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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.

Macular Society Volunteers Wanted

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THE MACULAR SOCIETY is recruiting volunteers in this area to act as daily living champions to support people with this sight-loss condition. Local training will start on July 22nd and all expenses will be paid. For further information please contact the Macular Society on 01308 425914 or email at clive.whalley@macularsociety.org. Thank you.

‘A Festival of Flowers’

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The Festival began  in style. Our Director of Music Miles Quick organised a concert, helped by John Bodley, that included readings by Christine Winter, Gregory Steward playing the trumpet, and Josie Cresswell singing solo, all supported by St Mary Magdalene Choir.

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It has been a great success with many visitors passing through. The Flower Team, led by Cheryl Birkett and Anne Chidgey have raised over £3000 to cover costs. The costs were further reduced by the generosity of a major flower supplier and many have helped with their professional guidance without charge.

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The willow exhibits which add considerably to the flower structures were generously provided by Coates English Willow, Fon Cosens and Nicky Heal. Our grateful thanks go out today to all who have worked so hard.

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Mr Patrick and Mrs Joan Williams, who were married here 47 years ago were presented with a bottle of champagne.

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Wedding Bells

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Weddings are in the air and the Festival celebrates the wonderful sacrament of marriage.

Don’t miss the wicker bells lifted high in the tower area! Do take your time to look at every display. As you do, remember the words of St Paul: “Love is patient, love is kind. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” 1 Cor. 13.

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Concert Season

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THE CONCERT SEASON IS UPON US and we are going to be busy!

Help is needed for July 21st and August 22nd . If you are able to help with refreshments and/or putting the church back together again afterwards for either of these concerts, please contact Kate via the office.

Many thanks.

Yarn Bomb

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“HUGE THANKS to all those who have made woollen rectangles so we can yarn bomb our church yard and special thanks to Bee Kay for making them into bunting for us. The railings will be decorated at the end of this week, look out for our liturgical coloured decorations!”

Sheila

Champagne for St Mary’s Longest Married Couple

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A Festival of Flowers – In Celebration of Marriage.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton  9th – 12th July

Festival organiser Cheryl Birkett says, “We will be particularly pleased to welcome back people who were married at St Mary Magdalene in years gone by and plan to present a bottle of bubbly to the longest married couple who attend the preview event on Thursday.”

So far we’ve heard from:

JOAN AND PATRICK IN BRUTON

“My husband and I were married at St Mary Magdalene in Taunton in 1967 – 48 years ago. It  was a quiet wedding with about 50 guests. I worked at the National Provincial Bank, and we didn’t finish work until midday – so we had the ceremony at 1215 so my work friends could all be there.

My husband’s brother got married at St Mary Magdalelene 62 years ago!”


MIKE AND SYLVIE IN TAUNTON

“We were married at St Mary’s 47 years ago on 25 May 1968.”

‘A Festival of Flowers’ Unfolds

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A Festival of Flowers – In Celebration of Marriage.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton.  9th – 12th July

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Flower Team busy at work

Work to stage the forthcoming  Festival of Flowers at St Mary Magdalene church in Taunton is gathering pace.

Staging is now being erected and the flowers and willows will be arranged on Wednesday and Thursday in time for the Concert and Preview on Thursday evening (9th July).

Nationally known willow sculptors Serena de la Haye (creator of the Bridgwater Willow man), Nicky Heal and Fon Cosens have all provided works based on the Festival  theme of Marriage.

A Chelsea Gold Medal winner is among  the teams and individual floral artists now setting to work, building to a climax in time for the Festival Concert and Preview on Thursday evening.

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Miles Quick, Director of Music with Gregory Steward and John Bodiley

The concert will be based around the theme of Marriage with musical items often associated with weddings.  Miles Quick, the Director of Music, says, “There will be choral pieces sung by the choir, vocal solos by the Soprano Josie Cresswell and  the tenor Gregory Steward  will be singing and playing the trumpet.  We’ll also have celebratory organ pieces in addition to inspiring readings – the whole designed to complement the spectacular flower displays”.

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Josie Cresswell, Soprano

Festival organiser Cheryl Birkett says, “We will be particularly pleased to welcome back people who were married at St Mary Magdalene in years gone by.  We are already in touch with one couple who were married in the church in 1968 and plan to present a bottle of bubbly to the longest married couple who attend the preview event on Thursday.”

Tickets (£10) for the preview and concert are on sale from Magdalene’s bookshop in the church or at the door.

The festival itself will be open from 09.00 until 17.00 on Friday and Saturday and from 13.00 until 17.00 on Sunday.

Flower Festival

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A Festival of Flowers – In Celebration of Marriage.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton  9th – 12th July

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“It has been six years since the flower team organised a flower festival at St Mary Magdalene Church. If you were here then you will remember that it coincided with the 700th anniversary of the founding of the church. The designs spoke of the way the church had borne witness over the centuries, standing beside the people of Taunton during times of great sadness and great joy.

It is one of those times of joy that we are going to explore in word and floral design. Rev. Corke suggested that as we have so many weddings at St Mary Magdalene Church it would be a good time to link a festival with this theme. There will be many expressions of the actual wording from the marriage service and opportunities to think about the place that our bells and organ have for so many of our couples.

Living as we do so close to the willow growing area around the Somerset levels we are collaborating with several willow growers and weavers, most particularly Coates English Willow, so do look out for the bells, sculpted figures and wedding rings.

It seems most appropriate therefore that the money raised will go to the Bell Appeal and the Organ Renovation Appeal.”

Cheryl Birkett

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“The success of this weekend will be determined in part by how many people we can reach to come into our beautiful church and to see the beauty of God’s creation displayed in flowers. This is where YOU can help. Do invite your friends and neighbours to come. So many people live in Taunton and never step into St Mary Magdalene. This is a great opportunity to welcome them.”

Rod

New Bishop of Taunton

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“We are delighted too that the Ven Ruth Worsley is to be consecrated Bishop and will be the new Bishop of Taunton. Rita and I know Ruth and her husband well. Howard Worsley trained with me at St John’s , Nottingham and Ruth began exploring her calling whilst we were there. Nigel and I hope to go to her consecration in London in September. Please pray for Ruth as she prepares for this important role.”

Rod

Ammerdown

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“I continue to receive such wonderful reports about the Parish Weekend at Ammerdown. Clearly, much fun was had. The Ven Nicola Sullivan’s teaching was really welcomed and everyone I have spoken to has commented on how well the weekend was organised.

I would like to express again my thanks to Shelia and her organising team who made the weekend possible.

We hope to invite Nicola to preach at St Mary Magdalene soon.”

Rod

Concert Season

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THE CONCERT SEASON IS UPON US and we are going to be busy!

  • Help with refreshments is needed for July 21st when Orchestra West with soloist Elizabeth Watts will be performing a glorious programme including Finzi’s Dies Natalis. This is part of TAUNTON LIVE 2015 and full details are available in the leaflets and flyers at the back of church.

  • The Cologne Chamber Orchestra will be returning on August 22nd, giving us a sparkling programme of works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Paganini.

If you are able to help with refreshments and/or help with putting the church back together again afterwards for either of these concerts, please contact Kate via the office. Many thanks.

Afternoon Concerts

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Last Saturday afternoon, Miles had organised the first of a series of afternoon concerts with light refreshments. We enjoyed an accomplished lute player and vocalist singing and playing beautifully.

The next concert is Tom Salmon (organ) and Tim Bayton (euphonium) playing together on 18th July at 3.00pm.

Do come along.

Free admission.