THE HEART OF TOPSHAM
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It is with heavy hearts that we have to confirm the closure of both Matthews Hall and Dorothy Holman Centre for the foreseeable future. There will be no Saturday market or Tuesday seniors group. The café will be closed.
We hope you all stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to both venues when the situation allows it. 23 March 2020.
Home working. We have a garden room at the back of Matthews Hall, suitable as a “home working” office. It has a table, chairs and Wi-Fi and independent access. Available to hire on a daily basis at £24 per day. Ring Veronica on 01392 876865 to book and arrange access. 20 March 2020
Spring Forward. Cancelled. 28th March is Spring Forward Saturday. We'll be holding a spring fair at Matthews Hall in the morning with the market, cafe, childrens' activities and music. March '20
Garden room. We still have a pleasant room available for hire, located at the rear of Matthews Hall, suitable for a small business, salon or workshop. The room measures 3.75m by 2.72m. It has good natural light, some shelving, an electric heater, sink, use of a communal kitchen and toilet facilities and an independent external entrance and letter box. It costs £275 per month. If you are interested in viewing it, please get in touch with the administrator or caretaker. March '20
Energy efficiency. Matthews’s Hall is a wonderful period building built in the 1920s. Unfortunately, this was a time when energy efficiency was not top of the agenda. We are considering ways in which we might improve the energy efficiency of the hall, possibly including solar panels, secondary glazing and internal insulation. Of course, these will require substantial investment. We are also looking at reducing the plastic we use in the cleaning and maintenance of hall services and continuing to ensure that our waste from events is separated for recycling. The lovely café is already good at minimising waste. All other suggestions for increasing sustainability are very welcome! Feb '20
Film: Rocketman. On Saturday 29th February we shall be showing the film Rocketman, an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years, set to his most beloved songs. Matthews Hall, 7:30pm, cert 15. Tickets £5 from Lily's bookshop or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or £6 on the door.
AGM. On Thursday 5th December we held the Topsham Community Association AGM. The business part of the meeting was short and sweet, followed by a talk ‘Now We Are Rather Older: revisiting Winnie-the-Pooh’ by Emma Jackson, curator of the recent A.A. Milne exhibition at the V&A. We welcomed three new directors. Dec '19
Topsham Community Association is delighted to donate over £400 proceeds from showing the film Bohemian Rhapsody to Love Topsham’s Christmas lights apreeal. The lights were switched on on Friday and are all lovely and twinkly. Nov '19
From October 2019 the lease of the Dorothy Holman Centre will transfer from its current management committee to Topsham Community Association. For the groups which currently use the Centre there will be no change. Some of the same people will continue to keep an eye on the much-loved and much-used recreation ground, topping up the outside table tennis bats and balls and liaising with Exeter City Council for example. TCA will increase its opportunities to hire out space for its residents and groups, giving greater flexibility and choice. We look forward to the future with enthusiasm and thank the custodians of the Dorothy Holman Centre for their decades of dedication to its maintenance and development. To book, ring Veronica on (01392) 875695. Sept '19
On Thursday 5th September we held a vibrant open day at Matthews Hall for regular hall users to showcase what goes on. It kicked off Love Topsham's Join the Club weekend on Sat 7th and Sun 8th. Sept '19
TCA are pleased to donate the proceeds of £400 from showing the film The Great Gatsby to Topsham Charter Day. Sept '19
The Topsham Emergency Group has a website www.topfloods.co.uk giving advice and information about flooding. Please have a look if you are interested in proposals for defences or if you'd like to help by being a flood warden. May '19
Seeking new directors
Topsham Community Association is looking for new voluntary directors to join our board and assist in running community activities, managing Matthews Hall and developing the Association. If you would like to get involved and make a contribution to the Community in Topsham we would love to hear from you. Experience or/and knowledge of any of the following would be useful in this role: Organising community activities, Managing a venue, Managing staff, Governance of a charity and a company, Law, IT, Finance, Marketing. If you would like more information, please email our Secretary, Fran Murrell, at email@example.com March/June 2019
After a January break, the Matthews Hall cafe is open again, freshly decorated, with new chairs and new items on the menu. Feb
The over 50s "Youth" group meets every Tuesday at 2pm for for good company, table tennis, tea, pool, scrabble, petanque, chat, etc at the Dorothy Holman Centre. Free, friendly, fun and flexible. Pop along and have a look if you haven't been before. No catch. Jan 19
Rogan, the Topsham Town Crier, aims to perform a crie at 11am on the first Saturday of each month outside Matthews Hall to announce forthcoming events in Topsham. If you have a non-commercial event that you would like to be advertised, contact Rogan topshamtowncrier@ gmail.com Jan 19
The TCA Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 6 December 2018 at 7.30pm. Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis will speak on Histories of the Unexpected. Wine and mince pies for sale. Free entry for all, including non-members. Everyone welcome! Nov '18
TCA were delighted to support the Christmas lights appeal by donating the £250 profit from showing the Greatest Showman film. Oct '18