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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

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 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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Martin Copson appeared on Jo Hayward's show on BBC Radio Leicester on Wednesday morning (November 15th)  talking about the 120 festive baubles he has collected from around the world for his tree in this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. If you missed the broadcast you can still listen to it by clicking here. His story has also appeared on the Melton Tmes website.To view the story click here.
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2222poppypngsmallHUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Melton Mowbray on a sunny but bitterly cold morning as the nation paid tribute to its war dead on Sunday (November 12th). 
An even bigger crowd than last year turned up for this year's Remembrance Sunday parade to see serving members of the armed forces, veterans, youth organisations, representatives of the emergency services, dignitaries and members of the town branches of the Royal British Legion and RAFA, accompanied by Melton Band, march from Chapel Street through to Sage Cross Street and Market Place. For more details and pictures click here.

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A Remembrance Communion Service was held in St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, on Sunday. For more details and pictures click here.
The Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and The Samworth Centre both need you to vote for them in the Aviva Community Fund awards. To find out more click here.
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Silent Night, Holy Night, All is calm, All is bright... very bright indeed, as these pictures taken of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Thursday night (November 16th) show.
After months and months of hard work the building is starting to look really impressive as the Re-ordering Project moves towards its final week.
The heat is on... and so are the sparkling new lights, the projector screen has been fitted and speakers are being fitted to pillars.

With a big clean-up operation under way the building really does look fantastic and that has to be down to the superb job done by the hard-working, skilled team of men from Midland Conservation Limited and D.P.S. Electrical, who have put their heart and souls into transforming the church. To find out more and to view recent pictures click here.


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*AT LAST... we are looking forward to the re-opening of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. There will be a grand re-opening service (with the dedication of the new stained glass window) on Wednesday, December 13th, at 7.30pm. For those who remember, we processed from the Church to Parkside at the beginning of our “wanderings” in January… and now we will be processing back, leaving from outside Parkside Council Offices at 6.45pm that same evening. Do join us there if you are able. Before then we have two important "slots". After a shortened 10am service on 19th November, at around 10.45am, we will have a short presentation of where we are up to with the project and how we move forward from here. Then after a shortened 10am service on 26th November, at around 10.45am, those who wish to can go over to the Church (or meet us there) to have a look inside the building when there will be no furniture etc. It really does look spectacular. Hope you can join us.
*The building work side of the re-ordering at St Mary’s Church is now almost complete and it has been decided that it would be good to bury a time capsule marking the event. The capsule will be approximately 235mm x 600mm (9.25” x 23.5”). We’re holding a competition to decide what we’re going to include. Details will be on this website soon and entry forms will be available from the parish office. What would you put in the capsule? Winners will get to be there when the capsule is buried. 
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*Jacqui Wilson and Trisha Nutter have been meeting fortnightly on different days and times to pray for 10 - 15 minutes somewhere around the outside of the church for the Re-ordering Project. There is one session left on Thursday, 16th November at 12noon. 
They meet on grass by the Vestry door. Everyone is welcome.
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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.
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 Melton Mowbray Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is planning a 10-day tour of the Holy Land next year from 8th – 17th October. Itineraries, booking forms etc. will be available soon.
Calling all cleaners – some furniture will return to St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on 27th November for the Christmas Tree Festival and may well need sprucing up. Find out you can help by reading on...
Around 50 people sat down to Spuds and Posh Puds at the LINK lunch held in Burton Lazars recently. For more details and pictures, read on...
Belvoir Big Band will be performing on Saturday, 18th November, at 7.30pm in St James' Church, Burton Lazars.
A Christmas crafts and coffee morning is being held in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Saturday, November 18th from 10am until 1pm.
For details of a Deanery Confirmation Service to be held in the newly re-ordered St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, read on...
A small team of hard-working gardening enthusiasts spent a couple of hours recently helping to restore the flower beds and tidying up around St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in readiness for the forthcoming re-opening events. To find out more, read on...
The film 'The Shack' will be showing in Burton Village Hall on Thursday, 23rd November 7pm start.
The last activities morning to be held by St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, in the Borough Council offices in Parkside proved a real Christmas cracker on Saturday (November 11th).
The meeting to plan January's Saturday activities morning held by St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will be on Sunday, 19th November after the 10am service at Parkside. The morning will be the first one back inside St Mary's Church.
BAPTISM PREPARATION is something we take very seriously in our Team Parish and we're making a few changes to improve what we do! To find out more, read on...
On Friday, 17th November, at 7.30 pm there will be a quiz night at the Stute, Welby Road, Asfordby Hill, in aid of St Bartholomew's Church, Welby.Teams of 4-6 people. Admission £5 per person, to include a light supper.
For several years Framland Deaney Mothers' Union has held a Pre Advent Service where those attending are asked to bring a suitable Christmas Gift for a Young Carer (aged up to 16). To find out more, read on...
Please note that the St Mary's Church Tiny Tots Group will be meeting in the Samworth Centre on November 16th and not in Pizza Express as previously advertised.
Our Service of Loving Remembrance held on November 5th at St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was particularly well attended this year, writes Janet King.
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...
Are you interested in learning classical guitar? If so this may help you. The plan is to form a relaxed, friendly self-help group through which we can all learn together. To find out more, read on...
"In God's Care" - A Service of Loving Remembrance of those who are no longer with us is being held in St Leonard's Church, Sysonby on Sunday, 26th November at 3pm.
Calling All Knitters: Knitting has started for the Christmas Novelties filled with chocolates that are sold in aid of the Children's Society.
Ian Neale is aiming to lose lbs to help worthy causes gain pounds after going on a sponsored slim.
As we prepare for the re-opening of St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, training has been arranged to prepare all Church Welcomers, Stewards, Deputy Wardens and Wardens.
The speaker at the next Mothers' Union meeting on Friday, 17th November, is from the Children's Society and will give an update of the work of the Society.
The monthly Prayer Diary for November 2017 is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
With St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, set to re-open after the refurb I have turned my attention once more to ‘Church Welcoming', writes Marie Styles.
YOUR vote counts... that's the message from everyone involved with the Re-ordering Project which is currently under way at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and also from everyone involved with The Samworth Centre in the town.
Our well-travelled Posada figures made a journey to Leeds on Saturday (October 21st) along with St Mary's Church members Audrey Hutchin, Brenda Rous, Jacqui Wilson, Lyn Spence and Trisha Nutter to attend the Women’s Peace Conference.
FOOD, glorious food was on the menu when the Care and Share Lunches organised by St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday (October 22nd) in The Samworth Centre.
On Sunday, 15th October, the congregation at St Bartholomew’s Church, Welby, remembered Lance Corporal Gerald Ellis with prayers during the Holy Communion Service and afterwards in the churchyard when a Remembrance Cross was laid by his memorial.
Yes, it's back. You have been warned! After an absence of four years the Christmas Day snowball fight is back at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray!
“CARE AND SHARE” in the Samworth Centre has recently celebrated being 20 years old. Wow, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
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...
A small group from the pastoral committee of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, led by Revd Catriona, have recently been considering how we might be able to support one another, including those of us suffering loss of any kind. For more details, read on...
Help is needed to fill shoeboxes to send to needy children overseas as part of this year's Operation Christmas Child Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Appeal. To find out more, read on...
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...
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.
New to the web site? Take a quick tour to get you started...

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 next year from 8th – 17th October. Itineraries, booking forms etc. will be available soon. There will be an interest meeting in the Samworth Centre on Burton Street from 2pm to 3.30pm on Sunday, 19th November. Please contact the Rector for more information. To download a booking form click here. To download an itinerary click here.
Sunday Services
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Team Parish

Sunday, November 19th
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St Mary’s,
Melton Mowbray

8.00am: Holy Communion (Parkside).
10.00am: Parish Communion (Parkside).

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.

6.30pm: Evening Prayer.

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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 
Saturday 18 November
10:00amChristmas crafts and coffee @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall
Saturday 18 November
7:30pmBelvoir Big Band @ St James' Church, Burton Lazars
Monday 20 November
10:00ampram club @ samworth centre
Thursday 23 November
7:30pmFilm night @ Burton Lazars Village Hall
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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"Bigamy is the only crime where two rites make a wrong." Bob Hope.