The Great Torrington Cavaliers, holders of the “Queens Award for Voluntary Service” have started the build of their bonfire spectacular to be burnt on Saturday 29th August 2020 as part of the Mayflower 400 commemoration; this also marks the 50th anniversary of the Cavaliers.
It was due to an invite from the Lord Mayor of Plymouth to attend the 350th anniversary of the Mayflower's journey in 1970 that lead to the Great Torrington Cavaliers formation with the motto “Let’s put on events the like of which Torrington has never seen before!”. The 2020 event will be the most spectacular event that they have embarked on to commemorate both dates in history.
Their build couldn't go ahead without the support of businesses and partners from across the region. The Cavaliers would therefore like to highlight the contribution of the organisations and individuals who have helped them to date:
This days working party was not scheduled, but called at the last minute. It was again wet and cold but the boys did good again.
Some trees were cut to the required lengths, moved to their required location and holes dug for them. Next week we will have a digger on site to dig the bigger holes and install some of the trees moved today.
We held our Authorities presentation meeting Friday 16th March 2018. This heralds the process to leading to the build start. It was a very successful meeting when we advise those concerned of what we are planning and what we consider is required to move things forward.
It was attended by members from the following organisations:
Fire Service Police Torridge District Council Great Torrington Town Council Great Torrington Commons Conservators
We have to thank all the above for they input and:
The Green Lantern for providing the drink FOC and the cakes / biscuits. The Mayor, Sue Mills, for agreeing to pay the cakes / biscuits. Great Torrington Town and Lands Charity for the use of the meeting room and projector.
Onwards now for the official build start, date TBC.
The trees that will be the masts and the main structure of the Mayflower started to be felled on 4th December. RHS Rosemoor had to fell several trees on their land for safety reasons and they have donated then to us.
We will be shifting them to the bonfire site soon.