Site Updated  March 2021 

Welcome to the church of St James the Great,

To know Christ and to make Him known







  inner church





We hope you will enjoy the information in this website 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 Priest in Charge - 

The Reverend Marc Kerslake 01404 822525 Email:


Mr Charlie Hutchings 07762 574915  Email:

Bell Tower Captain

Mr Chris Trimmer 01404 850 831


Whimple, Talaton, Clyst Saint Lawrence and Clyst Hydon : appointment of Priest in Charge

The Bishop of Exeter has appointed the Reverend Marc Richard Kerslake, to be Priest in Charge (Interim Team Rector Designate) of the Churches 4 All mission community, comprising the parishes of Whimple, Talaton, Clyst Saint Lawrence and Clyst Hydon in the Deanery of Ottery.

Due to the current guidelines, we are not leaving a printed copy of the annual report and financial statements in the church. If you would like to see the report, please email

The Annual Parishioners Meeting and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held by Zoom on Monday 8th March 2021 at 6.15pm.  If you would like to participate, please contact


Usual Sunday services

 Please note that because of the present bizarre circumstances the normal Service pattern is very disrupted and there are no services in Talaton at the moment. However, everyone is welcome to attend services at Whimple or Clyst Hydon 



  Usually, 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 April 2021 - no March evening service) and at 4:00pm (from 24th October 2021).

Every Tuesday morning from 9.00 to 9.30am Marc Kerslake in the church for a short time of prayer and you would be very welcome to join him.

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


 From The Curate's New Study - 2nd Sunday of Lent


Hello my friends, 
So, our route out of lockdown is now fairly clear, hallelujah! All being well, if folks stick to the rules and the vaccination programme continues, over the coming months restrictions will be eased and we can begin the process of discovering what ‘the new normal’ looks like. I for one will be trying to never take for granted both major things like hugging my parents and my nieces and having family gatherings but also many of those small blessings such our church coffee mornings, our village fete or being able to go to the pub with friends. I wonder how long it will be until we no longer treat it as a luxury? I wonder how long we can sustain being truly grateful for them until the other nonsense of the world gets in the way?
In the church we are really good at marking major life or national events, we do baptisms, weddings and funerals, special services for Easter and Christmas of course, plus Harvest and Remembrance, but I cannot help wondering if after this last year it might be appropriate to have a thanksgiving service once a year which celebrates those little things which actually, when added all together, make life worth living. This may seem strange but actually, as Christians, we have more to be grateful for than everyone else, after all we believe we are loved by the creator of the universe so much he wants us to spend eternity with him. By any perspective this is fairly significant. But is that how we often feel? Or do we sometimes feel that being a Christian can be quite a burden?
Today we spend a little time considering ‘carrying our cross’. The service is here.
Next week’s services are:
6th March
0900am BCP Morning Prayer at Whimple
1030am Common Worship Holy Communion at Clyst Hydon.
The following week is Mothering Sunday.
14th March
1030am Mothering Sunday Service at Whimple.
1030am BCP Holy Communion at Clyst St Lawrence.
3pm Mothering Sunday Service at Clyst Hydon.
On 16th March we begin our Tue evening Prayer Services for Lent at Whimple at 7:30pm.
God bless.
Rev Marc.


Ash Wednesday Sermon



 link march 21


 To read the Link March 2021 Click on the above Picture

 St James the Great, Talaton

The Clock - A Little History 


The church at Talaton is a very fine church, outstanding even in an area of the country graced with many other beautiful churches!
For nearly a thousand years there has been a place of Christian worship at this site, and it is fairly certain that a small Norman church stood here in the 12th century, and its late Norman font still stands in the current church, much of which dates from the 15th century, replacing a smaller, simpler church.
The clock is mounted on the first level of the tower, which itself is recognised as one of the finest in the whole of England. This room contains not one but two clock movements. The older, disused one, is still in its original position against the back wall, and it never had a face, as it was dependent on chimes to announce the time. It was made by Francis Pile of Honiton, at a cost of £12 in 1752, when it was first housed in the tower.
It was replaced in 1925 by the current clock, which had previously been purchased and restored by a Mr Hall of Exeter, and at some stage installed on the stable block at Halton House, in Dunchideock. Mr Hall had been asked to repair the old Talaton clock, but he declared it to be worn out, and beyond restoration. He offered the Halton clock for £45 as a replacement, and it was duly installed! At its dedication, part of the oration read: “I hereby declare the clock to be started on its task of numbering the fleeting hours. May they pass in peace and prosperity to the well being of this parish”.
In 1996 repairs were carried out to the clock, and at that time it was converted to auto winding.
Since then, the clock has served the parish well, but in 2019, natural wear and tear, aggravated by its exposed position, brought about the need for a major overhaul and refurbishment, carried out by Cumbria Clocks, one of the leading clock specialists in the country. The movement was dismantled and fully refurbished, and then reunited with the clock face and hands, which themselves have been beautifully regilded. Automatic time keeping was added to save trips to the tower!

Written by Rick Spencer, Fabric Officer, with thanks to Lucy Channon for the extracts from her publication: A Short History of Talaton Parish Church.

  A Pictorial record of the 2019 Overhaul




                                                      No scaffolding - just ropes and nerve !




               The men on the ropes                                      Precious hands  in safe hands with Luke of Cumbria Clocks






 Down with the Old Face



           Regilded at Cumbria Clocks



  Safely Back in Place


 What makes it Tick ?






And finally, a bit of history...........



 The Old Faceless Clock, in place but silent.







Talaton Summer


Church Barbecue

Wonderful !

See More Pictures on the Noticeboard Page

And A Great Event just gone........ 

Talaton Open Gardens 2018
In aid of the Church Funds


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 The Churchyard Tidy Up 2018


churchyard clean 2018


“The Annual Talaton Church Graveyard Tidy Up”


Saturday the 17th March saw 13 hardy villagers respond to the invitation in the Calendar, or to a reminder nudge, to brave the bitter east wind, and occasional snow flurries, to spend a couple of hours helping to keep our church looking at its best. The result is spectacular, with the grass being cut for the first time this year, and the paths and borders freshly edged, continuing the work started last year. It was hard work, but all done in good spirit, and Jo Spencer’s refreshments, including almond slices and banana cake, were a just reward half way through.

As mentioned previously, we are creating an area on the east side of the church which will not be cut during summer months, but will encourage the growth of natural meadow flowers.

Additionally, we are planning to resurface the car park and all the paths this spring, which will really add the finishing touches.

The church is something we all love and appreciate, even though we may not visit it often. Do please take a walk down and admire what’s been achieved on Saturday, and let us know if there is something more you would like to see done. The front door is open every day during daylight hours, so feel free to venture in, and enjoy the beauty of this very old building.

From left to right in the photo, this years volunteers were:

Dave Wright, Chris Harwood, Jenny Pring, Gordon Pring, Andrea Down, Tom Samson, Rick Spencer, Andy May, Jan May, Terry Wright, Bob Abraham, Sue Harwood and Pam Weston. Jo Spencer kept us refreshed and took the photo, Buddy the black lab kept us entertained, and repeatedly stole Chris’s gardening glove, and Lee French wanted to help out again but had to go to work!

Our thanks to all of them.



   Charities Supported By Talaton Church

In 2020 the Parochial Church Council supported these charities:-

  • Tear Fund £200
    Shelterbox - £200
    OSM help scheme £200
    Hospiscare £200


 Open Gardens 2017

In Aid of the Talaton Church











 Annual Churchyard Clean Up


 You will notice a few more faces this year ----still more would be welcome .



 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 goes 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.

And the work never stops! 2021 and 2022 will see major projects carried out to keep the church and its grounds in good order. Internally, the church is to be redecorated, and a new, modern and much improved lighting system installed. The windows are to be refurbished, as some fixtures have become rusty and are damaging the walls into which they are fixed. A wonderful memorial, hidden away in the bell ringing chamber, will be refurbished by the village’s own Torquil McNeilage, who is a conservator of great renown, and after some additional security work, the chamber will be open in daylight hours for visitors to be able to see the memorial and two fabulous Hatchments, which have also been hidden away for too long.

Externally,  the rare Altar Tomb, sitting to the left of the church path near the war memorial, and looking sadly neglected, is to be rebuilt with its existing materials which have been damaged by ivy over the years. Thanks to donations from two members of the PCC, the north gate is to be replaced by an exact replica, given that it is of very attractive construction. The gate overthrow lamp which lights the main gate and kissing gate, but has badly rusted, is to be replaced, again with an exact copy, and finally a permanent lamp is to be installed which on special occasions will be used to illuminate the wonderful tower.

In recent months, we have had to remove 4 ash trees  from the churchyard, due to ash die-back being present, and we are in the process of repairing part of the church boundary, where a bank has slipped and needs to be made secure on a permanent basis.

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:





The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St James the Great, Talaton

1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we?

The PCC of St James the Great, Talaton is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The PCC of St James the Great, Talaton complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

· To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution;

· To administer membership records;

· To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;

· To manage our employees and volunteers;

· To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications).                                         To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St James the Great;  

  To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

· Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.

· Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;

· Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -

o the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and

o there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data[1]?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link].

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7. Your rights and your personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

· The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of St James the Great, Talaton holds about you;

· The right to request that the PCC of St James the Great, Talaton corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;

· The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of St James the Great, Talaton to retain such data;

· The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time

· The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].

· The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;

· The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]

· The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Parish Administrator at

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

[1] Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: -

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