Site Updated September 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

see Chris's letter below


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 - September 2017

Dear Friends,

I hope you have had an enjoyable summer. One of the highlights of my summer was attending the wedding in Bristol of Yasmin and Jake, Yasmin being the daughter of some of our oldest friends. I decided I would give the tan shoes, navy trousers combination another outing. And, even if I do say so myself, I looked even more handsome than normal. I’m a convert; living proof that old dogs can learn new tricks, that leopards can change their spots!

The wedding took place just a few days prior to Tina and me celebrating our silver wedding anniversary. So in many ways, Yasmin and Jake’s wedding was like receiving a gift to remind us of what had taken place twenty five years earlier, although of course I had been wearing black shoes back then!

At the wedding, the worship band led us in singing the fabulous Welsh hymn ‘Here is love, vast as the ocean’. This hymn, written by William Rees, became known as the love song of the Welsh revival in 1904, a time when church buildings in Wales overflowed with new converts and of which I am, indirectly at least, a product. The tune is a rousing one and the lyrics are incredible. ‘Here is love, vast as the ocean, loving kindness as the flood’……and…. ‘Grace and love, like mighty rivers, poured incessant from above…..’

I had one of those moments at the wedding when time just seemed to collapse, a recognition moment that the river, flood, ocean, tide and fountain of God’s love, kindness and grace unceasingly flows and pours throughout the generations, upon whole nations and communities and within marriages and families and individuals.

The love and grace of God is the most dependable thing there is. The flow never stops; the floodgates never shut; the tide of it keeps coming in. And yet God’s love often seems so elusive to me, hard to remember, difficult to grasp, impossible to earn or achieve. I’m easily distracted by my own shortcomings and failures. And life throws up disappointment and grief, trials and tragedies which, if we are honest, can cause us to doubt the love and grace and goodness of God.

But God has literally wedded himself to us. His love is the one thing we can count on in an uncertain and destabilising world. If you are someone who needs to hear that again then sing the hymn to yourself as a reminder. And in your prayers sing it for Sheila and Tim as they move on to pastures new, and for Marc and Angie and their boys as they join us for Marc’s curacy.

It’s not really been beach weather this summer. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy what’s left of it and find a deeper ocean, river and tide in which to swim.

Every blessing, Chris 

Special services and events:

Friday 1 and 15 September: Talaton Toddlers at 10.30am in church

Saturday 9th September.  Devon Historic Churches Day.  Please support in any way you can - details from Charlie Hutchings 01404 822 205

Tuesday 12th September. Marc Kerslake licensing service in Whimple at 7.30pm 

Saturday 16th September.  Men's breakfast in Clyst Hydon village hall at 8.30am

Saturday 23rd September.  Ladies' breakfast in the Whimple Cricket Club at 8.30am

Saturday 30th September.  Old Testament Live in All Saints Church Sidmouth.  10am to 4.30pm.  Book with Pam Weston 01404 822 864

   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 Sing

 Open Gardens 2017

In Aid of the Talaton Church






















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
For further details about this page, please e-mail:

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