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A Festival of Flowers – In Celebration of Marriage.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton  9th – 12th July


“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.

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.

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

Cheryl Birkett

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“The success of this weekend will be determined in part by how many people we can reach to come into our beautiful church and to see the beauty of God’s creation displayed in flowers. This is where YOU can help. Do invite your friends and neighbours to come. So many people live in Taunton and never step into St Mary Magdalene. This is a great opportunity to welcome them.”


New Bishop of Taunton


“We are delighted too that the Ven Ruth Worsley is to be consecrated Bishop and will be the new Bishop of Taunton. Rita and I know Ruth and her husband well. Howard Worsley trained with me at St John’s , Nottingham and Ruth began exploring her calling whilst we were there. Nigel and I hope to go to her consecration in London in September. Please pray for Ruth as she prepares for this important role.”




“I continue to receive such wonderful reports about the Parish Weekend at Ammerdown. Clearly, much fun was had. The Ven Nicola Sullivan’s teaching was really welcomed and everyone I have spoken to has commented on how well the weekend was organised.

I would like to express again my thanks to Shelia and her organising team who made the weekend possible.

We hope to invite Nicola to preach at St Mary Magdalene soon.”


Concert Season


THE CONCERT SEASON IS UPON US and we are going to be busy!

  • Help with refreshments is needed for July 21st when Orchestra West with soloist Elizabeth Watts will be performing a glorious programme including Finzi’s Dies Natalis. This is part of TAUNTON LIVE 2015 and full details are available in the leaflets and flyers at the back of church.

  • The Cologne Chamber Orchestra will be returning on August 22nd, giving us a sparkling programme of works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Paganini.

If you are able to help with refreshments and/or help with putting the church back together again afterwards for either of these concerts, please contact Kate via the office. Many thanks.

Afternoon Concerts


Last Saturday afternoon, Miles had organised the first of a series of afternoon concerts with light refreshments. We enjoyed an accomplished lute player and vocalist singing and playing beautifully.

The next concert is Tom Salmon (organ) and Tim Bayton (euphonium) playing together on 18th July at 3.00pm.

Do come along.

Free admission.

Needles and Natter Yarnbomb


 Knitting/Crochet Challenge!

Crochet-sewing-tools-109321-s“We have been invited to decorate with yarn or yarnbomb (which is a form of decorating with knitting and crochet work) the railings and trees around St Mary Magdalene as part of the Taunton Live 2015 Summer Festival (celebrating the performing and creative arts) which will take place between 18th and 25th July.

The Needles and Natter group have discussed this and we thought we could make bunting by making rectangular pieces of knitting or crochet using liturgical colours i.e. Green, Red, Purple and White.  After the project is over, we will recycle these rectangles by making them into blankets.

So if you have some spare time between now and the beginning of July and like to knit or crochet, either come and join us at our Needles and Natter Group – 2nd Wednesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:30pm in church, or make them in your home.  Instruction sheets can be found at the back of church in a basket labelled “Banner Instructions”.

Please bring completed rectangles into church and put in the appropriate box which will be kept in the Book Shop.

If you want to find out more about this talk to Lorna Havard, Daphne Seddon, Shirley Farrington, Anita Kingscott, Jan Hay or me.”

Revd Sheila Murray

A Towering Influence


St-Mary-Book-front-Cover-2015_miniThe 2nd edition of Dennis Cavaghan’s book is now in print and on sale in the book shop for £6.

In 60 pages, the history of St Mary’s is covered from 700AD until today.

Buy a copy for yourself or as a gift for someone else.