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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)

NEWEST MARYRevd Dr Mary Barr 
Team Vicar

The Vicarage, 23 Melton Road,
Waltham on the Wolds, MM, LE14 4AJ (01664 464293) 

Revd Catriona  cat3

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

Active retired clergy:
Revd Graham Spencer, 18 Chetwynd Drive, MM, LE13 0HU 07904 229284
The Revd Canon Peter Moseling, 48 Wymondham Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 1HX 01664 669289

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 
Peter Franklin 01664 569602
Colin Beavis 01664 851386

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

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

Telephone: 01664 562267



Phil Balding

 07555 366597.

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. 

news updatejpg 111FANTASTIC NEWS! We have now raised £1,700,985.71p, leaving us just £199,014.29p short of our target of £1,900,000 for St Mary's Church Re-ordering Project. The completion date for the work to our beautiful building is now Friday, November 24th, meaning the first event to be held in the new-look church will be the Christmas Tree Festival, which runs this year from Friday, December 1st until Tuesday, December 5th. 
*Find out more about this year's Christmas Tree Festival by clicking here.
*Find out how you can donate to the Re-ordering Project by clicking here.

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HERE are some more pictures, taken on Monday (July 17th), of the hard work that is taking place in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The beautiful Grade I Listed building is a hive of activity at the moment as the skilled team of men from Midland Conservation Limited are busy working towards the November deadline to complete the £1.9m Re-ordering Project.
They are doing an amazing job of renovating our beautiful building. And there's more good news... work is going well and is on schedule. The floor is going in, joinery work is going well and so is external work.

*For more details and pictures taken on Monday click here.

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*Several people have been asking when the church clock will be working again. It is, at the moment, stuck on 20 to 11. This is due to work on the electrics in the building and it is hoped to have it working and the correct time in the next couple of months.

*Watch out for this week's Melton Times (Thursday, July 20th) when a special feature will appear on the Re-ordering Project. Reporter Nick Rennie interviewed Ian Neale, who has been overseeing the project on behalf of the church trustees, on Monday morning. Photographer Tim Wiliams also came along to take some pictures.
To find out more go to the Melton Times website by clicking here.
*Jonathan Wallace, from Henry Groves and Son Ltd, explains why they were delighted to receive the contract to rebuild and enlarge the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, and reports on progress so far. For more details click here.
*You can now donate £2, £5 or £10 towards the Re-ordering Project by text to 70070. Text the word Mary46 followed by the amount you wish to donate.
hands 2*Jacqui Wilson and Trisha Nutter are arranging prayer for the reordering project. They will meet fortnightly on different days and times to pray for 10 - 15 minutes somewhere around the outside of the church. They will use open prayer, to pray for pertinent areas of work at that time and will have a 'Re-ordering Prayer' on sheets for others to join in. Anyone can join in - just turn up. The dates are: Wednesday, 5th July 9.30am; Tuesday, 18th July 4pm; Thursday, 3rd August 9.30am; Monday, 14th August 9.30am; Saturday, 2nd September 10am; Monday, 11th September 4pm; Wednesday, 27th September 3pm; Saturday, 14th October 1pm; Thursday, 26th October 9.30am; Monday, 6th November 9.30am. We meet on grass by the Vestry door. Please share with any interested people. To view the 'Re-ordering Prayer' click here.
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*A virtual tour of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is now available to look at. It has been organised by the church's Fabric Express Committee so a before and after comparison can be made after the re-ordering project has got under way. The tour was compiled by Chris Jones from LeicesterPhoto Limited, which is based in Littlethorpe, Leicester.
Chris has also been in to take some pictures of the church after it had been emptied. To view the tour click here. To view his pictures of the empty church click on the tour and then go to the section marked Jan 2017 Progress.
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.
A Pimms and Praise service is being held in Julia and Christopher Joseph's garden at 2 Cross Lane, Burton Lazars, on Sunday, 23rd July, at 4pm (weather permitting, otherwise in St James' Church.)
Avast, me hearties, the Melton Mowbray Team Parish Holiday Club 2017 will be a Pirate Adventure from August 7th - 11th.
A special Songs of Praise Service will be held in St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold on Sunday, 30th July, at 9.45am.
A Songs of Praise and Communion Service will be held by St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray at the Council Chambers, Parkside at 10am on Sunday, 30th July. All are very welcome.
Ride and Stride is an opportunity for you to raise funds for your church - cycle, walk, horse-ride, run, jog or drive your mobility scooter.
As I write this the terrible floods in Coverack, Cornwall, happened only yesterday and I am sure that “Act of God” will be a phrase bandied around, apparently blaming God for the flood which has devastated that village, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
Melton Borough Council Chamber at Parkside was packed on Sunday (July 16th) when Ian and Dina Neale celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
Our globe-trotting Posada figures have been clocking up more air miles lately with a visit to Nashville to enjoy some country music.
I say! Is that a game of croquet? Yes, very nearly... the Melton Mowbray Team Parish Youth Group members enjoyed a now-traditional pre-summer break croquet evening on the Rectory lawn on Friday.
Members of the 4th St Mary's Church Brownies visited St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, recently, where they had a picnic followed by activities about the church. They then planted up pots for outside of the main door of the Church.
The Team Parish Men's Group had such a good night on Thursday (July 13th) that they stayed chatting and being entertained by the resident landlord/magician Chris Stevenson and didn't go on the walk they had planned!
If you would be interested in attending this conference, Trisha Nutter is arranging booking and a possible coach for travel, 10am - 4.30pm in Leeds.
A new course is set to start in August to go deeper into one of Christianity’s great treasures, the Lord’s Prayer. There are six sessions in total and the course will be run on a Wednesday from 7.30pm in St James’ Church, Burton Lazars.
The next planning meeting for Saturday am at St Mary's will be on Sunday 30th July, after the 10am service in Parkside, to discuss September's activities morning on 9th September. The theme is to be 'Scarecrows'.
A large crowd of people enjoyed the Annual Cream Teas Afternoon organised by members of St Leonard’s Church, Sysonby, on Sunday (July 9th) in the gardens at Sysonby Knoll Hotel.
The next Care and Share lunch will be held on Sunday, 23rd July, at 12.15pm in the Samworth Centre.
St Mary’s Church, Melton, Sunday Children’s Group Xpress is taking a break for the summer. The group will restart on Sunday, 3rd September, at 10.45am after the Ten O’clock Praise service.
The monthly Prayer Diary for July 2017 is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
The town has been judged for its floral displays.
Joust a minute, what's all this then? The latest activities morning held by St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, proved a fun time for all on Saturday (July 8th).
The St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots' group had fun on Thursday (July 6th) by holding a Sports Day.
Colin Beavis has become a Church Warden at St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, replacing Sam Willder, who had to step down earlier this year due to ill health.
On Wednesday, 5th July, after some 18 months, Padre Roy Burley took his last Heroes Liturgy and Holy Communion service at the Samworth Centre. Here he says a fond farewell and explains what he will be doing next.
A Service of Celebration for the Life, Work and Development of the Framland Deanery
Ian Neale has been presented with a New Toilet! Read on to find out more...
Photographs of the 2017 Parish plod from St Bartholomew's Welby
Emmaus are looking for local volunteers to help in their new charity shop at 18 Market Place, Melton, raising funds to help the homeless.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, will spend three days in the city and county in November, it was announced on Tuesday (May 30th).
Three leaflets are now available in the Samworth Centre detailing how you can help donate towards the Re-ordering Project which has started in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The Rector of Melton Team Parish, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is busy planning a trip to Russia next year. For more details, read on...
New to the web site? Take a quick tour to get you started...

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Martin Copson is a man on a mission.... and he needs YOUR help to reach his target for this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. To find out what he is doing and more about the Christmas Tree Festival click here.
*Martin's story has already gone around the world. Johannes Ottestig, a reporter at the Christian newspaper Dagen in Stockholm, Sweden, who ran a story on the Christmas Tree Festival last year, has now done a story about Martin's exploits. To read Johannes' story click here.
*Melton and Rutland MP, Sir Alan Duncan, has sent a bauble from his own Christmas Tree to display at this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church. To read the full story click here.
* Since Martin's story went out his collection has grown to 71 baubles and trinkets from 32 countries/territories.
*View a video taken at last year's Christmas Tree Festival by clicking here.


St Mary’s Church
Melton Mowbray
 Sunday Services

Sunday, July 23rd
- Trinity 6

8am: Holy Communion (Parkside).
10am: All Age Worship (Parkside).
6pm: Choral Evensong (St Peter’s, Welby Lane).

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Avast, me hearties, the Melton Mowbray Team Parish Holiday Club 2017 will be a Pirate Adventure from August 7th - 11th at St Mary’s School in Brampton Road, Melton Mowbray. It's for children aged 5 to 11 years and costs £5 per child. For more details and to download a registration form click here.

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To Russia...
with love! 

The Rector of Melton Team Parish, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is planning 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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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 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

*For a list of groups meeting weekly and monthly in the Samworth Centre, and the days on which they meet, click here.


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:

 Upcoming Events 
Sunday 23 July
12:15pmCare and Share Lunch @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Sunday 23 July
4:00pmPimms and Praise @ 2 Cross Lane, Burton Lazars
Sunday 30 July
11:15amPlanning meeting @ Parkside
Wednesday 2 August
7:30pmPilgrim Course @ St James' Church, Burton Lazars
Monday 4 September
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 11 September
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 18 September
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 25 September
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 2 October
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 9 October
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 16 October
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 23 October
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 30 October
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 6 November
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 13 November
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 20 November
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 27 November
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 4 December
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 11 December
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre

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"There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there." - Indira Gandhi.