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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.





Work progresses... The stonemasons have now removed 90% of the old mortar. The specialist contractor has started to fit the reinforcing bars. The two large bells in the lower level have been removed to give access to the higher levels. The pinnacles and merlons around the top of the tower are being dismantled.

You can "Adopt a Stone" in the church tower and dedicate it to a loved one. Contact John on 01409 221987 for details and look out for the display at local events.


2015: Significant cracks were identified in the west wall of the church tower. Investigation by the church architect confirmed that this crack and others extend the full height of the tower and require urgent attention.  In addition, the lack of adequate external perimeter drainage is causing damage to the fabric of the building. It was estimated that the work to attend to these issues would be around £280,000. Unless addressed the church and surrounding churchyard would have to be closed.

2016: An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted to cover this urgent work.  In addition, we were 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. 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.

2017: Thanks to the generous support of the community and local charities we have all the necessary funding in place

2018: HLF approved the project and work started March 2018. Look out for local events giving more details.   

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Services for June 2018 

Services for June





11.00am Morning Worship

6.30pm Evensong


11.00am Holy Communion

11.00am Morning Worship


11.00am Morning Worship

6.30pm Holy Communion


11.00am Holy Communion

3.00pm St Albans Day Celebration, teas, talk and service.


Wednesday 13thand 27thJune -Benefice said Holy Communion 10.00am Halwill ChurchFriday 1stJune - said morning prayer 10.00am Beaworthy Church


Dates for your diary...

Saturday 30thJune - 7.30 pm Caribbean Evening in the village hall with Ashwater Steel Band



In the Baptist Hall:

Tuesday 5thJune - Soup and Sweet at 12.30pm - good home food and pleaant company only £3.00.

Thursday 14thand 28thMay June- Good Companions at 2.30pmfor anyone looking for a little company. Varied programme of activities followed by homemade cakes and tea/coffee - £2.00