Welcome to Torridge Common Ground
A non-party-political platform that puts the shared values and practical vision of the community at the heart of local governance, empowering communities to across Torridge to transform their local economies and wellbeing for the benefit of all.
Welcome to TCG, this website is new and we have lots of information to put up here, so over time we will progress with the updates, for the moment please don't hesitate to pop over to our new forum area and register yourself an account, once you have registered you can start to help us create a greater community forum that helps us all.
Read about our Councillors
Hi. I’m Jonathan Rose Torrington – Town & District ELECTED!!! I came to Great Torrington in 1975 and at 19 was the youngest worker in the condensary at the milk factory. I helped to lay pathways on the Commons and to build the lake and later as a town councillor, led a group of volunteers … Read more
Hi. I’m Joel Herron Bideford North – Town & District I am a teacher, currently working part-time across North Devon, which enables me to run a small café in Bideford Pannier Market. As such, I am committed to exploring employment opportunities for young people in the area. Since moving to Bideford three years ago, I … Read more
Hi. I’m Kaye Corfe Bideford West – Town I have felt welcomed and connected to this community since moving here six and a half years ago. I now want to be a town councillor, to empower our community to grow and become more resilient. I believe in social inclusion for all and am passionate to … Read more
Hi. I’m Giuseppe Rossi Northam Orchard Hill – District I’ve lived in North Devon for most of my 42 years. Born and raised in Clovelly to a fishing family, I inevitably took to the sea and became a commercial fisherman. Adventurous by nature, I’ve explored the world and worked in a range of industries, including … Read more
Hi. I’m Laurence Shelley Northam Orchard Hill – Town I am a Devonian, a past teacher and entrepreneur and Northam resident for over 20 years. As a founding trustee of Bideford Sustainability Group, I researched many local issues for articles in ‘My Town’ magazine, helped develop Morwenna Community Garden and am a passionate supporter of … Read more
Hi. I’m Carl Hawkins Bideford West – Town & District I am now 47 years old, my family and I have always lived in Bideford, currently, I am self-employed and work in many areas related to media and IT. My household comprises of myself, my wife Tina and my two daughters aged 17 and 13 … Read more
Hi. I’m Daniel Bell Northam Orchard Hill – Town I have grown up in North Devon and have lived in Northam for the last four years. I trained as a footballer with Exeter City aged 11-18 and went on to play semi-professionally both locally and abroad, as well as coaching. Working as an artist, teacher … Read more
A new story for our time
This is how we seek to tell the new stories about the places and communities we live in, they are ones based on hope, sharing, celebrating, connection with self, others and nature.
By coming together, finding our COMMON GROUND and rediscovering our power to act, we can awaken to the possibility of transforming our everyday lives for the better and in doing so create abundant and flourishing communities at a local level.
38DLive “Flatpack Democracy” mini-doc
Frome is one of the places where this all started here in the UK, people ask us what TCG is all about.. What can be done? How does it work? and why even bother?.. Take a moment to watch through this video, listen to what ordinary Frome people have to say about how this project worked out for them, listen to business owners explain how they found an increase in sales and visually witnessed greater wellbeing within the community. This is what TCG wants to achieve AND we can, but we need your help, with that help we can make a difference and move things into a brighter future.
TCG Confluence Meeting – 19th March 2019 – Draft Agenda 1/ Welcome and Introductions 2/ TCG and the new democratic vision. Independence. TCG presents an inclusive non-party-political community platform and will work with all like-minded councillors to forge a consensus on policies and actions. Listening to and reflecting the voice of the community in all … Read more
Hello and welcome to this page, Carl here with my thoughts on the recent Barnstorm event held at polyfield on the 10th March 2019, right at this moment I am putting together my thoughts on how our day went.. Please check back soon… For now i have added photos taken on the day should anyone like to … Read more
Frome is one of the places where this all started here in the UK, people ask us what TCG is all about.. What can be done? How does it work? and why even bother?.. Take a moment to watch through this video, listen to what ordinary Frome people have to say about how this project worked … Read more
Political Organising toolkit Many thanks to Stephanie Leonard for putting this together for us.. The essentials Please create an account on Act Build Change and take training 2,3 and 4. This will help you with power mapping, one-to-one, running house meetings and getting your stories slick. Turn out How are do you get people to show … Read more
Hi, my name is Dylan I’m 16 and I am the youth contact point for Torridge Common Ground (TCG). I have been part of TCG since its inception and have found it really inspiring that the team has shown such enthusiasm towards the younger generation. Young people are always excluded from the decisions that are … Read more
Jamie Kelsey Fry will be opening the event with a talk and discussion on the new and emerging participatory politics.