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Welcome to our Parish website

Thank you for visiting our Parish website. We hope you find everything you want to know about the Team Parish of Melton Mowbray, which consists of 6 churches across the Melton Mowbray area. For more information on any of our churches, simply click on the picture of your choice of church below.

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The Parish team

Kevin 5Revd Kevin Ashby  
Team Rector

57 Burton Road, MM, LE13 1DL  
(01664) 503535 (07921 919917)


Revd Catriona  cat3

1 Palmerstone Road, MM,
LE13 0SS
(01664) 503533

Active retired clergy:
Revd Brian McAvoy: 1 The Lees, Cottesmore, Oakham LE15 7DG   (01572) 812404
Revd Graham Spencer: 18 Chetwynd Drive, MM, LE13 0HU 07904 229284

Church wardens:
St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray 
Roger Kirby 01664 560080
Tim Clark 01664 852628

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold 
Joy Stribblehill 01664 853302
Catherine Shenton 01664 850422

St James’ Church, Burton Lazars 
Janet King 01664 565044
Jenny Pengelly 01664 668095

St Bartholomew's Church, Welby 
Sam Willder 01664 566197
Peter Franklin 01664 569602

St Leonard's Church, Sysonby 
Colin Moulds 01664 852391
David Wilford 01664 560968

Freeby Church 
Jane Meakin 01664 564827
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267



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The Samworth Centre
at St Mary’s

8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray 
Leicestershire LE13 1AE

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 Linda Abbott -
 Centre Manager
 Telephone: 01664 503521
 Fax: 01664 503539

 Carol Sloan -
 Cafe Manager
 Telephone: 01664 503525

 To book rooms or equipment,
 please ring Linda on 503521

To arrange catering or buffets, please ring Carol on 503525

For Church bookings, ring Alison on 503530
To book Concerts in Church, ring Mary Browne on 851457

Please forward ALL articles to:
Keith Wilson 

If you do not have access to email, hard copy (typed please) can be left at the Samworth Centre front desk.
To advertise in the parish magazine contact Advertising Manager Derek Larder on 01664 569245
To subscribe to the magazine and to receive it regularly each month contact Ken Mason on 01664 851930. 





Don't miss Tree Festival

Don't miss this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The event, the largest Christmas Tree Festival in the country, boasted more than 900 magical trees last year and this year organisers aim to have 1,000 trees of all shapes and sizes on display.
To find out about this year's festival click here.


One of the biggest fans of the Christmas Tree Festival held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray each year lives more than 3,000 miles away in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
On Sunday, November 29th ~ Advent Sunday ~ Bishop John will attend the 10am service at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. A buffet lunch will then take place.
There will be a Candle-lit Advent Carol Service in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray with readings and Advent hymns on Sunday, November 29th at 6pm.
Members of the Melton Team Parish Men's Group were given food for thought when they enjoyed a delicious meal at Launde Abbey followed by a house tour on Thursday (November 26).
Find out which services are on in the parish on Sunday by reading on...
Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
Two volunteers celebrated National Gutters Day by clearing the gutters at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold.
There are some venue changes for midweek services this coming week. For more details, read on...
Members of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will be pleased to know that after nearly three weeks with no heating the problem has been fixed and that the building should be a lot warmer from now on.
The next Tiny Tots' service for under school-age children will be held from 10am until 11am on Thursday, December 3 in the Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray. Why not come along and join in the fun?
Many, many thanks to all those people who have taken the time and trouble to fill a shoebox for this year's Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal, writes Phil Balding.
The monthly prayer diary for December is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
If you would like to pray for Paris, France and the rest of the world following the recent terrorist attacks you are invited to take part in a prayer chain which has been started at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
On Christmas morning at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, at 10am, our All-Age Christmas Celebration Service theme will be “Star Corps”… using the “Star Wars” concept to tell a timeless truth about God sending his Son, Jesus, to be born a baby on that fir
“Peace on earth?” Not “humbug”… rather, a challenge, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby. To find out more, read on...
Figures of Jospeh and Mary are set to make a journey across the world. To find out more, read on...
PRAYER is central to all we do as a Church and praying for individuals and issues are so important. However, prayer needs to be focussed and up to date… and so we are changing the way we include prayers in our Weekly News. To find out more, read on...
The next meeting of the "Going Deeper" group will be at 7.30pm in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Wednesday, 9 December. To find out more, read on...
Everyone is welcome to the Rectory, 57 Burton Road, Melton Mowbray, for New Year sherry and mince pies from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm on Sunday, 3rd January.
There's a warm welcome and a Christmas Day Lunch for you at Melton Mowbray Baptist Church, Leicester Road (near B and Q DIY) from 12:45 – 2:45 pm. Just phone 01664 560975 to book your place.
A Choral Christmas Festival is being held by the Melton Mowbray Choral Society on Saturday, 12th December at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray.
Your views are being sought on a lighting scheme for St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. For more details, read on...
Knitters have already made a start on the Snowmen, Father Christmases, Crackers, Christmas puddings etc ready to fill with chocolates for selling to boost Children’s Society Funds. More knitters are needed. To find out how you can help read on...
For a list of social and fundraising events in Thorpe Arnold in 2015, read on...
Starting the Day with Prayer ~ A small group are meeting at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray at 8.30 am, Monday- Wednesday to start the day with morning prayer. Anyone who is in town at that time is very welcome to join us.
During the first week of every month, we at St Mary’s, Melton devote one of our regular Wednesday Services of Holy Communion to the needs of our Armed Forces and their families. For more details, read on...
New to the web site? Take a quick tour to get you started...

It's all change! 

It's all change for the New Year at the next Saturday activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray from 10.30am until 12.15pm.

For All Change! is the theme of the next event on January 9th, 2016... and there's chance to come face-to-face with the Bumblebee Transformer, pictured. 

For more details click here.
 Upcoming Events 
Monday 30 November
11:00amST Mary's Pram Club @ up stairs samworth centr
Thursday 3 December
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ Samworth Centre
Thursday 3 December
7:30pmChristmas Tree Festival preview... @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Friday 4 December
9:00amChristmas Tree Festival @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 5 December
9:00amChristmas Tree Festival @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 5 December
5:00pmCarolling amongst the trees @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Sunday 6 December
9:00amChristmas Tree Festival @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Sunday 6 December
6:30pmCarols of Praise @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 7 December
9:00amChristmas Tree Festival @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 7 December
11:00amST Mary's Pram Club christmas... @ ST Mary's church
Tuesday 8 December
9:00amChristmas Tree Festival @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Wednesday 9 December
7:30pmGoing Deeper @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Thursday 10 December
10:00amTiny Tots’ Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 12 December
7:30pmA Choral Christmas Festival @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 14 December
10:00amPram Club Christmas Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray

Project Presentation 

The congregation were shown a detailed PowerPoint Presentation on Sunday, September 13th, which gave an overview of the latest plans for St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray. They were also given the latest version of our pamphlet ‘A church for the 21st Century’. It explains what the Project Committee has done and what the next steps are. (The pamphlet has gone to a re-print to be available at the back of Church).
A question and answer time followed when people were given the opportunity to make their comments.
The Presentation and the pamphlet are now on the website. The comments will be placed on the noticeboard in church.
We next need the PCC to approve our formal plans before we can present it to the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC).
To view the PowerPoint Presentation click here.
To view the latest version of the pamphlet  ‘A church for the 21st Century’ click here.
John Craig, Fabric Express Committee Chairman                           

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Samworth Centre

Are you planning a party, meeting or starting up a group or club?
Are you looking for a room to use?
Do you require a buffet or light reefreshments for your function?
If the answer is yes to any of the above then contact Samworth Centre Manager Linda Abbott on 01664 503 521 or email or click here to download a brochure



'I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word'. - Martin Luther King, Jr

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 'Two cannibals were eating a clown – one said to the other, 'Does he taste funny to you?' - Tommy Cooper.