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

Hog Roast

Great Torrington Town & Community Hall is delighted to host North Devon Hog Roast who will be serving very special Friday Night Take-a-ways on the following dates

Friday, 23rd of October, Friday 6th November & Friday 4th December!

Go on treat yourself and enjoy a Friday night ‘Pig Out’ and support YOUR Town Hall!

• Open 5PM till 8PM

• Cash and card accepted

• Walk ins and drive through available

Locally Sourced Cracklingly Tasty!

Tel 01805 603909 BBQ’s, Weddings, Parties & Events

There will be a FREE HOG ROAST MEAL for the 20th lucky customer!


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 (James can you create a link here to the pdf poster I’ve attached)

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

Facebook, Best of Bev’s Catering or call Bev on 07964141660

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


Covid 19 has changed the way many businesses are now operating.

The Trustees and staff at the Town Hall have been working hard to create a SAFE and SOCIALLY DISTANCED SPACE where people can get together to enjoy events, have meetings or hire a room for a private function. For more information call our Business Development Manager, Anne Tattersall on 0797 1696192

Socially Distanced Dining out at the Town Hall

Many of you will have been disappointed to hear that Bev & Neil have given up running The Black Horse in the centre of Torrington. However, for those of you who loved Bev’s cooking and those of you who have never tried it, there is no need to be disappointed because Bev and her Black Horse team will now be taking her new venture to Torrington Town Hall.

The first sell-out Steak Night event on Saturday 1st August was a massive success and Bev is now looking forward to doing a series of themed dining.

Bev’s next event will be a Sunday Roast Lunch on Sunday 23rd August 12pm to 3pm. All places should be booked by Thursday 20th August. A non-refundable £5 deposit per person can be dropped into Xanadu when you book. Facebook Best of Bev’s Catering or call 07964141660