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Community Awards 2015: North Devon's unsung heroes honoured at awards ceremony

NORTH Devon's extraordinary community has been celebrated and its unsung heroes honoured at last night's North Devon Journal Community Awards.

The awards ceremony was held at the Barnstaple Hotel, where the pillars of the North Devon community were recognised for their tireless support of those around them.

Across the region kind hearted folk are going the extra mile and the glitzy ceremony was a way of highlighting those people – young and old.

Speaking at the start of the ceremony, Journal editor Lisa Templeton said: "These awards are now in their third year and are very close to the hearts of the Journal team.........

.....The loudest cheer of the night came with the announcement of the winner of the Community Group award by Laura Evans, of headline sponsors Evans Transport.

The Great Torrington Cavalier kicked off a strong night for the North Devon town, taking home the award, which was collected by group chairman Steve Young.

Mr Young said: "It was a really nice surprise, in our 45 years this is the first award we've received.

"And it's thanks to the whole group, who not just enjoy the hero jobs like building the bonfires, but also do all the other everyday jobs for Torrington."

Press release - Bonfire profit

The Torrington Cavaliers have announced that they made an incredible £48,000 from their latest fundraising efforts.

Over 10,000 people from all over the country enjoyed a spectacular bonfire and fireworks display on the August bank holiday weekend. The profits will now be distributed to charity.

Cavaliers chairman Steve Young said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the amount we’ve raised. The costs associated with putting on a show of this scale always increase, they never go down. So it’s a tricky balancing act between cost and maximizing profits.”

“It was a brilliant show, probably our best yet, and we’ve had emails from people all over the country, thanking us and saying how much they enjoyed it.”

Half of the profits now go to their two nominated charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington. The other half, around £24,000, goes into a bonfire fund that people can apply to.

Cavaliers secretary Nick Hallam said: “Anyone can apply to the fund, but it’s primarily aimed at the smaller charities and good causes that wouldn’t normally be eligible for funding from other sources.”

“We’ll consider all applications on their merits and hope to make a decision by the end of November. We try our best to help everyone, but it depends how many apply. Last time we had over 100 applications.”

Applications must be made in writing giving as much detail as possible, by the 14th November. Send them to: Cavaliers Bonfire Fund, 36 Rosemoor Road, Torrington EX38 7NB or email

. If emailing, please include a postal address.

The Cavaliers will be organising a cheque presentation ceremony at the Plough in December.

2nd Chilli guessing competition at Torrington Arms until November 15th


Followed by the Cavaliers Conker competition! Its a good bit of Fun!

Please visit the Torrington Arms to see the chilli bush and pot and enter the competition.

Good Luck!

Trumpton Bonfire 2015 - Grand Draw result.

We hope you enjoyed the best show that we have put on, we certainly did! It is a long hard time with over 2 years planning and building to put on such a show and many of my fellow Cavaliers, my self included, used the time after the event to take holidays to unwind because we couldnt have taken any whilst the build was progressing so please accept our apologies for the delay announcing the results of the draw.

Here are the results:

1st - M Jeffery of Torrington

2nd - G Sing of Northam

3rd - A Stacey of Langtree

Five smaller prizes went to:

E Daniel of Langtree

M Taylor of Doncaster

J Ovenall of Torrington

P Barlow of Birmingham

J Pym of Exmouth

Congratulations to the above and many thanks to all those that purchased tickets and supported our Bonfire event. Thank You!

We are currently waiting for all the bills and invoices to come in and be paid, then we will announce here and on our facebook page the profits made from our spectacular. Keep your eye on both.

The Great Torrington Cavaliers really appreciate your support.

Trumpton Big Screen video's

The big screen was an excellent idea showing episodes of the original trumpton series, a History of the Cavaliers bonfires plus a special Trumpton episode never seen before:

You tube video: 

BBC footage of our Trumpton Spectacular!

Last night an entire town in Devon was destroyed by fire. Luckily, though, it was only the pretend town of Trumpton!! Thousands watched as the latest bonfire creation by the Torrington Cavaliers went up in flames all to raise money for charity. Spotlight's John Danks was there.

Trumpton Bonfire 29th August 2015


Thanks to all who came to our show last night! We hope you enjoyed it. Thanks also to all the stewards and other helpers, and a special thank you to our fireworks team TWO TIGERS, who put on an amazing display! We'll let you know how much we've raised after we've had a little rest!!

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