Weathervane 1682

Weathervane 1682

The eagle-eyed among you – or maybe the peregrine-eyed? – may have noticed that since November 2021 our iconic 50 metre tower has been missing one of its four weathervanes. If you hadn’t noticed, then take a look – the one pinnacle standing empty can be seen not just when standing in the churchyard looking up, but also from far away.

Why have been weathervane-less? Simply because the iron work of the original had failed and was in danger of falling, so it was intentionally removed. There have been lots of unavoidable delays in getting the weathervane refurbished, but the gilding work is now complete, and a new replica mast has been fabricated. Today, conservation specialists were on site to reinstate the weathervane. Alas, further unforseen problems were encountered—some of the original ironwork embedded in the pinnacle has corroded and failed and some specialist engineering work will be required to renew this. Doing this work at 50 metres up is quite an undertaking.

So, with the Peregrine season fast approaching (when we are required to avoid any disturbance tower-top) it means a further delay to the weathervane’s return, both until later in the year and also for when an engineering solution can been found. Then there’s the challenge of funding this new, unexpected and costly phase of work too……..

However, you can see in the photo here the newly gilded weathervane looking stunning….albeit at ground level.

Choral Evensong: Sunday 5 February 2023

Choral Evensong: Sunday 5 February 2023


The first Choral Evensong of 2023 is nearly here! Thereafter it will take place on the first Sunday of each month (in March, May, June & July). April’s service will be a Festal Evensong for Easter Day (and thus takes place on the second Sunday).

Responses: Plainsong
Canticles: Dyson in F
Anthem: When to the temple Mary went Eccard
Hymn: Praise to the holiest in the height
Hymn: The God of Abraham praise

Officiant: The Reverend Dennis Cavaghan
Director of Music: Miles Quick
Organist: John Bodiley

Do join us for this act of worship when the choir and historic Father Willis organ will help transport our hearts and minds through the gift of music.

World Leprosy Day: Sunday 29 January

World Leprosy Day: Sunday 29 January

World Leprosy Day always takes place on the last Sunday of January.

This date was chosen by French humanitarian, Raoul Follereau as a tribute to the life of Mahatma Gandhi, who did much work with persons affected by leprosy and died at the end of January in 1948.

It is organised by organisations of people affected by leprosy and leprosy-focused NGOs, including The Leprosy Mission, and is an opportunity to lift up the voices of people affected by leprosy throughout the world.

Find out more at here.

Come into the Minster on Saturday 28 January and learn more about The Leprosy Mission in the Gifts & Books shop.

Holocaust Memorial Day: 27 January 2023

Holocaust Memorial Day: 27 January 2023

12.30pm at St John’s, Park Street, Taunton TA1 4DG

This year’s theme is Ordinary People

A time to reflect and remember – which will include a short talk on local man, Frank Foley, to be given by Tom Mayberry, CEO Somerset Heritage.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is an international day on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and during more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all.

HMD is for everyone. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. We know they learn more, empathise more and do more.

Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.