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Time for a spot of 'name the dinosaur.' Pictures by Tony Rous.

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Fun making some pteranodon flying on sticks.

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A balloon dinosaur made on the day.

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What's this, a dinosaur playing chess? No, it's our resident chess master Shaun Cope in disguise!

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Time for tea with a tyrannosaurus rex.

The day of the dinosaurs 

 Tony Rous reports on the latest activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday, June 9th.

As you entered the church there were amazing dinosaur tapestries created by Barbara Clark. They were signposting lots of  fun activities for young and old, focused on the lost world of dinosaurs.

We admired balloon tyrannosaurus, paper plate triceratops and pteranodon flying on sticks. There was a fossil display and dinosaur face- painting was the order of the day. There was ‘name the dinosaur’, Len’s dinosaur quiz and lots of prizes. The act of worship was an appreciation of the vast range of animals large and small in God’s world today and in the past. The congregation sang ‘All Things Bright Beautiful’. You’ve guessed it; beautifully.

The next Saturday Morning@ St Mary’s is on Saturday, 14th July from 10.30 am to 12noon. A fun morning is assured for teddy bears, the young and young at heart. It’s a Teddy Bears’ Picnic!

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 Amazing dinosaur tapestries created by Barbara Clark hang in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.

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Fun at the colouring table.

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This young man had fun making a pteranodon flying on a stick.

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Balloon dinosaurs kept children and adults alike amused.

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Fun making dinosaurs.

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Time for a well earned break... and something to eat!

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Face-painting proved a big success on the morning.

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Can you guess what I've just made?


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Monster fun with face-painting. This picture and the ones below were taken by Brian Wray.

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Adding a touch of colour to their dinosaurs!

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There were plenty of crafts on offer in St Mary's Church.

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One young man gets to grips with a dinosaur.


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Above and below: A bird's eye view from the top of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.

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A touch of the high life!

Phil Balding reports on a trip to the top of St Mary's Church tower

There's no fool like an old fool, or so they say and, with that saying racing round my mind I found myself agreeing to climb to the top of St Mary's Church tower on Saturday morning.

Being one of the founder helpers of the Saturday activities mornings when they started several years ago, I realised that I had never actually made the climb to the tower. I'd seen the trips advertised many times but always somehow managed to find a reason not to go.

That is until I ventured into the church on Saturday with three young granddaughters.

"Grandad, will you come up the tower with me please?" came a plaintive cry from the eldest.

"Of course I will, " I found myself saying, without fully taking in what I had agreed to.

And, as I normally get a nose-bleed climbing a small stepladder, you can see this had the potential to go badly wrong.

However, I needn't have worried. It was a fantastic experience which I would recommend to anyone to try.

OK, the stairs are a bit steep and dusty, but the climb is well worth the effort when you see the spectacular views of the town when you reach the top, as the pictures here show which were taken by Brian Wray and myself.

A small group of us made the climb to the ringing chamber to start with, where we were given a short, interesting talk about the church bells. The clock tower provided another welcome break and some more interesting facts before we ventured to the top. And... wow! What a magnificent view. Melton from on high. What a beautiful sight.


I can't imagine why I haven't done this before. Fear of the unknown perhaps. A fear of heights, who knows but I am glad I made the effort on Saturday. The trips have become a regular feature at the Saturday activities mornings and take place at 10.40am prompt (weather permitting).

If you haven't plucked up courage to go on one yet, I thoroughly recommend you do.

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Phil Balding pictured at the top of St Mary's Church.


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Above and below: The ringing chamber in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.

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