Historical talk in Topsham and other news

07:00 11 January 2013

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The latest talk hosted by the Topsham Society will see author Christopher Pidsley discuss the Palk family and Haldon Belvedere. Read this and more.

CONSERVATORY ‘YES’: Plans to modify a listed building in Topsham have been approved by Exeter City Council.

The plan is for a rear conservatory to be built, with kitchen and toilet alterations, at 2 Monmouth Street.

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FLOODING THANKS: The High Sheriff of Devon has praised staff at the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in Clyst St George.

Robin Barlow visited the HQ to speak to control room staff and firefighters about their response to flooding at the end of 2012, and said he wanted to say a “heartfelt thank you” to the service.

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BURNS NIGHT: A Burns Night Supper is being held to raise funds for Clyst St Mary Church.

It takes place at Clyst St George village Hall on Saturday, January 26, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £12 and are available from Jeanne Axford on 01392 873615 or Rob Hatton on 01392 874305.

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ALPS TALK: The first talk of 2013 to be hosted by the Topsham Birdwatching and Naturalist Society is taking place tomorrow evening.

From Winter to Summer through the Alps, which is being given by Sue and Ivan Godfrey, starts at Matthews Hall at 7.30pm.

Admission is free for members and £3 for non-members.

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SOCIETY TALK: The latest talk hosted by the Topsham Society will see author Christopher Pidsley discuss the Palk family and Haldon Belvedere.

The talk is at Matthews Hall on Friday, January 25. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, and admission is free for members, £2 for non-members.

Refreshments will be available.

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FRIENDS OF BUBURI: A charity concert is being held at St Margaret’s Church.

It will feature the Puertas Quartet performing works by Mozart, Ravel and Tchaikovsky.

The concert takes place on Saturday, January 19, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Topsham Bookshop, costing £10 for adults, £8 for concessions, and proceeds will go to the Friends of Buburi, which aims to improve community healthcare in western Kenya.

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COFFEE MORNING: A coffee morning is being held at Clyst St Mary Church.

It takes place on Saturday (January 12) between 10am and 11.30am.

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MUSEUM IMPROVEMENTS: Winter refurbishments have been carried out at Topsham Museum ahead of its 2013 season.

The Holman Room and library have been redecorated, and improvements to disabled access are now being planned.

The museum reopens on March 27.

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