More than 75 people came along to the Torrington 100 launch event to enjoy everything from hula hooping and photography to dance, singing and music making. There were talks from our Community Developers, Bridget Cordory and Cathy Richards introducing what Torrington 100 is aiming to do for an audience of, appropriately, over 100 people. Guests included the leader of Torridge District Council, Anne Dart, representatives from Torrington Town Council, Torrington Futures, social care and health workers and community funders, such as Devon Community Foundation, as well as members of the public.
Once the official launch was over our Community Developers quickly ‘changed hats’ to then lead their own taster classes. Cathy is a dance and movement expert and runs “Sapta Dance ” a very reflective, focused experience that helped calm the soul and energise the body. Bridget is a talented Batik artist and a large group were able to create their own artwork to take away with them. There were 10 other ‘taster’ classes, including mixed media art, printing, photography and floristry. Becki Driscoll, an amazing local musician had people from 3 to 73 trying out instruments and making music, while singing teacher Alison Whittal, who runs ‘Ploughcapella’ led an inspiring session of acapella singing.
Leaflets publicising the event were delivered door to door in 16 villages and throughout Great Torrington and shopkeepers gave them away to customers they felt might enjoy the day. Village newsletters and the Torrington Crier also helped promote the event beforehand.