29. March 2017 · Comments Off on The 2018 Topsham Calendar · Categories: News

The 2018 Topsham Calendar will be available from October 2017. The price, with envelope, remains at £5. You can order copies on line by using our Contact Us page. The calendar will also be on sale at Topsham Stores and The Topsham Bookshop. There will also be the opportunity to buy a copy as you enter the Matthews Hall Market on a Saturday morning.

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Devon County Council is proposing to introduce a residents’ parking scheme in Topsham later this year. This follows the public consultation early in 2016. Details of the scheme are not yet available.

29. March 2017 · Comments Off on The Society’s Annual Outing 2017 – Antony · Categories: News

The Society’s annual outing will take place on Thursday 22 June 2017 to Antony, the National Trust property at Torpoint. Antony remains the family home of the Carew-Pole family, who became caught up in the extraordinary events of the English Civil War.

A house of silver grey stone, Antony is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal. It is believed to be one of the finest surviving Queen Anne buildings in the West Country. It contains an outstanding collection of portraits, including works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and a famous painting of Charles I during his trial. There are also fine examples of period furniture, textiles and tapestries.

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Image © The National Trust

Visitors can explore the landscape garden, which includes a formal garden with topiary, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies. The Woodland Garden, owned and run by the Carew Pole Garden Trust, also has outstanding rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias.

The cost for members of the national Trust is £11 and for non-members is £19.15. The booking form can be downloaded from here or can be obtained from Jane Coleman (01392 876456) at 45 Strand, Topsham or José Northey (01392 759164) at 3 Monmouth Hill, Topsham. Completed booking forms must be returned to Jane or José no later than 22 May 2017.

12. March 2017 · Comments Off on AGM 18 May 2017 · Categories: News

The Society’s AGM will be held on 18 May 2017 in the Matthews Hall. We need additional committee members. If you are interested in Topsham’s historical heritage or in local planning and development, why not put yourself forward for election?

To find out more please contact the Secretary using the Contact Us page.

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Devon County Council is proposing changes to car parking in Topsham. This is a copy of a notice issued by the Council.

Public exhibitions will be taking place at Topsham RFC on Exeter Road on Tuesday 19th January 11am – 5pm and Monday 1st February 2pm – 7pm displaying draft proposals for parking changes in your area. Both exhibitions will display the same information. The consultation is in response to requests from local residents who wished the parking situation in Topsham to be reviewed. These proposals have been drafted following discussions with the local County Councillor and representatives of the local community. The proposals will be on display at the exhibitions where officers from Devon County Council will be on-hand to answer any questions. It is hoped that you will be able to attend one of the exhibitions and provide feedback to ensure that we can provide a scheme that is most suitable for your area. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend either exhibition then the information and feedback form will be available between 20th January 2016 and 19th February 2016 either online at http://devon.cc/topshamparking or at reception at County Hall.

23. April 2015 · Comments Off on Topsham: An Account Of Its Streets and Buildings – Reprinted · Categories: News

The Society’s publication Topsham: An Account Of Its Streets and Buildings has been reprinted with corrections. The book is on sale at Topsham Museum. It can also be obtained from the Secretary who can be contacted through our Contact Us page.

12. April 2015 · Comments Off on Topsham Museum Exhibition · Categories: News

2015 is the Society’s 50th anniversary year, and in celebration of that event the Topsham Museum has an exhibition about the Society’s history and activities. The exhibition is in the Local History Room and will be open between 1 April and 30 June.

09. March 2015 · Comments Off on Goat Walk land success. · Categories: News

The Topsham community bid for the Goat Walk land has been successful!

We are delighted to let you know that thanks to the immense generosity of Topsham residents, and other lovers of Topsham, the community bid for the land adjacent to the Goat Walk has been successful. The land will now be secure against building for future generations and its rural character preserved.

We narrowly beat several other bids, and the current owner is delighted that the Topsham community has been able to buy the land.

Over 450 donations were received and every single one helped us to reach the final bid we were able to make. If you have made a donation to the appeal fund then we will be acknowledging this later. However, we thought it important to let as many people know of the bid’s success as soon as possible. We will also be issuing a Press Statement as soon as we are able.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the community’s bid successful: donors, people who distributed flyers and appeal letters, Lily Neal who designed the posters, Optima Graphics who got our work out so quickly, all of you who took an interest, came to the public meeting and filled in the questionnaire, and the group who worked tirelessly to steer the process under extreme pressure of time.

The next task is for the Topsham Community Association and Topsham Society to begin to look at the structure of the body which will be set up to own and manage the land, and how input can be best achieved. The acquisition of this land presents an exciting prospect for Topsham, and we hope as many people as possible will be engaged with it.

Copy of a note from Bob Drury Chairman, Topsham Community Association.

14. February 2015 · Comments Off on Land beside the Goat Walk · Categories: News

With overwhelming support from a packed public meeting on 12 February, The Topsham Community Association and Topsham Society are appealing for donations to raise funds to bid for this land on behalf of the community of Topsham. For more see this page.

14. February 2015 · Comments Off on Outing to Tavistock Museum and Buckland Abbey · Categories: News

Buckland_Abbey_03The Exeter Local History Society has a coach trip to Tavistock Museum and Buckland Abbey on Friday 13 March 2015.

Departing from Toby’s Pub, Middlemoor, at 10.30 to have coffee in Tavistock and visit the museum – full of fascinating artefacts relating to the mining history of Devon.

Then on to Buckland Abbey for lunch (or, weather permitting, consume a packed lunch in the gardens). Visit the Abbey and also the now-famous Rembrandt before leaving at 4.30 pm to return to Exeter.

Discounted Buckland Abbey entry is £8.50 (National Trust members go free!) plus £10 towards the coach and entry to Tavistock Museum. Parking at Toby’s is £2 – car share recommended !

For more information or to reserve a place:
Please email exeterlocalhistory@google.com or phone 07503 153193


Buckland Abbey 03” by Keith GoughBuckland Abbey. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.