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SAINSBURY’S in Melbourne is to close for up to two weeks for a re-fit – but not before a temporary store has been put in place. News that Sainsbury’s was going to close for up to fortnight from February 7 was met with dismay by some in the community, given the current lockdown and the Government requirement to stay as local as possible. Now the store has confirmed it will have a “nearby temporary solution” in place before closing. South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler and district councillor Jim Hewlett had voiced their concerns about the timing of the closure, along with many others. Mrs Wheeler said: “A number of concerned constituents contacted me about the planned closure of Sainsbury’s Local on Derby Road for two weeks from the 7th of February. “The shop is a lifeline to residents who are ‘staying local’ as per the rules. I immediately got in touch with Sainsbury’s main office to explain how vital it was to keep the shop open at this time. “I am delighted to say that they have agreed to put in a temporary arrangement for shopping so that this important work, such as the refurbishment of refrigerators, can take place. “I am pleased that the concerns of locals have been taken into account. They have promised to keep me informed on their plans. I will keep residents updated when I have more news.” District councillor Jim Hewlett told members of Melbourne Parish Council in a report to its

latest meeting on February 2 that he had, “like many others”, written to Sainsbury’s voicing concerns about the timing of the proposed closure. Sainsbury’s said: “We’re investing in our Melbourne Derby Road store to give local residents more choice and the option to do more of their shopping closer to home. “Customers will soon be able to shop from a greater range of fresh food including meat and fish, there’ll be larger product pack sizes available on the shelves, and a wider selection of home essentials and healthcare products to choose from. “In addition to expanding our product range for customers, our investment in this store includes important maintenance work, refurbishing our refrigerators, making improvements to our bakery and replacing our kiosk and checkouts. “In order to complete the works we will need to close the store for up to two weeks. This is to ensure we’re minimising disruption to our neighbours and our contractors are able to keep everyone on site safe. “Where possible, work will also be completed in the evenings so the project can be completed as efficiently as possible. “We’re committed to minimising inconvenience to the local community and we will have a nearby temporary solution in place to support our customers to get their key essentials alongside shopping online or at one of our other stores. We won’t close Sainsbury’s Melbourne Derby Road Local for works until we have this temporary operation finalised and set up for customers.”

SNOWY weather presented an ideal opportunity for a construction project in Astonon-Trent when this family decided to make their own igloo – and test it out overnight! The Pitt family used ice cream boxes to create bricks to make the igloo in their garden. Then the older two children, Lara and Heidi (above right), went the whole hog and slept the night inside their creation. The family had first made an igloo several years ago, and decided to repeat the exercise when snow fell on January 24. It took them several hours to create the finished structure, with some members of the family involved in brickwork and others in filling in the gaps and tamping them down. As the family built the walls, they found that the snow was naturally sticky and that they were able to make the natural dome

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ABOVE: Rickey Diamond and sons Rykie-yai, six, and Logan, 15, with their snowman, Frank Bucket Head.

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A WINTER wonderland enveloped the local area as snow fell thickly on January 24. This was a significant carpeting of the white stuff with flakes falling for several hours over the course of the day. The previous snowfall had happened on December 29, but January’s wintry weather resulted in a much deeper carpet several inches thick. On the day of the snowfall, the number two bus was stuck at Melbourne Market Place for several hours before being rescued. Services to Derby and the number nine service to Ashby were disrupted as a result.

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The weather caused the bus to slide when negotiating the treacherous conditions at the top of Church Street. Meanwhile, local people enjoyed having fun in the snow. In North Street, Karen Worrall and Kate Beckett built a snowman, ‘Norman’ , for the enjoyment of passers-by. Meanwhile, Rickey Diamond and his sons Rykie-yai, six, and Logan, 15, found enough snow to create their snowman: Frank Bucket Head. January and December’s snowfall is the first for several years.

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MELBOURNE Fire Station is getting a complete makeover in a county-wide programme to modernise the on-call stations. The upgrade is intended “to up-date facilities and technology to support the role of the modern firefighter and attract those within our communities to be a part of the local team”, according to Rob Taylor, the area manager for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS). The refit will include a new layout, with a gym, new kitchen area, a drying room for kit, and cleaning room for apparatus. The work started in early January and is due to finish in about a month. One of the most significant changes is to provide changing room and locker space for female firefighters. Rob Taylor explained: “We are particularly keen to attract people from more diverse groups and promote the role to women. “Derbyshire has a 50/50 ratio of male to female and we would love to see this reflected in our stations across the county. A misconception still exists that the role is for males, this is simply not the case; many of

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MELBOURNE’S fire crew were called out to attend to an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport. The Canadian Cargojet aircraft took off bound for Cincinnati in the USA at 2.20am on January 31 but radioed an emergency immediately after those on board observed “bangs and flames” from one of the twin engines. The pilot was required to circle to the north of Derbyshire for just under an hour at around 1,900 metres before it was declared safe to land. Fortunately, a nervous hour’s wait ended with a safe landing, and the plane was able to resume service two days later.

ties in 2021.” At the local station Andy Astle said there had been some interest from females in the past, but so far, they had been unsuccessful in recruiting anyone. With a significant shortfall in staff there are opportunities right now. “These are exciting times for us,” he said, “…with the new facilities, bringing the station up to a modern standard. There is also the opportunity to migrate into a full-time fire-fighter role.” Adverts for the role outlining the necessary qualifying criteria are on the DFRS website and the local station’s Facebook page. The local crew had a busy Christmas period, having had to attend a home fire in Normanton on Christmas Day itself, a twovehicle road traffic collision on Ingleby Lane, a call-out to The Common to help Sebastian, a horse who had lost its footing, and to a fire in a recycling centre in Etwall. Fortunately, January has started much quieter, and a recent emergency call to Calke proved to be a false alarm. – Frank Hughes

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MELBOURNE’S ‘Dr of Happiness’ Andy Cope is at the forefront of a move to lift people out of the current gloom and make us all “Brilliant”. As a key part of Derby City’s post-pandemic recovery plan the City Partnership has teamed up with Andy to launch a unique and ‘world first’ wellbeing programme. Andy (pictured) said: “I got asked to front it because I’ve spent the last 15 years researching ‘positive psychology’. “Basically, I spent a good many years at Loughborough University studying people who are happy and flourishing. That makes me the opposite of all the other doctors. While they were studying what was wrong with people and how to fix them, I was studying what was right with people. “My job is to kick-start it. The aim is for locals to step up and share their wellbeing stories, so the project is delivered by the people of Derby for the people of Derby. Never been done before, hence my call to join the wellbeing revolution!” The new initiative started on ‘Blue Monday’ (January 18) with an introductory online session, and will officially roll out in the Spring with a ‘wellbeing workout’ beamed live on the Brilliant Derby website followed by the creation of a network of wellbeing champions, six further Derby wide webinars and the launch of a wellbeing workout schools project. Derby City’s lead on Adults, Health and Housing, Cllr Roy Webb said: “Our 12-month plan is both unique and bold. As part of Derby’s ‘building back better’ from the impact of Covid-19, a series of ‘wellbeing workouts’ will be available to businesses, schools and residents of Derby on the themes of positivity, resilience, purpose, gratitude, altruism, strengths, happiness, mindfulness, mental health, physical health, mindset and self-esteem.” Andy is very well known in the local area for his children’s book series following the exploits of Lara, the Spy Dog.

Council in move for new website

MELBOURNE Parish Council is working to get a new website after the name of the old site was taken over. It said: “Over the course of the last few months the parish council has been exploring how best to further develop and enhance the PC website to support our local community. “Suddenly, at the beginning of January it appeared that despite uploading information to our

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LOCAL people are being reminded that next month, they will need to take part in the UK Census. This year, on Sunday, March 21, it is being conducted digitally for the first time, although paper copies will be available for those who need them. The UK census happens every 10 years, and this will be the 22nd. Information given in the census is kept anonymous for 100 years, and it has been a legal obligation to complete the survey since 1920. The Government says it uses the information provided to shape policy; allocate resources; plan services and monitor equality. The information is also used to help with resources for public health by identifying any pockets of deprivation; assessing housing needs; measuring housing affordability; forecasting pupil numbers; and informing emergency services provision. All households will receive an invitation to fill out the census questionnaire with a household access code, as well as information to help them to take part online.

TRIBUTES have been paid to longstanding Labour councillor, school governor, keen dancer and quizzer Les Brooks, from Aston-on-Trent, who has died aged 102. Les, who passed away in the Royal Derby Hospital in January, had been a Labour councillor at South Derbyshire District Council for many years, along with a governor at Aston-on-Trent Primary School. Tributes were paid at a full council meeting of South Derbyshire District Council on January 14. Cllr Trevor Southerd said that Les had been an “outstanding” chairman of the council’s Labour group as well as the planning committee. “He sat next to me for many years in the chamber,” said Cllr Southerd. “I atl  Les pictured enjoying exercise tended Les Brooks’ 100th birthday along and dancing with daughter Joanne. with Cllr Shepherd a couple of years ago. Les welcomed everybody in attendance. “He was a true, true gentleman.” Haydn Wheeler, who was head teacher of Aston-on-Trent Primary School while Les was a governor there, said: “He was always fair minded. He had balanced views and was devoted to the school. He particularly enjoyed school assemblies, and was involved in some excellent appointments.” Les was born in August, 1918, in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. He was the youngest of four children, with two sisters and a brother. Les’s family moved back to London shortly after he was born, and he spent the first 21 years of his life there. On leaving school, he began an apprenticeship as an architect. When the Second World War broke out, Les was unable to

serve in the armed forces after it was discovered he had flat feet, so it was decided his skills were best put to use in designing aircraft for the war effort. In 1940, he met his future wife Joan in Portsmouth, where he had been posted to an aircraft factory. During the blackout, while the pair were courting, Les would whistle “One Fine Day” from Madam Butterfly to alert Joan that it was him. It was shortly after meeting Joan that Les’s trades unions career began – something that remained important to him throughout his life. In 1941 he joined the Association of Engineering and Shipbuilding Draughtsmen (later consumed into the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section), becoming national president in 1960. Over the years working in aircraft design, Les worked on many aircraft including the design of the de Hav-

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AN INCREASE in the number of illegal dog breeders has contributed to a sharp rise in cases of abandoned animals in South Derbyshire during the pandemic, the district council says. Since the start of the Covid pandemic the Licensing Team at South Derbyshire District Council has reported an increase in the number of allegations of “unlicensed and unlawful dog breeding” being reported. The district council said: “It is the team’s belief that this has resulted in more and more puppies and dogs suffering ill health as a result of breeding conditions and then being abandoned or taken to re-homing centres.” The Licensing Team recom-

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LITTER pickers who have helped clear up canal paths have been thanked for their help – and more volunteers are welcome when restrictions allow. Jonathan Wood, of Melbourne, said: “I would like to thank all the volunteers who have helped to litter pick along the Trent & Mersey Canal by Swarkestone Lock over the last eight months. We have managed to litter pick most months.

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RECOGNISING that their resignation could result in the loss of overall Conservative control, which the electorate had voted for, the Independent group sought with the intervention of Alderman John Harrison, of Melbourne, to do a deal (a confidence and supply arrangement) with the then leader, Cllr Martyn Ford. “We offered this deal in good faith and on the basis that, with the exception of being two ... separate groups working in partnership with each other, nothing more would change or be asked – other than they (the Conservative group) make a firm commitment to respectful behaviour in return for our support,� the independent group said. That offer was dismissed – twice – and in a way that demonstrated “only too clearly why our insistence on respectful behaviour was non-negotiable�. The main Conservative group said in response: “The Conservative group responded to their offer with a reasonable counter proposal which was regrettably not accepted as they were not willing to negotiate or compromise on any change to their positions of responsibility.� The breakdown in negotiations then led to Cllr Martyn Ford stepping down as Conservative group leader, and resigning as leader of the council. Cllr Martin Fitzpatrick, one of the five forming the South Derbyshire Independent Group, wished to put on record his personal thanks to John Harrison for his considerable efforts in trying to make a deal work between the two groups. He also wished it to be made clear that these “troubles� have absolutely nothing to do with any dispute between himself and Cllrs Jim Hewlett and Linda Chilton. “I hold both in the very highest of regards and continue to work with them daily on issues affecting our area,� he said. group, the new group has faced its own difficulties, with one member deciding to leave them to join Labour. “The Conservative group is committed to working together as a cohesive unit to serve the residents of South Derbyshire and support the Chief Executive Frank McCardle, his officers, staff and the many voluntary organisations throughout the District in their hard work and dedication fighting the pandemic through a very challenging lockdown. “SDDC is a very well-run council of which the Conservative Group is proud to be a part. The focus of our group and the council’s efforts is necessarily towards addressing the impact

of the pandemic ‌ and to maintain the excellent council services we all rely upon. Against this imperative, the split between the Conservatives and Independent group is of markedly less importance.â€? South Derbyshire district councillor Jim Hewlett read out a statement on the matter at the latest meeting of Melbourne Parish Council. He said: "There has been a parting of the ways and a new group of councillors has been formed. “Martin and I have agreed to continue to work together in tandem and to continue to present district reports at alternate meetings.â€? – Frank Hughes


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A MELBOURNE trio of enterprising businessmen are preparing to expand their doughnut company on to the national stage. With their eye-catching pink cardboard packaging and dizzying array of designs and flavours, Project D’s doughnuts have become something of a local institution. Now founders Matthew Bond, Max Poynton and Jacob Watts have become so successful that they are moving into a bakery 10 times the size, taking on lots more staff and preparing to expand into the national market. “At the start of the first lockdown, we had 26 employees,� said Max. “We have now got 56 and we’re looking to get that to 125. “We’re growing fast and we’re moving into new areas, pushing into London this year.� Project D has moved out of its old 1,000 square foot bakery and into a state-of-theart new 11,000 sq.ft premises in Spondon. With its good transport links on to the A52, it’s the ideal place for the business to expand, as Covid restrictions allow. United by a passion for food, former Chellaston Academy pupils Max, Jacob and Matthew set up their doughnut business in 2018. Matthew had grown up in America, where doughnuts are so popular people will queue up for them. “We thought maybe that might spread over to the UK,� said Max. The trio started out watching YouTube videos to learn how to perfect their doughnut recipes, using second-hand equipment and taking their early creations to events. “People really liked them, so we developed more flavours,� said Max. “It just really took off.� Project D was popular from the start, but it was when the fledgling business won Government-backed initiative of six weeks’ free retail space in Intu, Derby, that things

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E Welcome Café on Derby Road has n transformed from the familiar and ndly place to enjoy a breakfast or ch into a “posh off-licence” – but new ner Matt German hopes he can still vide a warm welcome to old and new tomers. Matt (pictured) has a vision to create ontinental style atmosphere where er lockdown ends) you might pop in rowse a specialised range of wines spirits, and have a glass of wine, or n a quick espresso, whilst enjoying a t and a warm welcome. e said it had long been a dream of his ave such a place, and he seized the ortunity “with both feet” when the p became available. He has not ded on a name yet, having kept the come Café sign on the door and quite t of the pictures from the café’s hey-

working in the café or going upstairs for a wedding reception – I just want to try and retain that history,” he said. Matt has been self-employed in media and the auto trade for about 25 years and has recently relocated to Derby from Dubai. He moved to Melbourne last year, and said that during the Covid-19 lockdown he had the chance to get things lined up and turn his dream business into a reality. He does not underestimate the challenge, however, and said that clearly he cannot compete on price with the supermarkets. “I really wish to offer my customers unique products, which are maybe harder to find, and I tend to stock things I would wish to buy myself, or that have been recommended to me. It is really a more exclusive choice than in the supermarkets.” He has plans also to do gin or whisky tasting nights for small groups and is also ready for what he thinks will be the next “big thing” with a wide range of rums from as far afield as Philippines and Venezuela. – Frank Hughes

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E new year has brought a complete nge for No 33, the home and lifestyle p on Derby Road, Melbourne. orin Hollingworth has decided to ve the business online, whilst husd Mark and business partner Jonny Phee have taken over the premises for r expanding IT and Telecoms busis. orin said that during the last lockn they had re-evaluated everything, ommon with a lot of people, and ded that the business could work just well by going exclusively online. She been at No 33 for the past three rs, but particularly over the last year re had been a significant increase of ne sales. he change will also enable her to get weekends back and spend time with young family. Every business has had to diversify see what changes they need to make eep a good balance,” she said. Meanwhile husband Mark has been t very busy providing IT and Teles services to local businesses and he decided make the venue their new head office. It was a bit unusual how the business rted, as partner Jonny came into the shop as ustomer – they got talking and with a back-

online shop under it. But he said he would be open to people giving him suggestions for a name. “So many people have told me stories about

ground in Telecoms they found a good fit with the IT side Mark had established so they decided to set up Invictus Technology Group last year,” Corin explained. “We looked at other venues, including Pride

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pleased to see it has delivered the benefits we hoped for. “A lot of time is spent planning and designing this type of thing but it’s only when we get severe events like one recently that prove it has all been worthwhile. We particularly appreciate the positive feedback from the local community.” Meanwhile, in Ambaston, work to repair the low parts of the flood bank had been completed before the high waters arrived. In November’s Village Voice, we reported how the hamlet had been close to being evacuated in the floods of November 2019, with rescue boats on standby to ferry residents to safety. A newsletter distributed to

Ambaston residents in January this year said: “Work to repair the low parts of the flood bank has been completed and we escaped the effects of storm ‘Christoph’ with about 1metre of freeboard on the flood bank. The Lane became impassable to small cars for 24 hours, but that is a normal nuisance we have learned to accept during some flood alerts. “Further work to increase the height of the northern section of the flood bank by 250mm should be completed this September. “That will further reduce current flood risks and any future flood risk created by work in Derby City to reduce its flood risk and by worsening weather patterns.”

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for plant and animal based foods. It also supports local businesses and will help with our food security in these uncertain times. If you don’t support your local growers and farmers now then they sure as hell won’t be there when we need them in the future. Pandemics, import taxes and reduced standards of food imports may impact the food available to us and our ability to feed ourselves and keep healthy. Spread that spirit of Saint Valentine to your local producers, and your links to the local community will be strengthened. We are lucky here to be so near to the people who grow and farm our food. If we can’t appreciate that, who can? Now all this is really a balance. No one wants to live without treats too, right? We may not be able to do all our shopping locally but if you want to show the earth some appreciation, a bit of thought to these issues as you’re buying ingredients for that special meal will go a long way to making life on this planet a whole lot better now and for the future. – Katherine Parrish


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OBITUARIES JEAN GANGE (nee Bradbury) July 9th, 1937 – September 17th, 2020 JEAN (Mum) was born in Melbourne to Hilda (nee Smith) and Stanley Bradbury at 1 New Yard. According to her notebooks, she was delivered into the world by local midwife Nurse Gregory, weighing just 2lbs 12ozs. “My chances of survival were not very good but thankfully, my Aunt Lil breathed air into my lungs and saved my life, I was wrapped in cotton wool, fed glucose and water and laid to sleep in a wicker chair. “In 1939 the family moved to number 2 Hastings Street which had a bigger house with a large garden and a Victoria plum tree.” She continued to live in Melbourne until the late 1950s. Sadly, her own mother died by drowning in a local quarry, when Jean was around 12. She then kept house for her father for a while until she went to live with one of her older sisters, Hilda Chell and her husband Dan, together with their son Ken. The youngest of five children, she had a brother, Doug, and sisters, Barbara, Hilda and Irene. Jean went on to work in the local shoe factory and met her husband Barrie Gange from Allenton at a dance in Melbourne. Barrie was a talented footballer who played for Melbourne Dynamos before joining the Royal Air Force and serving abroad in Aden and Africa. They married in 1955 and made their home in Melbourne before moving around Eng-

land, Holland, Cyprus and Germany with their family: Sharon, Ian (sadly deceased 2014), Wendy and Tony, finally settling in the village of Auckley in South Yorkshire. Throughout her life, writes Jean’s family, Mum retained her love of Melbourne and returned regularly to visit her sister Hilda. She loved to walk around Melbourne Pool and across the fields so beloved of her early childhood years. The Melbourne Festival was a favourite annual event and she enjoyed showing the family around her old haunts. She became an enthusiastic historian and had a wealth of knowledge, particularly about Melbourne. She spent many hours re-

PETER WORRALL (known as Tange) March 19th, 1946 – January 17th, 2021 PETER was born in Melbourne, eldest son of Arthur and Vera, Market Gardeners of Derby Road Melbourne. Peter enjoyed helping out at the market garden whilst completing his school days in Melbourne. It was both with relief and pride for his parents that Peter chose not to follow them in the family business but took the opportunity of an apprenticeship at Melbourne Engineering. Whilst progressing with the company to become a draughtsman he was also fully experienced on the shop floor as an engineer. This is where he continued to develop his meticulous attention to detail and if a job needed doing it was going to be done correctly. With this keen interest in engineering and gardening it was a natural progression to further develop his hobby in vintage tractors. Peter travelled around the country, not only searching for parts but meeting with friends and acquaintances with

similar interests to talk over Fergusons and the like. Peter’s perfect Saturday would be a farm sale, picking up a piece of junk, fish & chips and a pint in the Holly Bush at night. On March 31, 1990, Peter married Marjorie Topham at St. Pauls in Chester Green. Marjorie had been a lifelong friend of Peter and the family but, typically, it took Peter a long time to ask her out. They set up home in Chester Green and enjoyed holidays abroad and built up a wide-

spread social life with friends from many circles. Peter had been fortunate to be able to walk to work for 25 years at Melbourne Engineering, popping back home for a cooked meal with home grown veg. When the firm closed Peter secured a new job at Bliss’s in Derby, which was also in walking distance of his then home in Chester Green. Peter particularly looked forward to the ‘boys’ camp weekends, especially if they were in Wales, one of his favourite places. Get togethers that once revolved around country walking moved on in later years to quieter pursuits of real ale and chatting the night away with friends. Peter was devastated when Marjorie, after a short illness, passed way in 2006; his friends and family gave Peter unending support at that time and ever since, knowing he would not fully deal with his loss. Peter had major heart surgery in 2015 and was able to make a full recovery with the aid of a pacemaker. After taking ill in late December 2020 and being admitted to hospital Peter

JOHN SEYMOUR BELL August 16th, 1935 - October 23rd, 2020 SEYMOUR was born in Bletchley in Buckinghamshire, where his father was a minister. He had one brother, Julian. The family came to Melbourne when the Rev John Bell was appointed minister at Melbourne Methodist Chapel. Seymour was aged 13 at the time. Seymour attended Melbourne Secondary School where he enjoyed being a member of the Melbourne Tennis Club, whose courts were situated where Lothian Gardens playground now is. Seymour left school at 16 to go and work in Melbourne Post Office, before being conscripted into the Army where he spent two years on national service. On leaving the Army he joined the law firm Sale and Son as a legal executive, a job which brought him to Melbourne on Wednesdays, on which day it had an office there. Seymour remained with this firm for a

searching her family history and enjoyed reading articles and books about her childhood home. She loved needlework, films and travelling, especially by train, as well as socialising and dancing. She loved to get dressed up and to go out for the day, to her favourite places: York, London, Derby and of course, Melbourne. She travelled for many miles by train! Jean’s life changed in 2014 when her son, Ian, died, followed a few weeks later, suddenly, by husband Barrie. She carried this loss for the rest of her life but continued on with great determination and fortitude. Jean’s dearest wish was to spend the end of her life near her home ground and, after a short illness bravely borne, she passed away surrounded by her family, at the home of her daughter Wendy Burton, in Stretton, Burton upon Trent. She was cremated at Aston-onTrent after a final trip to Melbourne Pool. Her family miss her very much, but are thankful to have so many wonderful memories of our Melbourne Mum. “We very much appreciate the messages of condolences that we have received from the people who cared about Mum and we are also grateful for the dignity which was afforded to her by the Co-Operative Funeral Services at Stretton and the teams of nurses and carers who attended her over the last few weeks of her life,” they said. Written on behalf of the family of Jean Gange, by Sharon Fuller with the help of Mum’s notebooks.

long while, before moving to Nottingham with another legal firm. He then returned to Derby and worked for Taylor Simpson & Moseley until retiring at the age of 70. He moved to Findern in the 1980s, and be-

passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 17. Peter leaves behind his brother, Michael, sisters in law, Pam and Glenda, and treasured niece and nephews, Christopher, Nicholas, Jack, Toby, Georgina and Joseph, and a great niece Paige. There are a great number of Peter’s friends’ children who will also fondly remember him as ‘Uncle Peter’. The family wish to thank everyone for their help and especially the sympathetic words. All speak of Peter as a gentle and kind man who once you had met him would immediately become a close friend. The funeral will take place at Markeaton Crematorium on February 24 at 11.20am. With the current restrictions anyone not attending may join via a video link. Please contact George Simnett Funeral Directors on 01332 690211 for instructions. Donations in memory of Peter are invited for the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. These can be made online at www.georgesimnett.co.uk or sent directly to the charity.

came very active in village life. One particularly noteworthy achievement was his role on Findern Parish Council, where it was his casting vote that led to the parish rooms being saved for the community, rather than being sold. Seymour’s tireless fund-raising efforts helped transform the previously semiderelict parish rooms into an attractive community space with running water and heating, for the first time. He was also very much involved with Findern Footpaths Group and helped to bring about a new sign for the village green. Being good friends with one of the Village Voice founders, the late Andrew Jackson, Seymour was also responsible for delivering this newspaper around Findern for many years. Seymour will be much missed by his wife, Eunice, whom he first met when she was 10 and he was 13; step-daughters Jayne and Ruth and their families; two sons, Howard and John, and grandchildren Claudia, Georgia, Reuben and Tom.

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SNOWDROPS, winter aconite, hellebores, tiny iris, daphne filling the garden with its scent, witch hazel, catkins, crocus, cyclamen, gleaming skimmia berries, sweet-smelling sarcococca and winter clematis – these are just some of the plants that Melbourne visitors to The Dower House may be able to enjoy this month when its garden is opened for charity. Coronavirus restrictions only allow for people living locally to attend, and there will be no tickets sold on the day – all must be purchased in advance. The opening under the National Gardens Scheme raises money for charity. When The Dower House garden opened under the same scheme last February, it had to close early because of a fierce storm. This year, current restrictions allow for the garden to be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14. As the rules allow for people to take exercise locally, this means only people living in the local area can attend. All tickets must be booked online in advance on www.ngs.org.uk. In this way, numbers can be controlled so that everyone can remain at a safe distance, avoiding the formation of groups. Every penny raised is going towards the National Gardens Scheme to support charities such as Macmillan that have struggled to raise funds during the pandemic. There will be an honesty box for plant sales and a donation box at the exit. Once in the garden, visitors can stay for as long as they like. Anyone who cannot go online can phone Griselda Kerr on 07799883777 to enquire about availability of time slots and payment. LEFT: Snowdrops at Elvaston Castle, photographed by TINA BAKER.

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MELBOURNE Carnival will not be going ahead this summer, but a smaller community event is being planned instead. The carnival committee said it had been decided to cancel the main event in recognition of the fact not everybody will have had the opportunity to have been vaccinated against Covid-19 by Saturday, July 10, when it was due to have been held. Organisers are proposing a “smaller, alternative community event” to mark the occasion. The committee has also said they would be looking at a larger, inclusive event in the autumn of 2021, once restrictions have been eased.

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metre wide footway within the overall width of nine metres. Planning permission was granted in 2018 for Tarmac to extend their area of sand and gravel extraction from the existing site at Barrow to the south side of the river. The area is approximately 60 hectares, or the equivalent of 85 football pitches, and mostly currently under pasture. It is anticipated that 2.5 million tons of mineral will be extracted over the next 10 years or so. At the time there were objections from various bodies including Repton Parish Council, Natural England, Historic England, and Melbourne Footpaths Group, but the demand for the material, primarily for construction, outweighed other factors. A spokesperson from Tarmac said: “To protect the views from Anchor Church, Tarmac agreed to remove two hectares of land from the planning application following consultation with Historic England and the county archaeologist to protect the setting of this historical feature. “Once extraction is complete the site will be part restored to agricultural and flood

meadows characteristic of the Riverside Meadows Landscape. The south part of the site will be restored to agricultural to restore the landscape setting with a vista to Anchor Church.” A detailed map has been drawn up of the restoration plans. One visitor to the site since the bridge has been erected said: “It does very much spoil the view. In the summer it won’t show much as the trees will hide it; however from Anchor Church it will well and truly spoil the view. Such a shame as it’s an amazing place to see nature.” As reported previously Derbyshire County Council is in the process of drawing up a fresh Minerals Local Plan to find additional production for the next 15 years. “We have suggested the area to the west to Derbyshire County Council as a future extension area which is now being considered as part of the consultation. “If this area were to be approved, we would then need to submit a planning application, where we would fully engage and consult with residents on our plans,” said the spokesperson. – Frank Hughes

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THE son of a couple from Westonon-Trent is running a marathon a month this year to raise vital funds for Treetops Hospice. Matt Ceiley is the son of Mick and Jo Ceiley, who died within a few months of each other in early 2020. He has taken on the monthly marathon challenge in thanks for the support provided by Treetops during his father’s final days. Matt said: “My mum, Jo (Joanna), was ill for a long, long time with early onset dementia and died at the end of January 2020. My dad, Mick (Michael), devoted his life to caring for mum full time at their bungalow in Weston on Trent for over 10 years. “They’d celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary in 2019. Dad was a keen gardener and he actually created a rose garden just outside mum’s window because she couldn’t go anywhere. He was devasted when she died. “Dad was very old-fashioned, a ‘man’s man’. He spent some time as a grenadier guard as a younger man and then became a telephone engineer. He was 6ft 2ins, a big bloke and didn’t take any nonsense from anyone. He was a very strong character, but also very kind. He wasn’t one to get emotional or talk about things, so his kindness was demonstrated in his actions really.� Not long after Matt’s mum died, as the country went into national lockdown, Mick, 73, fell ill with cancer. Finding out he did not have long left, he asked to spend his last few days at home and for his daughter, Sarah – a former district nurse – to look after him. Matt, of Derby, said: “The whole family pulled together. “My older brother, Steve, and I spent as much time with dad as possible and dad’s eldest granddaughter, Beth, also

took time off work to help care for him. But it became evident, very quickly, that it wasn’t going to be simple looking after him at home.â€? The family were quickly referred to the Treetops Hospice at Home Service. “The Treetops nurses being there at night meant I could go home and Sarah, who had moved in with dad, could get some proper sleep,â€? said Matt. “We also had support from the Treetops Roaming Nurse Service, who were so quick to get there. There were times when dad needed pain relief or medication that without the roaming nurses he wouldn’t have been able to have as quickly. All you wanted him to be was more comfortable.â€? Sadly, Mick’s condition deteriorated quickly, and he died at home a week after being diagnosed. Matt said: “We couldn’t have managed without the Treetops nurses. You think you can manage at home fine, but we were caring 24hrs a day. It’s physical and emotional, and it’s somebody that you love, which makes it a lot harder. You’ve got to have that rest and respite. “All the nurses were so compassionate, professional and knowledgeable, and very conscious of being in someone else’s home and being respectful. It was so important and meant we could trust their night-time care, get some rest and be there with dad at the end. “I think you can’t take these things for granted. It’s only when you need these services that you realise how vital they are. There are some things you can do without, but hospice care isn’t one of them.â€? Matt is a keen runner and completed his first fund-raising marathon for the hospice on New Year’s Day. He’s already raised over ÂŁ700 of his ÂŁ2,000 target. Cheryl Morris, Treetops community

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l A young Matt (centre) in between mum, Jo, and dad, Mick, with older brother Steve and sister Sarah. Below: Matt on his first run in Derby.

relationships manager, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Matt for taking on this amazing challenge and wish him the best of luck with each and every marathon! We’ll be following his progress and cheering him on throughout the year. “Many people will be hearing in the coming weeks if they have received a place in this year’s London Marathon and the Great North Run. “If you’re lucky enough to gain a place, we’d love you to consider fund-raising for Treetops as without your support – without people like Matt – we simply wouldn’t be able to continue to offer our vital services to those in the local community.� Matt’s Just Giving fund-raising page can be found at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattceileyandfriends – Lucy Stephens

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AS EXPECTED there was no local sport taking place throughout the month of January. However, three of the four Melbourne Dynamo Senior sides are well placed in their respective leagues if there is a re-start in early March, although all the signs are that an early end to the 2020/21 season will be the more likely outcome. That will be especially rough on Melbourne Dynamo first team who are in their first season in the north division of the Central Midlands League and currently sit top of the table. They have won all five of their league games and harbour hopes of promotion which would see them go up a level in the football pyramid to step seven. Gav Salisbury’s men have led the way by scoring the most goals (35) in the division with Melbourne’s leading scorer Jack Goodband also the league’s joint top striker with an impressive 10 goals from just eight matches. These 10 goals have also pushed him up to third place in the Dynamo all-time scoring list.

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