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Forthcoming road closures affecting John Packer Ltd

by Administrator 9. April 2015 12:40

As part of on-going construction on the Taunton Northern Inner Distributor Road, part of Staplegrove Road will be closed for five weeks from 27 April, 2015, affecting vehicle access to John Packer Ltd.

Staplegrove Road will be closed in the vicinity of Chip Lane (where the Royal Mail Sorting Office is located). This means anyone travelling to the shop from Bridge Street (through the centre of town) or Station Road (passing Taunton Pool) won't be able to get through.

A traffic diversion will be signposted via Tangier Way, Castle Street, A38 Welling Road, A3065 Silk Mills Road and the A358 roundabout. 

We'd advise anyone travelling from the South to exit the M5 motorway at Junction 26, and follow the A38 towards Taunton. When you reach Taunton Crematorium on your right, take the first left at the Roundabout onto Silk Mills Road. Follow this road over the bridge, taking the first Right after the bridge onto Bindon Road. The shop is located at the top of Bindon Road, where it meets Staplegrove Road. You can park on Bindon Road, or outisde the shop on Staplegrove Road (by turning left at the T-junction).

Those travelling from the North could consider following the motoroway to Junction 26, or alternatively, exiting the M5 at Junction 25 follow the A38 until you reach the large roundabout where Wickes is located. Take the second exit of this and the next smaller roundabout onto Priory Bridge Road. Turn Right at the T-junction at the end of this road, this takes you past the Train Station. Follow Station Road up an incline and turning Left at the lights onto Greenway Road. When you reach the Rounadbout at the Staplegrove Inn, take the first exit onto Staplegrove Road. The shop is located on the right where Staplegrove Road meets Bindon Road, before Taunton School on the left.

If you get lost, do not hesitate to call the shop on 01823 282386 (menu option 1). 

Promotion/Marketing/Retail vacancy - some musical experience required

by Administrator 25. March 2015 15:48

John Packer Ltd currently has a vacancy in our Promotion and Marketing department to cover maternity leave (possibly until March 2016), but with good potential for long term employment beyond that.

John Packer Ltd is a long established and successful business at the forefront of musical instrument supply both in the UK and with a growing export division. We are looking for a resourceful and musical person capable of assisting in our busy Marketing/Promotion team and also performing a retail role.

The varied and stimulating job includes maintaining a schedule of activities including design of artwork, mailshots, website maintenance/update, running promotions as well as helping our specialists in the shop etc. The ideal candidate will play a woodwind or brass instrument to a good standard and have some artistic flair. Some retail and/or design experience is preferred, but is not essential as full training will be given if required.

We are a hard working team in a friendly and informal environment and the successful candidate will have a musical background (woodwind or brass), an artistic appreciation and be intelligent, diligent, articulate and versatile. This is a full time, 5 days a week, position and will require some Saturday working within a rota.

Rates of pay are subject to experience, but competitive within the industry. Holiday allowances are above average.

Apply by email in the first instance with accompanying CV to

Closing date for applications: April 10th, 2015

Two Top Professionals in a John Packer Brass Band Workshop

by Administrator 20. February 2012 15:07

Play with two of the best players in the Brass Band World for a Brass Music Funday in Taunton on April 14th!

David Thornton (Euphonium withThe Brighouse & Rastrick Band), and Richard Poole (from Foden's Band Soprano) are the star attractions at a day of brass workshops hosted by John Packer Ltd at Queen's College.

Following registration from 9am, musicians will start the day at 10am with a mass warm up led by David. Followed by expert tutoring from David and Richard on specially selected pieces. This dynamic duo are very familiar with large concert venues and international competitions so will have many tips to share! They will give demonstrations during the day and will answer any musical quandaries...

The day will culminate in a performance of pieces learned during the day, featuring solos by the esteemed guests including 'La Virgin De La Macarena', which Richard has just recorded on the latest Fodens CD!

All ages welcome, however, there is a minimum standard requirement of Grade 3. Bring your instrument / music stand and a packed lunch and enjoy the day.

Tickets for this funday are only £5! For more information, or tickets, please call Steve on 01823 282386 or email