Talks and Meeting Programme 2016

All meetings take place in Matthews Hall at 7:30 pm. The bar opens at 7:00 pm for wine and soft drinks.

Thursday 15 September 2016
The Barn Owl Trust – “Restoring the Balance”
by David Ramsden MBE
Subjects covered include an introduction to the Barn Owl, the effects of changing farming practices, conservation measures for Barn Owls and the work of the Barn Owl Trust. David illustrates the close links between Barn Owls and people, and shows the environmental consequences of everyday human activities.

Thursday 20 October 2016
Maritime Shortcuts – Canals in the West Country and Abroad
by Colin Vosper
Introducing the work of Victorian canal builders who devised routes across the SW Peninsula to avoid the dangerous sea passages round Lands End. The talk also covers two major maritime shortcuts that do not feature in the UK.

Thursday 17 November 2016
1545: Who sank the Mary Rose?
by Peter Marsden D.Phil FSA
King Henry used his navy from 1512 to 1547 mainly to attack France, and especially Brittany. The Mary Rose was one of his main warships and was the Lord Admiral’s flagship before her rebuild in 1536. She sailed with the fleet mainly from ports in the south-west to attack Morlaix and Brest. In 1545 the Mary Rose was the flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir George Carew, who then lived at Polslo Priory just outside Exeter. Carew was among those who were drowned when the Mary Rose sank.

Future lecture dates in 2017
19 January, 16 February, 16 March, 21 September, 19 October & 16 November

Annual Summer Outing

The Society’s Annual Summer Outing was on Thursday 9 June visiting Dartmouth and Dartington Hall. Details of the 2017 outing will be published here when available.


Informative walking tours of the town are run by Topsham Society guides every Wednesday and Saturday from May to September. These free tours start from Holman Way Car Park at 2pm, with no booking necessary. You can download the Walks flyer here.
Call Gill Yates on 01392 875276 for group bookings.

Planning Group

The Society’s committee includes a planning Group. This group of local residents and co-opted experts, including architects and environmental consultants, regularly scrutinises Exeter City Council planning applications for matters of concern to Topsham and responds accordingly.