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*PLEASE NOTE: St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, is now open to visitors from 10am until 2.30pm, Monday - Saturday.
 

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St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray

IF you go down to St Mary’s Church today you’re sure of a big surprise…
 
IF you go down to St Mary’s Church today you’ll hardly believe your eyes…
 
Yes, our beautiful Grade I Listed building, parts of which date back to 1170, is now open again after undergoing a dramatic transformation last year and it now looks even more spectacular than ever thanks to our Re-ordering Project.

The project included levelling the floor to create a step-free environment, putting in under-floor heating throughout, improved lighting, amplification and audio-visual equipment, a servery and storage space, toilets, a glass “air-lock” in the porch, upgrading the organ and adding a new stained-glass window in memory of our major donor, John Plumb.
 
To find out a bit more about benefactor John Plumb click here.
 
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The new window, made by stained glass artist Derek Hunt in his Limelight Studios in Main Street, Medbourne, is pictured above, and was unveiled at a special Service of Praise and Thanksgiving in the church on Wednesday, December 13th. To view a report and pictures of this click here.
 
To find out more about stained glass artist Derek Hunt, and what inspired him when making the window, click here.

*Team Parish Website Editor Phil Balding was the only person to see the new stained glass window being installed last November. To view his pictures click here.
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We received some special messages from the following people as the Re-ordering Project progressed:
 
Mayor of Melton, Tejpal Bains: "As the youngest Mayor of the Borough of Melton and the first from an Asian background, I am very fortunate that, as the 'First Citizen' of the Borough, I will get to see the completion of the amazing Re-ordering Project in the town's magnificent parish church. The project's completion wil bring new and exciting opportunities for both the church and the local community and I am delighted to lend my personal support."

Local MP, the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan: "Judging from the enormous amount of materials stored in and around the church, the extent of the renovation has been monumental. I am full of admiration for all the hard work done to raise the money which has gone into making the renovation possible. My best wishes for completion and re-opening."

President of homeless charity Emmaus, Terry Waite CBE: " I am delighted to give my support to the Re-ordering Project for St Mary's Church. Because there are so many churches in the British Isles we sometimes take for granted their importance and significance in national life. Not only are they centres for Christian worship, they are also centres for the whole community and repositories of the history of the area. I wish everyone associated with the project all success in their endeavours."

The Most Revd and Rt Hon John Sentamu, Archbishop of York: "My prayer for the people of St Mary's, Melton Mowbray, is that whilst they are in exile from their church building during 2017, they will be so blessed with a fresh outpouring and renewal by the Holy Spirit that, when the time comes for you to return to your restored church, there will be many new disciples of Christ amongst your number. May God bless you in this exciting year!"
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However, demands by the statutory bodies has meant that extra costs to the interior floor and outside pavement leave us £137,000 short of our target.

 

church logo newTo find out how YOU can help with the Heart of St Mary’s Project click here. 


If you did not follow the progress of the Re-ordering Project you can view Website Editor Phil Balding's reports and pictures as the work unfolded by clicking here.


What a wonderful resource St Mary's Church building now is, not only to the worshipping congregation, but also to the whole community in and around Melton Mowbray and further afield, with events such as the Christmas Tree Festival, hosting the British Pie Awards etc as well as it being a popular venue for services, weddings, baptisms and musical concerts.

To view reports and pictures taken at last year's Christmas Tree Festival, which was officially opened by Terry Waite on November 30th in the church, click here. To find out about this year's event click here.

At St Mary's we have a regular Sunday congregation of well over 150 adults and children, and the number of worshippers is rising. On Sundays, there are regular services at 8am and 10am, with Choral Evensong with the Choir on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. 

 We also have weekday services and you can find a complete listing of these by clicking here.  Our services vary in style in the course of the month, so there is sure to be one that meets your needs.  We are a friendly, caring and open church community and welcome newcomers.

Our Director of Music, James Gutteridge, is a talented organist and choirmaster. Our choir is comprised of adults and children. If you are interested in singing and music email james_gutteridge@yahoo.co.uk.

In addition to our variety of services, some held in the church and some in the Samworth Centre, we have a host of social organisations and groups which you are welcome to join.

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With its beautiful new lighting St Mary's Church looks even more stunning at night time.


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One of the many items that have been restored during the Re-ordering Project in St Mary's Church is the Royal Coat of Arms. Pictured above is local conservator Alex Carrington at work. Alex had to scale scaffolding to carry out the work in the summer, which took a fortnight. Find out what she discovered about the Royal Coat of Arms, also pictured below, by clicking here.

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VISITORS WELCOME!

The church is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 2.30pm, with volunteers on hand to show you around or help with any questions.  We welcome many thousands of daily visitors to our beautiful church. Many visitors comment on the special atmosphere in St Mary’s, its warmth and the welcome given by our wonderful band of Church Welcomers. On special days we have tours of the Bell Tower! Books on the church are normally available for sale at the back of the church along with a lovely selection of gifts and cards. After visiting our church, do have a cup of tea at the Samworth Centre Cafe next door.
 
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The new servery is a welcome addition in the North Transept of the church.

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The South Transept of the church now looks clean and bright.


THE RUNNING OF THE CHURCH

We are kept in good running order by our churchwardens, Roger Kirby and John Spence.  Find out what's been happening in the church recently by clicking here.


St Mary's District Church Council (the DCC) meets regularly through the year to reflect and discuss on decisions concerning the life and activities of St Mary’s. The DCC is made up of a number of people representing many aspects of St Mary’s life: the clergy, churchwardens & readers, St Mary’s Parish Church Council representatives, St Mary’s Deanery Synod representatives, St Mary’s pastoral assistants and the elected DCC representatives.  

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One of the two brass chandeliers, which dates back to 1746, hanging in the North Transept of the church. They were given as a gift by Richard Gregory and each has 24 candleholders. They orginally hung in the Nave and were the only source of illumination. The other now hangs in the South Transept.


HISTORY and ARCHITECTURE

"Leicestershire's most sophisticated church, even before we go inside." from England's Thousand Best Churches, author Simon Jenkins, published by Penguin Books)

St Mary’s Parish Church, in the centre of the market town of Melton Mowbray, is the largest parish church in the Leicester Diocese. It is certainly the finest. St Mary’s is a grand cruciform church with transepts and a crossing tower. The tower of scrubbed limestone has dominated the town for centuries.

The building dates mainly from the 13th-15th centuries. The stonework in the lowest section of the tower, which has Norman windows, dates from 1170, although there were certainly one or more Anglo-Saxon churches on this site before the Norman one. It is built on a plan more usual for cathedrals and the 100-foot tower dominates the town, and is a rare example of a parish church with aisled transepts (one of only five in the country) a feature usually found only in a cathedral.

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The window in the church dedicated to Sir Malcolm Sargent.


The belfry contains ten bells. The earliest bell (No.6) is by John of York dating from the fourteenth century. Most of the rest have been recast. Until 1802 there were only six bells: then two more were added and in 1894 a further two made the total ten. In addition there is a small sanctus bell which dates from the seventeenth century.

The carillon, on which chimes are played two times a day (at 12 noon and 3pm), was restored in 1938. 


Our organ, the Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial organ, named after our illustrious choirmaster and organist from 1914-1924, which has been rebuilt, will soon be ready to play again and our regular organ recitals willsoon start once more.

 

FIND ST MARY'S CHURCH, MELTON MOWBRAY, LE13 1AE

 
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Retell the Christmas story
A Christingle Service is being held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray on Sunday, 23rd December at 3pm. Children (and young at heart!) are invited to dress as their favourite nativity story character and take part in a retelling of the Christmas story. More ...
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Generous gesture
Kind-hearted and generous congregation members of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, gave fantastic support on Sunday (November 25th) to a charity which helps needy children at Christmas. More ...
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Church wins coveted award
The impressive £1.9m 'Heart of St Mary's' Re-ordering Project has just won a coveted national award. Find out more by reading on... More ...
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A taste of the high life!
On Thursday and Friday I persuaded my friends from Midland Conservation Ltd to let me go up some scaffolding to take a few pictures to get a different view of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, writes Phil Balding. To view them, read on... More ...
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Choral Evensong time change
Choral Evensong in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will move from 6pm to 4pm during the winter months, starting on Sunday, 14th October. This has been done in consultation with the choir and those who normally attend. More ...
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Coffee boost for Macmillan
Karen Balding, who organised the World's Biggest Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Friday (September 28th), would like to thank all those who came along. Find out more by reading on... More ...
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Pulpit Fiction!
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... More ...
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Tributes to the brave 
Hundreds of people paid their respects on Sunday (September 16th), as Melton Mowbray paid its annual tribute to those who fought in the skies above England during the Second World War. More ...
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A pelican in her piety 
Pelicans have long been symbols in the Christian Church. The pelican stabs its breast to feed its young. But did you know there's a pelican in St Mary's Church, Melton? Read on to find out more... More ...
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Harvest Festival Service
A Harvest Festival All-Age Service will be held in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, 23rd September at 10am (please bring tins, packets or fresh produce, for distribution to the families and young people at Myst Lodge in Melton). More ...
Visiting choir to sing in St Mary's
The Great Malvern Priory Choir will be singing at the 10am service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, July 29th. More ...
Evening postponed
Unfortunately the evening with our newly refurbished Sir Malcolm Sargent Memorial Organ in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday, July 14th at 7.30pm has been deferred. More ...
Parish Patchwork update 
The Parish Patchwork has started to make appearances and I just thought I would bring everyone who has an interest in our Community Quilt, as it was known, up to date, writes Marie Styles. More ...
All creatures, great and small!
All creatures, great and small,were brought into St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday (June 24th) for a special Pets Service. More ...
A welcome sight
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). More ...
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A right Royal success
Royal Wedding fever hit St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday (May 19th) with a fun-filled morning for adults and children alike. More ...
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Celebrate Royal Wedding with us!
Don't miss your chance to watch the Royal Wedding LIVE on the big screen in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, from 11am until 1.45pm on Saturday, May 19th. For more details, read on... More ...
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Cheese to please!
Nearly forty people got the chance to sample some of the finest cheeses in the British Isles in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Thursday night (April 26th)... and helped raise money for the church Re-ordering Project at the same time. More ...
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Standard put to rest
A host of dignitaries joined the congregation of St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday (April 29th) at a Parish Communion Service and the laying-up of the town's Royal British Legion Women's Section Standard. More ...
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Spotlight on new window
The latest newsletter produced by Architectural Glass Artist Derek Hunt contains details and pictures of the new Tree of Life stained glass window which he installed in November last year in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. More ...
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Say Cheese!
Here's your 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 restoration fund at the same time. More ...
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Where did you get that hat?
If you want to get ahead... get a hat. But not any old hat... an Easter Bonnet! To celebrate Easter Day falling on April Fools' Day we did something a little bit different at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, this year. More ...
Palm Sunday procession
Worshippers at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, enjoyed a procession from the Market Place to the church followed by an All Age Worship Service on Palm Sunday. More ...
Flipping marvellous!
HUNGRY visitors to St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, enjoyed more than 200 FREE pancakes, tea and coffee on Shrove Tuesday morning (February 13th). More ...
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Help needed 
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. More ...
Join the team 
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... More ...
New Servery Coordinators
We are most grateful to Marilyn Wray and Karen Balding who have stepped forward to fulfil the roles of Servery Coordinators in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. To find out more, read on... More ...
Seventeen are confirmed 
Seventeen people were confirmed by the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Martyn Snow, at the Deanery Confirmation Service in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday, 21st January. More ...
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St Mary’s Church Melton Mowbray  Sunday Services…
Find out where services for St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, will be held in the next month. More ...