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Cavaliers win the Queens Award for Volunteer Services

It's been announced today that we've won the QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE!! We're absolutely thrilled and honoured to have received this prestigious award, equivalent to an MBE for volunteer groups! Thank you to those who nominated us and to the local community for supporting us over the past 46 years.


Mayfair & Carnival 2016

Great Torrington's crowning glory, our Mayfair, on the 1st Thursday of May. The Cavaliers had a busy day setting up at 7am and entertaining the crowds in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Our excellent dancing team trained for many weeks under the direction of Teri Adams, what a hard but excellent job she did and we are extrememely greatful for her help. The theme was a tribute to a true music legend, David Bowie.

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In the afternoon we staged a very simple but very entertaining session;

Musical chairs and Hang Tough - The musical chairs was a 3 stage event the first for the under 10`s the second for the over 10`s and the 1 massive game for the Adults, it was a brilliant show.

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I dont have any photos of the Hang Tough yet as I was timing, so when I get some I will post them here.


Carnival Saturday 7th May

Our boys and the girls worked hard this year and won the Cup, the first time ever, well done! It was a space theme to celebrate Tim Peakes time in space.

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1646 Civil War Commemoration march - February 13th 2016

Our now annual event took place to commemorate one of the last English civil war battles fought in the streets of torrington on 16th February 1646. We now organise this event because we feel it is a very important event not to be forgotten. The Cavaliers led the march with flaming torches following the route of the incoming army, it is a very spectacular event.

Childrens Giveaway 2015

This our favourite event of the year, Santa Claus comes to Torrington to give christmas packages to all the children of the Town. Santa is a good friend of the Cavaliers and always allows some time in his very busy schedule to come to us. Thank you Santa!

For the adults there was Hot Mulled Cider, hot mince pies with clotted cream and hot chestnuts, all FREE from Santa and the Cavaliers. The theme this years continued the Trumpton them of 2015 and a stunning grotto was painted by Damien Stacey, our Treasurer Chris Stacey and Andy Pitcher.

Here are a few photos of the day:

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The Cavaliers wish all our friends and supporters a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR! - See you on NYE in the square!

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Cavaliers Give away £50,000 bonfire proceeds

Saturday 5th December - Plough Arts Centre Torrington - 10am

After all the years of hardwork leading upto and including the burn it is one of our favourite events when we give away the £50,000 raised by our spectacular Trumpton Bonfire. It was a full house and we started by showing the special Trumpton episode featuring the Cavaliers and a brief history of the bonfires on the cinema screen. 50% of the monies raised went to our 2 nominated charities; The Plough Arts Centre and the Macmillan Nurses who both received £12,500.

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Mrs Jeffery from Torrington was presented with a Unique Gibraltar Crystal TRumpton bonfire vase, the 1st prize in our Grand Bonfire Draw

and our biggest supporter George was presented with our book "Built to Burn" signed by all the Cavaliers

The other £25,000 being shared out amongst the many applicants who applied for a share of the funds please click the links below to see all the photos - Courtesy of Andy Davey Photography

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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."