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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.

Magdalene Fayre – 21st July


MAGDALENE FAYRE -21st July  – We need items for raffle prizes and also for the following stalls: plants and tools, cakes and preserves, puzzles and games, handbags, jewellery, toys, crafts, glass and china, white elephant and the tombola.

Storage is available for certain items but must be arranged with Nik the caretaker first.

Plants and cakes should not brought until the actual day or the day before the Fayre.


PCC Awayday



(The PCC Awayday – Saturday, 26 May, 2012)

“And Jesus said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place…” (St. Mark: Ch. 6, v 31)”

It was in the spirit of Jesus’ invitation to his disciples that, on a hot and cloudless Saturday in May, members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) made the short journey from Taunton to a winding and hedged Devon lane, just a couple of miles from the Tiverton junction of the M5.  Their destination was the sixteenth century Rockwell Manor Farm, home to Mill House Retreats, where the annual PCC Awayday was to take place.

The entrance to the farm stands on a bend in the lane and the crunch of tyres on courtyard  gravel emphasised the otherwise peaceful atmosphere of the setting.  The two-storey, timber framed building, partly thatched and partly slated, looked at its historic best in the May sunlight and stands on a site listed in the Doomsday Book.  A large garden and grounds at the rear completed the sense of space and sanctuary from the speeding traffic on the nearby motorway.

PCC members were welcomed by Revd. Jane Taylor, who manages Mill House Retreats and, coffee served, the day’s programme began with a short act of worship in an upstairs room with a beamed ceiling and low, medieval doorway, the focal point for the discussions and report-backs to come.


Invitation to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka, Zambia


We have been invited to go to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to help them celebrate their Golden Jubilee. The key date is 16th September when they will hold a special service.

This is an excellent opportunity to further the link, celebrate with our link partners and have a taste of Africa.

As things stand, this is an open invitation. They will host us for a week. You would then be able to stay on at your own expense if you wish to do so eg: travel to Victoria Falls,  a game reserve etc.

The cost of the flight is approximately £500-700 and we would book through the Diocese and travel as a party.

If you are interested, I need to know ASAP.


Pilgrimage to Florence


10th-16th OCTOBER Revd Jane Eastell is leading a pilgrimage to Florence to see the Fra Angelico frescoes.  There are still places if anyone is interested.

More information from the Parish Office.



Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Street Patry


QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE STREET PARTY Sunday 3rd June 12.00 noon in the Churchyard (in church if wet).

Our street party will take place after the 10am service as we celebrate her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary – 60 years on the throne.


Welcome to our new Website!


Welcome to our new website!  There are now many more pictures, sermons from past weeks can be listened to, videos of events can be looked at, and there is a weekly thought to read.

These and more make a visit well worthwhile.

Please send photos and items to for possible inclusion.

Our Pentecost Banner


Our Pentecost Banner

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire which came to rest on each one of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.”    Acts 2:1-4

In September 2005 the idea of creating a banner was conceived and the congregation were invited to submit designs in March 2006. It was a slow  process for the design team of four and it was not until November 2006 that  the final design was approved by the Worship Committee.


Foodbank Volunteers Needed


CAN YOU HELP?  Foodbank volunteers are needed to staff the Distribution Centre, collect food at supermarkets and pack boxes in the warehouse.


We are an Ecumenical group launching a Foodbank in Taunton under the guidance of The Trussell Trust,

There are volunteers’ meetings 31st May at The United Reformed Church, Paul Street 2.30pm or 7.00pm.


Contact Group for the Elderly


CONTACT GROUP FOR THE ELDERLY has launched in Taunton to brighten up monthly Sunday afternoons and tackle loneliness and social isolation among older  people.

Volunteers are needed to offer a regular and vital friendship link every month.

For information on becoming a volunteer or if you, or someone you know would like to join as a guest contact Helen Ker,   0117 960 9606


Michael Portillo and the Great Railway Journeys


On Tuesday, last week, we had some very special visitors. Michael Portillo and the film crew from the BBC’s “Great Railway Journeys” spent a morning with us.

For those who have seen the programme, Michael travels the country following an early travel guide written by Bradshaw. When Bradshaw came to Taunton, he was really impressed by our Church and wrote more on St. Mary’s than he did on some cites and cathedrals! Strangely he did not name it in the book and just gave the date when it was built (1508). Michael stood on the roof and felt the tower sway when the bells were rung. It is believed that this episode (and we feature in approximately half of it) will be broadcast in the first week of January on a Wednesday evening.  It will be very interesting to watch.

Rod Corke and Michael Portillo - May 22, 2012


Food Bank’s First Food Collection


The first supermarket food collection to supply food for Taunton Foodbank will be held in ASDA, Creech Barrow Road on Saturday 26 May 2012 from 10am to 5pm.

Taunton Foodbank hopes to open its distribution centre at the United Reformed Church, Paul Street, Taunton on Friday 6 July 2012 from 12.00 noon until 2pm. The distribution centre will then be open for two hours on Mondays and Fridays each week.

Food parcels will be provided to those who are in need on the receipt of a voucher which has been issued by a front line agency.