Site updated  27th September 2020

 Talaton Community Shop

Talaton, Exeter EX5 2RQ 

 Tel: 01404 822084

email us at 

 Opening Hours: 9am - 1pm Mon - Sat

                             10am - 12 Noon Sunday



 Will be open 9am - 1pm on the following dates: -



We are sorry to say that the PO will not be open on the previously announced dates of Wed 21 & Wed 28 October. We inadvertently assumed that our Sub-postmistress would be in post until the end of the month but her official retirement date is earlier than we thought and as the PO cannot legally operate without her, our PO will have to close at 1pm on Wed 14 October 2020.

It will be a sad day for us to lose the PO and even more so to say goodbye to Jo Ware who has served our community for 27 years. 

Whatever happens in the future, the shop will continue to sell stamps and provide a weighing service for posting items larger than standard letters. Full details of the services we are able to provide will follow.








It is with significant regret that the Shop Committee announces the discontinuation of our village post office

This follows the retirement of Jo Ware, our long serving post mistress. Jo was a direct employee of the Post Office Ltd, but it no longer employs people in village post offices. Instead it seeks to operate on the basis of a franchise.

The Shop Committee considered taking on the franchise and employing a postmaster/postmistress. However, the franchise fee from Post Office Ltd, would not cover the cost of employing someone at the established rate of pay for such workers. Thus, from the end of October there will no longer be a post office in Talaton Community Shop.

However, the Shop Committee will shortly write to our MP, Simon Jupp, asking him to seek a review, by the Secretary of State, of the policy of no longer manning community post offices through directly employed workers.

Over the last eight months the Committee has made strenuous efforts to find a solution to potential closure. For quite a few of those months it was not clear that the Post Office would no longer engage direct employees. Indeed, a replacement for Jo came forward and applied to Post Office Ltd, to take on the job of Post Mistress. Months passed with no response to the application. A response was only forthcoming after the intervention of Simon Jupp.

When it became clear that the only way forward was via a franchise, the potential applicant withdrew, and it again took two months to obtain information as to the amount of the franchise fee. This then enabled the Committee to determine that the shop would lose money if it went ahead with the Franchise.

Throughout this sorry saga, the Shop has funded relief post office staff on numerous occasions and indeed, will fund 4 hours per week post office opening for September and October. After that, it is possible that we may get a weekly service from a mobile post office, funded and provided by Post Office Ltd.






Coronavirus has caused us to take the following measures:


  • Only ONE Customer allowed inside the shop at a time
  • Customers must wear a mask or face covering and use hand sanitiser when they enter the shop
  • Payment by card  only or open a credit account with us (see below for details) NO CASH
  • Please maintain social distancing of 2 meters apart both inside and outside the shop

 shop team

  Incredible Shop, Incredible Committee, Incredible helpers.

During the present difficult times the Community Shop has provided a village lifeline for many and thanks are due to all involved. Above are (left to right) Chris , Trish, Graham and Liz. Whilst these four are actively engaged in the daily management of the shop the Committee comprises seven people of whom the Chairman Lady Anne , Val Blake and Martin Mitchell are still active at the moment operating remotely from the safety of their homes.

Let's not forget the shop when the virus eventually fades away 





 Gloves On - Order Ready. 



Home Delivery 

Phone the shop to place your order and we will deliver to your doorstep, fully observing the rules of no personal contact

 Open an account for easy payment

This is a safe and easy way for others to shop on your behalf. You open an account with a cash or card payment. We open a paper note book in your name. Every time someone shops on your behalf, the amount is deducted and signed for in your personal book.

We've had this system in place for 26 years so we know that it is safe and it will make life easier for vulnerable people in isolation to send others to shop on their behalf

 Place a regular or a one-off order

 by contacting the shop on 822084 or by email at




Bread: from CH Baker & Sons, Honiton means that fresh bread, morning goods and savoury pies and pasties are on sale every day


Fruit & Veg:is displayed in a dedicated fridge inside the shop in addition to the wonderful outdoor display in the veg shed






Talaton Community Shop is ideally situated in the centre of the village, meeting the needs of both residents and visitors. A typical village shop you may say. Well, not exactly…

Our shop is owned by the members, staffed by volunteers and managed by committee

In addition to the usual groceries & provisions, household goods, stationery & confectionery, customers can also take advantage of the HOME GROWN or HOME MADE produce that members sell through the shop, such as:-



  • Fruit & veg
  • Plants & flowers
  • Free range eggs
  • Cakes, Scones
  • Marmalade, jam, honey & chutney
  • Greeting cards
  • A fantastic range of craft work & gifts
  • Post Office 
  • Off-licence
  • Newspapers & Magazines (to order)
  • Postage Stamps (when PO is closed)
  • Hot Drinks available
  • Box Office for local events
  • Food Bank 


 25th Silver Anniversary of the Community Shop 

Celebrated on 22nd February 2019

Many thanks to the vast array of marvellous voluntary helpers without whom we would have no shop.

Here are a few pictures that go some way to record the celebration of a great event and milestone in our history.




 John Carter, founder member and driving force for creation of the Community Shop











 Pat Rice, Original Shop planning manager




 Wonderful buffet in the Talaton Inn



Newspapers & Magazines

Can be ordered for collection from the shop, even on Bank Holidays when the shop is closed.

Just call into the shop to complete an order form, or call us or email see above for details Temporary orders from visitors can be catered for so please get in touch with us

There is a small monthly on-cost fee of £1 for up to 3 publications per week and £2 per month for more than 3

publications per week

Please get in touch with suggestions of how the shop can help to reduce the use of plastic or increase recycling. 

 Please get in touch with suggestions of how the shop can help to reduce the use of plastic or increase recycling.




Village ShopComing to stay in Talaton? Why not save space in the car by ordering all, or some of your shopping with us in advance? No minimum order or "starter pack" - just tell us what you want and we can get it. Collection from the shop or free delivery. Contact us at or Tel 01404 822084 to place your order.

A few days notice is all we require, however, please give a minimum of 2 weeks notice for large orders that may include goods we don't normally stock.

All orders will be acknowledged and collection / delivery arrangements confirmed.

Fabulous Fruit & Veg is on sale from the outdoor display area and from the fridge inside. Take a look at the fantastic quality and great prices!

Customer Recommendation for

Black Bin Bags -10 for £1.75

“they are top quality and really strong”

It’s great to hear praise from a satisfied customer for one of our top selling lines. Forget the flimsy bags sold on a roll - these are the real deal!


 Beautiful Days

 The Shop has a huge involvement with the annual festival held on the Escot Estate selling a vast range of goods to the festival goers and, as a consequence, earning money that is lifeblood to the shop. A band of volunteers man the stall, do the purchasing and do the carrying of goods to the stall and, although they derive a huge enjoyment from  their stint , it is hard work and long hours. So thank you all .

Here is a selection of pictures, gathered from a number of festivals, supplied by Andy Bratt. Some of the pictures may well be duplicated but they deserve it. 


















Pep Potter - Talented musician, festival goer and Talaton Shop helper.









Beautiful Days 2018

Your Shop at the Show





 The Shop at the Beautiful Days Music Festival 2017


Once again the Shop was invited to be at the Beautiful Days Music Festival in Escot park and it was a huge success, in no small part due to the wonderful voluntary helpers. The annual event brings much needed funds to the shop - probably quite a lot of fun for the helpers too ! Huge thanks are deserved by all those who help in this annual visit to the show. 

Main Picture on the Home Page but here are a few more 

                                       escot 2017


 escot 2017                                      escot 2017






        Beautiful Days 2016

 Pictures of Your Shop at the Show














First Customers of the Day !










Registered Address: Talaton Community Shop, Talaton, Exeter, EX5 2RQ 


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