Site Updated April 2017

Welcome to the church of St James the Great, Talaton


To know Christ and to make Him known

Services Events Charities Bells Restoration


ChurchWe hope you will enjoy the information in this website but please come and see the church for yourself.  It is open every day during daylight hours.  Information on services and the building itself can be found below.

Talaton is one of four churches in the Benefice - known as Churches 4 All.  Whimple (see bottom of page for a link to their website) Clyst Hydon and Clyst St Lawrence being the other three churches.

Our Parish Priest is

The Reverend Chris Martin 01404 822 427

and our Assistant Curate is

The Reverend Sheila Walker 01404 813 589


Mrs Marilyn Klepacz 01404 822 488

Mr Charlie Hutchings 01404 822 205

Bell Tower Captain

Mr Chris Trimmer 01404 850 831

Sunday services


The monthly pattern of services each month is as follows:

1st Sunday 

9.30am  Holy Communion - see note below, followed by coffee

2nd Sunday

9.30am  Morning Worship - followed by coffee

3rd Sunday

11am  Holy Communion (Common Worship)

4th Sunday

Evening Prayer  (Book of Common Prayer)  See below for times

5th Sunday

Joint Mission Community service at 10:30am – see The Link magazine or Talaton Calendar for details

The first Sunday of the month alternates between Common Worship Holy Communion and Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion.  This pattern starts with Common Worship in January.

Evening services start at 6:00pm (from 23rd April 2017) and at 4:00pm (from 22nd October 2017).

Every Tuesday morning from 8.45 to 9.15am Chris Martin and Sheila Walker meet in the church for a short time of prayer and you would be very welcome to join them. 

On the second Wednesday of each month there is a service called 'Sacred Space' at Whimple church at 9.15am for about thirty minutes - a time for quietness, prayer and a reflection on a scripture reading.

Directions to St James the Great

The entrance to the church car park is off the main village street by the red telephone box.
The postcode for SatNav users is EX5 2RL  


Newsletter - April 2017

Dear Friends,
My eldest daughter Em gets married at the beginning of April. It promises to be a really special time for our family. The men in the bridal party have been asked' to wear navy suits with light brown shoes. Now call me an old fuddy-duddy but when I was growing up, you never ever wore light brown shoes with navy trousers. It can only be black shoes surely, or very dark brown at a push?
Anyway, I'm not a great one for splashing cash on new shoes, but it is my daughter's wedding after all, so off I went to the shoe shop to buy a pair of new brown shoes. There was a very helpful young man in the shop, whose 3 inch long Bavarian beard was impressive for one so young. I explained to him that my daughter was getting married, that I was required to wear a navy suit and that I had come to buy a pair of brown shoes, to which he replied, 'Well obviously!" I was about to launch into a tirade about how there was no 'obviously' about it and heard the words 'Now look here sonny...' forming on my lips, but thought I had better leave it.
A few minutes later, still lacking confidence and conviction, I left the shop having bought a pair of shiny new brown brogues. But then something strange happened. I started looking at the other men around me and, to my astonishment, all the men in navy suits were wearing 'matching' (and I use the word very loosely) brown shoes. I noticed it again at the baptism I recently did at Whimple church. The visiting men were all suited up and I counted at least 10 who were wearing navy suits with, you guessed it..... brown shoes.
As human beings, our capacity for noticing isn't always what it could be. Often, it's only when we are confronted by something that shakes us up a bit, or challenges us, that we see things we hadn't previously seen.
As we approach Easter and hear again of those wonderful encounters that those first shaken-up disciples had with the risen Jesus, I'm sort of relieved that their capacity for noticing is as scant as my own. At first, they fail to notice that 'the gardener' or 'the pilgrim traveller' or 'the stranger on a sea shore' is in fact the risen Jesus. Perhaps it's their shock, or their disappointment, or their one-way view of the world that prevents them from noticing that Jesus is among them.
Whatever it may be, it's in the ordinary things of life that the disciples finally notice that Christ is present with them; Mary hears him call her name; the Emmaus disciples recognise him when bread is broken around the table; the fishing disciples recognise him cooking fish on a beach barbecue.
This Easter, may God give us grace again to notice, not just the sheer volume of men in navy suits and brown shoes, but that he is present in the ordinariness of whatever we are doing and wherever we are.
Every blessing, Chris


  Special services and events:

Friday 21st April: Talaton Toddlers at 10.30am in church

Sunday 30th April : Mission Community service at Clyst St Lawrence at 10.30am followed by a bring and share lunch in Clyst Hydon village hall


   Charities Supported By Talaton Church

In 2016 the Parochial Church Council supported these charities:-

  • Children’s Society (£150)
  • Feniton School (£300)
  • Tearfund (£300 plus special collection at Harvest)
  • CLIC Sargent (£150)
  • Silverline (£300)
  • Devon Free Wheelers (£150)
  • Ottery St Mary & District Help Scheme (half of money donated at Carol Singing)


Do come to the coffee morning on every Wednesday in the North aisle from 10.30am till 12 noon. It is open to everyone - not just those who go to Church.

coffee morning



 Annual Churchyard Clean Up


 You will notice a few more faces this year ----still more would be welcome .






The Get Together for Parents and Young Toddlers


 "The Wheels of the Church go Round and Round, every first and third Friday in the Month" . The Reverend Chris Martin on his guitar is accompanied by Becky Springall on her viola while singing to the young children in the north Aisle Room in the Church while parents have a Get Together from 10.30 until 12 noon on some Fridays of the month.


Mothers and kids


mums and kids
mums and kids
mums and kids
mums and kids
mums and kids


 The Bells

At the western end of the nave a modern oak screen closes off the base of the Tower. This screen was erected in 1983 in memory of Mr and Mrs Hayden, who made a generous bequest to the church.  It has proved most effective in reducing draughts.  Behind this screen hang the bell ropes.  Talaton is fortunate in having a good team of bell ringers to ring a peal of six bells.  Two of these, the 4th and the Tenor are by far the oldest.  The 4th was cast by the Exeter foundry during the 15th century and the Tenor in the mid 16th century by Roger Semson of Ash Priors, Taunton.  The Tenor bell bears the arms and inscription of Johanne de Beauchamp, Countess of Warwick, who had died in 1435.  Her husband owned the manor of Larkbeare in the Parish of Talaton.  These two bells are listed for preservation.  The 5th was recast in 1751 by Thomas Bilbie of Cullompton at the cost of £15.2s.7d.  Forty years later the 3rd bell was recast by Thomas Bilbie’s grandson in 1792.  To bring the peal up to six the Treble was added in 1891, cast by Warners of Cripplegate.  Finally an earlier bell, the 2nd, dating from 1661, was recast in 1923 by Gillett and Johnson. They are all in sound condition and ring out regularly. 

We are currently looking for more ringers - Call Chris Trimmer , Tower Captain, on 01404 850831 or  Peppi Shaw on 01404 822 482 if you are interested

Pictorial Record of the 2013 Bell Restoration

Photographs by Harry Channon 









Altar Bell Bell




Restoration work

This is an on-going task in any beautiful building.  A lot of hard work and money go into keeping the church in good order and sound condition for future generations to enjoy.  Nearly all the money is raised locally and it is down to people’s generosity that these projects have been completed.  In addition, charitable organisations have generously assisted in the fundraising and are mentioned on this page.

To give some examples of the work carried out over the last few years:
Restoration of the hatchments in the bell tower, Repairs to lead valley on roof (with help from Devon Historic Churches Trust), Refurbishment of organ (with help from The Landfill Trust), Window repairs, Stonework repairs, Electrical work

Link to Churches 4 All Website

This link showcases some of Devon's lovely churches:


Exeter Diocese (Diocesan House, Palace Gate, Exeter, Devon EX1 1HX)  Tel: 01392 272 686
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