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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 & Diocesan disAbility Awareness Adviser

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 
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
Mel Greaves
The Parish Office
8 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire LE13 1AE 

Telephone: 01664 562267



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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 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. 

time smallThe improvement works done (and still being done!) on St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, have, as far as possible, been “future-proofed”… but who really knows what life will be like in 50, 100, 150 or 200 years’ time?
 At St Mary's Church we want to bury a time capsule under the floor of the beautiful building which will be found by folk in Melton at some point in the future. Can you help us?
 We need ideas for what to put inside the capsule. What would represent not only the church, but also the community and the people of Melton Mowbray in 2018? To find out more click here.

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More tea vicar? Team Parish Rector, the Revd Kevin Ashby, and his wife Alyson enjoy a welcome cuppa at St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, on Saturday (June 9th). The church was open on Saturday, June 9th, and Sunday, June 10th, for visitors to look round the beautiful flower displays inside with the theme 'More tea, vicar?'
To find out more and to view pictures taken inside the church click here.
The Revd Ashby brought along his T(ea) Rex puppet to the event after attending the latest Saturday activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, which had the theme Jurassic June. The church was decorated with dinosaur tapestries, as the picture below shows. To view more on this and pictures click here.

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*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.
St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, needs more help with its Xpress group from September onwards.
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!
A Midsummer Songs of Praise Service is being held in St Leonard’s Church, Sysonby, at 3pm on Sunday, 24th June. All very welcome. If you have a song, hymn, reading or prayer you would like including, read on...
St Mary's Church Handbell Ringers are taking part in a concert in aid of LOROS on Friday, 22nd June at 7.30pm at MV16 (Melton Vale Sixth Form Centre) Burton Road, Melton LE13 1DN.
The congregation of St James' Church, Burton Lazars, is so excited that work on the refurbishment of the building is due to begin on June 18th. To find out more, read on...
The next Care and Share lunch will be held on Sunday, 24th June at 12.15pm in the Samworth Centre. As always, all are welcome to join us for fellowship and food.
Your help is needed with this year's Team Parish Holiday Club, which has the theme Circus Shenanigans and takes place from August 6th – 10th. To find out more read on...
If you go down to St Mary’s Church on Saturday, July 14th, from 10.30am until 12 noon, you’re sure of a big surprise. For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because, that’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic!
It's the news that some people have been waiting for for nearly 18 months... the console from the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ was returned to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray on Thursday (June 7th).
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.
An open invitation has been offered to anyone who would like to visit Bishop’s Lodge and see the garden and the Chapel on Saturday, 23rd June, from 2pm to 5pm. Activities for children, live music, quiz, tea and cakes.
For an update on the cleaning of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, read on...
A flower demonstration called "Welcome to our garden" proved a big success in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray on Wednesday (June 6th).
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?
A coffee morning, cake and plant sale proved a big success and was well attended in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday (June 2nd).
It's a tough job but someone's got to do it! A plea has gone out for a winemaker to look after and have the fruit from a 30-year-old grape vine. If you are interested please read on...
The weekday services in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, during June will be disrupted due to necessary tuning work to be done on the organ pipes as they are reinstalled.
Find out where members of the St Mary's Church, Melton, Tiny Tots Group will be meeting and when by reading on...
There's festivals in Melton Mowbray to showcase pies, cheese and chocolates, but now the town is to get its first ever festival dedicated to alcoholic spirits and local produce.
There's a chance to get fit and have fun at the same time when a new belly dance class starts at the Samworth Centre in Melton Mowbray on Wednesdays in Room Four from June 27th from 6 - 7pm.
I’ve been in post as your Team Vicar for just over a year. Now that I’m familiar with what I’m supposed to be doing when and where (well, most of the time!) it’s very enjoyable, writes the Revd Dr Mary Barr.
A date for your diary ~ This year’s Parish Plod will be on Sunday, 15th July at Freeby. More details to follow soon.
The next meeting of the St Mary’s Mothers’ Union will be on Friday, 15th June at 2pm in the Samworth Centre. The talk will be ‘Is church for Everyone?’ Disability and the Christian Faith by Revd Debbie Starling, Diocesan disAbility Awareness Adviser.
The monthly Prayer Diary for June is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
Any and all animals (however large, small or exotic!), pus their owners, are very welcome to a special Pets Service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, June 24th at 10am.
Members of the congregation at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, were flying the flag on Sunday (May 20th). Find out more by reading on...
Churches Together in Melton Mowbray are holding a Celebration of Unity on Thursday, 28th June, at 7.30pm at the Melton Baptist Church. Special guest speaker will be Chris Gatfield, founder of Dove Cottage Day Hospice.
Members of the St Mary's Church 80s Plus Fellowship Circle enjoyed finding out about and adding to the Parish Patchwork when they met for an open meeting and afternoon of fellowship on Friday, 4th May in the Samworth Centre.
The Revd Debbie Starling, self-supporting Assistant Priest in the Melton Mowbray Parish Team, has begun work as the Diocesan disAbility Awareness Adviser (voluntary).
BBC Radio Leicester is coming to Thorpe Arnold Village Hall for another live recording session of the popular gardening programme 'Down To Earth' on Thursday, July 19th.
For a list of events and services coming up in St Leonard's Church, Sysonby in 2018 read on...
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.
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...
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Registration forms are now available to download for this year's Melton Team Parish Holiday Club for children aged 5-11 which will be held in St Mary's Church from August 6th to 10th. For more details click here. To download a registration form click here.

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

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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. 

Trip to the
Holy Land

Places are still available 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 it is getting near to the point where we’ll need to “close the books”.
So, if you’re interested, please contact Kevin asap 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 June 17th ~Trinity 3

St Mary's, Melton Mowbray
8.00am Holy Communion 
10.00am Parish Communion

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
9.45am Family Communion

St James, Burton Lazars
11.15am Agape Informal Communion 

St Bartholomew's, Welby
3.00pm 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 21 June
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ Rooms 2 & 3 at the Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray
Sunday 24 June
3:00pmMidsummer Songs of Praise @ St Leonard's Church, Sysonby
Thursday 28 June
10:00amTiny Tots Group @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 14 July
10:30amTeddy Bears' Picnic @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Thursday 19 July
7:15pmBring your questions @ Thorpe Arnold Village Hall


"I don't accept gifts from perfect strangers - but then, nobody's perfect." - Zsa Zsa Gabor.