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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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Have you always wanted to sing? Well here's your chance because St Mary's Church Choir is looking for new members. To find out more click here.

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Make sure you don't miss this year's spectacular Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
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. For more details, and pictures and videos from last year's event, 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.
*Time is running out to book a place on this year's Sicily Tour, led by the Rector, the date of which has had to move forward two days and will now take place from August 28th - September 5th. To download a brochure and booking form click here or text/ring the Rector on 07921919917.

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.
Members of the Melton Mowbray Team Parish Youth Group enjoyed their traditional end-of-term croquet evening held at the home of the Revd Kevin Ashby recently and the lads won.
Eighty three adults, sixty one children and six babies enjoyed being beside the seaside in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (July 13th).
St Bartholomew’s Church, Welby, was busy on Saturday (July 13th) and Sunday (July 14th) welcoming people to view its Scarecrow Wedding fund-raiser.
Find out which services are on in the parish by reading on...
Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
St Mary's Primary school paid a visit to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Thursday (July 11th) for an end of term service, writes Brian Wray.
Since the lead was stolen from St Mary the Virgin Church roof in Thorpe Arnold we have been busy raising funds and obtaining tenders from contractors, writes Catherine Shenton. Find out more by reading on...
he next Lunchtime Organ Recital in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, will be on Tuesday, 23rd July at 1pm when David Price comes to play.
Congratulations to all involved with St Mary’s Church of England Primary School,Melton Mowbray. The school has been been judged as a ‘Good School’, in all areas, by Ofsted.
Melton Team Parish Holiday Club will be going off into space to visit the planet Zog when it meets this year in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, from August 5th - 9th. To download a registration form read on...
A lovely summer's day, the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray and the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ being played by James Gutteridge. A winning combination all round!
This year sees the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ordination of women as priests in the Church of England, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr.
Forty four walkers, including three vicars and three dogs, put their best feet forward and enjoyed taking part in this year's Parish Plod around the fields of Burton Lazars on Sunday (July 7th).
Everything in the garden was rosy when St James' Church, Burton Lazars, organised a day out to Easton Walled Garden on Wednesday (July 3rd) during Sweet Pea Week.
Kingfisher Chorale put on an amazing performance of unaccompanied choral music in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday night (July 6th).
Members of the Senior Fellowship Group spent an afternoon beside the seaside in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday (July 5th).
Please Note: There will be no Morning Prayer in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on the following dates in July: Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Wednesday 24th.
Congratulations to the Revd John Hickling and his wife Beaulah who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Sunday (June 30th).
Wow, what a night! A warm summer's evening, the beautiful setting of St Mary's Church, and a concert featuring Melton Mowbray Choral Society under the direction of the talented James Gutteridge. What could be better, asks Phil Balding.
The monthly Prayer Diaries for June and July are now available to download. To find out more, read on...
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...
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...
An eight week journey through the Lord’s Prayer starts on Wednesday, 2nd October and runs every Wednesday evening from 7.15pm until 8.15pm (tea/coffee at 7pm), until the final session on 20th November.
Due to ill health Jill Milner has had to give up her role as a Pastoral Assistant in the Melton Mowbray Team Parish after 10 years. Here she looks back on her time doing this work.
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Melton Team Parish Holiday Club will be going off into space to visit the planet Zog when it meets this year in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, from August 5th - 9th. To download a registration form and to find out more click here.

Services in the Team Parish

Sunday 21st July ~ Trinity 5
8.00am Holy Communion 
10.00am Parish Communion

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
9.45am Family Communion

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

St Bartholomew's, Welby
3.00pm Holy Communion (BCP)

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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 
Tuesday 23 July
1:00pmLunchtime Organ Recital @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 27 July
10:30amFamily Fun Day @ Thorpe Arnold village
Friday 27 September
7:00pmGala dinner @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
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


"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt.