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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

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

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.....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.