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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.



baptismal-font-5-778011-mOn Sunday we are baptising four young children which is a great privilege. This morning we are baptising Scarlett-Rose Stephanie Sharon Blease, and Dontay Justin John Patrick Williams. This afternoon we are baptising Aaliyah Kiara da Silva and Noah Andrzej Willis Ustrzycki.

We are thrilled to have their families and friends joining us. Please pray for these children, their parents and god-parents over the coming weeks.

All Souls and Remembrance


poppies-154173-mWe now begin to focus on a time for remembrance in church.

We have a special All Souls service on Sunday 2nd November at 6.30pm when we will read out the names of those loved ones who have gone before us.

On 9th November at 9:30am we will host the Civic Service of Remembrance.  This year we welcome the Bishop of Taunton as our preacher.

Lunchtime Recital


piano-keyboard-1381989-mRob Hunter will perform a short lunchtime piano recital on November 7th, in aid of the organ fund.

Further details to follow.

Signature Events


The Signature events are proving very popular indeed. The trip to The Pink Garlic has been closed because we have reached our maximum number of 25.

The next Signature event will be the last for this year. We are going to the Quantock Restaurant at Somerset College on Wednesday, 3rd December at 6.45pm. We are so well looked after there and it should be an excellent evening. The sign up form is at the back of church. The menu looks delicious! Do come.

Bookshop for Christmas


Christmas cards, gifts and Advent calendars are available in the Bookshop.

Please do come in to browse and buy.

Choral Evensong at St Johns


Church - St Johns - DSCN2286_miniOn Sunday 26th October, our choir will be leading Choral Evensong at St Johns (6.30pm).

This will be the first time we have worked together as churches in the Benefice.

Please support it if you can.

Polaroid Camera Anyone?


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Does anyone have a polaroid camera they no longer need.

We would like to use one for work with the children. They are going to make a scrapbook of their activities.

Bells Fundraisers


On Saturday 25th, we were pleased to see the tower open.  The bell team are working so hard to raise the money to replace the bells. Our tower is “a significant ring” as we have 12 bells + three small bells that are used chime the carillon. The PCC heard that with money in the bank and pledges the total is now £128,000. The money is still coming in for Annie’s ride. It has reached a splendid total of £16,536. Last week we heard that David and Jan Payne had won the beautiful painting that had been raffled for the ride. Well done to you both!

Tower Open Day


Our tower will be open on Saturday 25th October from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Watch bellringing, chime a bell, learn about the history of bellringing.

For adults and children 8 years and over.

In aid of The Bells of St Mary’s a Taunton Community Project.

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Greater Churches Network


“On Tuesday I went to a day conference at St Martin in the Fields organised by the Greater Churches network. The Greater Churches network is made up of 40 churches, bigger than normal parish churches but not as big as cathedrals. We considered issues like provision for people who visit our churches as tourists and how churches like St. Mary Magdalene’s meet their civic obligations. I found the day most useful.”


Permissions and Faculties


The PCC meeting on Wednesday evening went well. The PCC agreed to apply for planning permission and faculties for two message boards, a new external notice board and some notice boarding in the tower area and at the back of the bookshop. A small team have worked very hard on the designs and these were approved and applauded. We look forward to seeing all of this work completed to bring the notice boards in St. Mary Magdalene up to a similar standard as our website. There will be an opportunity for the congregation as a whole to consider what is being proposed and make any comments.

It was also agreed that we should apply for a faculty for the bells project. Currently we have raised just under half the amount required to meet this project but we need a faculty in order to apply for some grants. Rosemary Tuhey who leads the team produced an impressive paper and the PCC expressed their thanks to her.

Bellringers’ tea with Patron


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Members of the Bells of St Mary’s project team (a project to recast and rehang the bells and replace the Carillon) were delighted to enjoy a tea party with one of the project Patrons, the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Councillor Dave Durdan and his wife Renee this week.