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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.
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The parish team

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) 

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Associate Priest

12 Balmoral Road,
MM, LE13 1JN (01664) 564128 
(07863 398707)

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. 


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Bell ringers from St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and guests enjoyed a meal at the Harboro Hotel on Tuesday night (January 16th). For more pictures click here.



Come and join the celebration, it's a very special day.... Yes, Saturday (January 13th) marked the return of the Saturday activities mornings in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and we certainly celebrated the fact in style.
Members of the New St George Morris dancers, pictured above, were on hand as were members of Want2Dance, Melton Mowbray, pictured below, to help us join in the fun. There was a special celebration cake and lots of activities to take part in. To find out more and to view more pictures and videos click here.



* To find out how YOU can help with the Heart of St Mary’s Project click here


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 Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Martyn Snow, pictured, will be officiating at the Deanery Confirmation Service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, at 4pm on Sunday, 21st January.
A Women's World Day of Prayer Service will be held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday, 2nd March at 2pm.
Kairos prison ministry: Calling all ‘cookie’ bakers – following the success of last year’s bake we have been asked to bake more cookies for the next mission to HMP Stocken.
Churches Together in Melton Mowbray are organising a Lent course based around the film ‘The King’s Speech’ which will be held at Melton Mowbray Baptist Church.
Churches Together in Melton Mowbray are holding Lent Lunches in aid of CAFOD and Christian Aid at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Tuesdays at 1:30pm throughout Lent.
Joy Stribblehill is exploring the possibility of a Lent Reading Group, to read and discuss “The Great Spiritual Migration,” how the World’s largest religion is seeking a better way to be Christian, by Brian D. McLaren.
Essential re-plastering work in St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, is now complete and the building is now open again. This means a Family Communion Service will be held there this Sunday (January 21st) at 9.45am.
Members of the St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots Group are pictured above and below during their first meeting in the newly refurbished building on Thursday (January 11th).
It would be really useful to have more helpers to prepare and tidy up the Communion table for the Holy Communion services on Wednesdays and Sundays in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. Read on to find out more...
The next Care and Share Lunch will be held on Sunday, 28th January 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.
There's a treat in store in the newly refurbished St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday, March 10th, when Cottesmore Military Wives Choir will be appearing in concert with clarinetist Sara Gibson.
Seventeen members of Melton Mowbray Choral Society, some of whom are members of St Mary's Church Choir, have been invited, along with Musical Director James Gutteridge, to join forces with a 250 strong choir to sing in New York.
The Melton Mowbray Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is planning a 10-day tour of the Holy Land from 8th – 17th October. Itineraries, booking forms etc. will be available soon.
A Parish Meal, open to all in the Team Parish of Melton Mowbray, is to be held in the newly re-furbished St Mary’s Church on Wednesday, 24th January, 2018.
The annual Pancake Supper will be held on Tuesday, 13th February, 2018, from 7pm onwards at Thorpe Arnold Village Hall.
There’s nothing worse than needing something desperately from a shop, arriving at the door only to find a sign saying “We’re closed”! Much better is to find a sign saying “Come in; we’re open," writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
Find out where members of the St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots Group will be meeting and when in the New Year by reading on...
Yo-ho-snow, it's Christmas! Yes, church-goers entered into the spirit of things on Christmas Day at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, when more than 300 white pom-poms and two snow machines were used to create a "snowball" fight in the historic building.
The monthly Prayer Diary for December 2017 and January 2018 is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
ARE you friendly, enjoy meeting people and have more than a passing interest in local history? If so, the newly refurbished St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray needs you!
Paul Schorb has stepped down as secretary of the PCC. We are grateful to Paul for his contribution to the smooth running of our Church Council. However we now need a replacement to take the minutes of the six meetings a year.
St James’ Church in Burton Lazars has received a funding boost in time for Christmas in the shape of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant to install A much-needed toilet, kitchen and meeting room.
Donate to us and you can help us turn somebody’s life around…that’s the message from Alan Townend, manager of the Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland charity shop in Melton Mowbray’s Market Place. Phil Balding reports...

Trip to the
Holy Land

The Melton Mowbray Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is planning a 10-day tour of the Holy Land from 8th – 17th October. Please contact the Rector for more information. To download a booking form click here. To download an itinerary click here. To download a letter from the Rector click here.

Sunday Services in the Team Parish

Sunday 21st January

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St Mary's, Melton Mowbray
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Parish Communion
4.00pm Confirmation Service

St Mary the Virgin, 
Thorpe Arnold 

9.45am Family Communion

St James, Burton Lazars
11.15am Holy Communion

St Bartholomew's, Welby
3.00pm Holy Communion


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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 
Wednesday 24 January
7:00pmMelton Team Parish Dinner @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Thursday 25 January
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Sunday 28 January
12:15pmCare and Share Lunch @ Samworth Centre, Melton
Thursday 1 February
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Thursday 8 February
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Tuesday 13 February
7:00pmPancake Supper @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Thursday 22 February
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 10 March
7:30pmMilitary wives in concert @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray


"There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded." - Mark Twain.