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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) 

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

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. 

terry 1THIS year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival switch-on in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Thursday, November 30th, will be carried out by President of homelessness charity Emmaus and former Beirut hostage, Terry Waite CBE (pictured left).
The event promises to be a real eye-opener in our beautifully renovated church and if you are thinking about entering a tree now is the time to book it in.
The event is now in its fifteenth year and this year's event runs from Friday, December 1st until Tuesday, December 5th, and is the largest in the country. Each year our beautiful church is transformed with hundreds of decorated trees from individuals and businesses in the area and people come from far and wide to see the spectacle. To download a booking form and to find out more click here.

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These are some of the skilled, hard-working men from Midland Conservation Limited who are renovating St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The church is a hive of activity as the men are working towards the November deadline to complete the amazing Re-ordering Project which began in January this year.
The months of hard work are beginning to pay off and there's no doubt that the church will look even more spectacular when it is all finished in time for this year's Christmas Tree Festival. For latest details and pictures taken on Wednesday (September 20th) of the work click here.

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Work on the central aisle of the floor in St Mary's Church.

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At work in the South Aisle of the church.  

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Applying grout to the floor in the North Aisle of the church.
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*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, 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.
The monthly Prayer Diary for October 2017 is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
Our globe-trotting Posada figures have been enjoying a relaxing time in the Isles of Scilly with Andrew and Trisha Nutter.
St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, will be holding a Songs of Praise and Communion Service at the Council Chambers, Parkside, at 10am on Sunday, 29th October. All are very welcome!
We’ve certainly seen a lot of change here in Melton Mowbray Team Parish over the years… and so it continues, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
The St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots' group will be meeting in a variety of venues over the next few months. Find out where and when by reading on...
Find out where Harvest Festival Services and Suppers are being held in the Melton Mowbray Team Parish in the next few weeks.
Congratulations to the Revd Debbie Starling who was licensed as Associate Priest in the Melton Mowbray Team Parish at a special service in the town's Borough Council offices in Parkside on Sunday (September 17th).
A charity Quiz Night is being organised by St Mary’s Church, Melton, on Friday, October 27th starting at 7.30pm at the Royal British Legion Club in Thorpe End.
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.
An Extraordinary Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held at 7.30pm in the Samworth Centre Cafe on Thursday, October 5th to agree the 2016 church accounts.
As part of this year’s National Baby Loss Awareness Day events we are planning a short remembrance service in the Samworth Centre on Sunday, October 15th, starting at 6.30pm, and closing with the lighting of candles at 7pm.
Avast there, me hearties, the latest Saturday activities morning being held by St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is about to set sail and you're invited to take part.
The next Going Deeper meeting will be on Wednesday, 11th October, after its summer break, at 7.30pm in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall.
It is proposed to run a six week OMEGA course on a Christian approach to death and dying at St James'Church, Burton Lazars, each Wednesday evening at 7pm from 25th October to 29th November.
A Christmas crafts and coffee morning is being held in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Saturday, November 18th from 10am until 1pm.
A fun time was had by all those who attended the latest Saturday activities morning held by St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (September 9th).
On Thursday, 7th September 15 of the strong and true men of the parish met to face the challenge of the "PUB QUIZ"!
St Peter's Church in Welby Lane, Melton Mowbray, was packed on Sunday afternoon (September 10th) for a special farewell service for The Revd Catriona Cumming who is moving to a new job in York.
It has now been over a year since Stewart Betts, his wife Zoe and daughter Joanna left Melton Mowbray and moved into Cuddesdon. Here Stewart reports on that year and also shares some exciting news for him and his family.
The next planning meeting to discuss November 11th Saturday activities morning for St Mary's Church, Melton, will be on Sunday, 1st October, after the 10am Harvest service in Parkside. November's theme will be "Christmas is a-comin'. "
You are invited to join Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland for An Evening with Terry Waite on Friday, 6th October from 7pm – 11pm at Hinckley Rugby Club, Leicester Road, Hinckley LE10 3DR. Tickets £35 each.
At the last PCC meeting it was agreed to change the date of the next meeting. The PCC meeting which was scheduled for 19th September was changed to 5th October.
The new signage for the Samworth Centre and Cafe has now been completed.
No, no, no, no, no, no...yes, you've guessed it... The Vicar of Dibley is coming to town and where better place to shoot a video to be shown during the stage performance than in St James' Church, Burton Lazars.
St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, featured on BBC Radio Four's Farming Today programme on Wednesday (August 30th).
Here's your chance to view a list /programme of events which are coming up in the next four months at St James' Church, Burton Lazars. For more details, read on...
A packed congregation from St Mary's Church, Melton, were treated to a special All Age Worship Service at Parkside on Sunday which featured the St Mary's Tiny Tots group.
Helpers are urgently needed to serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the 10am St Mary's Church services in Melton Borough Council offices in Parkside on Sundays. For more details, read on...
For details of a Deanery Confirmation Service to be held in the newly re-ordered St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, and also an upcoming Admission to Communion course running in Melton Team Parish, read on...
Following the precedent from last year when we held a celebration in church for the Queen's 90th birthday, the congregation of St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, arranged a Tea Party in church on Saturday afternoon (20th August), writes Colin Beavis.
Yo, ho, ho! It was fun, fun, fun all the way at this year's Melton Mowbray Team Parish Holiday Club 2017.
Stuart Adlington has now stepped down from the ministry team as Perpetual Deacon. Thank you to Stuart for his help and support over the last few years. Read on as he explains about his life so far...
Melton Borough Council Chamber at Parkside was packed on Sunday (July 16th) when Ian and Dina Neale celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
The town has been judged for its floral displays.
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.
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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 28 September
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 2 October
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Monday 9 October
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Wednesday 11 October
7:30pmGoing Deeper @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Sunday 15 October
6:30pmNational Baby Loss Awareness Day... @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Monday 16 October
10:00ampram club closed @ 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 closed @ samworth centre
Saturday 18 November
10:00amChristmas crafts and coffee @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
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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