The Love Topsham Team

The core group are all Topsham residents with a strong background of community activity and a passion for the town, its fabric, its history and its future. Behind this team is a small army of volunteers working hard for Topsham.

Graham
Graham Norwood

Graham is a freelance journalist, writing about property for national and trade publications. He handles the communications side of Love Topsham and has been a White Street resident for 20 years. He’s a Topsham Museum trustee now and has in the past served on the boards Estuary League of Friends, Topsham Society and Topsham Film Society. You’ll often find him, with his dog Macy, in and around the local coffee shops…

Ned
Ned Hoste

We came back to Devon after 36 years away in 2019. A professional designer since I was 15 and founder and director of the award-winning branding, publishing and communications agency thebigideascollective.com. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. While continuing the day job, I also design the graphics and website for Love Topsham. Since coming back to the south west I have become a director of Love Topsham and a trustee of the arts charity Daisi promoting the arts and creativity across Devon. Now living in White Street with artist Alison, you will usually see me walking around the town with Pip the dog.

Carolina Hobbs

Now retired and having recently moved from Dartmoor to Topsham, most of Carolina’s working life has been in finance. Alongside family and work commitments, involvement in the community has always taken an important role, such as helping to run scout groups and village events on Dartmoor, as well as becoming treasurer of several organisations.

Lily
Lily Neal
Lily opened the business now known as The Topsham Bookshop in 1993, and is one of the longest-serving retailers in the town, experienced in working with other local businesses and dealing with our councils. She was a staunch member of the erstwhile Topsham Traders Association, at one stage serving as its chairman and also (through the Association) developing and delivering the two Topsham Maritime Weekend events in the late 1990s. She was also involved in the group known as Save The Topsham Gap, trying to protect the town from inappropriate development. Always involved in local activities, Lily has volunteered for Topsham Museum, writing a short book about its founder Dorothy Holman, and has served on Topsham Film Society. She has also run a poetry appreciation class and a singing group in the town, and been a founder member of TCMS, helping to arrange chamber music concerts In Topsham.
Pete Greenslade

Pete has lived in Devon all his life and migrated to Topsham from Countess Wear just over 20 years ago, so is still a relative newcomer to the town! Having had two careers – one in Financial Services, the other in Tax Technology – Pete has now retired and can be found either on the golf course or walking in Topsham with his wife, Jane and their dog Chili. In his spare time he loves travelling around the UK and France in their campervan or occasionally taking solace in the local hostelries – purely in the interest of research, of course. Pete loves living in Topsham and helping the Love Topsham team as Joint Head of Volunteers with Jane, making the town a better place for everyone – with a particular area of expertise in the Christmas lights display across Topsham.

Jane Greenslade

Jane has always lived in and around Exeter, finally moving to Topsham in 1999 – and she can’t ever imagine leaving. Having now retired Jane previously worked as a medical underwriter at the infamous London & Manchester Assurance company in Clyst St Mary for over 30 years. Most days Jane can be found walking around Topsham, with her husband Pete and dog Chili. They all love travelling, particularly in their campervan, either in this country or in Europe. Jane loves volunteering to help improve the experience of Topsham for everyone. As Joint Head of Volunteers, Jane says she “generally makes a nuisance of herself albeit in a nice way”. Jane is a key figure in organising the Love Topsham annual Christmas Market.

Other regular volunteers are: Lisa Hogg (town calendar), Rosalind Beetham (database management), Hilary Thomson (content), Marcus Parry (proofreading), Jo Robson and Tilly Smith (meet-ups), Judith Dunn (risk assessments), Rogan Meadows (Town Crier duties!), Sue Maunder (reusable cups distribution), Oriane Ascanio, Julie Rashbrooke and Rosalind Lesquesne (running Love Topsham stalls) and a whole army ably led by Ray Scotter and assisted by Paul Jakeman who are looking after Topsham’s 90 hanging baskets and watering them every single day in spring and summer!

The 2022 Join The Club project volunteers are Jane and Pete Greenslade, Nell and Marcus Parry, Lynne and Matin Congreve, and Graham Norwood.

The Love Topsham team have a great mix of local knowledge, retail experience, marketing drive and endless enthusiasm but we’re always keen to get others in the community involved in what we do. If you have something to contribute – from helping plan strategy to being on the town’s Christmas display team to distributing leaflets and posters – do please get in touch on lovetopsham@gmail.com