Site Updated October  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

Marc Kerslake 01392 462 731


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 9.00 to 9.30am Chris Martin and Marc Kerslake are 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 - November 2017

Dear friends,
I hope you got the opportunity to see the open air performances of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in the grounds of Talaton Church last month. It was a stunning production. There was such a wealth of creative talent to feast on - the remarkable performances by the cast, and notably the four young lovers, the incredible make up, innovative scenery and stage direction, colourful period costumes and delightfully simple musical accompaniment. Sincere congratulations and thanks to the Community Theatre 4AlI, and especially to Directors Tom Samson and Torquil McNeilage.

I found the whole thing very moving and was close to tears at the end.  My daughters tell me that I am prone to crying easily but I've never cried at Shakespeare before!  So, I had to go home and take a few days to work out what had got stirred deep enough within me to bring up the tears.

Clearly, the creative arts have the power to circumvent the normal channels of the thought processes and we find ourselves undone by art, music, drama, creative design and by poetry, 'which arrives at the intellect by way of the heart' (as poet RS Thomas describes it). Heaven forbid that these things are ever squeezed out of our school curriculums, as some would have it.

But a good friend helped me to see that the thing that really touched me was the vulnerability of the performers, how they put themselves 'out there' and relied so heavily on each other, stretching themselves to see what they might be capable of. One cast member said to me, 'Tom (one of the Directors) has such faith in us.' That was as plain as day and I found it both humbling and inspiring.

No wonder I cried; this is the stuff of the kingdom of God! We often talk of our need to have faith in God... but what about God's faith in us? Jesus encourages us to pray that 'thy kingdom come.. .on earth as it is in heaven' and how promptly we forget that He often calls us to be the answer to our own prayer; If I was God, I wouldn't choose me as a helper.  But He is God and God chooses us to partner with Him; we have a place in His plans and purposes He has faith in us. But taking up our place requires us to be vulnerable, to risk putting ourselves 'out there' and to rely on one another.

In this edition of The Link, there are various opportunities to put yourself 'out there'. Take a look for yourself and see if anything grabs you. And if you sense that your response is, Well I could never do that!' then of course you never will. But what if God has faith in you to do it? What might be possible then?

Every blessing, Chris


Special services and events:

Friday 3 and 17 November: Talaton Toddlers at 10.30am in church

Saturday 18 November.  Family Bingo, Bangers & Mash.  5pm to 7pm in the Parish Hall 

   Charities Supported By Talaton Church

In 2017 the Parochial Church Council supported these charities:-

  • Tear Fund £400
    Children’s Society £200
    Cancer UK £200
    Feniton School £200
    OSM help scheme £200
    Devon Freewheelers £200
    Silver Line £200
    Alzheimers £200
    Shelterbox - £400

 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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