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Internet helps stop the No.73

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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