Mayfair Celebrations

THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

Last year when Great Torrington’s Mayfair, the most popular event in the Town’s annual calendar was cancelled due to the Pandemic, the Townsfolk rallied and created their own virtual Mayfair in the hope that the cancellation would be a one-off.     Homes throughout the Town decorated windows, doors and gardens with colourful bunting and Maypoles.  Residents adorned themselves in their Mayfair finery and enjoyed garden parties within their own social bubbles in the hope that 2021 Mayfair would be back with a bang!

Town Mayor, Keeley Allin was devastated when Mayfair was cancelled for a second year and said.  “Of course, it is right and proper that the event should be cancelled again in line with Covid regulations but it’s another huge blow to our Town.  Mayfair has always been the biggest community celebration in our Town’s history with schools, community groups and residents coming together for a weekend of fun and festivity. Thousands of locals and visitors flock to our beautiful Town on the first Thursday of May when Mayfair celebrations begin, with children from the local schools entertaining the crowds with Maypole dancing followed by the crowning of the May Queen, accompanied by her crowner, heralds, attendants and Town band.”

When news reached the Town’s Knit and Natter Group that Mayfair was to be cancelled for a second year, they decided to create their very own special Mayfair parade.  Needles have been clicking and clacking like crazy for the past few months and their amazing creation was unveiled at Great Torrington Town Hall today and is already wowing the townsfolk.

Sandra Crawley, Chair of Torrington Town Hall, where the Knit and Natter group normally meet every Wednesday (they will be resuming on Wednesday 19th May from 10am to 12noon – everyone welcome) was overwhelmed with the breath-taking display and said. “Our Knit and Natter group were determined to give residents something to smile about and look ahead to next year’s Mayfair when once again we can celebrate this wonderful tradition which is so important to everyone in our Town. We hope next year the Town Hall can once again play its part in welcoming friends and visitors old and new to enjoy all Great Torrington has to offer.”

Street Deals

Street Deals – Torrington’s BIGGEST Table Top Sale

Sunday 28th August 8am til late

How would you like to earn some extra cash and at the same time have a good old spring clean?  Street Deals is the brain child of local lady Linda Smithson, and sponsored by our local councillors, Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin, Margaret Brown and Chris Bright.  We are inviting the Townsfolk to hold their own table top sale outside their homes.  If you are interested in taking part you will need to complete a booking form no later than Monday 5th July.  (booking forms will be distributed to households in Torrington in the next few weeks or can be collected from the Town Hall).  Participants will be expected to pay a £5 subscription fee and this will include your table being advertised on the Street Deals map, which will be widely publicised across the South West and in local, regional press and social media platforms.  We are hoping that this event will be a huge success and run as an annual event for years to come.

Your Town & Community Hall needs you?

 

MONDAY JOB CLUB

We would love to hear from you if you could assist at our weekly job club which offers support to people looking for employment or training.  All our previous volunteers are now fully employed.

The Job Club runs every Monday from 9.30am to 1pm and full training will be given.

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.

COVID 19 UPDATE FROM YOUR TOWN HALL

Unfortunately, due to the latest Government guidelines we will be closing the Town Hall on Wednesday 4th November at 4pm and re-opening as soon as we are safe to do so.

Our Hog Roast take-a-ways on Friday 6th November WILL STILL GO AHEAD (this service is line with Covid guidelines for outside take-a-way outlets)

The following events are now cancelled until further notice

Monday Job Club – Iain Harris, the Job Club co-ordinator will be working from home and can be contacted on 07377 563929

Wednesday Knit & Natter – If you would like any information about the Knit and Natter group, please contact Anne Tattersall on 0797 1696192

TOWN HALL AGM – Thursday 26th November – The AGM will now take place at the Town Hall – 5pm on Thursday 17th December

BEV’S CATERING

Saturday 14th November – The American Soul Food evening has been postponed until Saturday 5th December.  This event will replace the Italian evening which was scheduled for that date

Sunday 22nd November – The Sunday Lunch has been postponed until Sunday 6th December

Craft & Food Fair Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th December – We will no longer be holding this event and hope to do a similar one at Easter.

For any additional updates please log on to our website https://greattorrington-townhall.org

Christmas Food & Craft Fair

Torrington Community Craft and Produce Fair

Torrington Town & Community Hall

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th December 2020

We will be holding a Community Craft and Produce Fair in the Town Hall on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th December.  The Fair will be aimed at local people who don’t normally showcase or sell their work.  We are looking for creative people who want to earn a bit of extra cash for Christmas or to raise money for their favourite charity.  So, if you’ve been baking cakes, chutneys or other produce, knitting, crocheting, painting or crafting and would like to take part in this inaugural Community Craft and Produce Fair, please email Anne Tattersall at: townandcommunityhall@gmail.com  or ring her on 0797 1696192 for more information.

Christmas knit, stitch or craft Competition

THE SEARCH IN ON FOR THE BEST

KNITTED, STITCHED OR CRAFTED

ELF ON THE SHELF OR FATHER CHRISTMAS!

 

The Torrington Knit and Natter Group who meet at Torrington Town Hall every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon, are inviting people to get creatively competitive in the lead up to Christmas.  The Group who are already clicking and sewing a giant Christmas Tree and nativity scene which will be on display at the Town Hall from Tuesday 1st December are hoping people from across North Devon will get involved.

Rosie Purcell, Founder of the knit and natter group, came up with the idea to get the community involved in her fun project by asking them to knit, stitch or craft their own Elf on the Shelf or Father Christmas for a competition which will be voted by the public on Saturday 19th December and says,  ‘People are so fed up with the Covid pandemic  so I thought, getting crafty this Christmas would bring lots of cheer to people, especially those living alone.’

Anyone entering this FREE competition should send or drop off their masterpieces to the Town Hall no later than 30th November.  All entries will then be displayed in the Town Hall on 19th December from 10am to 2pm for the public to vote on their favourite.  The person with the most public votes for Santa and Elf will be declared winners.

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For further information: Contact Anne Tattersall at Torrington Town Hall on 0797 1696192