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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) 

Active retired clergy:
Revd Graham Spencer,
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. 

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Almost 60 children took part in this year's Team Parish Holiday Club from August 6th to 10th inside St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
The youngsters, aged between 5 and 11, and those who help with the annual event, enjoyed the Bible-based club which included activities, drama, songs, crafts and games and this year was set in a circus ring with the theme of Circus Shenanigans. For more pictures click here.

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This is the scene inside St James' Church, Burton Lazars, as its Development Project progresses. For an update of what has been going on since the building was handed over to Martyn Taylor Ltd on June 18th click here.

DON'T miss a special concert by Melton Mowbray Choral Society on Saturday, September 15th starting at 7.30pm.
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.
Burton Lazars Art and Craft Club will be holding an Open Day, Exhibition and Gift Sale on Saturday, September 1st from 10am until 4pm in the Village Hall.
It’s a couple of years now since we have run an Alpha Course… so we’re offering one starting on October 23rd. For more details, read on...
A lunchtime concert featuring mezzo soprano Ann Gregory will be held in St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray on Saturday, 1st September at 12.30pm.
The Framland Deanery presents an evening of environmental talks, Greening Framland, on Tuesday, 18th September at 7pm in Waltham on the Wolds Village Hall.
Two large Ash trees on the border of the churchyard at St Bartholomew’s Church, Welby, have had to be felled. For more details and pictures, read on...
Get "on yer bike" and join in the fun for the next activities morning in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Saturday, 8th September.
St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold will be having their annual tombola stall at Dalby Day on August 27th. Any donations would be gratefully received.
Every Sunday afternoon in September teas will be served in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, to raise funds towards Bridging the Gap in our funding project.
The next Care and Share Lunch will be held on Sunday, 26th August, at 12.15pm in the Samworth Centre. As always ~ all are welcome to join us for fellowship and food.
St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, has been successful in obtaining funding from the Tesco Community Fund towards a cupboard which will store the crockery for the refreshment area. Find out how you can help when you shop in Tesco by reading on...
Ride and Stride is an opportunity on Saturday, September 8th, for you to raise funds for your church - cycle, walk, horse-ride, run, jog or drive your mobility scooter. To find out more, read on...
This year’s annual LINK cream tea organised by St James’ Church and Burton Lazars Village Hall committee was held on July 18th in Julia and Christopher Joseph’s garden.
The monthly Prayer Diary for August is now available to download. To find out more, read on...
We had some disappointing news the other day… we won’t be having a Curate training in the parish next year, writes the Revd Kevin Ashby.
Members of the Melton Mowbray Team Parish Youth Group enjoyed their traditional end-of-term croquet evening held at the home of the Revd Kevin Ashby recently. The Rector’s lawn is a great leveller... because it isn’t... level, that is!
Do you have any pictures or memories of VE Day celebrations in Melton Mowbray ? If so, we'd like to hear from you. For more details, read on...
The next meeting of the Melton Mowbray Team Parish Men's Group will be held on Tuesday, August 21st with a visit to Hanwell Wine Estate Group, Hickling at 7pm.
More than 30 people braved the scorching sun to take part in this year's Melton Mowbray Team Parish Plod on Sunday, (July 15th), at Freeby.
A quiz night is being held in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday, September 1st at 7pm. Fore more details read on...
A Harvest Festival Service is being held in Burton Lazars Village Hall on Sunday, October 14th at 4pm.
All aboard! Members of the St Mary's Church Tiny Tots Group enjoyed an outing to the Melton Mowbray Miniature Railway in Wilton Park on Thursday (July 5th).
Congratulations to Stewart Betts who was ordained deacon, along with seven other people, in Leicester Cathedral by Bishop Martyn on Sunday, July 1st.
I had a big act to follow when I took over Care and Share from Colin and Gillian Beavis. To my surprise, the handover went ahead without a hitch, writes Sue Moulson.
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.
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!
For a list of events and services coming up in St Leonard's Church, Sysonby in 2018 read on...

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The countdown to this year's Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, has now begun. For more details click 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.

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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 26th August ~ Trinity 13

St Mary's, Melton Mowbray
8.00am Holy Communion 
10.00am Worship @ Ten ~ All Age Worship

St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
9.45am Holy Communion
St James @ Burton Lazars Village Hall
11.15am Café Connect


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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 
Saturday 1 September
10:00amClub Open Day @ Burton Lazars Village Hall
Saturday 1 September
12:30pmLunchtime concert @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Saturday 1 September
7:00pmQuiz night @ Burton Lazars Village Hall
Saturday 15 September
7:30pmSpecial Concert @ St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray
Tuesday 18 September
7:00pmGreening Framland @ Waltham on the Wolds Village Hall
Sunday 14 October
4:00pmHarvest Festival Service @ Burton Lazars Village Hall


"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
- Charles Dickens.