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Just over a week until our Distribution Day event at the Town Hall from 9.30am until 2pm

 

Please ensure you come along with evidence of your entitlement and proof of address so there is no delay in issuing the vouchers to you, don't forget you must have lived within the Great Torrington Parish Boundary for at least 1 year and be in receipt of the following - 

State Retirement Pension

Attendance Allowance

Constant Attendance Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance

Incapacity Benefit 

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit 

Personal Independence Payment 

 

Please note - only one claim per household, if you are claiming on behalf of a relative/friend you must bring a letter of authoriation signed by the recipient, evidence of entitlement must be provided on the day. 

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED BEFORE OR AFTER THE ABOVE HOURS 

 

The staff and Trustees of Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity were saddened to hear of the passing of one of our long standing Trustees Brian Davies on Saturday 19th November 2022. 

Brian had been a Trustee with us since 20th September 1993 making him one of the longest serving Trustees on the board in recent times, the wealth of local knowledge Brian shared over his time with us has been invaluable to us and we have been very fortunate to have his support for such a long time. 

Brian was also an active volunteer over the years for many other organisations within Torrington and always showed commitment, support and kindness in everything he did, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

GREAT TORRINGTON TOWN & LANDS CHARITY 202801

DISTRIBUTION DAY

 

Great Torrington Town & Community Hall

Date: Friday 2th December 2022

Time: Between the hours of: 9.30am – 2pm

 

Qualifying households are entitled to receive vouchers to be spent within the town.

 To qualify you must be living within the Great Torrington Parish boundary (and shown on the Electoral Roll for not less than one year before the date of the Distribution) and be in receipt of any of the following benefits:-

 State Retirement Pension

Attendance Allowance

Constant Attendance Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance

Incapacity Benefit

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Personal Independence Payment

 

Please Note:-

  • Only ONE claim per Household
  • If you are claiming on behalf of a relative/friend, you

MUST bring a letter of authorisation signed by the recipient

  • Suitable evidence of entitlement to these

benefits MUST be presented on the day

  

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED

BEFORE OR AFTER THE ABOVE HOURS

 

I M NEWMAN – STEWARD TO THE TRUSTEES

The Trustees of the above Charity wish it to be known that they are willing to consider financial help by way of a Grant to any Church, Club, Society or similar group operating within the Great Torrington Parish boundary who are in urgent need of financial support.

If your group has applied for a grant in the past 12 months but has not received any funding you are invited to resubmit your application.

Grant application form - Groups available from:

www. torringtontownlands.org

Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity Office
25 South Street, Torrington, EX38 8AA

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. T: 01805 623517

Completed forms to be returned no later than:- Monday 28th June, 2022

Please note: under instructions from the Charity Commissioners NO application can be considered from any Sporting Club unless any Grant awarded will be used exclusively for the benefit of the young or otherwise disadvantaged persons.

Terms and conditions apply.

During our annual voucher distribution in December 2021 we issued £19,125 worth of vouchers to eligible applicants and donated £600 to the food bank.

We have received some lovely thank you letters, cards and messages from recipients of these vouchers which are really heart-warming to receive thank you.

It was unfortunate not to be able to hold our usual face-to-face Distribution Day again for a second year as we really do miss the opportunity to meet you all but fingers crossed we can do so this coming December.

Please don't forget that your vouchers need to be spent before 1st April 2022 and the traders need to submit their accounts before 1st May for reimbursement.

The Great Torrington Town and Lands Trust are looking for new Trustees. Do you have a few hours to spare each month?

Although one of the oldest charities in North Devon, the Trust is forward-looking and provides affordable housing, grants to support local community projects and Christmas vouchers for older and disabled citizens in Great Torrington.

We would welcome all applications to join our Trustees Board, but are especially keen to recruit people with background knowledge in the building industry, farming and land management, along with those with more commercial business and legal skills.

Would you like to learn more about the Charity then please contact our Chair Steve Blake on 07879 896668 or email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an initial informal discussion.

 

If you wish to donate your vouchers to the Torrington Community Food Bank then please feel free to
indicate this on your note when dropping off to the office

Thank you

The Trustees of the Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity awarded a grant to the Crier:

 The Town & Lands Charity have received the following update:-

 ‘The Crier is published 10 times a year and delivered throughout Great Torrington and the rural district. The content is provided by the community and local councils and is a combination of important local information, news and views, events, fundraising appeals and information on local businesses, amongst many other topics.  The Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity kindly supported the Crier with grant funding for many years, until it became mostly self funding.  During the Covid pandemic it became impossible to deliver copies using our usual door-to-door deliverers and volunteers, and so in order to ensure that important local information continued to reach our community, we chose to use the Royal Mail's door-to-door service.  We had to do this for 10 issues over the last year at a cost of nearly £8000. We are so incredibly grateful that the Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity stepped in to provide grant funding towards this cost, the whole process was so quick and easy and it is wonderful to know that the Crier is so valued by this important local charity.’

To Great Torrington Town & Lands Trustees,

We would like to thank you again for your incredibly generous grant last autumn towards the work of Allsorts Children’s Club. We also wanted to let you know that we have started meeting again on a Friday evening in person! We met with Angela Fleming (head mistress of the Bluecoat School) during Easter, and we were pleased that she said we could meet up again at the school after Easter! We have met for the past 3 weeks and have used the MUGA as the weather has been kind, although we are able to use the hall with the doors open. We have started with approximately half of our children (35) to get to grips with all of the Covid rules and restrictions and hope to open up the club to all of the children after 21st June! We continue to run the youth side work via Zoom as they do not go to the school in daytime, but again hope to meet in person after June.

It’s been lovely to be able to pick up where we left off some 13 months before and are very thankful for Zoom and financial help which enabled us to keep going.

Thank you Trustees – we are very grateful!

Karen & the Allsorts Team 😊

The Trustees of the Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity awarded a grant to the Youth Genesis Trust (Ltd).

 

The Town & Lands Charity have received the following update:-

Torrington Youth Space Update – June 2021

 

"It's with great appreciation and thanks to the Trustees of Great Torrington Town & Lands that Youth Genesis is able to offer a range of life changing projects and activities for local young people. The funding will allow us to provide a series of activities at our Friday Night Youth Hub over the summer and autumn that will include sports and games as well as sessions around arts, crafts, music making, dance and drama. We will also be offering young people life skills around cooking, managing finances and gardening.

 The Friday Night Youth Hub, which takes place at Torrington Methodist Church and on the streets at various locations around town, is currently engaging just over 80 teenagers each week! Many of the young people Youth Genesis are supporting have struggled with their mental health following the Covid-19 pandemic etc.  Funding from Great Torrington Town & Lands Charity will help us to provide the right support as well as a dynamic range of positive activities.  

 For more information, please visit: https://www.youthgenesis.org.uk/location/great-torrington/

 

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