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Reverend Leigh Winsbury

A Warm Welcome Awaits …

Here at St. John’s we believe that God is at work, through the power of Jesus, to reconnect us with himself, with each other, and with creation.

In practice that will look a little different for everyone, and each one has their story to tell. To that end, we find that we are involved in all sorts of things in the hope of joining in with God’s plans to bless people with a whole and fruitful life. I invite you to have a ‘rummage around’ on this site to get a flavour of who we are, and what we do in Jesus’ name. Be blessed,

Revd, Leigh Winsbury.

Vicar of St John The Baptist C of E Church, Hatherleigh

Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Revd, Leigh Winsbury.

Vicar of St John The Baptist C of E Church, Hatherleigh

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Bells being removed from St John the Baptist Church, Hatherleigh, Devon. November 2023

Restoring the Heartbeat of Hatherleigh

The last quarter of 2023 saw a whirlwind of activity as the Hatherleigh Bell Ringers embarked on their work to prepare the town’s iconic bells for restoration. Read our full article including pictures and video of the important historic events as they happened.

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Team Service at St John's Church Hatherleigh

4th Sundays; Team service.

October 23, 2022 08:00 St John’s Church – Hatherleigh
4th Sundays; Team service. (11am) Our team of ‘Lay worship Leaders’ take responsibility this week while the vicar is away at other churches. It is an opportunity for something a…
Evensong Service St John's Church Hatherleigh

4th Sunday Evenings; Sung Evensong.

October 23, 2022 18:00 St John’s Church – Hatherleigh
4th Sunday Evenings; Sung Evensong. (6 pm) This is our fully traditional Prayer book ‘Sung Evensong’. You can expect to sing hymns and sung responses led by our choir and…
Home Bible Study Group with Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Bible Study Group

December 26, 2022 19:00 The Rectory
In these we study the bible together, maybe picking up themes from the previous Sunday. We may sing a bit, pray for one another and definitely will grow in friendship and fellowship. Held every Monday 7:30pm - 9:00pm, The Rectory, Hatherleigh


The 5 churches of the Northmoor Team Ministry (Hatherleigh, Northlew, Meeth, Jacobstowe and Exbourne ) have adopted the House of Bishop’s ‘Promoting a Safer Church;  Safeguarding Policy Statement‘.  Signed copies may be found on display at each of our churches.

If you are concerned about a child or vulnerable adult, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:

  • Diocesan Safeguarding Lead Costa Nassaris 01392 294969
  • Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser James May 01392 345910
Alternatively you can report any safeguarding concerns to our Safeguarding Officer Frances Greenwood, or contact any of other the agencies listed below:
Frances Greenwood

Safeguarding Representative for St John's Church Hatherleigh.
Phone: 01837 810685 | Email:

Domestic Abuse
  • Devon Domestic Abuse Service:  0345 155 1074
  • Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service:  01752 252033
  • Torbay Domestic Abuse Service:  01803 698869
Rape Crisis
  • Devon & Torbay:  01392 204174
  • National:  0808 802 9999
  • Devon & Torbay:  01392 204174
Modern Slavery
  • Immediate danger:  999
  • Suspicious activity:  101
  • For advice call The Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or The Salvation Army on 0800 303 8151
Concerns About Children
  • Devon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):  0345 155 1071
  • Plymouth Children’s Services: 01752 308600 (Out of hours: 01752 346784)
  • Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 01803 208100
  • NSPCC confidential helpline:  0800 389 5344
  • Childline:  0800 11 11
Concerns About Adults
  • Devon – Care Direct: 0345 155 1007
  • Plymouth Adult Services: 01752 668000 (Out of hours: 01752 346984)
  • Torbay Safeguarding Adults Team: 01803 219700