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Church of St. Peter and St. James

Church of St. Peter and St. James

Halwill's ancient parish church stands in a spacious churchyard, surrounded by trees, and occupies the crest of the rise between the Croft stream and the infant river Carey, at an altitude of 165 metres (540 ft) above sea level.

This listed, Grade II*, building is thought to have been built in the 14th Century or earlier and the Tower is thought to be Saxon.

The whole church was practically rebuilt between 1870 & 1879, with the exception of the tower and north wall of the nave and a plaque over the outer doorway to the vestry is inscribed, "This Church was rebuilt by W.J.Harris, Lord of the Manor, 1879".

Halwill Church is much loved and loyally upheld by its congregation. A very warm welcome is extended to you to join them for their services and for their events throughout the year.

The Church of St Peter & St James, Halwill is one of five churches in the Ashwater Benefice. The other churches are St Alban at Beaworthy; St Peter Ad Vincula at Ashwater; St Leonard at Clawton and Holy Cross at Tetcott with Luffincott.

The Priest in Charge of the Benefice is the Rev. Jane Lucas - Tel No: 01409 211205.

The Church Wardens for St Peter & St James Church Halwill are at present Chris Long and John Lawlor.

Friends of Halwill Church.

Our lovely church and surrounding churchyard is a very special place and much loved by the community. Unfortunately the cost of maintaining the church and its surrounds is an going challenge for which the church receives no external support. The Friends of St Peter and St James Halwill was set up a few years ago and is a group of local (and ex-local) friends. Many members are non church goers but we all share a desire to see out local church and churchyard maintained and open to all. Friends contribute an annual donation and all monies raised are spent solely on maintaining the church and its surrounds; no funds are diverted to other church uses. If you would like to help with the preservation of our church and its churchyard we would be delighted to have you as a member. Contact John Lawlor on or Tel:01409 221987.


During 2014 a survey carried out by the Devon Bell Ringers Trust identified significant cracks in the west wall of the church tower.  During re-pointing work on the exterior of the tower the Church Architect further investigated and confirmed that this crack extends the full height of the tower and requires urgent attention.  In addition, the lack of adequate external perimeter drainage is causing damage to the fabric of the building. It is estimated that the work to attend to these issues will be around £280,000.

An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund has been submitted to cover this urgent work.  In addition, we will be seeking funding to improve disabled access and publicise the heritage of the church and the surrounding area.   We are pleased to announce that our bid has been successful. Thank you to everyone for their input. HLF require us to match fund £19,000 of the project cost ourselves and a project team has been established to manage the work and co-ordinate this fund raising. If anyone would like to join or support us, please contact John Lawlor on 01409 221987.    

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Services for December 2017 






No Service

6.30pm Benefice Evensong


11.00am Holy Communion


6.30pm Candlelit Carol Service


11.00am Service of 7 lessons and carols

No Service


No Service

10.00am Morning Worship

Christmas Day

11.00 Holy Communion

9.30 Family Communion


11.00am Benefice Service at Clawton


Wednesday 13thand 20thDecember - 10.00am said Holy Communion in Halwill church.


Dates for your diary...

Saturday 2ndDecember - Christmas Coffee Morning - 10.30-12.00pm in Halwill Church.

Friday 22ndDecember - 7.00pm Carols by Candlelight in Village Hall



In the Baptist Hall:

Tuesday 5thDecember - Christmas Lunch - 12.30pm - free of charge but booking essential Brenda Down on 221317.

Thursday 14thDecember -   Good Companions Christmas Party 2.30pmfor anyone looking for a little company. Varied programme of activities followed by homemade cakes and tea/coffee - £2.00