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Melbourne & District

FARMER CRUSHED BY HALF-TON COW by DAVID BELLIS

FARMER David Lucas suffered a broken arm, cracked ribs and severe bruising when a half-ton cow trampled on him.

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David, 58, was loading heifers into a lorry, when the last beast turned on both him and the lorry driver. The incident happened at Lodge Farm, Kings Newton, where Mr Lucas helps out on the farm run by Carol Hames. The cows were being transferred to a farm in Staffordshire. The animal knocked David to the ground and trampled on him, resulting in multiple fractures of one forearm, severe bruising and several cracked ribs. David said: “It’s one of those things that happen on farms.” But an animal weighing not very short of half a ton trampling on a man is very serious. The lorry driver sustained extensive bruising, but was able to distract the beast, allowing David to clamber away. The air ambulance was called because there is always the danger of spinal damage in incidents like this. David was taken direct to the helipad at the Derby Royal Hospital and received “ marvellous care”. He said later: “I could not have received better care and attention anywhere. I would like to thank everyone who helped me and especially to the staff and the surgeons for their expert treatment.” David (pictured) is now recovering well, with metal pins in his arm, although the cracked ribs have given him some painful nights. Bob, the lorry driver from Staffordshire, was taken to hospital but was allowed to go home later, although he had suffered severe bruising. Mr Lucas says he expects to be well enough to tackle the harvest by early July. He manages Lodge Farm, run by Mrs Hames, and is the uncle of Carol Hames' son Edward, aged 16. After the untimely death of Edward's father, Richard Hames, David volunteered to help manage the farm until Edward was old enough to run it for his mother.

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Heritage centre opens its doors – Page 7 THE MISS Melbourne 2011 event at the RBL Royal Suite was an outstanding success with over 150 people attending and an incredible 49 entrants, reputedly the best ever. The selection of Miss Melbourne and her attendants was made by an independent panel with no Melbourne connections. The entrants had to face a question and answer session in groups of 10 interspersed with dancing to the disco. The final selection for Miss Melbourne was Rebecca Henshaw, 17. Rebecca and the attendants each received a tiara, flowers and a pendant necklace plus the trophy to be held for a year by Rebecca.

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Everyone is now looking forward to Carnival day on July 9 when they will take part in the procession behind Norman and Rosemary Jackson, who – as this year’s guests of honour – will open the Carnival. Tracy Ridley, who organised the event, was thrilled with the turnout and the success of the occasion: “It couldn‘t have been better. Thanks to everyone who helped in some way and to Davidsons who sponsored the event.” Pictured are (back row) Philippa Jackson, 15, Shannon Crawford, 13; (front row) Katie Dolman, 9, Megan Minifie, 5, Rebecca Henshaw, Neve Thompson, 5, and Darcey Milton, 8.

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KINGS Newton Diamond Jubilee committee organised a visit to Elvaston Castle when Head Gardener Peter Hogg hosted the group of 32 and led them on an informative and enjoyable talking tour of the gardens. He also used photographs to illustrate how the gardens had looked in the past. The tour finished in the walled garden before retiring for tea and cakes. Peter is one of five gardeners currently engaged at Elvaston, a far cry from the 93 gardeners employed in the castle’s heyday.

FOR THE first time ever, the garden gates at the National Trust's Calke Abbey are being unlatched seven days a week throughout the whole 2011 season. Everyone can enjoy the glory of the ancient walled gardens, the Auricula Theatre's quirkiness, the charm of the Orangery and the sights and smells in the kitchen gardens on any day they choose from 12.30-5pm. Philip Bittner, Assistant Property Manager at Calke Abbey, said: "In the past, we have traditionally only opened the gardens during days when the house is open, but as the gardens are so special and worthy of a visit in their own right, we're unlatching the gates on Thursdays and Fridays, when the house is closed, so that they can be visited seven days a week." Each season brings a new wave of colour to the gardens. A fine display of old fashioned pelargoniums are currently performing in the Auricula Theatre while the sweet pea borders are developing well for a good show throughout the Summer. Even the dry weather hasn’t disrupted the lower kitchen garden, which is already looking good enough to eat.

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SUMMER is almost upon us – and the best way of celebrating is to make sure you're at the Melbourne Carnival on July 9. This year's event promises to be better than ever with new stalls mingling with old favourites, a glamorous film and TV theme, and what promises to be a spectacular procession featuring the The Ambassadors Showband of Borrowash. And, even more importantly, with a greater number of sponsors on board than in previous years, more worthy Melbourne causes are set to benefit. “Three thousand people came to last

year's carnival – let's see if we can get even more people to come along this year,” says chairman Rose Minifie. The annual best dressed shop window competition will be judged in the week running up to the day by last year’s winners Flaxen Hair. Visitors can expect children's rides, candy floss, Wayne Spiers' hog roast, an ice cream van, and a wander round more than 30 stalls. Performing on the stage will be Oakden School of Dancing, Melbourne Town Band, pupils from Melbourne’s Infant and Junior schools, and a Pet Shop Boys tribute band.

“It's a good way for the whole community to get together,” says secretary Gemma Bettelley, on the committee for the first time. “It's a great day out for all ages, for friends, for young and old – there's something for everybody.” There is still time to get involved with this year’s carnival. Anyone interested in running a stall or creating a procession float should contact Rose on 07795 362936. Programmes will be on sale in the two weeks before the carnival at various places around town, priced at £2.50.

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THE VIEW from the roof of Melbourne Hall is quite splendid and breathtaking. It is also a view that only a few people have been able to experience. I was delighted when invited to join a small group to climb the scaffolding to inspect the progress being made on the reroofing of the hall and also enjoy the magnificent panoramic view. The group was greeted by Gill Weston and welcomed on behalf of Lord Ralph, who explained that the invitation was to enable us to look at the work completed so far and see the contrast to the work still to be undertaken. Local Master Builder Alan Staley, who has the contract for the job, led the party up to the roof, and was suitably proud of the achievement he and his team of skilled craftsmen have made since starting the project last September. With a completion target for phase one and to be in a position to commence phase two by May 3, there was no slack in the programme schedule. Alan said: "The date had to be achieved to conform to the licence agreement from Natural England with respect to bats and the mating season. "If the bats returned to roost before phase one was completed, the site would be forced to close until September with significant financial implications and a reputation to consider." Of course things did not go quite to plan when far more structural work than envisaged was uncovered. The additional work required and the sub zero temperatures experienced during the winter months – minus 12 degrees was not uncommon – created a delay of seven weeks. With a lot of hard work by all the team aided by a long period of consistent fine weather, Alan and his team managed to catch up and complete on time. A

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Phase two is now underway with scaffolding transferred to the west wing. Completion is planned for December this year. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us all," said Alan, "and we are proud to be able to put our names to it. I would like to thank the whole team for all their hard work. They all deserve to take credit for their achievement." The group took their leave and returned to ground level, having enjoyed the experience of being up on the roof and leaving the team to progress with phase two.

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have a lot of new, young players at the club and they will be going for victory to avenge last year's defeat and win the trophy. It will also highlight that the future of the club is in safe hands and that the club is developing players for the future.” The game is the first in a series of high profile matches for this season, with the visit of the world famous MCC on July 31 the undoubted highlight. The club hopes that former players and the people of Melbourne will go for the day and enjoy the cricket. There will be a bar and catering on site. Further details from Andy Heafield on 01332 865422 or Colin Wakefield on 01332 865565.

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A LITTLE more Press and TV time seems to have been directed at increases in the price of food in the last few weeks, and all want to know the causes.

Second World War, 50 percent of the average household wage went on food. Today I believe the figure is closer to 15 percent. ■ The first week of June saw our area still in a severe drought, although some storms have helped here and there. It’s very difficult to judge what grain yields will be like, but I have never seen crops so lacking in height. Straw to be used for livestock bedding and feeding will be in very short supply and grass has had a poor start. ■ As I sit and write this at the kitchen table, several magpies are pecking a bag of pet food open which is on the garden wall. Swallows are dive bombing them from all directions knowing that they are a threat to their nearby nests. They actually also do that to me as I walk down the yard, although they must know that I am their friend. I had a rough count up and estimated we have around 16 pairs nesting in our older buildings around the farmyard. Last week I watched them collecting mud from a puddle and flying through a hole the size of a half brick in one wall to build a nest. They really amaze me.

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THE ZEERAH restaurant on Melbourne's Derby Road has won its application for a change of opening hours. South Derbyshire District Council planners have agreed to extend the time that the business can remain open. Local residents had argued that extension of the opening hours "will result in cumulative noise and disturbance that will adversely affect the the amenities of neighbouring residential properties". The original opening hours laid down by the district council were that the restaurant had to close by 10.30pm, but the owners of the restaurant claimed that their request for extended hours was driven by their customers. "Our customers would like us to extend the opening hours," they said, as the currently allowable hours "are affecting our customer service". The planning application had been vigorously opposed by some residents, but the council, in approving the extension of hours, said that the decision to extend hours was in accord with existing planning guidelines, "because the use would be sustainable in terms of the location, would preserve the character of the conservation area, and would not result in undue harm to the amenities of local residents".

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There isn’t one specific reason, but global droughts, fuel price increases, developing countries’ stronger buying power, and major retailers and food manufacturing companies’ greed are the top causes. Here in the UK for instance wheat has once again breached the £200 a tonne mark in the last few weeks – mainly down to global demand and home shortages. Very few farmers have benefited from these prices as most have to sell earlier in the season to ease cash flow. Nitrogen fertiliser prices for next year have been announced recently and have started at £320 a tonne, which is £100 more than this year and which will increase costs by around £20 per acre. There will certainly be no yield bonanza in this part of the world this year and I believe things to the south and east are even worse. Perhaps the time has come when we need to accept that a higher percentage of our income will have to go on food, but I doubt that this will be a permanent trend. At the end of the

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Village Voice © 2011 Village Voice © 2011 Village Voice © 2011 MELBOURNE local beat officer PC Deborah Croxall and Sarah Dagley, South Derbyshire District Council’s Safer Neighbourhoods Officer, held a police surgery and crime prevention day in Melbourne. The mobile police station was the meeting place for the visitors who attended and the latest No Cold Calling Zones were set up for Selina

Street and Moira Street, making six NCCZ areas in Melbourne. The zones are advisory only and are not enforceable but having got six of the major gas and electricity service providers to sign up to the agreement, there are hopes that vulnerable residents will benefit and feel safer in their homes. Residents have cards to

display in their windows to discourage callers. The other zones in Melbourne are: Penniston Rise, Dunnicliffe Lane, Castle Mills and Quick Close. Gillian Ashworth, a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, is pictured left with PC Croxall and Sarah Dagley, who were offering security advice to residents in Moira Street, Melbourne.

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FOLLOWING on from proposals made at the May council meeting, chairman Nigel Collyer led the way with a more progressive approach to projects the parish council can move on during his term in office. Cllr Collyer cited six areas he wished to push forward, recognising that much had been done, but positive that there was more to do. These were: 1. Completion of a scheme for Castle Square Monument; 2. Conclude uncertainty over the leisure centre; 3. Support Melbourne Sporting Partnership; 4. Enhance the community via any devolved powers from Government as part of ‘power to people’; 5. Keep momentum high on agenda regarding dog fouling; and 6. Monitor effectiveness of Derby Rd/Kings Newton corner road improvement. A debate ensued and additional projects high on the council radar for consideration included support for the Golden Jubilee celebration, Melbourne Business Association, CCTV and implementation of a survey of hedges and footpaths. Additional projects included support for Melbourne tourism and the Athenaeum. Cllr David Smith suggested the council refresh themselves with the Parish Plan to consider further the requirements of the community. Cllr Andrew Jackson raised the contemplation of a project to consider one-way access through the town following the development of the new local shops and the issues around loading/unloading and parking. Touching on some of these projects Cllr Collyer noted the Golden Jubilee celebrations were taking shape with Kate Dumelow supporting the organising activity; “the idea would be to have a headline band entertain the masses in Castle Square,” he reported. Clerk Norman Hill added that Jubilee mugs would be issued to children 11 years of age and under. The council unanimously agreed to support the event financially to the tune of £1,000 from

2011-2012’s budget. Fund-raising events will be arranged prior to the Jubilee celebrations. Cllr Collyer also met recently with Melbourne Business Association (MBA) which is re-launching itself and confirmed it has an interest in continuing the Christmas shopping event with a possible change to an evening in early December. As some projects gain momentum others are put on hold. The Cockshut Lane road resurfacing will be delayed until the Recreation Ground landfill is complete. Other road resurfacing, though, had made it into the county council's plans for this year thanks to a further Government contribution to roads following the Winter freeze. District and County Councillor John Harrison reported that the top of Derby Road and Castle Street (Lillypool) area had now been put into the work programme following an additional £3.3m funding. From uneven roads to uneven bumps. The speed bumps on Packhorse Road remain a debate to be had, with the county council stating “it's not a problem” and the parish council adamant that “it is”. Cllr Harrison agreed to feed back that the county council decision is not acceptable. Cllr Harrison also agreed to look into the issue of signage on Derby Road/Kings Newton corner and the inability of pedestrians using the crossing points to see vehicles advancing because of the signage restricting visibility. Blatant vandalism to the children's play area in Lothian Gardens had happened twice to the same piece of apparatus this past month. Not only was it a cost the parish council absorbed, but a potential hazard to young children and therefore diligently put right as quickly as possible. Cllr Collyer said that if intelligence on the approximate timing this occurred, CCTV footage could be interrogated. If those responsible read this, beware a Crime Watch snapshot is just around the corner! A new Glasdon Shelter for the Lothian Gardens will be installed on June 9, reported the clerk.

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■ Melbourne Community Group is to deliver a presentation to the parish council (without public attendance) on their progress with respect to the leisure centre management on June 20. A proposed constitution from the group was circulated to councillors for review. ■ Festival arrangements continue for mid-September. Concerts are arranged and a variety of events as in previous years will be held. However, there will be no grant from the Arts Council this year. Festival literature will be available at the end of July. ■ A proposal for improved CCTV for Melbourne is likely to be presented at the July council committee meeting with contractors, finance options and warranty deals under review. ■ Pinders Circus will be at the Melbourne Recreation Ground between June 13 and 15.

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surface dressing would take place on Robinsons Hill and Main Street, Kings Newton, between June 1 and July 8, and that road surfaces on Castle Street and Derby Road had been assessed and declared safe by Derbyshire Highways engineers. Commenting on concerned parents contacting him about admission applications to Melbourne Infants School being turned down sparked discussion between parish councillors then and later during the meeting. Cllr David Smith, an Infant School Governor, stated that admissions are not ruled on by the school but by DCC and that an appeal should be lodged with the county council. A consensus agreed that a letter should be sent to DCC requesting that Melbourne children should be given priority for admission into Melbourne schools. Money for Melbourne was a feature of the meeting when Cllr Harrison confirmed that he had successfully supported an application from Melbourne Art Festival to the county council which has resulted in a grant of £2,000 being awarded from its arts and culture budget for 2011. Even bigger figures are being bandied about with South Derbyshire District Council planning to invest £1million for the improvement of sporting facilities in the town. However, District Cllr Jim Hewlett could not offer a date when the monies will be available.

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AMONG the guests at Melbourne Historical Research Group’s weekend exhibition on ‘Education in Melbourne’ were three former Melbourne schoolteachers and ‘The Cabbage and Custard Lady’ for 25 years, Joan Beswick, who has recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Brian Symons, who now lives in Surrey and taught at Melbourne Secondary Modern School for the last 11 years of its existence until 1977, arrived, after contributing material for the exhibition. Norma Fawcus came to Melbourne in 1957 with her husband, Dennis, who was being interviewed for a position as Junior School Teacher. Whilst waiting in the car, she was surprised to be invited for an interview too. This being successful, she taught Juniors and Infants in Melbourne for 15 years. Dennis retired after 25 years in the post.

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Village Voice © 2011 Village Voice © 2011 Village Voice © here 2011 ... AND GArDeNs opeN here ... THE VILLAGERS of Findern are again rallying round to raise funds for desperately needed repair work at All Saints’ Church, by opening some gardens on Saturday, July 16, 1pm-5pm. The gardens will range from the formal to the informal, the grand to the homely, large and small. There will be stalls, children’s treasure hunt and the opportunity to obtain a certificate for jumping over All Saints’ Steeplecock. Refreshment and toilet facilities are available at several of the gardens. Tickets are £3.50 (children free but must be accompanied by an adult) and will be available at Findern Post Office from June 15 or from 1pm on the day at the Wheel Inn, Findern.

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THE NEW community venue located in the grounds of All Saints' Parish Church, Aston on Trent, was formally opened on May 21 by the Reverend Tony Luke and the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, in the presence of invited guests. Children in Victorian costume greeted the guests and the 'Squire of the village' gave an opening welcome. "The creation of the Heritage Centre has been an exciting and genuine partnership between the Aston Local History Group and the Parochial Church Council,” said project manager Bob Read. “Financial support from various funding organisations, private donations and fundraising has been critical to our success.

“Village residents and social groups contributed volunteer time and over 17 percent of the funds necessary – a real community commitment that is typical of Aston on Trent.” Carole Bagnall, chair of the History Group, said: “At last we have a superb location for our thousands of pictures and archive documents which are accessible to visitors. “We can feature ever-changing exhibitions and displays providing a background of our heritage for the many people expected to use the centre.” Bookings are already being taken for a variety of meetings and activities in addition to its use as a free, open access visitor centre for displays and archive research, staffed by volunteers from the Local History Group.

■ Pictured at the official opening above are (left to right): Mike Edge, Project Committee, Bob Foster, Project Committee, Bob Read, chairman Project Committee, Revd Tony Luke, Rector of All Saints, and Rural Dean, Roger Twiggs, Project Committee, Councillor Neil Atkin, chairman, South Derbyshire District Council, Barbara James, Consort to Councillor Neil Atkin, Alison Wheeler, treasurer, Project Committee, Willie Tucker, HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Dixie Dean, representative of Aston and Weston Branch Royal British Legion, Martin Nicholson, Project Committee, Joan Bray, representative of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Mrs Jill Tucker, wife of the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire.

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memorabilia between them which they discussed and displayed with Chris Jagger against the backdrop of the Pavilion. To add to the occasion, tribute band The Stones, from Chesterfield (below), were present and played a selection of songs for the film crew and for the crowd of some 70-plus who had turned out for what developed into a free concert on a glorious afternoon. Photographs taken in 1968 were eventually used on the albums Beggars Banquet and Hot Rocks some years later. The Pavilion is now cared for by the Landmark Trust and is believed to have been built as early as 1632 as a Bowle Alley house to offer a grandstand view of the action in the enclosure.

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Village Voice © 2011 Village Voice © 2011 Villageprogress Voice © 2011 Sports project Pubwatch MELBOURNE Sporting Partnership’s bid for a multi-sports club is progressing well. " I am very impressed by the way the clubs have worked together to bring this ambitious project to the stage it has reached. Melbourne clubs have worked very well together, and the future of the project looks very promising," said Director of Public services at the South Derbyshire District Council, Stuart Bachelor.. Mr Bachelor will report back to the community services committee on June 16 on the development for a multi-sports club at Cockshut Lane. He will report that the Melbourne Sporting Partnership project is moving ahead smoothly. He reported that the feasibility study commissioned by the district council had been completed, and the partners have signed up to the proposals. Detailed work on the plans for the pavilion are well in hand, although further work is necessary before the project can be submitted to the official planning procedure.

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PUBWATCH, a voluntary initiative promoting responsible drinking in licensed premises, has gone online in South Derbyshire. Licensees have instant access to photographs and detailed police descriptions of problematic individuals who have been banned from pubs. The new website has been funded by the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership to the tune of £500 for the next year. It allows landlords to send messages to each other, log breaches of bans, and circulate information on troublemakers to stop them from being served. Sarah Dagley, Safer Neighbourhoods Officer for the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership, said: “Online Pubwatch is making South Derbyshire’s pubs safer and more secure.

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New medical centre Village Voice © 2011 Village Voice © 2011 Village Voice © 2011 looks so impressive A SPARKLING new medical centre has been built to provide a wholly new, state of the art medical experience in the Chellaston practice. The extensive two-storey and truly modern surgery accommodation has been in the planning for nearly a decade, and detailed work – from architect's drawing to finalisation of the whole project – has taken five years. Annette Jennison, who has been based in Melbourne from the start, has been involved in masterminding the impressive project, which will be officially opened on June 20. Village Voice had a sneak preview and tour of the newly constructed building at Chellaston, as Annette proudly showed us around her 'baby'. The building, all clinically white, uncarpeted throughout to enhance clinical cleanliness, is light, spacious, and impressive. The design of the notices and door numbers are large and in a tasteful logo – giving a simple modernity to the whole building. The new centre is fully compliant with the disability discrimination act. There are specialist rooms for physio, phlebotomy, minor surgery, and for young parent/children sessions. The 16 consulting rooms are all carefully planned to give efficient working conditions for both the clinicians and the patients. The entrance hall is spacious, and there will be a very useful innovation, a single "meeter and

youVillage help?Voice © 2011 Village Voice © 2011 Village Voice Can © 2011 ANNETTE Jennison wants to know if anyone would be interested in forming a patient participation group for both centres. The purpose of a PPG as defined by the National Association of Patient Participation is ‘to make stronger the relationship between patients and their practice’. If prospective volunteers are concerned about the time commitment, it is envisaged that attendance at a monthly meeting would be sufficient to get things underway. If you are interested or would like more information, Annette can be contacted by email. Annette@melbournesurgery.co.uk

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Jubilee team set up KATE DUMELOW and Michael Sephton have teamed up with Melbourne Parish Council to organise the celebrations for next year's Royal Diamond Jubilee. A date has been set, June 2, for the Melbourne event and an outline programme has been created. Events will start at 3pm with a children’s bring your own tea street party to be held in Castle Square. Tables and chairs will be provided and Jubilee mugs will be presented to all children of 11 and under. The celebrations will continue into the evening and plans are afoot for three bands to play. There will be a variety of fund-raising activities held during the next 12 months to help finance the celebrations. For more information ring Kate on 862666 or Michael on 865089.

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ASTON School PTA held a Promise Auction and raised £1,600 on the night. Pictured with two of the lots, a Derby County FC team shirt signed by the squad and a football also signed by the squad, are (left to right) Katie Claire, Matt Feeney, Karen Birch and Donna Empson.

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SPENDING a two-week vacation in Melbourne recently were Annette Sterling-Helton and her husband, Dann, from Detroit – the guests of David and Ros Bell. Annette has visited the UK many times since 1962, but this was the first time that she has seen it properly. Usually, she has seen nothing more than hotel rooms, theatre dressing rooms and a tour bus. You see, Annette is an original member of the world famous Motown group, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. She and her good friend Roz AshfordHolmes sing backing vocals behind Martha on such million selling gold records as Heat Wave, Dancing In The Street, Jimmy Mack, 3rd Finger Left Hand and Nowhere to Run. David Bell is a great Motown music fan and the group, particularly Annette, have become friends over the years. He and Ros were privileged to be the guests of the Vandellas last year when they visited Hitsville USA, the recording studios in Detroit where all the great Motown sounds were created in the 1960s. Melbourne proved to be a revelation to Annette, who said: “I come from the large city of Detroit, known all over the world as the Motorcity, in the industrial heartland of Michigan. To see an old established town like Melbourne with its wonderful medieval church, Melbourne Hall and its beautiful gardens, the stunningly beautiful pool has been a privilege. Dann and I were also intrigued by the Dark Entry! "This is the first time I’ve seen a thatched cottage up close, too. The people of Melbourne are so privileged to live in a town of such outstanding beauty. A day on the canal, hosted by Stuart and Rachel Cooper, ending up at the Malt Shovel in Shardlow, was a unique experience for us. I don’t often get the chance to see nature so closely. "And everyone in Melbourne was so friendly, particularly when we attended services at the parish church. We would definitely want to come back and spend more time in Melbourne.” Their UK trip also took in the North East of England around Northumbria, Edinburgh, the Lake District and London, where a reception was held for her by her fans and friends.

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MELBOURNE Community Care has moved from its office in the Melbourne Market Place to the new, elegant development on Derby Road. Since June 1, Community Care HQ is based at No 4 Williams Yard. The group is non-political and a registered charity. "I've got time, a lot of people need help, I am pleased to give people help, and it's great fun meeting new people." That is how Neil Wright speaks of his service to the community through Melbourne Community Care. In addition, Neil finds time to be chairman of Melbourne Civic Society. He and many colleagues drive the group's minibus, or offer their time to use their own cars to take residents to hospital or dental appointments. Under the shrewd, sympathetic management of Victoria Hancock, 45 local people give their time and energy to volunteer to help their fellow citizens, some manning the office or visiting older residents, some driving cars to take individuals to appointments, and some driving the Community Care mini-bus, used always for community purposes. Pete Clough, who has been a volunteer for many years, looks after the minibus and said: "I clean the bus after every run, ensure it is available for its six monthly MoT and services, and if the seats need moving around to accommodate a wheelchair, I do that too." Plainly he loves helping people, enjoys their company. The job obviously gives him a great deal of satisfaction. Andrew Jackson, a local businessman, and a fairly recent volunteer, says: "It's a complete change from business. I have a laugh with the people on the bus, and it's great to meet new people – I really like doing it". Andrew is also a local parish councillor, keen choir member, bandsman, and vice-chairman of the Melbourne Sporting Partnership. Simon Leech, a retired executive from RollsRoyce, whose mother was the District Nurse when he was a boy, says simply: " I've got the time, and I'm glad to help. It's amazing how grateful people are when you can help them." Both men and women are volunteers. Many will recall Liz Fallon taking people to the Derby Royal when she was well into her 80s, she and many others who have given of their time and energy freely over the years.

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What is clear from talking to these dedicated volunteers is that they all enjoy being of service, helping their fellow locals, and they are just a part of the service that Community Care offers. "We act as a signpost for people who need help, or have a problem with health or with aged relatives or with government bureaucracy. We may not know all the answers, but we know who can give specialist advice," said manager Victoria Hancock. Befriending services for the elderly, the lonely and the housebound, Tai-Chi sessions, prescription collecting, a mini-bus shopping service, wheelchair loan are just some of the sevices that Community Care lay on. Community Care is long eastablished, since the 1970s. Started by Dr. Brendan Freeman, Jane Carroll and Douglas Coates, the group has had many dedicated volunteers over the years, like Edna Ensor, who devoted years to the organisation. Victoria Hancock was made manager only three years ago. She had been for 12 years the coordinator of voluntary services in the DRI. Her experience at the DRI gave her valuable insights into helping Community Care to steer the group through the hugely complicated legal framework in which volunteer groups must work. Regulation is in fact totally necessary - health and safety, and the many other regulations that a voluntary body, like Community Care, must be aware of and abide by, to protect clients and to ensure their safety. This requires knowledge of the law, and proper training of the volunteers who actually do the work. For instance, drivers of the mini-bus must be trained, and pass a MIDAS test. Over the age of 70 they must also pass a medical test. Victoria stresses that services offered by the group are strictly confidential, and that those volunteers who man the office and answer the phone are trained to exercise discretion at all times. Victoria is pleased that after the Health and Safety and Risk assessment audit "all the right boxes were ticked". Perhaps Melbourne Community Care really is what the politicians are on about when they talk of the Big Society. It has a strong sense of community and a commitment to help those in need that typifies the fine community spirit that exists in Melbourne.

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■ “IT WAS the best yet,” said Griselda Kerr of the recent National Garden Scheme open garden event she hosted in May. “Although the weather wasn’t brilliant on the Saturday morning, it picked up and we had a lovely weekend with 531 visitors.” This was the fourth occasion the gardens have been opened under the NGS. The gardens were open a month earlier than on previous occasions but the visitors enjoyed the event, bought lots of plants and cakes and helped to raise £2,280 for the chosen NGS charities. A group of visitors is pictured in the gardens with Griselda kneeling on the front row second from the right.

THE SHARDLOW Open Gardens event will be taking place on Sunday, July 3 (11 am to 5 pm). A wide variety of gardens will be on display including a canal-side garden with a ride-on train. Refreshments will be available plus bell ringing and a welly wanging competition on The Green. Profits from ticket sales (adults £3) will be divided between Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air Ambulance, Friends of Shardlow School and the village hall.

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a loving wife, mother, grandma, sister, auntie and friend, passed peacefully away on 3rd June at Ashby Court Nursing Home, aged 82 years. The funeral service will be held at the Parish Church, Melbourne on Thursday 16th June at 2.30pm followed by cremation at Bretby Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations, if so desired, for Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Any enquiries may be made to JP Springthorpe, Funeral Directors, Potter Street, Melbourne. 01332 865511.

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THE ROYAL Suite will be the venue for the next Festival Comedy night in Melbourne on Friday, June 17. The evening will feature Irish comedian and actor Paddy Lennox, one of the most soughtafter comics on the scene who has been playing all the major national clubs and many international venues too. Simon Fox, a multi-talented star of stage, television and standup, has established himself as one of the UK’s best loved comedians. His sharp material, rapid-fire delivery and relaxed stage presence have made him a hilarious addition to any comedy bill. Also appearing is musical comic Carly Smallman with her appealing mixture of witty banter and beautifully crafted songs on love and relationships. This bill will be compered by Dan Smith from Stourbridge.

THE WEEKEND of July 9/10 promises to be full of entertainment available to Village Voice readers. Saturday, July 9, is a big day for Aston on Trent with the Blessing of the Wells taking place in the morning at the start of the two-day Welldressing Festival. In Melbourne, the months of preparation come to fulfilment with the annual Melbourne Carnival taking place. The traditional procession will start at 12.30pm from Castle Square and follow a route through the town ending at the Carnival site, the Melbourne School's sports field on Packhorse Road. Sunday, July 10, offers the Ashby Show at Measham Lodge Farm, Measham. Trade stands, refreshments, music, funfair and a dog show will also feature in addition to action-packed entertainment in the main ring.

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MELBOURNE Parish Council has taken out County Court judgements against three men accused of using the fence to the Pavilion at The Recreation Ground for a camp fire. The judgement against the three from Melbourne, Chellaston and Allenton will remain on the Register for six years during which time the accused cannot obtain credit or credit cards unless the amount of £585 is paid. The council can put in the bailiffs at any time during the six years whilst the amount remains unpaid. ■ MORE than £1.6m has been stripped from Derbyshire criminals in the last 12 months under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The act gives the police the power to take offenders to court, strip them of cash and other assets and recover the wealth people have made by committing crime.

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ASTON Playground Project (APP) is an HMRC registered charity, set up by a group of mums who live in Aston on Trent and who are unhappy with the state of the children's playground on the Recreation Ground in Aston. They are hoping to raise a minimum of £50,000 to totally renovate the playground. In April they held a fund-raising Smashie and Nicey 70s and 80s disco at the Memorial Hall in Aston. The event raised £1,678 through ticket sales, raffle ticket sales and donations. Pictured are members of the APP committee being presented with a cheque. They are Anita Kirkland, Helen Moulson, Louise Riches, Jane Dunn, Katie Clare and Dave Kirkland.

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A NEW sergeant is joining the Derby South Safer Neighbourhood Teams after working as Reactive Team Leader at Derby South section, based at Swadlincote. Sgt Steve Todd brings a wide range of experience with him to the area. He joined the Constabulary in 1992 and was a patrol officer at Long Eaton for six years before joining CID. He was promoted to sergeant in 2002 and has worked at Belper, Ilkeston and Long Eaton as Reactive Sergeant and also as Detective Sergeant on CID. Prior to joining the team at South Derbyshire, Steve was a Custody Officer at St Mary's Wharf police station in Derby. He said: "The areas I will manage with my teams will span from Hilton and Etwall in the North West, through Repton and Willington in the Mercia area and across to Melbourne, Aston and Weston on Trent in the North East area. "Whilst I will have office space at the Melbourne police office on Ashby Road, I am looking forward to getting out and working with partner agencies and the local community across the three areas." Steve is married with three children. In his spare time he walks with his black Labrador dog, Mr Montgomery, and spends time working in his allotment garden. He learnt to sail in Derbyshire and had a successful career racing International 505 dinghies on Foremarke Reservoir and also winning trophies at National and International level before joining the Constabulary. He is still a keen yachtsman and recently took part in an ocean passage, sailing a yacht back to the UK from the Azores.

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LOCAL enthusiast and expert Bob Smith made a valiant effort to explain the intricacies of bellringing when he gave a talk on its history to Melbourne Civic Society. He traced the history of this very English activity back to Fabian Stedman. He wrote a book called Campanologer whose influence continues to the present day. With the introduction of the full wheel and the stop, it enabled bells to be pulled in sequence. Depending on the number of bells a great many changes can be rung. A peel consists of 5,000 or more changes. Not for the faint-hearted, successful bellringing demands stamina, good memory and perfect timing. Melbourne Parish Church is special in that it has a full complement of 12 bells. It will have the great honour of hosting the National 12 Bells Striking Competition in June next year. Now judged with the help of computers for accuracy in timing, rivalry is fierce and Melbourne will be cheering on Bob Smith and his fellow bellringers from all over Derbyshire. – PA

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FOUR members of the Melbourne detachment of the Army Cadet Force had the experience of their lives when they joined a Derbyshire contingent of cadets on a trip to Everest Base Camp. Adult Instructors Color Sgt Julie and Sgt Eliot Long and two cadets Pte Jack Knowle and Lance Cpl James Boland represented Melbourne on the trip organised as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Army Cadet Force. The party flew from Heathrow to Delhi and on to Katmandu in Nepal. Julie and Eliot were part of the Logistics and Welfare group who stayed in Katmandu for the duration of the visit with Jack and James moving on after a short stay in Katmandu. The group flew to Lukla, a mountainside town with reputedly the most dangerous airport in the world due to its location close to Mount Everest. The whole party spent several days trecking to Phack Ding and Namche Bazzare, each person having a day sack containing water, wet weather and warm kit. After three days acclimatising it was on to Teng Boche and then Deng Boche with another day acclimatising before the main team, including James, trecked on to La Boche and then on to Everest Base camp. The junior team, which included Jack, spent three days on trekking excursions before heading up to La Boche at 5,000 me-

tres to meet up with the main team trekking down from Base Camp. The cadets experienced dry weather during their trek with temperatures of minus 20 at night for those at Base Camp – a contrast to the 26 degrees centigrade in Katmandu. The diet was mainly Sherpa Stew consisting of hot water, noodles, vegetables and garlic with water or tea (no milk) and lots of sugar. Jack, who lost a stone in weight during the trip, was very upbeat about the adventure. "It was the best experience of my life," he said. "The build-up with weekends away, learning new skills and bonding with the rest of the team were all part of something special." The downside for Jack was that he didn't enjoy the stomach bug that accompanied him for 17 of the 22 days of the expedition. Julie and Eliot may not have got as far as Base Camp but their time in Katmandu was enjoyed with excursions to a school and an orphanage and to the British Embassy with the full group. They also had their hands full when several adult helpers were evacuated to Katmandu. The quartet of Julie, Eliot, Jack and James would like to thank all their supporters who sponsored the many activities they engaged in to provide the funds that enabled them to undertake and enjoy their wonderful experience.

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Ruby Marcer (Late of Melbourne) Wife of the late Ron, Mum of Janet, Grandma of Stuart and Ian and Mother in law of Mac, passed away peacefully at her Nursing Home in Surrey on 28th of May, 2011.

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winning NLD 7s at the end of year. In girls rugby, the Melbourne Minxes are the only team in Derbyshire with both an U15 and U18s girls team. The Seniors finished fourth in the league and won the Derbyshire Cup. The first team completed its season by beating Chesterfield 52-28 in the Derbyshire Shield and bringing home the trophy. Melbourne dominated the first half with a hat-trick of tries from Ashley Stringer and a try each from Olly Page and Rob Foster. Chesterfield tried to get back into the game but Olly Page added another try and Rob Hollingsworth scored two. Euan Holden added the rest of the points with his kicking. Olly Page was the man of the match. Three players from the squad played full NLD competitions.

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MELBOURNE RFC held its annual awards dinner at the Liberal Club with chairman Ian Lucas overseeing the running of the event for the final time, as he is stepping down in June. Over 90 people, including over 20 U16s, sat down to a meal provided by Upper Crust of Ashbourne. This was followed by a disco from Thompson Leisure. The Chairman’s Award was presented to Peter Upe for general services to the club both in the senior and minis and junior sections of the club. The 1st XV award was jointly awarded to Ashley Stringer and Olly Page. Ashley has decided to move up a couple of leagues and will be joining Derby RFC next season. Ashley also won the leading try score trophy with a season’s tally of 31. Dean Sylvester was awarded the second team player of the year while Chris Stark won two awards – the most improved player and the coveted Players' Player voted for by fellow players. The most promising player award went to Rob Hollingsworth, who cemented his position in the back row after Christmas and finished the season with a flurry of tries. Clubmen of the year went to Tor Lucas and Heather Lowson. The Robin Clayborn Memorial Award was handed by Sophie Clayborn to Tom Williams. Finally the naughty boy award was given to Rob Foster for managing to get sent off whilst not even playing.

A COLLECTION of Melbourne RFC award winners display their trophies (above). Ian Lucas is pictured below being thanked by Peter Upe and Peter Welsh for his contributions as club chairman during his six years in office. He is now standing down.

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JAMIE Spencer-Pickup, an Aston on Trent School pupil was recently selected for the Nottingham County Judo squad in a team event held in Kidderminster. Jamie and his two team mates participated in the lightweight division against 11 other competitive teams. All three team mates competed bravely against four strong teams with each of the three players winning their respective bouts to put them in the semi-finals. This proved more of a test but they won through to the final to fight for gold. The first team member won his fight, then they lost the second. It was all up to Jamie to win the final bout. The contest was a gruelling encounter with neither competitor giving any quarter; finally Jamie made a strong attack and threw his opponent to the ground and then holding him down giving him and the county squad a great win and a well deserved gold medal.

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back to netball Ticknall 1st XI: back row (l to r) – Zain Abbas, Graham Chamberlain, Jack Lamb, Sam Jubber, Shaid Khan, Raja Sohail Haider and Kevin Holdgate (scorer). Front – Ricky Kniveton, Ben Spendlove, Luke Harvey (captain), Rupert Scott-Jones and Paul Borrington.

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TICKNALL Cricket Club enjoyed a solid start to the Derbyshire Premier League season after winning promotion in 2010. The Grange side has beaten big-spending Alvaston & Boulton and the unpredictable Ilkeston Rutland, as well as earning a creditable draw with title hopefuls Sandiacre Town. Their only defeat so far came in a rain-affected clash with Quarndon, for whom for-

mer Ticknall all-rounder Nathan Dumelow now plays. Luke Harvey's men sit fifth in the table after four games and look better placed to survive the season compared to 2008, when they finished bottom of the premier league and were relegated. Derbyshire's Paul Borrington has hit two unbeaten centuries and is averaging in excess of 200 in all competitions so far this season, while all-rounder Shahid Khan

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Winshill. Town hit 186 all out with new signing Matt Briers top scoring with 42 and, despite 4-29 from Melbourne's Andy Potts, the away side sneaked home by three wickets. The following week, away to Rolls-Royce, the home side was 110-0 at halfway but a sensational spell of 6-34 by skipper Alex Slater aided by 2-30 by Shaihd Qaisar saw Royce stumble to 192-9. In reply Mark Rossi hit an unbeaten 65 to take Melbourne to victory by four wickets. The final match of the month at home to Alrewas Seconds saw Melbourne bat first and hit 224 with Russell Allaway scoring 75 not out aided by Slater (50) and

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