January 2022

First of all, we wish you all a very happy new year ahead, filled with love, good health and laughter’s!

We have had to postpone our events for the moment due to the current situation.

But do not despair ! Our team is working hard behind these closed doors, preparing some great events for you to have fun very soon!

In the meantime, keep smiling and be safe.

Annual General Meeting

AT 5pm
We welcome members of the public but would be grateful if you advise us in advance if possible if you wished to attend so we can organise seating requirements to comply with any Covid regulations which may be in force

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.

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 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.


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


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