“Our beautiful church had a special “great magnificence” last week during the Flower Festival, “Celebration of Marriage.” The flowers, so skilfully arranged, spoke of God’s love to us and the depth of His provision for us within creation. The displays told the story of the significance of the sacrament of marriage to the Christian Faith. We owe an enormous debt to the hard working Flower Team under the leadership of Cheryl and Anne. Well done to all who helped make it such a memorable weekend from the superb concert on Thursday evening to the children decorating the wedding scarecrows on Sunday morning. We are grateful too for Susanne’s work to make a video of the festival (below). This will also be shown on Sunday via a laptop at the back of church during coffee and lunch.”
“HUGE THANKS to all those who have made woollen rectangles so we can yarn bomb our churchyard and special thanks to Bee Kay for making them into bunting for us. The railings have now been decorated; see our liturgical coloured decorations!
THE MACULAR SOCIETY is recruiting volunteers in this area to act as daily living champions to support people with this sight-loss condition. Local training will start on July 22nd and all expenses will be paid. For further information please contact the Macular Society on 01308 425914 or email at email@example.com. Thank you.
The Festival began in style. Our Director of Music Miles Quick organised a concert, helped by John Bodley, that included readings by Christine Winter, Gregory Steward playing the trumpet, and Josie Cresswell singing solo, all supported by St Mary Magdalene Choir.
It has been a great success with many visitors passing through. The Flower Team, led by Cheryl Birkett and Anne Chidgey have raised over £3000 to cover costs. The costs were further reduced by the generosity of a major flower supplier and many have helped with their professional guidance without charge.
The willow exhibits which add considerably to the flower structures were generously provided by Coates English Willow, Fon Cosens and Nicky Heal. Our grateful thanks go out today to all who have worked so hard.
Mr Patrick and Mrs Joan Williams, who were married here 47 years ago were presented with a bottle of champagne.
Weddings are in the air and the Festival celebrates the wonderful sacrament of marriage.
Don’t miss the wicker bells lifted high in the tower area! Do take your time to look at every display. As you do, remember the words of St Paul: “Love is patient, love is kind. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” 1 Cor. 13.
THE CONCERT SEASON IS UPON US and we are going to be busy!
Help is needed for July 21st and August 22nd . If you are able to help with refreshments and/or putting the church back together again afterwards for either of these concerts, please contact Kate via the office.
“HUGE THANKS to all those who have made woollen rectangles so we can yarn bomb our church yard and special thanks to Bee Kay for making them into bunting for us. The railings will be decorated at the end of this week, look out for our liturgical coloured decorations!”
A Festival of Flowers – In Celebration of Marriage.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton 9th – 12th July
Festival organiser Cheryl Birkett says, “We will be particularly pleased to welcome back people who were married at St Mary Magdalene in years gone by and plan to present a bottle of bubbly to the longest married couple who attend the preview event on Thursday.”
So far we’ve heard from:
JOAN AND PATRICK IN BRUTON
“My husband and I were married at St Mary Magdalene in Taunton in 1967 – 48 years ago. It was a quiet wedding with about 50 guests. I worked at the National Provincial Bank, and we didn’t finish work until midday – so we had the ceremony at 1215 so my work friends could all be there.
My husband’s brother got married at St Mary Magdalelene 62 years ago!”
MIKE AND SYLVIE IN TAUNTON
“We were married at St Mary’s 47 years ago on 25 May 1968.”
A Festival of Flowers – In Celebration of Marriage.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton. 9th – 12th July
Flower Team busy at work
Work to stage the forthcoming Festival of Flowers at St Mary Magdalene church in Taunton is gathering pace.
Staging is now being erected and the flowers and willows will be arranged on Wednesday and Thursday in time for the Concert and Preview on Thursday evening (9th July).
Nationally known willow sculptors Serena de la Haye (creator of the Bridgwater Willow man), Nicky Heal and Fon Cosens have all provided works based on the Festival theme of Marriage.
A Chelsea Gold Medal winner is among the teams and individual floral artists now setting to work, building to a climax in time for the Festival Concert and Preview on Thursday evening.
Miles Quick, Director of Music with Gregory Steward and John Bodiley
The concert will be based around the theme of Marriage with musical items often associated with weddings. Miles Quick, the Director of Music, says, “There will be choral pieces sung by the choir, vocal solos by the Soprano Josie Cresswell and the tenor Gregory Steward will be singing and playing the trumpet. We’ll also have celebratory organ pieces in addition to inspiring readings – the whole designed to complement the spectacular flower displays”.
Josie Cresswell, Soprano
Festival organiser Cheryl Birkett says, “We will be particularly pleased to welcome back people who were married at St Mary Magdalene in years gone by. We are already in touch with one couple who were married in the church in 1968 and plan to present a bottle of bubbly to the longest married couple who attend the preview event on Thursday.”
Tickets (£10) for the preview and concert are on sale from Magdalene’s bookshop in the church or at the door.
The festival itself will be open from 09.00 until 17.00 on Friday and Saturday and from 13.00 until 17.00 on Sunday.