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From Reverend David Sherwood - June 2010

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At the beginning of last year I wrote about the onset of the Credit Crunch and how that was impacting on the lives of those who had either lost their jobs or who were reliant upon the vagaries of the stock market for their income. But it has taken the best part of a year for us to really start to feel the effects of recession. Prices have crept slowly upwards until, in the last couple of months, we have had quite large bills for electricity, insurance, telephone and fuel costs landing on our doormats. As I write, we have the news that inflation is high and the new government's emergency budget will be full of major cuts to public spending, which will have a knock-on effect in all areas of our lives.

Church Room

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Now that the Cameo Club has moved to their new premises the Church Room is available for bookings on Monday and Thursdays. £8 per hr for private bookings eg parties; £5.50 pr hr regular bookings eg Scouts; £2 pr hr prep time. For further details please contact the booking secretary, Janice Bawler on 01823 680352 or email jbawler1947@hotmail.co.uk

From the Ringing Room at St Mary’s

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About 6 years ago we welcomed the first ringing bride to the ringing room. Tower captain Lin Holway and her daughter, Emily, rang together before Emily's wedding. Now we have had the first ringing bridegroom. Our latest learner Tim Barton only started to ring last autumn, and we were delighted that he had progressed enough to be able to ring for his daughters, Lydia's wedding.

From Reverend David Sherwood - April 2010

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Limbo. Now there's an interesting word. I don't mean the West Indian dance in which one bends backwards to passunder a low bar. Nor do I mean the theology of 'the abode of souls excluded from the presence of God, but not condemned to any other punishment' (which incidentally, is a theological opinion which I and many others in the Church do not support). No, I mean that 'intermediate state or condition of awaiting a decision', which is something we have all experienced at some time in our lives.

St Mary's Annual Meetings

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April 19th sees the two main annual meetings for St Marys.  The first is the "Annual Vestry Meeting" for all parishioners. This elects the churchwardens for the coming year. This is an ancient but still demanding role.

Palm Sunday at St Mary's

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Palm Sunday, March 28th, will be celebrated at the parish church with a Family Service at 11.15 am

A warm welcome is extended to those who would like to join the procession to the church, prior to the service, which will leave the parish hall at 11am

St Mary's Church Summer Fayre

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Saturday 10th July will see St Mary's Summer Fayre held in the Recreation Field 11am - 4pm. This year it will be a Musical Extravaganza featuring local bands and singers throughout the day with Apple AM (Taunton Hospital Radio) providing music and commentary. If you would like a stall please contact Patricia Fuller 01823 680436 or David Bawler 01823 680352

PLEASE NOTE: change of date. previously advertised as Sat July 3rd.

Memories of Christmas Fairs Past

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"Why me?" was the question I asked when approached to open St Mary's Christmas Fair this year. I was told it was because I had attended a great many and perhaps would have some memories I would like to share. It was later suggested I should put some of the memories I mentioned into the Pump; hence this article.

The first fair I attended was in 1955, when of course everyone would have arrived smartly dressed and wearing hats. I was very excited as Father Christmas was coming, as he will be later today, and there would be lots of things to buy. But before anything like this happened we children had to stand and listen to a dignitary open the event. He, or she, would be on the stage, which used to be where the alcove is, along with the Rector and his wife, Churchwardens and Church Council officers. A formal vote of thanks would be given and later they would all return to the stage and be served tea at a laid table.

The Trinity Singers Entertain

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A musical evening of fun and variety...............

St Mary’s Summer Fayre

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It's Music all the Way at St Mary's Summer Fayre so book the date now It's Saturday July 3rd at 11am - 4pm. Lots more details later, but any enquiries re stalls etc to David Bawler (01823 680352)

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Wet and windy with the risk of thunder. Unseasonably cool.

Today:

Heavy and persistent rain will arrive from the west this morning. The heavy rain will persist through the day, with the risk of hail and thunder. It will also be windy, with coastal gales likely. Maximum Temperature 18 °C.

Tonight:

The wind and rain will clear eastwards this evening. There will be some dry spells, however heavy showers will move in from the west through the early hours. Minimum Temperature 12 °C.

Saturday:

The heavy showers will continue through Saturday, with the risk of hail and thunder. It should become drier and brighter by the evening though. Maximum Temperature 18 °C.

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Mainly cloudy with the risk of further showers on Sunday. Monday and Tuesday will then be largely dry and bright, with some sunny spells and light winds.

Updated at: 0402 on Fri 21 Jul 2017



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