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Above and below: The new pendant lights are now up in St Mary's Church. 

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The high life: An electrician puts the finishing touches to one of the pendant lights.

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Above: New pendant lights  under the tower in St Mary's....

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... and in the North Transept, above and below.

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Above: A view from the North door into the North Transept and below a general view inside the church.

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What a finish!


O come, all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come ye, o come ye to St Mary's Church!


church logo newjpgsmallWITH just under SIX weeks to go the doubters WILL be proved wrong and work on our beautiful Grade I Listed building will be finished by the November 24th deadline in time for this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival.

And that has to be down to the superb job done by the hard-working, skilled team of men from Midland Conservation Limited who have put their heart and souls into transforming St Mary's Church.

The fantastic Flemish candelabra are now in place in the Chancel. The pendant lights are up and the floor inside the church, which has proved a mammoth task, is laid. There is just the floor in the porch to lay now.

The font is back inside the church and the West inner door frame has been put back. Now the big clean-up has started.

There's no doubt that the church will look even more spectacular when it is all finished in time for the Christmas Tree Festival. To find out more about the tree festival click here.

The pictures on this page were taken inside the church on Monday (October 16th).

Everyone involved must be congratulated on the effort, hard work and commitment so far. But we still need to find the remaining cash required to complete the project.

And that's where YOU can help, if you haven't done so already. If you haven't sponsored anything yet there is time to do so. Members of the Church family have already made donations on behalf of loved ones, and groups associated with the Church and the Town are also raising funds towards particular elements of the project. All donations are being recorded in a special book that will be on display in our re-ordered church. 

church logo newjpgsmallSO HOW MUCH DO THINGS COST?

INTERNAL PAVING – the natural paving stones are of varying size so difficult to price individually. However, if you include the work to raise the floor and install under-floor heating, you can sponsor a 1m2 area of floor for £100.

ORGAN – there will be over 2461 pipes in the refurbished organ; you can sponsor a single pipe for £20. 

PENDANT LAMPS – there will be 25 new fittings in the Nave, Transepts and Tower crossing; you can sponsor each lamp for £1,500.

FLEMISH PENDANT LAMPS – there will be 8 new fittings in the Chancel; you can sponsor each lamp for £3,000.

PORCH LOBBY – the draft lobby in the West Porch includes 19m2 of plain sheet glass; you can sponsor a 1m2 of glazing for £740.

SERVERY – the servery surround, fitments and storage facility will cost around £55,000. If you are interested in supporting part of this as a group fundraising challenge, please contact us as shown below.

TOILETS – the 2 new toilets in the church will cost £45,000 and will feature in a separate social fundraising event during 2017; however the team will welcome proposals from anyone wanting to sponsor all or part of them.

If you are able to Gift Aid your donation, this can add a further 25% to your gift, or if you want to spread your gift over a 12 month period then please contact us.
 
To download leaflets explaining how you can sponsor an organ pipe, paving slab or pendant light in St Mary's Church click here or please pick up a leaflet from the Samworth Centre, fill in the details and return it to the Parish Office. If you have another idea to support the project financially, please contact Dina Neale on 01664 565798 or Mike McClure on 01664 482385.
*You can also donate £2, £5 or £10 by text to 70070. Text the word Mary46 followed by the amount you wish to donate.

*For more pictures taken on Monday (October 16th) click here.


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Above and below: The porch floor will be laid soon.

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Above and below: Sorting out cabling before the porch floor can be laid.

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Above and below: The font has been returned to St Mary's Church.
 

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A view inside the font.

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The big clean-up has started. Here workmen get to grips with cleaning the South Transept.


Phil Balding, 16/10/2017

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£2,000 boost for project
The 'Heart of St Mary's' Re-ordering Project has just been awarded £2,000 from Tesco. A big thanks to everyone who put tokens into our local Tesco stores. More ...
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It's good to be back!
It's been almost a year since the workmen moved in so it was a fantastic moment on Wednesday (December 13th) to attend a Service of Praise and Thanksgiving to celebrate the re-dedication of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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A beautiful sight, alright!
What a difference a few months can make. Website Editor Phil Balding stumbled across some pictures and a video taken on the Re-ordering Project work in February and the results are amazing. Read on to find out more... More ...
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Window is installed
For pictures which show the new stained glass window being installed in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, by Derek Hunt and Jon Greenaway on November 6th this year, read on... More ...
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A fitting tribute
Seeing is believing, or so they say, but I have seen and still find it hard to believe that stained glass artist Derek Hunt has created such a beautiful window for our refurbished church, writes Phil Balding. More ...
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Support our project
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Welcome home!
THEY said they would meet the deadline and they've done it! Yes, Midland Conservation Limited handed the keys to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, back to Team Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby on Friday (November 24th). More ...
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The excitement is mounting
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All is calm, all is bright!
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Not long to go now!
The heat is on... and so are the sparkling new lights, the projector screen has been fitted and brackets for speakers have been fitted to pillars and the grill covers have been fitted to the heating pipes running along the sides of the building. More ...
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A fantastic effort!
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The big clean-up has begun
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Ian lays the last slab
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A touch of glass!
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Project's £21,000 boost
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The heat is on!
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The light fantastic!
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Shedding some light!
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The countdown has begun
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Hard work is paying off 
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Things are looking good! 
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Making amazing progress
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Work on church is going well
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Guided tours prove a big success
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Chancel ceiling gets a good clean
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We'll get there on time!
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Catriona views project work
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Student Emily takes a tour 
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Our patron is impressed
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Let there be light!
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The high life for Alex! 
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Work is gathering pace
The floor being laid at a rapid rate as workmen press on with the amazing £1.9m Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Work is looking good
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Work is taking shape nicely
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A hive of activity
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Help us hit the target!
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A splendid effort so far
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Work makes a good impression
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Progress so far
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£1.9m work is taking shape
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£1.9m project is going very well
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Guided tours prove a big success
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Your donations count! 
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See £1.9m work in progress
These are the latest pictures taken on Friday (May 5th) of the amazing £1.9m Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, showing the underfloor heating pipes being laid. More ...
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These are the latest pictures of the amazing £1.9m Re-ordering Project which is taking place in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
Our generous benefactor
John Plumb was an Honorary Life Member of the Melton Mowbray and District Historical Society and a notable local historian who died in 2014 aged 74. More ...
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A colourful, vibrant design
Derek Hunt is clearly a man who loves his job. His enthusiasm and love of stained glass is obvious when you meet him. For more details read on... More ...
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Derek is top of the glass!
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Under the floor the truth revealed
Liz Craig visited St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, whilst the archaeologists were there and made some amazing discoveries under the floor in the North and South Transepts. To find out more, read on... More ...
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Exciting Re-ordering Project moves on
This was the scene in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray yesterday (Tuesday, February 21st) as the exciting and ambitious £1.9m Re-ordering Project moves on. More ...
New window is coming along nicely
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Work is cracking on
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Funny you should say that!
They say that a happy worker is a productive worker so it was heartening to hearwhat one worker said on Wednesday morning (February 8th) as I walked past St Mary's Church in Melton Mowbray, writes Phil Balding. More ...
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A clear view
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Your help is needed now!
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Amazing peek inside St Mary's
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In for the long haul –a time for change
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Work is on schedule
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Getting rid of asbestos
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Writing a new chapter
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