About Us 

trisha and Andrew

Trisha and Andrew Nutter are pictured in front of The Community of the Tree of Life entry in last year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church. The entry was designed and assembled by Trisha (with family help). Trisha and Andrew have served on the Christmas Tree Festival Committee since it was formed 16 years ago.

So, have you sold your house yet? 

By stepping back from many of the roles we have participated in at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, this January, we may have confused people - sorry, unfortunately(?) you aren’t getting rid of us that easily . . . 

Andrew and I have been Companions for Bishop Martyn’s initiative to develop a new monastic community - The Community of the Tree of Life (CTOL). We have been involved since late 2017 when the Prior invited us to consider joining. 

During 2018 we have spent time on a fortnightly basis getting to know the other Companions, discovering our faith stories, planning and putting together a Rule of Life for the Novices. 

Andrew has also spent part of his work time as project manager developing the building which will become the Community House. Bishop Martyn’s wish to open the house in September 2018 was an optimistic goal as we didn’t take possession of the building until April 2018. As often with building projects there are delays, and so the building will not be ready until April 2019. 

As from January our involvement with the Community will increase over the months until the end of July 2019 when Andrew fully retires. It is at this stage we will plan to move to Scotland, having put the house on the market in April. 

In February we welcome our first two novices for the five months left of this academic year; both are keen to do the full year from September 2019 as well. We have a number of enquires for September 2019, including someone from Germany and another from Wyoming. 

On February 3rd we have our Welcome Service with Bishop Martyn at Bishops Lodge and on March 2nd Novices and Companions will make their Promises to Bishop Martyn in his capacity as Abbot. 

In July each year the Novices plan to walk the St Cuthbert’s Way, coincidently our aim is to live near where the St Cuthbert’s Way passes. So we will be able to support the pilgrimage each year as Friends of CTOL as we will have to relinquish being Companions. 

If you would like to know more about CTOL please ask us or look on the website by clicking here.

We would like to ask for the following prayers:- 

~ Tom and Isaac as they join and settle into the community as seed novices;

~ The Companions as they support the Novices: and Rachel our Prior, Matt our Novice Guardian, Alan our Warden and Lesley our House Manager; 

~ The whole Community as it develops its Rule.

Trisha & Andrew Nutter


Saying goodbye, but not yet... Andrew and Trisha Nutter.


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All creatures, great and small! 
All creatures great and small, plus their owners, are welcome to attend a Pets Service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, August 25th at 10am. More ...
The Way Forward... 
An important meeting for all in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, family is being held from 10am until 12noon in the church on Saturday, 26th October. Refreshments will be served from 9.30am. What is God calling us to do… and to be? More ...
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Battle of Britain Thanksgiving
Morning Worship and Battle of Britain Thanksgiving will be held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, at 10.30am on Sunday, 15th September. All welcome. More ...
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Harvest Festival Service
St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, will be holding a Harvest Festival All-Age Service at 10am on Sunday, 29th September. (Please bring tins, packets or fresh produce, for distribution to the families and young people at Myst Lodge in Melton). More ...
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Gala dinner
Cricket fans won't want to miss a gala dinner being held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday, 27th September (7pm for 7.30pm). To find out more, read on... More ...
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Celebrating Pentecost
Members of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, celebrated Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian church, with a cake complete with candles at their Service on Sunday (June 9th). More ...
Scouts on parade
Large numbers of people saw hundreds of Scouts from throughout Melton district take part in the annual St George’s Day parade through the town on Sunday (April 28th). More ...
Walk of Witness
A large crowd turned up to take part in a Walk of Witness on Good Friday (April 19th) which was organised by Churches Together in Melton Mowbray. More ...
Palm Sunday Procession
A large crowd gathered in Melton Market Place on Palm Sunday (April 14th) to hear The Palm Sunday story from Matthew (21:1-9) before a procession into St Mary's Church for a Parish Communion Service. More ...
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Generous gesture
Thanks to some generous donations, St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will soon be able to twin both toilets. More ...
Plea for books
If you've finished some of the books you had for Christmas, and are wondering what to do with them, why not bring them to St Mary's Church, Melton? We are collecting books in a box at the back of the church to use at our Saturday activities mornings. More ...
Romantic Michael's Christmas proposal
Mollie Wheatley got the surprise of her life when she attended her first Midnight Mass in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Christmas Eve last year. More ...
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Church is a winner
In November it was announced that the £1.9m Heart of St Mary’s Reordering Project at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, had won a coveted national award. More ...
St Mary’s Church Melton Mowbray  Sunday Services…
Find out where services for St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will be held in the next month. More ...