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A Church Weekend Away in 2013?

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It has been suggested that we arrange a weekend away in 2013, possibly in Devon, for members of St Mary’s church family – a time for fellowship, teaching and relaxation.

The cost will be approx. £150-180 p.p. depending on numbers and venue, though there will be discounts for children. It is hoped that all rooms will have en-suite facilities!

If you are interested please sign a sheet (by 13th May) at the back of the church and if there are enough people wanting to go, we will try to make this possible.

For further information contact Sheila.

The Bells of St Mary’s Project

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I am sure you would have glanced up many times and marvelled at the iconic architectural tower of St Mary’s church which in many respects symbolises Taunton as the county town of Somerset. The tower is, of course, the largest, tallest and most magnificent of any parish church in the South West of England or debatably the whole of the UK.

Having considered the towers architectural merits and marvelled at the building skills of our forbears, we perhaps need to recognise the purpose and function of this enormous structure which in simplistic terms is a housing in which Taunton’s most expensive musical instrument is installed, raised to an enormous height so that the sound of pealing bells could be heard across the length and breadth of the parish.

The musical instrument to which I refer is of course St Mary’s tune playing Carillon consisting of fifteen bells, the heaviest of which is one and a half tons, covering one and a half octaves with three semitones and sequenced via electro/pneumatic hammers to play a variety of tunes which I am sure have become well known to the local residents. Twelve of the bells serve a dual purpose and are hung in an enormous cast iron frame to enable them to be rung traditionally “full circle” and as such are the heaviest ring of twelve bells in Somerset.

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