TOPSHAM, Devon

Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary, Devon, in England's Westcountry. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals, and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks; wildlife; a Saturday morning market; many characterful shops, restaurants and inns; and quiet space to sit and watch the sailing boats go by. But while present-day Topsham is undoubtedly picturesque and has a rich historical heritage, it always has been a working town. Despite no longer being one of the great trading ports of Britain, it continues to have a very strong business and commercial life, with traditional maritime trades continuing alongside the modern and computerised. The site aims to support and encourage the current and future community, so that the history which awaits us may be just as interesting and rewarding.

Topsham - looking north from Quay

Topsham Community Association

Topsham Community Association has sent us a reprint of its announcement in Estuary Magazine of changes in its constitution as of 1st September 2012.

TOPSHAM COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

The Topsham Community Association has changed with effect from 1 September. We hope that for most people it will not be a noticeable change. We are now operating as a limited company, but the people involved and the services we provide are the same as before.

The objects have not changed. They are:
To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of Topsham; and
To establish and maintain a Community Hall (Matthews Hall)

An important part of promoting the benefit of the people of Topsham is developing an understanding of the needs and priorities of the local population by consulting them on issues that are identified as important to the social and commercial life of the town. We will continue to hold meetings on topics we of interest to the wider population, but want to ensure that we hear the views of everyone. We therefore want to develop our membership to include as many people who live or work in the town as possible.

Membership is free. There are no shares to buy. The company is limited by a guarantee from members, which would only be called for on the winding up of the company. The guarantee is a promise to pay up to £1 in the event it is needed on winding up.

Membership is open to anyone aged 16 or over who lives or works in Topsham and who has completed an application form which is approved by the Company. An application form is included in this edition of Estuary. Forms should be completed and sent to Sue Wilkinson, the Company Secretary, at Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HF. Additional copies of the form can also be obtained from Sue.

We hope that all the residents of Topsham will support the Association by becoming members. We know that Matthews Hall and the activities which are organised there (or from there) are much appreciated and membership will provide a way of expressing your views on what more we could be doing.

- Topsham Community Association

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