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St Bartholomew's Church, Welby

Church-WelbyChurchSt Bartholomew's Church is situated about two miles north of the centre of Melton Mowbray, off the A606 Nottingham Road off St Bartholomew’s Way.   See map below.
 Mr Sam Willder and Mr Peter Franklin are both Churchwardens caring for the church.
Services are on the first and third Sunday of every month at 3pm. See our services listing for the next service.  You will be most welcome to attend.
Read the Monthly Report of the Churchwardens to find out what has been happening in Welby.

For upcoming events see below.



The church probably dates from the time of the first Roger de Mowbray in the latter part of the 12th century. It consists of a nave, chancel and porch with a small tower, most of which is built of nearby sandstone.
The east window is large for the size of the building. The ancient glass of the windows, of which considerable remains still existed in the 18th century, was later removed to form part of the assembly of ancient glass in St Mary’s Church Melton Mowbray.
There is in this church an interesting piece of old carved woodwork in the form of a pulpit and reading desk and a screen surrounding, which is most probably by its appearance of Elizabethan or early Jacobean times.

The church has been awarded a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund of up to £154,800, which represents 81% of total project costs of £190.840. This includes a development grant of up to £19,700, which is 92% of the total eligible development work cost of £21,300.
This is a first round pass and does not guarantee that it will receive a grant. If there is significant increase in the grant request at the second round it will have an impact on HLF’s judgement of the value for money the project offers. For more details of this click here.
9aWelbyHoard1No precise record of the finding of the Welby hoard, pictured, has survived, but there seems to be no reason to doubt that it was a genuine discovery. The hoard was deposited in the Leicester Museum in 1919 by Mrs. 0. C. Hocart, and the museum records state that the discovery was made about 1875 when a farmer was digging for gravel in Welby parish.
  There is a field in this parish known as the Gravelholefield, and it seems likely that this was the find spot as gravel deposits do not seem to be known elsewhere in the parish. Unfortunately, only a proportion of the hoard survived, as the farmer took it to be melted down at a local foundry. Luckily, local resident Mr W. S. Barnes witnessed this and purchased and rescued the remaining finds.
  To find out more click here and for a Medieval map of Welby click here.



Help uncover site mystery
Archaeologists believe a Roman villa or a Danish settlement may be buried under the surface of a field adjacent to St Bartholomew's Church, Welby. More ...
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Church on the airwaves
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... More ...
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Talk on Old Melton
An Evening with Arthur Payne entitled Old Melton Mowbray ~ Series 7, a talk with slides, will take place on Saturday 4th March, at 7pm in the Samworth Centre. More ...
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Plaque plans on hold
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". More ...
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Sam to step down
Sam Willder, Church Warden at Welby for a good few years, is stepping down at the Annual Meeting, due to ill-health. More ...
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Church open day success
St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, held an open day on Saturday (10th December), writes Colin Beavis. For more details and pictures read on... More ...
Church shows off £180,000 refit and new heritage exhibition
Members of St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, showed off the results of a £180,000 restoration project and a new exhibition illustrating what life was like in the lost village at an open day on September 17th. More ...
Queen’s 90th birthday celebration 
The congregation of St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, held a tea party on Saturday afternoon (June 11th) to celebrate the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. More ...
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Brownies' church picnic
The 4th Melton (St Mary's) Church Brownies held a picnic at St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, on Monday, June 6th to celebrate the Queen's birthday and also to view the new display boards about the lost village of Welby. More ...
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The lost village of Welby
The heritage boards depicting the history of the lost village of Welby have now been finished and will soon be on display in St Bartholomew's Church. For more details read on... More ...
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St Bartholomew's, Welby Fundraising events in 2016
A series of social events is being arranged in 2016 in aid of the St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, Car Park Fund. To find out more, read on,,, More ...
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