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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)

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Team Vicar

The Vicarage, 23 Melton Road,
Waltham on the Wolds, LE14 4AJ (01664 464293) 

Active retired clergy:
Revd Graham Spencer,
07904 229284
The Revd Canon Peter Moseling, 48 Wymondham Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 1HX 01664 669289

Church wardens:
St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray 
Ian Neale 01664 565798
John Spence 01664 813944

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold 
Tricia Lynott 01664 562959
Catherine Shenton 01664 850422

St James’ Church, Burton Lazars 
Janet King 01664 372373
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
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267

If you have a safeguarding concern, then please contact our local Safeguarding
Co-ordinator, Alyson, via the Parish Office in the Samworth Centre (address and telephone number above) or the parish priest. If you wish to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are available by clicking here



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  Phil Balding


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

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  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, please email James Gutteridge at: or call 07832 974668

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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The countdown has now begun... yes, there's not long to go before this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival gets under way in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
And that means you have until 25th October to get your booking forms in to enter a tree. The event, now in its seventeenth year, is already attracting a lot of interest from individuals, organisations and businesses all eager to show off their Christmas Tree decorating skills. To find out more and to download a booking form click here.

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Plans are now well-advanced for a trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play (Google it if you've never heard of it! It really is an amazing experience!) next year (7-16 September, 2020), including a week in Sorrento and a chance to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast. Brochures and booking forms are now available by clicking here or from the Rector on or 07921 919917. To view a letter from the Rector explaining about the trip click here. Places will be limited, so please book early.

Don't miss the Lunchtime Organ Recital in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Tuesday, 24th September, when Keith Morgan is playing.
Harvest Festival Services are being held in September in the Melton Mowbray Team Parish. To find out where and when read on...
Find out which services are on in the parish by reading on...
Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
A concert is being held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to celebrate 100 years of musical theatre in the town.
Those who went on the Sicily Tour, which was led by Melton Mowbray Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, enjoyed an extra day in Palermo before making their way home.
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...
And now for something a little bit different! Melton Mowbray Choral Society's next performance will be Eternal Light: A Requiem by Howard Goodall, in collaboration with the Dance Department of Brooksby Melton College, on Saturday, October 26th.
Earlier this year, when I was struggling to pray through the pain of a serious shoulder fracture, something that helped me greatly was a book by Pete Greig: “How to Pray: A simple guide for normal people”, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr.
St Mary’s Mothers’ Union Annual Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday, 28th September from 10am – 12noon. To find out more, read on...
Happy Families... we've all got one and now you can celebrate yours at the latest Saturday activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on September 14th!
Congregation members enjoyed a very happy St Bartholomew’s Day Tea At Three at Welby Church on Saturday afternoon (August 24th).
Our Tiny Tots Service for children under school-age, from babes in arms up, and their parents, grandparents, childminders, nappy changers, etc, is back starting on Thursday, 5th September in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The Flagstaff Family of Churches invite you to join them at the Ordination of the Revd Stewart Betts as Priest by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, on Sunday, 29th September at 7pm at St Helen’s Church, Ashby de la Zouch.
Peter Lovegrove, a member of the congregation at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, is a man who likes a challenge. And that's just as well for on 8th October he sets off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and then do ten press-ups when he gets there!
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?
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.
The monthly Prayer Diaries for August and September are now available to download. To find out more, read on...
So, there we sat… on the quay-side at Dartmouth. Alyson and I were both hungry and so we’d bought pork baps for lunch… and what better place to eat them than sitting peacefully on the quay-side soaking up the sun, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
This Autumn, those who look carefully at the Parish Service lists in the magazine, Weekly News and on the website will spot a change of name for two monthly services at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr.
The Archdeacon of Leicester is encouraging everyone to help those keeping church life at the heart of Leicestershire communities, by signing up for the 30th Ride+Stride.
Members of St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, will be serving delicious cream teas from 2.30 - 4.30pm in the Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Saturday, 14th September.
Have you always wanted to sing? Well here's your chance because St Mary's Church Choir is looking for new members.
It is our practise in Melton Team Parish to admit children aged 7+ to receive Communion (before Confirmation). If your youngster would like to consider it, please have a word with the Rector or Revd Mary as soon as possible.
We have a Confirmation Service, led by Bishop Martyn, booked in for St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, 24th November at 10am. To find out more, read on...
At this year’s Christmas Tree Festival we would like to have a team of people engaging with queuing visitors to encourage them to stay in the queue (when waiting times can be lengthy) and present an enthusiastic welcome to the event.
New to the web site? Take a quick tour to get you started...
Services in the Team Parish

Sunday 15th September ~ Trinity 13
St Mary's, Melton Mowbray

8.00am Holy Communion
10.30am Morning Worship & Battle of Britain Thanksgiving

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
9.45am Altogether Communion

St James, Burton Lazars
11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) 

St Bartholomew's, Welby
3.00pm Harvest Festival

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This beautiful floral display is part of the work of St Mary's Church Flower Guild. To find out more about the Flower Guild and what it does click here.

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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 
Thursday 19 September
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Tuesday 24 September
1:00pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Thursday 26 September
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Friday 27 September
7:00pmGala dinner @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 28 September
10:00amCoffee Morning @ 26 Ribble Way, Melton
Wednesday 2 October
7:00pmThe Prayer Course @ St Mary Magdalene Church, Waltham on the Wolds
Wednesday 9 October
7:00pmThe Prayer Course @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray

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"Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly." 
- Mae West