25. April 2019 · Comments Off on AGM 2019 · Categories: News

The 55th Annual General Meeting of the Topsham Society will be held at Matthews Hall, Topsham on Thursday 16 May 2019 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.

We are seeking new committee members. In particular, there are vacancies for Vice President, Chairman, Vice Chairman and Talks Organiser.

Documents for the meeting:

Agenda with notes
Minutes of the 2018 AGM
Chairman’s report
Financial statement 2018-19
Nomination form
Spring 2019 Newsletter

10. January 2019 · Comments Off on Keep the date – AGM · Categories: News

The Society’s AGM will be held in the Matthews Hall on Thursday 16 May 2019.

10. January 2019 · Comments Off on Talks 2019 · Categories: News

We now have confirmed the talk for 21 February. Details are here.

29. December 2018 · Comments Off on Talks 2019 – dates for your diaries · Categories: News

There will be a programme of talks in the new year. Details of the topics will follow soon. Dates are 24 January, 21 February and 21 March. All are Thursday evenings.

Please note that we still need a talks secretary to arrange the programme for the autumn onwards.

01. October 2018 · Comments Off on No Talks Secretary, no talks. · Categories: News

Our talks secretary resigned eighteen months ago, and the Society has not been able to find anyone to take on the role. The Committee feels that it should concentrate its resources at present on responding to planning applications, etc.

Consequently there will be no evening talk in September and October, but the Committee has committed to organising the annual Oboussier Lecture on 15th November. Details to follow.

If there’s a member (or members) out there who would be willing to take on organising speakers for the talks we would be very pleased to hear from you – contact myself, José Northey or any committee member. Don’t feel that you have to be brimful of ideas to start with – we have a list of potential speakers and topics, and previous Talks Secretaries have also said that they will be happy to help out with ideas and processes.

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

The 2018 Topsham Calendar is available. 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.


Devon County Council has finally got around to introducing a residents’ parking scheme in Topsham. There will be an exhibition in the Rugby Club on 23 and 24 May 2018

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

The Society’s annual outing took 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.


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.

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.


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.