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Who’s Who

Revd Rod Corke : Vicar

Revd Rod Corke


I am originally from Norfolk where I trained as a teacher and met and married my wife Rita. We have three children, Hilary, Laura and Simon, and three grandchildren.

I trained for the ministry at St. John’s Nottingham before completing a curacy at Trimley St. Martin and St. Mary in Suffolk. I became Minister in Charge of St. Mary the Virgin Walton, and in 1995 this expanded to Team Rector of the Orwell Team Benefice.

Rita and I arrived at St. Mary Magdalene in 2005 and we have been made most welcome here. Ministering in the centre of Taunton is challenging, rewarding and we enjoy it so much!

Revd Dennis Cavaghan : Associate Priest

Revd Dennis Cavaghan

Associate Priest

I started life in Carlisle, though was brought up in Kensington, London. My working life began in farming back up in Cumbria, but in my later twenties I went to train for the ordained ministry at St John’s College, Nottingham. After a first curacy in Cheshire and a second at St Andrew’s Plymouth I became vicar of two parishes on the Exe Estuary, and then vicar of a parish in Tiverton.

I was married and had five children, and now have a growing number of grandchildren. I have been in Taunton since 1993 and been Associate Priest at St Mary’s since 1998. Over many years I have chaired Taunton Churches Together and other initiatives within the town. In 2007 I married Susanne who has two sons.

I enjoy all the opportunities for ministry that St Mary’s affords.

Daphne Seddon : Reader

Daphne Seddon


I originally come from London.  On leaving school I trained as a teacher in Liverpool - specialising in French and Latin - later on teaching children with special needs.

I was married to Roger, a Chartered Accountant, until I was widowed in 1994. We had two daughters - Clare and Lucy, and I now have three grandchildren. We moved to Taunton in 1980 and became members of St. Mary Magdalene’s.

I trained for Reader Ministry in 1995 and was Licensed at Wells Cathedral in 1998. First serving at St Mary Magdalene’s, I have also spent time at All Saints, Halcon, a Benedictine monastery in India, Musgrove Park Hospital,Taunton and New Zealand as a Chaplain - now I am very happy to be back at St. Mary Magdalene’s.

Peter Roe : Reader

Peter Roe


I was born in Egypt of Missionary parents, but was educated mainly in the UK. I qualified as a Medical Practitioner in 1955 and, after a 3-year Short Service Commission in the RAF, I worked in various hospital posts (including 3 years in Dublin and 2 years in Uganda) before being appointed as a Consultant Physician at Musgrove Hospital, here in Taunton, in 1970.  I was Licensed as a Reader in the same year and also served as a Director of Somerset Care for 3 years in the early 1990's.

I met Margaret at University and we were married a year after graduating. We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Ronnie King : Reader

Ronnie King


I was born and bred in Brighton but later moved to the Midlands where I was admitted as a Reader by the then Bishop of Coventry, The Rt. Rev. Cuthbert Bardsley.  I joined Christian Aid as the Midlands Regional Supervisor and they in turn sent me to South East Asia on a fact finding mission.

From Christian Aid I became Head of Marketing and Appeals for Age Concern England.  Before retirement I worked as Director of Appeals and Marketing for The Mission to Seafarers in London.

I moved to Taunton in June 2012 and received the Bishop of Taunton's licence to officiate in January 2014.  I am married to Gillian and we have a daughter and a son both of whom are surgeons.  We also have four grandchildren.

Miles Quick : Director of Music

Miles Quick

Director of Music

I was born in Taunton and studied music at Durham University and the Royal Academy of Music. I then worked in London at Merchant Taylors’ School and Westminster Abbey, and then in Norfolk at Norwich School.  Returning to my roots in Somerset, I was Director of Music at Queen’s College from 2007 to 2014.

From September 2011 it has also been a great pleasure to work at St Mary Magdalene, and I now combine this work with the post of Head of Congregational and Instrumental Music for the Royal School of Church Music.  I hope that with God’s help we can all catch a glimpse of Heaven through being united in praise and worship with the angels in the roof!

If you might be interested in singing in our choirs (adult or junior) or playing an instrument in worship, please do contact the Church Office on 01823 272441, speak to me after a service or email at for further details.

Valerie Gaskell : Church Warden

Valerie Gaskell

Church Warden

Jean Hall : Church Warden

Jean Hall

Church Warden

Marlène Phillips : Church Warden

Marlène Phillips

Church Warden

Nigel Birkett : Hon. Treasurer

Nigel Birkett

Hon. Treasurer

Margaret Laver : Parish & PCC Secretary

Margaret Laver

Parish & PCC Secretary

Derek Hicks : Facilities Co-Ordinator

Derek Hicks

Facilities Co-Ordinator

Geoff & Jan Hay : Safeguarding Officers

Geoff & Jan Hay

Safeguarding Officers

Dennis Cavaghan, Susanne Cavaghan and Richard Austin : Magazine & Website

Dennis Cavaghan, Susanne Cavaghan and Richard Austin

Magazine & Website

Nichola Johnson : Environmental Issues

Nichola Johnson

Environmental Issues

Tim Bowery : Caretaker & Health and Safety Officer

Tim Bowery

Caretaker & Health and Safety Officer