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News & Updates

Here’s what we get up to at St Mary’s. Activities, news, notices – lots to interest and inform. You can also take a look at the Today sheet (pdf) and selected articles from our Together magazine.

Church Foundation Governors Wanted


Holy Trinity Primary School seeks additional Foundation governors, who have a particular responsibility for ensuring that the school upholds its Christian ethos. Do you feel called to use your time and talents to contribute to making a difference to the world in this way? If you would like to know more, please contact Julia Steward (chair of governors) after the service on one of her duty organist Sundays, or email her at to arrange a no-obligation conversation.

Thank you. (This is included here with the knowledge and blessing of those at Holy Trinity Church).

Coffee Shop Volunteers


We have some new names on our rota now, but would always welcome more. It is getting busier by the week, so some more names on the rota would be wonderful – it would really help spread the load more thinly. Please have a word with Sandra Hall or one of the wardens if you think you might be able to give some time to this. Many thanks.

MU – Just a Bite


Please note that the meeting on the 2nd of July will be in the Vicarage at 2.00pm as the church will be occupied by the Diocese. It is important that we do not arrive before 1.45 pm as there is another meeting before then. Our speakers Diane Bayliss & Margaret Austin will talk about their visit to Zambia.

From September, meetings will be at 2.30pm in the coffee shop area. There is no meeting in August.

Coffee Morning at St John’s


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Do drop in to share time together over a coffee if you are passing by: they would love to see you.

Coffee Shop Volunteers


If you have any spare time during the week, we are still in need of volunteers to help with our Coffee Shop, Book Shop and Welcome Team. It needs many people to help keep our church open and to run these ventures. Please speak to one of our wardens if you feel you could help, even if it is just for a morning once a month – it all helps!

Signature Event – Exmouth to Topsham


TUESDAY 1st JULY  Signature Events

The next “Signature Event” is a boat trip from Exmouth to Topsham and return by train on Tuesday 1st July. The boat will leave Exmouth at 10.30am arriving at Topsham at 11.30am where there will be free time for lunch/shopping and then the return to Exmouth is by train at your leisure. (Please note: there is some walking – approx 1 mile from the quay at Topsham to the station and the same again from Exmouth station to the sea front, although only the car driver needs to do this journey).

There are still a few spaces left if you would like to join the group.  There is a list at the back of church and further details are inside this sheet.

Please contact Margaret Allen on 01823 442629 for further info.

Coffee Shop


Have you visited our revamped coffee shop – Magdalene’s – yet? Lots more people have. This week we received the first indication that the income generated has increased significantly and is rising as the weeks pass. This is good news. Magdalene’s is a community café and a special part of the mission of the church. The more folk who come in, the more mission opportunity we have and the more we see God’s Holy Spirit
working amongst us.

We would welcome some more volunteers for our expanding mission please. It is getting busier by the week, so some more names on the rota would be wonderful and it would really help spread the load more thinly. Please have a word with Sandra Hall or one of the wardens if you think you might be able to give some time to this. Many thanks.

Taunton Street Pastors receive Queen’s Award


Taunton Street Pastors  has been selected to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2014.

This is a national honour.

As a winner, they will receive:

  • Permission to use the official QAVS Logo (see below) on our official communications
  • A signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen; (presented locally by the Lord Lieutenant for Somerset later in the year) – The citation on the certificate records that the award is made to Taunton Street Pastors for ’dealing with the issues of vulnerable people and helping to diffuse aggressive situations’.
  • An English Crystal with the logo insignia
  • Publication of our group’s details have been made by Buckingham Palace at one minute past midnight today (2 June) in a special edition of The London Gazette (available to view online at )

Four representatives of their team were invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on the 3rd June.

The award recognizes the outstanding commitment shown by every member of the team, past and present.

They were nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by some of The Lord Lieutenants’s Deputies in Somerset who, having observed their  teams in action during the winter months, were deeply impressed and wrote a glowing commendation.

The Award was established to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and recognize the contribution made by teams of volunteers to the wider community. It is described by the Palace as ‘The MBE for voluntary groups’.

You can find a copy of the press release which was issued to local media at hashtag  #QAVS2014 and at

Aspiring Campanologist

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Youngsters chime a bell

An aspiring campanologist, this young man was inspired to ring bells after coming to one of our ‘Tower Open’ days!

He is learning to ring at one of our local churches.

Father’s Day


There are various reasons to celebrate this Sunday June 15 – it is Father’s Day, and it is also Trinity Sunday. But locally we are also celebrating with Alan Beck and his family the 60th anniversary of his ordination. At the 10.00am service we shall be singing two of Alan’s hymns and he will be assisting us with the distribution of the bread in the Eucharist

Choristers’ Concert


Choristers’ Concert on Friday 20th June at 7 pm.

Our choristers and young readers will be presenting an evening of music and word in order to raise money for the Ron Tickner Trust. This trust fund helps support some of our choristers in developing their music
skills by helping fund individual music lessons.

Do come and support our choristers at this – it promises to be a most enjoyable event – and please do spread the word to other possible supporters!

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Flower Team’s Fundraisers


THE FLOWER TEAM at St Mary’s is busy planning a Flower Festival to be held in July 2015. Prior to that date they will be undertaking various fund raising events to cover their costs so that all the proceeds can be donated equally to the church organ and bell funds. The first event is a Day of Bridge – all tickets gone , but please look for future events.