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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)

NEWEST MARYRevd Dr Mary Barr 
Team Vicar

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

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Associate Priest

12 Balmoral Road,
MM, LE13 1JN (01664) 564128 
(07863 398707)

Active retired clergy:
Revd Graham Spencer, 18 Chetwynd Drive, MM, LE13 0HU 07904 229284
The Revd Canon Peter Moseling, 48 Wymondham Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 1HX 01664 669289

Church wardens:
St Mary’s, Melton Mowbray 
Roger Kirby 01664 560080
John Spence 01664 813944

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold 
Joy Stribblehill 01664 853302
Catherine Shenton 01664 850422

St James’ Church, Burton Lazars 
Janet King 01664 565044
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
Mel Greaves
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267



Phil Balding

 07555 366597.

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

 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 ring Roger Kirby on 560080

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. 

*PLEASE NOTE: that from Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will be open to visitors from 10am until 2.30pm, Monday - Saturday.

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Don't miss the chance to get your teeth into some of the finest cheeses in the British Isles in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Thursday night (April 26th)... and to help raise money for the church Re-ordering Project at the same time. To find out more click here.
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Penguins were on parade at the latest activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (April 14th). For more details and pictures click here.
Find out which services are on in the parish on Sunday by reading on...
Find out what is happening where in the parish this week.
Melton Mowbray Team Parish will be holding an Ascension Day Holy Communion Service on Thursday, May 10th at 7pm in St Leonard's Church, Sysonby. All are welcome.
A plea has gone out for volunteer cleaners to come forward to help keep St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, looking spick and span. For more details, read on...
Melton Mowbray Team Parish Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray.
The next Care and Share lunch will be held on Sunday, 29th April at 12.15pm in the Samworth Centre. As always ~ all are welcome to join us for fellowship and food.
Now we’re back in the newly refurbished St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, it’s time to consider the social life of our church family and how we continue to fund-raise both for the building project and for our church life.
THE “GENEROUS GIVING” TEAM from the Diocese will be visiting us on Saturday, May 12th from 2pm – 4pm (at the very latest!). The meeting will be in St Mary’s Church, Melton, and is especially for DCC members, but everyone is welcome to attend.
More Tea Vicar is the theme of an Open Day being held in St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, this summer. Visit us on Saturday, 9th and Sunday, 10th June, between 10am and 4pm and enjoy the floral decorations inspired by this title.
When Bishop Martyn arrived in the Diocese of Leicester he promised us “more prayer and more parties”, and during Lent he will be leading a School of Prayer at Launde Abbey from May 9th -13th.
Melton Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, has been appointed Chaplain to the new High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Diana Thompson.
St Mary's Church Choir are on the lookout for coat hangers. To find out more, read on...
Everyone is welcome to an open meeting and afternoon of fellowship on Friday, 4th May at 2pm in the Samworth Centre when the story of the Parish Patchwork will be told and there will be the chance to add to it.
The next Melton Team Parish Men’s Group meeting will be a Nosh and Natter Evening on Thursday, 3rd May at 7pm at Melton Bowls Club.
Please Note: There will be no Morning Prayer in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on Monday, 23rd April, Tuesday, 24th April or Wednesday, 25th April.
The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, has just announced the appointment of the Revd Debbie Starling, Assistant Priest (SSM) in the Melton Mowbray Parish Team, also as Diocesan DisAbility Awareness Adviser with immediate effect.
Stewart Betts is being ordained deacon in Leicester Cathedral on Sunday, 1st July at 10.30 am. If you would like to go along and support him, Zoe and Joanna, please let Alison in the Parish Office know you would like tickets.
Find out where members of the St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots Group will be meeting and when by reading on...
As part of the 'Thy Kingdom Come' Global Wave of Prayer ( from Thursday 10 May (Ascension Day) - Sunday 20 May (Day of Pentecost), we are planning to hold a 24 hour Framland Deanery Wave of Prayer.
For a list of events and services coming up in St Leonard's Church, Sysonby in 2018 read on...
People so often take our Churches for granted. Those who visit them or come along to weddings, baptisms and funerals have very little inkling of what goes on not only on a Sunday, but throughout the week, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
The monthly Prayer Diary for April is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
This year's Mothers’ Union coach outing is to Stratford-upon-Avon on August 17th. Everyone is welcome to come along on this occasion.
Places are limited on the 10 day tour of the Holy Land, led by Melton Mowbray Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, from 8th – 17th October... but there are still some left!
Postponed Lent Book Reading Group: Would you like to join us to read and discuss “The Great Spiritual Migration”, how the world’s largest religion is seeking a better way to be Christian?
Just a reminder that the Melton Mowbray Team Parish Youth Group meets every second and fourth Friday in the month in the Samworth Centre from 7.30pm – 9pm.
A day to look at health, wholeness and healing, helping people to lead healthy lives, in a healthy community is being held on Saturday, 5th May, from 9.30am until 5pm at Launde Abbey.
ARE you friendly, enjoy meeting people and have more than a passing interest in local history? If so, the newly refurbished St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray needs you!
The pulpit will be coming back into St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, despite all the rumours to the contrary. For more details, read on...
St Mary's Healing Prayer Team would welcome more people to join them to pray (in pairs) with those who present for healing prayer at the 10am service on the 2nd Sunday in the month.
The Congregational Contact Team is a group of people from St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, which is on the lookout for more helpers. For more details, read on...
This year’s Melton Mowbray Team Parish Holiday Club will take place from August 6th to the 10th and will be based around a circus theme to include craft activities, games and some bible-based teaching.

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A booklet detailing reports on St Mary's Church activities during 2017/18 is now available to download by clicking here. 

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An updated booklet detailing the Saturday activities mornings in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is now available to view by clicking here.

Trip to the
Holy Land

The 10 day tour of the Holy Land, led by Melton Mowbray Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, from 8th – 17th October, is booking up well... and there are still spaces. Please contact the Rector at or 07921919917 for more information. To download a booking form click here. To download an itinerary click here. To download a letter from the Rector click here.

Services in the Team Parish

Sunday April 29th ~ Easter 5

St Mary's, Melton Mowbray
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion including the Laying-up of the Ladies British Legion Standard 
6.00pm Choral Holy Communion 

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
9.45am Holy Communion

St James, Burton Lazars
11.15am Holy Communion


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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 26 April
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ at Jumping Jelly Beans, Mill street, Melton Mowbray
Sunday 29 April
12:15pmCare and Share Lunch @ Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray
Thursday 3 May
7:00pmTeam Parish Men’s Group meeting @ Melton Bowls Club, Leicester Road, Melton
Friday 4 May
2:00pmAfternoon of fellowship @ Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray

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"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." - J. K. Rowling.