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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.

“Eat Taunton”


EAT TAUNTON food and drink festival takes place both in and around our Church, in Church Square and Hammett Street on Saturday 12th May, between 10am and 5pm.  It will be a very special day for the community that surrounds St Mary Magdalene.   The theme for the Festival is Healthy Eating and Local Produce and will include stalls and activities within the church, in the church grounds and down Hammett Street. We are expecting thousands of visitors.  Do feel you can come and join in the fun. There will be cooking demonstrations and a celebration of local produce.

For safety reasons Hammett Street, Church Square and Whirligig car park will be closed to all traffic from 9.30am to 5pm.  Access to the Church will therefore be on foot (or by Mobility Scooter).   For any further information please contact Jean (Hall).  Hope you all enjoy the day.

Tea & Coffee & Rumwell Flapjack!


Rod has asked for tea and coffee with Rumwell flapjack after the 8 a.m. service on 27th May, Trinity Sunday, to give him a chance to say goodbye to you all. Please make a special effort to stay for a few moments on this important occasion.



I have just taken all the knitted hats and bootees to the hospital and they tell me they need more hats than bootees at the moment.  I have put a collection of wool in the Bookshop blue box for anyone needing some.  Thank you.”


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – As a Church, we obtain and process a variety of personal information. Due to a change in regulation, the way we now obtain and store this information is changing.  On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force and will mean a few changes to the way we obtain, store and delete personal data. To ensure we comply, all those handling personal information will be contacted this week and will be asked to answer a small number of questions. This will help us to understand the landscape of our personal information and will help identify any actions we need to take to ensure compliance with the forthcoming Regulation.  If you receive an email asking such questions, please respond by the required deadline. An earlier response will help us move more quickly with this work. Thank you.

“Talking Cafe”


We are pleased to report that another new initiative has had a promising start. On Monday mornings, 10am –1pm, an advice team comes into our coffee shop for informal chats about issues ranging from health to finance, This is called “Talking Café”.  This is run by Somerset Community Connect. If you want some information – here is the place to start.




COACHES TO GREAT MALVERN PRIORY 24th June  There two coaches, Coach A and Coach B.  Please check to see which coach you are on. The cost is £18 per person.  Please pay at the bookshop or Parish Office.  Cheques to be made payable to St Mary Magdalene PCC.  The coach will leave St Mary’s at 1.45pm and Hankridge (behind Sainsburys) at 2.00pm.  If you are travelling by car please sign the other sheet at the back of church so they will know how many are coming.  Great Malvern is off Junction 7 of the M5 motorway and takes approximately one hour 50 minutes by car.

Farewell Collection for Rod


If you would like to contribute towards a farewell gift for Rod, whose last Sunday with us will be 27th May, donations can be left in the Parish Office, or with any of the churchwardens. Thank you.

Card for Rod & Rita


If you wish to sign the card for Rod and Rita, it is available in the Book Shop.


Bullet & Bulletina Update


(Photo courtesy Taunton Peregrine Project)

As you are aware, our peregrines, Bullet and Bulletina nested on a ledge and their egg rolled off.

The encouraging news is that Bulletina has spent much of the week in the bigger of the two nesting boxes.


Organ Faculty


We are delighted to report that the faculty has arrived for the organ repair and the contract will be signed very soon. We will then be in Michael Farley, the organ builder’s hands, regarding when the work will start. Well done everyone, this is a tremendous achievement.

We can now look forward to Father Willis making a full recovery with new leather lungs and heart to lift our worship to new heights.

Our ‘Father Willis’ Organ

Upcoming Services


Our trumpeter, will play again at two other services which are coming up in May. On 20th May we have a  civic service to welcome our new Mayor, Cllr Catherine Herbert and, hopefully he will be able to play at my final service on 27th May, Pentecost Sunday.  Do come.

Holy Land Tour


“I have just received details about a special Holy Land tour led by Philip Nowell– Smith. This is designed for those who are less mobile. It is £1795 per head (£375 single Room Supplement) More details can be found on a poster in the porch. It looks very interesting.”

Rod Corke, Vicar