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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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Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, is pictured at the Service of Praise and Thanksgiving on Wednesday night (December 13th) to celebrate the re-dedication of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and the dedication of the new "Melton Mowbray" stained glass window in memory of benefactor John Plumb. To find out more and to view the new stained glass window click here.




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“WHAT AN AMAZING TRANSFORMATION…” or it will be when it’s all finished! What a wonderful resource St Mary's Church building now is, not only to the worshipping congregation, but also to the whole community in and around Melton Mowbray and further afield, with events such as the Christmas Tree Festival, hosting the British Pie Awards etc.
The re-ordering in St Mary’s is now almost complete. The works have included levelling the floor to create a step-free environment, putting in under-floor heating throughout, improved lighting, amplification and audio-visual equipment, a servery and storage space, toilets, a glass “air-lock” in the porch, upgrading the organ and adding a new stained-glass window in memory of our major donor, John Plumb.
However, demands by the statutory bodies has meant that extra costs to the interior floor and outside pavement leave us £167,741 short of our target.
Mike McClure is pictured above at the recent Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church with one of the new leaflets which explain how you can help the 'Heart of St Mary's' Project. To find out more click here.

*Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, was interviewed on Jo Hayward's show on BBC Radio Leicester on Wednesday, December 13th, about the refurbishment work which has been happening in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, and the special service taking place that night. If you missed the recording you can listen to it by clicking


This year's Christmas Tree Festival in the beautifully refurbished St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, more than lived up to its promise of being bigger and more spectacular than ever before. To view a full round-up of what took place during the festival click here.
*To view a video taken at the Christmas Tree Festival by Arthur Brown Photography click here.
Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, is leading the Churches Together in Melton Mowbray carol singing on Saturday (December 16th) at 11am in the Market Place near the Butter Cross and would appreciate any support from folks to join in the singing.
A Christingle Service will be held on behalf of the Children's Society in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, December 17th at 3pm.
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!
Don't miss the chance to get in the festive mood on Thursday (December 14th) in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, when Mayor Tejpal Bains is holding a Carols by Candlelit Christmas Service at 6.30pm.
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!
Melton Mowbray Choral Society presents the concert 'Christmas Memories' on Saturday, December 16th in the town's St Mary's Church at 7.30pm.
St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, held an Open Day on Saturday, December 9th, when the building was decorated for Christmas.
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.
Don't miss the candle-lit Nine Lessons and Carols in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, December 17th at 6pm.
“Are you looking forward to the Christmas Tree Festival?” That’s the question everyone’s asking me as I approach my first Christmas in Melton Mowbray, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr.
A member of Melton Mowbray Team Parish Youth Group is pictured playing “Going for Fame” recently. For more pictures read on...
Members of the St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots Group had a special visitor on Thursday (December 7th) when Santa gave out presents.
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.
Julia and Christopher Joseph organised an excellent soup and wine special in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday, December 2nd, to raise funds for the St James' Church Refurbishment Project, writes Janet King.
St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, held an Advent and Christingle Service on Sunday, December 3rd.
The twelve of us who signed up for the OMEGA Course probably did not know quite what to expect from a course designed ‘to help people who may be approaching retirement or be newly retired', writes Janet King.
Café Connect at St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was different this month, writes Janet King.
Janet King gives an update on what has been happening in the villages of Bitaj and Drenge, Albania, recently.
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.
Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, explains how we can do our bit to keep the Christ in Christmas.
St Mary's gardens achieve level 4 in the East Midlands In Bloom "In Your Neighbourhood" section.
Melton Mowbray Team Parish invites you to celebrate the New Year in 2018 with worship on New Year’s Eve. Services are: 8.00 am: Prayer Book Communion; 10.00 am: New Year Holy Communion. Both at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray.
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The monthly Prayer Diary for December 2017 is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
Belvoir Big Band were back at St James' Church, Burton Lazars, on Saturday, November 18th, two years on from their first visit to help us again with our fundraising for our Refurbishment Project, writes Janet King.
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.
A Remembrance Communion Service was held in St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, on Sunday.
HUNDREDS 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).
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 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).
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...
Our Service of Loving Remembrance held on November 5th at St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was particularly well attended this year, writes Janet King.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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. 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 Melton
Team Parish

Sunday 17th December
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St Mary’s,
Melton Mowbray

8.00am: Holy Communion.
10.00am: Parish Communion.
3.00pm: Christingle Service & Nativity. Come dressed as your favourite nativity character!
6.00pm: Nine Lessons & Carols.

St Mary the Virgin,
Thorpe Arnold

9.45am: Family Communion.
6.00pm: Nine Lessons & Carols.

St James,
Burton Lazars

11.00am: Seven Lessons & Carols.

St Bartholomew's, Welby
3.00pm: Christmas Holy Communion.

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Christmas Services
Christmas Eve,
Sunday, 24th December

5pm: Crib Service, St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold;
6pm: Carol Service, St Leonard’s Church, Sysonby;
6.30pm: Christingle Service, St James Church, Burton Lazars;
11.30pm: Midnight Holy Communion, St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray;
11.30pm: Midnight Holy Communion, St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold.

Christmas Day,
Monday, 25th December

8.00am: Holy Communion with Carols, St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray;
9.45am: Christmas Family Communion, St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold;
10.00am: Christmas Celebration Service, St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray for all ages. Please bring a present to show.


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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:


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"Don't let the past steal your present. This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone." - Taylor Caldwell.