Topsham’s new community hub set to open

The Topsham community hub

The Topsham community hub - Credit: Archant

The doors are set to open on Topsham’s brand new community hub next week.

Topsham community hub

Topsham community hub - Credit: Archant

Nearly five years after Estuary League of Friends (ELOF) embarked on a crusade to provide the town with a community hub, the charity’s founders will officially launch Nancy Potter House.

The two-storey building, in Nelson Close, is the culmination of years of consultation with businesses and residents, negotiations with Devon County Council over the transfer of Topsham Library and various fundraising events.

Nancy Potter House - made possible by £2 million in grants and fundraising - will be officially opened on Monday (July 2), at 10am, by ELOF founders Francis Luscombe and Mary Darnley Smith. There will also be a blessing by The Reverend Janice Cackett of St Margaret’s Church.

ELOF chief executive Rachel Gilpin said: “We are so excited to open Nancy Potter House to the public at last.

The new Topsham community hub

The new Topsham community hub - Credit: Archant

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“We share the community’s vision of a range of services under one roof and look forward to working with others locally to offer health and wellbeing services as well as clubs and groups at the hub for all the community to enjoy.”

Among the services provided at the hub from Monday will be a new club for stroke survivors, a laundry and sewing service, care assisted bathing, a lunch club, Topsham Library services, IT training, a friendship group and defibrillator training sessions.

The facilities inside the new Topsham community hub

The facilities inside the new Topsham community hub - Credit: Archant

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