Site Updated - November 7th 2020

Music on the Grass
23rd August 2020
Great Musical Event organised by Tom Samson and team
Pictures kindly sent in by Simon Spencer and Tom Samson 






 A Few Comments received regarding the Event.....

 What a lovely afternoon with Music on the Grass yesterday, how fortunate are we to have folks like Tom and his team who, time after time, work so hard to set up events like this for the village. we should never take them for granted! Thanks Tom, those of us who came had a great time and really appreciate all you guys do. Rev Marc.

Great live music in the village this afternoon. Huge thanks to Tom for the event and powerful words about the plight of the arts in the UK.

Well done - this was such a wonderful community event, and so fantastic to raise all this money for Talaton Church too. I had several comments about how well the whole event was organised, keeping all the social distancing measures... But allowing us to enjoy a community event again! Well done 😊 🎶





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7th November 2020 


 Locked In ? Locked Down ?

 Answers to the Puzzles and Quiz at the end of the Page . Hit This Link


Here's a New Quiz , submitted by Barry Thorne

Discover who these footballers are and what the link is between them?

1) Edson Arantes do Nascimento who is he better known as? (4)

2) Who currently holds the record for scoring the most goals in the Premier League? (4 & 7)

3) He survived the Munich air crash and later became a knight of the realm? (5 &8)

4) Who is currently the manager of Real Madrid? (8 & 6)

5) Who is the manager that guided Exeter City into the 6th found of the F.A. Cup in season 1980-81? (5 & 7)

6) Who is the only player to be Knighted whilst still playing? (7 & 8)

7) Her last club was the Doncaster Belles and is now a regular pundit/analyst on SKY Sports and the BBC? (3 & 5)

8) Who played 65 times for Exeter City between 2014-2016 and can now be seen regulary on SKY Sports? (7 & 8)

9) Who was signed by A.C. Milan from Spurs for £80,000 in April 1961? (5 & 7)

10) Who hold's the goalscoring record for Wolverhampton Wanders with 306 goals? (5 & 4)

RESULTS CAN BE FOUND at the bottom of this page.




August 17th 2020 

 A New General Knowledge Quiz (B) - very Kindly submitted by Barry Thorn


 Discover who these Actors and Actresses are and what they all have in common.

1) At the age of 18 became a professional footballer with Brentford? (7 & 5)
2) He shares a surname with a former rector of Talaton? (5 & 7)
3) Together with her siblings she was part of a group who had a number of successful hits? (6 & 5)
4) Celebrity who won the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing? (3 & 8)
5) She first appeared on the Street in 1997 and is still walking the cobbles today? (4 & 6)
6) He is the Father in Law of the answer to question 2? (5 & 7)
7) Comedy actor best known for his catchphrase "Put That Light Out"? (4 & 7)
8) She won an Acadamy Award for Best Actress in 2007? (4, 5 & 6)
9) He is a supporter of Newcastle United and was part of a duo with a No. 1 single in 1995? (6 & 5)
10) She shares a surname with an English County? (5 & 10)




Answers to the Puzzles and Quiz at the end of the Page . Hit This Link









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 February 2019

 The Devil’s Violin 




Spellbinding storytellers perform their kaleidoscopic fairy tale. 

A young prince falls endlessly down through the darkness………….. In a field of poppies, a beautiful old woman is trapped in a cottage nestled in a huge claw…………….. Saddled horses stand frozen in a dripping grey landscape, their missing riders lost to The Land of No Return. 


Daniel Morden’s mesmeric tale of adversity and hope are accompanied by the strings of 

Oliver Wilson-Dickson (Violin) and Sarah Moody (Cello). 


 ‘A scintillating combination of music, sound and story’  –  The Times 


This is an evening not to miss! Tickets, limited to just 45 for this event are on sale from www.villagesinaction.co.uk and telephone 0333 666 3366 from Saturday 5th January 2019. 






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Photos of the last event in the season just gone - The Youth Bands evening with 'Tunisian Bear' (the two girls and single guitarist) and 'Mr First Name' (with Wilf McNeilage, the two guitarists and drummer). The event was a resounding success, attended by over 60 people and raised £300 for Care International.
















Mambo Jambo 


March 2017



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     Semi - Toned a Smash Hit 4th March 2017

Comment from Tom Samson---


Semi-Toned played on the 4th March 2017 to a packed hall and concluded their second set to a 100% standing ovation that required an encore to quieten the audience down!


It must rank as one of the most powerful performances we have ever witnessed. Audience feed back has been simply astounding – People are saying  just how wonderful the night was. One email that came in to me today simply read:- What a coup! Having gone with an open mind, as we hadn't watched 'The Choir', we were completely blown away by the energy and exuberance of this group. It was one of the best nights we can remember in the Hall. Oh, to be 20 again!! Many thanks for spotting their talents and organising such a great evening.


Many thanks and huge praise , too, to the wonderfully supportive Tale Valley Choir


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semi toned



 Incredible Performance by the Moscow Drug Company on 14th October 2016




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Villages in Action (VIA) is a rural touring scheme based in Crediton, Devon. They help to bring top quality professional performances and workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters.

Created in 1992, VIA now covers five of the seven district council areas of Devon and has over 70 active communities, reaching about 8,500 people annually as audience members or workshop participants.

Talaton has had numerous excellent performances and hopes to have more but the finances are very tight. Success and a continuation of these great performances depends on having a full Hall!

Please support the events when they are advertised - it really is vital.

See below for  the 2016 Report on Villages in Action Performances in Talaton


Heads Will Roll - By Told By An Idiot
November 2016 

 Heads w r 2016

Heads W R 2016

 hwr 2016


 In Remembrance of a Lost Generation 

Nov 2016


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 Community Theatre 4All
Project Report for the production of

Performed between 10th and 12th March 2016 (with a Preview Performance given on Wednesday 9th March) in St Mary’s Church Wimple.

This community theatre venture brought together 30 residents of Talaton and Whimple on a regular weekly basis (between September 2015 and March 2016) for cast rehearsals in St Mary’s Church Whimple, in preparation for the four performances of ‘Godspell’ that were given between 9th and 12th March 2016. In addition to this, an infrastructure of support staff, in the form of technicians, back stage crew and front of house staff was developed to provide all the services that this major project required. The total size of the Community Theatre 4All group exceeded 50 people.
‘Godspell’ was performed to an audience drawn from the local communities and surrounding areas that was a little in excess of 400 people. Thus, in total, over 450 people were directly affected by the project. The very high quality acting and singing performances, combined with high production standards in the areas of music, costume, setting and lighting drew widespread critical acclaim within both Talaton and Whimple.
Just one example of the letters received is included in this report as follows:-
What a wonderful experience we enjoyed last night. The presentation of Godspell was amazing in every aspect, from the costumes and make up, the numerous props, the lighting effects, the staging, through to the front of house reception. Then, of course, there was, the highest standards of acting, singing and choroegraphed movement, all of which rose to the challenges posed by the variety of musical styles. All of these facets of the production were delivered powerfully, with enthusiasm and emotion. This, combined with a depth of understanding of each of the individual parts of the drama took the audience to the ultimately powerful and moving conclusion of the show.
Please pass on my gratitude and admiration to, not only the people who had the vision to embark on this journey into the unknown, but to everyone who made that vision possible.
I am very aware of the many facets that a production like this entails and it was a pleasure to been part of a new venture. Looking forward to the next time.
Because of the very high standard of the end product that was achieved, there is already a groundswell, within both Talaton and Whimple, to build upon this event. Preparations are already well advanced for a follow up Community Theatre 4All event in Autumn 2016. Clearly there has been a major drawing together of villagers from both communities and it is the future aim of Community Theatre 4All to continue to build upon this initial success.  The aim of the community theatre company will be to widen our membership base to include other villages within the immediate locality. This will be achieved by continually striving to produce varied styles of theatre and performance in a wide variety of local venues, to include churches, village halls and open air spaces.
The £800 awarded by the Parishes Together Fund, from the joint submission by Talaton and Whimple Parish Councils, did, in no small way, play a major part in raising the quality of the end product, the public performances. This funding was used to target two very specific areas of the production, the creation of staging and the enhancement of stage lighting by the creation of a temporary stage lighting bar and the purchase of freestanding stage lighting stands. Staging and Lighting enhanced the production in very specific ways. The design and creation of bespoke staging for a, ‘very awkward to use’, performance space enabled the church to become a more effective theatrical venue. The creation of the temporary lighting bar and the purchase of freestanding Stage Lighting Stands enabled the space to be effectively lit. The creation and purchase of these specific facilities will continue to benefit Community Theatre 4All in future projects, in a wide range of venues.
Lastly, may I say a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ for your very valuable support – a support that will, by the provision of the equipment that has been purchased, continue to be felt through many future projects.
Tom Samson
(Director Community Theatre 4All)

10th - 12th March 2016 

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March 2016
The Red Dirt Skinners



On Friday 20th November 2015

‘The Artisans’






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Competition / Quiz Results


 Answers to Quiz from 7th November 2020


 Answer. The link between them is that THEY ALL SCORED ON THEIR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT. 

1)   Pele (Scored for Brazil against Argentina 1957)
2)   Alan Shearer (Scored for England against France 1992)
3)   Bobby Charlton (Scored for England against Scotland 1958)
4)   Zinedine Zidane (Scored for France against Czech Republic 1994)
5)   Brian Godfrey (Scored for Wales against Northern Ireland 1964)
6)   Stanley Matthews (Scored for England against Wales 1934)
7)   Sue Smith (Scored for England against Germany 1997)
8)  Clinton Morrison (Scored for the Republic of Ireland against Croatia 2001)
9)  Jimmy Greaves (Scored for England against Peru 1959)


10) Steve Bull (Scored for England against Scotland 1989)




 ANSWER TO Quiz of 17th August 2020 set by Barry Thorn




Answer. They have all at sometime in their career played a POLICE OFFICER.
1) Bradley Walsh. (Det.Sgt. Ronnie Brooks - Law and Order UK)
2) David Tennant. (Det.Insp. Alec Hardy - Broadchurch)
3) Bernie Nolan. ((Sgt. Sheelagh Murphy - The Bill)
4) Joe McFadden (PC Joe Mason - Heartbeat)
5) Jane Danson (PC Gemma Osbourne - The Bill)
6) Peter Davison (Det.Const. Dangerous Davies - The Last Detective)
7) Bill Pertwee (Const. Wilson - You Rang My Lord)
8) Dame Helen Mirren (Det.Chief Insp. Jane Tennison) (later became Det.Superintendent)
9) Robson Green (Det.Insp. Geordie Keating - Grantchester)
10) Sarah Lancashire (Sgt.Catherine Cawood - Happy Valley)






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