Site Updated  September 2020

Welcome to the church of St James the Great,



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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 Assistant Curate is

The Reverend Marc Kerslake 01404 822 104 Email:


Mr Charlie Hutchings 01404 822 205 Email:

Bell Tower Captain

Mr Chris Trimmer 01404 850 831


Usual 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 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 grey telephone box.
The postcode for SatNav users is EX5 2RL











 A Ray of Light During the Virus Lock down 2020?






Hello my friends,

This is just a quick reminder:

Today a team of crazy volunteers will be cycling around a vast number of churches to raise funds for the Devon Historic Churches Trust as part of their Ride and Ride initiative, It is still possible to sponsor Julia, Jane and the team, just email Julia Spruntulis: for details.

This Sunday will see two very different services in the Mission Community:

We will be going full Vicar of Dibley with our pet blessing service at 10:30am at Clyst Hydon. If you have a pet, any pet, you are very welcome to come along to the outside service (weather forecast is looking good!), for this short and fun service. Just bring Mrs Tibbles and very importantly, bring a chair plus a flask of tea or coffee for afterwards. (For future ref - if it is dry for any future outside service, and there are a few coming up over this month and next, it’s worth bringing a chair!!!)

Then at 6:30pm we will have Evening Prayer at Clyst St Lawrence. If you have never been to a BCP service why not come along and experience this beautiful contemplative style of service in a wonderful setting.


God bless.

Rev Marc.

Rev Marc Kerslake
Assistant Curate.
Churches4All Mission Community.
Whimple, Talaton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St Lawrence.

01404 822104.


  From The Curate's Study - 15th Sunday after Trinity



Hello my friends,
What a difference a few weeks makes. Yesterday Angie and I dropped No1 son off at his accommodation at Plymouth University and experienced our first taste of the emotions which parents feel when one of their own flies the nest, a curious mixture of pride and sadness, excitement and anxiety. And tomorrow Angie also officially becomes a student, also at Plymouth, only she will be studying partially online and sometimes commuting rather than living on campus like Jack. If feels a bit like a huge chunk of our lives has changed, particularly as we only started thinking about these changes when we were in Cornwall on holiday five weeks ago. These changes will do doubt affect not just Angie and Jack but ripple out into our family life physically and emotionally, because that's what foundational changes do, they affect us in manifold and diverse ways, sometimes without us even being aware of it. One example of this is: Jack films, edits and uploads our Sunday services, he has trained Angie to do the filming bit and we assumed we could just send him the raw footage, he could edit it and then upload it to YouTube. I then send out a link to that via Gerri with this email. Well, as of 2am this morning that wouldn't work via the University webserver. I am about to head off for an 0800am service and then I have another at 1030am but when I get back I will do my best to rectify the problem, but for now my friends I am sorry, but I nothing to offer except my apologies. So, life is a bit bumpy in the Kerslake household at the moment.
However, Church life is no different, because like it or not, even if we don't always feel like it, we are family; it's one of the things we implicitly agree to when we commit to a church – being part of something which is both bigger than us but also, in which we are of the upmost importance. Church is the most curious of places, it draws together disparate people into a fellowship and together encourages them to work through some of the biggest questions in existence whilst they stumble forward on life’s journey. I am conscious that the last six months have been a bit of a roller coaster ride for us all due to this virus plus the now ongoing conversation regarding our Mission Community doubling in size. I am also conscious that sometimes the stress of these past few months can play out in disagreements and division. However, I am immensely proud of the way we, as a Mission Community, have coped with all that has been thrown at us with stoicism but also with good humour. I know that there is still a huge amount of uncertainty as to what the next six months holds as we hear about the possibility that 'the second wave' of the virus is about to strike but, in response to a great deal of requests, the leadership team and I have taken the decision to gradually increase the number of services in our churches. From October we will be increasing the services in all of the churches in the existing Mission Community for a trial period (details at the end of this email). Of course, we will closely monitor diocese and government advice, implement all existing and new guidelines and strive to keep everyone safe. As before, I know some folks are very concerned about attending any sort of event or function, please do not feel you have to come to any church service unless you feel absolutely comfortable doing so. You will notice some key features:

  • There is a Holy Communion every Sunday somewhere in the Mission Community at 1030am. If you want to receive communion you will always have somewhere you can, but you may have to travel.
  • There is a BCP service every Sunday somewhere in the Mission Community. Times may vary, as will location, but they are there for you.
  • Three Sundays a month there is a less formal Morning Worship service.
  • Two Sundays a month there is a new style of service, Café Church.
  • Added to this there will continue to be festival services such as Harvest and Remembrance.


The leadership team and I have worked to make our services as inclusive and broad as possible. Whatever style of church you best connect with can be found across the MC. Please feed back to me on what you think – they are not set in stone and when we become a larger Mission Community they will also certainly change again, but for the moment this is what the next few weeks look like:

September Services

27th September
0930am BCP Morning Prayer, Clyst St Lawrence.
1030am Harvest Festival - Outside at Talaton with the choir. Bring a chair!

4th October
0900am BCP Holy Communion, Whimple
1030 am Morning Worship, Talaton
1030am Holy Communion, Clyst Hydon
6:30pm Café Church, Whimple

11th October.
1030am Mission Community Service, Clyst Hydon.
1030am BCP Holy Communion, Clyst St Lawrence (this is a trial time change, if it doesn't suit folks please let me know)

Friday 16th 7pm Harvest Festival at Clyst Hydon.

18th October.
0900am BCP Morning Prayer, Whimple
1030am Holy Communion, Talaton
1030 Morning Worship, Clyst Hydon

25th October
1030am Holy Communion, Whimple
6:30pm Compline, Talaton
6:30pm Evening Prayer, Clyst St Lawrence

That's as far as we have got in our planning so far and clearly things may change. Remember, we have a legal duty to record who attends for C19 Track and Trace and we need to know if you are coming. If we don't know and we have to change things at short notice you may not be informed.

God bless.


Rev Marc Kerslake
Assistant Curate.
Churches4All Mission Community.
Whimple, Talaton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St Lawrence.




 From The Curate's Study - 14th Sunday after Trinity

 Hello my friends,

This week sees our terrestrial churches going full 'Vicar of Dibley' as we hold a version of our annual 'Pet Blessing Service'. Usually we have two of these, one at Talaton and one at Clyst Hydon. This year as we are trying to streamline what we do due to the virus we are doing one such event for the Mission Community at Clyst Hydon (scene of the infamous 'Goat Incident' last year!). Pets play a huge part in so many of our lives and so it seems right we take a little time to both celebrate them but also to give thanks to God for all they bring. In our online service we will also be giving some thought to what some of them (in this case dogs), can tell us about our relationship with God bearing in mind they too are both created by and loved by the same God who created and loves all of us.

The service is here:

If you read this email early enough you might just have time to make it to Clyst Hydon for 10:30am and bring along your pet.

Then at 6:30pm at Clyst St Lawrence there will be the opportunity to take part in the traditional quiet beauty of the BCP Evening Prayer service.

Don't forget that next week we have our first Holy Communion service on Sunday 20th at 08:00am at Whimple and our new Café Church at 10:30am at Cotley Farm (it will usually be at St Mary's in Whimple, but this is a one-off special introduction service). This service will be made even more special as for the first time in months we will have live music in the form of our Mission Community worship band. The Café Church will become a twice-monthly regular fixture and be a place to tackle some of life's big questions, hear some testimony from both Christians and those with questions about faith and listen to some great music. For the initial event you will need to bring your own chair and a flask of tea or coffee.

PLEASE REMEMBER WHATEVER SERVICE OR EVENT YOU INTEND TO COME TO - BOOKING IN ADVANCE IS ABSOLTELY REQUIRED EVERY SINGLE TIME! This means we can plan to keep folks socially distanced and also know who to inform if we need to change the venue or time at the last minute - Ring me 01404 822104, email me or reply directly to Gerri via this email.

God bless

Rev Marc Kerslake
Assistant Curate.
Churches4All Mission Community.
Whimple, Talaton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St Lawrence.

01404 822104.



September 2020

From The Curate's Study - 13 Sunday after Trinity



Hello my friends,

What a week it's been. Last Sunday saw the first of our 5th Sunday Socials. Almost 60 of us met in a socially distanced fashion at Cotley for a Pasty and a Prayer. We had a wonderful time of conversation and fun (and some excellent pasties) plus raised a bit of cash for church funds. Thank you everyone who came along and helped make it such a great success. The social kicked off our 24/7 Prayer Event:

160 plus slots of individual prayers, folks prayed prayers in churches, prayers in homes, in hotel rooms, in gardens, on bikes and in fields. The slightly bonkers idea of running a 24/7 prayer event has turned out to have been the most wonderful and inspiring experience not just for us as a group of churches but for many individuals who took part. From this Sunday at 12 midday we are going to be spending some time digesting all of what has happened and collating all of the prayers and answers to prayer we have seen and using them to help shape the coming weeks and months for our Mission Community. Plus, we will be considering how we continue to resource prayer for all of our churches. A huge thank you to Jude and her team and each and every one of you who took part.

On reflection, when we first began thinking about resourcing the prayer event it did seem a bit mad, impossible even and yet it has been incredible, it has made me consider what other slightly crazy things might we consider in coming months. With God on board surely anything is possible?

However, the end of this particular project doesn't mean that we have a lull in church life, far from it:

This week we will be meeting at 1030 am at St Mary's in Whimple for a Mission Community Service to finish our week of prayer and guest speaker Phil will be talking about 'Building Back Better'. His talk is also in this week's online service. When the service finishes anyone who wishes can remain in church for the last slot of the 24/7 prayer week taking us up to 12 noon.

Here is our service for this week:

Then on the Saturday 12th September Julia and Jane and their teams from the MC will be taking part in the Devon Historic Churches Ride and Stride. Please consider sponsoring them as this charity does so much good work! Contact Julia directly: or ring me for details.

Sunday 13th will see the MC Pet Blessing Service at 1030am at Clyst Hydon. Any and every sort of pet is welcome, or if Titan the 17h Shire Horse is too big to bring you can bring along a picture of him, or a child might like to bring along some sort of soft toy. Weather permitting, we will meet outside. Last year's highlight involved a goat eating my order of service midway through me praying! If that's not your cup of tea come along to our traditional BCP Evening Prayer service at beautiful Clyst St Lawrence at 6:30pm.

Then on Sunday 20th we will be re-launching a BCP Holy Communion at St Mary's, in Whimple. It will be a mixture of the old and the new. The graceful and poetic language of the Book of Common Prayer and the ancient symbolism of Holy Communion with a few tweaks to keep us all safe in the C19 season. At 10:30am we will also be launching Café Church, a brand new and very different type of church which centres on conversation and music, relaxed and informal. It will be a place where we can dig into deep questions about life, faith, the universe and everything. It will be a place for people of all faiths and of none.

Then on Sunday 27th at 10:30am we will celebrate the beauty of our shires at the MC Harvest Festival at Talaton, outside if weather allows it.

Moving into October we will be looking to expand our schedule of services at both Talaton and Clyst Hydon and trying to ensure each week a Holy Communion service happens somewhere in the MC.

The usual virus rules still apply:
Social distancing and masks in church (unless there is a reason you cannot wear one of course).

God bless.







 Hello my Friends,

So here we are, the beginning of an exciting week and the start of an exciting month. Today is our first 5th Sunday Social at Cotley Farm when we will be enjoying some lovely pasties from Chunk, a local business. I am giving them a big name check as they did us a cracking discount. I would encourage you over coming weeks to give some thought to other events we could run for 5th Sunday Socials, feel free to be as creative as possible but we do need to try and make them accessible for all ages.

Sunday also sees blast off for the 24/7 prayer event. After a lot of planning by Jude and her team the church is full of amazing resources and will be open until 10pm every night. (You can still sign up for a slot in this.)

On Monday Maggie and her intrepid adventurers will be cycling around the parishes to circle then with prayer. She would welcome sponsorship for the brilliant Devon Historic Churches Trust.

Then on 20th September I am pleased to announce we will be restarting a BCP Holy Communion at St Mary's. If this proves doable we will hope to restart communion services at the other parishes as we head into Autumn. Also, on 20th we will be trialling something else brand new, Café Church will be about as far from BCP as it's possible to get. It will be an informal, conversation-based event. We might hear from some who is Christian about their faith journey or from someone who is seeking answers to faith question and we will welcome back our awesome band for some really good music.

Hopefully, our new evolving rota will provide something for everyone, from the ancient and beautiful BCP through to the very alternative Café Church and our social events. We are hoping anyone and everyone will find a place to call home, connect with God and enjoy fellowship. I include fellowship because I really believe that fellowship, time spent in conversation, is a key part of our Christian life journey together. That is why we have made the change to a 5th Sunday Social and that is why the Café Church will be a place for good conversation, to really dig into what it means to live a faith-based life in the twenty-first century.

Here is our Sunday Service:

God bless.



September 2020

Hello my Friends,

Thank you to everyone who came and munched pasties on Sunday at our 5th Sunday Social. At the last count there were almost 60 of us there in the sunshine at Cotley. Watch this space for details of our next social at the end of November.

Please find attached The Link magazine for September. We’ve decided to email it to all of you at the beginning of the month, we hope this is helpful. It’s in Publisher and there’s a pdf. If you can’t open either of them, please let Gerri know.

If you haven't signed up yet for the 24/7 Prayer Event remember our monthly Mission Community prayer evening is today. You can phone in on any phone and take part, its simple, relaxed and no-one has to pray out loud if they don't feel comfortable.
Here is how it works..

The meeting will be by teleconference, starting at 8:00pm and will last about 60 minutes. Please dial in about 5 minutes before the meeting is due to start - dial: 0333 011 0616 When requested enter the access code 2673601 followed by # (referred to as "pound sign" by the automated voice). When requested say your name followed again by # You have now joined the meeting.

God bless.

Rev Marc Kerslake
Assistant Curate.
Churches4All Mission Community.
Whimple, Talaton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St Lawrence.

01404 822104.

I aim to respond to emails as promptly as possible, but be aware I do not check them on a Friday after 5pm or on a Saturday as it is my day off.
The Link Sept 2020 pdf
The Link Sept 2020 (Publisher)

August 23rd 2020

Hello my friends,

I just wanted to flag up a couple of points mid-week:

Thanks to our new MC administrator, Elaine, we now have a MC Facebook Page which is called - Churches 4 All. Mission Community. If you do FB please 'Like' the page (and of course recommend to all your friends), as we will be updating it with news and events regularly. It allows us to communicate quickly when things change at short notice, if weather changes plans for an open air events for example. I know not everyone does FB, but we are trying to keep people updated through as many means as possible as we continue to respond to the new season we are in.

You still have time to either sign up to the Pasty and Prayer for our 5th Sunday Social this Sunday if you are quick, I need to know by 12 noon tomorrow (26th Aug), so I can order the pasties (veggie and gluten free options are available). Likewise, there is still plenty of time to join in with the 24/7 prayer events starting on Sunday at 12noon. Please sign up for a slot either praying in church or at home, no requirement to pray out loud, just do what feels right for you. (Contact Jude:, and join/or sponsor the 24/7 cycle ride happening around our parishes on the bank holiday morning (Contact Maggie:

Also, and I know I keep banging on about this, please, please, please can people inform us if they are coming to services or events; I know this is a bit of a nuisance for people and previously we are all used to just turning up, but the leadership team and I now need to plan things more closely in advance. There is a risk that sooner or later people are going to turn up at an event that has been moved or cancelled or we may end up having to turn folks away from an indoor event if we cannot socially distance them and that would be heart breaking. If it makes it easier tell us at the beginning of the month which services you think you might attend.

And finally, we British don't like talking about money, but without it even churches cannot function. If you usually give through the collection plate I would ask you to consider supporting our churches through the planned giving scheme. This allows you to directly support your local church, plus once you have set it up you can forget about it. Our churches have taken a massive financial hit due the virus, almost all of our fundraising events have been cancelled and our collections have also seriously suffered and yet our overheads have hardly reduced at all. I am aware we have raised this before and it might seem like the church is always looking for extra cash but when I speak with people it is amazing how many still think our parish churches are funded by some sort of central money pot held by 'the Church of England' which they assume has plenty of money, this is simply not the case. With the exception of clergy wages and housing, which are funded by the C of E, all of our bills are met from each parish church’s own funds including a sizable sum every month to the C of E to cover the paying of your clergy. Clearly, we cannot provide for the spiritual and pastoral needs of our parishes if our churches simply run out of money and we cannot pay our bills. More folks moving to the Parish Giving Scheme would help us remain sustainable and allow us to budget more clearly. Please contact Gerri for details of how to do this for your parish church.

God bless.

Rev Marc

August 2020 10 Sunday after Trinity

Hello my friends,

On Friday we arrived back from our break in Cornwall. We had amazing weather, walked the coastal path, found spectacular empty coves and swam in the sea, had breakfast BBQs on the sand, had great conversations, made crazy plans, drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of pasties (and consequently put on a fair bit of weight!). It was a wonderful time and, at least in part, made possible because of the great leadership team we have in our Mission Community who kept it all going while I was away, so thank you all: you know who you are. The journey home was a bit longer than expected, we had imagined it would take around two hours, that is how long the trip down took, but the A30 was shut so we finally arrived home after around six and a half hours, but if nothing else it gave me a lot of time to think about travelling, how we do it and why we do it and how this helps understand a place and 'our place in that place'.

Today travel almost seems to be considered a right, few people never go abroad and some, if we are fortunate enough, to the other side of the world. It is easy to take this for granted but my grandfather was born in 1900, he lived in a hamlet outside Tiverton on a farm and a big trip for him was on the cart into the market at Tiverton Maybe that is why he became a coach driver when he grew up and took coach parties of holidaymakers all over the UK, but even given that, he never left Britain, he never wanted to, for him everything he wanted was in the country of his birth. Today, the idea of being someone who never travels very far would be strange, maybe even the cause for ridicule. Look at the uproar over our foreign holidays being interrupted by the virus. We look at those who spend their life in one place as an oddity, we even have a name for it, we say they are not 'worldly wise', the implication being they are naive or even ignorant. Today it is often imagined that to learn about the world and ourselves we need to travel; students head off on gap years and those seeking enlightenment go off 'to find themselves'. I wonder why that is? After all, one can travel the world and never really understand it, maybe never really see it; experiencing and understanding are two different things and one doesn't always lead to the other. But maybe the more surprising thing is the same can be said of where we live, is it just a place we sleep and work? Or do we really inhabit it, understand it? Similarly, why do we need to travel to 'find ourselves' when we are always right here?

Our family loves to walk, that's why we did so much of it in Cornwall, but of course in two weeks we barely scratched the surface. During 'lockdown' Angie and I set the goal of walking every part of our four parishes and we have largely succeeded. During the last four months we have explored almost every mile of road and every footpath of what I like to call 'the shire', I believe that to know the land you need to walk through it, to be 'in it'. I love Cornwall, I have visited it a lot, walked hundreds of miles of it, but I don't really know it, not yet at least. Maybe one day, given enough time, I can walk 'the Cornish Shire' enough to understand it, but that will have to wait for another season. Right now, this is the place I am in, the place I need and want to know better. And perhaps to 'find myself' I need to see me in the context of who and where I am? The me that is on holiday after all is not the usual me but a slightly different me.

So, if knowing where you come from is important and you don't always need to go away to 'find yourself', what can travel be good for? Well, one of the great things about going away is coming back, not just because one loves where one lives, but hopefully because in the being away we have gained a new perspective on where we come from and hopefully appreciate it a little bit more. One of the reasons I like the term 'Shire' is because it is how the great author Tolkien names the idyllic home of the assorted Baggins clan in his epic Lord of the Rings saga. The Shire is Tolkien's warm and safe place, a place of green fields and plenty from which both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins set off on their assorted adventures and then long for as greater and greater perils and hardships beset them, finally returning there with a new sense of joy and gratitude when they have seen what the world beyond is really like. I know of course that our shire is far from perfect; all the hardships of the world exist here, many of them are just hidden, but we do live in a beautiful, safe and relatively prosperous part of the world, which is just too easy to take for granted. It is also tempting to fervently wish it never changes. But having been on holiday in Cornwall, a place I have visited so many times, I began to see all of the changes this virus has brought, it was a bit of an eye opener.

Where am I going with all this? Well, we live in a period of unprecedented change, almost everything we know is being changed by the virus: the way we work, travel, shop, meet in church, go to school and socialise. All of our lives are changing and, added to that, our Mission Community looks likely to be going to double in size and this doesn't even include challenges due to financial constraints and empty roles in our parishes.

My friends 'The Shire' is changing, and we are changing with it, whether we like or not. The challenge is to try and understand how it is changing, how we are changing and what we do about it. We are just starting on this process, we have begun re-imaging our service rota and this process is going to continue as our Mission Community is going to grow. It is likely that by early next year it will include Broadclyst, Rockbeare, Sowton and Clyst Honiton; there will be new faces leading services, some changes we will be able to announce with plenty of warning, others we may not. Please be patient. I suspect it will be quite a long time before any sort of new routine establishes itself. I understand this can be disorientating and apologise if changes seem to come thick and fast but, like everyone else, our churches are sometimes forced to react to events outside the shire. However, we go forward into the uncertainly together and we want to do it seeking God's will. We may get it wrong, but I believe in faithfully seeking we get at least halfway to right.

Here is our Sunday service with special guest speaker Mark:

Please join with us as we plan our 24/7 prayer event by contacting Jude to sign up:

Consider walking or cycling around the shire to blanket us in prayer and contact Maggie for details, or if this is not possible sponsor someone who is having a go:

And if you want to chat about the changes or anything to do with our beautiful Mission Community come along on the 30th to our 'Pasty and Prayer' event for the first 5th Sunday social at Whimple Parish Field BUT let me or Gerri know you are coming!!!!!

And lastly, it's ok if this all seems a bit dizzying, I am finding it like that sometimes. Just remember we are all travelling this new road together. In our Sunday service with our guest speaker, Mark, that is exactly what he is talking about. One of my favourite prayers by Thomas Merton seems perfect for this moment:

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

God bless.


Rev Marc Kerslake
Assistant Curate.


We will update the site when we have more news about services. 


Talaton Toddlers -  there will be no Parents and Babies Get Together in the Church North Aisle Room until further notice.

 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




                                                      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


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


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 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











 Annual Churchyard Clean Up


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





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


mums and kids
mums and kids
mums and kids
mums and kids


 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 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

This link showcases some of Devon's lovely churches: 

Exeter Diocese (Diocesan House, Palace Gate, Exeter, Devon EX1 1HX)  Tel: 01392 272 686
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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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