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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.”


Contact Mick Reeves for details Mob: 07736 693158 Tel: 01283 821345 RVT Ashacres Industrial Estate, Draycott in the Clay, Sudbury, Derby DE6 5GX

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