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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.

Midsummer Concert – 7 July at 7.30pm


We are looking forward to the Midsummer Concert on Sunday 7th July at 7.30pm.

Music: will include Puccini’s La Bohème: Chegelida manina; Si. Mi chiamano Mimi; O soave fanciulla; Chilcott: A Little Jazz Mass; Granados: Andaluza. Singers: Naomi Harvey Soprano, Stephen Crook Tenor, Amy Carson Soprano, Josie Creswell Soprano, Musicians: Lynn Carter Oboe, Andrew Carter Piano and Organ, Mary Carson Violin, Ian Carson Piano, Mike Wager Piano, The Choir of St Mary Magdalene Church; Miles Quick Conductor.

Tickets £8 available in advance from the Bookshop, or at the door on the night.

Proceeds will go to the organ appeal.

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Lunchtime Concert – Soprano Josephine Cresswell


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FRIDAY 5th JULY LUNCHTIME CONCERT 1.00pm Josephine Cresswell (soprano) and John Young (piano), here at St Mary Magdalene.

Josie has been a chorister here since the age of 6, and head chorister for the last 5 years.

She continues her singing studies this September at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of the organ renovation appeal.

St Mary’s Bells at Nynehead


A very big thank you to everyone who supported the Cream Tea at Nynehead Court last Saturday. Your support was really appreciated.

The event raised nearly £400 for the Bell Fund.

Lighting in St Andrew’s Chapel


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“I am delighted to announce the completion of the lighting of St. Andrew’s Chapel. It makes a great difference to clergy leading the worship in the chapel that there is now directed light on to the altar. Also the spot lights no longer shine in our eyes. They are now pointed upwards to show up the art work and Christian symbols on the ceiling. In a few weeks, the spotlight bulbs will be replaced with energy efficient ones. We have noticed already a financial saving with the energy efficient lights in the main part of the church. St Andrew’s Chapel was formed 100 years ago last year – I am sure the founders would be delighted to see how attractive it looks and that it is still very well used for services and as a quiet spot for personal prayer.”


Use your Talents


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Last week a challenge was given to take a free £10 and use it to make a profit for the Organ Fund.

We have already heard of several enterprising projects and we look forward to the results. If you missed this, and would like to take part, do see Mick Polley.



Join up – It’s good for the soul.

The Courage to Sing Choir is for anyone who wants and loves to sing and have fun doing it. You don’t need to be able to read music, hold a tune or keep rhythm. The terrified and tone-deaf are welcome! There’s no audition and you won’t be put on the spot. You will find yourself in a group with people who, perhaps like you, have fears about singing or think they are no good at it. The emphasis is on fun, lifting our spirits and singing our hearts out, for the love of it! We will be singing Pop and Rock, also Gospel, Soul, World, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Folk Choir styles.

Additional benefits are improved health, an increase in self-confidence, and greater presence in all aspects of life.

Day: Thursday Evenings

Time: 7.00-8.30pm

Where: St James Church Hall, St James Street, Taunton, TA1 1JS

Dates: Start date for Spring Term April 18.

Contact: Lorrayn de Peyer

Who it is for: The Taunton choir is for anybody and everybody who loves to sing

Turn up and have a free taster to see if you like it.

Organ Recital at St John’s


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Sunday 30th June at St John’s at  3.00pm

Miles Quick, our Director of Music, is giving an organ recital at St John’s Church.

Refreshments in the hall afterwards.

Use Your Talents




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Remember this Sunday that we are handing out £10 notes!. Yes, entirely free. The catch is, however, that when you hand it back in due course you will be adding more £10 notes to it, because you will have been supremely inventive in using the cash to make more cash. See the separate leaflet at back of church for more details.

“Vicar gives out £550, receives back nearly £10,000!” You may have seen the story in the national press earlier this year: Revd Richard Steel of St John’s, Kirkheaton made very effective use of the Parable of the Talents to generate funds for the renovation of his church. Their target is £448,000; our Father Willis organ needs under half that amount – £200,000 – and your ingenuity can help us to reach it. The Kirkheaton congregation built bird-boxes, decorated wooden trinket boxes and cord-pulls, made chocolate truffles, produced a recipe book, created original artworks and home-made cards, bought and sold on eBay, plus presumably many other ideas which the papers didn’t record, and there’s every reason to believe that our congregation is just as inventive. You undoubtedly have hidden and not-so-hidden talents, and we’d love you to put them to this very practical purpose.


Summer Stall – Toys & Tombola



This will be run by Tekna, and they are seeking donations of toys.

There will also be a Tombola. Thank you to everyone who donated bottles for the Tombola Stall on 1st June. It was a great success. Of course, more bottles will be needed for the 29th but they do not have to be expensive – any bottle will do. Donations should be put in the usual pews.

StMM Bellringers at Nynehead Court


On Saturday 22nd June, in support of the Bells of St Mary’s Bell Project, our  bellringers are going to be at Nynehead Court for a fun…, fun…, fund-raising time.  Cream teas, a raffle and all that Nynehead Court has to offer.

The Project plan is to melt down and recast all fifteen bells, to re-hang them in a lower chamber, and to replace the old carillon system.

The Project goal is to provide St Mary’s with a tuneful ring of bells on which the younger generation can learn to ring and a Carillon which will serve St Mary’s church and Taunton for many generations to come.

To learn more about this Project there is a leaflet available or go to our web site but in the meantime join us at Nynehead Court.  Bells start ringing at 2:30pm!

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Cancer Care


We are currently looking for volunteers for our service in your areas. Somerset Cancer Care provides support to those affected by cancer in your community through informal support groups. We are looking for volunteers who are 18 and over for the following – meet, greet and refreshment volunteers; listening volunteers; volunteer therapists. We have these roles in both Taunton and Minehead. All volunteers receive full training so do not have to have any experience. For more information they will need to contact Natalie Brady.

 Natalie Brady

Somerset Cancer Care Macmillan Area Co-ordinator





1-IMG_3242 - cropped-001_miniHere is one of the stunning floral displays produced by the gifted flower team of St Mary’s.

How fortunate we are!