Budding artists are invited to get advice from a drawing team heading for Topsham on Thursday, November 1. Read this and more.

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LECTURE: Topsham Museum’s lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, October 31 features the topic of rocks and quarries.

Geologist Dr Michael Barr will be delving into stone types and local buildings, starting at 11.30am.

Admission is free. Numbers are limited.

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WORKSHOP: A botanical watercolour workshop is being held upstairs in Matthews Hall on Friday, November 9.

The day-long workshop, from 10am until 4pm, costs £30 and includes a demonstration plus plants will be provided for painting.

For more information, contact Susan Thomson on 01392 875027.

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FULL HOUSE: Topsham Town Fayre committee is hoping for a full house when it holds its next fundraising bingo session on Tuesday, October 30, at Matthews Hall.

Doors open at 6.30pm, eyes down at 7.30pm.

Cash prizes will be up for grabs, with all profits going to Topsham Town Fayre.

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TOOL PLEA: If you are over 60 and have a few hours a week to spare, Men in Sheds want to hear from you.

The group, in conjunction with Exeter Age UK, renovates old tools for a good cause and is keen to recruit some extra volunteers.

For more information call 01392 202092.

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FINE ART: Donations of fine art or sculpture are being sought by a Topsham charity ahead of its 2013 fundraising auction.

Devon in Sight hopes to raise much-needed funds for local visually-impaired people.

The charity welcomes donations of paintings, drawings, sculpture or ceramics to go under the hammer in February 2013.

To help, contact the charity by October 31 on 01392 878801.

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SMOKE ALARMS: Topsham’s firefighters are urging residents to check smoke alarms when the clocks go back at the end of the month.

The retained crew said the quick test could help save a life.

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ADVICE DRAW: Budding artists are invited to get advice from a drawing team heading for Topsham on Thursday, November 1.

The Big Draw, focussing on drawing circles, rounds and spheres, takes place at Topsham Museum from 10.30am until 1pm, where a host of advice is on offer from local artists.

Traditional pens and paper can be used and also technology such as an iPad.

Admission is £3 for a family group and £2 for adults. Children must be accompanied.

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RACE BONUS A Topsham pub raised hundreds of pounds for Hospiscare when it held a race night recently.

Globe Hotel staff held the event at the Malt House, raising £539 for the charity.

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CHARITY PLEA: Topsham charity shop Estuary League of Friends is appealing for new volunteers willing to spare a few hours help each week.

If you can help call into the shop, on Fore Street, and ask for Karen. Or call 01392 876487.

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