Site Updated June 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 - July 2017

Dear friends,

‘Standing at the door of ‘The Pink Flamingo’ crying in the rain.’ Little did I know that when I used to sing those words in my late teens, on the dancefloors of the pubs and clubs of the disco metropolis that is Barry Island, I would one day use them as the opening words of the editorial for the magazine of the four churches I find myself the vicar of! Life brings some unexpected twists and turns doesn’t it? Music aficionados will recognise them as the opening line of Soft Cell’s 1980s hit, ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye.’ (I had hair then and fancied myself as a lead singer!)

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye is the soundtrack to our next few months as a Mission Community. We ‘Say Hello’ to Marc Kerslake who joins us as a lay-worker for a few months before his ordination at Exeter Cathedral on September 10th, and to his wife Angie and their four boys. There is an interview with Marc in this month’s edition and he will be popping up in different places across the summer in an attempt for us to know him better, and us him. We will officially welcome him and ‘Say Hello’ at a special welcome service at Whimple Church on Tuesday 12th September, 2017 at 7.30pm (please note that this date is different to the one previously advertised). Do remember Marc and his family in your prayers.

And there is also the need to ‘Wave Goodbye’ to Sheila, and to Tim, following Sheila’s recent appointment to the post of House for Duty Priest in the parishes of Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End and Sonning Common in the Diocese of Oxford. There will be an opportunity for us to wave goodbye at a special service at Talaton Church on Sunday 20th August at 11am, followed by a ‘bring and share’ lunch at Talaton Parish Hall immediately afterwards. Sheila will be licensed to her new parishes on the evening of Thursday 14th September, though she is not expecting many to make such a long journey!

Sheila has been, and still is, such a wonderful colleague and friend. I’ve learned so much from her and I know others have too. I have particularly valued her patience, her insight, her integrity, thoughtfulness, care and faithfulness. She is a Christ-like person; she wouldn’t say that of herself and I love that about her too! She will be sorely missed. Please do remember her and Tim in your prayers.

Transition is always a difficult time. Hellos and Goodbyes bring their own particular challenges. A helpful prayer for us might be the one used by a former UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjöld, which goes:

For all that has been — Thank you! For all that shall be — Yes!

It’s a bold prayer, but one that recognises that God will weave our pasts and our futures together in His good purposes for us.

Every blessing,



  Special services and events:

Friday 16 June: Talaton Toddlers at 10.30am in church

   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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