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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.

Election Hustings



Taunton Baptist Church was packed to the gunnels for the Hustings meeting on Sunday afternoon, 26th April.


Rod Corke chaired the meeting with great skill and the six main party candidates spoke extremely well in representing themselves and their parties.

The prospective MPs were (from right to left) Independent, Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP.

The hour and three quarter meeting covered many pertinent questions; it was a Sunday afternoon well spent.

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Lunch with Fr Charley!


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A group of us met Fr Charley (Dean of Lusaka Cathedral, Zambia) at The Fountain Inn at Wells for lunch and had a splendid time. Charley was in fine form.

His Senior Priest, Fr Edwin was due to visit us this coming week but unfortunately visas were not able to be obtained. Hopefully we can host him later in the year.

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Election Hustings


This Sunday 26th April, Rod is chairing an Election Hustings at 2.30pm at Taunton Baptist church.

Six candidates have been invited:

Laura Bailhache     UKIP

Rachel Gilmour      Liberal Democrat

Neil Guild               Labour

Clive Martin           Green

Rebecca Pow        Conservative

Mike Rigby             Independent

and topics include:


The economy

Priority issues for Taunton Deane

Freedom of belief

English nationalism

Negativity amongst politicians

Do join us.



The APCM is on the 3rd May.  It will be a tea table meeting this year in the coffee shop area and begin at 4.00pm with tea/coffee. We would really like you to come to support the work here.

We also need folk to stand for the PCC – this year we will be working on a plan for the next five years and so there will be much to discuss as we pray for God’s vision for our church and community. The forms are on the table at the back of church.

Thank you to all who have written reports for the APCM . They are being compiled into a booklet which will be available next week. The Annual Report and Accounts are available at the back of church.

Upcoming ‘Signature Events’


This week some new Signature events have been released by the organising team.

These include:

¨ Guided tour of Somerset Museum (Wednesday 20th May)

¨ Boat trip to Torquay/Brixham  (Thursday 25th June)

¨ Picnic at Kilve with cream tea and evensong  (Sunday 26th July)

¨ Willows and Wetlands Tour and Cream Tea  (Weds 9th September)

There is also a provisional date booked for a meal at the Quantock Restaurant in October.

Retirement of Bishop Peter Maurice


The Diocese will make its farewells at a special service in Wells Cathedral on Saturday 18 April at 2.00p.m. Everyone is welcome. Afterwards there will be some light refreshments to share together in memories and thankfulness as Bishop Peter and Liz move away to their new home in Kent.  A collection is being organised for a retirement gift and if you would like to contribute, please pass to a churchwarden.

Election Hustings


On Sunday 18th April at 2.30pm, at Taunton Baptist Church, Rod will be chairing an election hustings.

Do come along—some very interesting questions have been put forward for those seeking election to answer.

Remembering Fennella


“Fennella’s Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday 22nd at 3.00pm. It will be followed by refreshments in church.

Do come and remember this special lady. If you have any memories of Fennella, I would love to hear from you.”


PCC Places


Please think carefully about standing for the PCC this year. We will be using the PCC Away Day at the Mill House to consider forming a five year plan. This is an important step forward for God’s work in this parish and we would love to have your input. Nomination forms will be at the back of the Church soon and there are still places to fill.



Our APCM is 4.00pm on May 3rd. With the Bishop’s permission, it has been moved so it does not clash with the Hustings. We will be electing 6 PCC members and three Church Wardens. If you feel you would like to stand, may I encourage you to do so. The PCC has a vital role ensuring good governance in our church. The Church wardens are formally commissioned on 15th May when the Bishop’s Visitation will happen at St Mary Magdalene. This will be a large event as it encompasses Church Wardens from all over the Archdeaconry of Taunton.

Photos for Calendar


The ringers are still looking for a few more photos for their 2016 calendar,if you have a special photo that you would like to see in print, please send to Jean Hall at, thank you.

Licensing of Sheila


Revd Sheila Murray, Associate Priest

This Sunday, the 12th April is very special.  We lost a Curate and gained an Associate Priest.

Yes, Sheila Murray has more than completed her training here at St Mary’s as a curate and now deserves the respect and dignity that comes with the added status of being an Associate Priest.

We were glad to welcome our Archdeacon, John Reed, who did the honours by licensing her into her new post.

Sheila will continue to minister on a part-time basis and will be non-stipendiary.