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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.

Glebe House Demolition


The Glebe House

All being well, the Glebe House will begin to be demolished on 12th June with the new vicarage being completed around Christmas time. Don’t forgot the “Last Hoorah “ barbeque in the garden on 23rd July, our Patronal Festival Sunday.

Bullet and Bulletina


Our peregrines, Bullet and Bulletina have continued to attract interest from bird watchers. We now know the following information from expert Ed Drewitt:   JY (Bulletina) was ringed in Bath on the 26th May 2015 as a female. And JN  (Bullett) was ringed in Exeter on the 21st May 2015 as a male. This is very exciting as we have a pair of two ringed birds of known origin.”  Sadly we think there are no chicks. However, peregrines mate for life and these birds are very young. We have had an offer of a peregrine’s platform (a man made scrape would be more stable) and we are exploring a webcam for next year.


Trinity Sunday


Today is Trinity Sunday when we focus on the Christian understanding of the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The word Trinity does not appear in the Bible but the Early Church Fathers began to see that a Trinitarian understanding was the only way to make sense of what the disciples had experienced. The classic definition of The Trinity is:

God exists as three persons  but is one being, having a single divine nature. The members of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal, one in essence, nature, power, action, and will. As stated in the Athanasian Creed, the Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, and the Holy Spirit is uncreated, and all three are eternal without beginning. “The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” are not names for different parts of God, but one name for God because three persons exist in God as one entity. They cannot be separate from one another. Each person is understood as having the identical essence or nature, not merely similar natures.  Confused? Try reading this again slowly.

The Healing Service


This evening at 5.00pm we hold The Healing Service.  If you would like prayers for healing or know somebody who would  appreciate being prayed for, then do come along.



The Healing Service


Next Sunday, we have The Healing Service 5.00pm when we call upon the Holy Spirit to draw close and heal those who are sick or ill in body, mind and spirit. The service is open to all and is a powerful expression of God’s love for us. Do feel you can come for yourself or for somebody you love and care for.

Christian Aid Week Success!


“We now have the final total for CHRISTIAN AID WEEK, resulting from the Churchyard Bucket Collection, the one day’s takings from the Coffee Shop, and the envelope donations.  Together they have amounted to £1,631.84!!  what a fantastic result!  This great effort illustrates how the family at St. Mary’s really does care for those suffering from this current Humanitarian crises.  As your Representative, I can only say how proud I am of your response and offer you a most sincere “thank you” to you all from Christian Aid.”

Ronnie King

Chapel Stewards Volunteers Needed


Musgrove Park Hospital holds a chapel service on Sundays at 10.30am.  We are seeking volunteer Chapel Stewards once per month to support our patients during the service, on a rota basis.  For further information contact the chaplaincy team on 01823 342515 or email



The Peregrine watchers have had a very busy week photographing our pair of falcons.  The birds have been very active and their distinct “Kak Kak” call can be heard. Last week I asked if we could name the birds and Aston and Martin suggested “Bullet” for the tiercel (male) and “Bulletina” for the falcon (female). We are not sure if they have chicks but if they have they are known as eyases and have disproportionally large feet. The carillon and bells have been rung this week and do not seem to be affecting them. Both birds are tagged and we have reported their existence to the Hawk and Owl Trust.


The Peregrines Return


Some good news is the return of the peregrine falcons.  We believe a pair are making a scrape in the tower area at the point where the staircase finishes. Do look out for them. If they establish themselves, it will be good news, as they will help to control the numbers of feral pigeons and seagulls.  Perhaps we should name them –  any ideas?

Church Weekend Away at Buckfast Abbey



Leaflets for our weekend away are available at the back of church. Bishop Peter and his wife Jane are joining us and it will be a great time of fellowship, relaxation and deepening our faith.  Up to 37 people have already signed up so please do come and join us, we would love to see you there.

St John’s News


St John’s News

Sunday 4th June—the licensing of Revd Julia French by the Archdeacon of Taunton at 4pm during Sung Evensong. This service will be followed by Benediction and preceded by tea and cake.

Worship@5 – How does God repay the years the locusts have eaten?


WORSHIP@5 will take take place in St Mary’s on Sunday 18th June.  Dennis will be tackling the theme “How does God repay the years the locusts have eaten?”  Come and hear the practical ways in which God can do this in our lives.  Doors open at 4.30pm and the 45 minutes service starts at 5pm.