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BOLLARDS protecting a commemorative cross in Kings Newton that have been repeatedly knocked down by traffic over the last two decades will be replaced by the county council. But any further project to do protection work could cost up to £40,000 and take them up to seven years to do it. The bollards were put around the cross in the village around 20 years ago, in order to protect the structure from vehicles. But the latest meeting of Melbourne Parish Council on May 7 heard how they had been repeatedly knocked down over the years. Cllr Andrew Jackson, who was on the organising committee of people who originally installed the bollards, told the meeting that often it had been left up to him to roll fallen-down bollards up the street when they had been knocked down by cars and trucks. He told councillors that a meeting had finally taken place in the spring between local representatives, including himself, and Derbyshire County Council with a view to finding a better solution. He told the room how, at that meeting, the

county council had said that such a solution would cost in the region of £40,000. “I was absolutely staggered by that figure,” said Cllr Jackson, who reported that the county council had said the money could not be paid out of its maintenance budget “… but it could be coupled along with Repton Cross (which has similar problems) and this would take up to seven years and might not happen at all”. Melbourne Parish Council agreed at its meeting that it would write to the county council with the suggestion that repairing the bollards might be a better solution to the problem. A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “The £40,000 cost is not to replace bollards. “This figure was used as an example of how much a more long-term and robust engineering project may cost to protect Kings Newton Cross. This sum was based on previous investigations into finding long-term solutions to protect other historically important monuments. “Currently, we do not have funds for a more major project. However, this year we will look to identify options that could be put in place to improve traffic safety and provide extra protection to the monument. “In the meantime we will replace the existing bollards which have been damaged.”

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MELBOURNE and Chellaston Medical Practice has responded to a letter, published in this month’s Village Voice, from a patient who was given a four-week waiting time to see a GP. Responding to the letter from John Williams, a spokesperson for Melbourne and Chellaston Medical Practice said: “Providing excellent care for our patients is always our priority. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘Good’ rating and our Friends and Family Feedback we receive regularly which shows 90 per cent of our patients would recommend our practice following the care or service they have provided. “We’re sorry to hear this patient was unhappy with their visit to us and we’d be very happy to discuss their individual care with them. “We always endeavour to see patients as quickly as possible, according to clinical need, prioritising more urgent and serious cases for the earliest available appointments with our GPs. If a patient with a less urgent issue wishes to see a particular GP this may mean they are seen later as a result. “Our highly trained reception staff ask for some basic information when patients contact us, to help make sure they’re seen by the appropriate clinician in a timely way. This is not unique to our practice and we protect and respect patient confidentiality at all times so detailed medical information would not be requested in public areas. “Again, we’d be happy to discuss this directly with the patient concerned. “Obviously, we’re not a political organisation – we’re a busy and hard-working GP practice serving over 15,000 patients – so it is not for us to make statements regarding decisions various Governments have, or are making, regarding the NHS. “We’re proud to serve the people of Melbourne and Chellaston and always welcome constructive feedback as to how we can best provide services for everyone we care for.” John Williams’ letter is on Page 16.

Village business park gets go-ahead

PLANS for a business park the size of nearly four football pitches on the edge of Barrow-upon-Trent have been green-lit, despite local fears it will put added pressure on roads. The new park includes an “incubator” zone providing space for start-ups to grow. The 2.68 hectare site on Sinfin Lane uses existing buildings as well as erecting five new ones to provide 93,861 square feet of business space, plus room for 168 cars, 30 HGVs and 50 bikes. Councillors at South Derbyshire District Council’s Planning Committee met on April 16 to debate the proposals, granting them unanimously after just under an hour of hearing from those for and against. Barrow-upon-Trent Parish Council had objected to the park, saying it would bring increased traffic and impact on the already problematic Swarkestone junction between the A514 and A5231, close to the Crewe & Harpur pub. They also argued that the new Infinity Garden Village will be just over a mile away and was a more appropriate place for businesses to set up in the area. The new garden village – of which parish council chair Anne Heathcote is on the steering group – is set to provide at least 5,000 new jobs and 2,100 homes on a 450hectare site south of Derby. Cllr Heathcote, speaking at the planning meeting, said: “I fail to understand why or

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how this proposal can be considered in a small rural village with all its access problems, when a large purpose-built village is being considered only a short distance away.” Chris Lindley, speaking on behalf of the applicants, told the committee that the way the park would cater for start-ups and existing businesses was not offered elsewhere in the area, including at Infinity Park. A traffic assessment submitted by the applicants did admit that the junction between the A514 and the A5231 was “currently operating over capacity” and that the “proposed development would be adding to an already congested situation”. The assessment concluded the new park would result in a 1.69 per cent increase in background traffic overall, which the highways authority did not feel was enough to justify spending money on improving this particular junction. Councillors, debating the plans, said they felt the new business park would, on balance, bring more benefit to the area than harm. Cllr Peter Watson, ward member for Aston, said the site in question had been included for development in the Local Plan, and that the park would provide the opportunity for artisans and craftspeople to start off their careers. But he added that he did also appreciate local concerns on traffic, particularly at the Crewe & Harpur junc-

IN THE April edition of Village Voice, we published a picture of 100-year-old Les Brooks, from Aston-on-Trent, cutting the ribbon to open the village’s new recreation centre. Our picture was wrongly captioned, and we apologise for the error.

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n SPRING “unfolded” at Melbourne Assembly Rooms at a special local book launch, which saw more funds raised for its main hall refurbishment. Griselda Kerr (above), of The Dower House in Melbourne, chose the venue to launch her new book, which is full of month-by-month practical gardening advice. Griselda said: “The Unfolding of Spring which launched my new book, The Apprehensive Gardener, was such a happy event for me because the support of the community in Melbourne and surrounding villages is so amazing. “People are so supportive of local endeavour in whatever field it may be. I hope the 90 or so guests enjoyed it and, very happily, there was a retiring collection for the Melbourne Assembly Rooms Brick Appeal that raised £185.”


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NEW play equipment was installed by Melbourne Parish Council in the Lothian Gardens play park, for children to enjoy in time for the school Easter holidays. The new equipment replaces the former slide, climbing wall and ropes which used to be in the same place and which had to be taken out just before the summer holidays of 2018, having been declared unsafe. The previous equipment had been in the playground for many years and was rotting at its base. Parish council chair Sheila Hicklin (pictured with chil-

dren in the play park) said: “The parish council was pleased that the new piece of play equipment was installed in time for the Easter holidays for the children to enjoy. “After consulting the children of Melbourne Junior School as to the type of challenging features that they would like to see on the new equipment, the information was passed back to our supplier Streetscape, which came up with the end result for parish council approval. “At the same time the rubber safety flooring has also been replaced.”

Lead stolen from two church roofs

BRAZEN thieves have stolen large quantities of costly lead from church roofs in Barrow and Stanton – leaving parishioners with the headache of having to find replacements. There has been a spate of lead thefts from churches around the UK over recent months, with thieves climbing up on to roofs in order to remove the valuable material and sell it on for recycling. The latest to be hit in this area is St Wilfrid’s, the grade one listed church in Barrow-upon-Trent, which was targeted some time between April 1 and 4. Around 60 square metres of lead were stolen. Church Warden Anne Heathcote said the first local parishioners were aware of it was when they were having a meeting inside the building and rain started pouring through the roof. She said it was the third time in 25 years that lead had been stolen from the roof of St Wilfrid’s, whose history dates back nearly a millennium. Now Barrow’s church leaders want to persuade official bodies such as Historic England that they can replace the lead with a substitute, so it will no longer attract thieves. “Nearly 95 per cent of the chancel roof lead has gone,” Anne said. “I’m disappointed, frustrated, totally annoyed. I just hope that we can negotiate this by putting something on that isn’t attractive to people.” Over in Stanton-by-Bridge, the theft of lead from the church roof became known to its congregation in exactly the same way – when water started coming through the roof. “Someone was in the church preparing for Sunday morning, and running water was dripping down the walls,” said Bob Wheat, who is warden and treasurer of St Michael’s Church in the village. The theft happened last November, and, six months on, the church has only just succeeded in getting planning permission to replace the lead with a steel substitute. They have still yet to hear back from further official bodies who need to agree it can be put up. A spokesman for Derbyshire Constabulary said: “Officers are aware of the two incidents. However, at this time, there have been no arrests in relation to them. “We understand the upset to local communities and the financial impact that these types of thefts have. “We would appeal to anyone who may have any information about either incident to call 101 and ask to speak to the Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Team.

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Awards for dedicated residents

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SPECS APPEAL

GOT old pairs of specs you no longer need? Local organisation Rotex is asking you to pop them down to The Melbourne Cobbler, who is collecting used glasses on its behalf, for recycling to Africa. Rotex says: “There is a huge demand for used glasses in many third-world countries, and The Melbourne Cobbler is now collecting them, on behalf of Rotex, for re-cycling to Africa. Just drop your old specs (including sunglasses) in to David Gray at his shop in the Market Place, and do your little bit to help!�

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DERBYSHIRE Gold Card holders are being urged to check if their cards are still valid – ahead of new technology which will detect if a card has been cancelled. From July 1, upgraded ticket machines on buses throughout the county will be able to identify invalid gold cards. Card holders who are unsure if their card is valid or not should get in touch with their local council.

THREE distinguished local residents have been designated Freewomen and Freeman of the Parish – the first time such honours have been bestowed by Melbourne Parish Council. Jane Carroll, Margaret Sharp and Andrew Jackson were presented with their honorary titles after the council recently adopted a policy to confer such titles. Nominated by Cllr Nigel Collyer, Cllr Andrew Jackson has been on the parish council for 36 years in many roles including chair; he is a voluntary driver for Melbourne Community Care and is often seen driving around the village. He was a founding member on the Melbourne Sporting Partnership board, a founder member of the town band, Male Voice Choir and A Choir’d Taste, a member of the Round Table and “a force for change� in many local groups. Presenting the award, Nigel additionally referred to him as the “chief promoter� of the WW1 Beacon and mentioned his involvement in the Village Voice (which he also co-founded). Accepting the award, Andy said he was “overwhelmed�, and it was a real honour. Joking, he continued: “I never got

married, so had to find lots of other things to do!� Nominated by Cllr David Smith, Cllr Margaret Sharp has served on the parish council for 28 years, during which she has held many roles including two terms as chair. Amongst her community involvement, she was involved with the Melbourne guides and brownies for 25 years, Staunton Women’s Institute for 50 years, a governor at Melbourne Infant School, member of the Kings Newton Residents Association, a trustee on the Gray Greens and Adcock Charity, a former member of the Rotary Club and now an active member of Rotex. She has also championed the cause of the Senior Citizens Centre for many years. Accepting the award, Margaret said: “Bill will tell you, I just can’t say no to anything! Thank you – I have thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the parish council, although standing down this year, and I shall continue to support in any way I can.� The final award was to Cllr Jane Carroll. Nominated by Cllr Hicklin, Jane has served on the parish council for 32 years, including as chair. She also served on South Derbyshire District

HONOURED ... Andrew Jackson, Jane Carroll and Margaret Sharp with their certificates.

Council as a Labour Party councillor. She has been involved with many different organisations in the village, including Melbourne Junior School governors, Melbourne Play Group, the carnival committee, the Assembly Rooms board, Melbourne Community Care, Melbourne Festival and Melbourne Footpaths Group. Additionally, she spent 20 years as practice nurse at the surgery. Accepting the award, Jane said: “Thank you for this lovely certificate. It has been an honour to serve the commu-

nity and work amongst you. It really is all down to you. I was just there!� Clarifying the council’s decision to make awards this year, Cllr Hicklin explained: “These awards, made under the Local Government Act, are to honour and recognise the tireless work and dedication that individuals have given to the parish of Melbourne and Kings Newton.� She explained that they also decided to confer only five such titles at any one time. – Frank Hughes

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THE loss of a Saturday bus service to Derby from Aston and Weston is a “bitter blow” to passengers young and old – but the operators say falling numbers meant it was no longer viable with the rise in Internet shopping partly to blame. Notts & Derby Buses, which run the 73 service taking people from the villages of Aston and Weston into Derby during the week, are no longer running the Saturday service as from this Spring. Aston Parish Council clerk Fiona Stanbrook said: “It’s a bitter blow to many of our younger residents who don't drive and may well face losing their weekend jobs, as well as the elderly residents who use the bus.” Fiona said her daughter Katie, 14, was one of the young people affected by the loss of the service, as it meant that without parental transport she could no longer get out of the village at the weekends to meet up with friends, and hopes of getting a Saturday job in Derby

were also dashed – Aston and Weston having few weekend employment opportunities for teenagers. The only other Saturday public transport option for the villages is a Skylink bus, which necessitates a walk of a couple of miles up to the A6. Fiona said: “In Aston, we have got a village shop and a Post Office. Those elderly people who live in Weston, it’s even further for them, and they don’t have a shop or a Post Office; for them to walk and pick up the Skylink, it’s just not viable.” Stuart Frost, manager of the bus company, said that only 40 people were using the service on Saturdays and it was simply no longer viable to run it. He said: “The fact was there weren’t enough people … we don’t make a profit, we don’t survive. If you want something these days, you’ve got the Internet, you’ve only got to walk through towns .. the people are not shopping, the people don’t walk to the shops, it’s like a double hit, it’s life, and we’re all guilty. I don’t know the answer

really. “My personal view is over time the only places being served by the bus will be main roads. The villages that have still got them are very lucky. Local authorities used to fund local bus services but they have not got money any more. “I think it’s a generation thing – the people who have always had buses and always relied on buses are being outnumbered now by the people who don’t. They use the bus when their car breaks down.” The Village Voice spoke to people waiting in the bus queue for the number 73 bus on a weekday in Aston, and found a handful of people wanting to travel into Derby as they either did not have a car, or preferred not to drive. Among them was Alex Kitchener, 19, who was travelling into town to get to work: “It’s my only mode of transport to get to work,” he said. “I feel it (the loss of the Saturday service) has definitely affected some people.” – Lucy Stephens

WARM tributes have been paid to the former Melbourne parish lengthsman, a man with a “big heart” who always took the time to stop and chat to people. Jim Bancroft, who has passed away aged 69, was employed by the parish council between 2011 and 2016. Many people living locally will have stopped and chatted with Jim while he was out and about keeping the place spick and span. While his official role was to keep pavements clean, clear snow and lock up the Lothian Gardens park in the evenings – which he did very enthusiastically – his contribution to local life has been said to have been far bigger than that, because his big-hearted, sociable nature meant he always had time for people. “He was a very busy man,” said parish council clerk Jacqui Storer. “He was a total character,

n Melbourne’s new Stars of the Sea pictured at the British Legion. INTRODUCING … Melbourne’s new Star of the Sea and her six starfish! The carnival’s restyled Star of the Sea competition – sponsored by The Ferrer’s Centre at Staunton Harold - was held on May 10, with 25 young hopefuls entering for the chance to lead this year’s procession on July 13. Winner was Evie, from Melbourne Juniors, and her six starfish were named as:

and he had a really big heart. “While his job was officially to keep the pavements clean, and he also was the snow warden, he had another, very much unofficial role. Because he was so sociable, he performed that vital role that if anybody was a little lonely, they had someone to pass the time of day with. “That’s really important – taking the time to talk to somebody and find out how they are and what they’re doing.” The parish council lengthsman is employed for 30 hours a week by Melbourne Parish Council and performs a vital role in the local community. As well as all his other duties, Jim would also help the local sexton dig graves in Melbourne Cemetery. For a full appreciation of Jim’s life, see his obituary on Page 14.

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Daniel, Freddie, Imogen, Niall, Penny and Evie. Children taking part in this year’s contest were quizzed by compere Gemma Bettelley, from the carnival committee, as they took turns to impress the judges at this year’s contest – with some spectacular water-themed costumes on display at the Royal British Legion, where the event was held.

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n GIN, fizz and shopping is a pretty unbeatable combination – and so it proved at a fund-raising evening in Melbourne that was so packed there were queues round the door. The “Gin, Fizz and Shopping” evening was organised by Angela Higson, who runs the Best Kept Secret dress agency in William’s Yard, and was held at the Assembly Rooms. The evening included a raffle and tombola and it all raised £1,033.23 for the Brick by Brick appeal to refurbish the main hall at the Assembly Rooms. “It was packed!” said Angela. “I’m very, very pleased with how it went, we raised double the target.”

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Country Living with Robert Parker

Bird control move a shock

QUITE a shock hit farming at the end of April with Natural England’s decision to revoke the general licence to control several bird species. This change follows a legal challenge by a group called Wild Justice led by TV star Chris Packham. Before this action anyone could shoot or otherwise kill any species of bird that was causing harm to farm crops and animals. Examples would be carrion crows, jackdaws, wood pigeon, Canada geese and magpies – all of which now can only be controlled if you apply for a licence from Defra if you could prove that all other methods had failed. This puts another burden on farmers which they could/must surely do without. As an example, our own farm has had massive trouble all this year with wood pigeons eating our oilseed rape crops. The crops were some of the best we had established last autumn until the turn of the year when pigeons started their attack. We have the scenario of half fields grazed to soil and half left alone and I’m not sure if the damaged areas will recover. The pigeon population numbers in millions and has trebled in the last 20 years, maybe because we have provided them with a vast larder.

This problem and the withdrawal of a few very effective chemicals used to prevent plant diseases is making the growing of rapeseed a very risky crop and many farmers are calling it a day. Does this matter, you may say? Why not let us import more rapeseed oil from anywhere in the world? And, of course, this will accelerate the destruction of rainforest in the tropics to grow more palm oil. At least our native crops are fully sustainable and well controlled environmentally. There are also a few birds which are very dangerous to songbirds, and at the top of this list is the magpie. No doubt a beautiful bird but a truly evil and cunning one that at this season of the year hunts down smaller birds’ nests to steal and eat the eggs and small chicks. They are truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing. n Swallows arrived here on the sixth of April, exactly the same date as last year. I was more excited last week to see dozens of house martins in our yard looking to collect mud from some of the puddles. More than 40 years ago we had a few nest in the castellated bricks under the eves of a barn but have had none since. Could we be having them again after all this time?

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l CARPETS of bluebells are one of the highlights of Spring … and our photographer Tina Baker captured these beauties at Calke Abbey, in Ticknall. The bluebell display in Serpentine Wood at the National Trust property is one of the finest places to see these flowers in the area, and regularly draws lots of visitors to admire this lovely, natural sight.

Tennis courts bid on hold

AN APPLICATION to create three new courts for Melbourne’s thriving tennis club has been deferred, so that further investigations on how to improve car parking at the sports park can be made. Proposals to add three artificial courts at the sports park were put before South Derbyshire District Council’s Planning Committee at its latest meeting on April 16. Officers had recommended they should be allowed to go ahead, but councillors decided to defer the matter so that car parking at the site could be re-considered – after the meeting heard how the current situation meant cars were sometimes being parked dangerously on local roads, for lack of space. Melbourne Sporting Partnership applied to create the new tennis courts on the site, saying these were not intended to accommodate increased numbers, but would offer a better surface for existing members, would avoid overcrowding in juniors, school and adult coaching sessions and reduce court waiting times for players. A design and access statement accompanying the application said: “The surface would be ‘synthetic grass’ on a sand blinding, porous macadam subbase. This is proven to be a better surface for both juniors (truer bounce and faster surface) but more importantly does not cause as much trauma to the joints. “It will actually allow some of our existing players suffering from conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism etc. to enjoy more playing time.” But the scheme also attracted objection letters from four neighbours, who said they felt the new courts were too near properties, and would bring increased noise to already “unacceptable” levels. The need for the new courts was also questioned, with one resident speaking at the meeting

saying the current ones were never full. Tony Burdett, from the district council’s planning department, said at the meeting: “We are not saying there won’t be any impact on any neighbours – there could well be – but we have to balance up the benefits of the sports facilities against what environmental harm they will cause …” Later on, he also said that local residents were being encouraged to walk to the sports park rather than use their car. Planning committee member Cllr Martyn Ford said: “A refusal of this application might prompt them to come forward with alternatives for car parking … we have a duty of care. We have heard that people have to walk along the road.” The sporting partnership said Melbourne could be home to the largest squad of junior tennis players in the county by 2020 if all existing infants and juniors stayed at their current level. They also said all courts were full at peak times. Responding to the deferral, Steve Hollingsworth, chair of Melbourne Sporting Partnership, said: “Although the planning officer made a recommendation for the granting of permission for the tennis courts, the planning committee decided to defer the decision pending consideration of car parking at the MSP. The MSP will review the implications of the deferral and make further representations and submissions for further consideration.” m The fact that three Lombardy poplar trees have been felled at the sports park was also raised at the planning meeting. As per an agreement several years ago, the MSP has planted an oak tree at the site to replace 11 poplars at the former recreation ground, to commemorate those who died in the war.


Demolition crew brings end to an era

THE end of an era came to Melbourne as the building which was home to the town’s adult education centre – and before that, a youth club that operated five nights a week – was finally raised to the ground to make way for car parking. The writing had been on the wall for the building on Packhorse Road since 2017, when Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet decided it would be knocked down to create extra parking at the infant and junior schools. Asbestos had been discovered in the building. As the demolition crew moved in during the school Easter holidays, those who remember the centre’s heyday as a youth club in the 70s and 80s took to social media to share their memories. When it was up and running, the youth club operated five days a week and ran a wide programme for local teens – from Friday night discos

BYGONE DAYS ... A circus skills class taking place in the youth club.

to self-defence sessions, circus skills and regular five-a-side football. A small entry fee on the door got you in, and then you were free to take part in whatever activities were on offer. Lorraine Dowell, who worked there for 18 years – first as a volunteer, then an ancillary, and then as an assistant youth leader – met her husband, Geoff, in the Melbourne Youth Club, aged 13. “The upstairs television room used to be packed, with people watching UFO (a 1970s scifi series),” she remembers. “We used to have a right laugh.” As a volunteer and then a paid-up member of staff, she said the importance of the club was really to offer somewhere safe for teenagers to enjoy themselves. “It was just sitting there; we were not the parent, people would just talk to the teenagers and the club was just there for them.” Andy Heafield, manager of Melbourne Assembly Rooms, also has happy memories of the club. “Youth Club Days were a great part of growing up as a teenager in Melbourne, there was always something to do,” he recalled. “It was the place to go and meet friends Monday right through to Friday night when the discos “ I did so many activities down there: football, cross-country, table tennis, rock climbing and camping with some absolutely wonderful youth leaders including Bill Flanagan, Bryan Simons, Rosemary Newbury and Stan Bridges. “Something must have rubbed off as I returned as a voluntary worker in 1978/79 prior to gaining qualifications and running my own centre in London's Docklands.” As well as operating as a youth club, the centre was also used for mother and toddler sessions, keep fit classes, as a meeting place for the local NCT group, and it latterly became an adult education centre. – Lucy Stephens

n KEEPING fit and raising money for a good cause at the same time – Melbourne men’s fitness group, “The Fit Fat Blokes”, dipped into their pockets to raise more funds for the Brick by Brick Appeal. The team at Melbourne Assembly Rooms is holding the Brick by Brick appeal to raise money for the refurbishment of the main hall. Different fund-raising events since the launch of the appeal have raised thousands of pounds, and grant money has also been given from the district council towards the refurbishment. The Fit Fat Blokes contributed a further £60 by holding a collection at their weekly fitness sessions in the main hall.

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DRIVERS, take note: there will be roadworks on the Derby Road in Melbourne between June 5-7, with delays likely. The works are starting at 7pm on June 5 until 6am on June 7, to facilitate flood monitoring equipment and maintenance works.

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School break-in blow

A SCHOOL break-in and attempted burglary thought to be linked to the first ever Ticknall village fete has been described as “really upsetting”. The inaugural Ticknall Village May Day fete was held on May 6 and was a huge success with possibly as many as a thousand people turning out to enjoy stalls, food, children’s activities and a dog show. The event had been organised by parents and staff of Dame Catherine Harpur’s School and it raised £3,400 for the school from the café, raffle and dog show. Other village organisations were also able to raise money for themselves on the day. But overnight between 5pm on May 6 and 7.35am the following day, the school suffered a break-in with the back fire door smashed.

It is believed the person or persons responsible were trying to get their hands on the money raised at the fete – but, despite doing some damage inside, they did not manage to do so. Dame Catherine’s had to be shut to children on Tuesday, May 7, while the school spoke to police and worked to secure the property. Head teacher Lorna Harvey said: “It’s a real disappointment that this can happen. As a charity the school heavily relies on fund-raising to support itself. It’s really upsetting knowing that someone would go to these lengths to try and steal money that was to support the children and put a dampener on a fund-raising event that the school and village had worked on together.” For a full report and pictures of the May Day fete, see Page 8.


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CROWDS of people – and their canine companions – poured into Ticknall for its first ever May Day Fete. The event on May 6 had been organised by parents and staff from Dame Catherine Harpur’s School in the village, with the simple aim of bringing the whole community together. Hundreds of people came out on Bank Holiday Monday to enjoy the occasion, which included maypole dancing, wellywanging, glitter tattoos, activities from the cadets, children’s games, finishing off with a dog show featuring seven categories including “Best tail waggle” and “Scruffiest dog”. Parish councillor Nigel Picken, who was at the occasion with wife Maria – a local potter – said: “This has really pulled the village together; I think if that was the aim, it’s worked. There has been a lot of hard

TOP: Dancing round the Maypole. ABOVE: Megan Mitchell, 12, of Melbourne, taking part in the Super Junior Handler round of the fete’s dog show, with Cocker Spaniel puppy, Wispa. BELOW: Winner of the Fab Pup of the Show (sponsored by Oscar Pet Food) Bella, a Cockalier (Cocker Spaniel and King Charles Cavalier cross), of Melbourne, showing off her winner’s rosette.

work and lots of organisation.” Maria said: “I’d like to say how superbly well advertised this event has been. If you want to put on a community activity, I think the advertising and promotion is key. “There has been such a variety of activities to suit older people and younger people – since 11am this morning people were pouring in, even though the weather has been very cold and windy.” Marion Bishop, who went from Ingleby to enjoy the day, told Village Voice: “I think it’s excellent – very successful.” Another visitor was Emily Starkie, from Melbourne, who went along with her family and dog – miniature Schnauzer Sergeant.

“I hadn’t realised it was as big as it is – it’s massive!” she said. “It’s nice that you can have dogs everywhere, because in a lot of places, you can’t.” Claire Smedley, one of the team of organisers of the inaugural Ticknall May Day Fete, said as the crowds were finally dispersing in the afternoon: “As a team, we are just absolutely thrilled at the way that people have come and have really enjoyed themselves. It’s been a real success – it’s all we ever could wish for. “What’s so brilliant is we have got people from local villages and we have got people who have travelled from further afield – it’s been an amazing success. “We’re just extremely grateful to all the people who have helped give their time and commitment to come here and, hopefully, we can build on that success next year.” – Lucy Stephens

CARNIVAL PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY

ORGANISERS of this year’s Melbourne Fete & Carnival are gearing up for this year’s aquaticthemed celebrations – and anyone who wants to have a stall is still able to apply. Anyone interested in taking a stall at the event can do so by downloading a slip from the carnival’s website: www.melbournecarnival.co.uk or by

emailing melbournecarnival@hotmail.co.uk. Carnival organisers still want to hear from anyone interested in contributing a float to the processions, and for teams in the tug of war, too. The theme for this year’s event on the school playing fields on July 13 is “Under the Sea”.


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Easter fun with the bunny THE Easter Bunny has been seen in the local area, hopping from place to place and dishing out chocolate. At Harpur’s in Melbourne, Bunny himself turned up to join in the Easter festivities over breakfast. He arrived with Easter eggs for all and joined in with all the singing, dancing, colouring and decorating – organised by Tracey Ridley from Music Time for Harpur’s. Graham Townend, of Harpur’s, said: “Tracey is well known around Melbourne and helped to sell out the event once again this year! She entertained the kids all morning, making sure they had a great time and were all very hoppy! “Breakfast/Brunch with the Easter Bunny is one of Harpur’s annual events which al-

ways gets sold out very early.” Over at Melbourne Hall, families from the local area turned out to meet Mr (or Mrs) Bunny who helped them with kids’ activities including a colouring competition and tombola. It was a spring-like atmosphere with newborn lambs making a public appearance too. Nicki Coombes, of Millpond Antiques, said lots of people had gone down the hall to enjoy the festivities: “This is something from the tenants to say thank you for their support –

to give back to the community.” Meanwhile, at Tori & Ben’s Farm Shop in Kings Newton, there was a whole festival of Easter-themed fun from April 18 to 20, including Easter egg hunt, bouncy castle, giant sandpit, craft activities, egg painting, ice cream, children’s games and face painting. Tori Stanley said: “It was a huge success, a big effort from our fabulous team but the support of the local community and bright sunshine enabled us to have a fabulous Easter weekend.”


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special.” Over in Aston ward, the Conservatives won the day again, securing all three ward seats. While Cllrs Neil Atkin and Peter Watson were re-elected, there is a new face there, too, with Daniel Corbin joining them on the council for the first time. “It was a nerve-wracking experience, but it was good,” he told the Village Voice after his win was announced. “We’ve got a big project in the Infinity Garden Village in the ward, which all three of us fully support.” Cllr Atkin, who now begins his fifth term on the district council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted, I’m sorry for the other candidates’ loss, but I will serve to the best of my ability and try to resolve all the local issues.” Repton ward, which includes Ticknall and Smisby, saw another new face elected to the council: Kerry Haines, who has been serving her local community of Newton Solney on the parish council and said she wanted to “try and do a bit more”. She is joined by Andrew Churchill, a fellow Conservative, who won the other ward seat. Melbourne saw one of the higher turnouts in the district with just short of 40 per cent of the electorate voting; in some

areas it was as low as 25 per cent. Melbourne also had 40 rejected ballot papers which had not been properly filled in. Overall, in South Derbyshire, Labour also gained two seats, the district no longer having any Independent councillors; the balance of power now is 22 Conservative councillors to 14 Labour. Over in North West Leicestershire – which covers Breedon, Wilson and Tonge – the Conservatives only narrowly held on to power, with a net loss of five seats. – Lucy Stephens

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Sports Park drainage move

DETAILED PLANS have been submitted for the essential drainage improvements on Melbourne Sports Park. The scheme involves the construction of pipework near the eastern boundary of the playing fields, behind the rugby pitches, laying of new surface water drainage pipes down Robinsons Hill to cross Ashby Road, so that the run-off water can eventually make its way into the existing watercourse, known as New Brook, and thence into the Pool. The proposal also includes a new surface water collection point to the eastern end of the football pitches and a short pipe to connect that to the separate existing drainage system which runs behind the properties along Ashby Road. The planning application makes it clear that a main driver for the project is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;intercept and divert a considerable amount of surface water from the sports fieldsâ&#x20AC;? to alleviate the possibility of

flooding along Ashby Road. The consultation period for the planning application is now closed and a decision is anticipated at a forthcoming planning meeting. Steve Hollingsworth at Melbourne Sporting Partnership is hopeful of an early decision following the May elections but it is too soon to say when the work might start. The ecological report recommends that the work should be done outside the bird nesting season, that is between late August and late February, to minimise any potential impact on wild birds. There will be some traffic disruption along Robinsons Hill, inevitably, but Steve has outlined that it is too early to predict when that will be as â&#x20AC;&#x153;it will be a matter for the contractors and Derbyshire County Council to work outâ&#x20AC;?. Whilst the procurement process is in progress there is also a dependency on when the chosen contractor can start work. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Frank Hughes

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WINNERS of Melbourne Community Awards were recognis along with parish council award winners during a busy Su day afternoon at the Assembly Rooms. Introducing the third year of ‘The MELs’, Andy Heafield said the had been about 100 nominations for the 13 awards in four differe categories celebrating local successes. In the arts category, the Event of the Year went Andy Jackson for his work in organising the beac and fireworks night to commemorate 100 years of t end of World War One, while Karen Worrall took t Performer of the Year award for her moving renditi of The Last Post during the remembrance day cer mony. In the business category, Heaths Farm Shop is t Company of the Year. The Chip and Pin added to i growing collection of awards with Retailer of t Year, and a smiling Helen Millns from Jacks w awarded the Service with a Smile prize. In the community section the Karusseit Suppo Group was named Community Group of the Yea and Hannah Webster was recognised as Neighbo of the Year, with her award being given by the cha of South Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Dav Muller. Accepting the award Hannah said she had be told by her grandma to “help out whenever someo needed help”, and that is exactly what her nomin tion had said she did! Volunteer of the Year went to Tracey Ridley for t work she did around the village, not least her de involvement in the fete and carnival. In the sports category, the successful Melbour Rugby Club 1st XV were awarded Team of the Yea and Coach of the Year went to golfing tutor Ev Carter, who gave everyone a free golf tip – “don’t t and hit the ball too hard!” Power lifter and strongman Matt Iliffe took t Sports Person of the Year and Ian Lucas, was reco nised for the Lifetime Achievement Award for all h involvement in local rugby. In addition, the three parish coun Freeman/Freewoman awards were presented (S Page 4). Cllr Sheila Hicklin, chair of the parish council, al re-presented the Dr Freeman Award to An Heafield for the outstanding work he did during t WW1 celebrations in 2018. Before mysterious breaking into a rendition of “Sweet Caroline” he sa “it had been a great honour to work with all the va ious groups”. – Frank Hughe



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REGINALD “JAKE” JACKSON March 23, 1931 – March 18, 2019 REGINALD, known as ‘Jake’, was born in Ingleby where the family had a smallholding, but moved to Station Road in Melbourne at an early age. He had four siblings, three brothers: Reuben, Dennis and Gerald, and a sister, Joan. Jake left school at 14 to go and work at Samuel Jackson’s Market Gardeners of Kings Newton, a job he kept for his whole working life. He had started working there on Saturdays and in the school holidays from the age of 12. From the word go, he loved his job as a tractor driver, enjoying the different seasons – to which he was fully exposed in the early days (tractors in the 1940s not being built with heated cabins and inbuilt sound systems like those of today!) He worked at Samuel Jackson’s with his three brothers; each with different skills, they were the foundation of the firm’s workforce. Over the course of his working life, Jake saw many changes in market gardening – the move from horses to tractors, for one – and some of the jobs he and his colleagues undertook no longer exist today: soot sewing, muck carting, brussel knobbin’ and rhubarb pullin’, for example. One of the things for which Jake was well known locally was his mastery of the Melbourne

dialect: one lorry driver, passing where Jake was working in a field near Breach Lane, stopped and asked him for directions: “Yone misd yer ton,” came the answer. During the last 20 years of his life, Jake lost his sight completely. Never having married, this could have spelt loneliness, but the warm community of Melbourne and his own upbeat personality were such that he never complained and continued to manage very well. Radios were important to him, and – not being able to see to tune them – he had one tuned to a different station in every room, while hot meals including pudding would arrive, personally delivered from the ever-wonderful Welcome Café. Most afternoons he, his brothers and friends took walks around the town with Jake being towed along by his brother Gerald’s walking stick. They were known as Melbourne’s very own Last of the Summer Wine. Jake’s memories of life on the fields of Melbourne were captured recently for posterity by the team at Melbourne Festival as part of their For the Love of Lettuce theme. A lifelong lover of cars, and, in his later years, coach trips up to Scotland, it was fitting that his funeral at Bretby Crematorium finished with a reading of the Robert Burns poem: Epitaph on a Friend: “… If there’s another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this”.

JIM BANCROFT July 15, 1949 – March 4, 2019 JIM was born in Belton, Leicestershire, the youngest of three children. He didn’t like school very much and would often ‘choose’ to go home early. He loved being outside and would help with haymaking or mucking out the pigs on the local farm. Jim spent most of his working life in the building trade. He met his wife, Brenda, at The Hardinge Arms where they went dancing together at the renowned Pippin Club. Jim and Brenda married in 1969 and went to live in Victoria Street, Melbourne. This is where their children Julie, Wendy and Adam were all brought up. Many camping and caravanning holidays were enjoyed by all the family. After 43 years of living in Victoria Street, Jim and Brenda moved to Washington Close where Jim would always be found in the garden in his spare time. When Jim left the building trade he took on the job of ‘lengthsman’ for Melbourne Parish Council. This was a job that gave him great pleasure as he loved meeting and talking to all the local folk he would see throughout the town. Jim enjoyed attending local concerts, especially Melbourne Male Voice Choir events. He also loved to watch his favorite team, Derby County, attend-

ing many matches with his grandchildren. He was seen around Melbourne on his bike, often taking the grandchildren on long rides along the local cycle tracks. He loved his daily walks with Dolly, his cocker spaniel. Illness returned after three years and Jim spent three weeks in the Nightingale Macmillan unit before spending some precious time at home surrounded by all his family and friends. Jim leaves his wife, Brenda, two daughters (Julie and Wendy), a son (Adam), three granddaughters (Lara, Florence and Daisy) and three grandsons (Sam, Billy and Thomas). Brenda and family would like to thank all relatives, friends, neighbours and Melbourne Parish Council for their kindness, cake, flowers and support during this difficult time. They would also like to thank everyone at the Nightingale Macmillan Unit, Melbourne Doctors, Community Care, district nurses, LAM Carers, Treetops and Marie Curie Nurses. Many thanks to John Hartley, the vicar and all at Melbourne Methodist Church, Andy and staff at J.P. Springthorpe & Co., Sue at Melbourne Florist and Louise and the team at Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms. Finally, ‘thank you’ to everyone who gave so generously to raise over £900 for the Nightingale Macmillan Unit.

EIGHT large new homes for Kings Newton could be on the way, in proposals now with the council’s planning department – submitted just weeks before the original planning permission was due to expire. The homes just off Smith Avenue were originally green-lit by South Derbyshire District Council’s Planning Committee back in 2016 – despite more than 100 objection letters being sent in at the time. The proposals had already been reduced from the original drawings for 28 dwellings down to eight. The 2016 decision granted “outline permission” for the homes, saying that the application for “reserved matters” – which deals more closely with aspects of the development such as layout and appearance – needed to be submitted within three years of planning permission having been

granted. That application was submitted to the district council just before three years was up, and gives more exact details of how the collection of four and five-bed homes are proposed to look. As a council spokesperson explained: “The 2016 permission was an outline consent, granted for up to eight dwellings following amendment (during the course of the application being determined) of the scheme originally submitted. “The latest application is for approval of reserved matters – namely the detail of layout, scale, appearance and landscaping required under an outline consent. This latest application has been made within the timeframe allowed for by the outline consent, so the council will not be considering the matters of principle again, just the appropriateness of the aforementioned detail.”

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and gaining their trust to try and make the grooming process as calm and stress-free as possible.” As well as grooming, Sacha is also aiming to become a specialist raw dog food supplier – a healthier option for dogs that has up until now only been available online from this area, or from Ashby or Derby – as well as offering doggie-themed goodies from her shop. – Lucy Stephens

Sarah wants us to think like a tree

EVER been asked to think like a tree? First-time Melbourne author Sarah Spencer is suggesting you really should … in the first practical personal development book of its kind. Think Like a Tree is Sarah’s written response to her own personal fight against a chronic illness that saw her, as she describes it, in bed for “most of 2015 and into 2016”. Misdiagnosed as having had a stroke, having attended many hospital appointments in a wheelchair, Sarah – a founder director at Whistlewood Common – began to fight her way back to health again by returning to her lifelong love of the natural world, observing and learning from the way trees grow and thrive. Her unique book weaves together her own struggle against illness with a comprehensive, well-researched and detailed analysis of trees and principles of the nat-

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healthy and resilient I was able to heal myself and become happier and more fulfilled in the process.” Having taken around a year to write, Think Like a Tree contains practical exercises at the end of each chapter, suggesting ways in which the reader can connect with nature. In the book, Sarah says: “As humans, when we want to solve problems we turn to experts – teachers, scientists, craftspeople and engineers – but we have been ignoring the artists, builders, artisans, engineers, biologists and chemists that are living all around us in the natural world. They can build materials stronger than steel and tougher than ceramics, and do this without heat or toxic chemicals. They can withstand pressures, heat, drought, drying out, flooding and more.” Think Like a Tree can be bought from Amazon as either an ebook or hard copy.

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OUR party of four attended the Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, to see yet another thoroughly entertaining performance (The Yeomen of the Guard) by Melbourne Operatic Society. It was a show that I hadn’t seen before and I was not to be disappointed because, from beginning to end, the stage was filled with vibrant acting and beautifully bright coloured costumes that lit up the theatre. As always, the performance of the cast was of the highest quality with melodic singing and acting throughout. It is extremely difficult to single out any particular performance as the whole cast were so good with excellent harmony and acting. If I were put on the spot to select any that were particularly enjoyable to me, I would have to mention the roles of Strolling Singer, Elsie May-

nard (Rhia Fingerhut) and Sergeant Meryll’s daughter, Phoebe Meryll (Helen Blatch); but one cast member had me laughing throughout the show due to his looks and amusing acting – and that was the role of Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor, Wilfred Shadbolt (Mike McGhee). Just looking at him brought howls of laughter from the audience; he only had to walk on stage to cause a stir. I also give special mention to the 13 musicians in the orchestra, led by Karen Everson, and as always, very professionally musically directed by David Henshaw and I look forward to the Melbourne Operatic Society’s next offering. Colin Barker, Melbourne. n Frank Hughes’ review of the performance is on Page 19.

YOUR front page article (No 317 April) on whether Melbourne may have a street market claims in paragraph six that Willington market has stopped because shopkeepers were getting ‘none of the benefit’ and then says further on that the market gave ‘a boost to local shops as well as traders’. So which one was it? Liz Hepplewhite, Woodhouses.

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RETIREMENT brings with it much more time for reflection and enquiry. It can also bring the onset of age-related illness. Consequently, I recently found myself in the waiting room of our local surgery asking myself the questions which must be familiar to many patients not only in Melbourne but throughout the UK. I was shocked by being given a waiting time of about four weeks before I could talk to a GP. Why is this? This cannot be good for either party. This lack of continuity in care and assessment may prove critical in late or failed diagnosis of illness. We are asked to assess the seriousness of our own illness since a serious illness might find a speedier appointment. But we are not doctors. Illness may begin with mild symptoms which only a trained GP could interpret. It is also grossly unfair to expect a receptionist to be the one who makes these decisions. I am sure it is as embarrassing for these front line staff to hear patients’ symptoms as it is for a patient to have to reveal them to someone with no medical training, particularly where all those seated nearby can overhear the details. I understand that there have been attempts to improve the situation. We may now consult a pharmacist on site or in the chemist. We may talk to a nurse practitioner. Each of these would be a splendid support in a practice with sufficient GP numbers. However, as welcome as they are, they do not offer the support of critical examination from a trained and experienced doctor. So, where are the doctors? I spent part of my professional life preparing youngsters for university entrance. Latterly, it proved so difficult to get qualified and suitable youngsters into medical school that some UK students went instead to medical courses in Prague and Bratislava in

order to qualify. Why have the UK medical schools not been instructed to do better? Are UK students rejected to allow a higher number of more profitable overseas students? Which government was it which raised the salaries of GPs while taking away night visits to patients? Why do we have so many GPs who, apparently, can set their own hours of work so that they can spend time with their children? This is a laudable ambition and many of us would wish to do it. However, we cannot afford to and our terms and conditions of employment would not permit this. In addition, why can’t surgeries be open in the evening when people who work can attend? We are getting older, our illnesses are more complex and we require more consultation. However, we see our doctors less often and for less time, and this cannot be good. If doctors maintain they are currently underpaid they might be interested in exchanging salaries with a range of other professions who have experienced several years of pay freeze. Yet it is not my intention to attack GPs. The health service is under pressure and GP services in particular seem to be under strain, at least in some areas, and we all need to understand why this is. We need a dialogue with our surgeries. We need a clear understanding of why these things are happening and to be able to identify those who are responsible. If the Health Service wants support then it must be open with us and explain, for example, why we have a four-week waiting time. If we understand these things then the community can begin to help and support and the dissatisfaction may evaporate. JW (John Williams).

READERS of Village Voice may be interested to hear of the proposals in the new Government National Aviation Strategy and the possible effects at East Midlands Airport. Remarkably, for a national policy, the strategy specifically nominates East Midlands Airport (and no other airport) to have increased night freight flights and thus increased night noise. The strategy supports noise growth up to the existing night noise cap applied by NWLDC which is, of course, much higher than current noise levels. So, effectively, Government is sponsoring an almost 50% increase of night time noise in this area. The strategy proposes that major airports will be required to produce noise reduction plans, but only if there is no existing noise cap. So EMA, already having a high noise limit, will be exempt from producing a noise reduction plan and, it seems, can just let noise increase. The strategy also talks of improved sound insulation grants ‘to mitigate against sleep disturbance’.

The existing EMA noise insulation scheme is the only one in the UK based on night noise, and the only one actually designed to reduce sleep disturbance. But the strategy makes no mention of improvements to the EMA scheme. So this Government strategy seems to hit the EMA communities with a triple whammy: state sponsorship of increased night noise, exemption of EMA from a producing a noise reduction plan; and no improvement to the EMA sound insulation scheme. The proposals are included in a public consultation, open until June 20. The consultation document, giving details of how to respond, may be accessed by a web search for ‘Aviation 2050’. Melbourne Civic Society will make a detailed response to the Government consultation, available on our website at http://melbournecivicsociety.org.uk. Our response may be helpful if anyone wishes to respond personally. Paul Grimley Melbourne Civic Society.

I READ the letter (Dog poo bins, please, April edition) with interest; such a shame the poor dear had to take their dog mess back with them! I fail to understand why this does not happen anyway? Do dog owners feel they have a sense of entitlement to not only exercise them on the streets of Melbourne but also unfortunate farmers’ fields and at the same tIme have access to disposal bins? Surely it is more responsible to let them do their business at home and, before owners respond by saying they could not know when, here’s a clue – it happens at the time you take them for their regular walk, so surely a few minutes in the back garden before going out should be sufficient. That would save them the hassle of picking up

off the street which more often than not still leaves a residue for residents to avoid. I suspect that suggestion will fall on stony ground as it would mean they have the inconvenience of keeping their own mess rather than the rest of us. I suspect I am in the minority as, judging by the number that pass our house each day literally every man (and woman) seems to have said pet, in some cases two or more. On a separate note perhaps they could ask their pooches not to urinate against residents’ properties and hedges on their daily jaunt, leaving the usual tell tale marks. When did that become acceptable? Name and address supplied.

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Doing St George proud

ST GEORGE’S Day saw some flag waving and traditional English celebrations as local people marked the occasion. Kings Newton Social Group held its St George’s Day Breakfast at the Hardinge Arms on the day itself. Margaret Hagues, from the group, said: “We had a good turnout with 46 people attending. James and Rachael and staff served an excellent breakfast complete with Buck’s Fizz and we all enjoyed it. “Everyone received a red rose and joined in the raffle.” Meanwhile, at the Royal British Legion, Melbourne Town Band gave its annual St George’s Day concert, with a programme featuring all-British composers, from Holst to the Snow Patrol! Conductor Brendan O’Neill said: “It was brilliant, we played for nearly two hours, it was well attended with people of all different ages who clearly enjoyed it. “It was a really nice event.” n FACTFILE: St George: England’s patron saint. Dragon slayer? Not much is known about England’s patron saint, except that he was probably a Christian Roman who was beheaded for his faith. Interestingly, as well as being patron saint of England, he is also the patron saint of quite a few other countries and areas, including Georgia, Portugal, Catalonia, Aragon, Palestine and Genoa (source: BBC).

ABOVE: St George’s Day revellers at the Royal British Legion in Melbourne with (left) Annie Lester and dad Luke. BELOW: Sitting down for a St George’s Day breakfast at the Hardinge Arms. Pictures: TINA BAKER

WHAT’S ON YOUR GUIDE TO EVENTS IN THE AREA May 16-18: Free Spirit, a new one-man musical show from Open Road Productions. Melbourne Assembly Rooms. Tickets available: 01332 863522 or at Forteys. May 18: Yoga and Children’s Mindfulness Day, Whistlewood Common. For 6-11-year-olds. 10am-1.30pm. Basic yoga and mindfulness for children; nature walk, foraging, natural creative art and games. Price includes healthy lunch. www.shop.whistlewoodcommon.org May 23: Melbourne Footpaths Group are leading a walk along some of the new and recently diverted Public Rights of Way around Staunton Harold, including also Spring Wood and Dimminsdale. Meet at car park behind Staunton Harold Hall and Garden Centre at 10am. 5.3 miles, moderate. Small donation for insurance and maintenance work. May 24: The Favourite - Film show at Melbourne Assembly Rooms. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start. 01332 863522. May 24-26: Harpur’s Beer Festival 30+ beers, gins, wines, street food, live music. See main advert for full details. May 26: Bank Holiday Market 11am 4pm, Harpur’s Car Park - Local suppliers of fresh produce, gifts & fashion items. See main advert for full details. May 25: The Travelling People. Melbourne’s folk group and Melbourne Male Voice Choir in an evening of folk, fun and food. 7.30pm, Melbourne Assembly Rooms. Tickets available from 01332 863522 or at Forteys. May 31: Bohemian Rhapsody: Fun and film night, Tori & Ben’s Farm Shop, Kings Newton. For tickets search for Tori & Ben on www.eventbrite.co.uk. June 1: Mental Health First Aid Workshop, Whistlewood Common. A one day awareness workshop giving you the knowledge and skills to understand and identify some of the most common mental health issues, provide support and foster positive mental health for yourself and others. www.shop.whistlewoodcommon.org

June 6: Edward Gildea talk: Circumnavigating the Globe, Melbourne Parish Church. 7.30pm. Small charge for non-members; Friends of Melbourne Parish Church - free. friendsofmelbournepc@gmail.com June 12: Melbourne Area Forum, Aston Recreation Centre, 6.30pm. The chance to hear from local police and councillors on safety matters, and ask questions. Forum covers Melbourne, Barrow, Stanton, Swarkestone, Weston, Aston, Shardlow, Thulston, Ambaston and Elvaston. June 14: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue, a concert of acoustic music including original music and Bob Dylan covers, featuring Colin Henderson and Ebb & Flow. Melbourne Assembly Rooms. 7pm. Tickets available from 01332 863522 or at Forteys. June 19: An introduction to the History of Melbourne by Philip Heath, Melbourne Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm, Admission free (donations welcome). Organised by the Melbourne Historical Research Group. June 20: Repton Area Forum, Stenson Fields School, 6.30pm. The chance to hear from local police and councillors on safety matters, and ask questions. Forum covers villages including Calke, Findern, Foremark, Ingleby, Milton, Smisby, Ticknall and Twyford. June 22: Summer Soiree, Stanton-by-Bridge Village Hall. For more details, contact Bob Wheat on stantonbybridge@msn.com June 23: Breedon Summer Sunday. From 12 noon - 4pm Breedon-on-the-Hill. Climbing wall, Punch and Judy, BBQ, live music, classic & classic car show, stalls, reptile handling, inflatable slide, dog show and the third Breedon duck race!

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AS THIS is Whistlewood’s first column in the Village Voice I thought I’d briefly recap our history for those who haven’t heard of us before. We have a 10-acre site between Melbourne and Ticknall which was bought by the members of our co-op in 2013 with some financial assistance from The National Forest. The members of the local environmental ‘Transition Town’ group (Melbourne Area Transition) wanted to find a green space in which to demonstrate on a large scale how everyone can grow food, live more sustainably and raise awareness of the effects of climate change. This is currently a ‘hot’ topic in the news having had lots of press coverage of the peaceful direct action of the group Extinction Rebellion (XR) in London over the Easter holidays. Whistlewood can certainly show how we can make our community resilient to future energy shocks by showcasing our off grid technology. Extreme weather conditions will continue even if we do manage to reduce our carbon emissions to the ambitious targets that XR are demanding the government commit to. Limiting these dramatic effects of climate change will require us all to change the way we live. At Whistlewood we like to think we can have fun whilst making these changes and not just by having a list of lifestyle sacrifices. Whistlewood is not a protest group or party political; climate change problems are often said to be beyond politics. We are focused on staying positive

and involving our community in beneficial activities to make our world and community better for future generations and improving the environment for people and wildlife now. The first couple of years we planted 3,000 trees on site – not only to provide lots of fruit, nuts and green wood for making baskets and furniture but to absorb Carbon Dioxide. It’s this CO2, released in large quantities into the atmosphere by our current modern lifestyles which is a major factor in global warming. Growing our own food at home, in allotments or at Whistlewood will reduce our ‘carbon footprint’. In the next couple of years we are planning a community garden and a forest garden where everything we plant will be edible or useful, further increasing our yields of food for our community. Whistlewood members are by no means a bunch of hippy vegans, although lots of

them are conscientious meat reducers. Eating less meat is big news this spring with the launch of ‘No Meat May’ and the Vegetarian Societies ‘Eat to Beat Climate Change’ campaigns. Trying to reduce your meat consumption by having a ‘Meatless Monday’ – Paul McCartney’s very successful worldwide movement – will reduce your carbon emissions on the personal Carbon Calculator. If you heard the call to action by Sir David Attenborough and want to protest and join the Extinction Rebellion, Derby is setting up its own group which many of us are joining. Sticking yourself to trains, sitting and blocking roads or getting arrested is optional. You could take part by contacting your local politicians and urging them to declare a climate emergency as the House of Commons has very recently done. The right sort of protest can make a difference and joining us at Whistlewood will also make a positive environmental difference.

Neighbourhood Development Plan Regulation 14 Public Consultation Notice In accordance with Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Part 5, 14 (a)-(c), notice is given of the formal pre-submission public consultation on the Draft Melbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan starting at 9.00am on Monday 20th May 2019 for a period of 6 weeks ending at 5pm on Tuesday 2nd July 2019. Melbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan (the NDP) has been developed through consultations with the community, to help deliver the local community’s requirements and aspirations for the Plan period up to 2028. The NDP will provide a means of guiding, promoting and enabling balanced and sustainable change and growth within the designated area of Melbourne and Kings Newton. Melbourne Parish Council invites comments on the draft NDP. All responses received will be considered to inform a revised version of the NDP which will then be submitted to SDDC, as the local planning authority, for examination by an independent examiner. The draft NDP maybe viewed online at www. melbourneparishcouncil.org.uk. A Paper copy may be viewed at Melbourne library. Response forms can be deposited at Melbourne Library, or posted to the Clerk to the Parish Council at PO Box 8366, Derby, DE65 9DX or scanned and emailed to melbourneNDP@gmail.com. Please note in accordance with GDPR, all responses will be forwarded as part of the submission process to SDDC, this will include the forwarding of personal data, such as email address, names, addresses and telephone numbers. All comments must be received by 5.00pm on Tuesday 2nd July 2019.

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NEW faces are now at the helm of the Melbourne Sporting Partnership – with the appointment of Alex Slater and Andy Potts as its new facilities managers. The pair will be assisted by Carole Rudkin, with Jane Radcliffe staying on as the MSP’s accountant and administrator. Both Alex and Andy have a long history of sporting and non-sporting connections with Melbourne, and said they were keen to build on the “excellent foundations” put in place by David Goalen. They said they wanted the site to become another “vibrant hub” for the community as well as being a “first-class sporting venue”.

Alex said: “Andy and I are really excited about the next phase for the MSP. “We want to get as many people as possible from Melbourne and the surrounding area to feel comfortable that the MSP is a facility for them to use. “It is not just a sporting site, but a community facility. “We are aiming to open the building almost every evening but also in the daytime as we have facilities for meetings and clubs or any sort and we are using social media to let everyone know the events each week. Please get in touch with us about using the venue.”


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l The jester, Jack Point (Jane Haywood) and Elsie Maynard (Rhia Fingerhut) singing and dancing “The Merryman and his Maid”, with members of the chorus looking on.

SET in the Tower of London, Melbourne Operatic Society’s production of The Yeomen of the Guard contained some sparkling gems and shining jewels. Not the most uplifting of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 14 operas, the tale is Shakespearean in style, with jester, false accusations, plot complications, and many Elizabethan references. The plot revolves around Colonel Fairfax (Les Plimbley), who is facing execution in the Tower, falsely accused of sorcery. An old friend and sergeant of the Yeomanry conspires to release him, assisted by his son and daughter, who is love-struck on the colonel. Resigned to his fate, Fairfax persuades another old comrade, the lieutenant at the tower, to help him ensure his estate cannot be misappropriated by his cousin, who falsely accused him, by arranging a swift bogus marriage. A strolling minstrel, Jack Point, agrees the sham marriage of his sweetheart Elsie to Fairfax for money, on the understanding

that she will be widowed after the execution. The plan is scuppered when Fairfax escapes the axe; Elsie and Fairfax inevitably fall in love and poor Jack is bereft. Among the many highlights of the operatic society’s production at The Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton were the performances of Rhia Fingerhut as Elsie, Helen Blatch as Phoebe, the lovelorn spinster who opens the show at the spinning wheel, and Jane Haywood, playing the male baritone role of Jack Point. The iconic “patter” role is far from easy, needing agility in both singing in movement. Jenny Smith played an indomitable and stately Dame Carruthers. Among the male principals, Les Plimbley was clear and tuneful as Fairfax; James Davies was a stentorian Sgt Meryll; Paul Blackmore was confident and authoritative as the Lieutenant of the Tower; Mike Tebbutt was distinctive and consistent as Leonard and in the Yeoman chorus and the comic part of Jailor Shadbolt was totally ‘owned’ by an assured and punchy Mike McGhee, complete with supply of crunchy

apples! Along with good supporting minor roles, the choruses of villagers and the Yeomen, the production benefits from some well-rehearsed choral singing, choreography and touches of humour, such as Kate’s reference to her tablet! But the tone of the show overall is more sombre than most G&S favourites, and Gary Askam’s direction brings in some darker moments – some unfortunately unplanned with lighting miscues. His interpretation of the final act, when heartbroken Jack Point dies at his own hand and, with several other mismatches, on this occasion, not everyone lives happily ever after! Melbourne Operatic Society always puts heart and soul into its productions, and clearly has done so again. The cast, Gary, choreographer Emma Walker and musical director David Henshaw, along with the orchestra and all the behind the scenes team deserve high praise for another excellent show. – Frank Hughes

Can you give a home to the festival?

MELBOURNE Festival needs you – and your home! A call has gone out to try to find more local people who are willing to offer space in home or garden to the many artists who visit the village during the Art and Architecture Trail weekend. Over 70 venues are needed every year to place some 140 artists making up the trail. The venues include small cottages through to larger public halls, with some business premises also participating. While there are many regular locations, some hosts prefer to have a year or two off, or simply are no longer available, so there is a need to constantly refresh the locations. The trail is mostly centred around the middle of the village, a radius of about half a mile from the Market Place or the parish church along the main thoroughfares. The only requirement is that there is a suitable space to display work, and to be on hand for the artist to set up. Artists are matched sympathetically with the venues, display boards are provided to avoid damage to walls and decorations, and advice is given on blocking off private areas. “Opening up to host is not too onerous a

its 15th year, it continues to operate on a not-for-profit basis without contributions from public funds so relies very heavily on supporters and sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a host, or if you want further information before deciding, contact Caroline Wilmoth on 01332 864486 or email Sharon at sharon@melbournefestival.co.uk

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task,” says festival director Sharon Brown. “We generally co-locate a new host with an artist who has visited previously and who knows how things work. There is no need to ‘look after’ the artist all weekend as they are very self-sufficient.” This year’s festival takes place over the weekend of September 14 and 15. Now in

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MELBOURNE Tennis Club had a very busy April as the winter season was coming to an end and the summer season just beginning. In the winter leagues, Melbourne’s mixed B team were well beaten 6-1 by David Lloyd A, which meant Melbourne losing the title by just one set and having to settle for runners-up spot. Melbourne Men’s A team got back to winning ways later in the month after an early season defeat. An opening 2-2 draw with Burton and a hard fought 4-0 loss to Netherseal in the Burton League saw Melbourne Men’s A respond with two successive victories in two consecutive days. The Andy Fleming/Ian Ward, and Paul Hill/Andy Foulds pairings beat title contenders Newton Regis 3-1 in the Burton League. Then, a day later, in the Derbyshire

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Bowls club homing in on 50th season

MELBOURNE Bowls Club will be marking its 50th season next year and Chris Hough gives us a rundown of one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friendliest organisationsâ&#x20AC;?. It's the time of year when thoughts turn to summer activities and being out in the warm fresh air. With this in mind, we at Melbourne Bowls Club offer you the chance to come and play this gentle game in one of the most historic areas of town. Flat green bowling is a sporting activity that can be enjoyed by players into their 70s and is SOUTH DERBYSHIRE a well-recognised way to get DISTRICT COUNCIL good regular exercise. The fact that you will be walking nearly a mile whilst bending down to Councillor Linda Chilton pick up the bowls and lunging Councillor Martin Fitzpatrick whilst delivering the bowl is all Councillor Jim Hewlett done at a gentle pace and is effective exercise without knowing you are doing it. This year sees the club celebrating its 49th season at the Senior Citizens Centre on Church Street, Melbourne. We at the Assembly Rooms, are a friendly club who get toHigh Street, Melbourne, gether and socialise over a meal 11am to 12 noon on a regular basis. So if you feel you want to join in the healthy Saturday 1st June benefits of bowling and socialise with our friendly members on a warm summer's evening, you are welcome to come and join us. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listening to We bowl on a Wednesday local peopleâ&#x20AC;? evening from 6pm and Saturday afternoons from 2pm. All the equipment you will need is a pair of flat soled shoes or trainers. Club bowls are available and tuition will be offered. Local & Long Distance We are in no league so there Call us for quotes and bookings on is no pressure to compete but have bowlers of all abilities, and friendly matches are encouraged. Please come, have a go and join in with one of Melbourne's friendliest clubs. NWLDC Vouchers

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TWENTY-SIX miles of running and nearly six months of training … it all paid off for Melbourne’s Rachel Hill, who has so far raised around £4,000 after finishing the London Marathon for the first time. Mum-of-three Rachel, who before taking part in the marathon on April 28 described herself as a “seasonal runner at best”, entered the general ballot for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon and, much to her amazement, got in first time around. With the support of friends and family, she trained for five and a half months, completing over 500 miles training in total. Rachel finished the race in four hours and 24 minutes. She raised money for two charities dear to her heart: The LOROS Hospice in Leicester where she works, and Children with Cancer UK (CWCUK) a charity which has benefited her friends the Howard-Hull family, of Melbourne. You can still support Children with Cancer UK and The LOROS Hospice by donating here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachelHill19 76

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MELBOURNE Dynamo Saturday first team have been cruelly denied the MRA Premier League title – by just one goal. Dynamo had to stand and watch fellow rivals Allestree win their final league match of the season away to Moira – dramatically, 43, in the final minute. Melbourne had a busy month and began by reaching the Challenge Cup final by beating Castle Donington 4-1 in the semi-final. The victory came as a result of a double from Jack Goodband plus a Michael Tristram goal and a strike after just 24 seconds by Macaulley Jones. Back to league action, Dynamo beat Moira 5-1; it was Tristram this time with a double along with Karl Munton, James Smith and Jack Goodband getting on the scoresheet. The first team then demolished Burton Town 10-1 with Tristram again leading the way with a hat-trick coming off the bench; there was also a double from James Smith as well as goals from Carl Allsop, Jack Goodband, Jake Peverley, Dave Worger and Matt Brian to complete the rout.

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A disappointing away defeat against Castle Donington saw Jake Peverley getting the consolation as Dynamo were beaten 3-1, leaving them needing to beat rivals Allestree in their last game of the season to have any chance of winning the league. They did this thanks to a stunning header from skipper Carl Allsop in a 1-0 win. This left Allestree needing to make up a 17-goal difference and win their last three games which they managed to do ... with the very last kick of the premier division season. Melbourne Dynamo Saturday Reserves, however, did have something to celebrate as they clinched back-to-back league titles, winning five games on the bounce to clinch division one. They began this run with a 4-1 home win against Derby Athletic with a brace from Brad King plus Harry Foxon and a rare Ryan McLaughlon goal completing the victory. A convincing 9-0 home win over Asha Reserves was all the more rare as Jack Scothern scored his first ever senior hat-trick. He was supported by doubles from Brad King and substitute Harry Foxon, Joe Shadbolt and a Vinny Hallifield wind-assisted fluke straight from a corner. A stunning 4-0 win against title contenders Sherwin all but won Melbourne the league as Brad King, Harry Foxon, Joe Shadbolt and veteran substitute Dave Brough earned the vital three points. A 2-0 win at home to Bargate was thanks to a superb Harry Foxon finish and a Joe Shadbolt goal, and it was Shadbolt getting the only goal away to South Normanton Colts to secure Dynamo Reserves their second successive league title. Melbourne Dynamo Senior Sunday first team also had a busy month as they chased a top four finish in division one. They began April with a convincing 5-0 away win against White Horse as a 12minute first half hat-trick from Josh Burton led the way along with a double from substitute Alex Slater to complete the victory. A 5-2 home defeat to league champions MJ Robinson Construction followed with Dom Hurst and Harry Foxon getting the consolations, but Dynamo returned to winning ways a few days afterwards, as another 5-0 win again against White Horse followed. A stunning hat-trick from Dom Hurst was added to by a cool finish from substitute Paul Lakin and a sublime free kick from Alex Slater to take the first team into fifth place. A fourth game in just eight days followed as Ash Smith’s men beat lowly Pride Park 6-1 with the goals shared around as a rare Adam Smith strike, skipper Paul Lakin, Dom Hurst, substitute Scott Harris, a stunning Alex Slater volley and a first senior goal for left back Brad Cole completed a very good month for the first team. Melbourne Dynamo Senior Sunday reserves began their busy month with an entertaining 4-4 draw with Furnace Inn as doubles from Joe Dale and Brad King saw them lead three times but end up with just a point. A 1-1 draw with Derby Rovers followed with Joe Dale earning Melbourne the point. It was in-form Dale who scored again as Dynamo Reserves were beaten 2-1 by local rivals AFC Chellaston. A 4-1 loss to league champions Neptune Rams completed Melbourne’s month with a stunning Adam Smith strike the only consolation on the night.

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