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Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020 and Armistice Day

Due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions the Town Council approached the time of Remembrance very differently this year.  For Remembrance Sunday on the 8th November the Town Council pre-recorded a service At the War Memorial, Great Torrington Cemetery, where an appropriate number of people attended and remained socially distanced.  The service was filmed and this along with a montage of photos were displayed on the Town Council’s website on Sunday 8th November. 

The Royal British Legion Chaplain, Reverend Peter Bevan welcomed those present which then led to into the Last Post being played by Nick Megson from Torrington Silver Band with two-minute’s silence being observed. 

Mr Sidney Adams, Chairman of the Great Torrington Branch of the Royal British Legion read the reading;

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Wreaths were then laid by Sidney Adams and the Mayor, Cllr Keeley Allin on behalf of the Uniformed Services and the Town Council respectively.

The Kohima Epitaph was read by Sidney Adams, and the Mayor read the poem, “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon

Reverend Peter Bevan read from the Bible and led Prayers and a Blessing.

For Armistice Day the Mayor of Great Torrington and Beadle along with the Royal British Legion Chaplain, Reverend Peter Bevan attended the War Memorial prior to the new restrictions being enforced. At this time a simple service was conducted which included the Roll of Honour being read by the Chaplain and Mayor, a Bible Reading, Prayers and the laying of a wreath.  A second montage of photos along with the Roll of honour was posted on the Council’s website on the 11th of November 2020.

All of this information can be viewed on the Town Council’s website;

We will Remember them!

Co-Option of Town Councillor

Following the resignation of Cllr Miller, we currently have a vacancy for 1 Co-Opted Councillor to join the other Council Members of Great Torrington Town Council.

This role will give you an opportunity to get involved with a number of exciting projects and interests within the community of Great Torrington.  If you are passionate about the town, prepared to roll your sleeves up and get involved, have at least one of the qualifications below we would invite you to submit a written application outlining why you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor and what you believe you can bring to the role for consideration.    

  1. I am registered as a local government elector for the parish; or
  2. I have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option, occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish; or
  3. My principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; or
  4. I have during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option resided in the parish or within 3 miles of it.

Applications should be no more than one side of A4 paper.

Please forward applications to Great Torrington Town Council, Castle Hill, Great Torrington, EX38 8AA or by email to  to be received no later than Thursday 5th November 2020

Karen Chapman, Town Clerk

Statement from Post Office Services

The Town Council has received the following statement from Post Office Services:-

A Post Office spokesperson said: “Great Torrington Post Office will close at its current location in March 2021. Operator Gillett’s SPAR has made the difficult decision to close their store where the branch is based. The resignation has very recently been submitted and the vacancy will soon be advertised on as we know how important a Post Office is to a community. The current operator has advised that they will work proactively with any interested parties who may want to take on the Post Office service”.

The Council is also aware that the local Area Manager visited Great Torrington on Tuesday 29th September to walk the patch and speak to any suitable retailers about the Post Office opportunity. He will be following up those conversations over the coming weeks.

We will keep the community informed as and when we have further information.

Contacting the Police

This summer, we are expecting more people to visit Devon and Cornwall and this may increase demand on the police’s contact centres. So if you have need to contact the police why not ClickB4UCall.

Devon & Cornwall Police offer a range of online services which can be used to report any non-emergency crimes and incidents including Report Crime Online, WebChat and Email 101.
If you have a question and not sure who can help then AskNED – the non-emergency directory.

Contacting you Local Policing Team

If you have a non-urgent matter that you wish to bring to the attention of your Local Policing Team, the easiest way of contacting them is as follows :

Go to this Devon and Cornwall Police web-page here –

On that page go to the Find your Local Policing Team box.

Fill in either the relevant location or post-code, or use the drop down menu to select the appropriate Neighbourhood.

Click the Search button.

Details of the Local Policing Team will then be displayed, along with a box allowing anyone to send a message to that team.  

Contacting Devon and Cornwall Police

Will 999 calls be answered?

Answering calls to the 999 number is a priority and we are making sure that we have additional resilience through training student officers to support our call handlers. Please continue to dial 999 in all emergency situations.

What is the best way to contact the police at this busy time for non-emergencies?

If possible we would ask that you use the following options before dialling 101 at this busy time.

•Click before you call – go online at

•Check if you can find the answer yourself on AskNed

•Use the online crime reporting form

•Webchat live with the 101 service (link to this facility at bottom right of Devon and Cornwall Police homepage)

•Email the 101 service at

•Calling 101 phone line

If you do need to call 101 about a non emergency, please be aware that it may take longer than normal to answer your call. Perhaps consider calling at a quieter time of the day, like late evening if it is not time critical.

I have intelligence about a crime – who should I contact?

Please continue to contact the police on the details listed above. If it is an emergency call 999 or for non emergencies use the online contact options where possible.

You can also report crime and intelligence anonymously via Crimestoppers either by calling 0800 555111 or by using their online reporting system at