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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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Christmas with Govannen 
Come and celebrate Christmas with Govannen and special guests in St James' Church, Burton Lazars, on Saturday, December 14th, at 7.30pm. More ...
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Making merry with Melstrum 
St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was delighted to welcome the ever popular Melstrum Ukulele Orchestra on Saturday, October 19th to provide a packed audience gathered in the village hall with an evening of fantastic music and entertainment. More ...
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Harvest celebrations
Once again this year St James' Church, Burton Lazars, celebrated Harvest with a traditional service followed by a buffet supper and auction of produce. More ...
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Family fun time
During Holy Week St James Church has been open from 12pm – 1pm for quiet reflection, writes Janet King. Also on Tuesday, 16th April, we hosted a Family Easter Jubilation – Coffee morning with a difference as there were children’s Easter activities. More ...
LINK APRIL 2019
Informative afternoon
Almost 40 people attended the April LINK meeting in Burton Village Hall. Our speaker was Holly Hucknall, Volunteer and Events Coordinator at Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust., writes Janet King. More ...
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Unsung heroes rewarded
Three members of Melton Mowbray Team Parish are celebrating after receiving awards at a special presentation evening on Monday night (April 8th). More ...
Mothering Sunday 2019
Mum's the word!
Mothering Sunday at St James' Church, Burton Lazars, was a lively event with children and adults joining together in the activities, writes Janet King. More ...
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Well worth the wait
It's been a long time coming, but the wait has been well worth it. Yes, St James' Church, Burton Lazars, is now open looking cleaner, brighter and more welcoming. More ...