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‘Let your light shine.’ Matthew 5:16

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Our Church Community

The Parish church of St Mary Magdalene dates back to the 13th Century and has been a place of worship for over 800 years.


The Tower and spire date from the 15th Century. However on 27 February 2008, the church spire was badly damaged by an earthquake. The top 30 feet (9.1 m) of it had to be rebuilt, the work was completed in 2009.


The church has recently undergone its biggest refurbishment since Victorian times, creating a beautiful space for our community to come together in worship and prayer.



St Mary Magdalene Church


Waltham Church hosts regular worship and Holy Communion services, an All-Age Messy Church, a Café Church, a Parent/carer baby and toddler group, art group, home groups, Cinema Nights and other one-off events – all of which sadly are on hold in order to keep our congregations safe, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
We have recently gone online with the other Ironstone churches for Zoom worship and telephone services, pre-recorded services, and Youtube videos. We even managed 3 outdoor socially distanced services when the weather was a bit warm. You would be most welcome to join in with what we are doing as a church. We are always open to suggestions about what we could do to help build faith and community.  

The church building is open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays from around 930am until around 1pm
There is a box in church to support the work of Storehouse - the Melton Foodbank – please give what tins/packet food you can.

We are part of a group of 7 churches called the Ironstone Villages Family of Churches and you can find out what is happening across all the churches here:

If you would like to receive the monthly email copy of our Newsletter (the Yellow Pages) then please just ask.



Meet Our Rector - Reverend Canon John Barr

We moved to Waltham-on-the-Wolds in April 2017 from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, just by the famous hills.


Then on 23 May 2017 I became Rector of the Ironstone Villages - a family of seven churches - at the same time as my wife Mary became Vicar in the Melton Mowbray Team.


As Rector, I am delighted to be able to become involved with the school which I look at every day from the other side of the Melton Road!


I live at the Vicarage on Melton Road with my wife Mary, and you will often see me out walking with our dog Benji. You can contact me on 01664 464265.


The Marvellous Picnic

Messy Café Church: Jesus Feeds the 5000

Mike and Chris Alexander are active members of our team and regularly visit the school and host events for the community. Mike is a Reader and Pioneer Minister, and Chris is a Pioneer Minister. 
They have lived in Waltham for 24 years. 
They can be contacted on 01664 464802 or at