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

Charity ... verifiability

For some time, there have been reports in the region of bogus charity collectors who appear to be collecting for a children’s charity, but are merely working for a company selling leaflets. See BOGUS CHARITY COLLECTOR - 6 Dec 2013 from Devon & Cornwall Police.

If you see anyone with a collecting bucket, be absolutely sure that they're a genuine charity before donating. Apparently it's not illegal to sell leaflets if it's crystal-clear that's the deal. But it's a very grey area if the vendor makes the situation insufficiently explicit, so you think you're donating to a charity, but are in fact buying an overpriced piece of paper.

  • Within the Exeter area, all charity collectors are required to wear badges issued by the City Council authorising them to collect on behalf of the said charity.
  • All Charity workers must wear  photo ID with the registered charity number and contact details on it.
  • IF any person is not wearing this OR it does not look legitimate, please contact the police on 101 and DO NOT donate any money. 

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