Save St John's Church, Melton Mowbray
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Rooted in the past, an icon in the present; a vibrant presence in the community in future! BUT THIS LOVELY CHURCH IS THREATENED WITH CLOSURE.
St. John the Baptist Catholic church stands as a memorial to the courageous struggles of the Catholic community in Melton. It was built between 1839 and 1842, as Catholicism was just emerging from penal times, when death by torture had awaited priests and those who harboured them. The whole history of Catholicism in this area is to be found in the small church. What hopes, aspirations, sacrifices and tales of generosity would be revealed if the fabric could tell its story! It was customary to give a church the name of the patron saint of its principal benefactor, and thus “St John the Baptist” as the main benefactor was John Exton, who had previously had a secret chapel at Eastwell Hall. He is depicted in the beautiful East window.
It is an early Victorian Gothic Revival building, with a strong Pugin connection including his martlet in the East window. Many original features, such as the font, the roof timbers and especially the rood screen, are of typical Pugin design.
Situated in the heart Melton Mowbray and constantly in use, the church is an icon of our community and a beacon of our faith. Many visitors remark on its beauty and its atmosphere of peace. Heritage is popular and people are attracted to old churches, perhaps searching for rootedness in an increasingly disconnected age. Many generations have brought their problems, sins, sorrows and joys to this church, and it is still used for Sunday and weekday worship, private prayer, weddings and funerals. The parish finances are healthy, the church is in an excellent state of repair, very well built, and there is no reason why it should not remain a vibrant presence in our local community for the next 200 years. But it is threatened with closure.
The Church is fully used for services through the week. However it is threatened with closure. PLEASE HELP US SAVE THIS LOVELY CHURCH IN THE HEART OF MELTON TODAY.
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Friends of st john's Melton Mowbray needs your help with “St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Melton Mowbray, is a building of historic interest and is today at the heart of the Catholic community in the town. It should remain open for regular worship, as there is no "grave reason" for its closure.”. Join Friends of st john's Melton Mowbray and 2,401 supporters today.