Co-Op supporting the Knit & Natter Group

About this cause

The group meets at Torrington Town Hall every Wednesday. They are a disparate group of women from all walks of life, many of them vulnerable, who support each other and engage the town in community knitting projects. The latest project was 21,000 poppies knitted by 2,000 knitters. The funding would help extend outreach work to nursing homes and people living alone.

Great Torrington Community Knit & Natter Group on Facebook

How this cause brings people in the community together

The knit and natters relied on Messenger groups and telephone calls for support and reassurance during lockdown. Those in the group who suffer from mental health and low self-esteem issues will rely on the group even more post lockdown. During Covid-19 we have identified more vulnerable people in the community and we want to reach out to these new groups of people by getting them involved.

Knitted Christmas display is next for Great Torrington Knit & Natter

The needles of Great Torrington’s Knit and Natter group are busy gearing up for a major knitted Christmas scene.

The popular group of people who gather weekly at the town hall to knit, natter and crochet has already made its mark on the town, with last year’s Poppy Project to create 10,000 knitted and crocheted poppies for Remembrance.

This Christmas, they are inviting the community to join them again in creating a giant festive scene, including a Christmas tree complete with decorations, nativity scene and a Christmas street theme.

In recognition of their part in the community, Torrington mayor, Councillor Keeley Allin, has presented the group with her Good Citizen Award for 2020.

Cllr Allin said: “I have also received comments about how warm, welcoming and friendly the group is, with some members even travelling from outside of Great Torrington for weekly meetings.

“Community is what our town thrives on and so I know that this community group are truly deserving of the award.”

Knit and Natter

The group meet weekly at the Undercroft at the town hall from 10am to 12noon, while during the Covid-19 lockdown they have been speaking regularly on Facebook, while those without social media have received weekly calls from the town hall manager.

Attendance during normal times ranges from 20 to 35 each week and numbers had been growing, with people from all walks of life.

Some of those in the group have been ‘socially prescribed’ by their doctors and social workers and the weekly meetings have been a lifeline for them.

Knit and Natter was set up in July 2019 by local lady, Rosemary Purcell (Rosie). Following her son Michael’s death in 2015 Rosie suffered from severe depression and struggled to socialise.

As she slowly recovered, she wanted to set up a group to help others in similar situations to herself and to share her skills and passion for knitting.

Other group projects have included twiddle muffs for people suffering from dementia, blankets and mittens for premature babies, plus a stunning knitted Mayfair scene this year that unfortunately could not be publicly unveiled as planned because the event had to be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

It is an uncertain time, but the members of Knit and Natter are hopeful of being reunited again when things improve.

Original Story from North Devon Gazette

For your Funeral Reception & End of Life Celebration

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to bring together family and friends to celebrate the life of a loved one




  • A calm and dignified setting
  • The Great Hall to accommodate up to 125 people
  • The Oak room for smaller gatherings up to 45 people
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Congratulations to our Knit and Natter Group who were awarded this year’s Mayor’s Award. 

Cllr Miss Keeley Allin has awarded her Good Citizen Award for 2020 to “The Great Torrington Knit and Natter Group” who have recently formed and meet every Wednesday to knit/crochet and share companionship. The defining moment being the incredible work that went into the fantastic Poppy display in the Town Hall for Remembrance celebrations last year. This was a wider community effort but with the group forming and coordinating the display, it became a breath-taking piece. Cllr Allin said, “I have also received comments about how warm, welcoming and friendly the group is, with some members even travelling from outside of Great Torrington for weekly meetings. Community is what our town thrives on and so I know that this community group are truly deserving of the award”.


Our Town Hall Titans are an amazing bunch of friendly local people who volunteer for a host of tasks at the Town Hall.  Volunteering to help organise our events, help with marketing, administration work, meeting and greeting, washing up etc. can be great fun and our Titans can do as MUCH or as LITTLE as they want.  So, if you fancy coming on board or want to chat more about the role of a Titan, contact Anne Tattersall on 0797-1696192


Why not use your skills and energy to help us shape the future of the Great Torrington Town and Community Hall? You don’t need to have specialist skills to be a valued member of our Team. A fresh perspective and common sense are the most valuable attributes you can bring. Our current Trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds but all with the same goal – to ensure the Town’s refurbished Hall which opened in April 2019, will be a real asset to Torrington for now, and future generations.

If you are over 18 and interested in getting involved please email telling us a bit about yourself and what skill/ideas you would like to offer to develop the Town Hall or pop into the Hall and have a chat with our Business Development Manager, Anne Tattersall or ring her on 0797-1696192


Many of you will have been saddened to hear that Bev Hayler and her team will no longer be running the Black Horse pub.  However, the good news is that Bev has set up a new company, The Best of Bev’s and will be working in partnership with the Town Hall, providing customers with some of the same delicious dishes they enjoyed over the years at the Black Horse.  Click here for a full list of the Best of Bev’s Catering at Torrington Town Hall

Bev can also do takeaways on any of the days or evenings she is operating out of the Town Hall as long as they are pre ordered before the event.
Bev and her team will also be catering for private parties.  Our historical Oak Room can seat up to 28 people and our majestic Great Hall up to 50 people.

If you need catering for Weddings, Funerals, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christenings, Afternoon Teas or just get together then log on to

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Bev can also cater at your home or at a Venue of your choice