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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,
Melton Mowbray, 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 
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

linda small website CENTRE BOOKINGS
 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 111We have now raised the amazing sum of £1,676,451, leaving us just £223,549 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. The church will be officially opened on Sunday, December 10th.
*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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The picture above was taken on Tuesday (May 23rd) inside St Mary's Church, Melton, and shows a workman cutting a slab in the North Transept. The level of the slabs pictured is how high the new floor will be in church when the work is completed. The sub-floor has all been laid in the building. Pictured below are Midland Conservation Limited Site Foreman Derek Monahan looking over some plans with our architect Michael Bagot, from Buttress Architects in Manchester. For more details and to view more pictures taken on May 23rd click here.

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It is good to see that Midland Conservation Limited have put their sign up on the board near the Vestry door, as our picture shows above.

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Ninety people got the chance to get a glimpse inside St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday night (May 13th) and to see the work that has been done so far on the £1.9m Re-ordering Project. For more details and pictures 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: Saturday, 27th May, 9.30am; Thursday, 8th June, 4pm; Saturday, 24th June 12 noon; 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 (hopefully the last needed!!); 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.
Former Beirut hostage Terry Waite officially opened the new Emmaus charity shop in Melton Mowbray’s Market Place on Thursday (25th May).
Congratulations to the Revd Dr Mary Barr and her husband, Revd Canon John Barr, who were licensed at St Mary Magdalene Church, Waltham on the Wolds, on Tuesday night (May 23rd).
A Bar Night is being held in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Friday, May 26th, at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Our globe-trotting Posada figures have spent a few days in Aberdeen with Trisha Nutter after travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper.
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.
The next Care and Share lunch will be held on Sunday, 28th May, at 12.15pm in the Samworth Centre. As always, all are welcome to join us for fellowship and food. Details from Gillian and Colin on 01664 851386.
An Evening with Arthur Payne - Old Melton Mowbray Slideshow Series 8 - will take place on Saturday, 27th May, at 7pm in the Samworth Centre.
A 50/50 bring and buy auction is being held in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday, June 3rd.
Star Wars fans really felt The Force on Saturday at the latest activities morning held by St Mary's Church in Melton Borough Council offices at Parkside.
The archaeologists who recently came to walk the field near St Barthlomew's Church, Welby, and do the topographical survey, are coming to the church on Monday, May 22nd at 6.30pm for 7pm, to explain what they have discovered so far.
A Melton Mowbray Team Parish Ascension Day Holy Communion Service will take place in St Leonard's Church, Sysonby, on Thursday, May 25th at 7pm. All are welcome.
THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer encouraging Christians across the world to pray between 25th May and 4th June. Please join us (and Christians throughout the world…) in prayer.
The latest Parish Men's group Skittles evening was a great success with good food and fun being had by all!
When Bishop Martyn was welcomed into the Diocese last year he promised ‘Prayers and Parties’. Delivering on this promise, he wishes to bring together as many of us as possible on Monday, 12th June, from 7pm – 9pm in St Luke's Church, Gaddesby.
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.
Our meeting of `Going Deeper` on Wednesday, 7 June, at 7.30pm in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall will feature a film, The Cross and the Bodhi Tree, followed by a discussion. For more details, read on...
The monthly Prayer Diary for May 2017 is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
It’s hard to believe it has been nearly two years that we have been without a Team Vicar and, despite promises of help which never materialised, we have been one full-time member of the Ministry Team “light” for all that time, writes Revd Kevin Ashby.
A Thorpe Arnold Village Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, 17th June from 10am until 2pm.
The Melton Team Parish Plod will take place on Sunday, 11th June at 2pm with a short, easy walk starting from St Bartholomew’s Church, Welby, followed by refreshments.
Four well known faces to the Melton Mowbray Team Parish church family received Maundy Money from Her Majesty The Queen at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday (April 13th).
Entertaining, thought-provoking, challenging – Roughshod (who are part of Riding Lights Theatre Company) were all of these and you missed an excellent evening out at Sage Cross Methodist Church if you didn’t go on Tuesday (April 11th), writes Janet King.
Two prominent members of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, were among the "unsung heroes" who attended a celebration of volunteers in the county at County Hall, Leicester last month.
There was a good turnout to listen to The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, when he led a Lent School of Prayer entitled “Lord, teach us to pray” in the Samworth Centre on Tuesday (April 4th).
Volunteers are needed to serve lunches with the Community Family Lunch Project during the summer. For more details read on...
Almost twelve months ago 4,000 people wrote what they were thankful for on graffiti boards installed in Leicester Cathedral during Lent. Since then the Count Your Blessing Boards have been on tour around the Diocese, from Melton Mowbray to Hinckley.
St James' Church, Burton Lazars, held a Mothering Sunday Cafe Connect on March 26th which was well attended and well received, writes Janet King.
The Revd Debbie Starling, pictured, has joined the Melton Mowbray Team Parish ministry team. Here she tells the story of why she, husband Gerard and daughter Amy have moved to the area and says thanks to everyone for the warm welcome they have had so far.
We have been told by Storehouse that they are having to buy some foodstuff to meet the needs of people referred to them. they are short of tinned fish, meats, curry, casseroles, hot dogs, puddings, spaghetti and vegetables, and instant pot noodles.
For varying reasons help is now needed with the monthly Care and Share Lunches held in the Samworth Centre.
The second part of BBC Radio Leicester presenter Ben Jackson's reports from St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, went on air on Thursday morning (March 9th). If you missed the report you can still hear it. Find out more by reading on...
A meeting was held in St James' church, Burton Lazars on Sunday, March 5, when the final refurbishment plans, which have now been granted a Faculty by the DAC, were on view and those present were told how far things have reached.
As part of the 10th Anniversary of Melton in Bloom, we are entering our town into East Midlands in Bloom 2017, which will be judged at the beginning of July this year. W ee need your help. Read on for more details...
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...


THY KINGDOM COME is a global wave of prayer encouraging Christians across the world to pray between 25th May and 4th June. Wouldn't it be great if the Christians in Melton and the villages around could be united in prayer during that period with our brothers and sisters across the globe?
Better still, it would be good to know that someone somewhere in our area was praying all the way through that period. Can you help? On this website there is a link where you can sign up to promise to pray for at least one half hour slot during that period (even during the night-time hours).
If you can't go online, please contact Alison in the Parish Office (503530) and tell her which slot you'd like. Prayer resources are also available on the website and from the office. Please join us (and Christians throughout the world...) in prayer. To find out more click here.


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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 appeared on BBC Radio Leicester on Friday morning (April 21st) to tell everyone what he is doing. To listen to the broadcast 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 last month his collection has grown to 51 baubles from 19 countries, the most recent being from Jordan, Trinidad and St Kitts. 


St Mary’s Church
Melton Mowbray
 Sunday Services

28th May: 

8am: Holy Communion (Samworth Centre).
10am: Team Parish Welcome Service for Revd Dr Mary Barr as Team Vicar (St James' Church, Burton Lazars).
6.00pm: Choral Evensong (St Peter’s Church).

PLEASE NOTE: St Mary's services have had to be changed for Sunday 4th June, as Parkside is being used for the election. 8am Communion will be in the Samworth Centre as will Ten O’Clock Praise (…as usual. If you’ve not been before, why not come along and join us?). Or, why not join us at 11.15 am at Burton Lazars for the Communion Service? All are very welcome.


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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. 

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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 
Thursday 25 May - Saturday 3 June
Thy Kingdom Come 2017 @ Global
Friday 26 May
7:30pmBar Night @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Saturday 27 May
7:00pmOld Melton slideshow @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Sunday 28 May
12:15pmCare and Share Lunch @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 29 May
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 29 May
11:00ampram club closed @ samworth centre
Thursday 1 June
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Saturday 3 June
10:30amBring and buy auction @ Burton Lazars Village Hall
Monday 5 June
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Wednesday 7 June
7:30pmGoing Deeper: The Cross and the... @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Sunday 11 June
2:00pmParish Plod @ St Bartholomew's Church, Welby
Monday 12 June
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 12 June
7:00pmPrayers and a party in Framland @ St Luke's Church, Gaddesby
Monday 19 June
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 26 June
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 3 July
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 10 July
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 17 July
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 24 July
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 24 July
11:00ampram club in the park @ leicester road play park
Monday 31 July
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre

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"If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans." - Woody Allen.