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

Revitalise the Rec - progress report

Topsham Rec. is currently closed due to a broken sewer pipe; while this has caused a slight delay, the Revitalise the Rec project is nevertheless nearing the completion of its Phase One. Sue Wright writes:

Following the sewage seepage, which had nothing to do with the revitalisation of the recreation ground, we are waiting for SW Water to complete the repairs and move off site.

In the meantime we are near the end of the first phase of installation of play and exercise equipment. The Proludic equipment – including the zip wire, basket swing, springer see-saw, junior and senior fitness trails, multiplay area and rodeo board – is almost ready to be signed off.

Once Environmental Health gives the all clear on the sewage contamination, the gates will be unlocked, the security fencing will be removed and the Proludic equipment can be used and enjoyed by children and adults alike. We hope this will happen by 4th July.

Phase Two of the project includes the construction of the petanque pitch, the volleyball/badminton net, the shelter, the boat structure on the mound and the wide slide. Exeter City Council has also been repainting and renovating existing equipment. So we hope that Phase Two will be complete in good time for the summer holidays.

We would still like to add more seating, litter bins, cycle racks and planting if we can afford it.  So the Revitalise the Rec fund is not yet closed. If you are pleased with developments so far and wish to help us finish the project, cheques payable to Topsham Community Association can be deposited in its letterbox at Matthews Hall, marked for the attention of TCA Treasurer. Thank you!
Sue Wright
Topsham Community Association
28 June 2014

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