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Micro-brewery plan for Blue Bell


A MELBOURNE pub dating back to the 18th century has shut so it can completely refurbish and install a microbrewery, ready for re-opening in a few months’ time.

And that will not be all the changes at The Blue Bell Inn on Church Street. It is also having a name change – but the new moniker will hark back to the past. The Blue Bell shut its doors on June 23 for a total refurbishment. Major works down at the pub have seen the interior completely stripped back, and the proposal is to install a microbrewery at the premises. The Blue Bell dates back to the 18th century and is due to re-open under its former name, The Spirit Vaults. Current expectations are that the watering hole, which has a fine view of Melbourne Parish Church, will be open again some time in the autumn. Matt Morgan, a member of the family which owns the pub, said: “We want to keep as many of the older features as possible. “The pub is in such a nice spot – we want to bring it back to how it should be. It’s got a lot of character and history and we want to make sure we are sympathetic to that – hopefully we will do it justice!” Comments on local social media on the work at The Blue Bell have been very positive on the changes afoot. “We need another good pub,” said one.

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Plan for school’s £4.1m multi-use hall

PROPOSALS for a £4.1million multiuse hall to provide added facilities for hundreds of extra pupils at Chellaston Academy are now with city planners. The new hall, if given the green light by Derby City Council, will provide a large hall, classrooms and training facilities at the school, which is now accepting 300 pupils in its year seven cohort – up from 265 a few years ago. Chellaston Academy is due to have 2,000 pupils on its roll by 2021. Numbers at the beginning of this year were 1,731. Kevin Gaiderman, executive head of the Peak Multi Academy Trust – of which Chellaston academy is part – explained that the new hall would give the school long-awaited capacity to hold large assemblies amongst other things. The current school hall was built in 1977 when there were 700 pupils at the school. “It will give us that amazing wide open space that we have wanted for so long,” he said. Jaime Wainwright-Jones, the school’s business officer, added: “I think it’s going to create some opportunities for the school and for the community. We want the facility to be available not just to the students but to our neighbours and other schools within the trust.” Funding for the new hall is largely coming from section 106 payments from building developments. A design and access statement prepared on the school’s behalf by Derby architects YMD Boon explained that as well as the new building, the school also needed an area of hard standing to provide enough open space for pupils during break. Existing pitches would need to be moved for the new building and hard standing, with a woodland area south of


the school reclaimed for sport. The statement went on to say that, despite rising pupil numbers, there were no extra teachers “due to the reduction of the Academy budget and funding over the past few years”. Mr Gaiderman told Village Voice that schools across the country had faced an eight per cent cut in their budgets over the past few years: “The public sector has been heavily affected by austerity in recent times,” he said. “We have maintained our standards but we are right at the limit of our budget. “I am one of the few heads in the city who hasn’t made redundancies. I’m fighting every year to balance the budget.” It is hoped that the plans will be passed by Derby City Council over the coming weeks, which would allow work to start in September, ready for planned completion within one year. A report by the Association of School and College Leaders, seen by Village Voice, has estimated a funding shortfall of £5.7billion in primary and secondary schools in England in 2019/20. – Lucy Stephens

CHELLASTON Academy has a new head of school – Cara Walker. Cara has been named the secondary’s new head now that Kevin Gaiderman is the chief executive officer of the Peak Multi Academy Trust: a collection of schools which includes Chellaston Academy. Mr Gaiderman said: “My role has changed; I’ve become the CEO of the Peak Multi Academy Trust. Cara Walker becomes head of school and takes over its day-to-day running.”

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n MELBOURNE and Kings Newton have two new Poppy Appeal organisers, who have already got stuck into their fund-raising duties. Brenda Sharratt and Kevin Iliffe are the new pair in charge of the local appeal, which raises millions across the UK every year to support wounded veterans. Brenda’s first fund-raiser for the Poppy Appeal was a 40s night (pictured above) at the Royal British Legion on June 7, which saw people dancing away to vintage classics sung by Midlands singer Eleanor Mattley, raising £226. “It was fantastic – we had a good crowd there,” said Brenda, who has been collecting for the Poppy Appeal in Melbourne since she was 12 years old. As she’s now 73, that makes more than 60 years! She remembered starting to collect in the lead-up to Armistice with her mother, Gladys, herself a veteran who had been employed

with the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) in Germany in the Second World War. Originally from Scotland, Gladys met Brenda’s father, Jack Iliffe, while out in Germany and the pair returned to Melbourne where Jack was from, having got married along the way in Brussels Cathedral. Collecting for the Poppy Appeal is a firm family tradition: Brenda’s own great-grandchild, Grace Sharratt, is already a seasoned collector, aged 12! “It’s just about trying to get them to carry on,” said Brenda. “These veterans need all the help they can get.” Anyone who wants anything relating to the Poppy Appeal – a wreath, or a wooden cross perhaps – can get in touch with Brenda on 07773 974404 or Kevin on 07771 359171.

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New lunch club a tasty offering

A NEW lunch club designed to offer low-cost food and company in Melbourne got off to a flying start with lots of people turning out to meet up for a chinwag over food. The “Soup and Pudding Club” will be held from 12-2pm every other Wednesday in the Assembly Rooms. Organiser Margaret Gildea said: “The aim is to give people the opportunity to come with friends or drop in to meet people and have delicious home-cooked food at a reasonable price.” The desire from organisers is also to use the refurbished kitchen area at the Assembly Rooms during the day, having invested in it. Around 40 people went along to the first ever club to enjoy jacket potatoes, soup and puddings – with plenty of appreciative comments on the elegant embroidery tablecloths and fresh flowers on the tables. One of the visitors to the inaugural club was Barbara Phillips, of Melbourne, who went with friends Doris and Sheila from Melbourne and Noreen, from Wilson, having heard about it through Melbourne Community Care. “It’s exceptional,” she said. “Today is the first day they’ve put it

on. What’s good is it’s getting older people out of their houses and having company and socialising. When you’re older, you’ve to keep in contact with people. It’s been well supported today and let’s hope it keeps going like that.” The four friends agreed that one of the benefits of a lunch club for older people was that it was scheduled for a specific, regular time, making it easier for them to plan to go. Margaret said the club was not just targeted at older people, but people of any age were welcome – for example mums and children, with changing facilities available at The Assembly Rooms and plenty of room for pushchairs. Local district councillor Jim Hewlett turned out to enjoy lunch at the club, saying: “Melbourne has always been a very sociable community and this will help enhance that.” Ty Farquhar, sitting down with Jim, added: “It seems a very good idea.” The club is run by volunteers who have all been trained in food hygiene by South Derbyshire District Council, which gave them a five-star rating. For more details on dates of the Soup and Pudding Club, see our ‘What’s On’ section on Page 15.

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IT MIGHT be festival season, but the “Urban Surburban Rural Tour” did not attract much of a crowd in Kings Newton. Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Hardyal Dhindsa was on his #D383 tour, with this being stop number 330 on his list. With no locals gathered at the Hardinge, Village Voice had an exclusive interview. He had pledged to visit every town and village in Derbyshire to listen to people’s concerns. “I wanted to go to every community and hear what the thoughts are, good and bad, about our policing,” he said. So far, in South Derbyshire, speeding, inappropriate parking and police visibility were the most frequent topics raised with him. On visibility his priority was to redress the impact of cuts and loss of some 700 staff over previous years. This year he had argued for a 12.5% increase in the Policing Precept, which will go towards an additional 120 posts. That will total 145 new staff during the last two years. “58 are police officers, and 62 will be support staff including PCSOs. All police posts will be filled by the end of July, with the remaining other staff coming in later this year. It is a small but significant step to address the reductions. “People do want police visibility,” he said,

l Hardyal Dhindsa with James Griffiths, landlord of The Hardinge Arms in Kings Newton.

adding that he believed this would also help with the response to “low level criminality”. He also said he was committed to a campaign by the association of PCCs to persuade the Government to increase the budget provided by the Home Office, rather than having to fund it from local taxing. On speeding – an issue specifically acute in Ticknall and Smisby – he was planning

to have a ‘Speedwatch’ co-ordinator in place soon who would be better able to train, advise and ensure local volunteers could operate speed monitoring safely. “It is a partnership issue and we do need to work with the local authority,” he said. Similarly, on inappropriate parking, an issue in several places, there was a shared responsibility with the local authority responsible for enforcement unless criminality was involved. He accepted that there was a need for more clarity, however, and was working with Amber Valley to produce clearer guidance which could be shared and communicated. Asked about the local drugs issue and the “county lines” tactic affecting rural areas, he recognised this as a serious problem. However, he pondered: “Can we arrest our way out of this?” He felt it was as much a social and health problem needing a different approach. “Once the police deal with an offender, the vacuum created is filled by another.” He was convening a group involving both police and local authority to establish just how much of a concern it is in this area. At the outset he pointed out that generally speaking and thankfully, Derbyshire is a comparatively safe place. Perhaps that’s why in Kings Newton no residents nor local councillors showed up to chat. – Frank Hughes

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Double awards success

A SWARKESTONE social media business has been honoured in two county-wide awards schemes in the last month. Babbl, which is run by James Austin and Nicola Read, was named as a finalist in the Small Business Start Up company at the Institute of Directors East Midlands Awards, held at Winstanley House in Leicester on June 21. Then, the following week, they were also finalists in the same category at the Nachural Summer Business Ball and awards, held at Wolverhampton Racecourse. James, who is also an under-11 football coach for Melbourne Dynamo FC, said: “It was such an honour to have made it through to the finals of these prestigious competitions; we couldn’t believe it when we heard. The other finalists are amazing and it was a huge boost for our young business, in only its second year!” Nicola added: “We were just stunned to find out we had made it through to the finalists’ stage for both awards. With hundreds of businesses entering, to make it this far is already a win for us!” Babbl is a social media management business specialising in the childcare, education and children’s clubs’ markets, which was set up in 2017 by James and Nicola.

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n VISITORS were given the chance to see beautiful views of South Derbyshire when a church opened up its tower. The tower at Weston-on-Trent’s St Mary’s Church was open to the public over the weekend of its annual flower festival on June 15 and 16. Coinciding with the Scarecrow Trail that took place over the same two days, the flower festival raised £436 for church funds with

people producing displays on a British seaside or holiday theme. Groups supporting the event included the Mothers Union, local history group, Weston Under Fives, 1st Weston Rainbows, as well as local villagers. “Thanks to everyone who supported in any way,” said church warden Jayne Williamson, who is pictured with Annabel Gibbon from the 1st Weston Rainbows.

Positive moves for business

A FLOURISHING Melbourne business is going from strength to strength after acquiring two new companies in under a week, taking its turnover to more than £2million a year. The team at Positive ID Labels, based at the industrial estate on Castle Lane, found themselves very busy in June after acquiring two new labelling companies within the space of days. The firm acquired Oxfordshire-based Banbury Labels and Dabbon Labels from near Newcastleunder-Lyme. The two acquisitions means turnover at Positive ID will increase by 10 per cent to £2.2million a year, and will also bring on board new machinery. One of these machines is a hot foiling press which means that the Melbourne-based company will be able to expand into producing labels for high-end drinks such as spirits and wine. These labels often feature a glamorous splash of gold which is produced by this particular piece of equipment. Positive ID owner John Mayers said: “It’s good, positive news. It secures our existing jobs and helps fill extra employment and prosperity for this area.” Positive ID Labels started 20 years ago with John and his wife Stephanie working in a small

office in Kings Newton. The acquisition of the two new companies brings the headcount up to 30. John said: “We have an exceptional team that we have built up at Positive ID, and we see that as one of our major strengths. We have made local people from Melbourne and surrounding areas directors, which allows me to focus on strategic moves and machinery purchasing. It frees me up to grow the business, because of the rich vein of talent that we’ve found or developed in Melbourne.” Positive ID Labels will absorb the smaller companies and centralise production into its Melbourne-based factories. No-one has been made redundant as a result of the acquisitions, and the company is looking to recruit one trainee printer. A blog on the company’s website says: “Positive ID Labels have acquired a number of printing companies over the last decade or so. Some small and some larger. We have built some experience in merging operations of the companies into our own. We have also gained good experience with taking on a new client base and ensuring their concerns or questions regarding the acquisitions are put at ease.” Last year, Positive ID also acquired Devonbased Limbus Labels.

Hole causes hold-ups

A BROKEN drainage pipe is believed to have been the cause of a hole on Melbourne’s Derby Road that appeared in June. A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said it was thought the broken pipe allowed water from recent heavy rainfall to wash away a small area of material under the road surface. Contractors arrived to patch up the area at the end of the month. n Doles Lane in Findern has been scheduled for road improvements, and the work is set to be completed by the end of September. The project is part of a larger Derbyshire County Council scheme to surface dress around 50 miles of the county’s roads, as well as completely resurfacing 23 miles of roads by next summer.

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in brief

Teacher Charged

A CHELLASTON Academy teacher has been charged and remanded over alleged sexual offences. Toby Yates was charged with adult abuse of position of trust to incite sexual activity with a girl aged 13-17, and two counts of possessing indecent photography, on Tuesday July 2. He appeared in Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on July 3 and was remanded into custody. Mr Yates will next appear at Derby Crown Court on July 31.

Let’s go to China


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LOCAL council representatives are looking for local businesses to join them at the World Manufacturing Convention in China this year. The event is being held in Hefei in Anhui Province from the 20-23 September and both Derbyshire County and Derby City councils are looking for companies to go. Derbyshire businesses interested in attending should contact Kerry Bailey at Derbyshire County Council on 01629 539325 or

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Country Living

Making hay while the sun shines with Robert Parker

THE last week of June saw the weather suddenly improve, and farmers soon got the mowers into the fields to get some hay made. The contrast with 2018 is amazing. Last year we were very short of grass and very little hay was made, but this time around most farmers filled their silage clamps and had grass to spare, hence the move to hay. We’re doing the same here at home as having less stock around gives us the chance to sell some hay to farmers in the hills who need it. I believe, though, that the price will not be good, after last year when it reached record levels. Even with all the modern kit, making hay is a very slow and monotonous job – and knowing when to bale it up is not easy. Last year I made some and did it a day too soon and had some very hot bales, which got near to spontaneous combustion. There were only 20 bales and they turned out looking like pipe tobacco, but the cattle went mad for it. Does it have hallucinatory effects like the real thing?

n I was slightly amused but more annoyed to see our own legendary environmentalist David Attenborough preaching at Glastonbury about plastic. All the attendees at this event would claim to care about the world’s future and be good environmentalist people. Fast forward three days and see the detritus left by these people and you feel a real disgust for them all. Locally Download was just the same. Why is it that people can’t collect their own litter and put it in provided bins rather than throw it on the ground? I must praise the organisers of these events as, after a very short time, the entire sites were cleaned up immaculately. We have a long way to go in education to change people’s mindsets. n I am sorry to report that house martins didn’t get to nest with us this year after watching them “suss” us out. Swallows, though, are a different matter with dozens of nests and in the middle of June the first ones were flying the nest. Some needed a little help as they were trying to fly through a window …


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’EY UP ME DUCK ... THESE colourful ducks formed a quacking finale to the Breedon Summer Sunday which took place on June 23. The annual event in Breedon-on-the-Hill is finished off with a duck race which makes a colourful sight as the plastic fowl progress downstream. The summery event features music from Melbourne Town Band, a Punch and Judy show, a classic car display and a fun bake-off - all the traditional elements of a classic English summer fete. Writing on the Breedon Parish Council web page after the event, clerk Sam Lockwood said: “Thank you to each and everyone who attended, helped and supporting the Breedn summer Sunday event ... “It was a fantastic day and great to see so many of you there.” She added: “ ... without the support from YOU all, the local residents from our parish and the neighbouring villages it wouldn’t have been a success.”

Speedwatch team appeal

MELBOURNE district councillor Martin Fitzpatrick is making an appeal for volunteers to form a Community Speed Watch Team. Ideally looking for five volunteers to join him, Cllr Fitzpatrick will then arrange with CREST (Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team) suitable training and advice for the team on how to use speed detection equipment, before they are given the opportunity to carry out checks with the officers. The owners of speeding vehicles detected during checks will receive letters from Community Speed Watch, advising them of their speed and requesting that they respect local limits. Drivers are also warned that if they are caught breaking the speed limit again, they may face a fine and points on their licence. In addition, the evidence gained from community speed checks can be used by CREST to create a “Community Concern Site”, and where evidence of a speeding problem exists CREST would then have the power to install either temporary or

All set for this year’s carnival

THIS year’s Melbourne Fete and Carnival is due to take place on Saturday, July 13 – with the procession starting off at 11.45am. The parade will start from Castle Square, proceeding through the main part of the town and surrounding streets until it arrives at Melbourne Junior School at 12.15pm. Tickets for the carnival can be bought at Forteys, and raffle tickets are available at Melbourne News. Visitors are invited to look out for fancy dress competitions and the results of the school poster and junk modelling competitions on the day. This year local children are being invited to take part in this year’s procession by walking the route, carrying a small fish as part of a shoal – in keeping with this year’s theme: Under the Sea. Anyone whose child would like to carry a fish can arrange it by emailing

fixed speed detection systems. Cllr Fitzpatrick said: “I have regular reports from residents in Melbourne and Kings Newton of speeding vehicles and they express great concern over road safety in the area. “Station Road, Cockshut Lane, Robinsons Hill and Ashby Road seem to be of most concern, but we have little up to date data to use in a campaign to encourage CREST to site speed detection cameras in our area. Forming a Community Speed Watch team is the first step in this process, and I welcome local volunteers to support this action. I would expect volunteers to be able to offer two to four hours per month to this project.” All residents with speeding concerns are also advised to report it via the CREST website at as data entered on this site will also support moves for the introduction of speed cameras in the area. Cllr Fitzpatrick can be contacted on email at or mobile 07710030187.

THE wedding took place between Holly Goodwill and George Dunnicliff at Melbourne Parish Church on June 15. The festivities were rounded off with fireworks, before the couple departed on honeymoon to The Maldives.

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ELITE sports stars are already lining up to back a Melbourne family business launching “the world’s kindest natural and refillable deodorant” this month – but with profits all going to charity, the crowd-funded enterprise needs plenty more support to get it off the ground. Luke and Kirstie Sheriff, of Pinks Boutique and Proverb beauty lines, are passionate about environmentally friendly skincare and would like to see their new product quite literally change the world. Their deodorant cuts down hugely on plastic waste with Kirstie’s innovative twist design, allowing the user to simply replace the contents and not the whole outside packaging, which can then be used again and again. So why a deodorant? “It’s an established beauty habit for men and women, and no-one has disrupted and changed the way it’s done,” said Kirstie. The product is being launched as a social enterprise with all sales’ profits going to WaterAid, a charity which aims to provide clean water and decent toilets in parts of the world where people do not have them. It is being made under a crowdfunding model, which means that supporters can sign up to order a deodorant; with the backing of enough people, the products will get made. Due for launch on July 7, the crowd fund has three weeks to raise the £50,000 needed to get the deodorants off the ground – meaning that the enterprise needs 2,000 orders in order to get them made. If successful, the idea is to sell them through commercial outlets, with profits still going to charity. Luke said the idea to benefit WaterAid came from his daughter, Layla, when the family were researching charities they would like to support. “We’re using natural, safe ingredients,” said Luke. “That’s the position from Kirstie and myself in terms of making better products for people – but we also want to make better products for the world.” Kirstie and Luke met while studying at Oxford university, with Luke going on to play rugby pro- l The Sheriff family, Kirstie and Luke with children Layla fessionally for the Harlequins and Kirstie training as a beauty therapist. The couple began to focus on environmentally friendly and organic and Charlie. products after a nutrition expert spent time with Luke’s team, advising them on a complete food and lifestyle “re-think” including not microwaving food and eating organic. Luke said this brought about a “remarkable” difference in performance – running faster, for example. Interest piqued, Kirstie then investigated the actual ingredients used in the beauty skincare products she was using in her own business. Unimpressed with her findings, she resolved to create her own and Pinks Boutique was born. The new deodorant is being launched under the business’s sports skincare line Proverb, and it has already won backing from former rugby player and Strictly Come Dancing star Thom Evans, Radio DJ Tyler West, the England women’s national rugby sevens team, rugby union player Vicky Fleetwood, race walker Tom Bosworth and track cyclist Manon Lloyd. Luke said: “We really hope that local people will support us. We need 2,000 orders to make our vision a reality. Plastic waste is such a hot topic at the moment so we hope that people will lend us their backing – it would be great to see Melbourne contributing to our cause so we can make our deodorants and donate vital funds to WaterAid.” To support Kirstie and Luke’s social enterprise, you can order a deodorant by scanning the QR code above on your mobile phone or by visiting – Lucy Stephens

Golden day for couple

THIS golden couple celebrated 50 years of happy marriage earlier this month, having first met at the Hardinge Arms, Kings Newton. Village Voice readers Brenda and Graham Wilmot, both 72, were married on July 5, 1969, at Melbourne Parish Church – just days before man landed on the moon! Brenda, nee Banks, met Graham at the Hardinge Arms, and after the pair were married they set up home in the High Street, Melbourne, before moving to Castle Donington in 1971. Graham had his own haulage business, and Brenda worked as an outworker for Dunnicliff Bros. The couple have two

daughters, Kathryn and Joanne. Graham enjoys gardening and fishing while Brenda regularly goes to coffee mornings in Melbourne at the local churches. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at The Dragon in Willington with family.

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Church gets its Lottery jackpot

THE historic parish church in Barrow-upon-Trent now has a secure future as a multi-functional community building after confirmation of more than half a million pounds in lottery money. St Wilfrid’s Church was described as a “wonderfully historic site” by Anne Jenkins from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, which has handed a grant of £562,700 to finally realise a project to safeguard the building for the future. Proposals to transform St Wilfrid’s into a community space first surfaced in 2014 amid fears that, if something was not done to protect it, the church would have had to close. Lottery money was granted in principle in 2017 and has now finally been handed over in full. The church’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) is now planning to transform the church into a building that will be “fit for community use, education and reto stop draughts, multimedia search, with the ability to susequipment, a website and WiFi tain itself”. hotspots. The late Victorian That will involve flattening pews will also go, to be replaced the floor, creating disabled ac- with stacking chairs. cess from the road, plus new Match funding from, among heating, lighting and drainage, others, South Derbyshire Disa kitchen, toilets, a new ringing trict Council, Garfield Weston, floor, a glass screen in the tower Allchurches Trust and Francis

l Congregation members at St Wilfrid’s Church celebrating the Lottery win. (Photo: Picture It)

Coales Charitable Foundation will also enable the project to progress. Project leader Anne Heathcote said the work was expected to start next Spring, with the new-look church’s first conference booked in the summer of 2021. Anne said: “Thanks to the National Lottery players, not only can we now preserve our special heritage, but also make St Wilfrid’s a place for everyone to use and visit, whilst still maintaining its very important role as our parish church and place of worship. We are all de-

lighted that this very special building will now be available for generations to come.” Anne Jenkins, The National Lottery Heritage Fund director for Midlands and the East, said: “St Wilfrid’s is a wonderfully historic site, and a treasured community asset, and we are delighted that National Lottery funding will save the church for the people of Barrow upon Trent and further afield. “Visitors will soon be able to explore the fascinating history of the much loved Anglo-Saxon church, and its ownership by the Knights Hospitallers in a

revitalised setting.” St Wilfrid’s is an AngloSaxon parish church that was given to the Knights Hospitallers in 1165. The Knights made extensive extensions to the building, and it survives today in its structurally unchanged state since the dissolution of the Order in 1540. Project organisers say the work in the church will provide an opportunity for everyone to explore various aspects of mediaeval life with workshops and activities inspired by the period. – Lucy Stephens

Festival on lookout for volunteers

AROUND 140 artists will be showing their work at this year’s Melbourne Festival after local residents responded to a call for new hosts. Now anyone who can spare a few hours’ volunteer time to help make the event a success will be warmly welcomed, organisers said. Sharon Brown, festival director, said that new hosts had come forward to volunteer their homes, replacing others who were taking a “well-earned year off this year”, which meant around 140 artists were being accommodated. The Art & Architecture Trail on September 14 and 15 will feature “many old favourites and lots of new faces,” said Sharon. She said: “Many of you will be looking forward with great anticipation to Melbourne Festival, not least as this is the 15th year – where did that time go? “The Art & Architecture Trail gets more exciting each year and I'm sure many of you look out for what new things the festival team have pulled out of the hat this year.” Volunteers still organise the festival and more helpers are needed, especially with erecting boards on September 12 and 13, as well as painting boards and putting up posters and bunting.

Sharon said more volunteers were also needed to sell trail guides over the festival weekend, as the majority of the event’s income is from the £5 fee for the adult trail visitors’ wristbands and trail guides. Sharon said: “Lots of visitors do pay their fees but there are always some who enjoy the festival's art, music, food and family activities without paying. With more trail guide sellers the festival could spot more visitors without wristbands and sell them trail guides. As a not-for-profit organisation, all income from the festival is reinvested in the next year’s festival.” Further volunteers are needed at 5pm on the festival Sunday, to take down posters, boards, sweep up halls and return Melbourne to its prefestival state, ready for Monday morning. Sharon said: “If you think you can help out over the weekend please get in touch and help make the 15th Melbourne Festival extra special. If you haven’t got time to spare but would like to help why not become a ‘Festival Friend’ for £20 and get regular updates, free entry to trail and discount on concerts.” In the next Village Voice, we will provide an update on what to look forward to at this year’s festival.

Ami’s Atlantic adventure

AMICIA HOPKINS has a passion for sailing and an ambition to cross an ocean. For her, there is only one way to do it – on a stripped out 70-foot racing yacht as part of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, sharing a living space trimmed of all luxuries with 20 other crewmates for three weeks, braving the high winds and mammoth waves of the Atlantic. Ami went to see the finish of the last Clipper Race in Liverpool and decided there and then “that’s for me.� She had been looking for another challenge since finishing her day skipper course in 2018. The Clipper Race was the brainchild of Sir Robin KnoxJohnston, the first non-stop round the world solo sailor. Starting on 1 September 2019, this is the 12th edition of the biennial event. It is described in publicity as “a supreme challenge, undertaken by ordinary people rather than seasoned pros�. The circumnavigation is divided into eight legs, and Ami chose to do the last leg from the USA’s East Coast to London, next June. Eleven identical yachts, all with a fully qualified skipper, then vie for first place. But Ami is not too bothered about the win – “a podium place would be nice� she said, “just as long as we don’t come last�. Life on board for 23 days is tough going, with the yacht usually sailing at a 45-degree angle. “there are lots of jobs to do, from engineer, to bosun but one of the most important is the victualler, who has to provision the boat�. Food can be very variable too, “with fresh produce for the first few days of the leg, then relying on tinned or dried food, which can be a bit of a mystery when bought in foreign parts, or with labels missing�. Her own secret treat for the trip is crystallized ginger, which is not just good for energy, but

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wanted to come too!� Work has also been very supportive. She works as a design engineer for Des Gosling Mobility Ltd in Melbourne and said as well as giving her the time off, Des was all for it. He also fancied it! Ami is busy fundraising for the trip and is looking for support to reach her £5000 target. Full details of how to help, and follow her adventure is on her blog page at She is also delighted that she was selected to crew on the Unicef yacht, as Unicef UK it the official charity for the entire Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. – Frank Hughes

n YOUNG singers and instrumentalists filled the majestic space of Melbourne Parish Church with music. The June concert was put on by Melbourne Junior School’s choir and Melbourne Town Training and Beginners’ Bands. All three groups of players performed a rich variety of music, including When I Grow Up from Matilda and Lily Allen’s Somewhere Only We Know from the choir, with hits such as Eye of the Tiger and a medley of tunes from Grease from the bands. As a finale, all the musicians came together with a memorable rendition of Everything is Awesome, from The Lego Movie, complete with a rap accompaniment from the young vocalists!



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SCARECROWS of all shapes and sizes appeared around the village of Weston-on-Trent during one weekend in June … and it was for not just one good cause, but two. June 15 and 16 saw the 18th annual Weston-on-Trent Scarecrow Trail, with 61 exhibits for visitors to admire. A celebration event held at the village hall on June 30 heard how this year’s event had seen 44 different families, individuals and groups contributing to the annual charity fundraiser by making scarecrows for the trail – some contributing more than one! Every year visitors to the trail are asked to pick their favourites and this year’s winning scarecrow was Mrs TiggyWinkle, created by Lynda Lawson – who also made last year’s winner, Peter Rabbit. Lynda was presented with her prize by trail organiser Louise White and Rosalind Nicklin from Richmond Villages, which sponsored the awards ceremony. Lynda revealed that Mrs Tiggy-Winkle had been made with the help of an umbrella for her head, and that this was the 11th year she had created a scarecrow for the trail “to support the village”. Winner of the Children’s Choice award was “Baby Shark” while “Tin Can Choir” won the prize for the most unusual scarecrow. The trail raised £2,400, which was divided between Weston Village Hall and Young Minds, a mental health charity for young people. Louise explained that the trail had originally been set up to raise money for the village hall’s extension, but after it had

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been going for five years it was decided to nominate a chosen charity to share the funds each time. Talking of the work of Young Minds, she said: “We decided that we would focus on mental health, particularly for young people. Those who have young people know that there are unusual stresses now that perhaps we didn’t have when we were growing up.” Thanking the trail organisers for their donation, Weston Village Hall chair David Boyd said: “On behalf of the committee, I’d like to thank everybody who’s put a scarecrow together – you’ve all done a great job!” – Lucy Stephens LEFT: Bertie Bassett with (l-r) Wilfie, 8, Teddie, 5 and Josh, 11, from Chellaston.

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IT HAS been a very busy time for Melbourne resident Marvin Cooke and wife Angie. Back in February Marvin had a letter from the Lord Lieutenant, Mr William Tucker, inviting him to become a Deputy Lieutenant (DL). “It came as quite a surprise,” said Marvin “and it was an honour to be approached, so I had no hesitation at all in accepting”. Such appointments are subject to the Queen’s approval or, as more accurately described, “Her Majesty’s non-disapproval” and the post was confirmed in April, with a ceremony in June to confirm the commission. Asked about the role, Marvin said: “As managing director of Toyota UK I have been fortunate to be involved in the business community both locally and nationally, and with many charities through the Toyota Charitable Trust, so the role is a wonderful opportunity to contribute further.” The office of the Lord-Lieutenant dates back to the 1500s when they were responsible for local militia units and, although that military role has largely disappeared, there are still strong links with the armed forces. The duties now include arranging Royal visits, presenting awards on behalf of the Queen and participating in various civic, voluntary and social activities. Deputies, with over 40 appointed in Der-

byshire, assist the Lord-Lieutenant in his duties and deputise whenever required. It is a post held until the age of 75, although early retirement is allowed. Marvin is looking forward to being able to support local charities and he wishes to enhance partnerships with the armed forces locally. In addition to that big news, Marvin and Angie (above) have just renewed their wedding vows in front of a big crowd of friends and relations. “It was our 30th (Pearl) wedding anniversary on April 1 and we wanted to mark the milestone. When we got married in 1989 it was a modest affair at Derby Registry Office, so we wanted to do something special. It was great to be able to have something local at the parish church and walk to a reception for everyone.” – Frank Hughes


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THE Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, who lives in Aston-onTrent, has been personally awarded the Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by the Queen. Willie Tucker has been performing the role of Lord Lieutenant since 2009, and is not due to retire until his 75th birthday in July 2020. He said he learned of the honour by letter: “It was a surprise – but it was a very nice surprise!” Unlike much of the honours system, the Royal Victorian Order awards are within the personal gift of the Queen for distinguished

service to her. Mr Tucker’s role as Lord Lieutenant is to represent the Queen in Derbyshire. It’s a busy job – in some weeks, he has engagements almost every day. In addition, as Lord Lieutenant, he is patron of 26 charities and voluntary organisations and his wife, Jill, is the county’s Guides president. Of his role over the last decade, Mr Tucker said: “There have only been three Lord Lieutenants over the past 40 odd years. It’s been a great privilege to be doing it. It’s a very demanding and time-consuming role.”

Pot hunters to show off finds

TICKNALL Archaeological Research Group (TARG) is continuing to unearth evidence of the local historic pottery industry with another dig near Springfield Barn. This year’s dig is more extensive with a total of three weeks to recover fragments from an area of over 18 square metres “dense with pots”. Sue Brown, who is secretary of the group, explained that they had dug a smaller part of the area last year; in fact they had done a first dig in the location back in 2016. The weather was not too kind for some of the early days, with heavy downpours, but thanks to some waterproof canvas and a sturdy marquee kindly provided by a grant from East Midlands Airport, the team of volunteers were able to keep on doing what they enjoy most – getting down and dirty in the clay. Among the two dozen helpers this year were some very young members of the Calke Abbey Family Archaeology Group. Young Ren Furniss, aged 10 and a half, said that he had been on digs before, but this one was especially good as “he liked the amount of finds”. Will Foster, aged 12, said he found it fascinating: “It’s interesting to see all the pots; it’s unearthing history and you learn about how people lived hundreds of years ago”. Millie Walters (aged 12) was busy with her hands deep in muddy water on washing and drying duty. “It’s quite satisfying,” she said but added she

preferred the digging – “ … and girls do the digging better than the boys!” The youngest member of the team, Sophie Nicholls, aged just seven, was quite stoic about it: “ I just keep going, digging and washing.” But she did take time out to show her favourite find – a piece of Cistercian ware pottery dating back somewhere around 1450 to 1550. “I like it because its sparkly,” she said. Already, after three days digging, thousands of pieces had been carefully excavated, washed and crated up, ready for sorting and cataloguing. It is a painstaking process. Some interesting decorated pieces had been found. Jeff Morris, who is a trained archaeologist, and Sue explained that the area they were excavating was probably either an old kiln or the waste from a kiln. The kilns were no more than about six feet wide and six feet tall, and would only last for about 12 firings, so they kept dismantling and rebuilding them, usually further and further from the houses as the smell and smoke from them was very unpleasant. Sue explained some of the background to the industry – around the end of the 17th century in 1690 there were 19 working potteries in the area, but this had halved around 60 years later, as sons were not being apprenticed into the work. Competition from the Stoke area, and people like Wedgewood, was making it less viable. TARG is putting on another exhibition of the finds at Calke Abbey. It will be in the Riding School on Saturday, July 27, at the Live Archaeology Day. It is free admission, (although normal park admission charges apply) and some of the best finds from the recent dig will be on display. They are always keen to have new members join. If you are interested, details are on the website ( – Frank Hughes


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MELBOURNE Historical Research Group, now in its 20th year, will hold its two-day annual exhibition “Melbourne Pubs Past and Present” in the Main Hall and Lounge of Melbourne Assembly Rooms on Saturday, July 13 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, July 14 (10am4pm). Admission is free, everyone is welcome and refreshments are available. Much new research has been conducted by group members, Barry and Sue, not only on Melbourne’s pubs, but breweries, beer houses, off-licences that served draught ale and friendly societies that met in pubs. Nearly 30 pubs have been open at some time during the last 200 years and the aim is to describe the history of most of them, from the mysterious Anchor Inn to the Chip and Pin and Cobblers Arms. Locals’ reminiscences of the mid-1900s include: living at the Lamb Inn and the Sir Francis Burdett; a pigeon fanciers’ club; Silver Service at the Hotel; the Pippin Room at the Hardinge Arms and the juke box at the Railway Inn. The intention is to produce a book in the future based on research materials. The group says: “If anyone has any old photographs or artefacts, please bring them along so that we can scan or photograph them for our archive collection.”

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WARM words of gratitude were spoken many times over to Melbourne Alderman John Harrison at a special celebration event, thanking him for years of service to the local community. The “Thank you to John Harrison” buffet was held at Melbourne Assembly Rooms on June 23, with South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler joining representatives from the many local clubs and associations, which Alderman Harrison has supported over the years. The celebration lunch saw a packed main hall listen to an opening concert by local group Off the Record, who sang favourites from over the years including Summertime, Scarborough Fair and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from The Andrews Sisters, to a ukulele accompaniment. A “This is Your Life” style presentation by local district councillor Martin Fitzpatrick and Melbourne Parish Council chair Sheila Hicklin was followed by many local people addressing John from the stage, thanking him personally for his support. A particular focus was John’s achievement in his long-running chairmanship of the Melbourne Sporting Partnership, which saw £3million new facilities opening in 2016. Tel Potts, speaking on behalf of Melbourne Town Cricket Club, of which Alderman Harrison is a former president, said: “The completion of the MSP (Melbourne Sports Park) is a great credit to you, John, and has provided us with greatly improved facilities for which we are very grateful. John, thank you from the bottom of everybody’s heart – and good luck and best wishes for the future.” The day also heard from Melbourne Town Band, of which John has also been president, and Melbourne Rugby Football Club, which he served as vice-president.

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John said he was “totally overwhelmed” by all the people who had turned out to thank him for his service to the local community. “It’s a great privilege and honour that so many of you have turned up to appreciate the efforts I’ve made, collectively and individually on behalf of you in my second career as a councillor,” he said. “I’m totally grateful to those who organised the event today: Sheila, Martin and Andy, who have done their customary very professional job.” Speaking to the room, Alderman Harrison considered his greatest achievement was one in his former career in the knitting industry, when he found himself given the job of doing something about the fact that ladies’ knickers were being imported from China at 60p a pair – undermining British industry and putting jobs at risk. John’s work to impose a quota on these imports ended up a news story on the front page of The Financial Times and page three of The Sun: “I can’t imagine any other incident that would have involved mention on these pages of these two national newspapers!” he said. Alderman Harrison’s latest role is chairman of Sharpe’s Pottery Museum in Swadlincote. The celebration event raised £250, to be split between Help for Heroes and the Brick by Brick appeal to refurbish the main hall at Melbourne Assembly Rooms.

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Melbourne Parish Council Quarterly Report - July 2019

At the recent elections, two parish councillors stood down after long service; Margaret Sharp and Wendy Earp. The Parish Council election wasn't contested and I would like to welcome our new councillors Sarah Hardy and David Calvert. There are a lot of projects being worked upon and we are looking forward to working with different groups in our community. There is still ongoing anti-social behaviour in the cemetery and we are working with the Police to combat this. Some people visiting the cemetery feel intimidated when faced with groups of young people. The hanging baskets have gone up in the Market Place and surrounding streets adding a splash of colour to the area. Discussions are still taking place with the developer about the new toilet facilities in the Market Place; we hope work will start soon. The summer sports scheme runs for four consecutive weeks on 29th July, 5th,12th and 19th August at Melbourne Junior School, starting at 2pm. Following the success of last year's Bouncy Castle in the Lothian Gardens, it will be available on four consecutive Wednesday afternoons starting 31st July. We are waiting for repairs to take place on a piece of play equipment in the Lothian Gardens. Hopefully this will be completed before the start of the school holidays. New benches will be installed over the coming months at new locations throughout the village. The Parish Council is working closely with the Friends of the Parish Church to purchase and site a new defibrillator. Plans to refurbish the War Memorial are being discussed with the branch of the Royal British Legion. There are also plans being discussed how Melbourne can best celebrate V.E. Day in May 2020.

Sheila Hicklin, Chair, Melbourne Parish Council

l Guests at the Thank You to John Harrison buffet lunch at Melbourne Assembly Rooms.

The Common Touch... by Katherine Parrish THERE’S a word, I believe, that will in the future become common usage and be as understood as ‘organic’ and that word is ‘permaculture’. Coined by Bill Mollison in the 70s in Tasmania, it is a joining of the words permanent and agriculture. Now, it also refers to our whole culture and is not just about farming or gardening. An actual definition of permaculture is not so clear cut as organic, but I’m going to try to give you a very concise introduction. Lots of it is just common sense really. It’s a way of solving problems, making choices and designing places and systems, that has three core ethics at its heart. These are: earth care, people care and fair share. Easy to remember, right? At Whistlewood Common, both the organisational structure and the land itself were planned with these ethics at the centre of all design decisions, creating a balanced use of the land for people and wildlife, both using the resources fairly. There is then a second level of guidance from a set of 12 principles. No time to go through all of them here (that would take us weeks), so here’s two to start you off: ‘make no waste’, a leading principle for any-

one wanting to live sustainably, and ‘obtain a yield’. How can we maximise yields with minimal input of time and resources? Yield can refer to more than just a bumper fruit harvest; it could refer to health benefits, time or fun. Even a small amount of time spent thinking through solutions with these principles will create smarter, ‘greener’ ways of doing things. In the kitchen this could mean cooking larger batch meals using up what ingredients you have (make no waste!), having leftovers the next day or freezing portions for time saving (obtain a yield) meals over the next few months. So the next time you have an issue to solve or a problem to sort out, think about using permaculture ethics and principles to consciously design a solution that is respectful to the planet. You might be in the supermarket asking yourself “how does this product promote care for the earth?” Or you’re in a clothes shop: “how are the producers of this t-shirt caring for people?” “Is my short car journey, with only me in it, a fair use of the world’s resources?” What other choices could you make which have a lower impact on the world? You’ve started your adventure into permaculture.

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A NEW lease of life is planned for the former Milebourne restaurant at the corner of Blanch Croft and Derby Road in Melbourne, as a bar with a speciality gin theme. Business director Paul Willmore said he is hoping to be up and running by mid-August. An application for a licence is already in place for the proposed new bar, called “Valentine and Wills” after the builders from the Georgian era, Valentine Radford and William Warren. Paul said he believed that the property was originally built as a bakery in 1810.

Although the licence application is for all days of the week, the plan is to focus on weekends, from Thursday to Sunday afternoon. “I don’t think there would be enough demand for the early part of the week,” Paul thought. “But that also gives some flexibility to open on any Bank Holiday Mondays.” With its history of being a licensed premise, and with the residential floors above now being run as an ‘Airbnb’, Paul said he had already taken advice on any planning concerns. “I am mindful that it is a residential area, so noise will be kept to a minimum in

consideration to local neighbours,” he said, adding there would be no drinking allowed outside. Asked about parking issues, Paul said he did not think this would be a problem, saying not only was there usually adequate parking in the evenings, but that he anticipated his customers would not be drinking and driving, and the vast majority would be local. He said that the pop-up bars had proved popular, and while this would not be a gin bar as such, the intention was to also offer a range of cocktails as well as other spirits, wines and beers. – Frank Hughes

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WHAT’S ON YOUR GUIDE TO EVENTS IN THE AREA Saturday July 13: Melbourne Fete and Carnival. Theme: Under the Sea. Procession; stalls, games, food, live performances from school choirs, Oakden dance and bands. Saturday July 13 and Sunday July 14: Melbourne Historical Research Group Exhibition: Melbourne Pubs, Past & Present, Melbourne Assembly Rooms. Free entry. Refreshments available. Wednesday July 17: Soup and Pudding Club, Melbourne Assembly Rooms, 12-2pm. Low cost soup, jacket potatoes and puddings and the chance for a chat. (Club meets fortnightly on Wednesdays: other dates July 31; August 14 and 28) Thursday July 18: Evening walk led by Melbourne Footpaths Group around Melbourne Deer Park. Meet at 8pm at Melbourne Parish Church. Bring a torch. Small fee for footpaths maintenance work. Friday July 19: Film show: Stan & Ollie, Melbourne Film Club, Melbourne Assembly Rooms. 6.30pm for 7pm start. Bar open. £5 on door or in advance from 01332 863522. Saturday July 20: Bem Te Vi, Brazilian Festival of Culture at Whistlewood Common. Day: Brazilian cultural activities including singing, Berimbau (a Brazilian instrument); dance workshops; bring and share lunch; Capoiera; Early evening: Brazilian food and drink; carnival procession. Night: dancing with Samba, Latin and Funk and soul bands. Tickets:


CHORAL singers from Melbourne Parish Church filled the majestic Hereford Cathedral with their voices when they sang evensong there in June. The standard of singing at Melbourne is of such quality that they are regularly invited to ‘deputise’ for cathedral choirs around the country. Roger Kington, a tenor in the choir, said this was “a great part of the choir’s culture”. On June 22, they travelled to Hereford Cathedral, whose own cathedral choir has released several highly acclaimed recordings and has sung on the TV, radio and internationally. Roger said it was “wonderful” to experience singing in a cathedral, with its magnificent acoustics.

MILLY BANKS July 5 1923 – May 8 2019 MILDRED, known as Milly, was born to William and Sarah Smith in 1923 and lived in Alma Street, Melbourne. Milly had a happy childhood with her six sisters and three brothers; she was the second youngest. When Milly left school, she went to work at Newton Engineering in Derby during the second world war. Milly loved to dance and that is when she met her husband Monty – at one of the dances held at the public hall in Melbourne. Milly and Monty were married in April 1945 at the parish church in Melbourne and had twins, Brenda and Brian. Later their second daughter, Jackie, was born. In later years Milly worked for Tom Worrall and then for Dunnicliff ’s Shoes, becoming a supervisor.

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Tuesday July 23: John Whitfield: Remembering the 1950s. Aston History Group meeting, open to the public. Aston War Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Admission: £2, to cover speaker and refreshments. Friday July 26: Jazz in the Village, Elvaston Village Hall. Accessible, melodic jazz and amusing stories from Edinburgh’s Ian Millar on saxophone and Dominic Spencer on piano, raising money for the village hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Accompanied under-16s free. Bring your own alcohol. Tickets £10. Saturday, August 17: Melbourne Produce Show, Senior Citizen's Centre, Melbourne. Entries open to residents and allotment holders of Melbourne and Kings Newton, and members of Melbourne Garden Club. Entries accepted from 9.30-11.30am; show opens to public at 2pm; certificates presented at 2.30pm and auction of produce starts at 3pm. See main ad on P7 for more details. Thursday, August 29: Miss Marple comes to Melbourne: Jo Mallard talks about forensic police work. Melbourne Parish Church. 7.30pm. Free entry. Friday August 30: Film show: Wild Rose, Melbourne Film Club, Melbourne Assembly Rooms. 6.30pm for 7pm start. Bar open. £5 on door or in advance from 01332 863522

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Members of Melbourne Parish Church sometimes travel with the choir when it is “depping” for cathedral choirs. Among them are self-confessed Melbourne Parish Church choir ‘groupies’ Tom Baldwin and wife Meryl. Tom said the choir’s evensong performance at Hereford was “superb”. “One (congregation member) made a comment about how very good they were and how it was enjoyable to have them come,” he added. So far this year the choir has also travelled to Bury St Edmunds and Bristol cathedrals, with forthcoming visits to Carlisle and Southwell Minster – all under the musical direction of Simon Collins.


Milly and Monty were married for 69 wonderful years and lived at Nettlefold Crescent until Monty passed away in June 2014. Milly was a wonderful mum to Brenda, Brian and Jackie; mother-in-law to Graham and Jocie; nanny to Kathryn,

Joanne, Daniel and Christopher and their partners Ian, Andrew, Alex and Helen; and great nanny to Emmy. Milly enjoyed going to coffee mornings at the various local churches on Saturdays, spending time with her grandchildren making crafts, and picnics at Melbourne and Foremark Reservoir and Markeaton Park, as well as holidays abroad and coach holidays in the UK. In July 2008 Milly had a back operation and after this it was difficult for her to walk. As time went by she had to have carers at home; although her family had cared for her over the years it came to the point that she had to go into Rykneld View Nursing Home in Derby. Milly was quite well in herself until the last few days of her life and passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Royal Derby Hospital.

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IT WAS Melbourne’s answer to Glastonbury as nearly 500 people packed out Whistlewood Common for its music festival. The sixth annual Midsummerish Music Festival held on June 22 was the first time the common’s new straw bale roundhouse has been in use for the event, where it proved a very effective stage. Whistlewood’s ethos being environmental, the organising team had also focused on ensuring there would be no rubbish at the end of the evening – in stark contrast to other music festivals which are left littered with mattresses, tents and other debris when festival-goers leave. Katherine Parrish, from the team at Whistlewood, said: “It was great to see the stage of the straw bale roundhouse used to full effect; this year there was no rubbish to clear up and the reusable cups were very popular. It was a privilege to welcome such a lovely crowd of very environmentally aware festival goers!” Performing on stage this year


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Charity team plays a Peaky blinder

A TEAM of 30 local people took on one of Britain’s best-known physical challenges when they left Melbourne to conquer the Three Peaks challenge in June. Setting off from outside Sainsbury’s on June 7, the team sped on their way to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales within 24 hours. The ambitious challenge was organised by the Staley family for their charity, Little Stars, which is raising money for a refurbishment of Royal Derby Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Fetal Medicine departments. The team achieved the challenge with times ranging from 20 hours and 43 minutes to 23 hours and 58 minutes – just two minutes to spare! Their efforts were particularly poignant as they took place during June, which is SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity) awareness month – and Little Stars was set up in memory of the Staleys’ daughter, Lyra Grace, who was born prematurely in January, 2014 and sadly passed away a few hours later. SANDS’ latest campaign, Finding Your Way, is directed at helping men reach out and find the support that’s right for them after suffering baby loss. After finishing the challenge Alan Staley said: “I’m not the emotional type but I’m honestly feeling very overwhelmed and cannot begin to explain how I feel right now.

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KINGS Newton Bowls Club acted as host to talented young bowls players in June when the North Lancs & Fylde junior side met Derbyshire Juniors. A representative from the Kings Newton club said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;On a thankfully sunny day Derbyshire ran out with a very convincing win by 11 games to one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The player of the day trophy was awarded to Leanne Becket, who plays for the Washlands club in Burton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since the match we have received some very complimentary emails from the Derbyshire officials thanking the club for

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the hospitality shown, the catering and bar service provided and the superb condition of the bowling green.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, the bowls season is now well underway and teams from the Kings Newton Bowls Club are now busy participating in their various leagues. So far, best placed from the club are the Belper Saturday mixed team and the Friday night menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s l The North team, both of which Lancs & are in the top three in Fylde team (in green) v their leagues. Derbys Juniors (blue).

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The clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ladies B Team have played only two matches over the whole season with their June fixture against Lichfield C a draw. Pairings of Lesley Heath/Laura Clarke won one rubber and Sallie Allen with Mair Vater again won one rubber. The Burton league mixed A team didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do as well, losing to Netherseal 3-1 with the other matches rained off. Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mixed B teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burton league clash with Littleover (away) was again a draw with the pairing of Rob and Laura Clarke winning both rubbers. The mixed B team then played Rolls-Royce and won well with the pairings of Laura Clarke and Andy Dawkins, who won both rubbers, and the Gaz Haddon/Sallie Allen partnership winning one. The monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last Mixed B match of the month was at home against Littleover, which ended up a draw with the pairing of Bill Heath and Sallie Allen winning both rubbers.

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l Melbourne Town Cricket Club’s 1st XI (back row, l-r) Nick Bowes (scorer), Tom Shearsby, Muhammad Tayyab, Adam Swain, Mark Rossi, Anthony Barnes, Liam Glenn, Paul Scrimshaw (groundsman); front row (l-r) Muhammed Nadeem, Kaustav Dutta, Matt Briers (captain), Alex Slater and Marc Towell.

MELBOURNE Town Cricket Club is holding its annual “Bob Marshall Charity Day” along with a 20km sponsored bike ride on Sunday, July 14, at the Melbourne Sports Park on Cockshut Lane. Organisers say the day will take the same format as the previous four with a barbeque, bar, bouncy castle, stalls including a tombola and a raffle. Also, Derbyshire Disabled Cricket Club will be playing against Northamptonshire at 1.30pm. All the proceeds raised will be split between Cancer Research UK and the club’s ever-growing junior section. The fun gets under way at 10.30am, with the bike ride starting at midday. The Cricket World Cup final will be shown on the TV at the MSP. Anyone who would like to take part in the ride itself, or indeed anything to do with the day such as donating raffle or tombola prizes is asked to contact Dan Marshall (07847341877) or Alex Slater (07966933583).


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Weather fails to halt Town’s climb to top

MELBOURNE Town Cricket Club teams continued their run of good form in the 2019 season into the month of June, despite a few games called off due to the weather. The club’s first team in fact ended the month top of the table. They began with an away game against Winshill firsts, as opener Tom Shearsby led the way with a superb 99 aided by 37 from Mark Rossi. Town scored 202-7 off their allotted overs and, in reply, Winshill were shot out for 122 with Muhammed Nadeem (3-26) and Marc Towell (3-47) doing the damage along with two wickets apiece for Matt Briers and Liam Glenn. The following week, the weather ruled as a home match against Dunstall was rained off and rain stopped the firsts a week later as

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they were chasing 178-6. Skipper Briers had taken 3-36 against Spondon but only got to 35-1 off four overs before the rain came. Town did finish June with two destructive victories, the first being at home to Abbots Bromley, who were bowled out for just 116, with Alex Slater leading the way with 4-24 aided by 3-39 by the inform Briers. A score of 46 from Liam Glenn took Melbourne close. But a minicollapse saw them lose quick wickets, eventually getting home by four wickets. Hartshorne were the visitors to the MSP as M. Nadeem caused havoc taking 7-27 as they were bowled out for just 124. Again Glenn batted well for his 56 along with Shearsby, who ended up with 50 not out to finish the month in style. Melbourne Town Seconds climbed the table in June to end it in fifth place. This was helped by two wins in two days as they began with a close 41-run success over Winshill seconds. Town scored 182 all out thanks mainly to Fraser Radcliffe (50) and Alex Winter (46). The visitors looked in with a good chance on 82-2, but Alex Blackhall (4-17) – including a hat-trick – plus 4-23 by Sohail Hussain changed all that to bowl Winshill out for 141. The following day away at Derby Congs runs for Blackhall (51), Ranjit Rathore (46 not out) and Lee Tallis (38) led the seconds to 226-8 declared. A superb spell of 6-22 from James Hogwood, including a hat-trick, saw the hosts bowled out for just 129. Consecutive rained-off games against Walton and Derby Congs followed. Then, away to Packington, Town were bowled out for just 39 but 5-15 from Hogwood made hard work for the home side who sneaked home by just four wickets. Alex Blackhall’s men ended the month away to Rosehill Meths as they scored 243-6 as Blackhall (72) Grimmett (56), Elwell (41) and Rathore (37) all contributed. Despite three wickets apiece for Julian Humpidge and Sohail Hussain, Rosehill ended on 230-8. Melbourne’s third team was most affected by the weather, managing just two games in June. They started away to Allestree seconds with the home side scoring 222-9 despite a career best 6-63 from Alex Roome. In reply only Sunny Dhiman (25) and Archie Turton (21) put up a fight as they were bowled out for 120. Two rained-off matches against Mickleover and Duffield followed and the thirds ended the month in defiant mood as they claimed a losing draw at home to Castle Donington first team. Donington had recovered from 120-6 to score 224-9 as Roome took 4-76 along with under-15 players Will Jackson (2-40) and Archie Turton (2-63) who also bowled well. Tim Jackson led the reply with a defiant 51 not out as they ended on 140-6 to claim a share of the spoils. The club would like to thank all the month’s ball sponsors: Doves Garages, Breedon Carpet Care, Albert Wood, Scallywags Nurseries, Royal Scot Flooring, Sunny Dhiman, Austin Property Management and Speedy Asset Services.

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