your feedback will help us shape the future of services such as health visiting, children’s centres and the Early Years Complex Needs Service and develop them so they are as good as they possibly can be.

The survey is online and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. You can also get in touch by emailing

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

Community Food Programme

Over the summer, Co-op customers raised £1.5m to help those going hungry by buying items from their picnic range, with 20p per item being donated to the National Emergencies Trust (NET). NET are working with 46 local Community Foundations to distribute this money to food charities and community causes to fund programmes that provide access to food and sustainable solutions to food poverty.

This funding will support food programmes for vulnerable communities across Devon with a focus on foodbanks and provision of emergency meals for people affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Funding of £1,000 – £3,000 is available to eligible organisations. Payment of grants for successful applications will be made in early December 2020 with a grant period of 6 months. The grant must be spent by 31st May 2021.

Please note – application deadline is 13th November at 5pm!

Please click link below for more information:-

Devon County Council – Covid Fund

Devon County Council has temporarily re-opened the COVID-19 Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to help mitigate for the social and economic consequences of the second National Lockdown.

Applications will open on Monday 9th November 2020 and will close on 2nd December 2020.

Applications will need to include details of how much funding will be required and how you have assessed the need for that amount.  Grants will typically be between £300 and £700, although in exceptional circumstances we may make offers of up to £1,000.

More information is online here:

Anti-social behaviour in Torrington

We have received the following neighbourhood alert from Devon & Cornwall Police:-

“We have received reports of anti-social behaviour taking place in the area of Potacre Street and South Street Car Park in Torrington. Anti social behaviour has been taking place by persons congregating.
We aim to increase patrols but ask for the public to be vigilant and report any anti-social behaviour by phoning 999 if it is taking place at the time.
If you have any information please phone 101 or email
If possible please take a note of descriptions.
Thank you”.