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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.

New Speakers


You will have noticed the new speakers on the pillars. This is the new audio system and, when it is working, it is hoped that the sound from the microphones will be spread more uniformly over the church. It is likely to be ready for use next week.

During the week further cables will need to be installed so, if you visit, please be aware that trapdoors may be open in the floor of the Church.

Mulberry picking at the Vicarage


The mulberries have been well picked but there are plenty more as they are ripening all the time. I have just enjoyed my first mulberry crumble of the new season.

It was delicious!

Do come in the mornings to pick and check in with Margaret or Kate.



Since it was started the people at the Foodbank have collected and sorted over 12 tonnes of food to the value of £20,000.

Your very generous donations continue to be most welcome, and really fill a need at this difficult time.

Credit Union Call for Savers



Somerset Savings and Loans, the credit union for the county, has seen a massive increase in business since the Archbishop of Canterbury declared that people should turn to credit unions for short term borrowing.

But, although the comments have been welcomed, the organisation says the credit union system can only work if savers as well as borrowers use the service.

Paul Urch, Treasurer of Somerset Savings and Loans said: “We have seen demand soar since the Archbishop of Canterbury made his statement. His offer that the church would throw open the doors of church halls and buildings so that credit unions fully engage with communities is very helpful.

“In Somerset we have identified a further £100,000 of potential loans since the Archbishop of Canterbury made his statement but the credit union movement cannot be seen as a the single answer to the problems of doorstep lenders and payday loans.

“We must not lose sight of the true identity of credit unions as a financial co-operative operating for its members and providing an ethical savings opportunity for members funded by interest secured by sound and affordable lending to members.

“We need the support of the community, including local businesses and those who support the Archbishop of Canterbury in his statements. Savers are needed to help us expand our resource and to provide the financial strength for us to provide loans.”

There has been unprecedented interest in Somerset-based Somerset Savings and Loans in the last few weeks, coinciding with the statements by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Credit Union is a co-operative organisation where all money is invested locally, keeping money circulating within the local economy. At people can join online and learn more about the loans, savings accounts and other credit union services. Or they can contact someone about their savings or borrowing needs on 01275 390649.

As a Credit Union Somerset Savings and Loans is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It is also a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Ombudsman schemes.

Together Magazine Archive


We are in the process of ensuring that our archive is complete but we are missing the following copies: 2009: May, September and November; 2010: November.

Please can you help by providing any of these.

Thank you.



The Coffee Shop will be supporting Christian Aid this week. Our Christian Aid all-day coffee shop event takes place on 14 May with lots of cupcakes and balloons! 

Newlyweds – Nick and Claire

1-Wedding - Nick and Claire by doors


On August 3rd Nick Mort and Claire Daw, both members of our church, were married and we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of celebration. Claire looked beautiful in a stunning gown and Nick was smartly dressed and very calm.

Lots of the Church family came to support them.

Nick and Claire would like to say a big THANK YOU for all the cards and presents they have received and also for the many members of the congregation who attended their wedding.  Those who stayed after the 10:00 am service today were fortunate to enjoy a piece of their wedding cake which was given in appreciation for all the good wishes they received.

We wish them both every happiness.

Farewell Nik


Nik has now left us to begin his new job and we are really grateful for all he has done for us. (A report will follow on the tea and cake we enjoyed with him.)

We are hopeful of appointing a replacement soon, but, until we do, a lot more work falls upon the Church Wardens and Church Warden Assistants.

Please help by ensuring that you do not leave anything in the church that shouldn’t be there.


Vacancy – StMM Caretaker


Here at St Mary’s we are currently looking for a caretaker.  If you are interested please take a look at the job description below.  For any queries or if you need further information you can contact the Parish Office on 01823 272441.

If however you wish to apply, please send in a handwritten application addressed to: Job Vacancy, St Mary Magdalene, Parish Office, Church Square, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SA.

Mulberry Picking at the Vicarage

Over 500 years old, our listed mulberry tree at the Vicarage

Over 500 years old, our listed mulberry tree at the Vicarage

Lots of folk have come to pick the mulberries this week but the crop is huge and there are plenty more ripening all the time.

If you are able to bring them along, a small set of steps would help with the picking. Simply come to the Vicarage, on the mornings of Tuesday to Friday between 10.00 and 12.00 and just make yourself known to whoever is in the office.

New Speakers


On 12th August work will begin on our Sound System.  The large speakers that have hung high up for over twenty years will be removed, and replaced by head-level speakers affixed to the pillars of the church.  This has been made possible by the securing at a vastly reduced cost since they were from another church’s cancelled order.  We anticipate that we shall soon be able to hear everything far more clearly and with greater satisfaction.


Harvest Festival


Harvest Festival this year will be on Sunday 6th October. The church will be decorated beautifully and we will have a Family Communion Service on that day.

Following this service, rather than a Harvest Supper, we will have a bring and share Harvest Lunch which will begin at noon.  We hope lots of folk will stay and share a meal together.

It is too early yet for a sign up list, but look out for it soon.