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Thomas Sage VC

Thomas Henry Sage VC

2017 marks 100 years since Tiverton resident Thomas Henry Sage was awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. Tiverton Town Council are co-coordinating the laying of a commemorative paving stone in the Town to mark this remarkable achievement by a local resident.

Born in Tiverton in 1882, Thomas Henry Sage was the son of author Thomas Sage and Jessie Laura Osmond. The family home was in Ham Place, just off St Andrew Street.

In 1914, after war broke out Thomas signed up with Prince Albert's Somerset Light Infantry. On October 4th 1917 he and eight others were trapped in a shell hole at Tower Hamlets Spur, east of Ypres in Belgium.

One member of his company was about to toss a bomb at the enemy gunners when he was shot. Falling back into the the shell hole, the bomb was already primed. Without a thought for his own safety Thomas threw himself on top of the bomb and saved his comrades, though he was very badly injured.

The Victoria Cross citation read: The live bomb fell into the shell-hole and Private Sage, with great courage and presence of mind, immediately threw himself upon it, thereby undoubtedly saving the live of several of his comrades, though he himself sustained very serious wounds.

Thomas eventually returned to Tiverton and took a job at the Starkey Knight and Ford Brewery. He died in 1945 and is buried in Tiverton Ceremony.

Details of the paving laying ceremony will be made public and all are invited to attend this historic occasion.

Thomas Henry Sage

Christmas Lights Switch on 2016

The Christmas Lights Switch on is on Saturday 26th November 2016 at 8.00pm. The Town Council are providing the lights this year and see a return of the 'Sparkly Green Pants' which went viral in 2015. The Council has a contract with Festive Lighting until 2017 and so the pants will also be returning next year. The Winterfest and Lighting Ceremony is being run by the Events Committee of the Tiverton Business Forum. The Parade starts at Westexe this year from 6.00pm and the light switch on is to be followed by a spectacular firework display at 8.15pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Christmas Pants

Extraordinary Meeting 31/10/2016

The Extraordinary Meeting of the Coun cil due to be held in the Council Chambers on 31st October 2016 has been cancelled.

Councillor Vacancy 2016

Following the resignation of one of our Councillors, Tiverton Town Council has a vacancy for a Town Councillor in Lowman Ward.
To be eligible you must be at least 18 years on the date of nomination and be a British Citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union. 
You must also meet at least one of the four other criteria listed below:
•At the date of nomination you are on the electoral register as a local government elector for Tiverton, and continue to be so;
•Have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in Tiverton during the whole 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election;
•Your principle or only place of work during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in Tiverton
•You have lived in Tiverton or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months prior to your nomination and the day of election.
You are disqualified from election or holding office if you:
•Hold a paid office or employment with Tiverton Town Council;
•Are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction ( or interim order) or a debt relief restriction order;
•Have within five years before the date of election, or since, been convicted in UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man of any offence and has been sentenced to imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of not less than three months without the option of a fine;
•Have been disqualified for corrupt or illegal practices; or
•Have been disqualified from holding office by a court or tribunal.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a town councillor why not contact the Town Clerk and find out what it is all about. 
Applications should be made in writing to The Town Clerk, Tiverton Town Council, The Town Hall, St Andrew Street, Tiverton EX16 6PG. The deadline for applications to be received is noon on Friday 28th October 2016.

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Tiverton Town Council

Town Hall

St Andrew Street

Tiverton EX16 6PG

Tel: 01884 253404

Fax: 01884 258550

Opening Hours 9.00am – 4.00pm Mon – Fri

Town Clerk: Mr J Vanderwolfe

Assistant to the Town Clerk: Mrs C Oliphant

Clerical Assistant: Mrs J Hubbard


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