Melbourne Parish Church is a Grade 1 listed building, described
in Simon Jenkins’ book, “Britain’s Thousand
Best Churches” as one of the finest Norman churches
in the country. Thousands of people visit Melbourne and its
Parish Church every year and the people of Melbourne are justly
proud to have such a fine building in the town and want to
see it preserved and thrive.
task of maintaining and enhancing this magnificent 900 year-old
building is the responsibility of the Parochial Church Council
(PCC). As a result of generosity and good management, the
church is in good repair. However, it was recognised that,
if Melbourne Parish Church is going to be kept in good order
for the people of Melbourne and beyond for the next 900 years
and is to continue to give pleasure to visitors and spiritual
inspiration to all who spend time inside it, the building
would have to engage more effectively with wider society and
would need to expand the numbers of those involved in its
care and upkeep beyond the local worshipping community.
these ends, the Friends of Melbourne Parish Church was formed
in September 2003, receiving charitable status in May 2004.
There are, at present around 180 Friends, who not only help
care for the building but also benefit from a lively programme
of talks, concerts and exhibitions in the church, as well
as visits to other relevant places of interest.It’s
easy to join and we would love to have you.
click the JOIN button and download an application form.