Site Updated January 2020



Welcome to the church of St James the Great,

Talaton 

  

To know Christ and to make Him known

Services Events Charities Bells  ClockRestoration


ChurchWe 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 Parish Priest is

We do not have a priest at the moment and will update the site when we have more news.  In the meantime, Charlie Hutchings will redirect any queries.

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 26th April 2020 - no March evening service)) and at 4:00pm (from 25th October 2020).

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 - February 2020

Dear Friends,

As I write this our Mission Community is preparing for a new season, one without a vicar. As many of you will probably know our vicar, Chris, is moving on to pastures new, in fact he will have left by the time you read this!

Ian, one of the Whimple churchwardens has written a helpful article for this month's Link on what happens logistically during the vacancy or who does what and when, but I have spent some time thinking about what this means for us 'spiritually', as the family of God.  In church language the vicar or rector has the 'cure of souls' for a parish, which means he has their 'care' as his foremost task.  In practice, in the twenty first century, this involves co-ordinating with a team of people to 'make church happen' across the four parishes of our mission community.  In my thinking it struck me as slightly ironic that in February we will begin the season of Lent, during which period many individual Christians will give up something as a way of focusing their minds on God and at the same time we as a mission community will be going without a vicar, at least for a while during which time the role will be advertised.  I wonder how this will help us 'focus our minds?'

It is easy to see this period as a problem to be overcome and in truth it can be difficult being short of a vicar: there are services to organise, meetings to hold, legalities to be complied with, forms to be completed and of course magazine articles to be written.  Mission Community life involves a huge amount of work, most of which goes on behind the scenes.  Of course it isn't just the vicar who does all of the hard work; there is an amazing team of people including church­wardens, PCC members, sides-persons and so on, but the vicar does do a fair sized chunk of it and keeps the lines of communication open between individuals, parishes and the diocese.  To keep this happening will require new ways of operating, more work for some people and new roles for others.

However, it also provides a real opportunity.

I would like us to view this as a positive time and rather than just looking for a new vicar who can give the mission community a strategic plan for the next five or ten years, we could do something rather different?

I would like to think this is a period for the Mission Community to decide how it is we see ourselves moving on in our role in building God's kingdom in the here and now and then use that vision to seek a new vicar who can help us achieve that plan.  After all vicars (and curates!), come and go, but the churches remain and so does the idea of a mission community.  The clergy are just stewards for a short time.

The vacancy also provides a window for individuals to step forward into their own areas of 'gifting'.  Last year we ran a series over the summer when members of our congregations each shared their favourite piece of scripture in a talk in church instead of Chris or I preaching.  It was an overwhelming success! I would like to try that again this year. Plus I would like to encourage more members of our congregations to lead prayers, to lead prayer meetings, to read the lessons, to join our teams which lead services, and to have a try at leading our Sunday evening 'Space service' at Whimple.  In short, if you have a hankering to have a go at something, get in touch with me or one of the wardens.

You don't need to have a degree in theology, or even to be some sort of bible expert to do any of these things. Working together is about being a family, in fact The Family of God.

Blessings Rev Marc.


 Events:

Talaton Toddlers -  in north aisle at 10.45am.  Fridays 7th and 21st February

Lent lunch at Moor Cottage Wednesday 26th February 

Lent lunch at Larkbeare Grange Wednesday 4th March

Churchyard tidy up  Saturday 28th March

February services:

Holy Communion (BCP) - Sunday 2nd February at 9.30am

Morning Worship - Sunday 9th February at 9.30am

Holy Communion (CW) – Sunday 19th February at 11am

Evening Prayer (BCP) - Sunday 23rd February at 4pm

Ash Wednesday Holy Communion in Whimple - Wednesday 26th February at 11am 


 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 natural wear and tear, aggravated by its exposed position, has 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 has been dismantled and fully refurbished, and then reunited with the clock face and hands, which themselves have been beautifully regilded. Automatic time keeping will be added once the movement has settled into its new lease of life!

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

 

 

                            

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               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

Barbecue
2018

Wonderful !


 

 See More Pictures on the Noticeboard Page

 

 


 

And A Great Event just gone........ 

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

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

 


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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

 

 


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

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