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Village Voice No 234 May 2012

Melbourne & District

MARATHON MAN HEALTH SCARE by TOM MILLS THIS year's London Marathon almost ended in tragedy for Melbourne runner Paul Macer. The 45-year-old collapsed around a mile from the finish, suffering from dehydration. And when he returned to Melbourne he had to be admitted to hospital with kidney failure. He had been hoping to record a personal best time in the race – he had competed twice before. But, with his target in sight, Paul's attempt was brought to an abrupt halt. The only thing he remembers of the incident is waking up in a St John Ambulance tent. With blood pressure and sugar levels all at sea and a temperature of 40.8 it was almost unthinkable that he would complete the course. Such was his determination, however, that once the SJA team had got his temperature down Paul (pictured) got himself up and completed the remainder of the course at a more sedate pace, finishing with a time of 5hrs 52mins. He had been hoping to run a time of around three hours 30 minutes. Having returned home on the Monday and not feeling at his best for a couple of days he visited his GP and was subsequently hospitalised with dehydration and malfunctioning kidneys. After five days of saline drips and large measured volumes of fluid intake to flush his kidneys of all the nasties floating around, Paul was discharged to recuperate and convalesce at home in Church Street. Paul said: "I checked my time at 3hrs 15mins and thought 'I'm on target' and then I woke up in the St John's tent. " " 'I'm ok, but I still feel very tired, with not much energy. I'm definitely not up for another one yet. I’ve still got to go back to the hospital to make sure everything is okay but I m pleased to be home ." There's no long-term convalescence or rest for Paul, who is selfemployed, and is already back into work mode working from home. He is a past Melbourne Rugby Club first team player who now turns out for the Vets and is involved with the management side of the club. This year's tragic London Marathon claimed the life of a female runner from Leicestershire. ■ Marathon round-up – Pages 12 and 13.

RUNNING MEN ... Paul Macer (right) with fellow Melbourne RFC London Marathon entrants Peter Welsh and Ian Lucas.


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Sudden death of fitness regular A MEMBER of Picture of Health in Melbourne has collapsed and died at the fitness centre. Stuart Tattersall, 63, from Ticknall had been at the studio, where he has been a member for 10 years, enjoying his regular fitness routine. He was found collapsed in one of the toilet cubicles. Centre owners Matthew and Jordon Iliffe immediately administered CPR and called for an ambulance. Mr Tattersall was declared dead at the scene when paramedics staff arrived. The coroner's office said that death was from natural causes. Mr Tattersall lived with his partner, Judith. They have been together for 20 years, and for the last 10 had lived in Ticknall. Stuart had been taking regular exercise, running and attending the fitness centre and was enjoying his keep fit routine. Originally a Special Needs teacher, both he and Judith were looking forward to and making plans for his retirement from his current role as an administrator for Tesco in June. Judith has received many cards of condolence and goodwill messages, emphasising what a very popular and friendly person Stuart was.

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Church celebrates 140th anniversary MELBOURNE United Reformed Church on High Street (formerly the Congregational) held a weekend of celebration on April 21 and 22 to mark the 140th anniversary of the church. On the Saturday there was an exhibition of photographs, displays and memorabilia, a children’s entertainment hour, with magician and puppet theatre, and a special tea. On the Sunday, a service of thanks-

giving took place at 2.30pm, the exact time of the first service held in the church 140 years ago. The church was full, as it most probably was on that first occasion, and it was a joy to have so many young worshippers taking part, and blessing all those present with their enthusiasm. During the weekend people were invited to write a memory, or something for which they wanted to give thanks,

and to hang it on a ‘tree of life’. Revd Jane Barron, minister of the church, said: "It was a great privilege to be part of such a special celebration", and she paid tribute to all the people from the church who had worked so hard to make it a most memorable occasion. The Revd Jane Barron is pictured second left with church members around the ‘Tree of Life’ in the church.

Hedge jumping kids keep cops on the hop INCIDENTS of youngsters 'hedge jumping' have been brought to the attention of the North East Safer Neighbourhood which met in Melbourne on April 18. The panel included a full compliment of police representation with Inspector Paul Cannon, Sergeant Steve Todd, PC Jane Newman and PCSO Emma Guest all present. Sarah Dagley of the SNT and Chris Snith completed the panel under the chairmanship of district councillor Peter Watson. The use of Section 27 notice has enabled young people from out of Melbourne to be excluded from the town, which is thought to have contributed to there being fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour in recent months. But incidents of young people hedge jumping in the back gardens of Dunnicliffe Lane homes have been reported. This has been very disturbing for householders and the police have implemented an increase in the number of patrols in the area. Sergeant Todd identified recent crime statistics, claiming a ninth year of crime reductions for Derbyshire. For South Derbyshire there were fewer crimes overall but many reductions were cancelled out by other increases, an example being thefts from vehicles were down but theft of vehicles were up. Some of the figures were a mix of percentages and actual events, making the picture less clear. The police have also been working in conjunction with DCC Trad-

ing Standards to identify drivers ignoring the weight restrictions on Swarkestone Bridge and Causeway. Prosecutions for infringement are undertaken by Trading Standards. In response to requests from residents of Barrow on Trent to review allegations of speeding through the village, PC Newman and the Casualty Reduction Team visited to observe the situation, resulting in two fixed penalty tickets and nine cautions being issued. Clarification for the use of dialling 101 or 999 was given: 101 should be used to contact the police, with 999 only to be used in emergency situations. Priorities for the next three months continue with ASB in Melbourne and HGV use on Swarkestone Bridge. Sarah Dagley identified that incidents of alcohol being purchased by adults on behalf of under age young people continues. The SNT will be running a Proxy Purchase campaign in 11 areas including Melbourne to clampdown on this practice. Funding for community use has been made available again with the start of the new financial year; £4,000 has been allocated for use in the area. A submission has been lodged for a wireless security system to be installed at All Saints' Church, Aston on Trent, following two incidents of theft of lead from the church. The balance of funds, £1,870, is still available.

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Village fete THE MILTON village garden fayre and traditional fête will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 10am until 4pm, featuring traditional fête games and attractions. There will be plants, crafts, art display, pony rides, classic vehicles and refreshments. Admission and parking is free.

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...we make saving money perfectly clear... needed a membership fee to regularise the board, and to give the public a say in the running of what was a public facility. An election would be held on May 24, so that at the first AGM the new board would be in place, with nine elected members.. Mr Dobby also revealed that various grants had been received, totalling over £175,000. The house at the centre would be fully modernised and renovated, and be available to rent out by July. In addition, the heating systems, currently very inefficient, would be renewed with new boilers. Critical roof repairs would be done urgently. Mr Heafield, responsible to the board for the running of the day-to-day affairs of the centre, said his analysis had shown that the centre was used by 34 groups, and he was bubbling with ideas. The first film show – Marigold Hotel – sold out within 10 days, and film shows would become a regular feature. He had ideas for a beer festival, rock band night and an Antique fair. Philip Heath and John Robinson, both founder directors, spoke about creating a website, a computerised booking system, new toilets and new kitchen, to enable functions to be accommodated, re-planned storage areas, and a revamping of the front

doors, to provide a new impressive foyer for the building. There were plans being discussed to realign the car park, and to have outdoor green spaces and trees, to change the existing image from that of a school. Mr Heath, a district council conservation officer, seemed to have his eyes set on a National Lottery grant. As the centre was a listed building, up to £1m could be accessed to provide the cash to allow the plans to come to fruition. The ambitious vision was intoxicating, a tremendous vision of a 21st century modern facility, to give Melbourne a really modern omni-purpose local meeting place, fit to serve the community for the next 50 years. The name Melbourne Assembly Rooms has proved to be controversial, as there was considerable discussion at the meeting – a Hub, Community Centre, Jubilee Hall were just three of the many titles bandied by several residents. One lady thought Jubilee Hall would be a "wonderful opportunity" during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. In the end there was no firm consensus, and so it was left to the board to make a decision. It was apparent the board favoured Melbourne Assembly Rooms. – DOB

Fight over move to fell 16 village trees A TREE Preservation Order (TPO) made by the South Derbyshire District Council in March is being vigorously contested by the owner of 2 Melbourne Lane, Ticknall, who believes his house's stability is being undermined by the roots of the trees. The planners made the judgement that the 16 trees which the owner wished to chop down, were "in good condition and are seen to have a high degree of amenity due to their prominent location". The applicant has consulted a building and civil engineering consultant. This consultant's conclusion is that there is a long term risk to the property, and Land to purchase for the only economically viable oppony grazing. tion is to fell the tree. The "fairly significant visual 1/2 an acre to 20 acres. impact could be ameliorated by Any condition. a sympathetic replanting scheme with woody shrubs, and trees with a lower water deWe are mand". tidy horse owners and The planners believe that the interests of amenity make it neighbours! necessary to confirm the TPO, but are seeking independent advice, and if this independent expert determines that the trees are the cause of the damage to please leave a message the property, the TPO will not be confirmed.

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Come and see the splendid Auricula Theatre in full colour. Also wallflowers are in full bloom in the flower beds of the gardens including variants such as Cloth of Gold and Blood Red.

Gresley Male Voice Choir Gala Concert Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm Gresley Male Voice Choir will perform their Gala Concert in the Riding School. All tickets £10, please call 01332 863822

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Enjoy the thrills and spills of the Midland Driving Trials in the arena and watch The British Carriage Driving Association prepare their horses and carriages. Have a go at Sand Sculpture along side the world famous Sculptor 'Sandy' Andy Robertson. A unique opportunity to see him create our famous stallion, Squirt, from sand. A day of horse activities to join in with.

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different varieties of crops which are tolerant of drought. I’ve sown a field with some new types of grass which will perform when short of water and thin soil. That was guaranteed to make it rain. The effects of this change in the weather mean different things to different farmers. Crop farmers have welcomed it most, and livestock producers' grassland was also desperate for moisture. The last group are now having problems as a lot of cattle are having to be brought back indoors to save pastures from being damaged. The major problem on most farms is that there is very little conserved forage, be it silage or hay left to feed. Two years of drought have caused this, and we all now need some nice summery weather. @NTCalkeAbbey

The mild weather during late winter seemed to bring things forward. We had swallows on the eighth day of April, which is as early as I have ever recorded. Bluebells were in full bloom in mid-April and will very soon be over. Hedges didn’t seem to be to early but some of the latest storms have played havoc with new foliage. Only yesterday our yard was nearly green over with new leaves bashed off the trees. For me, the last couple of weeks have been a time to catch up on office work with a good excuse to escape the weather. I really need to keep working to keep my mind off the backlog of work stacking up as each day goes by. We’re going to be very busy soon, I hope.

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WOULD you be interested in joining a Scrabble club in Melbourne? A move is underway to gauge interest with a view to forming a group. If you are interested call David Donnachie on 01332 864683. ■ MELBOURNE’S Amnesty group will be holding an AmnesTea and Coffee Morning on May 19 in Melbourne Parish Church rooms and gardens from 10am to noon. ■ AN open morning is being held at Dame Catherine Harpur’s School in Ticknall on Thursday, May 17.


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Mr Seal also said the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership had held a special event in Budgens car park, to swap standard number plate fittings with security screws for free. Maintaining the security feel, CCTV High Definition is coming to a street near you. It will be finalised this week when the council’s sub-committee will agree the final citing of cameras. Mr Harnden, in his role as treasurer of the Scouts and Guides, welcomed engagement from the council to aid capacity for the group. With the Scout and Guide hut on Packhorse Road constrained and future intakes increasing, Mr Harnden was happy to receive views, support and ideas.


to Derby Road and recent surface water on Station Road – all to be considered under Highways future meetings. NHW Chairman Adam Seal commented that Melbourne was again a priority on the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) local area map, but reflecting an effort from the police looking to being more vigilant in the area. Mr Seal also highlighted that a number of ASB letters had been sent and home visits had been done over the last month due to a few incidents of ASB over the Easter holidays; and a group who caused damaged in Melbourne have been successfully dealt with by means of a Restorative Justice disposal at the wishes of the victim.


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SWEEPING changes at the Parish Council. The brush has the same old handles around the table, but a new head that now sees Councillor Jane Carroll as chairman… And high on the agenda, just to let all you dog owners know in advance, is the council’s proposal for consideration to ban dogs from the Recreation Ground. It appears the council’s local dog fouling patrol wants to punish a majority due to a small minority of offenders. Cllr David Carpenter advised that while the patrol had seen an improvement in dog litter recently, certain alleys and footpaths would look to be targeted with improved signage. Cllr Wendy Earp now takes the vice-chair position, with the departing Cllr Nigel Collyer com- and wished to ensure his letter menting “it had been an honour stating such concerns had been received and would be carefully to serve the community over the last two years”. considered. District and County Chairman Carroll noted her Councillor John Harrison commented that the one-way system personal aims for her tenure were to have a fitting memorial had divided the public down the to Cllr Brendan Freeman; work middle, statting improvements with Melbourne footpaths group and thoughts are going into the to welcome ramblers to Mel- plan and public consultation will be ongoing. bourne and ensure footpaths are Mr Harnden also questioned clear and open; concentrate on highways and improved street the ‘priority need’ for speed remanagement; and continue to duction in Melbourne and the work with the Leisure Centre underlying position similarly and Sporting Partnership to borne by the Melbourne Parish plan when it was developed, achieve their goals. In public questions, Highways questioning “what is being done about it”.Similarly, Mrs Eileen were under the spotlight. Resident Matthew Harnden ex- Hardy raised concerns on the pressed concern on the plans for state of roads on the Woodlands, Melbourne’s one-way system South Street and potholes prior

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OTHER HOT COUNCIL TOPICS ■ With the recent plans or malicious rumours to twin the Recreation Ground with Ben Nevis seemingly put on hold, Cllr Andrew Jackson explained the current state of affairs: “The Independent Consultant report is to be completed shortly and a site meeting available for interested parties to attend will follow.” ■ The British Legion is proposing a different format for Remembrance Day this year with an outdoor service. This follows last year where over 400 people could not get into the Parish Church. ■ Promote Melbourne is looking to enhance Melbourne with the council’s support. Improved signage and planted baskets on the main entrances to the village are two top ideas. ■ Cllr David Carpenter attended a public meeting of the Leisure Centre noting back to the council that the revised name was not set in stone; Melbourne Assembly Rooms, Melbourne Hub and Melbourne Community Centre have all been suggested. Membership fees and voting rights were discussed. Cllr Earp expressed some concern that the Bill Shone Leisure Centre name would vanish. “Considerations are to name a room in the centre, but the scheme is yet to be finalised,” advised Cllr Carpenter.

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Variety time at garden club TICKNALL Garden Club members have enjoyed the monthly meeting so far this year. A keen audience welcomed Jeff Bates for his talk about the plants and gardens of Madeira. With the aid of well chosen slides Jeff illustrated five of the numerous gardens in Madeira; most are on the south side high up on the mountain and fed with water from the north side carried by the levadas. 'Making a Vegetable Garden – My personal odyssey' was the title of Tim Burkinshaw's talk when he visited the club. Tim said that crop rotation is very important and a most valuable suggestion was to keep a garden diary with a detailed record of activity. This is a great help when planning ahead. Triumphs are repeated and failures

quickly abandoned At the most recent meeting and at fairly short notice Graham Wagstaff, a national vegetable judge, came to the club with a talk entitled 'And now for something completely different'. With the aid of slides he introduced the audience to a host of unusual vegetables including red cauliflower called Graffito, club-shaped onions, mauve and pink potatoes, round carrots and yellow ones, also courgettes that were a metre long, as well as broad beans with deep pink flowers that would grace a flower garden. Graham and his wife also try these strangelooking vegetables for taste. Maybe garden club members will try growing some of these oddities.

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Turn off those lights! A TIMETABLE for introducing plans to turn off some of the county’s street lights between midnight and 5.30am has been drawn up by Derbyshire County Council. By the end of May 2013, communities in 68 areas will have some lights switched off for a few hours each night in the first phase of plans to help cut carbon and save taxpayers’ money. Over the next four years the county council expects to turn off around 40,000 of its 89,000 street lights between midnight and 5.30am and switch off a further 900 permanently. Detailed assessments will be carried out in each area to decide which lights could be switched off and which should remain on. Plans will be available to view in each community in venues such as libraries, shops or schools. Local areas that have been identified as part of the first phase with dates for Risk Assessment, Community Engagement and Implementation are as follows: Barrow upon Trent in February, May and July 2012. Ticknall, Hartshorne, Repton and Weston on Trent are grouped together for June, September and November 2012.

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Players pull it off again SMP ... no, don't go and check how they got on at the local elections. This SMP wins by putting bums on seats. This SMP is St Michael's Players, a drama group which gained even more rave reviews with its latest production at Melbourne Leisure Centre. The 30th anniversary production, fittingly called 30 Years On, pulled together some favourite sketches from bygone shows – with modern twists – and some completely new offerings. The result was a highly entertaining affair. Over the years the Players have honed their talents to perfection. And it is obvious their audiences have come to love the feast served up, taking great delight in the fun being poked at local businesses and personalities.

Nobody is really safe from the scriptwriters – not even the Village Voice on this occasion. Best character performance of the evening had to go to Frank Hughes as Dobby in 'Harry Potter and the Council Chamber of Secrets' while Gina Walker was a class act in her roles in 'Need a Man In' and 'The Paras', a clever take on the inside workings of man after a night of booze and curry. Best corpse of the year award goes to Tom Mills. It takes a lot of bottle to stay still for 10 minutes while the likes of Hercule Poirot, Columbo and Sherlock Holmes endeavour to track down your killer ... and Tom couldn't! All in all a wonderful evening's entertainment, not forgetting the scrumptious three-course supper from Penny Heath. When's the next one? – DF

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Surprise at ‘mud mountain’ claims THE issue of the 'mountain of mud' behind homes in Ashby Road and Washington Close was raised at the latest meeting of the Melbourne Area Forum. Melbourne resident Paul Grimley expressed his disquiet and that of other residents about the effect of work being undertaken on the Cockshut Lane Recreation Ground as part of the Melbourne Sporting Partnership development. Angry that residents had received no prior notification of the likely impact of the work and that no consultation had taken place, he cited several issues about which he felt he had received unsatisfactory answers following correspondence with South Derbyshire District Council officers. He continued with statements regarding the apparent lack of definition and detail contained in the planning applications regarding the height of the planned site and that the master plan indicated approval for a terraced site not a level site. The meeting chairman, Cllr Peter Watson, said that he sits on the SDDC Planning Committee and that in a professional capacity he is a chartered civil engineer. He expressed surprise at Mr Grimley’s claims, stating that the scheme and planning applications had been discussed with both Melbourne Civic Society and Melbourne Parish Council in addition to the normal posting of notices in the town and in local press. He commented on the stability of the mound, the content of drawings, and drainage, all points made by Mr Grimley. Mark Alflat, Director of Operations at SDDC, stated that he had responded to every point of concern expressed by Mr Grimley and invited him to identify any point that may have been missed. Resident Mrs Jackson complained about the soil being dumped on the field and Mrs Fletcher stated that she had believed that the levelling was to be carried out by terracing the site and was surprised when a mound was constructed. Other residents complained that the dumping

on the site included rubbish as well as soil and that the view from their homes had been changed so that they now faced a monstrosity. Mr Alflat advised the residents that “there is no right to a view” – a statement that applies to all people, homes and locations. The chairman requested that arrangements be put in place for a site meeting to take place and residents agreed. Mr Alflat volunteered to offer a date after he had received the report from the independent expert engineers that had been appointed to review the planning proposals and the work undertaken. He also offered consultation with residents on any other issues that they raise. Regarding the installation of weight restriction signs on the A50 warning drivers of the limits in place on Swarkestone Bridge, it was reported that some have been erected but only on the exit slip roads. This was not thought to be adequate. Similarly, repairs to the canal bridge and road surface, combined with some kerbing improvements at Barrow on Trent, have been completed but have resulted in a kerb height that has resulted in damage to some cars using the bridge. The county council liaison officer agreed to raise these issues with the Traffic and Safety team. A question was raised by David Bellis with regard to the reduction in overnight street lighting and whether it would affect Melbourne. In response it was stated that a DCC press release had been issued listing all the locations that will be affected on an area by area basis. Locally this included Ticknall, Hartshorne and Weston on Trent – but not Melbourne at the present time. Mr Davies, of Swarkestone, raised the subject of flooding in Woodshop Lane. The DCC liaison officer advised that monies have been committed to carry out the work but no dates were yet available. A date for the next Forum meeting was set for July 11 with a likely venue being Weston on Trent Village Hall. – TM

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Promote Melbourne’s big ideas PROMOTE Melbourne, which took over from the Melbourne Business Association, held its AGM at The Paddock when the committee, Ruth Molloy (chair), Andrew Dann (treasurer) and Christine Lee (secretary) were reappointed. The organisation is aiming to raise its profile over the forthcoming months, launching a local Business Directory and a range of benefits for those who become members. They agreed the date for the Christmas shopping event, November 23, and discussed a number of projects. Among them is the idea for a trade fair, which would bring together all of the local businesses and enable the public to get a better idea of the range of businesses and services available on the doorstep. They are keen to be involved in the Carnival and the Festival, and raised the possible idea of a competition for the best dressed window, involving not only the businesses but also residential properties. Among the more aspirational ideas to bring more people to the town was an improvement to street signage, and a local community auction, although the group recognised it needed to work closely with the parish council and other existing groups to develop these further.

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Kids enjoy the sound of music THE "come and have a go event" held at Melbourne Parish Church was an exhilarating affair. Forty children had a go at the varied instruments on offer from the Melbourne Town Band at an event organised by the Friends of Melbourne Church. Melbourne Music laid on several tutors and allowed the children a free rein, under the direction of the MTB's Musical Director, Brendan O'Neill. For three hours the youngsters really enjoyed themselves, and some expressed interest in wanting to learn more. "It's amazing how loud a sound they created," said one listener. Dr Mark Powell, Vicar of Melbourne, said: "It was wonderful to open the parish church to children to have a go at playing a musical instrument. We're grateful to Brendan for all the time he put into organising the event, and for enthusing the children about music. Around 40 children came, and 14 expressed an interest in starting music lessons."

In the evening, Brendan conducted the Bon Jazz Little Big Band in a concert of modern jazz. Brendan is a great enthusiast, obvious in the way he coaxed and encouraged a young band to a really fine performance. After that, Karen Worrall, one of the highly musically talented Worrall family (dubbed by St Michael's Players as the Von Trapps of Melbourne) took confident charge of the Melbourne Training Band in a tuneful and memorable concert. The vicar was full of praise: "It was good to see so much talent gathered together alongside more experienced players." Mr O'Neill was pleased that the Friends of the Church had provided the opportunity of using the church for the training event, and for the concert in the evening. The training event in the afternoon was considered "very worthwhile, with lots of enthusiasm and interest from children to learn more", said Brendan. – DOB

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Musical celebration of Queen’s Jubilee A GRAND musical celebration of the Queen's Jubilee is being planned for early September in Melbourne. The main musical performing groups, the Town Band, Male Voice Choir, Melbourne Operatic Society and A Choir'd Taste will take part for the first time ever in a joint concert. The event will take place in the colourful and tranquil grounds of Melbourne Hall, with Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr’s generous permission. They are also donating the use of a marquee for the event, which will hold a large audience. Funds raised will go to local charities. The theme for the evening is intended to be music from the Jubilee years so it is hoped there will be a lively programme. Keep the evening free in your diary. Monday, September 3, promises to be an occasion not to miss. Ticket details will be published soon. Events taking place in our area are as follows: MELBOURNE MAY 19: Senior Citizens tea party open to all Melbourne senior citizens, and organised by Rotary and Inner Wheel. (Any donations of cakes to be delivered to the senior citizens centre in advance). MAY 26 (and JUNE 9): Commemorative Jubilee Mugs for children 11 and under can be collected between 9am and noon from the leisure centre. JUNE 2: 3.30pm Children’s party in Castle Square, including

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George retires PAST and present members of the Senior Citizens Centre committee gathered in the main hall of the centre to commemorate George Bryant's retirement as president. George was a committee member from 1959 and was party to the activities that led to Lord Lothian offering the estate land on a 50-year lease for use by the senior citizens of Melbourne. A presentation and speech were made by newly elected president, Margaret Sharp (pictured with George). George responded, paying particular attention to those who had worked alongside and supported him during his time in office variously as secretary, chairman and president.

Village Voice May 2012 11 ● THE Ticknall Garden Club plant sale was a very successful day that raised £934 for club funds, used mainly to cover fees paid to visiting speakers. The bi-annual event has been running since the formation of the club 21 years ago. Pictured is club committee member Barbara Presley selling plants to visitors at the village hall event.

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NOT EVERYONE'S cup of tea, I thought, when the Melbourne Probus Club's programme showed that the April talk was on the archaeology of Turkey. That was certainly my view – dry as dust, and did I really want to go out on a wet morning? I'm glad I did. In the event, my shaky club loyalty overcame my serious misgivings, and The Revd Father Axe overcame my doubts as soon as he started his illustrated talk. No dry as dust man, but a man steeped in the fascination of the area which for centuries has been a cauldron of change, where East meets West, and where urban civilisation started and was developed over nearly five millennia. Father Axe, a softly spoken genial man, is the Melbourne Roman Catholic priest. He kept Probus members absorbed in his talk, illustrated with a library of images, which vividly brought out the importance of Turkey and what used to be known as Mesopotamia, as the cradle of civilised urban living. – DOB ■ The Probus Club of Melbourne meets every month, on the third Wednesday. Enquiries to Richard Heath on 862970.

THE ASTON and Weston branch of the Royal British Legion held a presentation of awards evening at the White Hart pub in Aston on Trent – to enable the branch to say a big thank you to individual poppy collectors and representatives of local fixed point corporate groups for their efforts in supporting the poppy appeal. The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Willy Tucker, presented certificates from the RBL Board of Trustees to the representatives of the corporate groups, thanking them for their service to the poppy fund, and individual awards to Mrs Astrid Smith (a collector for 34 years), Mrs Sylvia Jackson (on behalf of her husband Derek, a collector for 26 years but who was in hospital), Mrs June Hind, Mrs Jill Key, Mrs Vera Shaw, Mrs Barbara James and Mrs Beverly Shaw (all 20 years), Michael Rogers (11 years), Mrs Anne Dickenson, Mrs Jane Archer and Miss Kate Archer (all five years). The branch secretary paid tribute to their poppy organiser, Vera Shaw, who was presented with a Crown Derby poppy plate and a bouquet of flowers to mark her retirement.

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MELBOURNE was well represented in the London Marathon this year with seven entrants that we are aware of taking part. Helen Sread and Sandra Smith both ran to raise money for the charity Clic Sargent. This was Sandra's second London Marathon. She ran 10 years ago also for the same charity, picked then and now because of the help it offers to parents and families of children with cancer. Sandra's son, Sam, was diagnosed with a children's cancer called Neuro Blastoma when he was only 11 months old. He is now 19 and was given the all-clear last year. This was Helen's first marathon, which she undertook as a 40th birthday year challenge. At the time of going to press they had jointly raised £4,200. Three members of Melbourne Rugby Club, Ian Lucas, Peter Welsh and Paul Macer, took to the streets of London raising money for the charity Children with Cancer. The three have jointly raised over £6,000 so far. It was the first attempt for Ian and Peter and they were very pleased to finish in a time of five hours. Ian and Peter have already registered for the ballot on-line for the 2013 event. They now have to wait until October to see if they have been successful. Melbourne resident and mum of two, Bernadette Dooley is delighted to have raised over £600 in her debut London Marathon for Derby-based Karma Nirvana, a charity that offers free support, for victims of forced marriage and honour abuse. Bernadette said: “The event was so well or-

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TOP LEFT: the Melbourne Run gets under way. TOP CENTRE: The first three home in the ladies 12k, Caroline Scott (Sinfin Running Club), Angela Jacquermart (Staffs Morelands) and Zoe Sewter (Melbourne). TOP RIGHT: The fun runners in action.

arathon sands new friends and discovered all the streets and paths I never knew existed by running with others! Never did I think I would take on the challenge of running a marathon." Charlotte Merrick, assistant headteacher at Melbourne Infants School, decided to enter last year and thought she had no chance of getting a place through the ballot. She only started running about a year ago and thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With a place confirmed she decided to raise money for two charities close to her heart – Alzheimer’s (which her grandmother has) and SSNAP (Support for Sick Newborns and Parents), which her very close friend used last year. The current totals raised for each charity are £1,125 Alzheimer’s and £700 for SSNAP, and still increasing. "The day was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it," said Charlotte. "I have even entered the ballot for next year. I completed the marathon in 5 hours, 30 minutes and 15 seconds, a time which I really want to beat next year." To make a donation to sponsor any of the participans please go to the website followed by the selected name: ie charlottemerrick, ianlucas, paulmacey, peterwelsh, bernadettedooley For Sandra and Helen the address is – TM FAR LEFT: (top) Helen Sread and Sandra Smith at the end of the marathon; (bottom) Bernadette Dooley with her medal. LEFT: Charlotte Merrick.


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THE Melbourne Run took place on Sunday April 29 and was ... not a lot of fun. In atrocious conditions of wind and rain and extreme cold only 59 runners braved the elements. Strangely, there were 31 taking part in the short Funny Bunny Run, and only 18 men and 10 women in the more serious two-lap rabbit race. These figures compare to 130-140 entrants in the last couple of years. It was an extraordinary occasion with no times recorded for the Funny Bunny entrants simply because none of the competitors' numbers survived to the finish; they just dissolved in the rain. In the rabbit race, the first man home completed the course in 44.04 minutes, 10 and a half minutes in front of the second placed runner. This was apparently due to the rest of the field being wrongly directed onto a longer loop and running further than the official course length. Various reasons, explanations and blame have been put forward without firm conclusions other than to say that a marshal made a mistake. However, the men's winner, Matt Morgan, also won in 2009 and second woman this year, Caroline Scott, was also second last year, and won in 2009; third woman this year was Melbourne girl Zoe Sewter, who won the first running of the event in 2008. Best-dressed funny bunny runners were two local girls, who ran in full wetsuits, with snorkels and goggles. They complained of being too hot at the finish, when everyone else was verging on hypothermia. Several competitors took the opportunity to nominate their own favourite charities, but the bulk of the proceeds of the event will be divided between Rainbows Hospice and Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. The first three men and women home were: Matt Morgan, Luke Stevenson and Dan Crompton; Angela Jacquermart, Caroline Scott and Zoe Sewter.


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ASTON on Trent certainly was environmentally friendly when the village took part in the annual yard sale, organised by Recreation In Aston. This year had the highest number of entries with 54 households involved. The event attracted many people with an estimated 250-300 taking a walking tour of

the village to see what bargains were on sale. The Methodist Church provided refreshments and lunches which was a huge success and the bowls club had tea and coffee with delicious homemade cakes. Once again this event proved to be an excellent way to re-cycle unwanted goods.

OBITUARIES LILY DIXON 1919-2012 THE FUNERAL of Lily Dixon took place at Bretby Crematorium and afterwards at Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms. Lily was born Lily Proctor over 92 years ago. She was the youngest of three daughters of Joseph and Ethel Proctor. Her sisters were Doris and Ethel. Lily married Austin Dixon in 1941 and this loving marriage bore them four children: Clive who lives in New Zealand; Valerie who lives in Surrey; Jackie, who also lives in Surrey; and Gill, who lives in Northumberland. She had four grandchildren – Catherine, Rachel, Sarah and Adam and a great grandson George. In the mid 1950s Lily and Austin took over the Roebuck in Potter Street. While there, with JOAN ERNILL A LIFELONG resident of Kings Newton, Mrs Joan Ernill died in early April. Mrs Ernill, who was 89, had been for many years a director with her husband Sam, of a thriving business, Battterby and Hefford. The company was a specialist electrical concern and owned a retail electrical business in the Strand in Derby.

the help of Austin's brothers Frank and Rolls, they developed “Saturday night at the Buckshot Bar” – a lively “sing song night” with Flannigan’s band being their signature piece. Lily also had her own cocktail bar within the pub. After a brief spell living in Stanton by Bridge they returned to Melbourne where they lived at and ran a general store in High Street and later retired to ‘The Woodlands’.

On their 25th wedding anniversary they took their first holiday abroad to Majorca and after that foreign holidays became the norm. No sooner had they returned from one before they would be planning the next, including numerous visits to Clive in New Zealand. They had been married for 58 years when Austin died in 1999. After his death Lily continued with her trips abroad. She loved river and sea cruises in particular and her favourite city was Venice. In 1985 Lily moved into Castle Mills where she found many friendly and caring neighbours. Her illness was diagnosed just before Christmas and after two sessions in the Nightingale Macmillan Unit at Derby Royal, she moved to The Bluebell Park at Chellaston where she died peacefully in her sleep.

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School’s happy birthday FIFTH birthday party celebrations were held at Weston on Trent C of E Aided School where the fund-raising achievements and the individual talents of every child at the school were celebrated in a special exhibition and concert. Around 300 children, parents, ex-pupils and friends of the school attended for refreshments and to see the displays. The first group of children moved into the new school in 2007 and now, five years later, numbers have increased, along with fantastic new facilities and better opportunities – both in terms of education and outdoor/extra curricular activities. There remains just £5,000 to pay of the £1.3million cost of the school (of which the governors were obliged to fund 10 per cent). This year has been deemed a year of ‘Celebration and Giving’ and there have been a host of fund-raising initiatives – not only soliciting dona-

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GETTING SET FOR THE FESTIVAL MELBOURNE, South Derbyshire’s architectural gem, is preparing once again to open its doors to thousands of visitors for the Melbourne Arts Festival. Now firmly established as an unmissable event in Derbyshire’s cultural calendar, the eighth Melbourne Festival starts with the Art and Architecture Trail on the weekend of September 15-16. An exciting se-

ries of concerts and performances also begins that weekend running until September 29. The Festival Trail, the culmination of a series of events being held throughout 2012, offers visitors an exclusive glimpse into many of the town’s historically significant private houses and public halls where artists and craftsmen display their work. A carefully selected group of

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Harrison to step down from county council JOHN Harrison, Derbyshire County Councillor for the Aston/Melbourne ward, is to step down. Speaking exclusively to Village Voice, Cllr Harrison said: "I shall not stand at the County Council elections due in May 2013." He has been representing Melbourne and Trent Valley villages, like Barrow, Aston , Weston and Shardlow since 2000. He was first elected at a by-election, following the death of long standing councillor John Morgan-Owen, in 2000, and since then in subsequent elections in 2001, 2005, and 2009 he has always had good majorities. When he retires in May next year, he will have served over 13 years. Since the Conservative Party took over from Labour in charge at County Hall, Cllr Harrison has been in a high profile role as Cabinet Member for Finance and Management. This inevitably contentious role, in the context of Government cuts to local funding, has seen him as a frequent spokesman for the council on local radio and on TV. Cllr Harrison is well known locally – -president

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● SEVENTEEN keen volunteers braved a cold and showery morning for Melbourne Civic Society's Spring Litter Pick. The photograph shows some of them assembled at the Leisure Centre before setting off in all directions to cover

the perimeter roads leading into Melbourne. This helps to support the excellent job done by the town’s new lengthsman, Jim Bancroft, in keeping the centre of Melbourne clean and tidy.

IAN’S SIGHTS ON ISLE OF MAN FINISH A TICKNALL man is aiming to take part in this year's Isle of Man Parish Walk, a challenge event that has been running consistently on the island since the early 1960s. It involves walking around the entire island, passing through all the parishes, a total of 85 miles, within a 24-hour period. This year's event takes place in June. Ian Fuller, 51, has been a recreational walker for about 25 years. He has made it into the Guinness Book of Records by completing in the great "Santa Run" in Liverpool, together with his wife, younger brother and his wife. The four walking enthusiasts entered the Manx walking event in 2011, but only Ian's brother finished the course. Ian was forced to retire at 45 miles suffering from Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome in his

legs. Although Ian knew he had a medical problem when he entered, he had put in a lot of training for the event and thought he had it under control. He has since seen a specialist and has had both legs operated on, which he says "now seems to have completely cured the problem". Ian has been back in training for what he refers to as 'unfinished business' and has completed 500 miles of walking so far this year. He is determined to complete the course and achieve his goal while walking to raise money for the MacMillan Trust as his father and a work colleague are both currently wrestling with cancer. Ian is registered with a website to facilitate donations and would be grateful to receive contributions, no matter how small, at

■ ANGELA Smithson, of Melbourne, will be taking part in the MoonWalk London 2012. She will be walking a half marathon in Hyde Park, striding out overnight in her decorated bra in order to raise money for vital breast cancer causes. Angela was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She will be joined by four other team members, sisters Lucy and Emily Herreras-Griffiths and mother and daughter, Lyn and Sian Brooks. With committed sponsorship already at £1,100, anyone else who would like to sponsor Angela and her team members can go to to make a donation.

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PUPPY LOVE WINS THE DAY SEVEN dewy-eyed puppies whose mother was found roaming the streets of Ticknall have been found loving new homes. South Derbyshire District Council asked for prospective owners to come forward to offer a caring environment for the little bundles of joy to grow up in. It came after the family figurehead, Ellie, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross, was picked up by the authority’s Safer Neighbourhood Wardens in Ticknall and gave birth two weeks later. Following extensive media coverage, their temporary accommodation at Crowfoot KenMELBOURNE DENTAL LABORATORIES nels in Church Broughton was inundated with calls and visits from well-wishers. Within three days of the appeal, all of the adorable dogs, including mum, had found suitable places to stay. The puppies will continue to be cared for by the kennels until they are old enough to leave. Unit 9, Potters Yard, Potter Street, Council Environmental Health Manager Matt Holford Melbourne DE73 8HX said: “We have had an amazing response from the public.”


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EAGER buyers queued for up to two hours at Melbourne Leisure Centre to be the first in line to grab a bargain at the Mega Jumble and Cake Sale in aid of Breast Cancer Care. Mary Magson, Ros Baker and their helpers took just an hour and a half to sell the large amount of clothes and bric a brac to raise an amazing £920. Added to this they have been selling quality items on E-bay and have raised a further £642, making a grand total

of £1,562.00 for this very worthwhile charity. Mary, Ros and their daughters, Sophie and Lizzie, offer a huge thank you to everyone who gave items and donations and supported them on the day and they are now looking forward to the 20-mile Pink Ribbon Walk at Blenheim Palace on May 19. Pictured (l-r) are helpers Jo Yates, Jane Melen and Sophie Magson enjoying cakes on a stick. ● CHILDREN from Melbourne Infants School visited Cuisine India, the restaurant contained within the Melbourne Arms. They are pictured with Mrs McDonald (parent) and Miss Taylor (class teacher), who accompanied them, and David Kumar (proprietor) and Jason Kaul (manager).

Promises to be a good do THE JOINT Parent Associations of Melbourne Infant and Junior Schools are holding an auction of promises to raise much-needed funds for a new infant school library and a new playground trim trail for the junior school, each costing approximately £3,000. The auction will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, May 18, in the main hall of Melbourne Infant School, complete with a licensed bar. Doors will open at 7pm, giving everyone a chance to settle themselves with a drink and take a look at the ‘promises’ on display. A huge amount of generous and diverse donations have been received from parents, local businesses and companies slightly further afield, all demonstrating their commitment to improving the educational experiences for our children. Do you fancy a pair of three night weekend guest pass tick-

ets to the Download Festival including camping; an exclusive tour of the Houses of Parliament for two people, including tea with South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler in the Palace of Westminster; or if that’s too energetic, perhaps you would prefer a relaxing Reiki treatment; or an ironing angel to get to the bottom of that huge basket of clothes? The Joint Parent Associations are hoping that in true Melbourne spirit, plenty of people turn out on the night itself which promises to be a fun and worthwhile event. Supporting the local community is what Melbourne families do best. ‘Promise’ catalogues will be available in Melbourne News, Melbourne Post Office, Scallywags, Puddleducks and Kangaroos in the weeks prior to the auction so that interested parties may be able to see in advance what is on offer.

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Village Voice Postbag One-way plan to trouble I READ with interest the proposed plans for a one-way system which straight away looks to be unworkable to me. It mentions no traffic allowed from Queensway to South Street and Blanch Croft. That is unworkable as the only way a fire engine or refuse lorry can get up Blanch Croft is when it comes from the direction of the Alma Inn. In fact anything larger, even an ambulance, mini bus or a delivery van struggles to get round the acute angled corner from the opposite direction. My proposal would be to reverse that idea, allowing vehicles to come from Cockshut Lane junction to Market Place with Chapel Street becoming one-way from the Spar shop to the Triangle. Also at the junction of Derby Road and Chapel Street there should be a No Left Turn. In addition to this there should be a blanket ban on any heavy traffic coming into Melbourne from Cockshut Lane with a 7.5 tonne maximum. Another idea is to have a sign saying Access Only for all vehicles and as previously mentioned a Through Route should be marked Cockshut Lane and down Robinsons Hill. Potter Street would become one-way from Castle Street to Market Place and Church Street will remain two-way traffic. Queensway cannot be expected to carry heavy lorry traffic or even more light traffic than is necessary, therefore the most suitable way to reach the Castle Street industrial area is to divert them past the Packhorse through Kings Newton to Station Road or from High Street and down Church Street to the junction with Castle Street. As Melbourne roads are made up of many acute and obtuse angles, the most sensible way for a 44 tonne articulated lorry to reach the industrial estate would be either Robinsons Hill, passing Melbourne Arms, Doves Garage, past the Lamb Inn and then turn right into Church Street, past the Blue Bell and left into Castle Street. The alternative and more proper route would be from the M1 past the airport and down Station Road before reaching Castle Lane. This is a radical plan and would need military style implementation completed over one night for the signing and road markings to be changed. No-one wants to force traffic out of Melbourne as it is necessary for the trade and profits of all the shops, pubs and restaurants. What it needs is a new approach and, unless you are living, spending money or have business in Melbourne, the alternative plan is to your benefit too; and let us stop these Mexican stand-offs on Derby Road. The weight limits on Swarkestone Bridge and Causeway need rigidly enforcing with additional signing on the A50, A514 and B587. I envisage the need for resident-only parking refuges between the One Stop and Victoria Mews. I believe this is a much simpler and possibly less expensive solution to Melbourne’s needs and I will be willing to explain further with diagrams if necessary. Malcolm Stockill

Calendar cash thanks I WOULD like this opportunity to thank all the generous people who purchased my calendar, and the businesses who helped as retail outlets. With your help, I have donated another £300 to Cancer Research, and MacMillan Care. I firmly believe their work is vital. The progress in research and the survival rates are phenomenal. Thank you once again. I hope to have another calendar in 2013. Henry Hastings


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I'M SURE I am not alone in wishing to give every possible credit to the Melbourne Civic Society for their hard work, sustained over many years, to make Melbourne such a lovely sight this spring, and indeed for many springs before. The civic society has had a planting policy in operation for many years. The displays of flowers down Cockshut Lane has this year been quite outstanding, and everywhere one looks the golden daffodils are to be seen gladdening the heart and feasting the eye. During the flowering period the society had a litter pick when many members could be seen in smart bright yellow jackets, again doing a greatly appreciated task, only necessary because of the carelessness of so many of us. David Bellis, Kings Newton

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dominating this area. Rob Hollingsworth was yellow carded, and was followed quickly by a Dronfield player. Dronfield had sustained pressure for the first 20 minutes of the half and were finally rewarded with a try in the corner, to regain the lead at 12-11. This stung Melbourne into action. Fisher moved to fly half, with the returning Andy Gates moving from his first game in the back row to centre. Melbourne pressed but too many times the final pass did not go to hand or Dronfield forced a turnover. Fisher missed a late penalty and, with three minutes to go, a fine move involving Gates, Stringer and Tom Howard saw Tom stopped about a yard short, with his final offload finding a Dronfield player rather than his support. The final score was 12-11 to Dronfield. Coach Ian Masters gave the Man of the Match award to Andy Gates. Next was the long coach journey to Grimsby. A strong performance saw Melbourne run out 41-12 winners – with tries from Rob Foster, Tom Swainston, Morris Hall, Chris Wiseall, Jordan Hollis, Ash

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rangers close in on promotion Cont’d from Page 24 serves, where a 3-3 draw came thanks to strikes from Farrell Scott, Ben Dale and Richard Fox. The reserves won 15 of their 28 games and scored 83 goals in earning fourth place with 57 points. Again scoring was not a problem as four players hit 10 or more goals with Farrell Scott and Jack Tivey leading the way with 19 apiece; Jack Havron with 11 and Garry Croake with 10 also had impressive seasons. Apart from their good cup run Ticknall Rangers are still looking for a promotion spot and did their chances no harm winning their two league games in April. They started with a 2-1 away win to Travellers Rest B, strike duo Matt Archer and Alex Slater grabbing the goals. This was followed by a comfortable 4-0 away win versus Alrewas Athletic with a brace from

leading goal scorer Archer taking his total to a remarkable 30 goals for the season. Strikes from Alex Slater and Craig Hall completed the scoring, leaving Ticknall having to win their last league game to secure promotion. AFC Melbourne finished their troubled and potentially final season, losing their last two games – 16-0 to Bulls Head and 7-2 vs Erewash Hotel with leading goalscorer Rob Painting getting both goals. One was a 25-yard screamer and took his season total to nine. A special mention for Tom Snaith, who won the Players' Player award. The Blue Bell just had one game in April drawing 1-1 against Spondon with Adam Biggs getting the all-important goal to put the Bell into sixth place – a good end to the season after a poor start.

● Melbourne Dynamo 1st XI with the Challenge Cup they won by beating Chellaston in the final.

Cricket club top after first match

● Back to Netball sessions are being held on Monday nights at Melbourne Junior School and here (left to right) Elsa Scarlett, Victoria Jansen, Amy Broster, Steph Downing (coach) and Nicola Mortimer get in some practice.

DESPITE all the bad weather, Melbourne Town Cricket Club 1st XI have made a superb start to the 2012 cricket season, winning the only game they have been able to play which puts them top of the league at this early stage. With 4-35 from skipper Alex Slater plus 3-22 by Matt Briers and 3-37 by Mick Meakin on his return to the club, opponents Littleover Centurions were shot out for just 133. A brisk 35 by last season's top scorer Andy Potts aided by 23 not out by Russell Allaway and 21 from Slater saw Town home by six wickets to begin their season with a win. Melbourne Town 3rds played their first ever game away to Hilton 4th team and, although they lost, they showed some very positive contributions. Two wickets on his senior debut for 14year-old Ashley Ellwell plus two from Dan Marshall restricted Hilton to 170-6. Although Melbourne were all out for just 81, Dan Marshall capped a fine all-round game in top-scoring with18. Skipper Paul Scrimshaw also hit 18 and opener Ross Coxon scored 16. There were also first senior runs for Joe Russell and senior debuts from 14-year-old Harvey Wheelicker and Sam Adcock, 13, the first players coming through from the newly re-formed youth system which bodes well for the future of Melbourne Town Cricket Club already.

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It’s hi-ho silverware for two of our footy teams

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APRIL proved to be a superb month for local football teams with two of them bringing some silverware back to South Derbyshire with Melbourne Dynamo and Ticknall Rangers both winning their respective finals. It was the turn of the Dynamoes first. They took on local rivals Chellaston in the Challenge Cup final played at Sandiacre and, in a tight first half, Melbourne took the lead just before half-time with Lee Scott volleying in after a sublime Danny Guild flick. The second half proved to be a cagey affair but the cup win was confirmed when, after good work by Adam Ross in getting to the by-line and cutting the ball back, Danny Guild slammed home and give Dynamoes their first silverware in five years. Ticknall Rangers made history with their very first cup final success after two cup final defeats last season. They won the Burton and District Divisional Two Cup 2-1 having beaten newly crowned league winners Shobnall Athletic. Shobnall took the lead after 13 minutes in unfortunate circumstances. In the build- up, skipper Kev Earp went down with a serious knee injury, leaving Ticknall a man down and without their skipper. The substitution, however, galvanised Rangers. They battered the Shobnall goal and the pressure told as player-manager Alex Slater shot home to equalise. Athletic came into the game a lot more in the second half but the Ticknall defence, marshalled well by Paul Lakin and Ben Dale in particular with keeper Fin O'Brien solid, kept the opposition at bay. After good work from man of the match Matt Brian and Craig Hall, Matt Smart finished well to give Ticknall the lead which they held onto to secure a well deserved victory. In the league, the Dynamo 1st team finished in some style, losing only once in their last 20 league games and earned runners-up spot, nine points behind eventual winners Allenton United, who with 64 points won 19 of their 30 games scoring a remarkable 93 goals in the process. Dynamoes began April with a superb 3-0 away win versus Cromford thanks to goals from Lee Scott, Danny Guild and a rare Ryan Gray screamer. This was followed by a 4-1 home win against Chellaston, Adam Ross hitting two, aided by Scott and Guild again. A 2-2 draw away to Wirksworth Town was thanks to goals from Ross and Scott but a 4-1 home win against the same side almost secured runners-up spot, the same three scorers with Ross two, Scott and Guild getting the goals. The first team ended their superb season with a 3-0 away win against arch rivals Derby Rolls-Royce and got their second place thanks to goals from skipper Carl Allsopp, Danny Guild and Matt Brian earning them the points. Dynamoes ended up with a remarkable five players scoring 10 or more goals with Adam Ross leading the way in his first season with a brilliant 23 goals. Danny Guild wasn’t far behind with 20 and Paul Swallow hit 17, Lee Scott got 13 and Matt Brain 12, capping a great season all-round for the side. Melbourne Dynamo Reserves fell away in April, finally ending up in a very respectable fourth place in division two. They began the month with a 2-2 draw at home to Wirksworth Town Reserves thanks to goals from Ben Dale and Tom Jennings which was followed by another draw, this time 1-1 versus Chellaston Reserves with Tom Jennings again getting on the scoresheet. Pay us a visit at A 4-0 away defeat to league winners Allenton United Reserves 64 Church Street, Melbourne, Derbys Tel. Derby (01332) 862091 was followed by the last game of the season away to Little Eaton Re Cont’d on Page 23


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