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Away Weekend at Ammerdown


“Next weekend forty church members will be going on the Parish House Party at The Ammerdown Centre, Radstock. The weekend will be led by The Ven. Nicola Sullivan, Archdeacon of Wells and Shelia and I are sure a really good time will be had. We are really grateful to Dennis who will be leading the morning services and Peter Ball, a Reader from Wilton Parish, who will be taking Evensong.”


Taunton Live 2015 – Festival Service of Praise


Our Patronal Festival is on 19th July and this year St Mary Magdalene’s Day will be very special. As part of the Taunton Live Festival we have at our 10:00 am Holy Communion service two special guests. The first is the choir from Lincoln College Oxford and the second is Rt Rev David Yeoman who is the retired Bishop of Llandaff and a friend of ours at St Mary’s.

We would like to continue the celebrations after the service and so we are planning a “bring and share” lunch for all of us to enjoy. Full details will be given soon.

Taunton Live 2015 will be a musical feast in Taunton from 18 – 25 July and a “what’s on” brochure is available at the back of church.

Ammerdown Weekend Away


DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR SWIMMING COSTUME/TRUNKS AND TOWEL ARE? If so, and you are coming on the weekend away to Ammerdown, remember to bring them with you, we have use of an outdoor pool on Saturday afternoon!

Our weekend away—19th to 21st June: Please check the pigeonholes for letters and don’t forget to sign-up for lifts. If you haven’t booked yet, it’s not too late! Please contact Diana Fletcher.

Ammerdown Centre

Ammerdown Centre

Ammerdown Centre

Ammerdown Centre


Christian Aid Appeal for Nepal


“The total raised to date by St. Mary’s for the Christian Aid Appeal for Nepal is £1,000, in addition to a further contribution of £237 for the general funds of Christian Aid Week. May I say a huge thank you to all those who contributed by way of donations and time.  A good result of which we can be proud.”


Flower Festival 2015



10th – 12th July 

 “In Celebration of Marriage”

It has been six years since the flower team organised a flower festival at St Mary Magdalene Church. If you were here then you will remember that it coincided with the 700th anniversary of  the founding of the church. The designs spoke of the way the church had borne witness over the centuries, standing beside the people of Taunton during times of great sadness and great joy.

 It is one of those times of joy that we are going to explore in word and floral design. Rev. Corke suggested that as we have so many weddings at St Mary Magdalene Church it would be a good time to link a festival with this theme. There will be many expressions of the actual wording from the marriage service and opportunities to think about the place that our bells and organ have for so many of our couples.

 It seems most appropriate therefore that the money raised will go to the Bell Appeal and the Organ Renovation Appeal.

 Living as we do so close to the willow growing area around the Somerset levels we are collaborating with several willow growers and weavers, most particularly Coates English Willow, so do look out for the bells, sculpted figures and wedding rings.

 There are four opportunities to be part of the Flower Festival.

  • The first is to volunteer to act as stewards over the three days covered by the festival. If you feel you can spare two hours of your time please contact  Dianne Bayliss.                                                   
  • The second is to sponser one of the displays. If you feel that you would like to help us in this way please speak to Cheryl Birkett either in church or by phone, 01823 412751.
  • The third way you can help is to offer greenery as some of the designs require a great deal of foliage. I have had a particular  request for eucalyptus so if you can help with this or greenery generally, please contact Cheryl Birkett.
  • Lastly, we have much pleasure in inviting you to the Preview and Concert evening to be held on Thursday 9th July at 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene Church. There will be organ music, choral music, instrumentalists and readings all with a marriage theme and will be led by our Director of Music Miles Quick. The tickets are available from the Book Shop or at the door on the evening from the end of May.”

 Cheryl Birkett

Flower Festival Poster A4 StMP


Cycle Rack



“As you have seen from the Together Magazine, I am trying to cycle much more and I am really enjoying the experience. I have a special interest in the project to place a cycle rack in the churchyard and this has progressed. The current proposal is that the rack will have 3 Sheffield stands which will enable 6 cycles to be parked. The rack will be sited near the new church notice board and sat upon a concrete base that has been coloured to blend into the environment. If you have any thoughts about this project, do have a word with John Chester or myself.”


Craft Fair



Well done to everyone who helped to make the Craft Fair last Saturday such a success. There was a really warm spirit of community with us throughout the day and monies raised will go towards church funds. The stalls were bright and colourful and the coffee shop did good trade. The next craft fair will be on 28th November. Thanks to Debbie and her team for all their had work.