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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.

Welcome Ronnie!


“Last Saturday afternoon, a group of us went to Wells Cathedral to welcome Bishop Ruth. This was part of the Readers’ Annual Service and Ronnie King was welcomed to the Diocese. It was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion.”



Congratulations Ronnie!

Shirley Mason – Celebration & Farewell Service


A Celebration & Farewell Service will be held here in church on November 7th at 12.00, followed by a Remembrance Party at Queens College. Dress code – colourful. All welcome, but an idea of numbers would be appreciated. (Please let Kate know via the office).

Any donations may be made in Shirley’s name to your own charity. If you would like, bring a photo to the Remembrance Party to add to the photo board.

Willing Hands


“Thanks too to those who helped repair the church path with an infilling of tarmac and to our caretaker, Tim, who has made a screen to hide an unattractive corner in the lower stairs area near the toilet block. I am also delighted to announce that eleven folk have agreed to bake cakes for the Coffee Shop. This will begin on November 1st.”


Thank You


Message from Nigel and Cheryl Birkett: We would like to thank all those at St Mary Magdalene’s who have given freely of their love and care during these last few weeks leading up to and following the death of Cheryl’s mother – Emily Bray. We have felt truly held, encircled and uplifted by your love. Thankyou.

Young People’s Confirmation Classes


These are held in church on Thursdays at 4.30pm, continuing on October 8th, 15th 29th (or November 5th).

The confirmation service is on 22nd October at 7pm at St John’s Staplegrove.  We will meet Bishop Ruth  when Ginny, Basil, Elle, Ashton, Morwenna and Ruth from our congregation will be confirmed.

Please come and support them if you can and pray for them as they take this important step.

Signature Event – Lunch at the Quantock Restaurant


HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET? No? Well, it’s not too late!

The next Signature Event is lunch at the Quantock Restaurant at SCAT on Thursday, 22nd October. We’ll meet there at 12.30pm where we can enjoy either a two course or three course meal.

For two courses, either a starter and mains or mains and pudding, the cost is £10, or, for three courses, £12. Sign the sheet at the back of the church (near the pigeon holes) and make your options at the same time. We always enjoy a good meal at the Restaurant and I’m sure this time won’t be any different! See you there!

2016 Calendars


The bellringers have published a very attractive calendar to raise money for the Bell Fund. It has room on it to make notes and is made up of photographs taken by the bellringers and members of the congregation. They are £5 each and are available in the bookshop.

Home Groups

  • Manna next meets on 1st October at 1.00pm as usual
  • John Lee’s Home Group will meet on 21st September at Fred and Rosemary’s
  • Agape continues to meet on first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2.15pm in the Upper Room. We are making good progress through the Letter to the Hebrews and would welcome newcomers.

The Somerset Bell


The Somerset Bell at over 40″ diameter is one of the new bells to be cast for St Mary Magdalene Church Tower and will represent all the people of Somerset.  The Somerset Coat of Arms will be cast into the bell together with the motto `Somorsaete Ealle’ meaning `All the people of Somerset’.

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‘Father Willis’ Organ Renovation Project


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For decades now the renovation of our magnificent Father Willis organ has been discussed. However because it has struggled on with being patched up from time to time, the day for refurbishment has been postponed again and again.

We are now in circumstances that require an urgent replacement of all leathers together with much more besides. This work is estimated to cost £196,000. This is an enormous sum and yet it will not reduce with time but increase.

If you would like to keep abreast of our progress or maybe even make a donation yourself, you can do so at our MyDonate page.

In this video, you can see and hear first hand what we are up against as our Director of Music, Miles Quick, valiantly puts our ‘Father Willis’ through his paces and explains all.

Consecration of The Ven Ruth Worsley


“On Tuesday, Nigel and I visited St Paul’s Cathedral for the consecration of the Ven. Ruth Worsley, as Bishop of Taunton. The service was enjoyable and celebratory, heralded by the Psalm Drummers. The drummers drummed at the beginning and the end and the sound carried all the way around the cathedral. Magnificent! Hopefully Bishop Ruth will visit us very soon. I will put the service booklet at the back of Church.”


Service of Collation of Cannons


Last week we collated Jenny and John as Canon’s of Lusaka Cathedral on behalf of Dean Fr Charley. Bishop David lead us and preached. Jenny and John reflected what a happy occasion it was.