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St Bartholomew's Church, Welby

Church-WelbyChurchSt Bartholomew's Church is situated about two miles north of the centre of Melton Mowbray, off the A606 Nottingham Road off St Bartholomew’s Way.   See map below.
 Mr Sam Willder and Mr Peter Franklin are both Churchwardens caring for the church.
Services are on the first and third Sunday of every month at 3pm. See our services listing for the next service.  You will be most welcome to attend.
Read the Monthly Report of the Churchwardens to find out what has been happening in Welby.

For upcoming events see below.



The church probably dates from the time of the first Roger de Mowbray in the latter part of the 12th century. It consists of a nave, chancel and porch with a small tower, most of which is built of nearby sandstone.
The east window is large for the size of the building. The ancient glass of the windows, of which considerable remains still existed in the 18th century, was later removed to form part of the assembly of ancient glass in St Mary’s Church Melton Mowbray.
There is in this church an interesting piece of old carved woodwork in the form of a pulpit and reading desk and a screen surrounding, which is most probably by its appearance of Elizabethan or early Jacobean times.

The church has been awarded a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund of up to £154,800, which represents 81% of total project costs of £190.840. This includes a development grant of up to £19,700, which is 92% of the total eligible development work cost of £21,300.
This is a first round pass and does not guarantee that it will receive a grant. If there is significant increase in the grant request at the second round it will have an impact on HLF’s judgement of the value for money the project offers. For more details of this click here.
9aWelbyHoard1No precise record of the finding of the Welby hoard, pictured, has survived, but there seems to be no reason to doubt that it was a genuine discovery. The hoard was deposited in the Leicester Museum in 1919 by Mrs. 0. C. Hocart, and the museum records state that the discovery was made about 1875 when a farmer was digging for gravel in Welby parish.
  There is a field in this parish known as the Gravelholefield, and it seems likely that this was the find spot as gravel deposits do not seem to be known elsewhere in the parish. Unfortunately, only a proportion of the hoard survived, as the farmer took it to be melted down at a local foundry. Luckily, local resident Mr W. S. Barnes witnessed this and purchased and rescued the remaining finds.
  To find out more click here and for a Medieval map of Welby click here.



Church Open Day 
St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, held an Open Day on Saturday, December 9th, when the building was decorated for Christmas. More ...
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In memory of Gerald 
On Sunday, 15th October, the congregation at St Bartholomew’s Church, Welby, remembered Lance Corporal Gerald Ellis with prayers during the Holy Communion Service and afterwards in the churchyard when a Remembrance Cross was laid by his memorial. More ...
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Church under the spotlight 
St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, featured on BBC Radio Four's Farming Today programme on Wednesday (August 30th). More ...
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More tea, anyone?
Following the precedent from last year when we held a celebration in church for the Queen's 90th birthday, the congregation of St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, arranged a Tea Party in church on Saturday afternoon (20th August), writes Colin Beavis. More ...
Brownies visit church 
Members of the 4th St Mary's Church Brownies visited St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, recently, where they had a picnic followed by activities about the church. They then planted up pots for outside of the main door of the Church. More ...
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Colin's new role 
Colin Beavis has become a Church Warden at St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, replacing Sam Willder, who had to step down earlier this year due to ill health. More ...
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Church on the airwaves
The second part of BBC Radio Leicester presenter Ben Jackson's reports from St Bartholomew's Church, Welby, went on air on Thursday morning (March 9th). If you missed the report you can still hear it. Find out more by reading on... More ...