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

Facilities

For a comprehensive list of clubs, societies and facilities compiled by the Topsham Community Association, see the new Topsham Leisure Directory (link in sidebar).

Facilities


St Margaret's Church - Church of England (Alive newsletter)
Holy Cross Parish Church - Roman Catholic
Topsham Methodist Church

Topsham Museum - Devon Museums official site
Topsham Community Association
Matthews Hall

St Davids Veterinary Clinic

Topsham School
Topsham Library

Exe Co-Cars - Community Car Club

Healthcare

Topsham Surgery - Doctors, Holman Way
The Whyte House - Dental and facial cosmetic treatment
Topsham Pharmacy - Fore Street pharmacy
Topsham Homeopathic Practice - above Topsham Pharmacy
Laura Mulvihill - masseuse and healer - Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage, Frequencies of Brilliance & Amanae Healing.

Topsham Town Criers
The town criers are Keith Smith and Ben Turner. They can be contacted at keethsmeeth@blueyonder.co.uk

Estuary Magazine
Estuary Magazine is a monthly community magazine for Topsham, available from Topsham News and other local shops. See Estuary Magazine page for full details.

Photocopying
The Topsham Bookshop - a good stop for basic monochrome copying: 10p for A4, 20p for A3. Open 10.30am-5.oopm Monday-Saturday (closed for lunch 1-2pm).
Optima Graphics - may be able to do photocopying, but Optima is a professional print bureau, and copying will be subject to their other commitments at the time. Call to check in advance.

Charities / Care services
Estuary League of Friends - a major provider of aid in the community for the elderly/disabled and their carers.
The Mission to Seafarers
Memory Cafe - meetings organised by Estuary League of Friends for dementia sufferers and their carers: "a relaxing opportunity for people to meet, share experiences and gather information to help them and their families". Meetings are at the Nelson Close Community Room, Topsham. Contact Rachel Gilpin for more details (01392 879009 or e-mail rachel.estuary@virgin.net).
Partners in Care - Partners in Care (SW) Ltd: agency founded in 1990 to provide carers to both Social Services and private service users.
Reminiscence - "a new cafe hosted by the Estuary League of Friends. We invite everybody to join us every fortnight to chat about good times past and present over a cup of tea or coffee (and maybe a home-baked cake or two). Over the coming months we will be hosting  a variety of different themes; keep your eyes open for our posters."
10.30am-12noon, Topsham Methodist Church. Current dates 19th July, 2nd August, 16th August.

Specialist care accommodation
The Mede - Holiday support and day care for people with dementia and their carer -
Finalist in The Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friendly Awards

Fitness & Sport
Topsham Pool - our centrally located open-air heated swimming pool
Topsham Swimming Club - see pool link above
Mature Movers - Keep-Fit at the Church room, St Margaret's church, Thu. 2.15-3.15pm. Contact: 01395-232388
Zumba Gold - starts Tuesday 3rd July - Fitness classes "perfect for the older adult" presented by ‘Strictly Inna’. 9.45am for 10am-11am session, every Tuesday. First session free, £5 per session after; no booking required. Contact Pinna777@virginmedia.com / 07786 185561

Childcare
Babies Love Massage - Baby Massage and Music, Massage & Movement courses for parents/ carers and their babies/ toddlers in St Margaret's Church Rooms.
Jolly Babies - Baby music, singing and movement classes every Tuesday in Topsham. The first musical class for babies 12 weeks to 1 year and their special adult. Jolly Babies classes are unique and specifically designed for very young babies. FREE TASTER SESSION available for all new babies. The Dorothy Holman Centre, Ferry Road.
Music With Mummy - exciting and fun music, singing and movement classes every Tuesday in Topsham. Music with Mummy is a lively but structured programme of pre-school music education. Every week there is a class designed specifically for children aged three years and under. FREE TASTER SESSION available for all children under the age of 3. The Dorothy Holman Centre, Ferry Road.
Topsham Toddler Group - A friendly parent and toddler group based at The Dorothy Holman Centre, Ferry Road.
Turtle Tots - Baby swimming group whose Exeter & East Devon group meets in the Exeter Golf & Country Club. "We teach aqua-natal yoga, and specialist and progressive baby and toddler swimming classes from birth": see mini-site or Facebook TurtleTotsEastDevonandExeter.

Government etc
Exeter City Council
Information Devon - Devon County Council
County Councillor
Devon InTouch - Devon County Council monthly news roundup
Devon & Cornwall Police Force

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