Last Updated 3rd April 2020

Welcome to Talaton Parish Website   

 Please take a few moments to look through the various pages listed on the left of your screen and let us know if there are any items you want adding or amending. Send in any information or photographs that you think would be of interest. Use the site and enjoy it. 

Winner of the CPRE & MVF's Best Kept Village in Devon Competition 2009 (new entry category)
Runner Up in Best Kept Village Competition in East Devon in the small Village Category 2010
Runner Up in Best Kept Village Competition in East Devon in Previous Winners Category 2011
Winner of Best Kept Village Competition in East Devon - Previous Winners Cat
egory 2012
Winner of Glanvil Cup - Best Kept Small Village in East Devon 2014
Highly Commended CPRE Award 2016
Scheme now discontinued - otherwise Talaton would have won the Lot !

 Rainy Day ? Why not take a moment to browse through the Village Pictures page ? Bit of history and quite interesting.

Needless to say, the browse might trigger off this great desire to send in a few new ones ! Send to 

USE YOUR WEBSITE - in the present crisis the site can be a regular source of information. If you have anything you would like to put on then send it to Chris Harwood at  

For a while all virus related items will be on this home page but do scroll through the other pages as well. 

Items will appear in the order received but older material may well be relevant so scroll on down ! 




 Short (ish), from the village and a change from walking round and round Talewater Hill!

Other somewhat longer walks are marked with a V - scroll through the walks to find one.
Also, free Village Walks leaflet in the Community Shop



Hopefully it won't all be doom and gloom, wee bit of humour hidden away 





Subject: FW:  Trading Standards- COVID 19 related scams

Recently, Trading Standards issued a press release highlighting an increase in COVID-19 related scams that are seeking to exploit people’s worries about the virus and a subsequent need to raise awareness of this.

We have published a brief news story on the DSAP website signposting the link to the Trading Standards press release, as well a link to the information they provide on “What Is A Scam?”.

For your information, the DSAP news story can be found at


Please can I ask that you share this link as you feel appropriate.

Dave Whelan

Anti-Social Behaviour and Community Safety Coordinator

( Switchboard: 01404 515616

* East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Heathpark Ind Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ

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 Two metres apart at the Well Pharmacy  ( These are the lucky ones in the sunshine)




A Rare Peaceful Corner lit up during the Crisis - maybe a thought for the NHS 




 Only 2 Metres apart !





 Only the old and vulnerable will remember this local delivery service ! (thanks Phil Moir )








Do you, or might you need help?

Are you able to offer help to those in need?

If so, please contact the scheme coordinator, James Davies


07887 880550

Further details in The Talaton Calendar

Check for updates on the village website


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 Aahaa ! So that's why we have all had to go through the First World War trenches on the Larkbeare Road !









 Wonderful Breakfast, Wonderful staff !! Many many congratulations to all involved .

Great boost for Hall Funds.




Soon Be Summer !
(March 3rd 2020 - sunshine !) 







 But, only a few days ago......





escot floods


 River Tale in spate, Escot



 River Otter , also in spate, Escot






 More spate .....



 The ROBOTs Go To Exeter City FC










Many more pictures on the ROBOT Club page





Talaton Calendar now on line - see the Talaton Calendar Newsletter Page

 February  2020 Now Available to View plus links to previous editions




 Talaton How D'Ye Do 2019






 Many More Pictures - See the Village Hall Page




Talaton Carol Singing Service 2019



 See Village Pictures Page for more Views of the Annual Carol Service held outside the Talaton Inn




  I Am A Robot 

(See the ROBOT Club Page for more Pictures of a Wonderful Christmas Meal) 




 otterytree festival        otterychurch2

 Ottery St Mary Christmas Tree Festival


Talaton Garden and Produce Association

Pumpkin Competition



 Another Great Show with Fabulous Entries.

Thanks to all involved , including Maria from the Talaton Inn who did a great job in decorating the room for the competition.

You Didn't Enter ??? Make it a Date for Next Year.

More Pictures on the Produce Page 

Talaton Garden and Produce Association

Visit to Rosemore Gardens October 2019


 Three Heads Better than One !
Working Horses at Rosemore

More Pictures on the Produce Page

Talaton Garden and Produce Association 2019 Annual Show 




A great show with good entries. The children's Potato in a Bucket was popular and really puts into doubt the wisdom of going to all the bother of digging vast areas of garden when a bucket will do ! Great to see some new faces both entering and viewing. Full details of prizewinners and more photographs are on the Produce page.

A plea - at only £2 for family membership you won't get more of a gardening bargain anywhere so have a think about joining. No need to be Mr or Mrs Greenfingers or even Master Greenfingers. Window box, allotment, wet flannel - you can do it. On top of the fun of growing things there is the  the Annual Show , the Pumpkin Competition , stalls at the BBQ there are also numerous trips throughout the year to a variety of general interest places. As a member you can enjoy all these at reduced cost AND the Association is affiliated to the RHC with all its benefits. 



Talaton Village BBQ 2019

Another Great BBQ - It really is the event of the Year! Hope you were there.

More Importantly  - Will you be there for the 2020 Extravaganza ? 


 Hollyhock on the menu tonight ?!







 Many more pictures of the BBQ 2019 now on the Village Pictures Page

 scarecro9w comp 2019

1st Prize   Kerry and Olly Farmer

2nd Prize   Peppi Shaw

3rd Prize   Sarah Wood

4th Prize   Joint    Noah and Alfie Tolly / Beck Springall  

Congratulations to all and to all other entrants. 



New to the Village ?

Beans in a barrel, Flowers in a pot, Veg in the garden , even herbs in a trough - you should have a think about joining the Talaton Produce and Garden Association. Only £2 a year . Shows, trips, competitions and loads ,of helpful advise.

Give it a thought 




 Barefaced Robbery- but caught just in time !


Look at the Talaton Church page (restoration) for the full story of the church Clock repair and Refurbishment. 



 tree bee

 Found enjoying the sun on a Talaton garage wall

 Yes, A Bumble Bee , but what type ?

For your enlightenment -it's a Tree Bee. Unlike our other bumble bees that tend to live in holes in the ground this little chap lives in holes in trees, bird boxes etc. It's been over here for a number of years now and hasn't upset our own bumbles - part of the family now !  




Take a potter along the River Otter and see the planting of thousands and thousands of young trees .

 Not sure who has initiated it - maybe the Estate - but it seems that they are Oak, Beech etc etc , all fabulous hardwoods and around the periphery then faster growing but of a finite final height there are Rowan etc. If all is as it seems then how good is that !  The Public Footpath remains in place so why not have a wander along the banks of the Otter - a wonderful river.  







Talaton Revue 2019  

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Well. no words necessary - You were either there or you missed it.


More Pictures on the Talaton Panto Page

(ok, Not a Panto any longer ) 




Look Out - Hornets About !! 


No need to panic but we now have a rather nasty Hornet - the Asian Hornet - in the country and indeed in Devon. Whilst it is particularly aggressive this aggression is directed very often at beehives. If it gains access to the hive it will destroy it completely, bees, honey , comb , the lot. It does have a powerful sting and can penetrate clothing. 

DO NOT GO LOOKING FOR THIS INSECT but if you do see a hornet flying around then maybe just observe it with care. Often called the "Yellow-legged Asian Hornet, it is distinguished by its almost entirely yellow legs ( Our native European Hornet has darker, brown legs ). The Asian Hornet has a black thorax and abdomen with one visible yellow segment ( Our European Hornet has a mostly yellow thorax and abdomen) . 

There are a number of other distinguishing features of our Asian friend but they are finer and need closer examination.

If you have a concern or think you have seen an Asian Hornet , contact a local beekeeper. If you are very sure that you have seen one try to observe its flight path and , ideally, find the nest then notify the Great British Non Native Species Secretariat by email at  . DO NOT TRY TO CATCH IT OR DESTROY THE NEST



 Have You Seen the Entertainment lined up for Talaton ??? 

No ?

Go to the Entertainment Page now and book early. 




 Any Idea What is a Lime Nail Gall ? Go to the Village Pictures Page to be Enlightened 


Talaton Annual Produce Show


Were You There ???? 

No, then look at the Produce Association Page for Pictures.

Did You enter ? No ? No Flowers? No Courgettes ? No Jam, Chutney or Sloe Gin ? Curly Runner Beans, Straight Runner Beans ? No Cakes ? 

A Lot of People Put a Lot of Work into Setting up the Show so How about Next Year Having a Go - it's all part of the Village we Love and Live In !






  Use Your Pub ! - or Lose Your Pub ! 



 Incredible transformation at the Talaton Inn - Magic ! 



 Maria , Keeping a low profile !




 More pictures of the Great Snows of March  2018 are on the Village Pictures Page-just to remind us all how bad it COULD be. So let's enjoy the wonderful 2020 weather !


 Memories .............. ( and that's all there will be if people don,t send in some new material ! )

email  with your pictures, news, anything within reason !


    Have you any pictures to put on the web site ? Any subject - Sport, Scenic, People, Events, Colour, Black & White, In Focus, Bit Blurry ................. Anything. Give it a go and email them to Chris Harwood



 Keep an Eye on the Noticeboard Page and the various other pages to know what is coming along .



The Tale Valley Trust

Take a moment to learn about this Trust, doing so much to preserve and enhance the area - our area.
Look at their web site:

and if you are interested to read their newsletter use the following link, really interesting reading.



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