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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.
If you would like information on bell ringing in our churches click here.
 
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The Parish team

Kevin 5Revd Kevin Ashby  
Team Rector

57 Burton Road, MM, LE13 1DL  
(01664) 503535 (07921 919917)
rector@meltonparish.org.uk

 

Revd Catriona  cat3
Cumming
Curate

1 Palmerstone Road, MM,
LE13 0SS
(01664) 503533
catriona@meltonparish.org.uk

Active retired clergy:
Revd Graham Spencer: 18 Chetwynd Drive, MM, LE13 0HU 07904 229284 grahamandtrish@talktalk.net

Church wardens:
St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray 
Roger Kirby 01664 560080
John Spence 01664 813944

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
Mel Greaves
 
GENERAL ENQUIRIES
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267

EMAIL
admin@samworth-stmarys.org.uk

PARISH WEBSITE
www.melton.leicester.anglican.org

PHIL SMALLESTWEB EDITOR -
Phil Balding

Telephone:
 07960825185.

philloveskaren@yahoo.co.uk

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

manager@samworth-stmarys.org.uk

CAROL SLOAN SMALLEST CAFÉ AT THE CENTRE 
 Carol Sloan -
 Cafe Manager
 Telephone: 01664 503525


 THE SAMWORTH CENTRE:
 To book rooms or equipment,
 please ring Linda on 503521


CAFÉ @ THE CENTRE:
To arrange catering or buffets, please ring Carol on 503525

ST MARY’S CHURCH
For Church bookings, ring Alison on 503530
To book Concerts in Church, ring Mary Browne on 851457

PARISH MAGAZINE
Please forward ALL articles to:
Keith Wilson 
email: kgw87mm@aol.com

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. 

 
 
View interactive pictures taken at the Christmas Tree Festival by Robert Rathbone by clicking here. 

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A record-breaking festival

The biggest and best Christmas Tree Festival in the country, which closed its doors on Tuesday (December 6th) in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, smashed record after record this year... and made a staggering profit of £23,607.08p!
And that figure is a whopping £4,000 more than last year's figure of £19,500.58p. 
But that is not the only record that has been smashed. Record numbers of people came through the doors to catch a glimpse of the spectacular trees...9,600 paying adults, in fact, not to mention the hundreds of children who got in free. And that is even more amazing when you consider that there has been no price rises at all this year, with admittance still only £2 per adult and the buffet and wine preview evening still costing only £7 per person.
A mouth-watering total of nearly £4,000 was raised from serving refreshments and a further £602 was left in the donation cabinets. In fact, cash figures were up everywhere at this year's event and the number of trees also broke last year's staggering figure of 1,254, hitting a grand total of 1,392 trees of all shapes, sizes and colours. 
To find out more about what happened at the Christmas Tree Festival click here. 
 
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Melton Mowbray Choral Society proudly presents Merry Christmas, a Christmas concert for everyone in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday, December 10th at 7.30pm. For more details, read on...
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Make sure you don't miss the festive organ recital being held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Tuesday, December 13th, starting at 1.10pm. The musical treat will feature Director of Music at St Mary's Church, James Gutteridge, pictured.
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'The Holly and the Ivy' - an open day is being held at the delightful little country church of St Bartholomew's, Welby, (off Nottingham Road, Melton) from 12noon to 4pm on Saturday, December 10th.
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Don't miss The only service in Melton Mowbray Team Parish churches on Sunday, January 1st, 2017, in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, at 10am. To find out more, read on...
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Once again an ad hoc choir will be getting together to sing at the Nine Lessons and Carols Service at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold: on Sunday, 18th December. To find out more, read on...
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The next Going Deeper meeting will be at 7.30pm in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Wednesday, 14 December. To find out more, read on...
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Find out which services are on in the parish on Sunday by reading on...
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Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
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A special visitor made an early appearance when members of The St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots' group met for the last time before Christmas in the Samworth Centre on Thursday (December 1st). For more details and pictures, read on...
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The Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, explains the latest update on the Team Vicar post. To find out more, read on...
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Three new leaflets are now available in the back of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, detailing how you can help donate towards the Re-ordering Project which is due to start work at the beginning of next year.
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A Candle-lit Advent Carol Service of readings and Advent hymns proved the ideal preparation for the Christmas season in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday (November 27th).
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The Rector of Melton Team Parish, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is busy planning a trip to Russia next year. For more details, read on...
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Here in the Melton Team Parish we chose to engage with the idea of Posada this year. Mary and Joseph have been travelling with members of the congregations within the Team on holidays and days out. Read on as Alyson Ashby explains more...
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Come along to St James’ Church, Burton Lazars, on Tuesday, December 20th, at 7.30pm to hear beautiful Christmas music from the 16th to the 21st century by the eight voices of Mosaic.
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A Christingle Service is being held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, December 18th at 3pm in aid of The Children's Society. All are welcome.
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The Pastoral Committee of St Mary’s DCC is offering you an opportunity during Advent to send to child refugees teddy bears via Refugee Action. For more details, read on...
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The St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots' group met for the last time in the church on Thursday (November 24th) before the Re-ordering Project gets under way in the new year.
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Project News, St Mary’s Church, Melton. We are in the process of registering for the Melton Community Lottery in the name of the Heart of St Mary’s. Proceeds to support the Project.
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An invitation has gone out to residents of Burton Lazars and surrounding areas, and their friends and families, to a lunchtime Christmas Social in the village hall on Sunday, December 18th from 12 noon.
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Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, writes his wish list for Christmas this year. To find out what's on it, read on...
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After a relaxing time with Hannah Nutter at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in Suffolk, our Posada figures have been doing a bit of sight-seeing, and clocking up the miles again, with Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby and his wife Alyson in Germany.
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Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby and his wife, Alyson,have been to Dortmund for the launch of the Christmas Market... with a tree 45m tall and made up of 1,700 fir trees.
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Two events have been held recently to raise money for Thorpe Arnold Village Hall and St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold. For more details, read on...
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In the space of nine days recently Dr Sandy Saunders, from Burton Lazars, found himself talking to two members of the Royal Family about the pioneering Guinea Pig Club.
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Hundreds of people lined the streets of Melton Mowbray as the nation honoured its war dead on Sunday (November 13th).
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Don't be alone at Christmas! ~ There's a warm welcome and a free Christmas Day Lunch for you at Melton Mowbray Baptist Church, Leicester Road (near B and Q DIY) from 12:45 – 2:45pm.
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A message has just been received from Christine Slomkowska, Managing Director of local radio station 103 The Eye, thanking everyone involved in the latest activities morning held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (November 12th).
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A long-held dream came true for Sandy Saunders from Burton Lazars on Wednesday (November 2nd) when His Royal Highness Prince Philip unveiled a permanent memorial to badly burned airmen in the Second World War. To find out more, read on...
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A steady stream of visitors tuned-in to the latest Saturday activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (November 12th) and got the chance to take part in a live radio broadcast. To find out more, read on...
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The monthly prayer diary for December is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
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A letter has just been received from Storehouse thanking the congregation of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, for a recent donation.
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Team Curate, the Revd Catriona Cumming, had plenty to bang the drum about on Thursday (October 27th) when she went to the Tiny Tots' meeting in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, for she was celebrating her birthday.
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The Melton Mowbray Team Parish Youth Group needs another leader/helper. For more information, read on...
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Congratulations to Dave Kitching, a member of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, who completed the 26 mile Leicester Marathon on Sunday (October 23rd).
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There was great news for everyone connected with St Mary's Church, Freeby, on Friday morning (October 21st) when it was revealed that it has been taken off Historic England's 'heritage at risk' register.
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Members of Melton Team Parish had plenty to smile about when this year's Melton Times Community Awards were announced on Thursday (October 13th). For they picked up two awards at the presentation ceremony. Find out more by reading on...
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We still need someone to step into the important role of PCC secretary. To find out more, read on...
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Tony Rous recounts the recent trip led by the Revd Kevin Ashby to Cyprus. For more details and pictures, read on...
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Take one orchestra, four soloists, members of Melton Mowbray Choral Society and an organist and give the task of conducting them to music maestro James Gutteridge. The result? An evening of quite unbelievable music. To find out more, read on...
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Knitting For Children’s Society ~ It’s that time of year again! Knitting of Father Christmases, Snowmen, Angels, Christmas Puddings etc. is already under way. Your help would be very much appreciated. For details contact Gillian Beavis on 01664 851386.
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If you missed the service in St Mary's Church, Freeby - its first in more than 13 years - on Sunday, (October 2nd), you can view some pictures taken at the event by Colin Beavis.
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When John Sutton went to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Tuesday night (September 20th) he thought he was going to celebrate the birthdays of four members of the bell ringing team. Find out what actually happened by reading on...
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A plea has gone out for help to fill shoeboxes to send to needy children overseas. To find out more, read on...
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Stewart Betts, who has moved to Cuddesdon, just outside of Oxford, to undergo training for the Ordained Ministry, has sent a short “hello” and update since he, his wife Zoe and daughter Joanna left Melton Mowbray.
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New to the web site? Take a quick tour to get you started...
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To Russia...
with love! 

The Rector of Melton Team Parish, the Revd Kevin Ashby, who has just returned from leading a trip to Cyprus, is now planning his trip for next year... an 11 day cruise in Russia.
For more details, to download a booking form, a letter from the Revd Ashby and an e-brochure click here.


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Exciting church
project launched 

atestchurch logo newA steady stream of people came through the doors of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (October 22nd) for the launch of  its Re-ordering Project, which will start work at the beginning of next year.
From 10am until 12noon, and again at 2pm until 4pm, slide show presentations outlined the problem areas in church and how it is intended to tackle them. The Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, then described the benefits of the project.
To find out more details about the project click here.

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 Upcoming Events 
Saturday 10 December
12:00pmChurch open day @ St Bartholomew's Church, Welby
Saturday 10 December
7:30pmMerry Christmas Concert @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 12 December
10:00amPram Club Christmas service @ upper rooms Samworth Centre
Monday 12 December
2:00pmGrove School Carol Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 12 December
6:30pmScouts' Carol Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Tuesday 13 December
10:00amSherard School Carol Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Tuesday 13 December
1:10pmFestive organ recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Wednesday 14 December
10:00amBrownlow Christingle Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Wednesday 14 December
7:30pmGoing Deeper @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Thursday 15 December
10:15amSwallowdale School Christingle @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Friday 16 December
10:00amJohn Fernley College Carol Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Friday 16 December
1:30pmSt Mary's School Carol Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Monday 19 December
1:30pmBridge View Carol Service @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Tuesday 20 December
7:30pmChristmas Music With Mosaic @ St James' Church, Burton Lazars

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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 refreshments 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 manager@samworth-stmarys.org.uk or click here to download a brochure.


Room Hire Charges are as follows: Rate A: For all charity groups/groups that do not charge for participation. Rate B: All other users. Prices listed below are the hourly rate for hiring rooms.

Room  Max capacity  A      B
1         15-20            £6     £10
2         50                 £10   £15
3         50                 £10   £15
4         40-50           £10   £15
2 & 3   100              £20   £30


Please note the Samworth Centre will be closed on the following days:
Sunday, 25th December (Christmas Day); Monday, 26th December (Boxing Day); Tuesday, 27th December (Bank Holiday); Sunday, 1st January 2017 (New Year’s Day); Monday, 2nd January 2017 (Bank Holiday).

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The Samworth Centre now has a piano available for use by groups or for tuition hire. If anyone is interested please contact manager Linda Abbott on 01664 503521 or email her on: manager@samworth-stmarys.org.uk.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

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"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West