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END OF AN ERA AS SID, 95, DIES

Village Voice No 300 November 2017

Melbourne & District

lies which local children loved. Cooked heart, baked marrow and liver and onions now appear only rarely on modern menus but, in 1948, Sid fed MELBOURNE lost one of its much- a hungry Melbourne with these available delicaloved personalities when Sid Greg- cies and with the unlimited supply of ration-bustson died on November 6. ing vegetables with which the town was blessed. Sid, proprietor of The Welcome Cafe, passed The Welcome Cafe lived up to its name. A wide away peacefully at home among his family and cross-section of the community went to eat at difabove the business he had begun in those prem- ferent times of the day. ises in August 1948. Breakfasts for working people were followed by Next year would have seen the celebration of an morning coffee drinkers. Next came the workforce astonishing 70 years’ service from the establishfrom Melbourne Engineering, hungry for lunch. ment, known to many locals simply as ‘Sid’s Cafe’ Then came the senior citizens in search of inexand which has played a most valuable part in the pensive and nourishing dinners (in Derbyshire life of our community for ‘dinners’ come in the nearly 70 years. middle of the day) and Sid Gregson came to then came those lookMelbourne in 1948 after ing for teas and homea spell as manager of made cakes in the Derby’s Rialto Ballroom. afternoon. Trained as a baker, the Many may also rewar interrupted his camember Sid Gregson reer and he saw service as an outside caterer. with the RAFVR in Sid’s team might be Burma. Returning to found providing food at Derby he found his wife, football, dinners, wedNora, who fortuitously dings in marquees or was managing another soap box races. Sid ballroom; together they catered for events in came to Melbourne to Melbourne Hall and try a new venture – a fishing contests on the cafe – at perhaps the banks of the river. worst possible time for At the same time his UK caterers. family grew with the Britain was suffering arrival of daughter Jo, from rationing in even and his busy life the most basic foodstarted to include a stuffs. Sid recalled how great deal of charitable he had to improvise with work for Rotary, Mathe meals, look for altersonic appeals and natives and try to manProbus. In addition, he age the restrictions on became chairman and caterers. then president of MelMany Melbourne resl Sid Gregson with grandson Alex Slater and bourne Old People’s idents can still recall his daughter Jo outside the cafe. Cont’d on Page 7 home-made fruit ice lol-

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CHILDREN at Melbourne Infant School took part in a Hallowe’en drawing competition organised by Sainsbury’s. Children paid £1 each to take part and Sainsbury’s staff picked four winners. Store manager Gary Dunne said: “We are pleased to have the infant school PTA as our Local Charity of the Year and this event is one of many fund-raising activities we have planned to raise funds for the PTA.” Melbourne Infant School head Charlotte Gibbs is joined by Gary Dunne and Dawn McKay, from Sainsbury’s, with the four winners of the colouring competition.

New shock for visa nightmare couple

THE Melbourne couple caught up in a deportation nightmare for nearly two years have been hit with a fresh bombshell – they must go back to South Africa to start their fight to stay in Britain all over again. The battle is far from over for Clive and Yvonne Karusseit, of Packhorse Road, who have been trying to get permanent residency in this country since the back end of 2015. The couple had fled violence in their home country of South Africa and before that, Zimbabwe, where Yvonne’s brother, Terry Ford was murdered under the Mugabe regime in images beamed all over the world. Now the couple have been advised they must return to South Africa in order to start afresh the application process for their original visas. They fear that if they do so, they may never make it back to Britain. Added to that, Yvonne – who suffered a heart attack over the summer and had to have two stents fitted – is the registered carer for her mother, Eileen, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s and is looked after at home.

‘Open church’ celebration

THE Rev’d Tony Luke, Rector of St James’ at Swarkestone, is pictured with some members of the team who joined together to host an ‘Open Church Afternoon’. The event was in celebration of harvest and to welcome people to view the church and the proposed new plans for development, which include a kitchenette, a community room and a WC. The church thanked Barbara Foster, honorary secretary of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society, who displayed information on how the church has developed over the years.

“I am not going back,” said Yvonne, who originally had an ancestral visa through her British antecedents. “I don’t care what they say, I’m not leaving mum on her own. I’m terrified to go back after all that’s happened to us. “It’s a horrible situation, it’s worse now than it was. A lot of people think we’re safe and, when I tell them we’re not, they’re shocked. “They can put me in jail, I don’t care, but I’m not going back – I can’t go back there.” Clive and Yvonne’s nightmare began when they were applying for indefinite leave to remain visas and rang up the number on the form to inquire whether they were required to sit the English test, as English is their first language. Having been told they would be informed should this be a requirement, the pair went on and applied for their visas but were then stunned to be turned down several months later on the grounds of not having sat the test. “It’s terrible, absolutely shocking, I can’t believe (this is happening) because of an English test,” said Yvonne. Things rapidly went downhill when Clive was unable to work, his visa having then

expired. The Karusseits were eventually granted temporary compassionate visas on the grounds of the fact they care for Yvonne’s mother (whose grandfather was British). Now Clive is back at work, but Yvonne has had her carer’s allowance withdrawn and has been told she must work herself in order to apply for her own visa – despite doctor’s orders she should not exert herself following the heart attack. As for the violence in their home country and Zimbabwe – Yvonne, who had her wrist broken in three places in one attack – said: “They (the Home Office) won’t know what it’s like to come back home and see your mother having been attacked. “I have these flashbacks and nightmares and all sorts about it happening again.” You can support Clive and Yvonne by signing their petition. You don’t have to be online, just have an email address to register your name: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-urgent-petition-grant-clive-and-yvonnekarusseit-indefinite-leave-to-stay-visas – Lucy Stephens n See Village Voice Postbox on Page 20.


Developers lose their appeal over housing THE long-awaited appeal decision on Melbourne’s proposed Blackwell Lane housing development, announced on November 3, means the site will NOT be built on. The appeal against the decision to refuse permission to build 15 houses was dismissed by planning inspector Mr G P Jones. The application for planning permission had been lodged in 2014 on behalf of trustee groups associated with Melbourne Hall but was turned down by South Derbyshire District Council in September 2016, and subsequently appealed in March this year. Two main issues were considered by the inspector: the effect of the proposal on the designated heritage assets and whether or not the site would be an appropriate location for housing, having regard to the local development plan and the National Planning Policy Framework. On the first issue the inspector concluded

HEATHS farm shop and nursery was a sea of orange as it held its second ever Pick Your Own Pumpkin day. Crowds of people flocked to the Woodhouses nursery to choose their own pumpkins ready for Hallowe’en. The team at Heaths, which has now been going for more than a century, planted the pumpkins in June and hundreds were picked on the day. Brian Heath said: “When the leaves die back and you start seeing the pumpkins emerging, it really is a beautiful sight.”

that “the proposal would represent development in the countryside that would give rise to less than substantial harm to the significance of designated heritage assets, particularly the Melbourne Conservation area but also a listed wall. Therefore, it would not accord with the development plan … and would not comply with key social and environmental facets of sustainable development”. On the second issue, the inspector considered the policies contained in South Derbyshire Local Plan part 1 and the emerging Plan part 2, one of which limits development to within the existing settlement boundary. He concluded that while there were some benefits from the development they “would be relatively modest and would not outweigh the harm to the significance of the Melbourne Conservation Area and listed walls”. He deemed that it would not accord with the relevant guidance in the Planning

Framework nor policies in Local Plans. “These policies seek, among other matters, to protect, preserve and enhance heritage assets and their settings, including preserving important views and open spaces in conservation areas.” The decision will be welcomed by those who objected to the original application. Councillor Jim Hewlett, who is chair of the Housing and Community Services committee at SDDC, said: “I welcome the planning inspector’s decision, which concluded that the benefit of new housing would not outweigh the harm to the Melbourne Conservation Area and in particular the view towards the village from Blackwell Lane. “This will help to preserve the historic character of our community. A significant factor in the decision was that the district council’s Local Plan was virtually complete, providing the five-year supply of new housing required by the Government.” – Frank Hughes

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ACCORDING to new Environment Secretary Michael Gove, parts of Britain’s farmland are just 30 to 40 years away from becoming barren wastelands. Intensive farming, chemical sprays and the use of heavy machinery are, he says, leading to an eradication of basic soil fertility. Mr Gove has always been a controversial politician and until this outburst I thought him to be a fairly sensible level-headed person. Not, I must say, my view now. The vast majority of farmers care deeply about their land and its future. As with the football hooligan syndrome, only a small minority seem to ignore the dangers. The last few years have seen a massive mood swing to improve our soils, be it a return to mixed farming or adding extra vital organic matter to land. This can take the form of livestock, manure, compost, sewage sludge, and now we are seeing cover crops being grown to incorporate into the soil. The issue of heavy machinery is a problem, but most farmers will be seen to be remedying this with deep cultivation once every four or five years. The use of chemicals, especially inorganic nitrogen, is reducing year on year, basically because of its

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End of an era with death of Sid Gregson

Cont’d from Page 1 Welfare Centre and played an increasing part in other charity fund-raising. Sid' s reputation as a tireless charity fund-raiser was eventually recognised when he was awarded the very prestigious Paul Harris Award by his Rotary colleagues for services to the community. As time passed Melbourne slowly realised what benefits Sid had brought in

1948 and local affection for the cafe grew. Eventually, the Welcome Cafe became a central pillar in the life of this community. Now run by Sid's daughter, Jo, and assisted by Alex, Sid's grandson, the cafe caters for a very wide variety of our citizens, with a home delivery service for the elderly and housebound. Despite being 95 Sid was often seen walking through the

village, very smartly dressed and often with his companion, Sheila. His energy was astonishing. So much of the past has fallen away. Sid was able to recall how much Derby Road had changed. The grocers, drapers, tobacconists and gent's outfitters of yesterday have vanished but The Welcome continues, doing what Sid designed it to do.


Causeway at risk – report

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THE Grade 1 listed Swarkestone Causeway is at risk from traffic volumes, according to a new survey by Historic England – as the latest council figures reveal that weight restriction signs have so far resulted in just short of a fifth fewer overweight lorries crossing the venerable bridge. The causeway has been given the lowest priority listing on the document as it is the subject of a repair scheme, and the listing reads: “River bridge and causeway combine to form the largest surviving stone bridge in England. Spans River Trent. Medieval with alterations in C18. Bridge at risk from the volume of traffic. Unacceptable damage to parapets occurring from regular road traffic accidents. Further traffic calming measures and enforcement of weight restrictions are required. Repair and maintenance programme underway within the terms of a management agreement.” Village Voice asked Derbyshire County Council if there were any available figures that might indicate the effectiveness of weight restriction signs installed on either side of the bridge earlier this year. The signs were put up in the spring, and flash when vehicles cross that are over the 7.5 tonne weight restriction limit. It was suggested at the time that the signs did not go far enough to solve the problem of overweight HGVs crossing the bridge and that CCTV would be a better solution. Cllr Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Since the installation of the flashing electronic warning signs in April there are several impending prosecutions and we continue to work with our trading standards team and the police to monitor the type and volume of traffic using the bridge, which continues to rise. “The positive news is that the number of overweight lorries using it is decreasing. Between March and October there has been an 18% drop – nearly a fifth less – in the number of oversized vehicles recorded using the bridge compared to the same period in 2016. “We have also reviewed the signage on the approach roads to the bridge which warn of the 7.5 tonne weight limit and advise overweight vehicles to find alternative routes. “We continue to monitor what’s working and what’s not and will make any necessary adjustments when resources become available.”

Players come up with another winner to send us home happy

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HERE we go again with our very own St Michael’s Players giving another epic show titled: Star Wards – A Space Oddity, at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms. I feel that, because of the characters portrayed, this was possibly one of the most difficult shows the Players have performed. Therefore, I give full credit to the writers, Harry Davies, Margaret Gildea, Frank Hughes and Gordon

Hughes. The storyline, a ‘local take’ on a number of establishments such as Blatch’s, Birds, Wards, The Wheel, Forteys, Amalfi White, Melbourne Garage (my nephew’s car made a guest appearance), the dentist, Rococo, and of course the parish church, to name but a few, was an ‘everyday story of countryfolk’ invaded by Galactic travellers from Star Wars (Wards) and Star Trek. They descended on the poor downtrodden people of Melbourne, Kings Newton, Ticknall and Stanton-by-Bridge, wreaking havoc and despair. For the players to pull it off,

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“IT WAS a great honour for Melbourne to be chosen this year for the launch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) annual poppy appeal,” said the chairman of the Melbourne branch, Kevin Iliffe. The event at the Assembly Rooms in Melbourne was opened by the county chairman of the RBL, Phil Skawski, who stressed the importance of the annual appeal in supporting “those who were broken in body, spirit or in mind” as a result of involvement in conflict “and the widows and children” of armed service personnel. Across the country the poppy ap-

l Frank Green and Gordon Foddy receiving poppies from Grace Sharratt.

peal raised £50million in 2016, and he hoped this year would exceed that figure, with every penny going to the beneficiaries. Kevin outlined exactly what remembrance meant in Melbourne; he highlighted the growing attendance on Remembrance Day, how it brought the whole community together, and how the fallen, not just from the two world wars, were honoured and commemorated. “Melbourne will always remember them,” he concluded. The event also saw the local launch of the ‘Poppy Project’ which is the brainchild of Viv Toon, to commemo-

rate the 7,000 people from Derby who lost their lives in World War One. Viv is intending to create an installation of 7,000 knitted poppies for November next year, the centenary of the end of the conflict, with each poppy representing a life lost. A “wall” of 85 knitted poppies has been created at the Assembly Rooms to represent those from Melbourne who fell in the First World War. Honoured guests, including Gordon Foddy and Frank Green, both veterans of World War Two, along with family members of others who lost their lives in World War One were invited to pin the first poppies onto the installation. The RBL’s community fund-raiser Lilly Clements said she was delighted to launch Derbyshire’s Poppy Appeal in Melbourne.

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“The RBL’s support takes many forms, and happens in unexpected ways and places. The work is as valid today as much as it ever was, and by wearing a poppy you are supporting the armed forces community both past and present. “The poppy is a symbol of remembrance and also of hope. The symbolism of the flower blooming on the devastated battlefields of Europe connects the poppy with that message of hope.” The audience was also introduced to 10-year-old Grace Sharratt, as the youngest poppy seller, who had been selling poppies since she was three, and was then treated to a stirring selection of brass music from Melbourne Town Band to round off the evening. – Frank Hughes

n AS THE poppies fell from the parish church’s bell tower during a minute’s silence in tribute to the fallen during the first Festival of Remembrance in Melbourne, it provided a stunning backdrop equal to London’s Albert Hall event for the audience of over 200. The event, organised by the Melbourne branch of the Royal British Legion, was a delight to attend with an inspiring combination of pomp, ceremony, pageantry and musical talent that included performances by the Melbourne Town Band, the Drum Corps, the infant school choir, opera singer Rosie Braddy, songwriter Phil Bagley and the Open Road, who performed songs from the World War 1 based musical, The Same Sky. Musical director of the event Brendan O’ Neill said: “My thanks go to all the performers and volunteers who made the day so special; planning is already underway for a similar spectacular in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.” All proceeds will go to the Poppy Appeal.


Appeal for exposures witnesses

GOING BACK IN TIME – IN PICTURES

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THIS month’s history shot is believed to have been taken of Melbourne’s first Remembrance Day parade in 1919. The procession is pictured on Derby Road and due to the absence of parked cars, it takes up the whole width of the road. Participants in today’s Remembrance Day parade through Melbourne can only march three abreast because of the number of cars. At the time, Melbourne boasted two bands – the town band and players attached to the baptist church. The photo is from a private collection in Melbourne.

POLICE officers are asking for witnesses as they investigate three cases of sexual exposure in Barrow-on-Trent. The incidents happened in Deepdale Lane in October and follow similar reports of a man exposing himself near Etwall. PC Joe Stafford, from the Hilton, Hatton and Etwall Safer Neighbourhood Team, who is investigating the incidents, said: “We are concerned about these incidents and are determined to trace the suspect. “There are similarities to the incidents earlier in the month near Etwall and we are investigating the possibility that they are linked. “The only description we have of the suspect in Barrow-on-Trent is that he was a white man. “I would ask that if anyone has witnessed similar incidents and hasn’t reported it to us that they now do so. I would also make a plea that if anyone with a dashcam, who regularly drives along that route, check their footage to see if it has picked anything up that they may have missed whilst driving.” If you think you can help please contact Joe on 101, quoting reference number 17000444289

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A PERMANENT encampment for six gypsy families could be heading for land near Aston-on-Trent, if planners agree. The application has been put forward for a residential caravan site on current agricultural land to the north-west of Shardlow Road, and the plans are currently with South Derbyshire District Council where they will be decided on at a future planning committee meeting. The proposal is for each family to have a big enough pitch for two caravans and two vehicles plus two more amenity buildings containing kitchen, laundry, bathroom and toilet facilities. The plans have attracted a mixed response from the local community, with objections centred around the fact that the site would mean a loss of farming land and is outside the settlement boundary as identified by South Derbyshire District Council’s Local Plan. There is also a concern about access as the site is on a 60mph road, and the pressure on schooling. Draft minutes from Aston-on-Trent Parish Council’s October meeting state that, so far, the parish council has been copied in on 45 objections.

However, earlier this year a petition was also sent into the Government calling on Whitehall to grant the caravan site, saying it was a “muchneeded permanent residential caravan site” and that “the village with its 1,200-plus residents would agree that the village would greatly benefit from the diversity a gypsy following would bring”. The petition was rejected on the grounds that the Government is not responsible and that the decision rests with the local council. A design and access statement by chartered town planners Philip Brown Associates Ltd said there was still “a significant unmet need” for gypsy pitches in South Derbyshire, based on the fact that the 2014 Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment estimated a need for 38 residential pitches for gypsy families between 2014 and 2034, of which 14 should be provided within the first five years and the next seven between 2019-2024. The Annual Monitoring Report 2014-5 indicates that only one pitch was approved during those 12 months and a further five had been approved at Woodville Road in Overseal. – Lucy Stephens

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING NIGHT

PLANS for Melbourne’s Christmas shopping evening are near completion, Paul Willmore told the November parish council meeting. The date is set for Friday,

December 1, with the usual stalls and fair rides. A “prosecco palace” had also been booked. The usual road closures at the Market Place, Chapel Street and Potter Street

would be effective from 4pm to 9pm, with the lighting of the tree taking place at 6pm. He was just awaiting final confirmation that Santa Claus could make both the date and the time.

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On the catwalk for charity 12 Village Voice November 2017

MODELS young and old walked the catwalk in Melbourne to raise more than £1,200 for patients being treated for cancer. The show was held in Melbourne Assembly Rooms and was produced by local dress agencies Best Kept Secret and Frocks & Frippery. Compered by Margaret Gildea, the show raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support and included 90-year-old Millie Pass modelling with the best of them! With a range of outfits and accessories shown for all styles, sizes and budgets, show producers would like to thank teams from the bar, back stage and front of house, along with Pete Gough, Melbourne Community Care, Melbourne Assembly Rooms, members of the local community who donated clothes rails and the audience who went along on the night. l Millie Pass with daughter Alyson Bloor.

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AN AMBITIOUS new eco-friendly community roundhouse is to be built in Melbourne in the spring – now all that’s needed to make it happen is 9,000 empty wine bottles! Nearly 200 people stepped forward to become shareholders of Whistlewood Common earlier this year as directors of the innovative green project on 10 acres of land on the outskirts of Melbourne announced their latest venture: a new building for the community made out of eco materials. The new shareholders raised £34,000 by the deadline, and this was match funded by Power to Change – an arm of the National Lottery. While that was not enough to get the roundhouse built, now Power to Change have agreed to step in with a further £47,000 – which represents match funding of Whistlewood’s original share offer when it started four years ago. It is a move that was agreed at the society’s AGM at the Senior Citizens’ Centre in Melbourne on October 18. Building is due to begin in March and the meeting heard how one

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DONE any Christmas shopping yet? Melbourne Parish Church is holding its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 18, from 10am-noon in the Assembly Rooms.


SPARKLING DIAMOND DUO

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THIS pair of diamonds from Breedon-on-the-Hill have just celebrated 60 years of married life. George and Jean Philipson, who moved to Breedon a couple of years ago to be near their younger son, Robert, and his family, celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on November 2. Jean, 82, and George, who will be 90 at the end of this year, first met as children in their home town of Consett near Durham, as their parents were friends. They got together when Jean was 18 and tied the knot four years later in 1957. Can they believe it’s been 60 years of happy married life? “I can’t believe it,” said Jean. “I didn’t even realise it was our diamond wedding anniversary until my sister-in-law told me, because they were married the same year as us.” George added: “Life concertinas, you don’t look back over years and years – it all seems to concertina a bit. Your first job and your last job seem to be not far apart until you think about it.”

Not board about going to this club

l Ste Heath, Ollie Turner, Kim Smith and Jake Boddice playing Codenames.

THE steadily increasing trend for gaming has reached Melbourne – and there isn’t a screen in sight. Melbourne’s latest social club celebrates sitting round a table and playing games together, and the Village Voice went along to the first session at Kings Newton Bowls Club on November 2 to see what was what. Called “Board Games & Beer”, the over-18s club was set up by keen gamer and local tutor Ste Heath, who explained: “I like playing games and I was having to travel to Burton to do it, so I thought I’d set up something here. “I want there to be a night when people who perhaps don’t get a chance to play can come and play. There’s lots of interaction, the social element is great – everyone gets involved.” Around 30 people turned out to sit down together and play a selection of games from popular word game Banagrams – definitely not the same thing as Scrabble – to strategy games like Codenames and Hoax. Sue Tivey said: “I saw the advertisement outside and thought it would be something different and fun, and I’d meet some new people. I’ve learned to play Hoax! It’s nice to play with other people because I’m always playing on my tablet or whatever.” “It’s really good to play board games,” said fellow participant Dave Mitchell. “It’s another excuse for having a beer! If you’re going to go to the pub you don’t meet many new people; this is a really nice atmosphere. It’s a bit more interactive than the pub.” The playing of board games continues to rise with booming

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sales and lots of games clubs and cafes popping up all over Britain as people discover the traditional delights of playing with counters, boards and, most importantly, other people. Nottingham now has two board game cafes to accommodate demand, the latest of which, Ludorati, opened just last year. Melbourne’s Board Games & Beer group is meeting at Kings Newton Bowls Club monthly – details of the next meeting have yet to be finalised. The club is strictly for over-18s and there is a small charge for entry, which will go into buying more games for people to enjoy. For more information, see their Facebook page: Board Games and Beer Melbourne. So what’s the attraction of playing board games? “When we run out of electricity we’ll still all be playing board games by candelight,” said Dave Mitchell. Well, quite. – Lucy Stephens

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Orphanage project work ‘I will never forget’

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STUDENTS from Chellaston Academy have been travelling to Uganda to work on the school’s orphanage project for the past 10 years. For those who go, the trip is emotionally draining, hard work but intensely rewarding, says sixth form pupil JOSH HYDE, who joined the group this summer. Here is his story.

AFTER nine months of fund-raising, collecting clothing donations and learning to brick lay, 25 students-turned-Simbas left for Uganda from Chellaston Academy. After approximately 24 hours of travelling and waiting, the Simbas arrived at Entebbe airport. We stayed in a Catholic hostel on the outskirts of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, for most of the trip. Our first visit was to M-lisada, formerly known as The John Dickens House, which was Chellaston’s first project in Uganda back in 2008. After a weekend to settle into the Ugandan way of life we started our building work at MYDEL McQuilton Academy where we had committed to building two classrooms, a medical room and an office in an extension to the existing building – a big task in only a few weeks. Over the first couple of weeks we laid bricks to create the rooms before we headed off to Jinja to let the cement dry off and the walls be plastered before we

could get painting. Bricklaying in Uganda is very different to at home, the bricks aren’t straight to start with and then they are tipped off a lorry in a heap where they break up a bit more. The roof was already in place so that left seven walls for us to build including spaces for doors and windows. Our time in Jinja was emotionally draining but very rewarding – we taught lessons in a primary school and also visited a baby orphanage where babies were taken by families who could no

longer afford to keep them. It was in Jinja where we went white water rafting on the Nile; most of us managed to stay in our rafts … some of us spent more time in the rapids! Back in Kampala we set to work painting the academy inside and outside – perfect timing for a spectacular Ugandan thunderstorm! In between painting we did the most difficult parts of our trip – clothes drops in the slums and a visit to the street centre for homeless boys to seek refuge during the day.

Seeing families with nothing so happy to receive an item of clothing really made me stop and think about how lucky I am. I met some important people in Uganda – politicians, religious leaders and land owners. Chellaston is very well respected in Uganda for the work they do and we were privileged to be invited to spend time with these people. For me it was meeting the children who would be going to school or living in MYDEL that I will never forget.

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HEAT, fire, the flames of the forge – the ancient craft of the blacksmith is all in a day’s work for Ticknall’s David Tucker, who has now been handed the industry’s highest accolade for his unique sculpture showcasing a medieval treasure hoard found in Derbyshire. David is one of several hundred blacksmiths working in Britain today, and many examples of his beautiful decorative work can be seen in and around this area. One of his most striking pieces is to be found in Buxton Museum: an iron sculpture of tumbling coins which houses the Kirk Ireton hoard, a collection of 13th century coins found by a metal detectorist in 2012. Dating from the reign of Henry III, the coins show the monarch’s head on the front while the reverse bears a distinctive pattern of a long cross going right to the edge – a medieval ruse to prevent criminals from filing off coin edges and melting them down. “The museum wanted something more interesting to display the coins than a box on the wall,” said David. “I designed and made this dis-

play case, taking key elements from the coins, and some of the text from them, blowing them up and making this piece with big metal discs.” The sculpture contains a special magnifying lens so that the actual coins – which are tiny – can be viewed, and the whole thing is tactile so that blind people can enjoy it too. The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, itself an ancient institution whose origins are thought to date back to the 1300s, awarded David this year’s Tonypandy Cup for his creation, pronouncing it “wonderfully original”. Named after former House of Commons Speaker and company member Lord Tonypandy, the cup is awarded annually to the blacksmith judged to have made the year’s most outstanding piece of iron work. “I was honoured to win,” said David. “It’s nice to win an award that previously has been won by blacksmith heroes of mine.” David originally trained as an engineer but wanted to take his talents in a more creative direction, so undertook Britain’s first ever blacksmiths degree before starting out in 1984. Operating from a forge in Yeave-

ley, near Ashbourne, he designs and makes highly decorative work such as railings and gates, and his latest commission is a set of new gates which will shortly be put up outside St George’s Church in Ticknall. Does he ever get burned? “All the time!” he said. “I’m forever being burned, you get used to it when you’ve been doing it long enough. “Generally speaking, though, it’s quite a safe career in that most of the dangers are fairly obvious. Occasionally you do get sparks and things. Most trained blacksmiths and student blacksmiths wear goggles and steel capped boots.” David works extensively with the British Artist Blacksmith Association (BABA) to encourage more young people into the trade, and was recently featured on the BBC 4 programme Britain’s Lost Masterpieces – which featured the 18th century Derby artist Joseph Wright, who was fascinated by the forge and created some of his most striking paintings of these atmospheric dark spaces with blacksmiths’ faces lit up by the flames. “It really is a fabulous career,” said David. “You’re being creative, you’re being physical, it’s got skill … it’s got everything.” – Lucy Stephens

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n LOCAL botanical artist Mick Lakin has just published a new book to inspire people of all ages. Mick’s third book “Beginner’s Guide to Botanical Flower Painting” has tracings for people to colour in with paint, crayons or felt tips.

HUNDREDS of people turned out to Aston-on-Trent as the luxury retirement Richmond Villages opened its doors operationally for the very first time, after three years of building work and a cost of £40million. More than 400 people went to the site on October 14 to enjoy a champagne reception and see what was on offer. The team at Richmond Villages said there had been a lot of interest in its “assisted living” accommodation with two of these properties sold on the day to people in the local area. While the official village opening is not happening until

the building of which starts next year. As previously reported in the Village Voice, the idea behind the outdoor hub and cycle trail is to accommodate increasing visitor numbers to Calke by creating attractions away from the main house and gardens. Stewart Alcock, Calke’s general manager, said: “As part of our ongoing work to improve access to the wider estate we are excited to open this extension to the Tramway Trail and look forward to welcoming many families on this accessible, family-friendly route.”

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THE mysterious white powder which suddenly appeared along many paths around Melbourne in October remains just that – a mystery. Pictures on social media showed a white powdery substance left strategically along several streets. Dog owners were particularly concerned that it had been placed as poison, particularly in view of the incidents in March where dogs had fallen ill after being walked in Poppy Wood. Kristie Leanne Harper, who first posted the pictures on social media, said she had done so after spotting it when out hiding painted rocks with her little boy. “It caught my attention as

there was so much of it in piles, lines and circles dotted around the village,” she said. “They all seemed to be located at lampposts or fences, particularly on routes popular with dog walkers. I posted the photos to see if anybody had an explanation as to what it might be as I was quite concerned it could be some kind of poison meant for dogs. “I thought the best way to spread the word and possibly find out what it could be was to post the photos on to the Melbourne Neighbourhood Watch page.” An enquiry about the substance was raised with the environmental health department and it was understood that a sample had been sent for analy-

WELL DRESSERS MAKE GRAND GESTURES

THE chairman of Aston Bowls Club has accepted a cheque for £1,000 from this year’s Aston Well Dressing event. Jim Ballington was handed the cheque from Aston Well Dressers treasurer Naomi Benham at the bowls club’s annual AGM and dinner at the White Hart in Aston. The well dressers chose the club to be the local charity recipient of donations received during this year’s event in July. The well dressing ceremony also saw £1,000 donated to MIND.

sis, but this proved not to be the case. A South Derbyshire District Council spokesman said: “After receiving the complaint, we took advice from our analytical lab on the practicalities of trying to identify an unknown substance. “The turnaround time for the completion of the analysis was 20 days and very soon after the complaint was made rainfall had washed away the residual powder, which is why we asked the local community for any further information they could offer. We’ve not received any further reports of powder or any information about it having any ill effects.” Various theories have been put forward. One suggestion was that it was flour being laid as a trail for a social running club. Another was that it was lime and baking powder, left to highlight where dog owners were failing to do their duty. Either way, with a good shower of rain, the mystery white powder disappeared overnight. As one wag remarked, it was lucky it was not a warm night, or they might have turned to dumplings. – Frank Hughes

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THUMBS-UP FOR NEW CLASSROOM

PRIMARY school pupils from Weston-on-Trent are settling into their new classroom, part of a £300,000 development. Children from the year five Kingfisher class are now installed in the new purpose-built classroom, a development which includes a new outdoor learning area too. Giving the new classroom the thumbs-up, 10year-old pupil Elizabeth said: “It was really exciting to be moving in and I couldn't wait.” Construction work has also included the redevelopment of facilities such as children’s toilets and generally enhancing the learning provision, with both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children in mind. Head teacher Ben O’Connell said he was delighted with the new development and that it en-

hanced the sense of space around the school. “The new classroom is a fantastic addition to the facilities we can offer at Weston on Trent Church of England (Aided) Primary School,” he said. “The school building on this site is just over 10 years old, and we were lucky that we had the space within the grounds of the school to accommodate the new classroom without losing valuable playground space. “Miss Brown’s Kingfisher class have moved in and it already feels like home for them – which is important, as SATs aren’t that far away, and the continuity of their education is of paramount importance to us.” Funding for the construction work at the school was paid for by Derbyshire County Council.


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EACH time I read your paper, I marvel at the many members of the Melbourne community who are ready, willing and able to organise and arrange so many different exhibitions, shows, celebrations and clubs. Something seems to happen almost each week throughout the whole year and it attracts the public for miles around sometimes. A few weeks past, one of my very caring nieces and her kind husband, lovingly invited me, together with my inevitable wheelchair, to accompany them to the “Art Festival”. I gladly accepted. Out of the house for a few hours and for one of my favourite subjects too. How I later wished I had declined the offer. Why? Because on this occasion, the organisers had not given thought to those of us who are unfortunately restricted. Also, the subject my nephew and I were most hoping to see was old, old pictures depicting the then “village” of Melbourne, the market gardeners’ country and its progress through the century. For one reason, my nephew had actually worked there with one of the market garden families for a few years in the past. We had a handbook, but even that was misleading and we only found two photographs, not really old, by the history of lettuce. After one hour and 10 minutes and riding up, down and round to find a parking place (no-one’s fault) and the long lasting heavy rain showers (also no-one to blame) we were all three absolutely disgusted with the organisers to discover that many of the venues were inaccessible and some even not available to wheelchairs. This meant that because my family had so kindly taken me, it disallowed them to take a look at what was available. How awful that made me feel! Two things helped to improve the whole afternoon – the beautiful view of The Pool from up above in the Hall garden – or was it the Vicarage? And lastly the delicious tea, coffee and handmade cakes at the Hall Tea Rooms. Scrumptious! Joyce Baugh (aged 92) Barrow-on-Trent

n Thank you Village Voice for passing on Mrs Baugh’s letter and offering us a right of reply. We take all feedback of Melbourne Festival, negative as well as positive, very seriously and use the comments to improve the Festival in future years. We have contacted Mrs Baugh and acknowledged that we are aware that disabled access is an issue and that over the years we have given a good deal of thought to trying to improve disabled access in consultation with Community Care and Derbyshire Carers Association. One of the charms of Melbourne Art & Architecture Trail is that the art is exhibited in all kinds of buildings not just public buildings to highlight Melbourne’s beautiful architecture as well as the art. Most venues are private homes and gardens and as such unless homeowners have mobility issues themselves there can be problems for visitors who are in wheelchairs. We do, however, have work in all of the public buildings which do have easy access. Unfortunately if we only used buildings accessible to everyone we would be unable to use the majority of our venues, which would change the nature of the event. We are currently only half way through the For the Love of Lettuce Project about Market Gardening. At Melbourne Festival our aim was to give a flavour of Melbourne’s Market Gardening Heritage with 60 of the photographs taken over the past year of the present market gardeners displayed outdoors so that everyone can see them. There were also photographs of the old market gardens and copies of interviews with people who worked in the Market Gardens in the Senior Citizens Centre, the School Room at the United Reform Church and the Assembly Rooms. We would like to reiterate that the team of volunteers who organise Melbourne Festival endeavour to create an event which is accessible and enjoyable for visitors of all ages, tastes and mobility and we take negative feedback very seriously. Sharon Brown, Melbourne Festival

Question of conscience

I HAVE to say that I haven't felt so annoyed and exasperated in years. I also didn't expect this wave of emotion to be triggered by a conversation on Melbourne's streets. Issues like this don't often arrive here in such a powerful way and in a form which, I am sure, will provoke a similar reaction in many of your readers. Last week I met a Mrs. Karusseit. Her accent betrays her as someone brought up in the former Rhodesia or South Africa. Enquiring a little further I was shocked to hear the horrific story of their flight, first from the corrupt and murderous regime of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and latterly in the violence and threats of their interval in South Africa. It was shocking to hear how Mrs Karusseit's farmer brother, after a visit to his farm from those claiming to represent Mugabe’s sister, had been beaten, tortured and shot dead by a criminal gang while police claimed they could not attend. I heard this lady describe an attack in South Africa that left her with an arm broken in three places. She described other acts of violence against her and other members of her family and the death of her own father in the UK after the terrible news of the murder of his son. This family has British roots. One grandfather fought the Boers. So did mine. She has a grandfather who fought in The Grenadier Guards in WW1. So did mine. Her family sent soldiers to the North African desert to fight Rommel in WW11. They have been a patriotic, loyal and courageous family for three generations. Apart from a Dutch surname the rest of their world has been as English as my own. Now they are tired and ill. They have come to Melbourne to care for a sick mother but also to

find some safety and security in their mother country. However, astonishingly, this couple, from a family which came from these shores, had fought for this country and had answered Britain's call to colonise southern Africa now found their claim for citizenship denied by the Home Office and on the grounds that they had not been proven to speak English, their first language! To try again they must return to the horrors of the country they left. They are both sick and struggling for funds since all UK funding has been withdrawn. So far all appeals have failed. So what about that? It’s politically incorrect to observe that these people are our own people displaced by time and The Lancaster House agreement. It’s not fashionable to point out that the great hope of anti- colonialism, Robert Mugabe, has become a tyrant and a monster since we, the Brits under Harold Wilson, put him in power. John Williams Melbourne

All-conkering

IN RESPONSE to your October article (Robert Parker’s Country Living) regarding kids and conkers please be assured that the annual conker championships at Dame Catherine Harpur’s School in Ticknall is alive and well. The children celebrated once again by gathering, stringing and bashing their conkers in the age-old fashion (with the addition of safety goggles of course!) to declare the overall winner Herbie Harmer, year 3, who held on to his title from last year! Here’s to good old-fashioned fun! Head teacher Margaret Whyte


Corey in running to be athletic sensation

MO Farah and Usain Bolt are the inspirations for a young runner from Westonon-Trent, currently up there with Britain’s best for his age. Corey Rose, who turns 13 mid-November, is a promising young middle distance athlete who decided to take up running after watching enthralled the achievements of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Now Corey trains with Derby Athletics Club, is a regular winner in both team relays and solo events at regional level and has been ranked amongst the top 100 in Britain. With a personal best of two minutes and 23 seconds over 800 metres and four minutes 53 seconds over 1500 metres, he’s already making great strides into the sport before hitting his teens. Corey, a pupil at Chellaston Academy, said he enjoyed running because it gave him an opportunity to meet people outside school. “I enjoy it because it’s a thing that I can do without any fuss,” he said. “I have other friends outside of school and I get to meet up with them. I get to do competitions and things like that which

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New farm shop in country’s top 20

l Tori Stanley serves the customers at the opening of their new farm shop.

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TRACK AND FIELD ... Corey Rose shows the form that’s making him a rising star. Challenge over three days tomake me feel happy and proud gether with good friend Charlie of myself.” Clare from Aston-on-Trent, who But as all top sports people know, success in any field comes is also ranked high in Britain in BMX competition and was feaafter a lot of hard work and tured in last month’s Village sweat. ’TIS the season to be jolly – Voice with brother Max. Corey trains twice a week But Corey’s family, mum well, nearly anyway. This after school at his club; as well Amanda, dad Gary and little year’s much-loved carol as that he does a six-kilometre sister Maisie are all proud of his singing around the Christrun on Mondays. mas tree in Melbourne achievements. Every weekend from now “When you’re standing out Market Place will take until February is booked up there in the howling wind and place on Thursday, Decemwith an athletics event, and on weekends when he has not got there he comes, covered in mud ber 21, starting at 6.30pm. – I couldn’t be prouder of him,” a race he does a 5km park run The Rotex-promoted said Amanda. one day followed by a 6km run event will include MelAs for the future? “I would bourne Town Band to prothe next. like to train with England – vide the musical backing. Gruelling exercise is obvithat would be a nice chance to This year there will be a PA ously in Corey’s blood because have,” said Corey. when he was nine he completed system as well. – Lucy Stephens the famous British Three Peaks

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Three chairs for Peter!

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THE ancient art of turning wood into chairs has won a local craftsman a prestigious national accolade. Peter Wood, who runs Greenwood Days based in Spring Wood between Melbourne and Calke, is a winner in the “Best Woodland Courses” category of this year’s awards run by the Woodlands website (www.woodlands.co.uk). Next year will be the 20th anniversary of Greenwood Days, which Peter (pictured left) founded in 1998 with a couple of courses teaching the ancient craft of pole lathe turning. Next year the centre, which uses timber from Hazel to young Ash thinnings from the National Forest, will be running nearly forty courses from one-day tasters to week-long intensive courses. Teaching traditional and contemporary Windsor chair making, Peter also teaches design students from Nottingham Trent University and around the country.

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LIVE theatre makes a welcome return to Melbourne Assembly Rooms this autumn with two shows to appeal to local audiences. Manager Andy Heafield is keen to bring live theatre to the village and is hoping that this season’s plays will have wide appeal. First, on Thursday, November 30, is ‘Bette Davis on the Edge’. It is a believable portrayal of name dropper and ultimate diva, Bette Davis, reflecting on her glittering career but facing a lonely old age. The play opens on October 31, 1962, at 4.30 in the morning, when Bette is waiting for the reviews of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. It’s make or break for her fading career, and she knows it. Reflecting on past glories from the Talkies to the present day, her story is the entire history of the American motion picture industry. The show has a fascinating inception too. Discovering that the great two-time Oscar winner placed an advertisement in a movie trade paper in 1962 asking for work, actress Christine St John decided to piece together the truth behind this astonishing fact. It’s not just a meticulously researched and compelling story, but also touching and truthful and Christine performs it beautifully without ever falling into caricature. The second play, on December 7, is the awardwinning ‘Forget Me Not’, described as a “unique murder mystery”, which is performed by the author Rob Gee. Rob spent 12 years working as a psychiatric nurse before becoming a full-time per-

former and writer around 10 years ago. “The play is primarily a comedy who-done-it,” Rob said. The plot centres around Jim, a former detective whose wife has recently died. Jim, whose mind – the tool of his trade – is starting to fail him, is determined to solve probably the most important case of his life. With hilarious turns and thought-provoking twists along the way Forget Me Not has a lot to say about how we treat and perceive people with dementia. Rob has taken his show across Canada and the USA to widespread acclaim and has just embarked on a UK tour, with Melbourne being one of 16 performance venues across the country. Rob said that he wrote the play after some particularly concerning experiences in psychiatric wards, and still feels the themes of the play are just as relevant today, with some difficult choices facing society about funding for the care of the elderly. “But most of all I wanted to write a rattlingly good comic who-done-it,” he said. – Frank Hughes

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

THERE will be a Christmas bazaar at Milton Village Hall on Saturday, November 18, from 10am to noon. Entry includes tea or coffee and a mince pie and there will be gift and cake stalls, a raffle and tombola. The event is raising money for St Saviour’s Church in Foremark.


Charlie engineers an apprenticeship

A MELBOURNE teenager will be getting a valuable insight into world-leading technology after becoming the latest apprentice at an innovative engineering firm. Charlie Warrington, 19, is the newest addition to the Carfulan Group, based at its Advanced Innovation Centre in Foston near Derby – after winning an apprenticeship through the JCB Academy where he is a pupil. The Carfulan Group is a family owned business made up of engineers which supplies and services multi-sensor inspection equipment, 3D printing, tool pre-setting and measurement to companies in the aerospace, automotive, oil, gas, medical, education and 3D Design sectors. Charlie (pictured) will be spending one day a week at the company, training under 3D printing experts SYS Systems – one of the company’s four divisions. He said: “3D printing is an area I’m really interested in and I’m keen to find out a lot more about it. I’ve really enjoyed it so far, it’s nice to get hands-on. I’m just focusing on learning all I can about the machines and progressing forward in my career. “All the people here are very friendly, they’ve made me feel so welcome and I feel

like I’ve settled in well.” The company currently has three other apprentices who are one year into a threeyear specialised programme, designed to develop their formal engineering knowledge and skills. They must attend JCB for two of those to acquire general engineering certification, with an additional bolt-on year fol-

lowing their initial training giving them an NVQ qualification. Working alongside experienced professionals, apprentices learn about health and safety, advanced mathematics, computer-aided design (CAD) software techniques and machine installation and calibration. Andrew Fulton, managing director and founder of the Carfulan Group, took the apprenticeship route out of school himself and is a big believer in its merits. He said: “Derbyshire is a globally recognised hub for manufacturing and, working with JCB and its top-class facilities, we’re only too happy to be able to invest in local talent and help nurture the next generation of engineers. “Our highly motivated young apprentices have made such a positive contribution to our operations in the past year and, thanks to hands-on learning in real-world scenarios, it’s been a pleasure to watch their confidence and skills grow. “They have so very much to give to the industry and we’re delighted that they plan to do it with us.” The plan is for Charlie to go on to work for SYS, with the other apprentices earmarked for careers with other branches of the firm.

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Having a laugh

THE Melbourne Festival Comedy night season continues at the Royal British Legion Club on Friday, November 24, for a night promising much fun and laughter. Headlining is the intelligent, controversially witty, hip and silly Markus Birdman. Regarded by many in the know as one of the best circuit acts in the country, he has toured internationally and had highly acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Festival. His dandyish onstage confidence, versatility and infectious nature result in a truly absorbing performance. Supporting will be ‘Brummie’ Andy White. With his mad afro and daft voices he delivers a mix of topical and observational humour. His lively persona can change from cheeky and upbeat to deadpan, without a flinch. Completing the line-up will be the witty and eloquent Ant Dewson, with his musical comedy feast and rhyming riot. Compere for the night is Perrier Award Nominee Simon Bligh, his cheerful chatty style and crazy storytelling immediately strikes a chord with his audiences.

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MELBOURNE Operatic Society is busy rehearsing for its Christmas concerts – and raising money for the homeless at the same time. The concerts are being held on December 9 at St Edward’s Church Hall, Castle Donington, and Friday, December 15, at Melbourne Assembly Rooms. On December 1, at Asda in Spondon, the society is performing a small repertoire from its forthcoming Christmas concerts to support the Padley Centre in Derby. A registered charity run by volunteers and dependent on fund-raising activities and charitable donations, the Padley Centre helps the homeless and vulnerable adults in Derby such as those with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, mental health problems and drug and alcohol problems. The centre receives very little or no funding at all from central or local government; fund-raising is crucial to its existence. Members of the society would appreciate your support by attending the events.

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MELBOURNE RFC 1st XV secured their first win of the season (31-12) over Sutton Coldfield on a wet afternoon at Cockshut Lane. Two early tries from Tom Howard and Chris Stark were cancelled out by Sutton Coldfield with two long range efforts. Melbourne took control in the second half with MOTM Euan Holden at the heart of everything. Further tries from Dan Walker and Gary Lakin secured the bonus point win, with Holden contributing 11 points. After a week off and injuries to Bullock and Howard with Pearce still not healed, Melbourne travelled to Wolverhampton with a much-changed back line. A 27-27 draw was the result in a game Melbourne should have won. Tries for Melbourne came from Page, Hancock and Martin with Holden contributing 12 points. Top of the table Bromsgrove arrived at Cockshut Lane at the same time as Storm Brian. Melbourne had to make numerous changes with Benstead and Livesey returning. On a windy, but thankfully dry day, Bromsgrove showed why they are top of the league with three sharply taken tries. Melbourne were competitive throughout, though, and finished strongly, but could not take anything from the game. Two tries from Page and Lockhart and a conversion from Holden saw the game end at 1226 to Bromsgrove. Will Judge suffered a broken ankle late on. MOTM: James Benstead. The 2nd XV travelled to Loughborough lacking a bit of

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as a team, with a good bench, the 2nd XV ran out 57-7 winners with tries from Bilson (2), Lawson (2), Mallett, Ballington, Hollingsworth and Macken. Dale converted eight from nine kicks. Dronfield seconds arrived and, despite bossing up front, went away empty handed as Melbourne won 34-17 with tries for Bilson (2), Bancroft, Lawson and Vincent. Bilson contributed the rest with the boot. The 3rd XV results were: Melbourne 28, Cresswell 17; Melbourne 20, Chesterfield 6; Melbourne 15, Notts Corsairs 43; Ilkeston Development 48, Melbourne 19. The Academy team lost 22-12 to Burton.

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Fraser a black belter A MELBOURNE teenager has gained a muchcoveted black belt in Wado Ryu karate, having attended regular classes for nearly a decade. Fraser Howat, 13, has been going to Mark Rotherham’s karate class in Melbourne Assembly Rooms since he was four and a half. In karate, students must undertake a certain number of hours of training and demonstrate the different moves and sequences called ‘katas’ in order to progress through the different belt gradings. Fraser has been for classes every week; starting on white belt, he has moved through red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, brown and white plus brown and black before achieving his first dan black belt. But this is far from the end as there are nine more black belts, up to tenth dan. Karate ‘Sensei’ Mark is currently working toward his sixth dan. Fraser, a year 9 pupil at Chellaston Academy, also plays football for the school as well as Melbourne

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GREAT news for darts players – the Melbourne Darts League has been resurrected and will now be based at The Alma Inn. Last month we reported that the competition, which used to operate from the Royal British Legion, had closed completely from the end of October. But it has now been born again from the ashes after Tim Daniels and Matt Clayton – head chef at Amalfi White – decided to take it on. Matt said he decided to keep the league going after playing for the last couple of seasons. “I just really enjoyed it,” he said. “It’s a good social event.” The league does run prizes and would welcome more players and spectators wanting to see the game in action. Two darts boards have been set up in a function room at The Alma by landlord Martin Quilliam, who said: “I believe the darts league used to be here and it’s nice to welcome them back. It’s a good social game, it’s making use of a function room that’s adjacent to the bar and welcoming players old and new. “I look forward to some good competition.” Matt thanked Martin for agreeing to be a new home for Melbourne Darts League. Anyone interested in joining can contact Matt on 07411 671 251 or Tim on 07855 817 947. The league will play at The Alma Inn on Mondays from 7.30pm.

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