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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)

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

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
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267



Phil Balding


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. 

Find out all about the Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, by clicking here.
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Help us hit the target!

£1.4m and rising... that's the amazing figure we've already raised towards our exciting Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
But now we need YOUR help to get us to our £1.9m target. To find out more click here.

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The stained glass window, which will be installed on the north side of the Nave in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, towards the end of the Re-ordering Project work, is coming along nicely.
Members of St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray Heart of the Community CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) went along to Limelight Studios at Medbourne on Friday (February 10th) to meet stained glass artist Derek Hunt and to check on the progress so far. For more pictures taken on Friday click here.

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Wow, what happened to the floor! This was the scene inside St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday afternoon (February 10th), writes Phil Balding. To view more pictures click here.


The Chancel and organ housing have taken on a ghostly look as they have been protected with plastic sheeting, above. Meanwhile, the west inner doors are going away to be adjusted to the new floor height in the Church, see picture below.


*For more pictures taken inside the Church on Tuesday (February 7th) click here.

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Those of you who have viewed pictures taken inside St Mary's Church, Melton, recently will have noticed the clergy vestry looks much bigger without the wooden screens, see picture above. But do you know what else the clergy vestry was used for years ago?
To find out and to view a picture taken when re-ordering took place in the
Church in about 1868 click here.
New Facebook and Twitter pages have been set up to bring you all the latest news about the Re-ordering Project. Find the Facebook page by clicking on the Facebook symbol and the Twitter page by clicking on the Twitter symbol below:

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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.
Think of Melton Mowbray and it's a good bet that you'll come up with pork pies, Stilton Cheese and St Mary's Church, writes Phil Balding.
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.
Our individual Church Annual General Meetings are coming up soon. Please do try to be there if you can. For more details read on...
Apologies to anyone trying to download this week's Weekly News from this website. Due to problems with the Parish Office server and email system it has not been possible to provide this service at the moment.
The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, will be joining the St Mary’s Church congregation on Palm Sunday, April 9th.
Members of St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, will be handing out pancakes at the Farmers’ Market on Scalford Road on Shrove Tuesday, February 28th.
New boxed sets of envelopes have now been prepared for all of you who use this method for your regular giving at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. To find out more, read on...
The next Care and Share Lunch will take place on Sunday, February 26th, at 12.15pm in the Samworth Centre. Everyone is welcome to share food and fellowship. For more information contact Colin and Gillian Beavis on 01664 851386.
The next meeting of St Mary’s Mothers’ Union is on Friday, 17th February at 2pm in the Samworth Centre.
The annual Pancake Supper will be held in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Tuesday, 28th February, from 7pm onwards.
Our Posada figures are now enjoying a short break in Spain between Marbella and Estepona with Brian and Marilyn Wray.
A Vocations Day is being held on Saturday, 25th February, at St Martins House 7 Peacock Lane LE1 5PZ from 10am until 3.15pm.
The stained glass window, which will be installed on the north side of the Nave in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, towards the end of the Re-ordering Project work, is coming along nicely.
Wow, what happened to the floor! This was the scene inside St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday afternoon (February 10th), writes Phil Balding.
Superheroes of all ages descended on Melton Borough Council offices in Parkside on Saturday (February 11th) for the latest activities morning organised by St Mary's Church.
The 80’s Fellowship Circle is holding a lunch at 1pm on Friday, March 3rd in the Samworth Centre followed by a talk at 2pm by Police Community Support Officers Andrea Kemp and Claire Gray, who will speak about elderly abuse and scamming.
A manager for a new charity shop which aims to raise funds to help the homeless is being sought in Melton Mowbray. For full details read on...
The Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is running a series of Lenten Meditations on Wednesday evenings in the Samworth Centre from 7pm – 8.15 pm, beginning in March.
The Rector of Melton Team Parish, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is busy planning a trip to Russia next year. For more details, read on...
Thorpe Arnold Annual Church Meeting will take place after the shortened morning Family Communion Service on Sunday, 19 March.
Churches Together in Melton Mowbray Lent Lunches will take place each Tuesday in Lent (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March and 4th April), at Sage Cross Methodist Church from 12noon - 1:30pm.
Find out where Ash Wednesday Services for the Team Parish will be held on 1st March, 2017, by reading on...
They say that a happy worker is a productive worker so it was heartening to hearwhat one worker said on Wednesday morning (February 8th) as I walked past St Mary's Church in Melton Mowbray, writes Phil Balding.
A quiz night is being held on Saturday, 25th March, at 7pm prompt in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall.
The first get together for the Team Parish Men’s Group of 2017 is planned for Thursday, 2nd March, at the Samworth Centre Café at 7pm.
The hunt is on to find Melton's favourite hymn. To find out more and to register your favourite, read on...
The service of Licensing and Institution for the new Melton Mowbray Team Parish Vicar, the Revd Dr Mary Barr, will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, May 23rd, at St Mary Magdalene Church, Waltham-on-the-Wolds.
Members of St Bartholomew's Church in Welby have been told they cannot put up a plaque to say thank you for lottery cash after it was branded "tasteless".
Make sure you don't miss your copy of this month's Team Parish magazine Parish Views. It is now available in the reception of The Samworth Centre priced 50p.
The monthly prayer diary for February 2017 is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
St Mary’s congregation are refugees for a while now the builders have taken over the church building… but we have been warmly (literally, as well as metaphorically!) welcomed into the Council Chamber at Parkside and St Peter’s RC Church.
Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby: If you would like to join a group to read and discuss this book during Lent, please speak to Joy Stribblehill on 01664 853302 or email for more details.
St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray: Since our decampment to the Council Offices those of you attending Sunday services will have noticed that refreshments are still available, but we do need more volunteers to help.
During the reordering of St. Mary's Church a box for Storehouse donations will be available in the Samworth Centre. Also a box will be available for your donations at Sunday services at Parkside.
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.
Sam Willder, Church Warden at Welby for a good few years, is stepping down at the Annual Meeting, due to ill-health.
A new face in the congregation at Melton, sometimes with another alongside it, may have set you wondering who it is and where it has come from. It is the Revd Canon Peter Moseling, who is joining our Ministry Team, and his wife Ann.
The Melton Team Parish's New Year “Christmas” Meal proved a big hit at The Sysonby Knoll Hotel, Melton Mowbray,on Monday, January 23rd.
The story of 94-year-old Dr Sandy Saunders' amazing life was told on Monday night's (January 23rd) episode of BBC Inside Out East Midlands.
Churches Together has agreed to support the Kairos Mission to Stocken Prison which will take place in March. All the churches are going to be making cookies for distribution to the prisoners.
The lay people of Thorpe Arnold have begun to plan and lead some of the monthly Family Services. All are invited to contribute to these services by helping with ideas and planning, as well as taking a role in the service itself.
A message from the new Melton Mowbray Team Parish Vicar, the Revd Dr Mary Barr.
A "thank you" party for all those people who have helped with the St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, Saturday activities mornings was held in the Samworth Centre on Saturday night (January 14th).
The St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots' group went on an outing on Thursday, January 12th, to the Jumping Jellybeans Play Centre in Mill Street.
The Book of Remembrance has had to be moved from St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to the Samworth Centre for people to view due to the re-ordering project in the church.
The St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots' group is now meeting on Thursdays at 10am in the Samworth Centre due to the church re-ordering project.
Don't miss your chance to win £50 in our super cryptic quiz set by Len Hunter, pictured, entitled "ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL". It has 85 clues on the flora and fauna of the world. Closing date will be 31st March, 2017. For more details, read on...
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!
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 Sunday Services…

Venues: Parkside Council Chamber, Burton Street; St Peter’s RC Church, Welby Lane. 

26th February:
8.00am Holy Communion (Parkside).
10.00am Worship @ Ten ~ All age worship (Parkside).
6.00pm Choral Evensong (St Peter's).

All are welcome! Do come and join us!

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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.


 Upcoming Events 
Thursday 23 February
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Sunday 26 February
12:15pmCare and Share Lunch @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 27 February
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Tuesday 28 February
7:00pmPancake Supper @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Thursday 2 March
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Thursday 2 March
7:00pmWacky Race Night @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Friday 3 March
1:00pmTalk on abuse @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 6 March
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Thursday 9 March
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 13 March
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Thursday 16 March
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 20 March
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Thursday 23 March
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Saturday 25 March
7:00pmQuiz night @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Monday 27 March
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Thursday 30 March
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 3 April
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 10 April
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 10 April
11:00ampram club closed @ samworth centre
Monday 17 April
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 17 April
11:00ampram club closed @ samworth centre

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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:



"Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you." - Oscar Wilde.