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St James' Church, Burton Lazars

Church-StJamesChurch-BurtonLazSt. James Church has served the village of Burton Lazars since the eleventh century. Situated just over a mile south of Melton Mowbray, the church has a dedicated congregation who get together for regualar services,  discussion and prayer groups, and fund raisers.  Do come and find out about SWIGs (Supper with God!) or Closer to God.

 

The church is kept in good order by Mrs Janet King and Mrs Jenny Pengelly, Churchwardens. Read the Churchwardens' Monthly Update to find out what has been happening at St James'.

 

The village has an interesting history! 'Burtone' (a Saxon name) became 'Burton Saint Lazarus' in 12th century, when Lord Roger de Mowbray established a Leper Hospital to the west of the village -- taking advantage of the local spring and the freshness of the air. The emblem of the Order that ran the hospital was a red cross on a white ground -- possibly the origins of the symbol of the Red Cross organisation. This work continued until 4th May 1544, when the Hospital was disbanded under the dissolution of Henry VIIIth.

The village Church of St James is also believed to have been founded by Roger de Mowbray – though the body of the Church is in the later Norman style.
 

 HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE

 
While the earliest part of the church is contemporary with the oldest remains of St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray, the main body of the church is in the later Norman style and is probably an enlargement of an earlier and smaller church.  Here are the remains of an altar and piscine in each aisle of the nave and an islet can be seen on either side of the chancel arch, which may have originally have supported a rood screen. The chancel was rebuilt in the 20th century and the altar is one which served St Mary’s in Melton Mowbray for many years. The font is attributed to the latter part of the 14th century and is surprisingly in a perfect state of preservation.
 
Two bells are hung from the curious but handsome little bell turret at the west end of the church.  The twenty foot high Georgian memorial in the churchyard was erected to the memory and vanity of a local man, William Squires, and is adorned with carved figures representing Life, Death, Time, Faith, Hope and Charity, as well as a stone globe of the world.

 

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Work is looking good
For a progress report on the St James' Church Development Project, Burton Lazars, and pictures read on... More ...
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An evening with Govannen
Members of St James Church, Burton Lazars, are busy preparing for their first event back in the newly refurbished building on Saturday, December 15th, when everyone is invited to celebrate the festive season with Celtic music band Govannen and friends. More ...
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Work is still on target
Looking around the inside of St James' Church building, everything still looks quite chaotic and this last couple of weeks it has been a hive of industry, writes Jenny Pengelly. More ...
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Work on church progressing well
Refurbishment work at St James' Church, Burton Lazars, is going very well, with the new electricity supply laid and the pipe-work for the new central heating system now in, together with the new boiler. To find out more, read on... More ...
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LINK cream tea
This year’s annual LINK cream tea organised by St James’ Church and Burton Lazars Village Hall committee was held on July 18th in Julia and Christopher Joseph’s garden. More ...
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Harvest Festival Service
A Harvest Festival Service is being held in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Sunday, October 14th at 4pm. More ...
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Work on church begins
The congregation of St James' Church, Burton Lazars, is so excited that work on the refurbishment of the building is now under way. To find out more, read on... More ...
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Welcome boost for church funds
A coffee morning, cake and plant sale proved a big success and was well attended in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday (June 2nd). More ...
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A very special day
St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was beautifully decorated for Easter Sunday by Sue Lloyd and a band of helpers and the many bunches of daffodils were distributed afterwards with a greeting from St James. More ...
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Great to see Alma
It was great to have Alma Syla from Albania with us in Burton Lazars recently, writes Janet King. More ...
A lovely start to Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday got off to an early start for some of the St James' congregation who went to encourage a band of pilgrims who were walking along Sawgate Road, Burton Lazars, carrying a wooden cross en route to Walsingham, writes Janet King. More ...
Funding boost for church
St James’ Church in Burton Lazars has received a funding boost in time for Christmas in the shape of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant to install A much-needed toilet, kitchen and meeting room. More ...
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Alma is still working hard
Janet King gives an update on what has been happening in the villages of Bitaj and Drenge, Albania, recently. More ...