Last Updated  28th April 2021

Welcome to Talaton Parish Website   





Watch this space 


  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 - If you have anything you would like to put on then email it to Chris Harwood 





  Amidst the freezing cold weather 12 flirtatious village vegetables ventured forth for this year’s Community Shop Virtual Valentine Competition and many a heart was warmed. All are victorious!”

 Congratulations to all who made a huge effort










 Tale Valley Trust Newsletter - Spring 2021

Read About the 

Incredible Mill Restoration Project 

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 More Copies of the Newsletter available in Talaton Community shop

 To Read the Newsletter click on the above Picture



 Want to Do Your Bit ?

Help Make Talaton a Wildlife Friendly Village

See the Important Poster on the Noticeboard Page 



 Carnivorous slug - See small shell remnant on its tail. Great photo from Nicki Bitschi



 east hill strips


 Social Distancing at East Hill



A Real Gem 


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Rosemary Glanville

Rosemary Glanville was awarded the Freedom of the Parish by Talaton Parish Council in recognition of her sterling service to the community, in delivering the Talaton Calendar to every household, every month for 40 years.

The award was presented to Rosemary in a small (and socially distanced!) ceremony on Sunday 20 December by Cllr Trish Lenehan. Simon Spencer, editor of the Talaton Calendar presented Rosemary with a cheque representing donations from villagers, local organisations, and the Calendar itself. Simon thanked Rosemary for doing such an amazing job over so many years and in all weathers! The Calendar is now being delivered by a team of 9 volunteers.

Well done Rosemary, you have certainly earned a rest!


More Pictures on the Village Pictures  


 Talaton Virtual Christmas Fruit Competition



 Festive Bluebery Penguin by Nish Halwyn


 Incredible Entries by Talaton Children

Don't miss seeing all the entries on the Village Pictures Page 




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 Talaton Church Interior






The Shop and The Talaton Inn have been doing incredible work and providing a great service under hugely difficult circumstances.

They were there when we needed them - NOW they need us so remain loyal. The Shop remains open but unfortunately the Inn has been forcrd to close BUT ONLY TEMPORARILY. When it can open again _ SUPPORT IT !



Sand and empty bags are now stored with Andrew Peters at Parklands Farm ,Newtown, Talaton. If you require them please first ring Andrew on 07855 452695 prior to collection. It will probably be the case, since a change of policy by East Devon District Council, that you will have to fill your own bags but if this is a problem Andrew will give a hand. Any filled bags,after use, will be safely stored with Andrew for future use. 

Chris Harwood ( 07709080439) has a limited supply of empty bags if they are required. 



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



 An Interesting Notice on Fire Beacon Hill Nature Reserve
( Great Place to Potter and Soak up the Views and forget Covid for a few moments )



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 August 13th 2020

A Day to remember - or forget ! 

The Deluge 



 Incredible deluge and sadly one or two homes and businesses flooded out - really bad for a cottage on the Moor, the Church and the Talaton Inn to name a few. But incredible community spirit and the Parish Council was quick to coordinate the production of sandbags and their distribution.

Message from Trish Lenehan , Chairperson of the Parish Council

The Parish Council wishes to thank all those who turned up with tractors,trailers,shovels and muscle and most important of all - the rapid offering of sand to fill the bags !( It's thought that one or two may not be aware that their close relatives volunteered the sand for them )  but a huge thank you to you all. 

Needless to say, if anyone has problems as a result of the downpour, contact the Council immediately for help . More rain is forecast so shout if you need help.




Not for Another 8000 years !!

The Comet 

 C/2020 F3 (Neowise)


Great Photo taken by Richard Powell from Hound Tor Dartmoor 




 And, nearer home, 





 HEY ! A Miracle ! or Just Amaizing

A Public Footpath Through a Field has been re-instated ( Well, at least you can walk through the Maize).

So, the Walk from the Moor to Lashbrook is now almost an easy stroll - the horses won't hurt you - why not give it a go. Remember - Use it or Lose it , like Rosemary Lane !


 maize path



 Talaton Church Wall Repair


 For safety reasons, the very very leaning old retaining wall of the graveyard had to be urgently removed. Plans are in hand for its rebuild , the nature of which has yet to be decided.



The Wall Before ... 



 The Wall During.......




 and ,yes, the wall after. Or, perhaps, less the wall after !




 Watch this space for the replacement.



Guess What ?? 






 Beautiful ! A Grass Snake (female) discarded skin. Measured at 3ft 3 ins. Great find and photo by Nickie Bitschi.


 Another one from Nickie....


 A Black Pheasant with her watchful man ! Evidently she is now quite tame


A few more great photos from Nickie on the Village Pictures Page 


 So, Come on, there are stills things of beauty out there - go and photograph them and share them with us all.





Where Has all the Water Gone ? 



 Meldon reservoir Dartmoor - unusually low.  Hosepipe ban due ???


  ( Have you any interesting pictures ? Send them in now )



Has Gone !










  Here is a very informative link to East Devon DC 

Newsletter including Virus Update service :

 East Devon Corona Virus Update

  Many thanks to Wendi Abraham for supplying this.



 Make Your Gardening Easier

EDDC Kerbside Collection every two Weeks

Call 01395 571515



Want a bit of Light Relief During the Lockdown and Isolation ?
Quiz / Puzzles ?? Send them In

Go to the Entertainments Page 






 We Still Have No. 3 and No.5 from the left Unknown !!!

A Bit of History - Who are they ???   A clue - it's Village Day Road Race Presentation 1977.

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 Answers by email to

 If you think the Virus is bad take a look at the Produce Page - What a Slug !!




Talaton Food Bank Poster 
Please click on the above flyer to view a larger version or to download it.




 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


 The Thursday Appreciation Clapping has finished but let's not forget all the great people who have given and continue to give so much -

NHS, Carers, Drivers, Recycling and Waste Disposal ....Oh, Yes our very own shop volunteers and many others  EVER ! 





 Only 2 Metres apart !








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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 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 2021 Now Available to View plus links to previous editions


So That we don't forget the Good Times that will Return !


 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) 




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 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.


 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.  









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


 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 !




 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 2021 !! 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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