Upper Soar Benefice

Consisting of parishes Claybrooke Parva, Dunton Bassett, Frolesworth, Leire, Wibtoft and Ashby Parva in the county of Leicestershire.


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Congratulations to St Peter’s Church Ashby Parva for being awarded the Bronze Eco Church award, the second of the churches in the Benefice.

Well done to our eco ambassador Alex for all the hard work involved in achieving this and for the support of the PCC.

Re-opening of Wibtoft Chapel after re-plastering

The reopening of Wibtoft Chapel for a Platinum Jubilee Celebration was a great event. The Chapel was well attended with great fellowship and conversation after the service. Refreshments and delicious cake were much enjoyed by all. Thank you to the Wibtoft team for providing refreshments and for all the hard work to get the Chapel ready to open after the replastering. Thank you to Mark for all his help and for bringing his team of handbell ringers which added to the joy of the occasion.

We look forward to using the building as a hub for the local community and for a regular monthly celtic evening service at 7pm on the 4th Sunday of the month. Hope to see you all again at the end of June!

Benefice Pentecost and Platinum Jubilee Service at Leire Sunday 5th June 2022

Lovely to have a full church for our Benefice Pentecost Platinum Jubilee service at Leire this morning. The church looked amazing with all the flower displays and so thanks go to all who made this possible. Wine and cake followed as we enjoyed fellowship together.

A bird bath and bunch of flowers was presented to Chrissie as she retired from the role of church warden after 23 years faithful and dedicated service.

Benefice Rogation Walk Today - worship reconnecting with the natural world beginning outside Ashby Parva Village Hall.

We continued to a local farm asking for God’s blessing for a sustainable future.

As we walked down Dunton lane we paused at a field with lots of sheep asking blessing on our animals and farmers and for good care of all God’s creatures.

Pausing at a stream we were reminded of the need of water to live and how precious it is, praying for those who are affected by drought often caused by man-made climate change.

Finally we made it to the apple orchard at Dunton Bassett Church giving thanks to God for gardens and allotments for the fruits of our labours.

Then a much needed rest and refreshments in the church before moving on to the wild area of the churchyard asking Gid to help us not to destroy but to protect the wild, free places of this planet which are a precious haven for wildlife, flora and fauna.

Arriving in Leire we stopped at the end of Stemborough lane outside some houses praying for those who lived there and for the homes in our Benefice.

Finally we came to rest in Leire churchyard where we were rewarded ith delicious coffee cake and tea.

A really enjoyable afternoon. Thanks you to those who planned the route and to those who provided the refreshments en route.

The weather was perfect and it was good to walk and chat and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and one another’s company.

Christian Aid Week

Help the Benefice to raise £50 for Christian Aid

this Christian Aid Week 15th – 21st May 2022


THANK YOU - we raised £60 on line and £10 gift aid in addition the funds raised in the individual parishes throough various events.

Thank you for your support.


Open The Book Easter Story 2022

It was good to welcome Claybrooke School to St Peter's Church in Claybrooke Parva for the Open the Book Easter Story, the first since all the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.

Bronze Eco Church Award

Congratulations to All Saints Church Dunton Bassett for being awarded the Bronze Eco Church award, the first of the churches in the Benefice.

Well done and many thanks for all the hard work involved in achieving this.


Pray for Ukraine: Ashby Parva Church, Dunton Bassett and Leire Churches are all open daily for prayer and there is a prayer focus on Ukraine. Claybrooke Parva has a prayer tree outside the north door where you can tie your yellow or blue ribbon as you pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia caught up in an unwanted war.

The prayer is from Christian Aid who seek to help those who have been displaced, who have lost homes and whose families have been separated by the war.


Benefice Team Up Diary: https://teamup.com/kso6bchdfue49i37qq

A quick view of some events where our churches are in use.

There may be other dates that are awaiting confirmation and have not been added to the calendar yet, so please check before arranging any dates.

Coronavirus - Safer Behaviours

Whilst the government have lifted all legal restrictions we now have a personal and corporate responsibility to be considerate of others, whose circumstances and vulnerabilities we do not know.

The basic parameters of hand sanitising and ventilation remain in place.

We would ask you to consider wearing a face mask when our small churches are full as we do have vulnerable people within our congregations. We wear a mask to protect and out of consideration for others. This is not mandatory.

Sanitising hands is still recommended and hand sanitizer will continue to be made available both on entry and exit from the church and before and after receiving Communion.

We will continue to pass the Peace by a friendly wave.

Let us continue to keep one another safe and be considerate of others as we work together as the Body of Christ in this Benefice, supporting one another with love and compassion.


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Safeguarding

If you have a safeguarding concern, then please contact the local Independent Person for your parish. To identify the right person, contact details can be found on individual church website pages (see the links pages), or on "A Church Near You" at https://www.achurchnearyou.com/

If in doubt, please call Martine Blackburn on 07941 315692

or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor - Rachel Spiers - 0116 261 5341.

Childline For children who want someone to talk to - Tel: 0800 1111


Safe Spaces – A service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.

Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)

Email: safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk

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