Rector of Bishops Lydeard Benefice: VACANT.



Associate Priest:








The Revd. Maureen Young, The Rectory, Lydeard St Lawrence, Taunton TA4 3SF

Tel: 01984 667472


Maureen was Licensed as Associate Priest in the Benefice of Bishops Lydeard, on 4th September 2013 by the Archdeacon of Taunton, the Venerable John Reed.

Maureen should be contacted for any pastoral or liturgical requirements or enquiries about Baptism, Marriage or Funerals during the Benefice’s period of Vacancy. Thursday is her day off from Benefice duties, when she would prefer not to be disturbed. However, in the case of real emergency, do make contact and leave a message.












Katharine Smith, 7 Gladstone Street, Taunton TA2 6LY

Tel: 01823 325425




Katharine was licensed as a Reader by the Bishop of Taunton in Wells Cathedral in October 1999 and her licence was transferred to the benefice of Bishops Lydeard in December 2014. She is a freelance writer and the author of three books: “The Way of the Cross: Meditations on the Death of Jesus”; “Angels in the Wilderness: hope and healing in depression” and “Recovering from depression: a companion guide for Christians”.


Reader Emeritus:

Joan Smith, Stones Throw, Mount Street, Bishops Lydeard

Tel: 01823 432021