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Hatherleigh Church of St John the Baptist

Serving the community of Hatherleigh and outlying areas


From Reverend Leigh Winsbury

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Team Vicar:
Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Why not take a moment to consider your faith?

Faith Guide
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Faith Guide
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Regular Church Services at Hatherleigh Church of St John the Baptist

Church Services
Holy Communion
Morning Service
Family Service
Prayer and Praise
Evensong (BCP)

Church Services Calendar & other Church events

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Wise words from figures in history…

Notable Quotes
Notable Quotes…
Notable Quotes
Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.

Elisabeth Elliot

Contact the Hatherleigh Church team

Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Team Vicar: Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Churchwarden: Gary Bush

Telephone: 01837 810302

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Frances Greenwood

All safeguarding enquiries are treated with absolute privacy and discretion.

Telephone: 01837 810685

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Admin: Olive Bush

Telephone: 01837 810302

Michael Winter

Reader: Canon Prof Michael Winter OBE

Telephone: 01837 851718

Reverend Gillian George

Team Curate: Reverend Gillian George

Help for Visitors

Opening Times, Accessibility, Worship, & MUSIC & ABOUT THE BUILDING

Regular opening times

To be confirmed


Wheelchair friendly

Removable ramp to allow access to the church

Assistance dogs welcome

Free public parking in The Square

No hearing induction loop

We do not have a car park

Worship & Music

Bell Ringing

Click here for more about bell ringing.

Book of Common Prayer

We do not have a Choir

About the building & grounds


Find the Church & more information

Hatherleigh Church
Church Lane
Devon EX20 3JN

Church hall hire

Apologies, we do not have a church hall for hire.

Events & activites

Northlew Church of St Thomas of Canterbury history

The Grade I Listed church building is late C.15 & early C.16 and was restored in 1884. It has a Norman font(c.12), Jacobean pulpit (1624), Gray & Harrison (London) organ (1852) which was rebuilt and enlarged by George Osmond (1913) and eight bells (1883).

‘This church retains much of its medieval fabric and has an impressive interior’. Please see details under British Listed Buildings (listed 22nd February 1967) Source ID: 1105250, also of listed small hall (The Old Vestry), listed C.18 headstone & chest tomb and the war memorial, in churchyard.

Perhaps the most dramatic happening in its history was on January 25th, 1990, when a fierce storm brought the church’s medieval spire crashing through the roof of the central aisle, devastating the interior. The new oak in the roof and the realignment of the rebuilt south arcade are now all that betray a formidable restoration project which cost over half a million pounds even before the reinstatement of the spire. (see An Illustrated Guide and History of Hatherleigh Parish Church written by Norman Hillyer & illustrated by Eileen Gold) obtainable in the church.

The church’s longest serving minister was Cradock Glascott (from 1781 to 1831) who was a friend of the Wesleys. He introduced the Ascension Day (known as ‘Holy Thursday’ at Hatherleigh) Sunday School Treat which still takes place with a service, tea, games & ‘girdling’ the church followed by a Procession of Witness round the town headed by a magnificent floral garland.

Safeguarding Policy

We take the safety of everybody in these parishes very seriously.

If you or someone you know is being abused, is at risk of being abused, or presents a risk to others, or if you have concerns but are not sure, our Safeguarding Advisor is here to give advice and support in confidence.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Frances Greenwood, Telephone: 01837 810685.

You can also contact the Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Team on or phone 01392 294929.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to you or anyone else please call 999 and report your concern to the police. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer Frances Greenwood can support you in this.

Our full safeguarding policy is explained here on this page, along with information about a range of local and national organisations that can help.