Site Updated January 2018

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 (CW) Holy Communion and Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Holy Communion.  This pattern starts with Common Worship in January.

Evening services start at 6:00pm (from 25th March 2018) and at 4:00pm (from 28th October 2018).

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 grey telephone box.
The postcode for SatNav users is EX5 2RL  


Newsletter - January 2018

Dear Friends,

What goes up must come down or so the old saying goes and when it comes to the New Year I suspect they are right and I don't just mean the decorations and the tree!,

The build up to Christmas is frantic, isn't it? vNow of course, because many retailers see it as an opportunity to fleece us all for as long as possible, this build up starts mid-November. The pattern goes something like this: mid- November the Christmas ads start, then on Christmas Day at the latest, the sales start being advertised, and then within what seems like a blink of an eye Easter Eggs will be in the shops.

The downside of this rush to capitalise on every ounce of spending power that we might have (or not have), is that we are encouraged to leap from one thing to the next, never really marking the significance of any one of them. For many this generates a growing sense of dissatisfaction, the feeling that the hype is all there is and New Year's Day can end up feeling a bit of an anti-climax.

We have rushed towards Christmas, opened our presents, listened to the Queen's speech (or in many cases now watched the 'Celebrity Made in Chelsea Come Dancing Get Me Out of Here Christmas Special'), had our turkey sandwiches, sang Old Lang Syne as Big Ben struck midnight and then thought 'that's it then for another twelve months' (or just over eleven because Christmas might start in October this year!).

The 'Wow moment' becomes a 'was that it?' moment

In January we celebrate the feast of Epiphany, when Jesus was presented to the Gentiles (who were the non-Jews). Tradition has it that this occurred on the 12th Day after Christmas, the 6th of January, when Jesus met the Magi or Wise Men. These foreigners had foreseen his birth, when no one else seemed to have noticed, and their journey would have been long and arduous, leaving family and friends for weeks, possibly months. When they arrived, they found a baby lying in straw among farm animals, and yet seemingly unsurprised, they knelt and worshipped him. Somehow, they just got it, when no one else seemed to.

It's a useful point to stop and take stock of the real glory of Christmas, not some temporary, high point which then results in a crash back to 'ordinary life'.because after the birth of Jesus nothing can be ordinary again. Jesus's birth redefined reality. If we sometimes feel let down by Christmas it's because we have missed the point. Jesus truly is the gift that keeps on giving, giving meaning to our lives, giving love, giving forgiveness and giving hope.

If we received that gift it doesn't just mean a happy new year; it means a Happy Ever After.



January events:

Friday 5th and Friday 19th.  Talaton Toddlers in North Aisle at 10.45am

Wednesday 10th.  Coffee at Moor Cottage at 10.30am

Saturday 20th.  Men's breakfast in Victory Hall, Whimple at 8.30am

Saturday 27th.  Ladies' breakfast in Talaton Parish Hall at 8.30am 


   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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