Topsham Community Association 


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Matthews Hall hire: 01392 876865 [email protected]

Caretaker: 07736 735181

Saturday market:  [email protected]

Admin: 07940 960560 [email protected]

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STOP PRESS! Matthews Hall and Dorothy Holman Centre are still open!

Despite the announcement on the “Rule of six” on 9th September, as a community hall, we are still permitted to host events with more than 6 people, in accordance with government guidance. Socially distanced Pilates, dance exercise, yoga, art classes, concerts and talks etc are still taking place. The only exception is purely social gatherings such as private parties.


Market Vacancy. We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced person to be the Market Manager at our vibrant Saturday Market in Matthews Hall.  You should be an excellent people manager, creative, well organised and reliable.  Working hours are 7am to 1.30pm each Saturday plus admin time from home.  Job share will be considered.  Salary circa £4,000 pa.  A full Job Description is available from the TCA Administrator at [email protected], together with an application form, to be returned by noon on Thursday 24th September 2020.  Interviews will take place on Saturday 26th September. 1 Sept 2020


Seniors group is back, every Tuesday afternoon at the Dorothy Holman Centre for some socially distant socialising. 2pm to 4:30pm. Free. Still on! July 2020, updated 10 Sept


Coming out of Lockdown. Matthews Hall and the Dorothy Holman Centre will be available for hire from 25th July, in accordance with government guidelines. Contact Veronica on (01392) 876865 or [email protected] for bookings and conditions. 16 July 2020


Cafe. The Mathews cafe is back with its usual delicious range of scones, lunches and drinks, with attractive outdoor seating or takeaway service. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 to 3pm (1pm on Sat).


Saturday Market Reopens. The Community Market is open again, every Saturday, 8am to 1pm, under strict Covid-19 control restrictions. Please see the Matthews Hall website for more details. 18 June 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 for £10 an hour, £30 for half a day and £60 for a whole day. Ring Veronica on 01392 876865 to book and arrange access. updated 6 July 2020


Fish and Chips. Harry’s Kitchen fish and chip servery is outside Matthews Hall every Monday from 4.30 to 8.30pm.


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


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 appeal. 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 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


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 [email protected] Jan 19


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