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Here’s hoping for a muddy marvellous day’s fun

HUNDREDS of acres of family land near Melbourne never before open to the public will get its first viewing this summer – for those who don’t mind a bit of mud! The Shields family has owned the estate at Donington Park for nearly a century and now Melbourne-based Jess Shields – whose family own and run Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel – is bringing her years of experience running large music festivals such as Download to run a new venture on part of the family’s 650 acres. It is this area’s first ever Obstacle Course Race. OCRs, such as the popular Tough Mudder runs, are Britain’s fastest growing mass participation sport, with thousands of people signing up to fling themselves into trenches, up and down obstacles and crawl through mud, generally over distances of five or 10 kilometres. Jess worked for many years for Live Nation, a major music events operator which runs Download as well as other big-name festivals such as Creamfields. Now she has teamed up with former colleague Hannah Farnham to set up Far and Beyond Events, and they are launching the first OCR race on the family’s land this summer. Testing obstacles are currently being installed and the plan is to stage a festival with food and DJs afterwards. “We did a couple of OCR events ourselves and thought we could do them here on this land,” explained Jess. “We wanted to bring our festival experience to this. Hopefully it will bring a festival feel with some nice food, so that it’s not the kind of thing where you turn up and do your run and then just go home.” So what’s the attraction of rushing around the countryside getting thoroughly muddy? “I think a lot of us spend a lot of time facing computer screens and behind desks,” says Hannah. “OCR tends to take people into different environments, in this case on land you wouldn’t normally see. There seems to be a really nice atmosphere with OCR events, with people working together. “It’s not timed, it’s your own challenge. It’s The event is happening on June 23. It’s to be l Jess Shields (right) and Hannah Farnham. more about getting around and enjoying the exhoped the weather will be kind but, as Hannah perience of getting around; and, hopefully, people says: “It’s the one event when it doesn’t matter if get fit for an end goal. We’re trying to make it so it rains!” it’s a whole body workout so when you’ve finished The event – called RunFearless – has teamed your arms ache and your body aches.” up with local hospice Treetops as its official charUnlike other OCR events, the race will feature ity partner, with volunteers from Treetops to be a play park with obstacles for children going offering bag drop and after mud massage faciliMelbourne’s Number One Venue along supporting parents and, with a choice of ties for runners in return for a donation to the 10k and 5k events, the longer loop will not simply charity. be a repeat of the 5k course but will take particiRace directors said they hoped the collaborapants around fresh pastures. tion would help raise “much-needed” funds for the “OCR events are much more accessible for hospice to continue delivering support to families someone like me,” says Hannah. during difficult times. “You find yourself just laughing because it’s Treetops said they were “thoroughly looking just really funny! It’s about using exercise against forward to working together with this local charstress and anxiety and using exercise as a way of ity partnership”. getting out of your comfort zone.” – Lucy Stephens

British Empire Medal for Janet

YEARS of tireless services to the community have seen this lady receiving a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Honours List. The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Willie Tucker, is seen presenting Janet Ryles from Aston with her medal. The award was presented to Janet mainly because of her leadership of local ladies’ group CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other), which she has been running for the past 21 years. The group used to be called Young Wives and has been going for more than 60 years, with monthly meetings involving a speaker. With around 50 members, the popular group also goes on organised trips. Janet also used to run a playground in her previous home in Alvaston and was a

Vegetarian Night

Family disco for children’s charity

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CHILDREN are reminded there will be an opportunity for them to strut their stuff at the Staley family’s charity kids’ disco on Sunday, May 13, from 2-4pm at Melbourne Assembly Rooms. The event, sponsored by building firm ASBC and Buildbase, is being put on by the Staley family in aid of foetal medicine and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Royal Derby Hospital. The family also raised more than £300 at the hospital by holding a sale on March 27, selling donated cakes, Easter treats, cards from Dandelion stationery and organic skincare by Pinks Boutique. The disco will include an open bar, face painting, Wish upon a Star competition, make a magic wand craft, guess the sweets in the jar, cards for sale, and a raffle for grown-ups with prizes including a behind-the-scenes tour of East Midlands Airport; five personal training sessions with Andy Gates, a sports massage, a hamper from Melbourne Deli and entrance for two to Melbourne Hall and Gardens. For further information visit: and to make a donation log on to

Two Rosettes for Culinary Excellence

for Great Food and Entertainment

Thursday 17th May 6pm till 9pm Join us for an evening of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes. Classic menu also available for non ‘vegetarians’

Farm to fork tasting night

In association with Melbourne’s Tori & Ben’s

Thursday 24th May 7.30pm 8 Course Tasting Menu - £59.95 (£79.95 with wine)

Tori & Ben farm with passion, provenance and pride to ensure their meat is always of the highest quality. The care free attitude of the Longhorn cattle that they breed produces consistently tender beef with fantastic marbling and flavour.

tawny owl for a brownies’ group too. Janet said she was pleased to have been given the award but pointed to

many other people in the community who also do valuable work, who should be put forward to receive the British Empire Medal.

Melbourne “Walkies”

Sunday 20th May - 10am - meet at Harpur’s guided dog walk around the Melbourne area. Coffee & breakfast rolls available.

Book now - 01332 862134 -

Melbourne Village Voice May 2018  

Melbourne Derbyshire local newspaper

Melbourne Village Voice May 2018  

Melbourne Derbyshire local newspaper