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Village Voice No 251 October 2013

Melbourne & District

FIRE STATION TO FACE THE AXE? RESIDENTS are getting hot under the collar about the news that Melbourne Fire Station has been shortlisted for closure. The shock announcement came after a meeting of the Derbyshire Fire Authority when a reduction from 31 to 20 fire stations and 78 fewer fire-fighter numbers were proposed. The reason offered was a possible 40% budget reduction. People on social media reacted immediately to the news. “It's madness," said one, "Don’t they realise we are separated from Derby by the causeway?” “This has got to be fought,” said another. As well as the plan to close the recently refurbished Ascot Drive station there is a move to reduce provision at Swadlincote. Although Melbourne is not a fully manned station and has retained duty staff, it is nonetheless called out on a regular basis to attend emergencies. In the last two months 10 responses to emergencies were reported. Recent incidents have included a fire on Castle Street, a car fire on Selina Street, a grass fire on Jawbone Lane – all in Melbourne – a house fire in Linton and a car fire on the A50. The radical plan includes a new station at Hilton, which is assumed will cover South Derbyshire. Sale of the Melbourne station is expected to realise £125k to £250K to help fund


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by FRANK HUGHES the new station. Chief Fire Officer Sean Frayne, announcing the proposals, said he was "committed to ensuring that the service could respond to the many challenges both now and in the future" and said it was about delivering less with less. Marc Redford, chair of the local Fire Brigade Union, was measured in his reaction, despite having serious concerns about the closures and job losses. He said: “There is a period of consultation, and we are urging all of the public to engage with that to influence any decisions made.” The moves would doubtless increase the critical response time for the first appliance on scene for any incident in the area. Last year Derbyshire service failed to meet its performance standard to have an engine on site within 10 minutes in 80% of callouts. Only 70.6% was achieved. Without the presence of a station in the area residents will rightly be concerned that this can only worsen and threaten lives in the process. A spokesperson for DFRS advised that the changes were now going out to consultation and as a long term plan – extending to 2022; there were no overnight changes planned. The consultation document indicates, however, that some of the changes could be introduced in 2014/15. The consultation document is on the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) website.

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● Afternoon Tea at the Loake’s - Cassandra Constable’s home-made tasty morsels went down well with Pat Key (left) and Vanessa Pollard (right) at the afternoon tea she hosted at her Chantry Cottage home in Church Street. More pictures and a full Festival report are on Pages 12 and 13.





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Former policeman has a new collar LOCAL Methodist Church members have welcomed a new Minister this autumn. Rev John Hartley (pictured left) is now at the helm of Melbourne, Aston, Weston and Worthington Methodist Churches. The previous minister was Rev Dennis Smith. Along with his wife, Miranda, Rev Hartley has moved to Melbourne from his previous ministry in Doncaster where he was based for nine years – culminating in the building of a new church there. “I have been in Doncaster for nine years and after we’d built the new church we felt it was time for somebody else to carry on the ministry there,” he said. “I’ve never been involved in a rural area; before I went to Doncaster I was in a church in Nottingham for six years. “The primary reason I came to Melbourne is that I felt the things they were doing here would suit my style of ministry.” Melbourne Methodist Church is a thriving church with around 85 members, including many young people. Among the innovations Rev Hartley is bringing are puppets to engage younger members, and he is also hoping to start an evening celebration service. “Come here on a Sunday morning and you’ll see me play my guitar!” he said. Originally from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, Rev Hartley has been a minister for 16 years, joining the church from his previous job as a constable for West Yorkshire Police. “I just felt it was the right thing to do,” he said. “I felt God was calling me out of the police and into the ministry.” He and Miranda have two grown-up daughters, Elizabeth and Rachel, who don’t live locally, and two one-year-old grandchildren, Esther and Daniel. – Lucy Stephens

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in September every year. Steve Aynsley, who took on the role of medieval town crier for the occasion, explained that the discovery had come about in 2008 when research was being done for the village’s well dressing ceremony, which was on a medieval theme that year. He said: “We decided it would be nice just to uphold the tradition by holding a similar medieval market once a year. It’s done in front of the church because

that’s where the original markets would have been, inside the church.” Sackcloth may be optional for market participants these days, but in keeping with some aspects of the tradition local residents bring along their own produce to tempt passers-by. On sale this year were a range of goods including home-made jams, jewellery and knitwear. Much of the money raised is donated to local good causes. – Lucy Stephens

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Marie, 80, has a Harley treat FOR her 80th birthday, Marie Glynn had a hot air balloon trip booked. Sadly, because of bad weather, it was cancelled on the day. Marie was understandably very disappointed. Along came a white knight and invited her to take a ride on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. An excited Marie took her place as pillion rider and hung on tightly to Chris Brooks as they took a spin around the local countryside. Marie said: “It was a wonderful experience. I’ve always wanted to have a ride on a Harley, but I didn’t expect it to happen at my age. It was very kind of Chris to take me out and it was very much appreciated.” Marie is pictured with Chris Brookes before setting off on their tour of the local villages.

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CLOSE SHAVE ... (l-r) Jon Key, Matt Johnson and Paul Gregory watched by an interested onlooker. erosity and encouraged those present to dig deep as the hair fell. The crowd fell silent as the buzz of the clippers started and the first strands fell from Matt’s head, followed by shouts of encouragement. The crowd had obviously understood what Matt had said during his speech and dug deep into their pockets to increase the ever-growing fund as the buckets were passed around. The head shave took around 15 minutes and the crowd, many of whom had taken to stools and tables to get a better view, continued with their encouragement. It was unclear whether the encouragement was for Matt or Paul, who was relishing the attention. The hair was then bagged up, ready for its next life as Paul tidied up the last few strands. Matt finally rose from his stool to

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rapturous applause, a new man and feeling a lot more drafty around the cranial region. Although the figures are still to be finalised, Matt raised an estimated £1,600. This should be further enhanced by a donation from Matt’s employer DHL. Thanks also go to Ed from Leatherbritches and Gayle Weston from the Lamb Inn for their donations from the beer festival. The total proceeds will be split between Cancer Research and Macmillan in memory of Matt’s dad, Stephen Johnson. If you were unable to make the head shave but would like to donate to Matt’s causes, his just giving accounts are still active: – J Key





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Country Living with Robert Parker

HARVEST finally finished for us on the last day of September, and around our area there are still parcels of crops, mostly beans, to be cut. The lateness of the finish is not the record but the lateness of the start. No crops were cut in July this year, which I have never encountered before, and oilseed rape, which is usually the earliest to fall, was very late. It also proved to be the disaster crop of the season with some very low yields. Planted last year into poor conditions and then suffering all winter with pigeon attacks, followed by the cold late spring, the crop never really stood a chance. Every acre we grew will lose money compounded by a reduced selling price compared to 2012. Contrast that with some spring-sown rape which has yielded well and not cost too much to grow. Oats have seen an increase this

■ A PIECE of theatre with a difference took place at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms when the Gramophone Theatre Company presented End to End. The production told of the unusual journey made by the three performers when they chose to journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2012, using as many varieties of transport that they could. The cast of three filled the stage with their presence and personalities as they told their amusing story using a simple set and minimum props. They won over the audience from the start. It was a fun evening out and somehow put Melbourne on the map in this different slant on the end to end journey. Pictured are the travellers, Hannah Stone, Ria Ashcroft and Kristy Guest.

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Pop-up pub night Friday 11 October, 7.30pm - 11pm

Join us for a traditional ale night and treat yourself to a tipple, or two, brewed on the estate by Tollgate Brewery. Enjoy Calke’s burgers from the BBQ and play traditional pub games.

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Saturday 12 October 2013, 10:30am

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Join us at one of our most popular events and celebrate the English apple and orchards in our beautiful gardens. There will be juicings, tastings, puzzles & apple advice, something for all the family.

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Tuesday 15 October, 7pm Join us for a talk by educational guru and author Gervase Phinn, followed by a signing of his new book Mangled English, a humourous anthology of the misuses of the English Language. £10 Including wine and nibbles, booking required.

Deer park walk Saturday 19 October, 2pm - 4pm

Join one of our Rangers and enter the Deer Park which is usually not accessible to the public. Enjoy a drink and a cookie after this fascinating walk. Adult £7.50, Child £3.50, booking required.

Wedding Open Day Sunday 20 October 2013 11:00am - 3pm

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Calke Alive 18th Century Tuesday 22 October 2013 12:30pm - 4pm

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year because they are cheap to sow and all varieties can be sown in the spring, therefore plenty of seed was available. I noticed that the Grocer magazine was suggesting that the price of porridge and oatbased foods would drop due to the increase in production. I wouldn’t hold your breath. ■ As I have mentioned before we are seeing a large increase in the number of wild deer around this area and we are getting a lot of crop damage in some fields. Deer have no predators in the UK so the only means of controlling their numbers is by man’s intervention, and it could be said too cruel not to do anything about them. I was baling straw late one night this year and there were 40 deer running all around me as I drove back and forth. There were at least 10 of this year’s fawns among the group, which shows just how well they are doing. @NTCalkeAbbey

Remembrance Day itinerary remains same FOLLOWING the success of last years’ change of format with regard to the ‘Open-Air Service’ at the Memorial on Remembrance Day, the Melbourne RBL Branch has decided to adopt the same procedure again this year. RBL Branch Secretary David Worrall says that all comments received by the branch concerning the changes had been positive with one exception, the delay in relation to the arrival of the parade at the memorial and the start of the service. He added that this problem has been discussed in full and that the timings have been adjusted for this year. Any individual wishing to lay a wreath, should contact David on 01332 863547 as soon as possible. If you are laying a wreath, please be aware that the wreaths will be laid ‘in order’ and that you will need to be positioned accordingly. A rehearsal regarding procedure for the openair service will be held at 10.30am on Saturday, November 9, in Church Square and anyone who intends to take part, or who wishes to know more

about the parade, is invited to attend. The parade will muster on Sunday, November 10, on Budgen’s Car Park, Derby Road, at 11.20am. The parade route is: Derby Road, Church Street, leading to the Parish Church. There will be a designated area specifically for the public to enable the parade to enter safely into Church Square. The Service of Remembrance will begin at 11.45am. After the service, at approximately 12.15pm, the parade will return to the RBL via Castle Square, Potter Street and Derby Road for an informal concert by Melbourne Town Band. There will be an evening service at Melbourne URC at 6pm on November 10 when the Standards will be given up and wreaths laid in Remembrance. Everyone is welcome to attend. On Monday, November 11, there will also be a short service of remembrance at the memorial in Church Square at 11am.

GRAB YOURSELF A PAIR OF FREE TREES ONE of South Derbyshire’s most popular initiatives is back –free trees being given away to residents and community groups. This year 1,000 trees will be available with an allocation of two per household and 10 for schools and community groups. The species on offer include Cherry Plum, Hazel, Wild Pear and Rowan. Information is also supplied on how to plant and look after them.

The trees are all two years old and up to two feet high. Applications are invited until October 31. Orders from residents and groups based in South Derbyshire can be made at The trees will be available for pick up in Swadlincote town centre between 10am and 2pm on Thursday November 28 and Saturday, November 30.

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ÂŁ1,000 St John request a shock THE October Parish Council meeting was quite a strange affair with several councillors missing, no members of the public present, no police representatives and the county councillor at the Conservative Party Conference. However, all was not lost with both district councillors, Jim Hewlett and John Harrison attending and able to deliver a prepared report from county council member Linda Chilton. Notice was given by the clerk that St John requires ÂŁ1,000 to attend the Remembrance Day parade in Melbourne. There was no recollection by any councillor present of such a charge having been made in the past and it was not apparent why this situation had arisen. Although the parish council has a responsibility for the civic celebration, the local branch of the Royal British Legion has always managed and arranged the parade and service. The costs quoted are to be reviewed before the next council meeting and alternatives investigated. Cllr Rose Minifie reported that rumours abound regarding the building of a new school in Melbourne. The speculative location was identified as the lower end of Cockshut Lane. Coincidently, this location had previously been associated with speculation and rumour as the chosen site for a new school. Cllr Harrison, reporting on behalf of Cllr Chilton, spoke of the plans to close down the Melbourne Fire and Rescue Service facility. County and district councillors requested support from the parish council in raising objections to the proposals, and the clerk was instructed to write to the Fire and Rescue Service to express concern over the issue. The clerk confirmed that there had been no further progress or news regarding the public toilets in High Street. The parish council had responded to a consultation letter in July from the district council ask-

TOM MILLS reports from the October meeting of Melbourne Parish Council ing if there was a need for the toilets to remain. Following discussion, the parish council confirmed that there is a need for public conveniences within Melbourne. The facilities are substantially used by the public, they provide for local businesses that do not have their own facilities, and the level of tourism to the town demands it. An application for funding the proposed oneway system for Melbourne has been requested by Cllr Chilton to enable her to include it for consideration in the budget proposals at county hall. This application may need to be made even though the agreed consultation with residents has still not taken place and no decision has been taken to shelve or proceed with the idea. Other items raised at the meeting: â– The installation of a defibrillator in the town centre is still under review. â–  The new kerbside collection will start on October 7. â–  Subsidies for public bus services are currently under review. â–  The Handy Van service operating in South Derbyshire for older and vulnerable people provides help with practical household tasks and should be promoted more widely. Anyone wishing to find out more or use the service should contact South Derbyshire CVS on 01283 219761. â–  The newly installed CCTV system in the town centre is now up and running.

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THE ever-popular Aston Super Saturday Supper Quiz will be held on Saturday, October 12, in the Memorial Hall. A fish and chip supper will be provided and guests are reminded to take their own drinks/glasses/cutlery. Robin Sedgewick will preside over the proceedings for this family night out. Tickets are ÂŁ8 per head (including supper) available from Sandra Bayliss on 792141 and must be purchased in advance.

DAME Catherine Harpur School pupils returned from their summer break to a beautifully refurbished school house. The independent school in Ticknall raised nearly £80,000 through donations and fund-raising by parents and teachers. The school now has a new activity room, kitchen, toilet facility, office, storage room and impressive entrance hall, and a separate library space in which children can enjoy reading. The school, for children aged 3–11 will be holding an open day on Saturday, October 12.

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A FULL house at Melbourne Assembly Rooms on September 7 was thrilled and excited by the appearance of international operatic star Karen England. A pity the Assembly Rooms is so small a venue, because this was indeed a great gala event, a chance to hear and listen to a very fine voice indeed perform popular operatic arias. The A Choir’d Taste choir is now, after nearly five years, well known, much respected, and noticeably becoming better year by year. The choir has always had slots for solo singers and a reputation for innovation. But to be able to secure such an outstanding talent to come to Melbourne to entertain in the humble Assembly Rooms, to a modest audience of just over 100 people was indeed a coup, a veritable hit! Karen England is really a big deal, her roll call of appearances on national and international stages, with some of the great orchestras of the world very impressive. Her reputation was not betrayed. She is a beautiful woman, and has a stunning voice, making well known arias sound newly polished. The audience was totally won over by the vivacity of

the singing, the sheer energy and attack of the performances, and by the obvious pleasure she took in her rapturous reception. And hearing great singing in a small intimate crowded hall gives the performances a whole new dimension, so superior to recordings or the TV. Before the concert started, Karen hoped she would sing "something for everybody ... and I am so pleased to be here". The audience rose to their feet as one when she left the hall to prolonged applause. A'Choir’d Taste seemed to be inspired by Karen England's performance. They sang their pieces with control and finesse. The positioning of the male voices flanked on both sides by the ladies seemed to add vigour and depth to their singing. The choir sang mainly operatic pieces, and sang them very well indeed. They completed their performance with a rather sombre song called Perfect Love, a rather quiet finale for what had been an inspiring concert. Rather incongruously, near the end, the choir sang Old Macdonald. They obviously love singing this, and they do it very well, but grand opera it was not! – DOB

Pavement parking a priority SAFER Neighbourhoods are all about having a dedicated local team making the area safer, cleaner and a more pleasant place to live. At their last meeting, it was decided to set the priority as parking on the pavement. In support of that priority the Safer Neighbourhood team has given warning tickets and advice on this issue. They continue to monitor and patrol to reduce any ASB in the area. The next Area 2 SNT meeting and Repton Area Forum Covering Calke, Findern, Foremark, Ingleby, Newton Solney, Smisby, Ticknall, Twyford and Willington will take place on Tuesday, October 22, at Newton Solney Village Hall. The Area 3 SNT meeting and Melbourne Area Forum Covering Melbourne, Barrow on Trent, Stanton by Bridge, Swarkestone, Weston on Trent, Aston on Trent, Shardlow, Thulston, Ambaston and Elvaston

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SHOWCASING OUR X-FACTOR TALENT THE MELBOURNE Assembly Rooms hosted a showcase of young local talent, supporting Derby-based Miss 600. Three talented young singers all enjoyed a promotional slot to demonstrate their X factor. Dom Davison, Scott Thomas and Carl North all brought singing and guitar talents to the stage. But the main attraction was the fabulous Miss 600. Fronted by Hannah Garner, with a voice as silky as the glamorous frock she wore, she is a chanteuse in the best tradition of smoky European jazz clubs. Backed by David Amar playing acoustic guitar, the duo have started to achieve international acclaim, having appeared before millions on the Polish TV equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing. As David told us, they got together one night at Derby’s Ryan’s Bar, where they were both solo artists. Hannah had achieved some internet ac-

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Weeks to decide the area’s future THE future development of South Derbyshire is set to come under the microscope over the next few weeks. Residents are invited to have their say during the final round of consultation on the district council’s local plan. Dealing specifically with sustainability, the draft plan offers proposals to meet high levels of predicted growth up until 2028. Among other things, it outlines the locations of new homes, employment sites and potential new infrastructure, including schools and roads. With a requirement for 13,500 new homes, preferred sites have been identified in Aston on Trent, Boulton Moor, Chellaston, Church Gresley, Etwall, Hatton, Hilton, Mickleover, Repton, Stenson Fields, Swadlincote and Woodville. Sites for half of these homes have already received planning approval. Employment sites in Swadlincote and Hilton – as well as extensions to the Dove Valley Business Park in Foston and the global technology cluster in Derby – are also earmarked. The plan, when approved, will help to determine future planning applications and is designed to deliver vibrant and sustainable communities.

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This last quarter has been relatively quiet with the Parish Council having its usual break in August. In July we filled the vacancy generated by the resignation of Cliff Crawford. There were two nominations for the vacancy and George Hudson was co-opted. George is welcomed onto the Parish Council and will provide a useful youthful perspective to the Council. The new Committee structure came into effect in September, which will enable groups of Councillors to concentrate in depth on specific areas. The Parish Council would like to thank the generous anonymous benefactor for purchasing shares in the Whistlewood project in the Parish Council’s name. This is a kind and appreciated gesture enabling the Parish Council to participate and support a worthwhile project. The long awaited CCTV system is up and running, the quality of the images is excellent. Unfortunately during the latter part of the summer, Lothian Gardens suffered from a spate of criminal damage to the play equipment and fencing. These have been reported and the matter is now in the hands of the police. The good summer weather was late getting started but when it did the hanging baskets were excellent and we enjoyed a good festival weekend and an equally good carnival. Congratulations are extended to all who organised the events and for their success. Jane Carroll - Chair, Melbourne Parish Council

Residents can have their say on the proposals until November 15. Planning officers will be attending 14 community venues to hold conversations and answer any queries. The proposals, drawn up in alignment with Amber Valley Borough Council and Derby City Council, can be seen at As well as the sustainability appraisal, which assesses the environmental, economic and social impact of the local plan, detailed analysis has been undertaken of the infrastructure that is required and sources of funding. The consultation taking place will form the basis for the public examination of SDDC proposals by a government appointed inspector in 2014. Dates for Local Plan drop-in sessions for residents are: Tuesday, October 8 – 3.30pm to 6.30pm All Saints Heritage Centre, Aston on Trent. Tuesday, October 15 – 3.30pm to 6.30pm Swadlincote Town Hall, The Delph Public Square. Monday, October 21 – 3.30pm to 6.30pm Melbourne Assembly Rooms. Tuesday, October 22 – 3.30pm to 6.30pm Findern Village Hall.

Cricket club’s new pavilion gets a name THERE was a day of celebration at Swarkestone Cricket Club when their new pavilion was named The Grant Stuart Pavilion after club members Dermot Stuart and Chris Grant. The pavilion was opened in summer 2010. Dermot Stuart had worked tirelessly for two years, submitting grant applications, raising money and supervising the building project. However, with no funds forthcoming from Sport England, the club faced a funding shortfall which was made good by Chris Grant a local businessman and Swarkestone resident and now president of Swarkestone Cricket Club. David Corner, chairman of Swarkestone CC, led the naming ceremony. A new sign for the pavilion was supplied by club member Steven Hateley. It was designed and created by Lasershape of Chilwell, and will have pride of place above the entrance to the pavilion. Pictured (l-r) are: David Corner, Dermot Stuart and Chris Grant.

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meetings, usually attended by one of the GPs. Not many local residents have, in fact, volunteered to attend the meetings. This is unfortunate, as many matters have been raised over the last two years. The Practice Manager believes the revised system, with increased use of telephone contact with doctors direct, and telephone evaluation by a triage nurse, has improved patient reassurance, even though it appears that "patient expectations have increased demand for primary care", nationally. A shake up in the Phlebotomy service – blood sampling for analysis – is apparently in hand, whereby in our area the service has been put out to tender. Annette Jennison, in the minutes to the last meeting, said that "it is anticipated that the service for the hospitals will remain the same (all blood samples will remain for assessment at the Derby Royal Hospital), but the community service could change and there is a danger that there might be a lesser service, perhaps with the introduction of hubs which might cause access problems for patients without their own transport". Any changes will be implemented within the next couple of months.


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FROM his home in Stanton-by-Bridge personal trainer Phil Wigley is busy preparing a very special client for his next challenge. Not only is Phil training Miles Hilton-Barber to complete the gruelling New York Marathon, he intends to run it alongside him. Because Miles is completely without sight, Phil will be his eyes on the 26.2 mile race. Miles lost his sight over 27 years ago and since then he has taken on challenge after dare-devil challenge. He has flown a micro light aircraft from London to Sydney, sledged across Antarctica, driven a drag car, set a lap record for a blind person in a Grand Prix race, as well as finding time to give motivational speeches. He is completing the marathon to raise money for children born blind to have cataract operations. An operation costs around £20 and can give back a child’s sight. Phil was delighted to be asked to help him and realises that there will be many challenges ahead. “Miles will be hooked under my arm all the way round, and I will have to explain every obstacle as even small inclines can be a problem. Also I will be explaining the sights and keeping him motivated. “But I am really looking forward to it. Just being with this inspirational guy is such a privilege and to run the marathon with him is fantastic,” he said. The race is on November 3, but Phil his hoping that they will also be involved in the opening ceremony parade as well, which usually takes place on the Friday evening before the race. Phil will be updating progress on his website

LOCAL people are to be asked by Derbyshire County Council to share their views on the future of Elvaston Castle and Country Park at a series of workshops this month. The workshops are the first stage in developing a 10-year vision and plan for the castle, gardens and parkland. Councillor Brian Ridgway, Cabinet Member for Council Services, said: “Elvaston is a much loved and well used local facility, but the council can no longer afford the £800,000 every year it costs to run. We need to find a new future for the whole estate – and find the £6m for the essential repairs needed. "We want to hear people’s ideas on how to best look after this special place, and are appealing to anyone who uses the park to come to one of the workshops we are holding to give us their ideas and views.” The council is currently working with the National Trust to look at how to secure its future. Derbyshire County Council will retain the freehold of Elvaston Castle and Estate and will maintain public access to the Country Park whatever the outcome of the planned visioning and associated work. The workshops will be held on: Thursday, October 10, 6.45pm–9pm Golden Hour, Maple Drive, Chellaston DE73 6RD and Sunday, October 13, 10.15am–12.30pm Gothic Hall, Elvaston Castle Country Park. The workshops are free to attend but places need to be booked in advance by contacting Julie Rodgers on 07789 032020.

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STEVE’S SHOT EARNS ACCLAIM 'HIGHLY Commended' at the 'British Wildlife Photography Awards' held at the prestigious Mall Gallery in London was the reward for Steve Fairbrother for his image 'A Watchful Eye', a beautiful and very atmospheric picture featuring a shag and chick at the nest on the Farne Islands. Steve is a member of Melbourne Photographic Society and no stranger to award ceremonies. He has done very well in the past and his work is often featured in wildlife and photography magazines. Fellow society member John Wesson also attended the awards ceremony and said: “The good and the great were there (and me) at a cracking exhibition and award ceremony hosted by TV presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham.�

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church dream comes true THE HOPES and dreams of ministers and parishioners alike came to fruition after 15 years, over the Melbourne Art Festival weekend. For all that time, the Parish Church has had plans to do something imaginative with the semi-derelict outbuildings behind the vicarage in Church Square. Earlier this year, local builder Alan Staley was invited to carry out a major refurbishment of the old buildings to provide the church with much needed facilities including toilet, kitchen, meeting rooms and storage space. The project was completed and the new building, St Michael’s House, was officially opened by the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern after he had preached at the special church service for the Melbourne Arts Festival. As Alan Staley’s men vacated the building, artists moved in, ready to exhibit at the Festival, so the new facility was put to good use straight away.

‘Walkers Welcome’ ToWN lauNch WATCH out for signs appearing in the windows of local shops, pubs and cafes supporting Melbourne as a Walkers are Welcome Town. The window stickers are being distributed to members of Promote Melbourne in association with the Melbourne Footpaths Group, whose secretary Barry Thomas said: "Businesses supporting this initiative will be featured on our website and in publicity materials as walker friendly establishments. With the long distance National Forest Way opening in 2014 we expect that more

walkers will be drawn into Melbourne to shop, eat, drink and stay." The Melbourne Walkers are Welcome Town celebration launch takes place on Sunday, October 13. There will be two walks starting from Church Square: the first to Wilson and Breedon (five miles) at 10am and a family walk around the Pool (one mile) at 11.30am. The official presentation of the award by Mrs Ann Hood, chair of South Derbyshire District Council, is at 1pm at the Senior Citizens' Community Centre in Church Street.


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A church spokesman said: “As with so many projects in and around Melbourne, the standard of Alan’s work and the craftsmanship of his team have been outstanding. They have given us a really amazing building, far better than we first imagined, and we are so grateful to them. “St Michael’s House compliments all the other fine architecture around the church and Melbourne Hall in Church Square. “The church is grateful to the trusts, organisations and individuals who contributed to the appeal fund and helped us bring the project to fruition. We intend it to be an asset for all the local community in Melbourne, as a venue in its own right, and as facilities that will enable a wider use of the church building itself. Pictured are The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, the Revd Dr Mark Powell, Rector of Melbourne, and the Revd Angela Plummer, Curate, at the opening of St Michael’s House.

● FOR the summer mystery outing, members and guests of Staunton Harold WI visited the Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby, Leicestershire. The brewery was set up in 1995 by Colin Brown, who p r e v i o u s l y brewed with the Shipstone and Theakston breweries. A short but interesting guided tour of the microbrewery with guides to explain the history and development of this particular venture preceded a buffet meal and beer tasting in the visitor centre.

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THE “ON YER BIKES” appeal from Maria Hanson on behalf of her Me and Dee charity has attracted more than 40 volunteers, including nine from Melbourne. The sponsored bike ride of 111 miles from Derby to Mablethorpe planned for October is to raise funds to go towards a seaside holiday home where families can create special

memories during the short but precious time left together. The Melbourne contingent and supporters are (l-r): Robert Kendrick, Joel May, Nigel Dawson, Joanne Iliffe, Hannah Webster, Maria Hanson, Jemma Gibson, Nick Hill, Debbie Deane, Justin Clark, Will Kendrick and Brian Kendrick.

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Where there’s a Will there’s a way ... IN SEPTEMBER 2011, local man Will Anderson took part in the Royal British Legion's Pedal to Paris event, one of the 300 in the 460km cycle ride from London to the French capital. Two years on and Will was keen to carry out another charity ride and mentioned his idea to his friends and fellow members of Coalville Wheelers with an invitation to join him riding from John O'Groats to Land's End. Surprisingly he had eight volunteers. Nine cyclists and a support vehicle and driver set off on their challenging ride. For the route they chose, the distance they had to ride was 920 miles. Will was riding in memory of Simon Lee, of Melbourne, who died in December 2012. Will’s chosen charity was Great Ormond Street in acknowledgement that it was one close to Simon’s heart, having treated his daughter for an eye condition for many years. Two of the other riders had also nominated charities, Cancer Research QE Birmingham by Gethin Davies, who has suffered from cancer twice and was treated for the condition at the QE. Martin Pezzak had lost his younger sister to a heart attack at an early age and had nominated CRY, Cardiac Arrest amongst the Young as his charity. Once underway, the riders enjoyed weather conditions very favourable to them. Will said: “We left John O'Groats in perfect weather, blue cloudless skies, sun shining and temper-

atures of 30 degrees, but the real bonus was a tailwind that helped enormously to drive us on over the first couple of days and making the first 300 miles more comfortable.” Trying to choose a favourite part of the ride was difficult with all the riders agreeing that every stage had something to offer. However, two locations did stand out for everyone, even Ray, the driver of the support vehicle. “Riding through Glen Coe was very special to us all,” said Will, “and riding through Cheddar Gorge, from top to bottom was both stunning and rewarding, especially at the end of a long cycling day." On average, the team of riders covered 100 miles a day and each day the objective was to reach the next pre-booked overnight accommodation with time to spare. The weather for the complete ride was generally favourable, although the riders did experience rain as they crossed over Dartmoor, a bleak and lonely place in bad weather. Reaching Lands’ End was something special. Speaking on behalf of the group Will said: “Everyone was very emotional at the end of the ride. It was a great feat, a wonderful experience and a real achievement for us all.” The riders wish to acknowledge the contributions made by individuals and businesses in support of their ride and thank them on behalf of the chosen charities. So far they have collected £15,000 with monies still coming in. There is still time to make a donation if anyone

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■ CHELLASTON Cast Ensemble delivered its production of ‘Hold Up’ in Melbourne as part of the Festival concert programme. And what a production it was. Devised by the cast themselves, the production was developed, scripted and rehearsed over a period of one week before its performance in the Assembly Rooms. Using the whole length of the main hall with the audience positioned at the two sides, this mature group of young people presented an experience of high energy, confidence, acting skill, enthusiasm and expertise that enthralled the audience. Sometimes dark and sinister, the production led the audience through a whole range of fears and concerns of young people. War, terrorism, failing exams, not being able to get a job, their future and the threats to mankind all featured alongside the lighter moments and joys that young people experience. It was a huge success for CAST and a credit to Laura Jones , Head of Drama at Chellaston Academy.

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THE boards are stored away, the balloons and bunting taken down and another successful Mel bourne Festival is over. With so many cheerful smiling people and positive feedback from visitors, we know it was good… Mel bourne suddenly feels very quiet! The Saturday saw a record number of visitors to the Trail. Melbourne really was buzzing. Sadly, the weather forecast put visitors off on the Sunday and impacted on takings which overall were more than £2,000 down on last year. For the people who did brave the elements, there was plenty to see and do. More than 70 local residents, businesses and churches welcomed artists and the public. The artists included a mix of those who have exhibited before and over twenty who hadn’t. The Art & Architecture Trai has developed to include much more than the artists This year visitors were well catered for with lots o local people serving teas in church halls and back gar dens. This raises thousands of pounds for local chari ties. With fantastic food at the Senior Citizens' Centre and the Food Festival at Castle House there was some thing for everyone. Music on the trail has really taken off – there were three “Busk Stops” where local bands performed each afternoon to enthusiastic audiences at the Food Festi val, Senior Citizens' Centre and Assembly Rooms. The Festival team hit on a winning formula at the Assembly Rooms with the Busk Stop outside and the Art Cafe and Open Art Exhibition inside. The fina readings by Festival poets and the presentation of the prizes for the Creative Writing Awards won by Rhian

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● SARAH Dunnicliff, of Melbourne, and Jeremy Butler, son of Mr and Mrs D Butler from Ambaston, formerly of New Zealand, were married at Melbourne Baptist Chapel. Sarah, well known in Melbourne as the daughter of Alan and Alice Dunnicliff, is a director of Scallywags Private Day Nursery and councillor on Melbourne Parish Council. Jeremy was joined by many family members and friends from New Zealand and Australia. Sarah and Jeremy will make their home in Melbourne after honeymooning in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

AFTER a period of two years the Athenaeum on Potter Street is once again opening its doors for the young people of Melbourne. Newly appointed Youth Worker Kevin Moore is both excited and realistic about the challenges ahead. “First of all,” Kevin (pictured) said, “we need more volunteers to give time to help run the club, we need to market ourselves to make sure that people know about us, and there is the challenge of making the facility attractive to young people across a wide age range.” Kevin qualified from Derby University in 2012 with a degree in Applied Community and Youth Work and since then life has been busy for him. He moved back to his home town of Bangor in Northern Ireland with his new wife, and now has returned to Derbyshire and had a baby daughter. The job in Melbourne attracted him mainly because of the resources that the club has to offer. He said: “Many places do not have a base at all, so the facility in the Wesley Hall provides many opportunities to run projects for 11 to 17 year olds.” He is aware of the local issues, too, and understands some of the residents’ concerns about anti-social behav-

iour. He has already done some door-knocking along Potter Street to introduce himself and hopes that good communications will be the key to allaying concerns. He is also aware that, while it is an affluent area and a lovely place to live and work, there are some undercurrents among younger people with issues surrounding alcohol and drug abuse. He has been working with the Multi Agency Team at SDDC and is appreciative of their help. He is hoping to run film nights, sporting activities, a drop-in after-school club, and he is aiming to have a PS4 (the newest PlayStation) when it is released later in the year. The first ‘trial’ night was a huge success attracting 30 teenagers. His aspiration is to involve young people in the project, and he hopes he can create the demand to have the café open four nights a week and that it is well attended with the young people themselves becoming junior leaders. He invites the younger population of Melbourne to join the new Facebook page at

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THERE will be a special 150-year celebration event at All Saints' Church, Findern, on Saturday, October 12 (10am- 5pm) and Sunday, October 13 (11am- 5pm). Entrance is free but donations gratefully received. The event will include a display of photos of old Findern, church registers from 1863, Victorian funeral display and rare church artefacts etc. There will also be wedding attire of various decades, childhood days at Findern Primary School and a display covering Reg Parnell's racing days. The Parish Rooms will also be open for refreshments and the book launch of “A history of Findern, a South Derbyshire Domesday Village” by local historian John Hawkins.

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● MORE than 50 people attended the 2013 Melbourne Carnival Committee awards night at Harpurs in Melbourne. The people represented the groups and organisations from the town that had contributed in some way in staging the 2013 Carnival in July. At this annual event, cheques were presented to 21 groups for their efforts in helping to make the carnival a success. Miss Melbourne, Georgina Smith, and her attendants assisted in the distribution of the cheques. To complete the party atmosphere there was also a buffet provided. The committee will now be taking a rest until the New Year. There will be a warm welcome to any new faces willing to join the committee as they prepare for the 2014 event.

Talk on the wildlife WILDLIFE Gardening was the topic when Philip Knight, a trustee of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, joined Ticknall Garden Club members for the September meeting. Philip gave a multi-sensory presentation of wildlife gardening in a talk of three parts. He started by showing photos of the wildlife we could expect to either find already in our gardens, or tempt in. Philip then showed a fantastic display of plants he had foraged from his own garden. Some unusually named plant suggestions included Hemp-agrimony and Bupleurum. Finally, he reviewed a selection of bird boxes, feeders and bug hotels with both DIY and shop bought options considered. A very important tip is that whatever feeders you use, make sure that they can be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the spread of diseases. Another important message was the need to try and connect our gardens; the increase in solid fences creating obstructions was highlighted as a particular problem. Members were again tempted by a fabulous range of bulbs on sale from ‘Lilies and Chillies’.

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● PICTURED at St George’s Parish Church in Ticknall are (l-r) Jake and Kay Fleetwood, Mary Hirst and the Revd Dr Mark Powell at the presentation of a cheque for £800 to the church, one third of the proceeds raised during the Scarecrows Trail weekend held in July and organised by Jake and Kay. The money will contribute towards the planned alterations in the church and will include changes to the choir vestry and to the kitchen which will improve the facilities and make it easier to hold meetings and events in the church.

Police Commissioner’s role explained THE Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire are obviously not headline acts for the residents of South Derbyshire as witnessed at the recent road show ‘Your Police Your View’. Only a handful of people, maximum 25, turned out for the meeting held at Sharpe’s Pottery to hear, for the first time in South Derbyshire, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, talk about his role and his plans for the future. He was accompanied by fellow speaker Commander Jack Atwal, standing in for the Chief Constable. South Derbyshire District Council Leader Bob Wheeler also sat on the panel. Mr Charles explained that when he was elected in November 2012 he promised to fight crime, protect communities and support the police. The Police and Crime Plan for Derbyshire 2012 - 2017 was created and the commissioner took elements of the plan as his topics for the evening. This included the Six Key Objectives, the Key Threats to Safety, the Budget and Working Together. These are all set out in a summary of the Police and Crime Plan, copies of which were available to those attending the meeting and can be obtained from the SDDC offices in Swadlincote. Commander Atwal confirmed that the police

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work in partnership with the commissioner and the audience were reminded that Derbyshire is a safe county and crime levels have been falling for 10 years. Both speakers referred to cyber-crime, acknowledging that it is increasing at a significant rate. It is likely to become the biggest category of crime in the future and policing methods and technologies will develop to tackle it. It was only days later when Barclays announced it had been a victim of cyber-crime to the tune of £1.3 million, illustrating that the future is now. Following a show of hands, it was concluded that the meeting had been successful and that those attending now have a clearer understanding of the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Talk on canal "A HISTORY of the Cromford Canal" will be the subject of a talk by Barrie Lings at the October meeting of Melbourne Civic Society. Melbourne Assembly Rooms will be the venue for the talk on Monday, October 28, at 7.30pm.

OBITUARY ROBERT LOWE 1951 - 2013 ROBERT Lowe was born in Derby on July 22, 1951. He moved to Ticknall 31 years ago with his wife, Carol, and his three girls, Rowan, Serin and Fern. He was much loved by his family, including his three grandchildren, Oliver, Charlie and Ruby. Rob embraced village life, with most people knowing him as the local plumber with his business 'Wolbor Plumbing + Heating'. Steven Smethurst who worked with Rob for 18 years, has now taken over the business, and the family thank him dearly for all his hard work especially in the last couple of years. Rob will also be remembered for his involvement in fund-raising for Dame Catherine's School and many will remember him dressed as a wolf, pirate or alien – some of the many characters he played in the Ticknall Luvvies pantomimes; he just loved dressing up and making people laugh. Rob, with bravery and positivity, faced his illness for three and a half years and passed away at the Royal Derby Hospital with his girls around him. Thank you to all who came to St George's at Ticknall; we will have a place for Rob in Ticknall church. A huge thank you to all friends and relatives for their kind thoughts, cards, flowers and donations for Prostate Cancer UK.

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Sick and tired of dog mess I'D LIKE to make a point to all readers, and dog owners who use Jubilee Close as a walking/toileting area for their dogs. I've woken up again this morning Tuesday, September 24, to find another pile of dog mess on the front lawn of my property in Jubilee Close. I am getting sick and tired of seeing dog walkers using the Close as a quick round the block walking route for their dogs, and letting them foul the roads, grass verges that run along the side of the properties, and, worst of all, the front lawns of the properties themselves. This is against the law and also a major health hazard. I have young children who play on the front lawn and on the pavements with the neighbour’s children, and I've lost count the amount of times now the children’s shoes, bikes and scooters are getting covered in dog mess.

It’s not only my property but all the surrounding properties at the T-junction of Jubilee Close that are getting dog mess on their front lawns. How can irresponsible dog owners allow their dogs to constantly foul these areas and not even clear up after them? You know who you are and you should be ashamed of yourselves. I am considering installing cctv at my property to catch these inconsiderate dog owners and I will take this matter further. All of us at Jubilee Close take pride in our properties as do most decent folk in Melbourne; we keep the close clean and tidy as much as we can, we allow our children to play out in the street as we have a friendly neighbourly close and we all look out for each other. We are all now keeping our eyes open for any potential offenders and I will be challenging anyone I see allowing their dogs to foul the Close. Name and address supplied

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Another bypass accident TODAY, September 18, there was a serious traffic accident on Cockshut Lane near Hope Street. This is not the first such accident since Cockshut Lane became the Melbourne bypass. Every working day I observe a majority of drivers taking risks on this road and presenting a danger to school pupils and others crossing the road at peak times. A simple and cheap way to avoid today's accident is to have double white lines all along this road. Why was this not done when the lane became a bypass? It is obvious that the roads and lanes joining the road are mainly unsighted by drivers and overtaking will be dangerous for all. A fatality was avoided today but, if nothing is done, it will only be a matter of time. (Dr.) Peter Innocent, Cockshut Lane resident.

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Tough openers for the rugby club 1st XV MELBOURNE’S first home game of the season saw them entertain Sleaford in the NLD Shield. Melbourne opened the scoring after 10 minutes from a line-out on the Sleaford 22 with Jordan Hollis getting the touch down. Theo De Vies slotted the conversion. Sleaford fought back and scored next with their powerful centre breaking through some weak tackling to score. The try was converted for a 7-7 scoreline. Melbourne’s purple patch arrived just before half-time with three quick scores. First was Rob Foster. Rob Hollingsworth picked up and ran powerfully, passed to De Vies, who provided Foster with the scoring pass. From the kick off, Will Judge caught the ball, set it up with a short pass to Hollingsworth, who made a great break, popping the ball to Ash Stringer to score. Finally, a break up the left saw Coyne, Page, and Dale Bilson involved with Hollis touching down for his second. De Vies converted all three for a 28-7 half-time score. The second half saw Sleaford score a converted try and Hollingsworth dotted down for Melbourne after some sustained pressure making the score 35-14 after 50 minutes and through to full time. The rest of the game saw Sleaford probably having the better of the territory. Melbourne gave away a series of penalties and saw Bilson yellow carded. The match ball was sponsored by MRFC chairman Peter Ilott. Melbourne’s introduction to their new league started at Loughborough and, even though they did not win, they showed enough to have won this close fought encounter against opponents who, last season, were two leagues above Melbourne. Loughborough started stronger and more aggressive. An early penalty at the breakdown saw Melbourne go 0-3 down, and Loughborough scored a converted try after 10 minutes. Melbourne slowly started to assert themselves. A good break from Olly Page, Stringer and Foster saw Loughborough concede a penalty in front of the posts. De Vies would get this 19 times out of 20, but the wonky posts clearly put him off and saw him hit the woodwork. It was clear that at this level, chances must be taken. Melbourne turned round with the wind and slight slope,


but after 44 minutes Loughborough’s excellent left wing scored a fine solo try. Unfortunately this also saw Page knocked out with Fish coming on to replace him. Melbourne grew in confidence and, finally, after 70 minutes, the reward came. From a good attacking position, solid scrum ball saw Fish pop the ball to De Vies, who gave Bilson an easy run under the posts. Fish converted for 7-17. After 76 minutes, Melbourne closed the gap further. Bilson again made good ground down the right and Kier Biggins finished off the move for 12-17. With three minutes to play, Melbourne pushed hard but could not find another score, so lost their first game in the league, picking up a bonus point in the process. Next up saw a trip to Stamford, also promoted. Another game of missed chances saw Melbourne lose 23-18. Foster scored a brace popping up on his opposite wing twice, with returning captain Euan Holden kicking eight points. Poor handling, unusual for Melbourne, prevented the win and the game was decided by an interception try for Stamford against the run of play. A yellow card each for Al Judge and Kier Biggins.


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Unbeaten start for the Dynamoes team MELBOURNE Dynamoes have begun the 2013/14 season unbeaten and lie in fourth spot in the table. They started their campaign with a 2-2 away draw against Newhall United with goals from Tom Ballard and Dave Brough earning them a point. Their first win of the season soon followed as they beat Chellaston 6-0 with a brace from Brough plus strikes from Danny Guild, Matt Brian, with new signings Michael Tristram and James Jennison completing the scoring. This was followed with an away win at Matlock Sports, Tristram with two and Ballard scoring the goals in a 3-1 win. Dynamoes ended the month with a 0-0 home draw with table-toppers Willington to cap a solid start from Gavin Salisbury's

men. Dynamoes Reserves have also begun the season unbeaten, starting with a 3-1 away win at Wirksworth Town Reserves with Dominic Saniera getting two and last season’s top goal scorer and new skipper Vinny Hallifield getting the other. A 2-0 lead away to Willington Sports thanks to goals from Saniera and new signing Ryan Monk was lost and the reserves had to settle for a draw as two late Willington goals saw the points shared. The reserves got back to winning ways the following week in the Challenge Cup as they beat Ambergate Reserves at home 3-2. ● Melbourne Dynamoes 1st XI: back row Danny Guild, Tom Ballard, Matt Jones, Dave Brough, Mark Ben Stanley with two and another for Ryan Croake, Michael Tristram, Matt Brian, Michael Ball and James Jennison. Front row James King, Monk were the all-important goals to secure Ryan Grey, Alan Buxton, (Assistant Manager) Carl Allsop (capt), Gavin Salsbury (manager), Jak Ward and Dave Worger. a passage to the next round.

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THE Melbourne Town Cricket Club Junior section held its awards presentation at the RBL Club. Individual awards were presented to Under 11 and Under 15 hard ball players. Under 11 awards went to (batting) Harry Potts, (bowling) Sam Jackaman, (manager' player) Josh Stanton and (players' player) Sam Jenkinson. The Under 15 awards were (batting) Tyler Allaway, (bowling) Max Winter, (manager' player) Adam Poyser and (players' player) Jack Slater.

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LEE English is the ‘new’ Village Games Co-ordinator, working in partnership with South Derbyshire District Council and South Derbyshire Sport. He will be taking over the work that his colleague Toni Jantschenko has been doing in Melbourne and local villages during the last three years, working in selected villages to help local communities to develop opportunities on the door step that are of interest to local people. Lee will be setting up a programme of visits to the villages in South Derbyshire to gain an understanding of the great and valuable work that is being carried out in local communities and how best he can support that work. Lee can be contacted at SDDC Civic Offices in Swadlincote on 01283 228752/221000. Mobile: 07909442996. Email:



THE Graham Tagg memorial fly fishing match held at Foremark Reservoir saw 13 boats on the water with two men to a boat competing for the trophy. The partnership of Scotie Wilson and Graham Hoffman (above) caught 10 fish for a winning weight of 26lbs 10ozs which secured them the trophy.




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It’s Kings Newton’s cup once again THE Kings Newton Men’s Sunday team won their way to the final of the Swadlincote and District Bowls League Cup. The match against Burton team Gardens was played on the tricky Newhall Social green where excellent performances from Balfour, Hill, Timmins and Summerlin were enough to see a comfortable win and bring the cup home for the third time in the last four seasons. Kings Newton beat favourites Henhurst in the quarter-finals with good wins for Holbook, Leach and Bradley. The semi-final at Willington against Eton Park saw wins for Hill, Timmins and Balfour. The men’s Vets A team, with victory on the last day of their season, managed to clinch the runners-up spot and promotion to Division 3. The Vets 1st team went one better and won Division 2 after victory in their last match 85 at Tutbury. This put them into the end of season Champion of Champions competition. The semi-final saw Kings Newton run out winners by 40 shots. The final against a strong Stretton An-

gelsey side saw a good performance from the team but the first division outfit from Burton defeated them by 16 shots. Promotion to Division One and runners-up in the cup has made a good season for captain Roger Timmins and his youthful squad. As the season draws to a close the club will be holding a singles knockout competition on Saturday, October 12, and a doubles competition on October 19 with a fish and chip supper. Both competitions have a 4pm start. ■ The club held its annual finals day on a sunny September afternoon. The winners of the various competitions were: men’s singles Neil Hill, ladies singles Cynthia Bailey, handicap singles James Longson, handicap doubles Neil Hill and Roger Timmins, mixed doubles Joan Ford and Alan Bradley. The Galley Jackson Trophy was won by Alan Holbrook. Finals day competition winners with their trophies (pictured l-r) are: Alan Holbrook, Alan Bradley, Joan Ford, Cynthia Bailey, Neil Hill and Roger Timmins.

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MELBOURNE Town Cricket Club's first XI finished the 2013 season in third place. Not a promotion spot but a great success for the team having competed in their highest division ever. The team went into the final three games of the season still with an outside chance of promotion. Away to Spondon 2nds, Melbourne’s batsmen returned to form as they amassed 256-6 with Mark Rossi top scoring with 78 aided by Matt Archer (56) and Lee Tallis (52). But the Town bowlers, despite 4-54 from Mick Meakin and 3-56 by Matt Briers, couldn't quite bowl the home side out as Spondon finished on 191-7. The final weekend of the season started with Melbourne entertaining Burton, who reached 248 all out. Skipper Alex Slater led the way with 4-62 assisted by Briers and Archer with two wickets apiece. Disappointingly, the first team's reply fell apart being bowled out for just 107 – a defeat that cost Melbourne a promotion spot. The following day, away to Etwall, Town were struggling on 597 and then 113-9 but late runs from Briers (33) and a ninth wicket partnership of 63 by top scorer Kev Meakin (43) and Matt Smith (13) took them to a respectable 176 all out. Smith capped a fine game by taking 4-31 along with Slater (231) and Meakin (2-38), the latter taking him to 49 wickets for the season. A single wicket for leading wicket-taker Matt Briers ended his season with a career best 53-haul and saw the home side shot out for 138 and a 38-run win for Melbourne. The seconds finished a great second half of the season to end up in fourth spot. They finished August with a winning draw at home to Draycott. Town batted first and, thanks to 77 from Simon Fletcher, 62 from Ken Grant and Joe Storrar with 61, scored 2443. In reply Draycott defended sternly by getting to just 151-3 off their allotted overs with 2-38 by Ben Newton, the best figures from the seconds this season. A heavy defeat away to Ashbourne by 10 wickets saw the seconds bowled out for just 77 but they recovered on the Sunday to beat rivals Burton 2nds by just 14 runs to cap a fine season. Batting first Kenny Grant hit 65 not out in his last game before retiring. Melbourne hit 189-5 off their overs and Burton were cruising on 110-3, but a hat-trick from James Hogwood on his way to figures of 5-39 helped by skipper Julian Humpidge (3-39) saw the seconds claim the win as Burton fell to 175 all out. The thirds ended their season in style winning their last game away to Castle Donington. Earlier they were beaten by just three wickets in a close game away at Tutbury 3rds. Melbourne were bowled out for just 120. John Mayers top scored with 30. In reply, Skipper Paul Scrimshaw took 3-33 and Ash Ellwell 225 as the thirds nearly sneaked a win. Away at Donington the home side hit 162 all-out with Ellwell (3-43) and Hogwood (3-29) the pick of the bowlers plus two wickets each for Olly James and Scrimshaw. A fantastic knock of 88 not out by skipper Scrimshaw took Melbourne to a great four wicket win with Keith Roberts also hitting 38 in aid of his skipper.

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