Village Voice May 2019 17
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. email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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