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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.

Our Bookshop

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Have you visited our Bookshop lately? It really is worth a look. The new books are selling well and we are so pleased with our linkup with Aslam Books. Why go anywhere else for greeting cards – our range has been updated and expanded.

The Magdalene Fayre

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“Yesterday, we enjoyed the Magdalene Fayre. As I am writing this on Friday I cannot give a detailed report except to say the forecast looks good and lots of items for sale have come in. I would like to thank the team who have helped arrange the Magdalene Fayre. I will give a full report next week and include the amount raised. Meanwhile, here are some photos from the day.”

Revd Rod Corke

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Bell Foundry

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The casting of the new tenor, sharp 9th and flat 6th took place on 23rd June in front of a coach load of folk from Taunton.

BELL FOUNDRY – the photograph shows molten metal being poured into our new tenor bell – The Somerset Bell – with the first coach party looking on.  The party that went yesterday saw this newly cast bell and also watched four other bells being cast.  There are two more trips arranged to the Foundry, 4th and 25th August when there is the opportunity to see the bells already cast and even more bells being cast.  A few places have become available.  If you feel you would like to go please contact Margaret Laver.  There is a coach available and the cost is £25 per person.

Organ Appeal

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“Today I can give some news on our organ appeal. We have received the final amount from the generous  legacy of Pat Broach who loved the musical tradition at St Mary’s and was keen for Father Willis to be repaired. The legacy and the monies raised so far now total an encouraging £137,000. Miles is working hard to get estimates and we still have a way to go. Please consider sponsoring a pipe. Miles has arranged a visit to Michael Farley’s organ workshop in Colaton Raleigh (near Sidmouth) on August 24th. We would be delighted if you would like to come along.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Shoebox Appeal

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Several folk volunteered to organise the Shoebox Appeal but the first to offer were Martin and Ashton. More about this will be said soon, but for now … find a shoebox and get ready to fill it!

Time Capsule

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Once again, Rosemary Berry will be here after the 10am service collecting signatures for the Time Capsule which is to be put in the tower.  There will be a cost of £2 for each name and comment written into a special book containing acid free, archival paper.

Parking

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VOLUNTEERING AND NOWHERE TO PARK?

Please park in Canon Street car park and show your receipt to the Office for reimbursement.

Worship@5 – Why does God allow Suffering?

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Rod will be leading on the theme “Why does God allow suffering?”

We start at 5pm but the doors are open from 4.30pm and you’re welcome to come for coffee, tea and biscuits.

Magdalene Fayre & Tower Tour

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Our Magdalene Fayre is on Saturday 23rd July and we are open to offers of help, items to sell and raffle prizes. We also need many more bottles and cans for the Tombola; cakes and preserves too. Please bring them into church and leave them in the North East pews.  The organising team has worked very hard and we hope and pray that all will run smoothly.

The tower is open and the bell ringing team will be organising trips to the top. Often being able to go up the tower attracts folk in who wouldn’t otherwise enter St Mary’s so please promote this among your friends and neighbours.

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Thanksgiving & Naming

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“The last Church Family Service included a Thanksgiving and Naming, and I have been asked by several people why the children were not baptised. The reason is that for some families, they do not want the commitment that baptism entails and would prefer their children to make up their minds about faith when they are older. This is an honest approach that we should support. Giving thanks to God for the birth of a child is very special and I hope we have other families who wish to take this step.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Thank You

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Shirley and Nigel Farrington wish to extend our appreciation to all involved in making our son Adam’s marriage to Rachel a very special occasion. Special thanks to our friends including those from St Mary’s and St John’s; the Churchwardens and Assistants; our friend and Vicar, Rod; the flower team; and to Miles Quick and the choir, including soloist Izzy Evans and trumpeter Stuart Paul. Saturday was a very memorable occasion. Thank you so very much.

Signature Kilve Event

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Last Sunday afternoon, we ventured to Kilve for a church afternoon together. It did rain a bit but it was warm too and we were able to eat our picnics in the dry. Margaret produced a wonderful cream tea for us and we said Evensong in the peace and quiet of Kilve Church. It was delightful! This picnic was a Signature event – open to all. The next Signature event on the 15th September is a trip to The Kia-ora Farm and Gardens, Cullompton which comprises nearly 15 acres of extensively planted gardens and lakes.