Site Updated  April 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.


Talaton is one of nine churches in the Benefice - known as

The East Clyst Churches Mission Community

Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St Lawrence, Cranbrook, Sowton, Rockbeare and Whimple .


Information on services and the building itself can be found below.



Our Rector is - 

The Reverend Marc Kerslake 01404 822525 Email:


Mr Charlie Hutchings 07762 574915  Email:

Bell Tower Captain

Mr Chris Trimmer 01404 850 831

  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 or ///folds.actual.forwarded


Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

We take safeguarding very seriously in the East Clyst Churches Mission Community.

If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone. You could contact:

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11


 From the Curate's Study - 4th Sunday of Easter 2021




Hello my friends,
This week we have two guests on our online service, a guest reader and a guest preacher, so much to look forward to. The downside is I am also speaking briefly about a subject Brits like to keep quiet about: money. The online services have been going for over a year and regularly attract over 100 people. Like a lot of these projects, they cost money to produce and, until now, that cost has been financed by the mission community. However, over the longer term this is not sustainable given the hit on finances our terrestrial churches have suffered so, in coming months in the study we are going to need to find ways to make the online services self-financing and I hope you will all bear with me as I explore that.
Our Sunday service is here:
Next week we will be publishing the combined rota for all eight parishes and you will see some new names among our service lead teams. I would encourage you to be bold and maybe visit some of our other churches. Taking my own advice, I will be trying to get around all the parishes for both services and PCC meetings over coming months to start the ‘honest conversations’ about the future of each individual church and a new direction for our mission community I have spoken of before. If you want a snapshot of where I think we are and some questions read my editorial in last month’s Link magazine and the Link for May. Spoiler alert: they will be quite controversial. In the short term this will mean some of my existing parishes see a bit less of me as I try and get up to speed on those I haven’t visited for a long time or at all.
You will also probably know from an email last week that Rev Lythan, our minister in Cranbrook, will be moving to a new role in July of this year. This is a bittersweet moment for many of us. I have enjoyed working with Lythan, her positivity and sense of fun is energising and we will miss her on the staff team. However, she is following God’s call on her life and so it is absolutely right she moves to where he seems to be calling. Between now and August, when Lythan moves on, we will be considering what next for the church in Cranbrook in conjunction with our partners in the church there. At the same time we will be losing one of our retired clergy with permission to officiate (that means lead services), Rev John Courtie from Broadclyst has been a huge help in leading across the Clyst Mission Community before and during our merger. He too is moving on to pastures new and we would like to thank him for his service and wish him all the best. Without clergy like John there is no way our mission community could continue to operate.
And of course, there will be an online YouTube service: From The Curate’s Study and everything there is available 24hrs a day.
God Bless.
Rev Marc
Rev Marc Kerslake.
Rector at the East Clyst Churches Mission Community.
Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St Lawrence, Cranbrook, Sowton, Talaton, Rockbeare, Whimple.
The Rectory. Grove Road. Whimple. EX5 2TP. 01404 822525


Please find attached the East Clyst Churches magazine, The Link, April 2021.
This is put together by Elaine Trude, our Administrator.  If you have anything you would like to put in the monthly magazine please send it to Elaine:
To open it just click on the button below.

The Link April 2021
Copyright © 2021 St Mary's PCC, All rights reserved.

  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

 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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 Open Gardens 2017

In Aid of the Talaton Church











 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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