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Church and Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 7th January 2021


Although the lock down rules allow churches to remain open for worship the Parochial Church Council (PCC) has decided that to do so would entail too much risk to individuals.  The PCC has therefore resolved to close the parish church as from today and the Rector will be informing the Bishop of this. 


The other three parishes in the Benefice are taking the same action.


The PCC has not taken the decision lightly and many people will be saddened by this, but we live in exceptional times and must all do what we can to keep safe and well.  The PCC will keep this decision under review but at the moment we cannot say when the church will reopen.


Please contact the Rector on 01332 864741 if you need to discuss wedding or funeral arrangements.

Church News





Annual Parish Church Meeting


The APCM which should have been held in April 2020 was held in the Village Hall on the 13th October 2020. 


The following were elected as officers and committee members:


Church warden

Gary Margerrison

PCC members

Pat Barnes; Diana Dix; Katherine Powlson; Maurice Stanley; Ray Young

Diocesan Synod Rep


PCC Secretary

David Edwards


Gary Margerrison

Electoral Roll Officer

Pat Barnes

Safeguarding Officer

David Edwards


The Fallen from Smisby

Thanks to more research by Garry Margerrison we now have finally identified the details for all of the fallen that we remember at Smisby. We now have not just their rank and service numbers but where they died and where they are buried including those from WW2 on who we previously had no information.

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Access this URL ( Fallen from SmisbyThe Fallen from Smisby 121 kB

Read more: The Fallen from Smisby

Melbourne Parish Church Streaming Services

The Revd. Steve Short, the Rector of the Melbourne Benefice, of which Smisby is a part, is live streaming a service from his dining room every Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook while the churches are closed. Click here for the Melbourne Parish Church Facebook page

St James' Church



Hello and welcome to the web pages for our ancient village church.


St. James Church stands on a hill above the village and has been a place of Christian worship for more than 900 years. 


There are four churches in the group we belong to – Melbourne, Smisby, Stanton by Bridge and Ticknall.


Our Rector is the Revd. Steve Short who leads a ministry team of Clergy and Readers.



Please take a moment to click on this link and peruse the  St. James Parish Church Parish Safeguarding Policy


It sets out our policy and what to do if you have safeguarding concerns about the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Church activities.