Little Dalby: St James
All Saints Pickwell & Leesthorpe
Welcome to the pages for All Saints Church Pickwell & Leesthorpe
All Saints Pickwell is part of the Burrough Hill Group of Parishes, and is within the Framland Deanery. Other parishes in our group are Burrough on the Hill, Great Dalby, Little Dalby, and Somerby. We are also part of a wider Cluster of parishes including the South Croxton and Upper Wreake Benefices.
You may find the 'About Us' page interesting - but please be in touch if you would like to know more.
The parish of Pickwell & Leesthorpe: All Saints (Burrough Hill Parishes) is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies. If you wish to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team or to someone outside the church, their contact details are available here https://www.leicester.anglican.org/about/safeguarding
The Diocese of Leicester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA). If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
St Mary the Virgin
Welcome to St Mary the Virgin, Burrough-on-the-Hill. This is a beautiful medieval church with famous connections, a 13th century font and lancet window and 15th century stone effigies and superb stained glass windows.
Services are held once a month, and we also host many events and craft workshop as our church is firmly rooted in the life of the community.
You are very welcome to look around the church or to attend our services and events.
Our church is a Grade 2 listed building, with parts dating from the 13th Century. It is primarily a place of Christian worship,at the heart of the village. It is a special building, as it has been at the centre of the community for hundreds of years, welcoming the faithful and visitors into its sacred space. The local community attend services, and festivals through the church year such as Harvest, Christmas, and Easter, and use the church for christenings, weddings and funerals, and also enjoy being together under its roof for other activities such as listening to music and taking part in craft workshops and village celebrations. We are fortunate (and unique in the benefice) that our church has facilities that allow us to run such events. The church is a well -cared for and much loved part of Burrough- on- the- Hill.
We have a Holy Communion service every month, which is attended by members of other churches in the Benefice. We are supported financially through grants, through our lettings and workshop revenue, through generous individual donations, as the need arises, through a programme of regular giving by members of the church and village, and excellent local fundraising efforts. Our annual budget includes maintenance and improvements to our ancient building as well as mission and ministry initiatives.
Church and community
The Church is part of the Diocese of Leicester, and within that the Burrough Hill Benefice of churches, included in that is the Burrough Hill parish, comprising Burrough on the Hill, Somerby, Gt Dalby, Little Dalby, Pickwell. A strong fellowship exists between all the churches in the benefice.
The Church brings the community together primarily through church services, but also through other gatherings and events. We have an active PCC who work tirelessly to maintain the church, an online history archive curated by a member of the community, a Facebook page and an Instagram page which documents our flower displays. The church welcomes new people to come in and help with church life and seeks ways to include them, for example through opening and closing the church, fundraising, concerts, gardening events, flower arranging, workshops, displays and open days. Our local bellringers practice in the bell tower, and frequently ring for services, weddings and funerals. The church clock is wound by hand by a dedicated village volunteer! The bell chimes have recently been repaired, thanks to a massive community fundraising effort. These bells now chime loud and clear across the village, keeping the time, and announcing the church’s presence to all.
Despite donations given to the church, keeping such a building in good repair is costly and time consuming. We are constantly in need of funds to cover insurance, alarm costs, heating, and repair to parts of the church damaged by water, decay, temperature fluctuations and impact caused by bats, beetles and birds! We are keen to develop our outside area for increased use by the community, but this is dependant on financial support either from grants or donations. What we really need, above all else, is more people who want to be part of our church!
Our Associate Priest
In February 2020 we were blessed to have Rev’d Jane Walker and her husband Bill move to The Rectory in Somerby. Her role is part-time, and focuses primarily on providing spiritual care, support and encouragement, and strengthening the valuable links which exist between the churches and village life.
The parish of Burrough-on-the Hill: St Mary the Virgin (The Burrough Hill Parishes) is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer, PSO. The Diocese of Leicester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
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Proof of charity status
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