Rev'd Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani

The Rev’d Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani (left), Interim Team Rector, pictured with The Rt Rev’d Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester.

We are a team of seven parishes with eight churches lying north of the city of Leicester and to the east of the ancient Roman road the Fosse Way. We are part of the Church of England and in the Diocese of Leicester. The team includes the churches of Barkby, East Goscote, Queniborough, Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreake, Rearsby, Syston, Thrussington and Thurmaston.

Our vision is to be a Christian presence in the heart of each community, centered on Christ, serving others, proclaiming the gospel, being accessible and offering a welcome to all in Christ’s name. We work creatively together as both clergy and lay people to bring this vision to life.

If you’re in the area and you want to join us we would be very happy to see you. Each church is individual and unique within its town or village setting and together we offer a wide range of services.

Contact details

Please do get in touch if we may be of assistance. Contact details may be found at our people page.


If you have a safeguarding concern, then please contact our local Safeguarding Co-ordinator. You can do this by sending an email to the Webmaster, which will be forwarded to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator; or you can contact the appropriate Team Rector / Team Vicar for the church / parish, using the contact details below.

Photo Name Role Parishes Email Phone
Rev'd Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani Rev Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani Team Rector Barkby; Syston rector@thefosseteam.org 07827 668169
Rev Tim Day Rev Tim Day Team Vicar East Goscote; Thurmaston tim.day@thefosseteam.org 0116 348 6896
Rev'd Sr Mary A'Herne-Smith Rev Sr Mary A’Herne-Smith CA Team Vicar Queniborough; Ratcliffe-on-the-Wreake; Rearsby; Thrussington mezcat@icloud.com 01664 420193

If you wish to speak to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are available on the Safeguarding page of the Diocese of Leicester website.

If you have concerns about the immediate safety of someone please do not delay in calling the Police on 999 or contacting Children or Adult Services at the local authority:

Contact details for local authority: Office hours Out of hours
Leicester City – Children’s Services 0116 454 1004 0116 454 1004
Leicester City – Adult Services 0116 454 1004 0116 255 1606
Leicestershire County – Children’s Services 0116 305 0005 0116 305 0005
Leicestershire County – Adult Services 0116 305 0004 0116 255 1606


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