TDC support Torrington Community space renovation with £30,000 community grant

Torrington under croft

Torridge Council have handed over a cheque for £30,000 from the Councils Community Grants scheme following a successful application by trustees renovating Great Torrington Town and Community Hall. The money has been used towards the glazing and refurbishment of the "under croft" area of the grade II listed building to create a unique display and meeting space and improve disabled access to the building.

The under croft scheme is part of wider plans to spend around £460,000 on improving the building to serve the town and surrounding parishes. The space will be used to display the progress of the overall project as well as for table and craft top sales, charity events and displaying art work produced by local school children.  

Head of paid service Jenny Wallace and James Jarroudi  from TDC handed over the cheque to Richard Rumbold the Chairman of the Town Hall Trustees. The grant covered half of the costs of the upgrade, with Devon County Council also providing £5,000 for the up-lighting of the facade. The contractors were WMS who have been working on the Town Hall for a number of years. The Trustees are still hoping to receive grants from the Big Lottery and Leader 5 to finish the work with the building of an extension to provide toilets, kitchen and lift planned in the next phase.

Richard Rumbold chairman of the Trustees said:

"It is wonderful to see the boarding taken down around the Town and Community Hall and we hope lots of organisations will wish to use this exhibition and community space. The Rotary Club has already booked to use it for a pop up shop."

Torrington Councillor Cathrine Simmons said:

"This is another great example of Torridge's community grant scheme in action and making a real difference for our communities. I'm sure the new space that's been created will be well used for the benefit of many organisations and activities."

02 October 2017