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Village Voice No 237 August 2012

Melbourne & District

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by DAVID BELLIS THE controversial planning application for eight new homes in Melbourne has been rejected.

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It was a triumph at the South Derbyshire District Council Planning Committee meeting – a triumph for democracy, a triumph for common sense. Not only was the 55 Derby Road application turned down, but a scheme – recommended by the planning department– for a development in Castle Gresley was also given the thumbs down. For those many people who believe that all recommendations of the planners are normally approved by councillors, the meeting showed that elected councillors do listen and act on behalf of the genuine concerns of the local residents. The Derby Road resident who said a day before the planning meeting that "local voices don't mean a thing" is happy in this instance to be proved wrong. The controversial planning application to build eight dwellings but with parking for only four cars, was recommended for approval by the planning department, although in their assessment they recognised that "the issues of the case are very finely balanced". A total of 29 local residents had supported a petition objecting to the application, and a further 12 households had objected in writing. Melbourne Parish Council had unanimously voted for rejection. The discussion at the committee meeting culminated in a unanimous vote to reject the proposals – a vote much influenced by an eloquent speech from Melbourne's District Councillor, Jim Hewlett. He forensically dissected the arguments of the proposals and of the planners' support for the application. Cllr Hewlett spoke of overdevelopment, chronic parking problems, of the proposals being detrimental to the local environment, and that County Highways ignored parking problems in their assessment. He said: "We need increased congestion on Derby Road like a hole in the head." But his clincher was that he went on the site "with my ruler", and was able to

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IN THE RED CORNER ... ASTON young folk dressed as Sumo wrestlers enjoyed the holiday visit of the South Derbyshire Sports Mobile. state that there was not enough space on the site, if the development went ahead, to house the council's wheelie bins. Local resident Steven Spear spoke of the "overcrowded thoroughfare" of Derby Road, and the necessity to rethink the scheme, which had good design but inadequate amenity space. Not only did Melbourne residents speak fervently about their concerns, but other councillors – Mrs Lisa Brown, representative for Egginton, said it would be "irresponsible to exacerbate the parking problem in Melbourne".

Cllr Mick Bale, chairman of the council, spoke of Melbourne being "a most special community which had huge traffic problems". Councillor Peter Watson said that Melbourne had a great need for low cost housing for young people, and the proposed development would meet some of this need. Cllr Hewlett was pleased that the proposals had been rejected, and that it was a question of 'back to the drawing board' for Adam Devey-Smith, the developer. He said: "The planning committee has recognised the special needs of Melbourne, particularly with regard to the serious parking problems."

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PRIME Minister Harold Macmillan 50 years ago said "exporting is fun!" There is one Melbourne man who clearly would agree wholeheartedly with that statement. Not only does he enjoy booming sales into China, but his export is in the field of textiles, where there has been a catastrophic decline in UK production over the last 20 years. Peter Newbury owns Thomas Haimes, a textile company dating back to 1812 which he reinvented in 1992. He is based in Barrow on Trent, in a small office and warehouse, and exports his niche warp knitted products into the Far East, especially China. Peter is a very skilled entrepreneur and shrewd businessman as well as being a technically trained knitter. He is a director, too, of East Midlands Self Storage. Like everyone else in the textile industry 10 years ago Peter was not very optimistic about the future of an industry which was in serious decline. He said at the time that he thought his business would not survive beyond about five years. Warp knitted fabric was traditionally supplied into the dwindling lingerie trade. So Peter set about re-thinking his business, with the result that not a metre is now sold into the lingerie and apparel industry. Now, he produces and sells eight tonnes of fabric per month, nearly half of which goes to China. His production is sold into a variety of end uses – often into healthcare, for slings for instance. He is supplying a niche product to his customers, not a product for a mass market. But this production for a niche market is flexible, and the company is prepared to supply previously considered small quantities. "My dyer will dye small quantities – as little as 50 metres, provided the customer is prepared to pay the price," Peter said. The operation is seemingly simple: he

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man, clearly loving the cut and thrust of pub chat, and supping ale amongst his friends is just one of his many interests. He is treasurer of the Melbourne United Reformed Church, has been playing for Melbourne Tennis Club for a very long time, and is locally renowned for the strength and sweetness of his voice. He has been a member of the Melbourne Male Voice Choir, and the A Choir’d Taste mixed choir and Melbourne Operatic. He's a keen and skilled skier, likes a good hike, and has been known to take a spin on his bike. In short, Peter is both a skilled textile man – as is proved by his success in that industry over 50 years, and a great salesman and talker. Always cheerful and ebullient, he gives the lie to the charge that British industry is in decline. – David Bellis

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‘Help me beat burglars’ plea to Chief Constable A MELBOURNE homeowner who has been subjected to five burglaries or attempted burglaries in the last 10 years has written to her MP and the Chief Constable of Derbyshire urging for more to be done to help her. Heather Bainbrigge said she and husband Andrew have had thousands of pounds' worth of motorbikes taken from their Commerce Street home, despite increased security after each break-in. In the early hours of Saturday, July 21, intruders broke into the garden and targeted the garage. To make sure they were not disturbed this time they barricaded the rear door with a wooden fence post and garden furniture, trapping the homeowners in the house. After each incident the couple have increased security but the thieves just keep coming back. This time they peeled back the garage door, like a sardine can, and when they saw that what they were after wasn’t there, they left leaving her to face the repair bill. In the past the Bainbrigges have bricked up the window and fitted anti-theft locks and security gates. Mrs Bainbrigge, 52, said: "We should not have to be living like this. The police tell us we should be doing 'this and that' to prevent people breaking in and we are. But what are they doing to help me? This latest attempted break-in has left me very distressed. "I wake up in the night afraid, convinced that I have heard a noise. I just want them to do something about it and catch these people." Mrs Bainbrigge, a catering manager, said she believed her property, in Commerce Street, had been deliberately targeted by people who knew that her husband and son, who are both keen off-road bikers, kept their valuable motorcycles locked inside. What annoys her also is the response from the police, saying: “They did house to house enquiries, but this amounted to knocking on three doors. They have not fingerprinted the damage so how are they going to catch them?” She said she was told the police were not fingerprinting because of budget cuts. Inspector Paul Cannon, who is in charge of policing in South Derbyshire, said his officers were trying to trace those responsible. He said: "We very much sympathise with Mr and Mrs Bainbrigge and can assure them that we take this type of offence very seriously." He said officers are actively patrolling Melbourne at the appropriate times and suspects are being targeted. In respect of the lack of fingerprinting and house to house enquiries, the police pointed out that the involvement of Scenes of Crime officers (SOCO) depend on the circumstances of the crime

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■ Farmers have been in the news lately picketing outside dairies and distribution centres in response to lowering of milk prices. I spent one night myself ‘on duty’ and was encouraged by the response and the support of the public. The action has had the desired effect and, although many have had prices restored, some who are on non-aligned contracts are still waiting. These are producers who don’t have a link with an end buyer like a supermarket. It was surprising how much chaos was caused on these sites and a shame that the problems were given to workers who were not the real target. I asked several farmers how they would feel about not being allowed into their milking parlours first thing in the morning.

Plan for 450 new homes A 48-ACRE site on the edge of Derby city is the subject of an outline planning application for 450 new homes, submitted to South Derbyshire District Council. The land, which falls within the South Derbyshire boundary, is situated off the Swarkestone Road near the Bonnie Prince roundabout, and extends down the edge of the east bound carriageway of the A50. The proposal to build the 450 houses will effectively be an extension of Chellaston. Rose Minifie, who heads a Melbourne group dedicated to ensuring that Chellaston Academy's high standards are retained for Melbourne children, is sure that the proposed development will create problems for students who will not be able to access the Academy, thus triggering the dreaded lottery for student selection. The application is so far an outline application, so there is no immediate likelihood of the site being developed – but it is a time bomb ticking away for Melbourne parents. Melbourne's County Councillor John Harrison told Village Voice that this application seems likely to be "called in" for consultation by the Secretary of State for local government.

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Of course, little is grown locally nowadays but a couple of large potato growers rent land in the area and if their crops are anything to go by then potatoes will be short. On my recent travels I have failed to see a good crop anywhere. What promised to be a good crop of cereals has now diminished due to late disease in crops. I’ve walked into some crops and blind ears are very common – and this is very concerning. We must be experiencing the highest prices at this time of year due to the potential reductions of all these crops. These problems are not just confined to the UK as reports from the central corn belt of the United States tell of a very severe drought. All the statistics are very serious for global food supplies.

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WESTERN Power Distribution (WPD) has invested £100,000 to update its electricity network in Calke and Ticknall, and to restore a local beauty spot to its former glory. Overhead lines across Staunton Harold Reservoir have now been removed, restoring the beauty of the area. An overhead line which ran through the deer enclosure in Calke Park has also been removed.


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TICKNALL ALIVE WITH SCARECROWS TICKNALL’S scarecrow trail is now firmly established in the social calendar for the village. Taking place on the first weekend of July, it attracts hundreds of visitors to see the 70-odd creative scarecrows. Local resident Jake Fleetwood floated the idea for the trail four years ago, when he wanted to find something which brought the whole community together. “There is a tremendous buzz about the village when it is on, with refreshments being sold in the village hall and on The Green; with activities and entertainment for the youngsters, and quizzes for adults and children,â€? he said. Although not deliberately a charity fund-raiser it has raised money every year from the sale of trail guides. All of the money is shared equally among three charities, of which one must be local, and decided upon by the small band of organisers. With a sum of over ÂŁ2,500 each year to distribute several local charities have really benefited. “In the first year we were able to fund the start up of a lunch club for senior citizens,â€? Jake said. A youth club was also started on the back of a donation. Both are still going strong. In addition, they have supported Help for Heroes, British Lung Foundation, Royal British Legion and a number of other national good causes. This year CRY (Cardiac Arrest in the Young) will be the national charity, and the local youth club will benefit with a grant for more equipment.

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New postmaster for Melbourne MELBOURNE has a new post master, Shakeel Ahmed taking over the reins at the Derby Road branch following on from Karen Ward. Mr Ahmed has been a postmaster since 2009 at the Castle Donington shop. His brother will continue to run the Castle Donington business while Mr Ahmed will concentrate on the new venture in Melbourne. He enjoyed his time in Castle Donington, “ the people are very nice there,� he said, adding, “but I am now looking forward to working here in Melbourne.�

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cycled from London to Paris and, somehow, collectively they decided that it would be a good idea for them all to do it this year. Some of the group have since had second thoughts and found reasons for not taking part, but Anthony and two mates – Rob Sheridan and Graham Darch – will be joining several hundred other cyclists for the 460km RBL 17th annual Pedal to Paris Poppy Ride. The ride is over four days and will start from Crystal Palace FC on August 30, riding 128km from London to Calais. It’s then on to Abbeville on day two, Beauvais day three and into Paris on day four, Sunday September 2. The ride culminates in a moving memorial service at the Arc de Triomphe which is shut especially for the Legion’s cyclists. The only other cycling event that receives this honour is the Tour de France. Since April he has been in training, gradually increasing his mileage from short 15 mile rides to the current 150 miles per week in three 50-mile rides. The poor weather this summer has made training more interesting although sometimes more hazardous when exposed to motorists in bad weather. All costs of the ride including accommodation etc are paid for by the riders with all money raised through sponsorship paid to the Royal British Legion to help ex-servicemen and women of all ages. Each rider must raise a minimum of £800 in sponsorship so Anthony would be really grateful to anyone who would like to give their support – either online at www.justgiving.com/anthonyfreeman or by contacting the Village Voice.

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Tour de Melbourne HOT ON the heels of British success in the Tour de France and Olympics, competitive cycling is coming to Melbourne on Sunday, August 26, when the East Midlands Events Group bring the Derbyshire leg of their East Midlands tour to the area. The 40-mile race will start and finish at Robinsons Hill (start 10am, finish approximately 11.30am). The competitors cycle a five-mile loop via Ticknall, Smisby and Staunton Harold, which means that spectators can watch the leaders and peleton nine times from the same vantage point. Race HQ is at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms where tea and coffee will be available from 9am onwards. The pack will depart en masse from the Assembly Rooms to Robinsons Hill where they will start. Further information is available from Ryan McLachlan on 07737 624585 or via the web site http://www.bc-eastmidlands.co.uk/

THE long-awaited independent consultants report of the review of the earthworks at the Cockshut Lane Recreation Ground in Melbourne has been received by South Derbyshire District Council and circulated to interested parties. A date for a site meeting has still to be confirmed but, due to holidays, it is thought likely to be in September. Following an initial assessment of the report the consultants state: “From information reviewed and on the basis that the work has been carried out by experienced contractors we have no reason to suspect embankment instability. However, in the unlikely event of some slip-

page, we note that the nearest properties are some 100 metres distant and should not be unduly affected.” The report also notes that there is "little geotechnical data ... No geotechnical specification was prepared for the earthworks ...No site investigation was carried out prior to work commencing". The report does recommend that four boreholes be drilled through the embankment and into the underlying natural ground to provide confirmation of the nature of the ground below the embankment and some certainty in respect of the consistency of the material used and the degree of compaction attained.

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Rose jumps to it for charity PARACHUTING is not for the faint-hearted and Rose Smith, a 17-year-old from Melbourne, proved it when she took the plunge in a sponsored skydive at Hangar Airfield. The idea for a sponsored parachute jump came from Tom Burrows, a friend of Rose, who admitted that it started as a joke but she warmed to the idea, and it went from there. Choosing the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to benefit from her efforts was an easy choice for Rose, who is studying for A levels at Loughborough, because her younger sister Poppy has the condition and the family have been closely associated with the charity and fund raising for many years. Last year Rose and her younger brother Sam, 15, took part in the Greater Manchester Run, running for the charity, while Sam also took part in the Melbourne Fun Run this year. Having committed to her challenge, Rose waited for the appointed day to arrive. But, because of the bad weather experienced in June, her parachuting date was postponed several times. When a fine weather day arrived and Rose turned up at the airfield she admitted to being “excitedly nervous”. “It was the weirdest feeling ever when we got to 10,000 feet and looked out at the ground below and it was so noisy,” said Rose. “When we jumped out of the plane we had almost a minute free fall before my instructor partner in the tandem jump opened the chute.” They continued with a graceful descent and executed a text book landing in style. “It was an incredible experience. I’d love to do it again, it was so much fun," said Rose. With £1,000 raised through the www justgiving.com website and £800 in local sponsorship,

festival art trail 15 - 16 september concerts 07 - 30 september for further information visit www.melbournefestival.co.uk call 07765 819428 or pick up a leaflet Rose has every reason to be pleased with the outcome of her skydiving adventure. She’s now just waiting for friend Tom to complete his jump, which has been scheduled for September. Looking forward to 2013, Rose is planning another fund-raising adventure when she intends to take part in a 10-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Busy time at the Assembly Rooms

concerts and performances Friday 7th September

Wednesday 26th September

Rock Night – Bury the Ladybird

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Melbourne Assembly Rooms, High Street DE73 8GF. 7 for 7.30pm, finishes 10.30pm: Tickets £5 from box office or Andy Heafield 01332 863522

Friday 14th September

Comedy Club Sponsored by Chellaston Dental Practice www.chellastondentalpractice.co.uk 01332 701143

Melbourne Royal British Legion, Derby Road. 7.30 for 8pm Tickets £7.50 from Box Office or Frank Hughes 07733 702075.

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Art and Architecture Trail 100 artists in over 60 locations in the heart of the village! A fantastic weekend for just £5! See Melbourne come alive in a blur of colour & activity - art, architecture, dance, music, food and much more, a key date for everyone’s diary this September!

Saturday 15th September

Ring a Ring o’ Roses with MDD Jointly presented with The National Trust www nationaltrust.org.uk

The Riding School at Calke Abbey, Ticknall DE73 7LE. 7.00 for 7.30pm Tickets adults £15, under 16s £8 (including interval refreshments).

Magic Show

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Thursday 27th September

Talking Heads - two pieces by Alan Bennett performed by The Library Theatre Touring Company Sponsored by Village Voice www melbournevillagevoice.co.uk

Melbourne Assembly Rooms, High Street, Melbourne DE73 8GF. 7 for 7.30pm: Tickets £6

Friday 28th September

Indian Classical Dance (Kathak) performed by Nisha Nath Melbourne Assembly Rooms, High Street, Melbourne DE73 8GF. 6.45 for 7pm: Tickets £5

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tiques Road Trip. Plans are well underway for the venue to host its first ever Wedding Fair on April 6, 2013. So far 14 companies have signed up including local businesses The Blossom Tree, Best Kept Secret, Greenwood Days, Melbourne Sweets, SP Photographics and Dandelion Stationery. However, the event is titled "More Than...A Wedding Fair" as the organisers are looking to attract not just people planning a wedding. If you have an event, birthday, celebration or just enjoy browsing and shopping there will be something for you. A fashion show will be held every hour and there will be a bar and refreshments on site as well as a wedding caterer. Best of all, admission will be free. Look out for the autumn What's On leaflet available at the Assembly Rooms to keep in touch with what's happening on your doorstep and make sure you don't miss out.

Melbourne Senior Citizens Centre, Church Street, Melbourne DE73 8EJ. Tickets £3 from Rachel Coupe 01332 416152 or ‘Melbourne News’

Wednesday 19th September

The Thomas Cook Memorial Hall, High Street, Melbourne DE73 8GJ. 7.30 for 8pm: Tickets £10

THINGS are really happening at the newly named Melbourne Assembly Rooms. Since the management of the previously known Bill Shone Leisure Centre was transferred to Melbourne Community Centre Ltd. a host of new bookings have been secured to provide local residents with day, night and weekend opportunities for leisure and entertainment. To illustrate just a couple of events, the Assembly Rooms are playing host to Bamford Auctioneers in the first of a regular, monthly Antiques Valuation Days starting on Monday, September 3, from 2 to 4pm. The format is quite simple, take along your antique, get a ticket from the reception desk (which will cost £1 maximum of two items per person) and have your item valued by one of Bamford's team of expert valuers who include James Lewis, famous for his appearances on many television shows including Bargain Hunt, Flog It and An-

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● Members of the board of Melbourne Community Centre Ltd, who will run the newly named Assembly Rooms: Standing – David Bailey, Chris Howard, John Robinson (secretary), David Carpenter, Mark Cooper, Elaine Chadwick, Jo Rost, Blase Lambert (treasurer), Lynne Williams and Robert Anderson; Sitting – Neil Wright, Phil Dobby (chairman) and Philip Heath. Missing: Brian Dollamore, Jan Street and Frank Hughes.

NEWS in brief THE NATIONAL Trust’s Calke Abbey will be staging a performance by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men of The Scottish Play (aka Macbeth) on Sunday, August 19. Gates open at 6.30pm, so there’s time for a pre-performance picnic to make a complete night of it. The play will start at 7.30pm until 10.30pm and will go ahead whatever the weather conditions (unless really adverse). Booking is essential and tickets are available by contacting 0844 249189 or on-line at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke ■ CALLING all rock bands. If you are a young up and coming group from Melbourne and fancy an opportunity to perform locally, there is still space in the line-up on Festival Rock Night for another band. The Rock Night is on Friday, September 7, at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms. To showcase your talent, get in touch with Frank Hughes by email hughesy@globalnet.co.uk or telephone 01332 862243. ■ THE branch committee of Melbourne Royal British Legion is anxious that everyone is made aware of the plans to change the arrangements for the Remembrance Day Service. It is proposed that a single service is held outdoors around the War Memorial.


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Looking for the right advice? Choose Crane & Walton for everything legal… We provide quality services in a friendly yet professional way on a range of legal matters, including: THE LAST day of term saw the retirement of Dee Taylor from Puddle Ducks Pre-School in Melbourne. Dee first became involved with Melbourne Pre-School Play Group 20 years ago and became a founder partner with Angie Beardow of Puddle Ducks 13 years ago. "The time has flown by," said Dee," but I felt now was the time to withdraw. I've really enjoyed myself working together with a great team and it's very rewarding working with children. It's really good to see timid young children arrive and a couple of years later see them go confidently on to infant school.

"Every day was different and challenging and there was no opportunity to be complacent. I also enjoyed the ongoing training of which there was plenty and mostly on Saturdays." Before making plans to do anything else with her time, Dee intends to take some time out and visit daughter Victoria, who lives in Vietnam, and then son Lauren in Australia. Taking over from Dee will be Mandy Rotherham. Pictured are Pam Hampson, Mandy Rotherham, Marie Guilford, Dee Taylor, Angie Beardow and Elaine Swallow.

Improving our footpaths THE MELBOURNE Footpaths Group is carrying out several sessions of practical work this summer to improve the local footpaths. The first job was to waymark the footpath from the Sustrans cycle track to Kings Newton. This path goes up the “39 steps” and was once on the main route to Castle Donington. After erecting a new finger post supplied by Derbyshire County Council, members of the group went on to clear the Bucks Orchard Path between Main Street, Kings Newton and Derby Road, Melbourne. A spokesman for the group

said: “We have been in existence since January this year and have walked every path in the parish, reporting problems to the county council, which does its best to deal with major issues. Until very recently we have not been able to afford the insurance to carry out any practical work; however, thanks to the generosity of South Derbyshire CVS, we have now purchased the necessary public indemnity insurance. "During the rest of the summer we hope to repair signs and cut back undergrowth. In October we will be running a training session on footpath

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WE ALL watched the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in amazement, and have been glued to the television whenever there was a chance of a Team GB medal. The 2012 Games really caught the spirit of the nation. Staunton Harold Sailing Club members were right in the thick of it. A group of six (pictured above) from the local club were in Weymouth as volunteers covering the sailing events. Andy Fosgate was laying the track for the 470 class (two person dinghy) races taking place, and gave a flavour of the Olympics fever. “There has been a great team spirit and a really good atmosphere, in Weymouth,” he said. “It was so colourful and exciting – a real privilege to be part of it.” Andy has moved from local race management at Staunton, looking after safety and track laying, to regional races then onto national courses. He is one of a team of 25 that managed the Olympic race. His job was to lay the markers and to adjust them during the race, according to wind and weather conditions, to make sure the course was fair to all 30 participating teams. He said: “I think we were the best represented sailing club,

with two on course-mark laying, one on the committee boat, two on safety of the 49er class races and one on the Laser class course.” The races were watched over by a team of four helicopters and the tactical devices for monitoring the progress of the race were just spectacular. “You were able to watch in 3D graphics down to split second timing.” Meanwhile, back in Melbourne, young Zoe Tomlinson was caught by the Olympics bug. She composed a short musical piece for flute called ‘London hosts the Olympics. She intended to play it at her school talent show, and enjoyed watching the women’s football tournament. Many Melbourne residents made the trip to the Olympic venues to witness the spectacle at first hand. Although security was very tight, with soldiers deployed to do baggage checks, it was all very good humoured, and the volunteers very welcoming. There was something so un-British about eating a hot dog with a pint of lager (at £4.50 a pint) while watching semi-clad ladies energetically cavort about a beach volleyball court…I might just get used to it. – Frank Hughes

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OURNE Baptist Church Friendly Hour group celebrated its n 2012 Olympics. Olympic flame arrived to cheers and a ribbon was cut by Paskie Birnie to open the event. members took part in a Pentathlon and, after refreshments e their exertions, a medal ceremony was held with the top laces going to: Sheila Blood with 209 points (bronze), Mary (silver) with 267 points and the gold medal to Marie Glynn 5 points. group meets regularly on Thursday mornings in the Thomas ission Hall at 10.30am. and all are welcome to attend.

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CHILDREN from Melbourne Infants School were encouraged to write a newspaper report for the school paper, Melbourne Village News, on the visit of the Olympic Torch to Melbourne. Children made replica torches and paraded them on the school drive and others wrote about the occasion. Two examples of their work are printed below. WHEN THE OLYMPIC TORCH CAME TO TOWN by Rosina THERE were lots of people watching the Olympic torch. They were cheering really loud. Ethan was jogging with the torch. Some people were running and walking. The torch came in the morning just before lunch time. The year 1s were just coming in. It happened on Melbourne Infant and Junior School drive and Packhorse Road. It made Ethan happy, excited and joyful. The school did it because the Olympic torch didn’t come to Melbourne.

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The fun face of the Festival MELBOURNE Festival is one of those events that can be relied on to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Artists talk about Melbourne being England’s friendliest festival and anyone who has visited the trail would agree that Melbourne blossoms during the event when crowds fill the streets and the village takes on a party atmosphere. This year, Melbourne Festival's highlight, the Art and Architecture Trail, is set for September 15 and 16. This always brings a blur of colour, music and excitement throughout the weekend and Melbourne comes alive. If anyone needed proof of how friendly the festival is, the fact that over 60 families, businesses and public halls will be hosting nearly 120 artists in the heart of Melbourne says it all. Melbourne is unique and the festival is the icing on the cake. The trail features a variety of mediums and styles of work. Visual artists to look for include David Booth with his installation – Framed at Melbourne Hall Visitor Centre – which will raise a smile. For those who prefer a more traditional style, Melbourne artist Mary Smith is exhibiting her painting and sketches of the Thames Jubilee Pageant in St Mary's Hall. Mary was selected from thousands of entrants to be one of only 20 official artists standing on the Millennium Bridge painting the pageant. Festival director Sharon Brown said: “Each year we aim to have a mix of styles so that there is something for everyone to take home, if you need something to cheer you up or you need those finishing touches, head for the trail. All the artists take commissions so if you want something special, often they will create one especially for you.” Other exciting features are the “Busk Stops” in Castle Street, Church Street and High Street – just follow your ears.

Food is always a key feature on the trail and the 'food court' on Church Street will be open again while a new feature is a mini food festival with local makers including Bittersweet Chocolate at Castle House. Melbourne’s great restaurants and cafes are all open and there are charity teas along the way. As always there will be activities for children on the trail – including exhibitions by artists at the Junior School who took part in workshops earlier in the year. Their portraits were part of FaceBritain, an installation projected onto Buckingham Palace as part of the Jubilee celebrations. The installation won a Guinness World Record for the most artists ever to take part in an installation. Look out for Melbourne portraits at the Wesley Hall along with the Infant School Olympic artwork from their festival workshop. Melbourne Festival isn’t just about the art and architecture trail, the performance programme opens on Friday, September 7, with Rock Night – Bury the Ladybird supported by four other bands. The programme really gets underway with the Festival Comedy Night on Friday, September 14, followed by a concert in conjunction with the National Trust the next day when a great day on the art trail can be rounded off with a performance by Musica Donum Dei entitled ‘Ring a Ring O Roses’ at Calke Abbey. If you enjoy contemporary folk music Rosie Meek and The Open Road perform on September 21. On the same day and the next, homegrown talent A Choir’d Taste perform ahead of the packed final weekend with Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ on September 27 followed by Indian Classical Dance on the 28th, Bon Jazz Little Big Band and last but not least relax with Samuel C Lees gypsy jazz quartet. For further information visit www.melbournefestival.co.uk or call 07765 819428.

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Produce show back on calendar THE Ticknall Produce Show has been resurrected after 25 years and will take place on Saturday, August 18, in the village hall from 2pm. A cup, salver and rose bowl have been donated by Councillor Michael Stanton, Ticknall Parish Council and the Harpur Crewe Estate and will be awarded to the winning entries. Programmes are available at the village shop and a copy showing the categories, fruit, veg-

etables, baking etc can be viewed in the village hall. If you want to take part there is still time to enter and the organisers would like as many people as possible to support the event. Contact Gill Holt on 863493 or Jeff Collett on 862090. For those not wishing to enter, why not go along to view the exhibits and enjoy some tea and cake.


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u at w us follow THE WEDDING of Gemma Dowell, daughter of Tracey and Henry Dowell, and Steve Tyson, son of Karen Mumford and Andrew Tyson, took place at Melbourne Parish Church on Saturday, July 28. The reception was held at the Melbourne View Hotel and the couple honeymooned in Turkey.

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Spend a night with bats and moths MELBOURNE Area Transition Group will be hosting a special event on Friday, September 1, entitled Alternative Night Life – an Evening with Bats, Owls and Moths. This will be an opportunity to learn about these fascinating and important creatures with talks by experts and a guided walk.

Meeting at 6.30pm at Hemsley Barn, Shepherds Lane, Melbourne, light meals will be provided. Cost is £7.50 per person, with accompanied children over 10 welcome (free). Booking is essential (on 862921).Wet weather clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended. You'll get a chance to use a bat detector and a moth trap.

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Diamond double acts MARGARET and Len Bettoney celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on July 19. Married at Melbourne Parish Church in 1952, the couple – both born and bred in Melbourne – held their reception at the Melbourne Hotel and took a week's honeymoon in Skegness. They met at one of the very popular Melbourne Saturday night dances in 1950 shortly after Len had been demobbed from the RAF. He was working at the Breedon and Cloud Hill lime works as a mechanic and Margaret was working at Loake’s shoe factory. Later Len went to work at the REME unit at Hilton until retiring at 63. Margaret took five years out when daughter Linda was born until she started school, returning to work at Loake’s until retirement at 60. "We've been very happy together and have had a fine marriage," said Margaret. Len was a musician and played the drums for many years with the well known local Alhambra band and the Ernie Beardsley Sound and was a

member of the Melbourne Old Time Music Hall with Kath and Vernon Kington. Margaret was a keen fan and follower of the band. Following an anniversary celebration party for family and friends at home in North Street, organised by daughter Linda, a large group went out for dinner several days later for a combined wedding anniversary and 92nd birthday celebration for Len.

NORMA and Roy Summerlin are a couple enjoying Diamond Jubilee celebrations this year as they reached their diamond wedding anniversary on June 21. Having met in 1950 at the Melbourne Saturday night dance, their courting days were interrupted when Roy, from Long Eaton, was conscripted for his Z training in Wales. They married at the Baptist Chapel in Melbourne on June 21, 1952, shortly after he had returned. Norma was attended by two bridesmaids, Beryl Tivey and Margaret Varty (nee Atkin), with Roy's friend Ivan Chadburn, best man. Roy was a joiner with Gee Walker and Slater of Derby at the time and pursued his career with a number of different employers including Dennis Moore, of North Street, Melbourne, before finally retiring from South Derbyshire District Council where he worked as a maintenance joiner. Norma worked as a lock stitcher at the Castle Mills stocking factory, taking a break when son Terry was born and then returning.

The couple moved into a cottage in Church Street owned by Norma’s father, who lived next door, and they still live there – although now the two cottages have been converted into one dwelling. Roy’s love of wood and working with it has always kept him busy doing things at home and for friends and family – even after he retired. Norma, a former deacon at the Baptist church, has maintained her involvement and continues to attend services today. The couple enjoyed celebrating their anniversary with family and friends at the Bay Tree Restaurant with a Champagne breakfast.

Big Society grant boosters MORE THAN 200 clubs and groups have so far benefited from Derbyshire County Council’s Community Action Grant fund. In the fourth funding round just announced a further 50 groups have taken a share of grants totalling £41,284 to help them improve life in their communities. The county council introduced the Big Society grants in June 2011 with a £250,000 funding pot available for small not-forprofit groups and organisations to support their work to help build strong and flourishing communities. Featuring in the latest awards have been Barrow upon Trent Parish Plan Steering Committee with £1,000 to buy a

defibrillator machine to be used by trained volunteers. It will be sited in a central accessible location available for use 24/7. Melbourne Photographic Society was awarded £977 for the replacement of a mounted image display board system in order to maintain its high standard of the presentation of projected digital images and mounted prints. A little further away, the Magic Attic Archives in Swadlincote received £1,000, which will be used to buy exhibition display boards and mountboard on which a collection of unique footballing photos donated by the Ted Smith estate will be permanently displayed for visitors to enjoy.


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Businesses give backing to Jubilee concert AS THE Town Band, Male Voice Choir, Melbourne Operatic Society and A Choir’d Taste get ready to make Monday, September 3, a night to remember in the gardens of Melbourne Hall, local businesses have come forward to offer their support. The concert to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee will take place in a marquee provided by Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr with the gardens open an hour before the performance begins to enable guests to buy a drink and enjoy the setting. The imaginative poster and tickets have been designed by ‘The One Off ’ and printed by Melbourne Print Shop. Melbourne Sweets and Treats are selling tickets. Executive Linen have promised their support and Melbourne Rotary Club has of-

fered to marshall the event. Local shops and cafes have been really pleased to display posters to promote the concert. Ruth Malloy, Chair of ‘Promote Melbourne’, said: "This is another great event in Melbourne’s calendar. It will be a real opportunity to see the musical talent in Melbourne performing in such a lovely setting to celebrate the Jubilee and raise money for local charities at the same time." As well as performing separately, the groups will come together in a joint finale to lead the community singing. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, they are £8 for adults and £4 for children from any of the performing groups, Melbourne Sweets and Treats and Frank Hughes on 862243.

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FOR MANY cricket clubs, having a long, historic and successful past can be a burden when planning for the future but Elvaston Cricket Club is managing to find the right balance between celebrating past triumphs, whilst developing the structure that will bring future successes. One look around its magnificent club house, situated in the grounds of historic Elvaston Castle, reminds you that this is the home of the National Village Champions of 1994 and 2000. Recent victories, however, have been thin on the ground, although the club did compete in the top tier of the Derbyshire Cricket

League as recently as 2011 but were relegated after just one season. It was then that a conscious decision was taken to employ two ECB level 3 coaches, in the shape of former Derbyshire bowler Paul Aldred and ex-Pakistani A team player Naeem Aktar, to improve playing standards and bring on new, young cricket talent. They have also cast their net wide to look for young cricketers to offer them the opportunity to play their cricket at a high level and at one of the most magnificent grounds in English cricket; hence the recruitment of six new players this season including former Ticknall all-rounder Tom Cosford and Melbourne brothers Matt and James Heafield.

Current club secretary Simon Thompson, captain of the Lords winning team in 2000, is confident they have the right formula: “We don’t expect overnight success; it’s a three-year plan and, if all goes well, at the end of that we will be back in the County Premier division with the whole playing side of the club showing a dramatic improvement. “We want a young talented team that can compete at the top and go on to inspire the next generation of players.” Elvaston Cricket Club has teams and coaching for all ages and abilities; anyone wishing to join should call Simon Thompson on 07802 151051.

Ticknall move up to third JULY ended with Ticknall Cricket Club's 1st XI improving their position in the Derbyshire Premier League to third place. An opportunity to gain ground on Swarkestone was missed when Ticknall lost their impressive home record with a defeat against their local rivals. This was the club's first home defeat in a year. Ticknall continue to benefit from thriving junior sections. Both the under 11s and 13s topped their respective South Derbyshire leagues, with the under 11s unbeaten all season. On Friday, August 17, at The Grange, the Ticknall club will host a "Last Night Of the Proms" featuring Newhall Brass Band. All are welcome and those attending are invited to take a picnic. The club is open from 6pm and the concert starts 8pm.

STAUNTON Harold Sailing Club is pushing the boats out again for a “Come and Try” Sailing day as part of the Sail for Gold initiative inspired by the Olympics. Taking place at the club located at Staunton Harold Reservoir, on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27, between 11 am and 4 pm, all ages are invited to try their hand at this invigorating sport. Trained instructors and experienced sailors will be on hand to take participants on an hour sailing trip ... FOR FREE. Sailing kit will be provided – all that is needed is a pair of soft soled shoes. The club galley will be open all day to provide snacks and light lunches. If you are interested contact Becky Priest 01158469205 or email #trainingpb@shsc.org.uk

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BOYS AND girls of primary school age enjoyed the first Melbourne United Soccer School coaching sessions held recently. The club is looking forward to having 10

junior teams competing next season. The Soccer School will be providing coaching in two groups – Infants (Reception, years 1 and 2) from10am to

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Town keep lead aT Top of Table Continued from Page 20 Town were put in and amassed a club record 346-4 off their 46 overs with skipper Alex Slater leading the onslaught with a brilliant 150 aided by a first 1st XI century from Russell Allaway (105 not out) putting on 207 in just 22 overs. Leading run scorer Rossi also added 45. Slater capped a fine game in taking 3-29 along with 3-24 by Humpidge as the visitors were bowled out for just 126 to give Melbourne a convincing 220-run victory. The win kept the team top of the table, but their huge lead has been reduced due to the chasing pack playing games when Mel-

bourne’s were called off due to bad weather. August should prove to be an important month for the team. MELBOURNE Town 2nd XI amazingly had their first three league games of the month rained off and their only action in July was away to league leaders Alvaston & Boulton 3rd team. The home side hit 297-4 off their allotted overs. In reply two superb innings from skipper Ken Grant with 85 and a career best 85 not out from Ranjit Rathore saw Town secure the losing draw with 220-5. Melbourne's 3rd XI had their first two league games rained off and their only ac-

tion ended with a heavy defeat to second placed Wootton 2nds by 167 runs. The home side, batting first, hit 209-7 with skipper Paul Scrimshaw taking 4-66. There were also two wickets for Dan Marshall stemming the flow of runs, but in reply only new signing Howard Williams got into double figures with 15 as the thirds were bowled out for just 42. The club would like to thank this month's ball sponsors without which it would struggle to finance the running of the seven adult and juniors teams: The Hallifield Family, Harpers, Ashley Adams and P.B.Landscapes.

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MARK Rossi has become only the second batsman in the history of Melbourne Town Cricket Club to hit 10,000 career runs. Rossi achieved the milestone in the 1st XI's Wright Cup quarterfinal match against Trentside 2nds. The other Melbourne 10,000-run cricketer is Alex Slater. The 1st XI's march to the league title was halted by the bad weather in July, but they did manage to secure a place in their first ever cup final when they did get to play. The cup quarter-final saw star batsman Rossi hit the winning runs in his 82. Earlier good spells of 3-25 by Julian Humpidge plus two wickets apiece from Meakin and Lander saw Trentside 2nds restricted to just 144 all out. Rossi, plus 36 from Allaway, saw Town home by seven wickets. In the semi-final at home to Codnor the visitors were shot out for a paltry 112 with Humpidge again in form with the ball with 3-20 and 4-15 by Mick Meakin mopping up the tail. Rossi held Melbourne’s reply together with 43 not out and, despite a middle order collapse, Joe Storrar hit the winning runs with eight overs to go and Melbourne eight wickets down to secure a cup final place. The game will take place on Sunday, August 19, starting at 12.30pm at Ilkeston Rutland’s ground. Back to league action the following week against Clifton 2nds, Continued on Page 19


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