Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces

If you are looking for somewhere warm to spend some time this winter here is a list of places in Taunton offering a place to be in the warm.

The Minster is a warm space and is open Monday to Friday (9am -3pm), Saturday (9am – 2pm) and on a Sunday is open for our services.

Pupil chaplains at The Minster 

Pupil chaplains at The Minster 

Pupil chaplains from four primary schools across Somerset met for their annual pilgrimage at Taunton Minister on 15 November. Pupil chaplains usually come from year 5, they volunteer for the role, and are appointed, trained and commissioned.

The chaplains help lead prayer and worship, offer pastoral care to their fellow pupils, look out into the community and help, for instance, with food banks and dementia cafés. As a group they will meet regularly with their school chaplains to learn more about the Christian faith. The annual Pupil Chaplaincy Retreat gives the Pupil Chaplains the opportunity to celebrate and pray, to learn more about their role and to learn from each other.

Magdalene’s Coffee Shop wins Café of the Year

Magdalene’s Coffee Shop wins Café of the Year

Today, 14 September, it has been announced that our very own Magdalene’s Coffee Shop is the winner of the County Gazette Café of the Year!

You can read much more here.

This is a wonderful achievement for Mrs Sandra Hall, our volunteer manager, together with her team of dedicated volunteers. Without them, this acolade would not have been possible.

See more about the Coffee Shop here.

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Wow! Magdalene’s Coffee Shop

Wow! Magdalene’s Coffee Shop


The County Gazette Readers have nominated 10 cafes from the County Gazette Taunton area for their Cafe of the Year competition.

Voting is set to take place in the weeks of August 14 and August 25.

You can pick up a copy of the paper and fill in the voting coupon. More here.

Fantastically well done to our volunteer Shop Manager, Sandra Hall and her dedicated volunteer team for getting into the top 10! Amazing!

The cafes nominated are:

  • The Hive Café, Trull Church Community Centre, Trull, TA3 7JZ. 01823 330812
  • Silver’s Pantry, Prockters Farm, West Monkton, TA2 8QN. 01823 413443
  • The Rocking Horse Café, Brewers Water Farm, Crowcombe, Taunton, TA4 4BH. 07590 846727
  • Courtyard Café, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Castle Green, TA1 4AA
  • Café Expresso, High Street, Taunton 38 High Street, TA1 3PN. 01823 352133
  • The Brook, Avery’s Garden Centre, Taunton Silk Mills Road, TA1 5AA. 01823 618610
  • The Weir, French Weir Park, Taunton TA1 1AW
  • Mr Miles Tea Room, High Street, Taunton TA1 3PG. 01823 322288
  • Magdalene’s Coffee Shop, Taunton Minster, Taunton, Church Square, TA1 1SA
  • Block, Magdalene Lane, Taunton 4-6 Magdalene Lane, TA1 1SE
Refresh! ~ A New Service

Refresh! ~ A New Service

On Sunday 10 September, we will be relaunching our second Sunday evening service. The new service, called Refresh!, will be similar in style to our existing second Sunday service but will focus on a different theme each month. We will listen to a talk about the theme, pray together and sing. We will begin at 4.30pm with tea and coffee, and keep things relaxed and informal when the service itself starts at 5pm.  Until the end of the year, we will be looking at a series of topics called “Faith, hope, love and other gifts from God”, beginning in September with “Faith – How can I believe in someone I can’t see?”. If that sounds interesting, please do come along and join us! If you would like to know more, please ask the Reverend Jamie Fox.

Trash Trail

Trash Trail

Taunton Minster is pleased to be a part of the Trash Trail this summer.

Come find a 4 meter Polar Bear hiding amongst the 16th century arches inside the Minster! Most of the Trail Litterbugs have names, but the Minster’s is just called ‘Polar Bear’! Our bear is made from recycled milk bottles and is on loan from WasteCare.

About the Trail

Take a stroll through the towns and countryside of Somerset, from 22 July to 3 September (30 August at the Minster), hunting down this colourful trail of ‘Litterbugs’ and solve the puzzle for a chance to win a prize!

A fun day out for all! Get in touch with nature and learn about the impact we have on the world we live in with the help of our donated trash-art sculptures.

Much more information here.

Trail maps and a Word Search are available for £1 from the Trash Trail here.

Smashed Minster Window

Smashed Minster Window

Sadly, damage was caused to our beautiful Grade I listed Taunton Minster early this morning. This damage will likely cost us up to £1000 to repair. Thank you to our dedicated police officers and police dog who searched the site and gave protection.

Back in January this year an adjacent window was smashed and intruders entered the building with the purpose of stealing. Thankfully, with this latest occurrence, pro-active security systems, and quick police response mean that the main loss will be the substantial expense and hassle of getting a new leaded-light panel fabricated.

Adult Confirmation

Adult Confirmation

We are going to meet for a couple of preparatory discussions in early autumn with a view to joining the diocesan confirmation service later in the year.

Confirmation in the Church of England is a person’s public affirmation of their commitment to a life with Christ and confirms the declarations and promises made on their behalf when they were baptised as an infant.If you would like to join the preparation, or find out more about adult confirmation, please speak to Rev’d Louise.

[For info about young people’s confirmation please speak to the Reverend Jamie Fox.]