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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.

Nik’s Farewell


Thank you to all who have expressed how much they will miss Nik. A farewell tea and cake has been arranged for Saturday 10th August at 12.00 noon and everyone is welcome.

If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift please see the Church wardens or hand in a gift at the Church Office.

We have already advertised for a replacement but if you know anyone who would be interested in varied employment for 30 hours a week then contact the Parish Office.

Welcome Prince George


We are all thrilled that Prince George, our future king, has arrived safely. Congratulations to his parents William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton


On Sunday 21st July, we welcome the Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton, who will preach and celebrate at the 10.00am service.

We are looking forward to his message to us which you will be able to hear on our Sermons page.

Bishop Peter will be delighted to speak with you after the service.

Farewell Nik


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It is with regret that the PCC have had to accept the resignation of our hard working and able caretaker, Nik. He will be leaving us on Saturday, 10th August. Nik to take up full time employment.

We wish him well and are planning a farewell for him at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 10th August to thank him for all he has done for us. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to come.

Nik and his family will remain members of our congregation, and he will continue on the PCC and be our Health and Safety Officer.

There will be a collection for Nik and if you would like to contribute, please either give it to one of the wardens or take it into the Parish Office.

Digital Organ Secured


You will be pleased to hear that we have secured a temporary digital organ for use as back up and during the renovation of the Father Willis.

We have a problem with where to place it and the only solution seems to be on the right hand side, as you face the altar, between the choir stalls and the high altar.

Hopefully the access to St. Andrew’s chapel will not be affected.

New Sound System


The PCC have also approved a new sound system for the church. The current one is failing fast.

Soon, new speakers will appear on the pillars and these are designed to blend into the stone work.

Hopefully this work will be completed in September.

Race for Life 2013

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Thank you!

“Diana Fletcher and I would like to thank all of you who supported us last Sunday, both with prayer and sponsorship.

Together with 2,400 women of all ages we completed the 5k course and Diana and I have raised in excess of £400 for Cancer research in memory of Paula.

A truly wonderful result.

Thank you.”

Jean Lee

DCYC Needs Your Help


Are you free on Friday 26th July, if so, we would love your help to prepare the campsite ready for over 400 children and leaders to use for DCYC (Devon Christian Youth Camps) this year!

Lots of help is required from putting up tents to stocking up the kitchen to washing the toilets so any help is gratefully received!

Please arrive at the campsite anytime from 10am onwards, and bring a packed lunch, a cooked evening meal is provided!

Bookshop Volunteers Needed


Bookshop volunteers are urgently needed to cover the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month (9.30am – 12.30 pm) from beginning of August; generally to replace several volunteers who have passed away or are no longer able to help.

The church cannot remain open during weekday afternoons if there are insufficient volunteers.

Please help if you possibly can – contact Di or Mick Polley.

Race for Life 2013

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Diana and Jean in Race for Life 2013

“What an amazing occasion. 2,400 women of all ages, dressed in pink, gathered in Vivary Park on Sunday 14th July in tremendous heat in order to run, walk, dance or skip for 5 kilometres. Thousands of pounds will be raised in sponsorship money for Breast cancer research. As many of you reading this will know, our daughter in law, Paula, lost her battle with breast cancer on 25th March this year, and Diana Fletcher and I ran (well we walked) and raised money in her memory.

The atmosphere in the park was wonderful with joy, sadness and hope mixing. So many supporters cheered us on our way and our thanks go to you all who have supported us in prayer and fundraising.”

Jean Lee

St Andrew’s Chapel

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Victorian stencilling on the walls of St Andrew’s Chapel

The uplighters in St Andrew’s Chapel have been fitted and the work is now complete.

With the uplighters now shinning on the colourful walls and ceiling, it is so much better, illuminating the Victorian stencilling and embellished ceiling that were hidden in shadows before.

Embellished ceiling in St Andrew's Chapel

Embellished ceiling in St Andrew’s Chapel