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.
If you wish to sign the card for Rod and Rita, it is available in the Book Shop.
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.
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 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.
“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
Next Thursday, at the Cricket Club, Counsellor Catherine Herbert will be made Mayor of Taunton Deane. At the same time, Ronnie King will be made Mayor’s Chaplain. Ronnie will have a key role in the Civic Communion service which will be at St Mary Magdalene’s on 20th May at 10.00am and also at Remembrance and many other civic encounters during the mayoral year. Please remember Catherine and Ronnie in your prayers.
“I am 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” and is run by Somerset Community Connect. If you want some information – here is the place to start.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
New screens will be arriving this week for the children’s corner to freshen up that area. Watch out for the change!
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING AND THE ELECTION OF CHURCHWARDENS
Our APCM is on Sunday 29th April at 11.45am, when we will be electing Church Wardens and PCC members. We will be considering the annual report and there will be an update on the Mission Action Plan. Do come along and hear all that has gone on at St Mary’s and our future plans. We are entering a time of transition and change.
There is much activity on the vicarage ‘fronts’.
In Taunton, the vicarage being built in the garden is nearing completion with the target date being the middle of June. The roof is on and the inside now needs to be finished. This will be a wonderful warm and secure home for the new vicar. The office is almost ready to move into. It just needs the electrics and heating to be finished off. It is approximately 16 feet square and again facilities have been provided. The new building will be called the Benefice Office.
Meanwhile, at Great Malvern, the Diocese of Worcester have excelled themselves in renovating the vicarage there. They have put in new windows, carpets and redecorated for us. The study has now been ‘isolated’ from the private part of the house and has its own facilities.
Both here and at Great Malvern, the work is on schedule and the tradesmen have worked very hard.
ITV’s West Country News came to St Mary Magdalene church yesterday to record a short piece about bell ringing in connection with the centenary of the end of WW1 in which 1400 bell ringers died. You may have seen it on the local news, but if not this link will take you there: