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Father Daniel French has been the parish priest since 2008. Originally qualified in Computer Science he was ordained in 1997. He is married to Frances and they have two children Nathaniel and Francesca. 

Assistant Clergy

Rev Ruth Frampton was ordained in 2016 and recently completed a Masters in Theology from Exeter University. She is married to Giles and they live in Ermington. 

Father Stephen Ball was ordained in 2014 and works locally as the manager of the South Sands Hotel. He has particular pastoral responsibility for All Saints Church, Malborough which is part of our benefice. 


Debbie Plummer works in the benefice office at Holy Trinity Church during the weekdays and can help with any inquiries about our church.   She also acts as the safeguarding officer for the parish.


Wendy Stevens is the churchwarden for the parish and her role is to support the vicar while also being an interface between the clergy and the congregation.

Pastoral Assistants

Lewis Eden and Ruth Cordell live and work within the benefice as part of the St Peter's Foundation residential community. They are exploring ministry as young adults within the Diocese of Exeter.


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Ours is a busy church with lots of activities that make up our congregational life and service to the wider community. Below are some of our regular groups which are always open to new members.

Salcombe Community Gospel Choir
Meets Thursday evenings from 730pm

Salcombe Church Choir
Rehearsals on every Friday from 530pm 

Icon Writing (Painting) Group
A yearly course is advertised when running

Meet for rehearsals on Friday from 730pm

Ecumenical Bible Study Group
Monthly on the third Thursday from 2pm

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Barnabas New Monastic Fellowship
Second and Fourth Thursdays of the month in afternoons
2pm in the Upper Room and 1pm at St Peter's House respectively.

Drop in coffee and cake on Fridays from 1pm to 3pm 
Suitable for parents and tods but ALL welcome.


Messy Church
Last Wednesdays of the month at 4pm

Thursday Church Cleaning Team
Two hour clean up starts at 915 on Thursdays with morning prayer.

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Meetings as advertised in the magazine
Friends of Holy Trinity
Salcombe Flower Club

In addition, there are plenty of ways to volunteer. We are after all the biggest volunteering society in the town.

Public readers for services
Sidesmen and Sideswomen (Welcomers)
Leaders of intercessions prayer
Pastoral team visitors *
Altar serving 
Special ministers at the Eucharistic (chalice bearers)

Please do ask if you want any more information about joining or volunteering for any of these groups and activities.

*Diocesan and parish police hold that some of our activities where vulnerable adults or children are involved require interviewing, safeguarding training and police checks (DBS) before permission is granted. 

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Lent is a special time of the year where Christians prepare for the celebration of Easter with forty days of prayer and fasting. The model in all of this is Jesus who spent forty days in the Judean wilderness, and although we cannot hop over to the Holy Land and presume to do the same we can nevertheless use this time for personal renewal. There are plenty of things to do this Lent in this parish and our neighbouring churches in the benefice locality.  

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There are two study groups that meet on Wednesdays. The afternoon group meets at the church in Salcombe at 2pm for an hour and half. Another group meets at St Peter's House in Malborough ( at 7pm for the same period. Both groups are looking at the book Walk the Extra Mile which was written by Father Daniel and explores the basic milestone for living to a Christian rule of life.


Soup lunches in aid of the Shekinah Mission for the homeless are on offer on Wednesdays at 12.30pm during Lent. At Malborough Church, a similar arrangement is available at noon in the meeting room.


At Salcombe Church midday prayers are said in the side chapel by a group of volunteers. Please feel free to come and join us for 10 minutes of quiet reflection and reading.



 Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for considering us to play a part at the beginning of your marriage. Holy Trinity is a popular church for weddings and we receive many inquiries every year for such celebrations. We hope that the following information will help you in considering an application to be married here. We have also included accompanying downloads with relevant information and an application form.


Marriage is a wonderful vocation and as such the clergy team and keen to promote both the day and the importance of the vows.  A wedding service is an act of worship and therefore needs considerable preparation and thought. To do this we meet with couples two to three times and also hold a rehearsal. In addition, we ask couples to come to one of our marriage preparation seminars - usually, an afternoon run by one the clergy and an experienced married couple who are part of this congregation. 


To be able to marry in a Church of England parish couples must qualify by law under residency. Local couples living in either the parish of Salcombe or the parish of Malborough with South Huish (this includes Hope Cove and Galmpton) do this automatically and would qualify by having banns of marriage read in church on three Sundays. For couples who are not local, we are able to guide you through the process of applying to the Diocese of Exeter for a Common License or via the local civic registrar at Totnes.  You can also qualify by association where one of you happen to have lived here or worshiped at this church regularly. 

For more information about the actual regulations, you can visit or speak to our administrator on 01548 842626 during office hours. 

It is possible to get married in church Couples where one or both partners are divorced but this at the discretion of the priest who would be conducting the wedding. Please feel free to ask to see one of the clergy team to discuss this. 


The Application Form is in MS Word format - please complete and email back to us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The current information sheet PDF has contact numbers and the standard Church of England fees list. 

The Organist has provided a list of organ bridal processionals and recessionals that are possible.

We ask couples to please read and sign the policy document before meeting a priest.


Please book organists, bell ringers, florists, etc. yourself and ensure that is done early.

All four local churches have a policy of no weddings on a Sunday.

The Salcombe Community Gospel are fabulous but in great demand please ensure you book them soon if required. 


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Since January 2018 we are broadcasting the sermons live at 10.20 (ish) on the Holy Trinity Salcombe Church Facebook page. This has been a really exciting venture and we have received good feedback.

We regularly archive sermons on the vicar's Youtube channel. Please feel free to subscribe to his channel to receive new videos.

The response we have had has been tremendous and it is not limited only to local viewers but has reached people as far a New Zealand.

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