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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

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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. 

 
 
mary smallestThe new Melton Mowbray Team Parish Vicar, the Revd Dr Mary Barr, explains why she will be delighted to be joining us in May.
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The long-awaited work on the Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, finally got under way on Monday, 16th January, when Midland Conservation Ltd took over the building. All asbestos had been cleared. The Church is empty.
The lock and the gate into the turnaround have been changed (see picture above) and a compound created for the storage of materials. The site manager has been provided with a full set of keys.
Midland Conservation Ltd (M.C.L.) have started the process to protect the monuments and the floor has already been marked out in readiness for work to begin.
On Wednesday morning (January 18th) a cherry picker (see picture below) was manoeuvred into St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, so that objects high up on the walls could be removed. 
 


*For pictures taken outside the church on Wednesday click here.
*For pictures taken on Thursday and Friday (January 19th and 20th) click here.
*Find out all about the re-ordering project in St Mary's Church and how you can help by clicking here.
*Our re-ordering project featured recently in the Melton Times. To read what they said about us click here. 
 

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Members of the congregation of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, saw the building blessed on Sunday, The Feast of the Epiphany (January 8th), before processing to Parkside for their first service in Melton Borough Council offices. For more details and pictures click here.
* Don't miss Website Editor Phil Balding's views on what's been happening in St Mary's Church, Melton, over the past few weeks by clicking here and read Fabric Express Committee Chairman John Craig's views on the work by clicking here.
*Morning Prayer has moved from St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, due to the re-ordering project. For more details click here.
*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. For more details click here.
*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. The group meets each Thursday in term time for crafts, a short service, refreshments and plenty of chat. Its next meeting will be on Thursday, January 26th. Everyone is welcome. 
*The Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, appeared on BBC Radio Leicester on New Year's Day to explain what was happening with the re-ordering project in St Mary's Church. If you missed the broadcast you can still hear it by clicking here.
 

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church logo newjpgsmalljpgsmal*To find out about the re-ordering project click here.
* If you would like to have a lasting memory of a loved one or a ‘thank you’ for something special relating to yourself, your family or an organisation there are a number of options for sponsoring. Details of all donors will be recorded in a specially commissioned book of honours that will be on display (rather like our Book of Loving Remembrance). To find out more click here.
*To find out how the Melton Times are reporting the church closing for 10 months click here.
 *To download leaflets explaining how you can sponsor an organ pipe, paving slab or pendant light in St Mary's Church click here.
A virtual tour of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is now available to look at. It has been organised by the church logo newjpgsmalljpgsmalchurch'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.
To view the tour click here.
A special website has also been created to keep people updated about the latest developments with the re-ordering project. 
If you would like to help sponsor a specific part of the project, hold a fund-raising event or provide goods or services in kind there is a form on the website where you can offer to do this. 
You can view the website by clicking here.
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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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THE other day I was walking into town from Burton Road and the first thing that caught my eye rising majestically over the houses and other buildings was our beautiful St Mary's Church, writes Phil Balding.
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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.
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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.
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A message from the new Melton Mowbray Team Parish Vicar, the Revd Dr Mary Barr.
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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).
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Don't miss the next Saturday activities morning being held by St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on February 11th when Lego Batman and Batgirl will be making a special appearance. Find out more by reading on...
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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.
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The annual Pancake Supper will be held in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Tuesday, 28th February, from 7pm onwards.
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A quiz night is being held on Saturday, 25th March, at 7pm prompt in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall.
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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.
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There will be a Way Forward meeting for our Team Parish on Thursday, 9th February, from 7pm – 9.30 pm in Frisby-on-the-Wreake Methodist Chapel.
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Several people had to do a double take when they saw some of the workmen, as the one pictured above, going in and out of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, during the last two weeks. To find outmore, read on...
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Preparations to carry out the planned improvements to St Mary’s Parish Church are finally under way. The building has been emptied in readiness for work to begin. It is an exciting but daunting prospect, writes John Craig.
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Members of the congregation of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, saw the building blessed on Sunday, The Feast of the Epiphany (January 8th) before processing to Parkside for their first service in Melton Borough Council offices.
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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.
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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.
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The next Going Deeper meeting will be at 7.30pm in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Wednesday, 11 January. To find out more, read on...
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Website editor Phil Balding gives his views after watching work start on St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Tuesday (January 3rd)
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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.
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A Songs of Praise Service will be held on Sunday, 29th January, at Parkside at 10am. All are very welcome.
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Our globe-trotting Posada figures have been on the move again, this time looking round Norwich Cathedral with Trisha and Andrew Nutter.
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The monthly prayer diary for January, 2017 is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
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Well it’s been a very long time coming… but, at last, we’re ready to let the builders take over St Mary’s Church, Melton, and get on with the re-ordering works, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
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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...
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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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The Melton Mowbray Team Parish Youth Group (and leaders!) had a great time trying to escape from the Escape rooms at Twin Lakes recently.
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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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A contractor has been appointed to undertake the Re-ordering Project at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in the new year. For more details, 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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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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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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St Mary’s Church
Melton Mowbray
 Sunday Services…

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

22nd January:
8am Holy Communion (Parkside).
10am Worship@Ten All-Age Worship (Parkside).
6pm Choral Evensong (St Peter’s).
 
29th January:
8am Holy Communion (Parkside).
10am “Songs of Praise” (Parkside).
 
All are welcome! Do come and join us!
 

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To Russia...
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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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 Upcoming Events 
Thursday 26 January
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ The Samworth Centre
Saturday 11 February
10:30amSuper Heroes Saturday @ Parkside
Tuesday 28 February
7:00pmPancake Supper @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Saturday 25 March
7:00pmQuiz night @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall

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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



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