St John the Baptist is part of the Five Alive Mission Community: Dalwood, Kilmington, Shute with Whitford and Yarcombe.
The parish of Yarcombe consists of Yarcombe village and the hamlet of Marsh. Yarcombe straddles the A30, equidistant from Honiton and Chard, and Marsh lies beside the A303 to the north. In an area of 4¼ x 2½ miles, there is a population of around 500 people living in 200 houses. The parish is in an Area of Outstanding Beauty within the Blackdown Hills.
The centre of Yarcombe village is situated around the Church, the Village Hall, The Yarcombe Inn and The Belfry Hotel. There is a 25 year old estate of 19 houses. Marsh sits on the old A30 and includes an excellent pub. There is an average age mix, but with quite a lot of retired people. Primary aged children attend Stockland School by bus and there is a bus to the secondary school in Honiton.
About St John the Baptist Church, Yarcombe
There has been a church in Yarcombe since the 13th century. A large team of volunteers care for the cleaning, churchyard and flowers – comments in our visitors’ book often say how well-cared for it seems. There is a small regular congregation, but with the more people coming to Family Services. Over 200 come to the annual Carol Service, and special celebrations like Harvest and Remembrance Sunday are well attended. We have a strong link with Yarcombe Baptist Chapel and have frequent joint services in both venues.