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December 2016/January 2017 The Crier is produced for the community, supported by advertisers, Great Torrington Town Council, and the Great Torrington Town and Lands Charity. 5800 copies are distributed throughout Great Torrington and the rural district, with a readership of 14,500

Great Torrington at Christmas

•Free Christmas Parking in Great Torrington! Free parking all day in Sydney House Car Park on Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th December & Friday 23rd December •Friday 9th December - Christmas Distribution of Vouchers The Plough 9.30am-2pm •Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th December - Tarka Valley Railway ‘Santa at the Station’ •Wednesday 14th December - The Big Sing, Pannier Market 7pm •Saturday 17th December - Cavaliers’ Christmas Grotto and Giveaway 10am-1pm •Saturday 18th December - Christmas Caper Run, Torrington Rugby Club 11am •Saturday 31st December - Cavaliers’ New Year Celebrations 7pm ‘til late

See inside for full details & more Christmas events!

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From Your Mayor

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ello all, what a month it’s been, my diary has been overflowing with duties in and around our community. October the 14th was my Charity Concert at the Methodist Chapel and The Torridge Male Voice Choir entertained us. Visiting mayors, including the Lady Mayor of Exeter, came along and joined in some of the songs, especially the Devon Song which was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to all who made this possible. £500 was raised for my charities which are Great Torrington May Fair and Torrington in Bloom, look out for more events over the next couple of months. Mr and Mrs Stacey celebrated their Diamond Wedding on 27th October and I made a surprise visit to them with flowers and a card on behalf of the Town Council, and had a lovely time talking about times gone by. Yet another Diamond Wedding was celebrated in November when Bob and Jean Fisher received a surprise visit with flowers and a card too. On Friday 11th November, along with many others, I attended the short Remembrance Day service at 11am, before the main one on Sunday 13th with the British Legion leading the parade to lay a wreath at the Memorial on behalf of our town. I also attended the special Remembrance Concert in the Parish Church on Friday the 11th November, a moving ceremony for all who attended. The Community Christmas Day Lunch is planned to go ahead again this year, at the Methodist Chapel 1pm prompt. If you would like to join us the cost is £5 on registration please, for more details see the article on this page. If you need a lift just say when you call. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. Margaret Brown, Mayor of Great Torrington

Community Christmas Lunch Don’t Be Alone at Christmas!

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hristmas Day 2015 saw the birth of a community event for residents of Torrington, who would otherwise be on their own on this day. Mayor, Margaret Brown and I decided to invite these people to a Christmas roast turkey lunch, complete with decorations, crackers, entertainment and presents. We were very pleased that it was a great success. So, guess what, we’re going to do this again this Christmas! The places are limited by the size of the hall, and the ovens, so we will have to respond on a ‘first come first served basis’. If you, or a friend or neighbour are likely to be spending Christmas Day on your own and would like to join others to enjoy your lunch, the cost is just £5. There are only 30 places and I expect some of last year’s ‘guests’ will want to join in again, so it’s best to call Margaret as soon as possible on 01805 624375 to avoid being disappointed. Happy Christmas everyone. Gillian Saich

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Update from SOHS

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eeing Red Day: We had an amazingly successful march through Barnstaple on Saturday 22nd October when the town really did see red. 4000 people joined in, all wearing red. They walked through the town centre to the square where they listened to speeches about the plans for our North Devon District Hospital and made clear their opposition to any closure. Many of the marchers were from Great Torrington and surrounding villages. Parliamentary Debate: We are bringing our Members of Parliament onside. Both our MPs, Geoffrey Cox and Peter Heaton Jones, spoke in October in a parliamentary debate called by Hugo Swire, the MP for East Devon, to discuss the proposed changes to Devon Health services. Geoffrey Cox emphasised the problem of geography and the inequitable funding level given to Devon. County Council Action: County Councillors are also speaking up for us. At the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee on 8th November, two motions were passed; one from Cllr. Biederman (Fremington) and one from Cllr. Greenslade. They called on our Devon MPs to lobby the government for fairer funding of our NHS, and the suspension of the Success Regime until this is sorted. Devon receives £230 less per person than Cumbria, which is an equivalent area, also being rural with difficult transport connections. Public Meetings: SOHS is continuing its campaign, with public meetings throughout the area to encourage people to write to their Councillors and MPs and

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STITCH - Secretary of State Referral

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s we reported in last month’s Crier, we were not at all happy with the outcome of the Secretary of State referral and vowed to challenge it. This we have now done! Torrington was the first town to have a ‘Care Closer to Home’ system of healthcare imposed on it. The flawed consultation process prompted the community to send their case to Devon County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, for forwarding to the Secretary of State. Local MP Geoffrey Cox stated that, “if a textbook example of how not to go about the reform of health services in rural communities were needed, this is it.” We decided to review the referral submission and immediately identified that certain key information, including the STITCH report, 39 appendices of evidence and numerous fully documented patient complaints, were not included in the supporting documentation that was presented to the Secretary of State. Furthermore, STITCH has learned that on the advice of the Devon County Council legal department, all of the Torrington evidence, which showed that the grounds for the consultation process had failed, was withheld. Torrington Town Council, Torridge District Council and the members of the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee were not informed of this decision. Torrington Town Council passed a unanimous resolution on 3rd November to send the case back to the Secretary of State, on the grounds that the consultation was flawed and that the town’s evidence of the failure of the new healthcare service had not been submitted. STITCH attended the DCC Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Overview Committee meeting in Exeter on 9th November, presented their case again, and successfully secured agreement that the Committee would submit the evidence from STITCH and Torrington Town Council, which was omitted from the original Secretary of State submission. They also agreed that MP Geoffrey Cox be asked to refer the matter to the Secretary of State and arrange a meeting with representatives of STITCH and the Secretary of State. STITCH is more committed than ever to ensure that the voice of Great Torrington is heard loud and clear - and the fight continues to secure quality healthcare for us all. STITCH to the Clinical Commission Group. There will be a meeting at the Pollyfield Centre in Bideford at 7pm on Monday November 28th and all are welcome. Consultation: The Sustainability and Transformation Plan has now been published, and we are waiting to learn

how, when and where the CCG intends to consult with the public, you and me, and ask our views on it. Watch the press and this space for details. We mustn’t let them get away again with a failure to consult. Ruth Funnell, Secretary


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Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity Christmas Distribution of Vouchers

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he Christmas distribution of vouchers to those residents of Great Torrington who are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below, will take place at The Plough, Fore Street, Torrington on Friday 9th December 2016, from 9.30am-2pm. No applications will be considered before or after the aforementioned times. Please note - applicable benefits are:• Attendance Allowance • Constant Attendance Allowance • Disability Living Allowance • Employment and Support Allowance • Incapacity Benefit • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit • State Retirement Pension Only one claim per household. If you are claiming on behalf of a relative/friend, please bring a letter of authorisation signed by the recipient. Suitable evidence of entitlement to these benefits must be presented on the day and applicants MUST have been resident within the Great Torrington Parish boundary and shown on the Electoral Roll for not less than one year before the date of distribution. I M Newman – Steward to the Trustees

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any readers will have heard of the Great Torrington Town and Lands Charity (formerly Town Lands and Poors Charity) as a local organisation that gives away Christmas vouchers which can be exchanged for goods in many of the town’s shops, but what do you know of the charity itself and the people who run it? You may be surprised to learn that the Town and Lands Trustees have been in existence, in one guise or another, since the mid-1500s and were set up to administer legacies of money, property and land left by local people for the purpose of supporting the needy, the elderly, the church and the education of the young of the parish. In the early days these bequests would have been overseen by ‘the great and the good’ of the town but, over time, such matters became subject to formal guidance and regulation from external bodies such as Government and the Charity Commission within whose framework we operate today. At one time the Trustees’ vouchers were exchanged for a sack of coal and a bag of flour, which led to the scheme becoming known locally as ‘the coal vouchers’. Things have moved on and nowadays we distribute vouchers to the value of £20 (from 2016) on a nominated Friday in December. This year voucher distribution day will be Friday 9th December 2016 between 9:30am-2pm at The Plough, details opposite. We are pleased to announce that, for the first time, we will be providing donation boxes at The Plough where recipients can leave unused vouchers for redistribution to local charities. The Town and Lands Charity is still in ownership of land and property which we rent out to local people and the income from these rentals, along with our investments with the Charities Official Investment Fund, is used to fund the voucher scheme and to make grants to local causes which are compatible with the aims of the charity. Additionally, we are responsible for the town’s Almshouses which provide eight self-contained flats located on New Street. The Almshouses are a special feature of our care, and we operate a separate charity dedicated to their management, the Great Torrington Almshouse Charity. Some of you will recall when the Town and Lands offices were located next to the Town Hall, before we moved to our new home, 25 South Street (opposite the Sydney House car park) in January 2015. Office opening hours are Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-5pm and you can call us on 01805 623517. The charity is administered by three members of staff, and overseen by fifteen trustees who are drawn from the local community and offer a wide range of knowledge and expertise. It is our purpose to manage the charity for the benefit of the parish and, from time to time, this means reviewing what we do and how we do it so that we can make the best use of our resources. More about this in future editions… Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. The Town and Lands Trustees and Staff

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ou know it’s autumn when river, nevertheless, as with all the trees we fixate about trees and on the Commons, we monitor them shrubs on the carefully. The Commons Commons. This is the Ranger carries out time when most of our regular inspections of cutting and clearing all our mature trees, takes place. Many keeping records old Torritonians know and taking photos to that years ago there compare how they was barely a tree on develop over time. the Commons, much The Conservators’ of it grazed by sheep policy is to avoid and goats. The picture removing mature today is very different, specimens, but sadly and whilst it is probably we occasionally have unrealistic to think that to take out some trees. we could ever return Many have commented to those days, or even on the extensive want to, we currently clearing of larger have a programme to mature trees between open up some of the Millennium Path and magnificent views, Sandfords Gardens. particularly from “Many old Torritonians know that These were all elm Castle Hill. This years ago there was barely a tree on trees badly affected also allows us to the Commons, much of it grazed by by Dutch elm control the spread disease, and posed sheep and goats.” of common invasive a danger to nearby varieties that would otherwise overrun property and the public, as well as the Commons. Many users of the overhead electricity lines. It now looks Commons tell us how much they a little desolate there, but we know that appreciate the vistas we have restored. will soon green over. We also keep a close eye on trees Experts have told us of a new threat that could pose a threat. For example, that will inevitably affect the Commons. trees along the river can sometimes Ash dieback disease has been identified cause the riverbank to collapse, whilst in the South West and it is only a matter sometimes they help to protect and hold of time before it reaches us. A pity to the embankment together, so things end on that note, but one of the many are sometimes more complicated than challenges of running the Commons. they seem. Although the Environment Have a very enjoyable Christmas! Agency is responsible for trees on the Steve Jones, Chairman

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he Mayor of Great Torrington, in conjunction with Dartington Crystal who will be celebrating their 50th year anniversary in 2017, are organising a Great Torrington Bake Off on the 8th April 2017. The Bake off will include a demonstration by local chefs and the opportunity for the community of Great Torrington to enter a cake baking competition. The Mayor would like to hear from any local chefs who would be willing to offer their services to do a charity cooking demonstration, and anyone in the community who would like to bake a celebratory cake that could be auctioned, with proceeds going towards the Mayor’s Charities. If you are able to do either of these please contact the Mayor, Cllr Mrs Margaret Brown on 01805 624375.

Great Torrington Town Council Christmas Opening Times

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lease note that the Town Council offices will be closed from Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 1pm until Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 9am. In case of emergency, please telephone the Mayor on 01805 624375, or Torridge District Council on 01237 428700. Michael Tighe (Town Clerk) Great Torrington Town Council

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What's On at Christmas & New Year! Cavaliers’ Christmas Grotto & Giveaway

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he Cavaliers are planning their traditional Christmas grotto and giveaway in the Square on Saturday 17th December from 10am-1pm. The theme this year will, once again, be a secret, but as usual there will be treats for everyone including, goody bags for the children, mulled cider for the adults, mince pies and roast chestnuts for everyone. I am sure Father Christmas will find time to make an appearance. The event is totally free, so please find time to come along, give the kids a treat, have a chat and get into the festive spirit. Steve Young, Cavaliers Chairman

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Join the Christmas Caper Race!

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n Sunday 18th December Torrington Running Club will be holding its annual Christmas Caper race. The course is approximately 9 miles of challenging route around the town and nearby countryside, which takes in some spectacular scenery, and has previously been voted Devon Race of the Year. The start and finish is at the Torrington Rugby Club, with registration starting from 9.30am and the race starting at 11am. As well as changing facilities, showers and refreshments, there are prizes for all finishers along with category prizes. Entry is £10 in advance or £12 on the day. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.torringtonaac.org or find out more details from ‘The Torrington Christmas Caper 2016’ Facebook page. Come along and enjoy the race, it will give you the chance to run off your Christmas pudding even before you’ve eaten it! Although fancy dress isn’t compulsory, we always enjoy seeing the occasional fairy or reindeer. Happy Christmas. Michael Newcombe

The Big Sing

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he Big Sing has been going for over 10 years and is an opportunity for everyone to sing the wonderful carols of Christmas, regardless of whether they are church goers

or not. Why not come along and join the children, friends and neighbours in singing songs accompanied by Torrington Silver Band. All proceeds will go to the Mayor’s charities, so we hope to see you at Torrington Pannier Market on Wednesday 14th December at 7pm. A warm welcome awaits you.

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Christmas and New Year at The Plough Arts Centre

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ive yourself some time off from Christmas shopping and card writing and join us at The Plough for some fantastic entertainment. There’s always a wide choice of music which will satisfy most musical tastes and on Sunday 4th December we have John Spiers (of Bellowhead fame). For some seasonal music, the Exmoor Carolers will be singing their hearts out on Sunday 18th December and seasonal refreshments will also be available. Comedy leads the way with the return of political animal Mark Steel on Saturday 3rd December and the hilarious Seann Walsh on Saturday 17th December (Lynton Town Hall). New to The Plough this year is funny man George Egg – Anarchist Cook – if you like food and cooking then you’ll like this. A cocktail of stand-up comedy, striking innovation and festive delights! We begin the New Year as we mean to go on with a programme to suit every taste. We welcome local guitarist and songwriter Ira Loveworthy entitled Songs for Citizens, all three members of Show of Hands in solo performances; and a very special benefit gig for SOHS on Saturday 28th January with the

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evergreen Ricky Knight and friends; local bands night on Friday 27th January and Irish singer Cara Dillon in early February. Instead of a pantomime we are bringing a beautiful children’s theatre production to The Plough – Ernie and The Sea of Ice is an ideal show for children aged 5 years plus who will adore this action packed, explosively funny new musical. What a lovely way to set them up for the Christmas festivities. Showing from Wednesday 30th November until Saturday 3rd December so book early as this is bound to be a very popular show! Don’t forget, if you are looking for a Christmas gift that is different, and takes the strain out of Christmas shopping, then come along to our Original Gifts Exhibition. Open throughout the whole of December you will find lots of wonderful items made by local people! And finally, if you haven’t received one of our lovely programmes be sure to drop into The Plough and pick one up. Alternatively, you can join our email list by emailing the following address: julie@the ploughartscentre.org.uk A very Happy Christmas and a bright New Year to you all.

Christmas Coffee Morning & Cake Sale at Torrington Cycle Hire, Sunday 4th December 10am-1pm

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n Sunday 4th December, Torrington Cycle Hire, at the bottom of Station Hill in Torrington, will be buzzing with Christmas cheer as Margaret Brown, Torrington’s Mayor, welcomes townsfolk to her ‘Christmas Coffee Morning and Cake Sale’ to raise funds for her Mayoral charity. Margaret’s charity appeal is for Torrington May Fair and Torrington in Bloom, and she is hoping for a big turn out to support both these charities which are very dear to people of the town. As well as cakes and coffee there will be mulled cider and mince pies, bric-abrac and craft stands and some surprise entertainment. Margaret is hoping that lots of people will come along to support the event and her charity appeal and says, ‘this will be an ideal event for the townsfolk to get together and catch up with friends and family before Christmas. I am enormously grateful to John, Jane, Adam and Arthur at Torrington Cycle Hire for hosting the event and to Anne for organising it and I’m sure it will be a lovely social occasion as well as a great fundraising event for our Town.’ If anyone would like to help by donating a cake, bric-a-brac, books etc. or help on the day, Anne would love to hear from you and you can contact her on 07971 696 192.


Cavaliers New Year’s Eve Disco in the Square

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lease join us in the Square on New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2017, with lots of music and dancing. As in past years the Cavaliers will be staging the traditional New Year’s Eve disco in the Square from 7pm to past midnight. Free music all night, party poppers and other bits and pieces at midnight to see the New Year in with a bang. We hope you can join us. Steve Young, Cavaliers Chairman

GTS Christmas Concert

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e warmly welcome you and your friends and family to the GTS Christmas Concert, which is taking place on the 15th December at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Torrington, 7pm. The Christmas concert is the highlight of our term and promises to be a feelgood event, full of festive cheer. The concert will feature a wide variety of Christmas music performed by both pupils and staff of GTS. Please arrive at 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm start. We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas Concert. Join us for a Christmas Story!

Tarka Valley Railway at Christmas

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s autumn moves into winter, our band of volunteers remain busy, helped in no small way by continued good weather on our Thursday working days. The team working on the tank wagon had to give their muscles a good workout as the tank doesn’t sit true on its chassis. It has to be jacked up to the correct position and the old timbers replaced. Meanwhile the brake van team ran out of paint, so restoration activity ground to a halt, but we hope to be able to resume very shortly. Vegetation clearance has been mainly targeted at the old bridge at the end of our phase 1. It was found to be severely overgrown with ivy, bramble and trees making it impassable. Once cleared, the stonework was found to be fairly sound. Garden beds and pots have been replanted and sales in the carriage remained steady – nice weather in half term week helped the number of visitors who were extremely interested in the model railway, which is now almost complete. The main event for December is Santa’s visit on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th from 2-4pm on both days. His grotto will be in the carriage and we hope to have our loco illuminated with fairy lights. The cost is £5 per child to include a present. Booking is at the Puffing Billy. We are making great progress at the site but still need willing volunteers to help, and not just on restoration work. All skills are needed, including marketing, digital and administration; so if you would like to come down for a chat, visit us at the carriage on a Thursday. We are closing the carriage at weekends over the winter but apart from a break at Christmas, we will still be there every Thursday. Finally, do check out our website www.tarkavalleyrailway.co.uk and Facebook page for news updates and information. Rob Martin, Tarka Valley Railway

Enjoy Mince Pies & Chocolate with The Friends of Torrington Library

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he Friends of Torrington Library invite you all to visit the Library on Saturday 10th December 10am until noon. There will be mince pies for adults and chocolates for the children and free prize draw tickets for everyone. This year we are also sponsoring a real Christmas tree for the foyer at Castle Hill, for everyone’s enjoyment. Come and see what your Library has to offer! We would also like to thank everyone for their support during 2016. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. Friends of Torrington Library

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The Best Christmas Present in the World, by Michael Morpurgo Christmas Carols & At St James Iddesleigh, Saturday 3rd December 2016 7pm Supper at St. Giles, unique Christmas concert narrated by Michael Morpurgo Little Torrington and Virginia McKenna, with songs performed by award-

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winning ‘A Capella’ group Voices at the Door. The Best Christmas Present in the World revisits the trenches and tells the haunting story of Christmas 1914, when soldiers on both sides put down their weapons in honour of Christmas Day. A heart-warming story of humanity and courage, this vivid and emotive war story is thoughtfully interspersed with traditional songs of Christmas. A truly inspiring and atmospheric celebration of Christmas, suitable for adults and children of all ages. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available and a selection of Michael’s books will be on sale. Tickets: adults £15 to include two children under 12. To book contact 01805 804347.

Christmas Market with Peppa Pig at Langtree Parish Hall

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e will be holding Christmas markets on 10th and 17th December, from 10am until 2pm at Langtree Parish Hall and Peppa Pig will be at all four events - handing out a free selection box to every child that attends. We have 20+ stalls currently booked for each event, offering a wide range of crafts, food, gifts and other essentials, and a tombola, raffle and mulled wine. Our cafe will be open offering hot and cold meals, cakes and refreshments. Entry is free, so we look forward to seeing you there!

Adam Nicholls

Buckland Brewer Christmas Market Saturday 3rd December

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nce again Buckland Brewer will be holding its traditional Christmas Market in the Village Hall, Methodist Church and outside in the street between the two venues. With over 30 stalls ranging from homemade chocolate to wood turned gifts, hand bags to homemade pickles, jewellery to beautiful homemade felting, plus lots more for everyone. Steve Gladwin the family butcher and Brilliant Fish will be taking orders for Christmas, along with Winkleigh Cider and others. Father Christmas has also arranged time to drop in for the children during his busy schedule. With mulled wine and mince pies, pasties and a BBQ, why not make this a date for your diary. Contact Dawn 01237 451822.

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e look forward to welcoming you all to our annual carol service on Sunday 18th December at 6.30pm. Join the Little Torrington Christmas spirit in our warm church! Your favourite carols by candlelight, festive decorations and a collection for the Devon Air Ambulance, all followed by mince pies and mulled wine in Victory Hall. If you’d like to read one of the lessons, please contact Rev. Peter Bevan at Torrington Vicarage. May we also thank all those who helped at our fabulously popular Harvest thanksgiving service and supper in September, the church collection of £106.53 has been donated to the Farmers’ Benevolent Fund. With over 100 attending, space was at a premium in Victory Hall after the service, where the cider and scrumptious food was heartily enjoyed in the most convivial atmosphere. Watch out for the date next year - and don’t forget to reserve your tickets to avoid missing out on this favourite annual event.


North Devon Choral Society Concert at Parish Church, Torrington Saturday 17th December 7pm

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CHURCHES TOGETHER IN TORRINGTON Advent and Christmas Services

fter the success of our Verdi Requiem concert at Barnstaple Pannier Market in the summer, North Devon Choral Society is looking forward to our Christmas concert - the wonderful Handel’s Messiah. We will be singing the complete work, with an interval, so the concert will start earlier than usual at 7pm. Conductor will be John Hobbs, accompanied by Andrew Millington on the Father Willis organ, with international soloists Catherine Hamilton, Anne Braley, Andrew MacKenzie-Wicks and Niall Hoskin. Tickets are £15, children and students free, available from Sheena’s Sweetshop in Torrington Pannier Market, call 01805 628262, or at the door on the night although we advise advance booking as this is bound to be a popular concert. Do come along and let the rousing Hallelujah chorus and all the other sublime music put you in the mood for Christmas.

Christmas Blessings to everyone

Parish Church Christmas Fair

6pm Crib Service at the crib at the Parish Church 8pm Carols and Mass at the Catholic Church 11.30pm Communion at the Methodist Church 11.30pm Sung Mass at the Parish Church

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he annual Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday December 3rd in the church, from 10am-3pm. In addition to all the traditional stalls, raffles and tombola, there will be a number of craft stalls with lots of Christmas present ideas. Refreshments will be available all day, ranging from tea and coffee to delicious lunches. Fr Christmas has promised to visit too!

Sunday, 27th November 1st Sunday of Advent 6.30pm Advent Vigil service ‘ From Darkness to Light’ at the Parish Church

Friday 2nd December

6pm for 6.30pm Action for Children Supper at the Methodist Church

Wednesday, 14th December

6pm Carol Concert at Taddiport 7pm Big Sing in the Pannier Market

Friday, 16th December

7pm Light up a Life at the Methodist Church

Sunday, 18th December

9am Holy Communion at Taddiport 10.30am Sung Mass at the Parish Church 2.30pm Carol service at Frithelstock 10.30am Nativity service at the Methodist Church 6.30pm Carol service at the Baptist Church 6.30pm Candlelit Carols at Little Torrington

Saturday, 24th December - Christmas Eve

Sunday, 25th December - Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion at Little Torrington 9am Holy Communion at Taddiport 9.15am Mass at the Catholic Church 10.00am Baptist’s and Methodist’s joint service at the Methodist Church 10.30am Sung Mass at the Parish Church

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Christmas at the BIG Sheep! Toddler Take Over Christmas Special

Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th December 9am-3pm

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imited numbers per date for extra special time with Santa when the BIG Sheep will be dedicated to entertaining pre-schoolers! Tickets must be pre-booked for all customers, including season ticket members. Members can enter for FREE but must choose a date to visit, as numbers will be limited each day. Highlights include: Christmas crafts, gingerbread decorating - bring your favourite sweets - we’ll supply the icing and gingerbread, skating with special skates for toddlers and a toboggan slope.

Christmas Food & Craft Markets

Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and Wednesday 21st December 9am-1pm

The BIG Sheep Christmas Food and Craft markets are the ideal place to pick up gifts and scrumptious food and drink for the festive season. New for this year will be our ‘Taste of Christmas’ event which will take place at our first market on Saturday 3rd December; watch some of Devon’s best chefs in action and pick up some great festive cooking tips. Stock up on free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fudge, chocolate, bread and fish. Treat your nearest and dearest to handmade original crafts. The markets will also be the perfect place to pick up a locally grown Christmas tree. Log on to www.the.big.sheep.co.uk for a full list of stallholders.

Woolly’s Winter Wonderland

Weekends from 3rd December and daily from 17th-24th December

As well as ice-skating, tobogganing and snowboard simulating, Woolly’s Winter Wonderland will have a have a magical light show creating the real magic of Christmas and you can visit Santa! Ewetopia, the BIG Sheep’s indoor play area, train ride and twister will be open to burn off excess Christmas excitement!

Parkham Christmas Fayre and Market! Friday December 9th 6-8pm. Allardice Hall, Parkham.

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antastic raffle and promise tree, visit Santa, local craft, food and gift stalls, bottle tombola, children’s games, turkey and bacon rolls, tea and cakes. £2 entry for adults (includes free drink and a door raffle ticket) children free. Proceeds to the Friends of Parkham School. Kindly sponsored by Rob Braddick at the Pier House

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aturday morning drop in Christmas decoration crafts sessions on Saturdays 1011.30am. Create decorations for the Christmas tree. Kate, Lisa, Becky, & Bernadette send seasonal good wishes to all our library users. The Library is open until 1pm on 24th December then closed until Saturday 31st December when normal business resumes.

Annual Christmas Dinner Dance at Little Torrington Village Hall

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Christmas & New Year at RHS Rosemoor

Magical Winter Garden Illuminations

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hursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 4-8.30pm (excl. Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve). Normal Garden Admission to include evening lighting event - half price entry after 4pm. Based in and around Rosemoor’s Winter Garden, come and enjoy the magical illumination of the garden in the depths of winter with dynamic, hitech colour-changing lights.

Winter Sculpture Exhibition

Every day, 10am - 5pm Normal Garden Admission Rosemoor’s winter sculpture exhibition is an exciting and eclectic mix of exhibits from a diverse collection of sculptors, spread throughout the garden. Pick up a trail and see how many sculptures you can discover. Most of the pieces exhibited are for sale. Free, guided sculpture walks leave the Visitor Centre at 11.30am most Wednesday mornings. Please see the courtyard information board for details.

Christmas Lunch

On the three December weekends before Christmas, delicious Christmas lunches will be served using the best local produce available. 12-2pm.

The Magic of Christmas - A Christmas Carol

10th -11th, & 17th-18th December Normal Garden Admission Entertainingly Different present ‘A Christmas Carol’ Story Trail. A magical journey where you’ll come face to face with some of the best loved characters from Dickens’ seasonal favourite in a fully immersive and interactive story trail.  An Entertainingly Different production of music, merriment and mirth featuring Rob Pudner plus a surprise appearance by a very special seasonal guest!. There is no additional charge for this event and timed tickets will be available on the day. Children of all ages welcome. Short walk between performance locations, duration approximately 1hr. 

‘Paper to Petals’ Snowdrops, Hellebores & Crocus

28th-29th January Saturday & Sunday, 11am-1pm and 2- 4pm Normal Garden Admission - Lecture Hall Craft demonstrations making beautiful handmade snowdrops and hellebores from crepe paper to brighten your home and help to banish the dull days of winter. Come along and have a go! Image RHS Garden Rosemoor

The Appledore Singers Christmas Concert

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he Appledore Singers’ Christmas Concert will take place on Sunday 11th December, 2.30pm at Northam Hall (top of Fore Street). The choir will delight the audience with arrangements of festive music – both traditional and modern - and, as always, there will be the opportunity for participation in singing favourite carols! The afternoon’s entertainment will also include amusing poems, piano duets and a grand raffle. All proceedings will be coordinated by Anthony Chambers our compere and the choir, accompanied by Chris Beechey, will be conducted by our musical director, Pam Beechey. Admission is £6 at the door (under 16s free), to include light refreshments. For further information contact Pam Beechey 01237 420652

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Anotherofhectic month has passed. A Listing Community, Social and Helen and IEvents have inrepresented the Fundraising the Torrington TownDistrict at many civic and Surrounding Areas.

events, including church services for the To place an entry in the diary, please Chairs of North Devon either email torrington.crier@gmail.com, District Council andin call 01805 603152, or write your entry Torridge District the diary on the Library counter. Council. We enjoyed a trip to Bideford to watch their Regatta and on 10th September watched the spectacular Bideford Massed Thursday 1stPipes and Drums, with visiting bands coming from all over Plough Original Gifts Exhibition until the UK. 24th December Saturday Plough Theatre Fair Ernie is andalways the SeaaofwellIce Barnstaple (5yrs +) 10:30am supported day, &1pm with all the “Chain Plough Girl ontothecelebrate Train 8pmthe Gang” Film:The out in force Tarka Pottery Adult Classes was tradition of the Fair.Pottery The weather every Thursday in term time:10-12 noon, kind as we walked around town, whilst 1-3pm and 7-9pm t: 07931306414 the declaration of every the opening of the Plough Workshops Thursday: Fair was read. Sapta Dance 11amImmediately - 2:30pm; Tai after Chi the formal Writers part of the 7:30-9pm proceedings 2-3pm. Group (first had finished, of wethe dashed down to Newquay. Thursday month), Life Drawing It was time for Helen to put on a ‘posh Sessions 7:30pm-9pm Tai Chi for 12 -1pm and 1-2pm for beginners frock’ a reception celebrating the or those requiring everycompetition. Thursday, ‘South West ina seat Bloom’ Torrington Hospital. TorrAge Well We still had to wait until Ageing the following 01805 day to622666 hear the results, and were proud Pannier General Market 8am–5pm and delighted when it was announced Gt Torrington Parish Church 10.30am that Mass. the Torrington in Coffee Bloom morning team had Said 11am - 1pm won Fishes a Silver Gilt Group (last year it was Little Toddler Baptist silver). every Thank you to time the 9.30committee, Church Thurs term traders £1.50 and individuals who work so 11.30am per family. Jill 01805 624387 hard to enhance our surroundings in Short Bowls 2-4pm Thurshave @ GreatMat Torrington. We every will soon High Bickington Community Centre the opportunity of meeting the judges Wendy’s Fitness for can Life do classes the to find out how we evenatbetter Scout Hall Gas Lane 07787 607 322 – our next challenge is GOLD!! Slimming World Join us at Torrington Our last out-of-town engagement Rugby Club every Thurs at 5.30 & 7.30pm

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Monday 12th

Plough Film: Inferno (12A) 8pm Plough Theatre: PYT ‘Eu, Not Eu’ 7pm

Tuesday 13th

Little Torrington WI meeting at 7.30pm, The Victory Hall, talk on wine tasting

Wednesday 14th

The Big Sing 7pm at the Pannier Market Gt Torrington Parish Church 10.30am Mass (Book of Common Prayer) Great Torrington WI . Methodist rooms. Games through the ages with Peter Hood.

Thursday 15th

Drama Workshop: Plough Playstory (Barnstaple Guildhall)10-11am & 11:30am – 12:30pm Plough Live by Satellite NT Live – No Man’s Land (15) 7pm Gt Torrington Parish Church 10.30am Said Mass. 11am - 1pm Coffee morning

Friday 16th

Torrington Methodist Church 7pm Light up a Life, Mrs Vivienne Sheriff Plough Comedy Night: George Egg ‘Anarchist Cook’ 8pm Gt Torrington Parish Church 8.30am Said Mass

Saturday 17th

Plough Comedy: Seann Walsh ‘One For The Road’ (Lynton Town Hall) 8pm Plough Music: The Plough Christmas Party with The Medicaments + 8pm

Sunday 18th

Torrington Baptist Church 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight Plough Music: Exmoor Carolers 3pm; Encore Screening: Andre Rieu: Christmas with Andre 7pm Gt Torrington Parish Church: 10am Sung Mass with Sunday Club Torrington Methodist Church 10.30am Mrs Della Bealey & junior church, 6.30pm Rev Stephen Hill Torridge Vale Social Club Euchre 7.30pm

Tuesday 20th

Plough Drama Workshop: Santa & His Helpers, Play In A Day (7-12yrs) 10am-4pm Plough Music: Encore Screening: Andre Rieu: Christmas with Andre 2pm Plough Film: One More Time With Feeling (15) 8pm ‘Hearing Loss Support Group’ Every third Tues 2pm Bickford Centre 01271 373236 Torridge Walk & Talk, meet @ Puffing Billy Car Park, 10.30, contact 01237 421528

Wednesday 21st

Plough Drama Workshop: Santa & His Helpers, Play In A Day (5-12yrs)10am-4pm Plough Film: Trolls (U) 4:30pm; The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga 8pm Cribbage pairs comp, third Wed of the month, Torrington Arms 8pm Gt Torrington Parish Church 10.30am Mass (Book of Common Prayer)

Thursday 22nd

Saturday 24th

Gt Torrington Parish Church: 6pm Crib Service at the crib, 11.30pm Sung Mass Torrington Methodist Church 11.30pm Rev Stephen Hill

Sunday 25th

Gt Torrington Parish Church: 10am Eucharist Torrington Methodist Church & Baptist Church 10am Rev Sue Macbeth, no evening service

Wednesday 28th

Plough Films: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG) 2pm; Bridget Jones’s Baby (15) 5pm; Allied 8pm

Thursday 29th

Plough Films: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG) 3pm; Allied 8pm Gt Torrington Parish Church 10.30am Said Mass.

Friday 30th

Plough Films: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG) 2pm; Bridget Jones’s Baby (15) 5pm; Allied 8pm

Saturday 31st

Cavaliers’ New Year Celebrations in the square 7pm ‘til late

January 2017

Plough Films: Trolls (U) 3pm; In Pursuit of For regular events please see Silence (PG) 8pm December entries. Probus Club meets at the Black Horse, High Street, Torrington, 10am. Bingo at St Giles Parish Hall, eyes down at Sunday 1st 7.30pm, last Thursday of the month Gt Torrington Parish Church Sung Gt Torrington Parish Church 10.30am Eucharist & Sunday Club 10am Said Mass. Torrington Methodist Church 10.30am covenant service Rev Stephen Hill, no Friday 23rd evening service Plough Films: Trolls (U) 2pm; Easy Rider (18) 8pm Tuesday 3rd Gt Torrington Parish Church 8.30am Torridge Walk & Talk, meet @ Dartington Said Mass

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he winter film programme starts with I, Daniel Blake, the acclaimed Ken Loach film for which he won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival this year. Other high profile movies showing at The Plough include Deepwater Horizon, a dramatization of the 2010 oil rig disaster; Dr Strange, a fabulous Marvel movie with a very illustrious cast including Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role; The Light between Oceans, a romantic drama set in a lighthouse off the coast of Australia; and Inferno with Tom Hanks reprising his role as the Da Vinci Code symbologist. Other films which won’t have had as much publicity include: the Italian La Finestra Di Fronte (Facing Window); the Nick Cave documentary One More Time with Feeling; In Pursuit of Silence, which has been likened to Koyaanisquatsi; and a refurbished digital print of Easy Rider. The Christmas holiday family films are Trolls and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and for adults Allied, pairing Brad Pitt with Marion Cotillard in a 1940s-set action drama, and a last chance to see Bridget Jones’s Baby. In January we will be screening A Street Cat named Bob; Mum’s List, a dying mother’s life lessons to the husband and sons she left behind, based on the bestselling novel; Nocturnal Animals, the very stylish Tom Ford thriller; Sully, Clint Eastwood’s story of the American pilot who landed his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the passengers and crew; the sci-fi thriller Arrival; Snowden, Oliver Stone’s account of the whistle blower; Jim Jarmusch’s ‘zen masterpiece’ Paterson; Star Wars: Rogue One and several other less well-known films which will be well worth checking out. For dates and details of these screenings, please pick up the monthly film flier or visit www.theploughartscentre.org.uk, where you can also book online. January to 28th February (excluding 14th February). • EU, NOT EU - Wednesday 14th December - 7.30pm A devised, political satire performance created in response to the recent EU Referendum. Our Plough Youth Theatre Seniors may not be old enough to vote, but they have a lot to say on our political climate. Directed by Sophie Hatch, £7 Full £6 concessions £5 supporters. To book call 01805 624624 or visit www.

theploughartscentre.org.uk • Christmas Tea Dance Sunday 11th December - 2-4pm We are holding a delightful afternoon of music, tea, cake, reminiscing and dancing to celebrate the Christmas season. We welcome you to come along to this festive and joyful event. With reminiscent songs from Kathy Ellis and ONO. All tickets £5, to book call The Plough Box Office on 01805 624624 or visit www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

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ur passion for having something evergreen in the house at Christmas probably goes back several thousand years when, in the depths of winter, the sight of a tree or bush seemingly still alive and flourishing must have seemed nothing short of a miracle. Better still that it was covered in berries or even flowering. The religious, pagan or otherwise, overtones naturally confirmed the presence of everlasting life conquering death because everything else in winter was believed to have ‘died’. Even now, in this secular society, we enjoy the sight of a tree laden with berries, or a hoar frost edging evergreen leaves with silver glitter. Evergreen shrubs and trees are so versatile, too, in our gardens. They can provide a windbreak, or shelter belt in an exposed garden, they can also create natural structures instead of walls or fences, within small and large gardens, or a focal point. Evergreen hedges also provide permanent privacy for ourselves, and cover for birds and other small animals throughout the year. A specimen conifer growing in the garden can be spectacular, even Cupressocyparis leylandii is a magnificent tree in its own right (if you have room!) and can reach almost 35m in height. Alternatively, you can trim your evergreen shrubs and trees into all shapes and patterns as in the art of topiary (yew is perhaps the best conifer for this), but an evergreen hedge can be pruned to resemble the battlements of a

castle wall or ‘windows’ can be created to enhance or expose a lovely view. Evergreen shrubs need not be just plain green; there are many variegated forms, both coniferous and broad-leaf and some evergreens have fragrant blossom, especially Daphne, Osmanthus and Viburnam species and cultivars. Other shades of foliage can include glaucus blue and golden yellow. Heathers, which are mainly classified as shrubs and not perennials because they do not die back during winter, can provide brilliant colour all year round. Careful selection of cultivars will certainly give you a range of flowers all year in shades of white to pink, to mauve, red and purple. Most conifers need little management apart from pruning to size and shape, usually done in late summer or early autumn. Most require neutral to acid soils to thrive and an annual mulch of ericaceous compost is ideal. Broad-leaved evergreens can require more frequent pruning, eg: Privet or Lonicera nitida and care should be taken as to timing and the way you prune. Large leaved hedges and shrubs should not be pruned with hedge trimmers, but with secateurs or loppers. This is because you need to avoid chopping up the leaves too much which can let in disease and spoil the look of the hedge or shrub; better to prune down to a new shoot. Also, for those evergreens that flower during the winter or early spring, pruning is ideally carried out immediately

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Extra Date for Little Torrington Players’ ‘Down Town Abbey’

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he Little Torrington Players will be presenting ‘Down Town Abbey’ at the Little Torrington Victory Hall on Friday and Saturday 3rd and 4th February, 2017. All seats are booked, but we will hold a third evening on Thursday 2nd February if there are sufficient numbers to justify an extra performance. Please email or text Bob Harrod to reserve a seat. Please don’t assume a booking has been made until you receive confirmation. 07918 865 777 or eastfordfarm@aol.com

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t is with great sadness that we have made the difficult decision not to continue with the reforming of the Corps of Drums. The decision was finalised at the last meeting on Tuesday 11th October 2016. We would all like to say a huge thank you to the community for all the support we have received during our efforts to reform. We were all totally overwhelmed by all of the comments we received after the May Fair Reunion Parade and this is something that all of those who took part will remember for a long time to come. The donations we have received have been returned and our final balance has been donated to the Cavaliers who were also instrumental in our reforming. Thank you all once again,

uring the Great War, 83 men from Torrington lost their lives and are now remembered on the town’s war memorial. Bearing in mind the size of the town at the beginning of the last century, these figures become even more devastating for a small community at that time. Although the names are there for all to see and are respectfully read out at the annual Remembrance Day gathering, the details of their lives are being lost to history. The Great Torrington Remembers project aims to gather as much information as possible about these men so they can be remembered by this generation and the next. There are some fascinating stories to tell. Some of these soldiers fought with the Canadians, the Australians, the Irish and Welsh, along with a host of other regiments across the country. Some of these men would have fought at the most notorious of battles, such as Jutland, the Somme, Passchendaele, Jerusalem and Gallipoli. To learn more about their lives, please visit www. greattorringtonremembers.co.uk and/ or ‘like’ the accompanying Facebook page to receive updates. This is a work in progress and I aim to eventually provide details of all 83 soldiers. If you would like to be involved or discuss this project, please email me on greattorringtonremembers@gmail.com Michael Newcombe

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Torrington Army Cadets

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uring half term cadets from Great Torrington travelled to Longmoor training camp to undertake a week of extensive musical training and at the end of the week their musical skills were assessed. In addition to this, cadets also had the opportunity to participate in a variety of other activities including swimming and shooting. Our cadets performed really well; in addition to passing her musical course, Cadet Lance Corporal Eve Bridger has also been awarded a CVQO BTEC Level 1 Certificate. Cadet Corporal Pitcher was awarded the Most Improved Snare Drummer on the course, in addition to passing her assessments and earlier this month she was also appointed as the Drum Major for Devon Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums. Recent promotions are being celebrated by Great Torrington Detachment of Devon Army Cadet Force (ACF). Cadet Freddie Webber was promoted to Staff Sergeant earlier this month in recognition of his achievements and leadership qualities, which include achieving his 4* Army Proficiency Certificate and his Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s award. By gaining this promotion, Freddie becomes one of the most senior cadets within the whole of Devon Army Cadet Force. Cadets Daniel Lobb, Molly Hodge and Karla Pitcher were promoted to the rank of Corporal and Cadets Laura Martin, Tamara Roberts and Eve Bridger to the rank of Lance Corporal. In order to be promoted, Cadets must demonstrate that they have shown and continue to uphold the values and standards of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) listed below: Values: selfless commitment, courage, discipline, integrity, loyalty, respect for others. Standards: lawful, appropriate behaviour, total professionalism, duty of care. The ACF promotes personal and social development in all its members, with opportunities to gain useful team skills, leadership experience and worthwhile certification. If you are aged from 12 years then why not try us out. For more information please call the Detachment Commander Lt. Matthew Sanders on 07463 818 187 or visit ‘Great Torrington Army Cadet Force’ on Facebook.

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s we met just after Hallowe’en we chose ‘The Supernatural’ as our theme for this month. The first offering was an atmospheric piece set on a remote part of Dartmoor, where an eerie procession could be seen descending from the tor. This was followed by a poem which looked at what we mean by the supernatural, and how we use it to explain away what we don’t understand. The third piece was inspired by Walter De La Mare’s ‘The Listeners’. We were treated to the mysterious tale of a man on a horse delivering a baby to a derelict house in the forest, and almost being swallowed up himself by a strange moving ‘thing’ in the darkness. On a lighter note, ‘The Lady of the Island’ told us of a misty autumnal walk on the Commons, and a meeting with the lady of the Commons, who controls all the seasons and colours. The final supernatural tale was of a young woman meeting a strange child in the darkness who she assumes to be lost. As they walk she learns the child is a witch, whose master has sent her to clear the ley lines on which the young woman’s house has been built. The fire service finds the house in smouldering ruins - and no sign of the young woman who had lived there. We are now having a break over the dark winter months. Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd February at Torrington Conservative Club. The topic will be ‘The Lunch’. For more information, please see our website at www.torringtonwriters.co.uk. Nikki Whiting

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his native plant is a woody, evergreen parasite with evenly forked branches and forms large, spherical clumps among branches of host trees, especially apple but also lime and poplar. Have you guessed what it is yet? We buy sprigs of it every year at Christmas and often hang it over doorways, with a vague desire that someone glamorous might just stand underneath it, waiting to be kissed!! Yes, it’s mistletoe, hundreds of tons of it are harvested and sold to Christmas shoppers. It is widely cultivated in the apple orchards of Herefordshire and Somerset (amongst other areas). Mistletoe is epiphytic, that is it grows on a host plant, its roots pushing deep into the branch of the tree to extract minerals and water. However, Mistletoe, being evergreen, can photosynthesise so it does little damage to its host. It is a perennial, with leathery, blunt, yellowish-green leaves held in distinctive pairs. The flowers are tiny and also greeny-yellow and the fruits are white/translucent, each berry containing a single, very sticky seed. It is possible to cultivate Mistletoe in your garden, especially if you have a gnarly old apple tree handy, by saving some of the berries from fresh bunches. Basically, you do what the birds do, burst the berries and rub the seeds into the rough bark. Do this in several places on the tree and, hopefully, some may germinate and produce your own, home-grown crop. (Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, or wear gloves). Mistletoe was revered amongst the ancient people of Britain, as it appeared to grow in the depths of winter when its host was apparently dead. Our tradition of kissing under the mistletoe probably originates from some mysterious fertility rite… and the Mistle Thrush derives its name from its taste for the berries. Merry Christmas! Fleur

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Sam Stocker said “we look forward to implementing our newly gained knowledge contact Julie Jones, Meditation and skills in the promotion of improved learning experiences for Bluecoat children.” Branch Secretary (01237 There is new a weekly meditation class Some of the cohort have now moved on to pastures but all of them were 478128). the dance studio at successful, so we would like to congratulateevery them Thursday all on this in significant achievement: The Plough Arts Centre, 6.15-7.15pm Sam Stocker, Caroline Barnes,Café Marie Dayment, Julie Turner, Nicky Hedden, Paula Great Torrington Memory Meditation is Louise a wayMartin, of Hickford, Georgette King, Kim Stone, Joanne Terry, Gemma Vaggers, The memory café seems to be learning to relax and and from Little Frogs Pre-School Charlene Hoare and Brittany Nudds. growing from strength-to-strength with respond creatively Time for a well-earned rest? Certainly of the cohort are to the more customers every month. not! The majoritychallenges which life continuing onto thirdon year to secure a BA(Hons) Degree in Professional February’s café their day fell Valentine’s throws at us. It can for also Practice members and parent volunteers are now studying Day, andand to further celebrate we hadof astaff duet help to reduce stress. By learning to their Foundation Degree making Bluecoat of E Primary’s support staff one of the ‘Desert Rose’ sing ballads as well as Cmeditate we find space in our busy best educatedbiscuits and skilled the area. heart-shaped andindecorations. lives to get in touch with ourselves and We had a raffle which helped raise develop awareness of what is going on Singing For some Health money to cover of the costs. in our mind and in the world around us. inging forfortunate Health is again an informal group for people with dementia and We have been to get singing If we think of finding happiness, inner carers. Thosethe livingDevon with Parkinson’s neurological disorders some their funding from peace,and asother a state of mind then Community Fund help to and could alsowhich benefitwill from theusgroup are most welcome, as well as anyone meditation can help us to achieve that continue to develop service who just wants to comethe along to singwe and enjoy goal.the company of friends. st rd provide for people whoathave memory Join Julia and friends Torrington Community Hospital on the 1 and 3practices, I teach two complementary loss. Thanksoftothe John Portman who put Wednesday month at 10:30am for coffee and chat, singing at 11am. one which focuses onbegins the breath and in the hardvariety work of tosongs secure this Weall sing a wide from the 1940’s upwards; the and other which favourites focuses from on the the funding. Asbest mentioned in last month’s shows; the of the Beatles, Elvis and others, all with a littlebeen reminiscing andfor a lot emotions. I have meditating a edition, John is moving away from the a £1number of laughter along the way. We welcome donationof to cover and coffee it yearsteaand learnt but the area we need to recruit another is not and compulsory. practices with the Triratna Buddhist volunteer is If you likefundraiser. singing, wantIfto anyone do something healthy for yourself, like a bit which of fun and Community, a movement has interested in this then postour then pleaseforget a way that is enjoy socialising Singing Healthadapted group is Buddhism for you. Forinmore information in touch. please call Julia Hadley on 07453 818 117 or TorrAGE (Ageing Well) on 01805 622666.

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This led Cards for togood c Devon (through the Devon a goal assisted a lovelyTrade whipped you about a visit from Bali Rai and Joel sharesFoundation) giftscross will be on s Community and byfrom churchGabe Bideford from his football journalism. Awards For All. by Harry Bloodworth to Morgan on the right wing, who placed it in the Monday 7th December, We can now buy laptops, enabling bottom left corner. Almost 4pm, straight away, 10am Saturday the group to use the internet in order to Chulmleigh intercepted a ball across charities tothe select you help them become an integrated and A Visit from the Author Bali Rai back line and their captainan curled it in - a selecti th interesting n Tuesday the 4 of October at Great Torrington School, a Year 10 group accepted part of our community. They good finish! Next, a chance fromparts a nice many of the worl had the honour of meeting Bali Rai, an author of hard-hitting will young adultto engage be able a support worker square ball from Harry into the box and fiction books you wouldn’t normally find in the young adult/teen area, of to assist with form-filling, producing a a scrappy finish Joel Cooper managed a library or bookshop. Rai treats young adults as adults, with the firm CV, beliefsearching that for courses Dolton Ca intoeducation the left side of the goal to equalise. we should be treated equally with uncensored literature. With books such and as will‘(un) be ableJust to before search half for time, locala similar Flaming chancetorches, d arranged marriage’ and ‘Rani and Sukh’, Rai uses experience from his childhood, voluntary or paid presented work. The itself group to has Joel outside the box will give and fireworks which hugely impacts his writing. drop-in days three times a week, and we seized the(see opportunity, 3-2. village a bl Rai grew up in a very multicultural and multiracial society in Leicester city, which and include diary) a 'listening ear', A harsh free-kick broke for the next month. went to school with other children from different backgrounds like Polish and someone from the community is opposition: theywho smashed it top rightDolton’s a Jamaican children. His parents were Indian and spoke Punjabi and hehappy classes to sit and chat, those hand for corner butfeeling a world class save, which by dates himself as British even though some of his family didn’t approve; he was often lonely and low. our keeper Morgan Kavanagh, tipped times, will be reminded by his family that he was Indian, despite being born in the UK and it over the bar. started attackingN i g h t , The Centre also offers freeThey legal S spending all his life growing up here. but our defence, Ned Pettifer November, advice, and tenancy andclassy debt advice, Rai talked about how ‘British Values’ have often been brought in from different and James Meardon, and by is appointment, (see diary). Rev. broke play up festivities an countries, like the most popular fast food dish of our times is curry, which normally kept the game rolling by sending the Graham Slingo comes in for a coffee interest this year. associated with India and Thailand. He also spoke about how immigrants are today up-field to our wingers, Tom Bright chat, and weball have started a book Farmer Ralph Gent often seen in a negative way and often reported as such in the news, and whereas, and Cal(read Duhig.a Chulmleigh’s captain club for young people book figures behind the Dow he says, Britain is full of immigrants from years ago: Britain is a country with its shot a nonchalant finish making it 3 all over a week or fortnight foundation in immigration. andbut dog show in Jun and they nearly broke again, Louis then come in and chat He also told us of several of his past experiences, like when he was hit by his the spectacular finale which about it over a Atkinson, drink andtook a fantastic touch friend’s mum for accidently saying an offensive word. worth of fireworks will led to Morgan Gabe’s second goal, 4-3. cakes) after His new-ish book, Web of Darkness, is about how a girl makes a ‘friend’ on on the Thursdays sky. effort: Joel The last goal was a real team school/college. 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ittle Frogs Pre-School would like to congratulate their play leader assistants, Charlene Hoare and Brittany Nudds, who recently graduated with a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning from The University of Worcester. They have both been working at Little Frogs Pre-School whilst studying towards their degrees. Little Frogs Pre School is based in Gas Lane, Torrington, and caters for children aged 2-5. They now continue for a further year to complete their Bachelor of Arts degrees. Little Frogs promotes the academic development of their staff, with another two staff currently undertaking foundation degrees.

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ur Christmas coffee morning is on Tuesday December 6th at Glen Tor, Villa Road, from 10.30-12 noon. As well as coffee and mince pies there will be stalls and a big raffle. You are all very welcome. Residents are looking forward to the Christmas lunch with staff and volunteers at the Barnstaple Hotel and all the Christmas and New Year festivities at Glen Tor. Do you know anyone who might like to find out more about living here, with our friendly and active residents? Why not ring our house manager on 01805 623605 for a chat and perhaps arrange a visit to meet with them and our staff.

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orrington is surrounded on three sides by 365 acres (146 hectares) of common land. The area is accessible to all, and visitors can walk the 20 miles of footpaths which include the golf course, ancient wood and flower meadows, steep bracken and gorse covered slopes, and sheltered river valleys. In about 1194, during the reign of Richard I, ‘a large waste called the common’ was given to the people of Torrington by the lord of the manor, William FitzRobert. In 1889 the rights of this land were transferred, by an act of parliament, to an elected Committee of Conservators which now administers the commons. The earliest management was mainly concerned with control over the grazing and quarrying, but since 1981 grazing has stopped, and various management techniques have taken its place to prevent the area reverting back to scrub and woodland. One of the first bills to be issued in 1889 prohibited the burning of furze or gorse on the commons, known as ‘swayling’, but this activity continued, judging by the number of fines for this misdemeanour listed in the Conservators’ minutes. Swayling was part of the year’s cycle for grazing land. Women would go out and collect ‘fuzz-stubs’ for faggots and kindling and then the land would be burnt. The alternative was clearing by hand. Before the Second World War one official swayling went disastrously wrong. The wind changed and four thatched cottages in Mill Street, backing on to the commons, were completely gutted. There were far fewer trees on the commons in the 19th and early 20th centuries because of animal grazing. There were donkeys and goats, and sheep were run on the commons until 1981; Dr O’Flaherty’s billy goat ran loose near seats on Castle Hill and the boys of the town enjoyed baiting him. There was a duck pond on Mill Street common and geese and hens were everywhere. There used to be hunting around Furzebeam and meets at the Old Bowling Green in the 1960s, as well as informal shooting and rabbiting. Various sports have taken place on the Old Bowling Green in the past; football, hockey, shinty, golf, bowls, and the Coronation Sports of 1902, and the area is now the setting for the Cavaliers’ bonfires which take place every five years or so. Past generations have happy memories of playing on the commons with their friends, making dens in the bracken and under shrubs, playing football, hide-andseek and ‘tin can’ (throwing a ball at each other’s legs). They would swim in the river and go fishing, catching eels and having mud ball fights, or ride down ‘Sliding Rock’ on Castle Hill on tin trays. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna to be seen on the commons and lists of these, together with suggested walks, can be found in pamphlets available at Torrington Information Centre. Moira Brewer, an extract from Torrington Uncovered

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ortham Lodge’s annual Christmas Fair & Grotto will be open for festive family fun on Saturday 3rd December 2016 from 123.30pm at the Rose Hill Activity Centre on Heywood Road, Bideford, EX39 3PG. There will be many festive games to enjoy including; pin the red nose on Rudolph and a mince pie treasure hunt, plus gifts to buy - from log reindeers and snowmen to Christmas baubles, wreaths and decorations. Santa will be in his grotto to listen to Christmas wishes and give gifts to the children. Hot homemade soup and refreshments will be available to warm you through, as well as a bountiful Christmas cake stall. If all this wasn’t enough to make you feel all Chrismassy, then carols and Christmas songs will be provided by the school choir from St Margaret’s C of E Junior School, Northam. Enter and park for free, and bring the family along.

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oin us for our Boxing Day barbecue on the quay at Clovelly, with FREE entrance into the village, why not have a walk on the estate then come along to the barbecue where there will be live music, mulled wine, and even a treasure hunt if you are up to it. Free entrance all day

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t Grosvenor Church Torrington we are always looking for a way to have fun and impact the community, and October was no exception when we had our first ever ‘Light Party’. This was our way of providing an alternative to Halloween by celebrating light! Rather than sitting in rows we had lots of tables for families to sit around together, where they made a lantern to light up their doorsteps. We enjoyed apple bobbing followed by dipping faces in flour to retrieve jelly babies, and a giant string of doughnuts to eat – no hands! The highlight was turning all the lights off and seeing all the children proudly holding up their lanterns and singing ‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine’. The children learnt that Jesus is the light of the world, and how we can shine too with Jesus in our hearts. With the huge help of Vern Andrew, we had put together 200 party bags for each family to take a bundle home to hand out to trick or treaters. Each bag contained a bit of light (a glow stick!), an invitation to come along to church, and of course sweets! Great fun was had by all and it was lovely to see lots of new faces. Speaking of Vern Andrew, after 10 years of faithfully writing ‘Pause for Thought’ here in the Crier, he has decided to put down his pen. Each month we have loved to read the challenging and thought provoking articles Vern has been inspired to write. So a huge thank you to Vern for pointing us each month to Jesus. I’m sure many of us will miss his articles. So as we look forward now to what the new John Lewis advert will be, or when we will first see the Coca Cola advert, we can’t ignore that Christmas is coming! As a church we are very excited to be able to invite you all to our Carol service on December 18th. This will be in Great Torrington Bluecoat school playground, and will be candle lit, with a brass band leading the carols, followed by a free hog roast. Our special guests will be some Alpacas (nearest we could get to camels) accompanied by the three Kings! This event is open to everyone so we really hope you can make it. We understand that for many people Christmas is also a difficult season, as some of us struggle with loneliness and loss. We believe church is about being part of a loving and caring community, so if that’s you, or you feel your life could do with a dose of meaning and purpose, why not make it a New Year’s resolution to pop along and visit us, you would be very welcome. Tim & Rachel

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