Site Updated February 2019



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 websit 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   Email: vicar@churches4all.org

and our Assistant Curate is

The Reverend Marc Kerslake 01404 822 104    Email: marckerslake@hotmail.co.uk

Churchwarden

Mr Charlie Hutchings 01404 822 205   Email: pcc@larkbeare.net

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 24th March 2019) and at 4:00pm (from 27th October 2019).

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 - March 2019

Dear Friends,

This month marks the start of Lent, traditionally the season of self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter. Lent lasts 40 days, in remembrance of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert and being tempted by the devil before beginning his public ministry.

The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all record the temptation of Jesus and, although the accounts differ slightly, they all make clear that the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. Some translations even say ‘he was driven out into the wilderness.’ This is a curious thing in that, for Jesus, his journey into the desert is involuntary; it’s unintentional - he’s led there. If Jesus’s experience is our experience then, if we are serious about undertaking some kind of faith journey, we are going to find ourselves in a desert place at some point, in a wilderness. Perhaps we aren’t clever enough to know how to look for God by ourselves; instead we have to be taken, shown, usually at times of crisis or failure, or humiliation.

And in the desert, in Mark’s version of the story, we find Jesus with the ‘wild animals’. I wonder if Mark is speaking figuratively, saying that Jesus is facing up to what we might call today our ‘inner demons’, those wild parts of ourselves that we find hard to tame and keep under control and which often lead us into trouble; those bits of ourselves that we keep hidden away and don’t let God love. Jesus is facing that too – the temptation to do evil things, things contrary to his identity as a child of God. But he doesn’t succumb. He is sent angels to minister to him, to attend to him.

Anyone on a meaningful spiritual journey experiences both these things – the darkness and pull of sin, drawing us away from God, and the ministry of angels bringing us back. When I look back over dark times in my own journey, it’s easy to see who the angels were who God sent. I have angels in my life now – men and women (and puppies) who teach me, inspire me and encourage me to keep walking the faith journey.

When Jesus’s Lenten fast is over, once he has experienced both kinds of the reality of human life, the temptations of the darkness and the goodness and love of angels, Jesus arrives at the first words of his ministry: “The time has come,” he says. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

‘Repent’ is a word we often hear in Lent and we often reduce repentance to showing a bit of will power to stop doing the stuff we know is bad for us. But repentance literally means, ‘Change your mind.’ Change your mind about God, says Jesus. Believe that God loves you for who you are, even you with all your wild beasts, uncontrollable urges and inner darkness. Change your mind and believe that God loves, that God forgives, that God transforms.

Every blessing,

Chris

 


 

 

 Photo by Helen Lisk - Church Gate Decoration at Wedding of Amy, daughter of Valerie and Jonathan Boles. 

 

 


March events:

Talaton Toddlers - Fridays 1st and 15th March in north aisle at 10.45am

Mission Community prayer meeting - Tuesday 5th March in the church at 7.45pm

Coffee Midweek - Wednesday 13th March.  5 Woodmans Orchard at 10.30am

Lent lunch - Wednesday 13th March.  Larkbeare Grange from noon

Lent lunch - Sunday 17th March.  This follows the Morning Worship service (with Baptism) at 11am

Mothering Sunday - Sunday 31st March at 9.30am 

 

Lent course:  Grass Roots Disciples

Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Talaton Parish Hall 12th, 19th and 26th March and 9th April 

 

 April services:

Sunday 14th April (Palm Sunday) - 9.30am Morning Worship

Thursday 18th April (Maundy) - 7pm Said Holy Communion in Whimple Church

Friday 19th - 2pm Mission Community service (The Last Hour) in Talaton Church

Sunday 21st April (Easter) - 9.30am Holy Communion (CW)

 

 


 

Talaton Summer

Barbecue
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 See More Pictures on the Noticeboard Page

 

 


 

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Talaton Open Gardens 2018

 

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 The Churchyard Tidy Up 2018

 

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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 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

 

 

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 Annual Churchyard Clean Up

2017

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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
 

 

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 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 

  

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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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

http://www.churches4all.org/

This link showcases some of Devon's lovely churches:

http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/explore-churches/devon-churches 

Exeter Diocese (Diocesan House, Palace Gate, Exeter, Devon EX1 1HX)  Tel: 01392 272 686
For further details about this page, please e-mail: pcc@larkbeare.net

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PRIVACY 

DATA PRIVACY NOTICE

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 admin@churches4all.org

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/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: - https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure/churchcommissioners/administration/librariesandarchives/recordsmanagementguides.aspx