Coleorton Parish

Coleorton Parish in Leicestershire includes the villages of Coleorton, Coleorton Moor, Church Town
and Farm Town as well as parts of Peggs Green, Griffydam and Lount

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Coleorton Churches

St John's chapel, ColeortonSt Mary's and St John's churches in Coleorton

St Mary the Virgin Church (C o E)
Off the A512 (Ashby Road) near Coleorton Hall. It's signposted from the A512.
and
St John's Chapel (C o E)
Next to Viscount Beaumont's Primary School, Ashby Road.

The Rector responsible for St Mary's and St John's is Mary Gregory who can be reached on 01530 564372. Contact her for information about the churches and services or for weddings, christenings or other requests. You can also contact Mrs Judith Smith: 01530 834586 or Mrs Beryl Capenor: 01530 222627 for more information.
See Coleorton Events page for latest services programme and other activities at St Mary’s and St John’s.

Transcription of gravestones and burials at St Mary’s and St John’s >>

Meeting to discuss the future of St Mary's
Thursday 3 September 7.30pm at Viscount Beaumont Primary School

Your historic village church urgently needs major renovation work to save it from permanent decline and closure.

Around 40 Coleorton residents attended a meeting on Thursday evening to hear about the problems with the church buildings and grounds and to hear some of the options.

If St Mary's church closes weekly services will continue at St John's Chapel and Messy Church will continue in the school hall. BUT Coleorton will not be able to offer weddings, traditional church baptisms, school visits and services and larger celebrations like the Christmas carol service, the crib service, Remembrance Sunday and Harvest Festival. And from a heritage viewpoint it is a great shame for the community to lose a listed building which represents so much local history.

The meeting heard from Reverend Canon Vivien Elphick, Area Dean N.W. Leicestershire, about the issues and options. She read out some of the main findings from an architects report which identified problems and prioritised them, along with an estimate of costs. As well as urgently needed repairs there is also a lack of facilities, e.g toilets, and access to the church is via a long steep path.

To keep the church open as a place for worship and also as a community and heritage facility there is work to be done. Grants are available for historic churches, for example the Heritage Lottery Fund, which could cover a large percentage of the total cost of repairs and perhaps enough for some new facilities. It's likely that any body providing funds would insist on an on-going maintenance plan in place to protect their investment, which the church would need to fund on an annual basis.

St Marys Church, Coleorton

St Marys Church, Coleorton

There was some lively debate and suggestions. The meeting was asked to write down and submit their views and suggestions and, if they can, to make offers of time and expertise to help with the decision making and funding applications if that's the way forward. If you weren't at the meeting and feel you can help please send your views and offers of help to office@trinityashby.net.

Download flyer about renovations needed (pdf) >>

More pictures of St John's chapel on the Coleorton Heritage Trail page >>