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Welcome to Love Topsham

The Love Topsham website is, quite simply, for everybody who loves Topsham, those of us who live here as well as those who come to visit (and sometimes choose to stay). Topsham is a very special place with a centuries-old history and a glorious maritime past, but also somewhere that is modern, vital and energetic, with a committed community that above all supports each other.

Through this website, our aim is to share all that our community has to offer, its natural beauty with the Exe estuary and Clyst river both protected sanctuaries for migratory birds; its unique range of independent businesses and shops; all the wonderful places to eat and drink as well as shop for food and drink; the numerous activities that you can enjoy here; and all that is going on with events taking place throughout the year.

We strongly believe that Topsham has so much going for it, and this website aims to shout it out to the world. For if Topsham is a special place, we are aware too that what we all enjoy here can be fragile and at risk as society changes all around us. We need therefore to work together to protect, safeguard and celebrate that which makes our town unique.

We urge you to visit Topsham, discover its unique charm and beauty, and enjoy a place where the pace of life is relaxed yet still modern and vibrant. Enjoy the view from the churchyard, discover history in the Topsham Museum, explore the shops, and stop for a drink, or enjoy a meal in any of the wonderful cafés, pubs, and restaurants, or even in Topsham’s own wine cellar.

About Love Topsham and this website

Love Topsham was born in November 2017 when one of our community’s most fervent and energetic champions, Geoff Bowen, called a public meeting in the Pebblebed Cellar, rightly concerned at the closure of banks and the changing environment for businesses and retailers. Geoff, one of the most positive people that you could ever have met, believed passionately that we need to celebrate all that is good about life here, and make sure and promote our special town in every way possible. Sadly, Geoff is no longer with us, and our whole community misses his energy, enthusiasm and a smile that could light up a whole room. We would like to think that through what he started, a small part of Geoff’s immense spirit lives on through Love Topsham.

This Topsham website was originally created in an earlier form by the late Ray Girvan who did a marvellous job in capturing the spirit of Topsham, as well as presenting a wealth of useful and practical information. We are truly grateful to him for creating and maintaining such a useful resource and for giving us such a good foundation to work from.

We would also like to thank the many talented people of Topsham who have contributed to the creation of this site as well as other Love Topsham initiatives.

The site in its present form is the result of tireless work from Site Editor Jo Berman, Topsham resident and marketing consultant, who so generously not only gave months of precious time but also her considerable professional expertise. It also wouldn’t have happened without the astute guidance and initial funding given via projects driven via Liz Hodges and Marc Millon, two incredible people who have done so much for Topsham.

Huge thanks are also due to Sarah Sherlock of Rare Pear; Aylwyn Bowen, illustrator and creative advisor; David Hunter and his amazing creative team at D2 who designed the site; and Ned Hoste of The Big Ideas Collective. Ned is currently offering his technical experise to develop the site into what we need now for this very important year for Love Topsham and the town.

Topsham is nothing if not one of the most photogenic places on earth, and we are fortunate that its beauty has been captured so vividly by some very talented local photographers, including Bridget Batchelor, Meia Allegranza, Jane Syers, Nick Hook, Rosemary Depres, Tony Howell, Andy Hay, Tony Cobley, David Tipling, Ben Andrew, Stonefree Photography, Gary Mackley-Smith, Jan Penny, Jo Cunningham and Kim Millon.

We would further like to thank and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of the Visit Exeter Team at Exeter City Council; Anthi Kay, ceramicist; Morwenna Alldis, Communications Officer RSPB; Harry Wild, PR and communications; Rachel Gilpin, Nancy Potter house; Sarah Martin, Nourish; Penny Read, Country Cheeses; Lucy Wynn, Topsham Community Association; Robert Bravo; Jose Northey, Assistant Editor Estuary Magazine; Catriona Batty and Rachel Nichols; Topsham Museum; Eliot Wright; and Rosie Hakes, event planner.

We hope you find the site helpful. Love Topsham is growing with its continued support from the town with a strong core team at its heart. If you have any feedback or would like to contribute in any way, please do contact the Site Editor here.

— The Love Topsham Team:

Jo and Paul Berman, Lily Neal, Sam Lelliot,
Aylwyn Bowen and John Bradley
plus wonderful volunteers!