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.


For your Funeral Reception & End of Life Celebration

For your Funeral Reception & End of Life Celebration

“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
  •  Projector/screen to display family videos/photos or play background music

*  PA system if people wish to share memories

  •  Fully equipped commercial kitchen. Our own staff can provide teas/coffees & light refreshments but if you prefer a full buffet, we can put you in touch with suitable caterers

* Fully licensed bar

Just let us know what you would like to make the occasion reflect your wishes and we will do all that we can to organise everything for you

To discuss your personal requirements in confidence, contact us here:

Sandra Crawley (Chair)


Born in Westward Ho!, more than a few summers ago, work took me to Yorkshire where I was a Director of Private Clients arranging bespoke portfolios for everything from Country estates and classic cars to art & jewellery collections. After early retirement 6 years ago I made Great Torrington my home. I am a Trustee and chair at the Town & Community Hall, Chair of the Torrington & District Care Forum forum, member of the Torrington 100 Steering Group, a Commons Conservator and a volunteer for the Devon Air Ambulance. It’s such a joy to be able to give something back to this fantastic community

Nigel Lewis-Carpenter, Treasurer

I have lived in Torrington for many years and been a Trustee for over 5 years taking on the role of Vice chair in 2020. In March 2023, I took on the role of treasurer to the Trust. My areas of expertise are Buildings maintenance issues plus Health & Safety compliance. My experience in these areas comes from being employed in the Youth Services sector for 20 years and working as a Carpenter for 25 years.

Looking after our superb listed building is a constant challenge -but a very rewarding one – and applying my skills means we can do a lot of work “in house” which helps us to  contain costs.


Mrs Helen Rumbold (Secretary)

League Of Friends and Ex Mayoress of Great Torrington

Moved to Great Torrington in 2000.  Previously worked for a large Insurance Broker as an Operations Manager dealing with Personnel and Training and ensuring objectives for revenue, expenditure and profit levels were met. I also dealt with major negotiations with National and Local Clients.

Company Director of own Recruitment Consultancy with 3 Branches with my husband handling Recruitment and Training of Staff, Client negotiations, PR and Marketing activities.

I am involved with various local groups including North Devon Hospice for the past 20 years, I was also proud to support my husband as Mayoress of Great Torrington for four terms.

Paula Langer (Trustee)



I’ve only lived in Torrington just over a year – it’s an amazing place to live! I manage a live in care company and co-run Death Matters North Devon. I live with my husband and dog, who you might see sitting on the couch looking longingly out the window. Dog that is, not husband. 

Cllr Sue Mills (Trustee)

(Former mayor of Torrington)


Sue was born in nearby Langtree and has always been passionate about supporting the regeneration of Torrington.  She has served as Mayor of Torrington on three occasions and is currently a Trustee of Great Torrington Town & Community Hall.


  1. Do you have equipment we can hire for our event?
  • Round or square tables
  • PA system
  • Staging
  • Fully Equipped bar run by the Town Hall
  • Entertainment and Drinks Licence
  • Free Wi-Fi

2. Is the building accessible for wheelchairs?

  • All levels of the building are accessible to everyone

3. Do you have parking available?

  • There are small number of spaces outside the building (including space for disabled drivers).  These spaces are available for a half an hour at a time.  Nearby parking (within walking distance) is available at South Street and Barley Grove carparks.

4. How do I arrange to come and visit the Hall before making a booking?

  • Contact us via our contact page or ring us on 01805 623 298 to arrange for a mutually convenient time and date.