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Village Voice No 247 June 2013

Melbourne & District

TOWN HAS SAY ON PUB MOVE THE PEOPLE of Melbourne will be given the chance to air their views on the controversial de-listing of a landmark building. South Derbyshire District Council has responded to English Heritage's decision to de-list the Melbourne Arms, opening up a possible de-

by DAVID BELLIS velopment of the site, and the public will be consulted. The council considers the building to be "of landmark status with the strong historic character of the exterior" and hopes to safeguard it by extending the conservation area within Melbourne.

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The proposed extension of the conservation area takes in property from 60 Ashby Road up to and including the site of the Melbourne Arms, and a swathe of open land on the other side of the road known as Brown's Field up to Bare Hills. But David Kumar, owner of the Melbourne Arms, is not so happy. He views the proposal as the district council trying to claw back some powers of controlling the character of the building and adjacent land to the Melbourne Arms site. He said: "I wish to build a development of which Melbourne could be proud, and which will live in the town as my epitaph. I am employing first class architects to give me what I really think will become a credit to Melbourne. There is always change, even in Melbourne, because that is a law of nature." He insists it is not his purpose to destroy the existing Melbourne Arms. Local house owner Alan Dunnicliff, however, sees the council bid differently: "Well, I suppose that it is after all for the long-term good of Melbourne." There are many more people who would welcome the extension of the conservation area. Ian Turner, the Melbourne Civic Society's planning expert – speaking in a personal capacity – said that the proposals were "very welcome". Melbourne Parish Council recognises the importance of the landmark entry road and objected to English Heritage de-listing the building. What has amazed many local people is that the delisting process was completed by English Heritage without, apparently, any local consultation at parish or district council level. District Councillor Jim Hewlett told Village Voice that "it would be a shame to see the Melbourne Arms destroyed". He said: "I am certainly in favour of the extension of the conservation area. Melbourne is a very special place, and we must do everything to preserve it, otherwise we could become like the suburb of any large city." District councillors on the Environmental and DeContinued on Page 3





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THE Melbourne Civic Society has produced a self-guided trail booklet around the centre of the town showing key points of interest. It will be available from mid-June and will be on sale at Melbourne News. The Town Trail guide was originally published 18 years ago as a leaflet by the Melbourne Business Association, the parish council and the civic cociety. The text was written by South Derbyshire District Council's Heritage Officer Philip Heath and it was illustrated by local artist Helen Vamplew.

itor other than the civic society’s two bestselling walking guides. "I realised that we could make a start by revamping the 1995 tour guide, which is now out of date. Luckily, the civic society backed the idea and financed the revised guide. This very attractive and informative booklet will be on sale at £1 per copy.” On Saturday, June 22 – this year’s National Civic Day – there will be a guided walk following the route in the trail guide leaving Church Square at 11am. A charge of £2 per head will be made towards civic society funds.

Players’ Mercy money MEMBERS of St Michael’s Players presented a cheque for £500 to Terry Harrison, of Melbourne, who accepted the donation on behalf of the charity Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships is an international Christian medical charity founded in 1978 that operates primarily in African countries from ships that have been converted to hospitals. The Mercy Ships fleet has served in more than 150 ports in developing nations around the world. Terry first became involved with Mercy Ships almost 20 years ago when the company he worked for as an engineer specialising in diesel engines, was invited to supply engines to provide on-board electricity for one of the ships. Mercy Ships kept in touch with Terry and when he retired he was invited to join the UK Board of Advisors; later he was appointed to the Board of Trustees. He continues to provide his professional expertise as and when required. In addition, Terry is a promoter of the charity and responds to invitations to talk about the history and objectives of Mercy Ships. Pictured (l-r) are: Linda Mills, Gordon Hughes, Terry Harrison and Sallie Jackson.

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The trail leaflet has been transformed into a colourful booklet with a map as the centrepiece. The project has been managed by Melbourne Civic Society's vice-chairman Barry Thomas with help from committee members Claire Sturges and Ian Turner. Philip Heath has rewritten the text and the map has been updated by Anthony Freeman of Origin Design. Barry Thomas said: “I recently visited a north Derbyshire market town and was surprised to find a range of local leaflets and guides which were of a high quality. In Melbourne there is little for the casual vis-



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Full weight of the law TRADING Standards officers together with the police carried out a day of checks in the Swarkestone Bridge and Moira Road, Swadlincote, areas after complaints that weight restrictions were being breached. Four drivers of vehicles were found to be committing offences and action was taken by way of a fixed penalty notice and an advisory letter to their company bosses. If you see any vehicles that may be doing the same, contact the Trading Standards Office at Matlock on 01629 536197.

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● THE ROYAL Suite at the Royal British Legion was packed once again to see who would be crowned Miss Melbourne and her six attendants for 2013. With over 50 girls entering this year’s contest, the judges had a hard task in choosing who would win. Each entrant was invited to answer a few questions from hostess Tracey Ridley and then it was time to open the

golden envelope with the winner’s names. Last year’s Miss Melbourne, Sian Davis was on hand to present the crown to Miss Melbourne 2013, Georgina Smith. Georgina is 15, comes from Melbourne and attends Chellaston Academy where she is studying for 11 GCSEs. She is very active and has been danc-

ing since she was two, appearing in a number of shows at Derby Assembly Rooms. Georgina is also working to achieve her Silver Medallion, Life Guards course and the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. Congratulations also go to this year's attendants, Bethany Peace, Grace Sharratt, Mia Moreton, Fay Martin, Eve Wingfield and Paige Toon.

Carnival circus floats are still needed ROLL UP, roll up – floats are still needed for the carnival procession next month, and this year’s theme is The Circus. Organisers of the annual Melbourne Fete and Carnival have revealed more details about what will happen on the day of the event on July 13. There will be a traditional circus Big Top with three shows and all-day workshops. Breedon Priory Health Club will also be on hand for the day, tossing tyres into the pen. The Melbourne Town Band will be proudly marching in the procession but organisers would like to see more floats signing up to

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New Melbourne Arms proposal Continued from Page 1 velopment Committee considered the advice of the officers of the council to extend the conservation area at a meeting on June 6. In a lengthy briefing paper for the councillors, the officers approved a six-week public consultation period, starting on June 7 and ending on July 19. In this matter of the extending of conservation area status, the district council does have clear statutory authority to make its decision fully legal under a Planning Act of 1990. The Brown's Field land belongs to the Melbourne Estate, and has long been used (unofficially, and not of right) as an open space where people roam freely.

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Country Living with Robert Parker

A GROUP of MPs under the title of the International Development Committee has said families should eat less meat as grain used to feed animals should be saved for humans. The report said that the UK was never more than a few days away from a significant food shortage. This pronouncement seems incredible in the wake of the past few years of our politicians telling us that we are producing too much food and encouraging us to give more land back to nature. I would agree that feeding grain to animals is not efficient and should be discouraged, but a lot of cattle and sheep are reared on very low grain diets. Our upland areas where arable crops can’t be grown are used extensively for grazing animals and this shapes the landscapes in these areas. Without grazing a lot of this area would be woodland and scrub. A lot of good agricultural land is being used to grow crops for the production of energy and

I’m not sure how sensible this is in the long term. Look at the very good land planted with trees in our area in the last twenty plus years to form the National Forest. Many hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money has been put into this project and I’m not sure now if it’s been very good value. ■ Is it just me but have you heard much of the cuckoo again this year? I heard him in April for a brief performance but have not heard him since. Living well into the countryside you would expect to be hearing that plaintive sound every day and this must be evidence of the lack of numbers. I have friends in a neighbouring village who tell me they are woken every morning during May by two cuckoos going crazy in their garden. So what has happened to our migrant friend? Are they being persecuted in Africa or are they not making the epic journey to our shores. Does anyone know the answer?

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Forthcoming events Father’s Day Forage Sunday 16 June, 11am – 4pm Bring Dad along to sample beer and chocolate for a Father’s Day treat. Tollgate Brewery and Bittersweet Chocolate Co will be here for you to sample and buy from. Don’t forget to take the chilli challenge in the gardens! Midsummer at Calke Friday 21 June, 7pm – 10pm Enjoy a charming evening within the walled gardens jam packed with fine food and fabulous entertainment. Set within the different areas of the walled gardens you can find a fantastic line-up of live music and unique entertainment all with easy access to the Champagne Bar, Gourmet BBQ and Pimms Tent. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. Tickets £25, Booking Required on 01332 871654 or Kite Flying Day Sunday 23 June, 11am- 4pm

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The Garden of Imagination Sat 13 July – Fri 30 August, 10am – 4pm Seek out our Garden of Imagination and discover lots of family fun activities every day of the school summer holidays in our Large Kitchen Garden. Weave your way through the paths and discover secret spaces. Stumble across our summer meadow and get busy in the beehive. Hide away in giant willow sculptures and seek out natural wonders. Opening for 2013: House: Sat-Wed 12.30pm – 5pm End of Era Tours Thurs & Fri 11am – 4pm Garden: Open daily 10am – 5pm Restaurant/Shop: Open daily 10am – 5pm Calke Park & Nature Reserve: Open daily 7.30am – 7.30pm (dusk if earlier, closed 25 Dec) Visit for more information Normal park admission applies to all visitors. For more information on what’s on at Calke please visit or telephone 01332 863822 @NTCalkeAbbey

● KAYLEIGH Iliffe is a personal trainer and class instructor at the Picture of Health fitness studio in Melbourne. At the beginning of May she hosted a prize draw to raise money to go towards a body fitness competition being held in Manchester the following day. Kayleigh’s coach, Michelle Brannan – an IFBB Pro Bikini athlete – was in attendance and drew the raffle. She also hosted a posing and stage prep workshop during the morning.

Having secured a fourth place at Manchester, just one point away from a qualifying place, Kayleigh was upbeat about her experience. “I had great feedback and loved my time on stage,” she told Village Voice, adding: “I’ve also decided to enter another show in a few weeks’ time.” Kayleigh is pictured on the left (in the shorts) together with Michelle Brannan and all the girls who attended the gym for the bikini boot camp style training session.

Village Voice Postbag MAY I, through the Village Voice, thank all those who helped and supported me during the recent county council election campaign. This support was greatly appreciated and invaluable in getting me elected after the retirement of Cllr John Harrison – a hard act to follow. Many thanks. Linda Chilton, County Councillor, New Melbourne Division.

Tribute to John Harrison – centre pages Council debts written off

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DEBTS of well over £380,000 were written off last year by South Derbyshire District Council. At a Finance and Management Committee in May, the committee was confronted by officials with non-collection of Council Tax amounting to £335,000 in the financial year 2012/2013. In addition, housing rent defaults were written off to the tune of over £44,000.

A RANGE of Derby County Football Club memorabilia went under the hammer at the Hanson’s sporting auction with an iconic Rams number six shirt worn by Derby and England star defender Colin Todd fetching £460. The last corner flag to fly at the Baseball Ground in 1997 sold at £260 and the original B Stand sign from the Baseball Ground went for £510.

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Changes  –but not WE’RE ON THE all for the better THEY say that nothing in Melbourne changes. But the parish council has changed over the last 20 years. No longer in the traditional council chamber, it meets in the Assembly Rooms lounge. The council's attention to detail, and the ability of listeners to hear clearly is seriously impaired by the very noisy Keep Fit class next door, with music and bawled instructions. It is difficult to catch every word spoken, which is not a good basis for a public meeting. The newly appointed Parish Clerk, Jacqui Storer, writes full minutes and a full agenda; she seems a most professional lady, not surprising as she acts as clerk for several parishes. The June meeting duly went through the minutes of the mid-May committees, which covered a whole host of detail, often mind bogglingly boring – like, for instance, on the burial grounds committee, which contained decisions about felling trees and the penetration of damp in the cemetery walls, and the task of documenting the procedures at the burial ground. Dull, yes certainly, but if unattended to, become major problems, and these matters are dealt with seriously and with careful attention to detail by the council. Similarly, the highways and street lighting committee dealt with shrubs overhanging roads and paths, raised manholes, twisted road signs, potholes, deteriorating speed bumps in Packhorse Road, hanging baskets, surplus bus stop signs, overflowing ditches, dangerous pavements. The thing to recognise is that the parish council itself actually has little power to put things right. All highway matters are in the hands of the county council. So the parish council is the conduit for action to be requested of another higher authority. Frustrating for councillors, but essential detail for keeping things attended to, and put right. The chairman of the recreation and amenities committee, Councillor Andrew Jackson, reported good progress on the Melbourne Sporting Partnership. A management committee drawn from the member clubs had been agreed, and board members were voted in. John Harrison is chairman, deputy Andrew Jackson, secretary Douglas Keith, and Robert An-

DAVID BELLIS reports from the June meeting of Melbourne Parish Council derson is treasurer. In addition Stuart Batchelor, a senior official at the district council, will join the board. Cllr Jackson also reported that the MSP would appoint a project manager shortly to see through the huge task of building and actually overseeing this very large project, designed to modernise Melbourne sports facilities. He also told the council that it was likely that the end of July would see £2million in the kitty, the proceeds of donations from major sports charities. So, when the MSP takes over the sports life of Melbourne, there will be little that the recreation committee will have left to do. Other items of note: ■ The MSP will be holding an open evening on July 17, when from 5pm to 8pm, a full account will be made of the plans on drainage, landscaping, the pavilion, the pitches, with engineer specialists present, and all the plans and timing openly discussed. ■ Beware, as summer blossoms, of thieves and burglars. Two burglaries were reported where householders left their doors open, and they were robbed. So if you are upstairs or in the garden, just ensure your doors are secure. ■ District Councillor Jim Hewlett reported that unemployment in South Derbyshire was well below national levels at 2.1%. He also said that management adjustments at Swadlincote had resulted in a saving of £160,000. ■ There is some doubt that the late night shopping will take place this year, as some traders are not enthusiastic. The situation will need clarifying, as the clerk warned it would be necessary for the council to apply for a street closure in good time.

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Assembly Rooms annual meeting THE Annual General Meeting of Melbourne Assembly Rooms Limited will take place in the Melbourne Assembly Rooms on Monday, June 24, at 7.30pm. The meeting will be chaired by Phil Dobby and the agenda will include the chairman’s report and reports from each of the committees. Stuart Bachelor from South Derbyshire District Council will also address the meeting. Items for discussion under Any Other Business must be received (by e-mail or at the office) by 7.30pm on Thursday, June 20. In line with the constitution, two directors have stepped down from the board. Therefore, any member wishing to put themselves or other members forward for election should complete a nomination form, ensure it is proposed and seconded by two other members and complete the 150 word ‘pen picture’. The nomination forms should be returned by 5pm on Monday, June 17, to the office or by e-mail to Voting will take place on the evening of the AGM. If you wish to cast votes before the meeting, forms will be available from the office or by e-mail request. The results of the vote will be announced during the meeting. Residents of Melbourne wishing to become ‘Members’ of the Assembly Rooms, can apply direct to the office. Membership is free.

Blast of brass MELBOURNE Town Band will present a 'Blast of Brass' on July 20. The town band, together with the training band will perform a programme of music guaranteed to thrill and delight its audience. Over £6,500 has been raised for charity from previous stagings of the band’s Blast of Brass concerts. This year’s chosen charities are the Poppy Appeal and Treetops Hospice, and hopes are high that they will benefit from a sizeable sum. The repertoire of music and level of ability has been elevated to create an incredible programme for the concert which will present over 100 musicians. As well as the local bands there will also be a marching display by the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers. The night will climax with a professional firework display. The concert will take place at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel with the gates opening at 5pm. To secure your ticket call 07968 126325 or see any band member.

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● THE REVD Mark Powell (centre) is seen with helpers as they wait for the gates to open for the Parish Church Garden Party in the Vicarage Garden. The poor start to the day did not stop people turning up and spending a pleasant couple of hours perusing the stalls and enjoying the tea and cakes on offer. The organisers were pleased with the event which raised £1,427 for church funds.

MMR vaccine reminders to parents LETTERS have been sent to the parents of all school pupils in Derbyshire reminding them to make sure their children get the MMR vaccine. Derbyshire County Council has written to all parents via primary and secondary schools as part of its work in partnership with Public Health England and the NHS to keep the number of measles cases in Derbyshire low. There have been just four reported cases of measles in the county this year, but public health professionals are urging parents to check their child’s vaccination records and take urgent action if they’re found to

be not up to date. The majority of cases in the current outbreaks have been in unvaccinated school children and young adults, with nearly half of all cases reported in 10 to 16-year-olds who have not had the two doses of vaccine needed to provide a higher level of immunity. Measles is a highly-infectious virus that spreads very easily and in some cases can cause serious complications and even death. Once infected with measles it can take two weeks for the symptoms to begin. When the symptoms do start, it is usually with a fever, cough, runny nose

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Festival’s tea and memories

THIS summer you are invited to join in with several free sessions organised by Melbourne Festival and also enjoy a nice cup of tea. During late June and July why not go along and meet one of the writers and artists working on the Expanding Horizons project at one of the Tea or Sari sessions and tell them what makes Melbourne special. The writers, Melbourne’s Gregory Heath and Indian writer Debjani Chatterjee MBE, are working together on a project about Tea and Memories – the similarities between our family values and south Asian families – our love of food, family and the way everything is better after a cup of tea! On Wednesday, June 26, storyteller Debjani Chatterjee invites you to Afternoon Tea and Memories at Melbourne Library. Gregory Heath joins her in the evening for a light-hearted look at life through Tea and Poetry. Having listened to the writers, why not pick up your pen on Saturday, July 13, between 2.30 – 6pm and join the Writing Workshop with the two. For everyone who has admired traditional saris and wanted a closer look, drop in to Melbourne Library on Wednesday, July 10, for Tea and Saris, a look at saris over a cup of tea. Stay for a talk with Gopa Nath about Indian saris and artist Jemma Rix about ideas for a Melbourne wall-hanging. During July you will also be able to meet Gopa and Jemma at workshops at Melbourne Infant and Junior Schools, Rainbows and Brownies. You can also join in with sari activities for children at Melbourne Carnival and, on Wednesday, July 24, at Melbourne Library. The free sessions are open to everyone and you can drop in for a cup of tea and share your ideas about Melbourne and how Melbourne Festival is for you, not just “for other people. For further details see the advert in this edition, call 07768 192369, visit or email

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sister Jane to hang up her uniform PRACTICE Nurse at Melbourne Health Centre, Sister Jane Carroll has decided that the time has come to hang up her uniform and retire. Having changed to part-time working in 2012, Jane has decided to part company with the job she has loved for more than 30 years and bring her working life to a close. Whilst no specific date has been identified at the time of writing, the countdown has begun to a leaving date in August.

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ALAN Walker of Melbourne has been in touch with the Village Voice regarding one of the photographs in the March edition. He has a copy of the photograph at home with some of the names that his mother, Jessie Walker (nee Brookes) had identified some years ago. She is on the photograph, third from the left on the top row. The photograph is believed to have been taken circa 1935 but the location and occasion are still unknown. Top row (l-r): Edna Godfrey, unknown, Jessie Brookes (later Walker), unknown, unknown, Flora Adkin (sitting at Piano), Marjorie Wall (Later Stafford); middle: Kitty Earp; bottom row: Leonora Stafford, Phyliss Jackson, unknown; standing: Harry Coates (left) and unknown.

IN RESPONSE to a request to identify a photograph in the March issue of the Village Voice, Mavis Cox (nee Burrows) has been in touch with the following information. "I worked in the office at Castle Mills from 1948-1954 as a shorthand typist and I believe this party was at the Public Hall on December 18, 1953. The men on the front row are: Gerald Bull, Harry Toplis, Charlie Parnham, Alf Foddy, ? Lees and Walter Cartlidge. I recognise five ladies, Marlene Dawson, Margaret Hatton, Evelyn Salisbury, Kitty Wilkins and Jean Hemmings. "The reason I remember the date is because the next day, December 19, was my wedding day. "I hope this information is of use. If I am wrong on any details I am sure there will be someone to put me right."

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The Melbourne Sporting Partnership would like to invite members of the public to view and discuss plans for the proposed sports development project at Cockshut Lane Recreation Ground. The plans will be on show at a public exhibition at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms on Wednesday 17th July between 5pm and 8pm. Details of the drainage scheme, site layout and club house plans will be available to view at a drop-in style event. Officers from South Derbyshire District Council and representatives from the sports clubs will be available to explain the scheme. The £2.5 million scheme looks to provide exciting new facilities for outdoor sports in Melbourne, including rugby, football and cricket pitches, a new clubhouse with changing rooms, tennis courts, bowls green and children’s and youth play facilities.

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time for scarecrows WITH the sun making a brief appearance over the Bank Holiday, it’s a good reminder that the Ticknall Scarecrow Trail is not far away. This annual event, now in its sixth year, will be held on the weekend of July 6 and 7 to raise money for selected charities. “The event is a great opportunity for all of the village to get involved, “ said organiser Jake Kay “and it raises a lot of money for local good causes.” Last year’s winning entry was “The Tour de France” and the charities CRY, Hemihearts and The Ticknall Youth Club all benefited from a share-out of over £2,400 raised. With refreshments available across the village, an adult and junior quiz on the trail, and an opportunity to see the fabulously inventive creations, the weekend proves popular both with locals and visitors from further afield. With no theme set this year, Ticknall residents can let their imaginations run wild.

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Mums’ free tickets for a pampering LOCAL mums are giving away five free tickets to an exciting new event which will raise money for Melbourne Infant School. Two mums from the school’s parents’ association are organising a Ladies’ Pamper Evening at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms next month. They’re promising a relaxing and fun evening with a wide variety of stalls, many of which will be local businesses, selling a range of goods including gifts for the home, beauty products, clothing and jewellery. There will be a range of beauty therapists offering sessions of Reiki, holistic treatments, massage, reflexology, gel nails and also a fantastic facial rejuvenation treatment all at bargain prices – along with a lounge area with drinks, nibbles and chocolates to try. “This is the first time we’ve done anything like this and we really hope lots of people come along to make it a success for the school,” says Infant School mum Penny Mitchell, who is organising

the event along with fellow mum Tracey Boardman. “We’re giving away five free tickets for the evening which will be offered on a first-come firstserved basis. “Lots of local businesses and beauty therapists will be showcasing their skills at the event so it’ll be a fantastic chance for people to see what’s available on our doorstep.” The Melbourne Infant School Parents Association raises thousands of pounds for the school each year. The Ladies' Pamper Evening is being held on Friday, July 5, in the Melbourne Assembly Rooms from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets bought in advance of the event will be £5 which includes a glass of wine, or £6 if purchased on the door. They are not limited to one per person. To claim your free ticket, contact Penny on


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● A GARDEN party at the home of Simon and Sue Quinn raised £750 to be shared between The Friends of Lungthung, a village school in Nepal, and Footprints, an orphanage in Kenya. The inspiration for the chosen charities came from Sue’s daughter, Michelle Younger, who has visited Lungthung in Nepal three times and from Sue’s work colleague whose friend has moved to Kenya and established an orphanage there. The event was well supported and the weather was very kind. Sue would like to thank everyone who turned out to support the event and to the brilliant helpers for all their efforts. Face painting was a popular event for the children, illustrated by the group pictured.

Nigel elected council’s chairman AT THE Ticknall Parish Council annual council meeting, Councillor Nigel Picken was elected as chairman and Cllr Gill Holt vice-chairman. Following the recent retirement from the parish council of Cllr Richard Parker the council had invited applications from residents to become co-opted onto the council. Four volunteers expressed an interest and the councillors voted in a ballot. Sue Browne received the majority of votes and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office. The chairman thanked all the candidates and said it had been a fantastic response. He reminded them all that the whole council will resign in 2015 when an election will take place and asked them to consider putting themselves forward for election then.

A member of the public asked that something be done about the Ingleby Lane/Main Street junction, which, because of the parked cars on Ingleby Lane, is deemed hazardous. Often cars are parked very near the corner making it difficult to turn into Ingleby Lane, if there is traffic waiting to come out. The parish council has raised this problem on numerous occasions with Derbyshire County Council. In the past restricted parking has been suggested to DCC as a solution, but the county council will not put in restricted parking unless all of the parking in Ticknall is restricted parking – not a satisfactory solution. The county council has also refused to put yellow lines on Ingleby Lane to restrict parking near the junction. District Councillor Michael Stanton offered to take the matter up with DCC again.

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● THE ELVASTON Parish Plan Steering Committee held a traditional fete during the Spring Bank holiday weekend. Involving all parts of the parish, each community organisation was given the opportunity to run stalls or games to benefit their own organisation's income. Elvaston Cricket Club hosted the event and provided a bar, BBQ and cake stall, provisioned by the parents of the club's juniors. All proceeds went to local organisations or charities. Funds raised by the steering group's activities were for the group's project to develop a sensory garden within the walled garden of the park. Entertainment was provided by the Midland Counties German Shepherd Dog group, the Ambassadors of Derby Showband and Melbourne Town Band. The final event was an "Olde English Cricket Match" played under 18th century rules with players dressed in period costumes. Pictured are some of the cricketers and supporters.

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Choir’s spring concert a success THE MEMBERS of Melbourne’s mixed choir, A Choir’d Taste, were in good voice for their Spring Concert at Melbourne Assembly Rooms. The concert was the first in Melbourne for the choir under the leadership of the new musical director Paul Marshall. With a programme of British and American music, some attributed to Henry VIII, there were plenty of opportunities for solo, duet and ensemble pieces in both halves of the programme. A selection from Andrew Lloyd Webber completed the first half with a selection of Broadway hits as a counterbalance for the second half. My personal favourites on the night were John Rutter’s, For the beauty of the earth and Seal Lullaby by Whitacre. I’m also a sucker for Bernstein’s Tonight and Somewhere – and I wasn’t disappointed. The appreciative audience, however, responded warmly to each piece performed and the choir should feel very pleased with its achievements under Paul Marshall. The accompanist for the concert was the talented and reliable Philip Heath. A post-concert performance on the Saturday night, of a special medley, with words penned by Margaret Gildea and Frank Hughes, to acknowledge the 70th birthday of choir member Andrew Jackson was appreciated by everyone present including choir members. – Tom Mills

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Rotary in anniversary appeal for support MELBOURNE Rotary Club and Her Majesty the Queen share a 60th anniversary this year. As we all know, the Queen’s Coronation took place in June 1953, but not so many will realise that the Rotary Club has been serving the local community since that very time – and in so many different ways. The Rotary movement has changed much over the years but the overriding spirit is expressed in its motto “Service above Self”. The Melbourne club is grasping the changes with both hands and, as a 60th anniversary project, is reaching out to invite those with similar interests in furthering the community spirit of Melbourne to come and put it to the test. Roger Kington, one of the project leaders, says: “A major initiative is starting this month and we are seeking out those with the interests of Melbourne at heart to come along and join in our meetings (perhaps on a monthly basis, to best suit their diaries) and to give us a try over the next six months or so to see if Rotary appeals to them, and how – with their help – we can improve that appeal.

"We need to increase our numbers to extend our support both locally, nationally and internationally, and to achieve this, we see the future of the club in the hands of the 30s, 40s and 50s age groups – nobody is excluded." Melbourne scores highly in its financial support of local needs with major involvements such as the Fun Run, Santa’s Sleigh and the Young Musician event. Many other involvements do not catch the public eye – such as providing humanitarian support to the village of Bucence in Uganda, and educational support to children in Gambia. The appeal is out to all who are prepared to give Rotary a try – there are no age or gender barriers; there is no commitment to regular attendance; in fact, there is nothing to lose, but quite a lot to gain if you believe in making a contribution to your local community. And, if “Service Above Self” fits your personal self-image, it must be worth a visit! To find out more, phone one of the project team: Roger Kington 865885, Kate Dumelow 862666, Douglas Keith 864466 or Margaret Sharp 862471.

● STAUNTON Harold WI held a special evening garden experience and ploughman’s supper at Sharpe’s Market Gardeners in Kings Newton. Despite the wet weather, members and their partners were treated to an interesting talk from Martin Sharpe about the history of Sharpe’s and how they operate today. He also gave a demonstration of how to plant up a hanging basket. Martin is pictured with WI members and guests during the hanging basket demonstration.


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Walkers really are welcome here ... WITHIN weeks of achieving recognition by the Times newspaper as one of the top towns in the country, Melbourne has become the first town in Derbyshire to achieve Walkers Are Welcome status, joining just over 100 similar towns in the country. A steering group has been set up to manage the initiative, comprising members of the Footpaths Group, Melbourne Civic Society, Promote Melbourne, the parish council and Melbourne Area Transition. The launch will take place in September with a series of walks and the presentation of the official certificate of membership of the scheme. Secretary to the steering group, Barry Thomas, said: “We aim to make Melbourne a national walking centre and to encourage visitors to spend their money in our local shops, cafes and pubs. We also want to encourage more visitors to use public transport.” For more information contact Barry Thomas on 07708435469 or 01332865720, or by emailing ■ RESIDENTS of Shardlow will be holding their Open Gardens event on Sunday, June 30, from 11 am to 5 pm. A wide variety of gardens will be open to the public including one with its own garden railway giving visitors the opportunity to take a ride on a train. Profits will be shared between the Derbyshire,

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ohn – Thank you JOHN HARRISON – A tribute by DAVID BELLIS

tly defending the cuts imposed upon Mr Pickles. ingly, John relished the cut and thrust e, practising the skills learned as the Dithe British Knitting Federation, where battled at Westminster or Geneva or s to stem the tide of job destruction in stry against the competition of low-cost

t the county council, while relishing the battle, he, crucially, eschewed the one tactics of some other county leaders gion. ever he did to reduce the county's huge – and there were huge cuts – he d what was required apparently without deadlock and strike threats, and at the me, I guess, without alienating some of e 'gung ho' spirits within his own party. n outsider, I believe that this whole showed John had very considerable pokills. urse, although the job at Matlock re-

quired hard work, and adroit political skills, his councillor role, at district and at county level, required him to immerse himself into every local issue – whether Chellaston School, the airport, traffic problems, flood protection, race track noise, Swarkestone Causeway, speed limits in Melbourne or automatic speed monitors in Aston. Through his direct contact with constituents, he was extremely knowledgeable about the life of this area. He said once that his role for those who called on him for help was "to open doors for people". He was a major figure in ensuring the longterm future of Elvaston Castle and grounds as a public amenity. Similarly, appalled by the "totally inadequate" sporting facilities in Melbourne, he had the vision to set up the Melbourne Sporting Partnership, which, when completed, will surely be a fitting epitaph for his great efforts. Close to the community, he insisted on visiting parish council meetings and reporting on

what was happening at Matlock, and again in the parishes he helped to open doors. John was a gregarious man, who knew his job and knew his constituents. He loves to relax in the White Swan in the late evening, meetings all finished, with some of his 'leftie' mates, who didn't spare him the criticisms of government economic policies. Annoyingly for the 'lefties" he never strayed from the true Tory gospel. John, now 75, decided to relinquish his county seat. In his 13 years he had suffered severe disability, with a fractured femur, which took months to mend, and he also suffered major operations to his hand, as a result of a long-standing syndrome. So to all his other qualities – hard work, energy, political skills, and dedication – must be added a fine courage in the face of adversity. Farewell John Harrison, County Councillor … but not goodbye! As a district councillor, he will still be wishing to progress his interest in Elvaston Castle, the MSP and in all local matters where he has given so much, and where his energy and drive are so important.


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a background in choral singing would be useful. The society would also welcome more ladies, too. There is a varied annual programme with both summer and Christmas concerts in addition to the annual production. Iolanthe will be performed next March in the splendid Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton. Meanwhile, the society has a diamond jubilee celebration coming up, with 60 years of continuous success since reforming. The celebration concerts will be on July 26 in Long Eaton and at the Assembly Rooms in Melbourne on July 27. If you are interested in singing, or require more information about the Society, please contact Keith Reaveley 01332 810125 or visit



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Weddings spectacular

Calendar of colour

VILLAGERS from Ticknall held a spectacular wedding event in St George's Church, which was overflowing with beautiful white blooms specially for the occasion. Over 100 'guests' were treated to a display of 50 wedding dresses together with photographs and artefacts relating to weddings through the ages. Compered by Elizabeth Freeman, young ladies modelled many of the gorgeous dresses. They were attended by three little bridesmaids and a pageboy. Guests were served canapés and wedding cake accompanied by glasses of 'bubbly'. Later, guests had an opportunity to view the displays of dresses at close quarters. Some of the dresses originated as far back as the 1920s with other decades well represented. It was a wonderful evening, the proceeds of which will go towards the major project of creating a new kitchen and meeting room together with much-needed toilets at the west end of the church. Photo by John Rooks.

AT THE May meeting of the Ticknall Garden Club, Janette Merilion, a Lincolnshire garden historian and designer, shared her ideas on how to create ‘A Calendar of Colour’ in the garden. This was a useful source of inspiration to inject some colour into the garden whilst considering the different plant types available. For each month, recommendations were provided for a birthday plant, tree, shrub, climber, bulb and other flowers. Punctuated among these ideas were many interesting references to history, folk law, culinary tips and home remedies. For example, lavender (or Lavandula) is formed from the word lavare which means to wash; it was believed that washing a husband’s shirt in lavender would make sure that they were free of lice for a whole week! We also have it on good authority that if you can count seven daisies under one foot then summer has arrived...

Chocolate that helps you to lose weight CHOCOLATE is good for you and, ladies, can actually make you lose weight, according to a BBC report, advises local chocolatier Nigel Holling. But, he insists, it must be good quality chocolate – which is what his Bittersweet business creates. Nigel and wife Dianne started creating chocolate in their Melbourne kitchen, in 2006, with a view to creating high quality, flavoured chocolate, using the best available ingredients. Now based in a small cottage workshop behind The Three Horseshoes pub in Breedon, they create eight regular and two seasonal flavours in a range of products. The Bittersweet name came from the American term for dark chocolate, but sums up perfectly the flavour creations they produce. Nigel listed Chilli and Lime, May Chang (a Chinese lemongrass and ginger flavour), Lavender, Peppermint, Raspberry and Bergamot, Lemon, Orange and Caramelised, using only natural and organic flavourings from top quality sources. The cream for their chocolate is also unique, coming from the local Lubcloud organic farm. Their most popular range is the “ThingyMeJig” – a small disc of chocolate infused with flavour, but they also produce slabs, truffles and novelty items such as chocolate caterpillars and lollipops. “The secret is in the tempering process,” Nigel revealed, “that takes a lot of skill and training to get right, and then we infuse the flavours we think make a unique and exciting taste.” With a lifetime in the food industry he has a keen sense of what works, and he described how

he combines tastes not normally associated with chocolate to produce a winning formula. He is producing a unique Lapsang Souchong tea flavoured chocolate for the Melbourne Festival Tea Trail, which will combine the smokey flavours of the tea with the richness of dark chocolate. With wife Dianne and Kate Jackaman, the team is regularly producing award-winning handmade chocolate. In 2011 the business won a two star gold award for the Rose Cream chocolate from the Guild of Fine Food, putting them in the top seven per cent of products in the UK. They also run regular chocolate making workshops. Although they have a small wholesale and online business, Bittersweet sell mostly close to home, and they manufacture to order. Just next door, in The Three Horseshoes is an antique chocolate counter where their range of chocolate is sold, and there is a small retail shop at the rear of the pub. They also attend local food fairs and farmers markets. And if you don’t believe that chocolate can help you lose weight, Nigel has studied the science of food technology and explains that the ingredients in good quality chocolate may impact on the body’s metabolism to use more energy than contained in the food. This does not apply to chocolates made from vegetable or palm oil and butter fats. He also pointed to academic research being done in Derby into the health giving properties in chocolate. That is a good enough excuse for just one more Orange ThingyMeJig. – Frank Hughes

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THE MELBOURNE Church Square open gardens event this year was much reduced due to the poor weather leading up to the event and on the day. Despite the efforts of the hosts, many of the plants had not developed to the extent that would be normal for the time of year. However, visitors did turn out and enjoyed their experiences. The group pictured are in the Dower House garden with host Griselda Kerr on the right.

They are standing next to the Bell Ringers Seat, a bench that was purchased and installed from funds donated by the competitors of last year’s 12 Bell Striking Competition held in Melbourne, whose competitors had enjoyed the hospitality of the garden. Griselda had then planted Campanula (bell flowers) round the bench as a reminder of the occasion. The Dower House garden is open in aid of Cancer charities on the weekend June 15 and 16 (both days, 10am-6pm).

Club hears how Mike oiled the wheels THE PROBUS Club of Melbourne goes from strength to strength, meeting each month at the Welfare Centre in Church Street. The members are retired professional and business people. Current membership has been boosted over the last few months. One of the attractions of the monthly meetings of Probus is the opportunity to hear first class speakers, on their life and experience. At the April meeting, Mike Kelley who lives in Alfreton, spoke of his 28 years as a training manager for oil companies operating in the Middle East and Africa. Part of his talk was about Aden – "one of the finest deep sea harbours in the world", for over a century a fuelling base for British ships bound for India, the Far East, and Australasia. Aden was a British naval base until Yemeni independence in 1994. It was this vital imperial link that ensured British involvement in Yemen for so many years. Mike sketched the turbulent history of two Yemens since the evacuation of British forces in 1994. The northern section of the country, where stringent Sharia law was administered in full severity, and the south which was less fiercely Moslem proved a sure basis for civil war, which the north won, but the country has been unsettled ever since. Mike devoted most of his talk to the country, and its fascinating history stretching back to pre-Biblical times. The country has a very low rainfall, and horrendously high temperatures. Oil was discovered in the Yemen, and exploited by international oil companies. Mike was engaged by these companies to train the local labour to run the wells and to organise efficient transport of the oil. “They said it could not be done, but I did do it," said Mike, rightly proud of his achievement in a very difficult environment. How difficult can be gauged from his being accompanied by up to 10 armed minders. He was particularly interested in the unique architectural heritage. Huge buildings, some 1,000 years old, were built using mud bricks – this is still the way houses and cities are built today. The buildings, sometimes described as skyscrapers, are built very close together so the narrow gap between each building gave Yemeni cities a natural "air conditioning" system, as the dark alleyways and the tall buildings kept

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out the fierce heat. In addition, the Yemenis have for centuries perfected terrace farming, in what is a very hostile environment, much of the land being mountainous and barren. ■ Mike Kelley was a teacher for 10 years, in an English comprehensive school, and he was also a Rolls-Royce trained mechanical engineer. "Where new oil fields were found, politically the local governments had to employ local men to run and maintain the fields, but they were not trained to do so. Therefore the oil companies would send for me to set up training centres to bring the local men up to the required level. “Many said that this was mission impossible, but I did it." – DOB

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● KINGS Newton Social Group held a 60s evening at the Scout and Guide Headquarters . Eighty people gathered to enjoy the evening and many dressed up for the event. Mini dresses, kinky boots, flower power outfits and Teddy Boy drapes were all in evidence. Entertainment was provided by Graham Clarke, who played the guitar and sang music of the 60s throughout the evening. Food was presented as a 60s style buffet with cheese and pineapple on sticks, pork pies, luncheon meat and bread rolls followed by tinned fruit salad and evaporated milk. Guests are pictured in a variety of 60s attire enjoying the gathering.

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these large corporate businesses and consumers. Commenting on the MP's visit, Adam Devey-Smith. managing partner of The One Off, said: “It’s so beneficial to have good quality time with our local MP to discuss important issues around European business trading, design on the national curriculum and the demands of business expansion within a village location, knowing that you can have input and be listened to.” Pictured above are Adam Devey-Smith, Heather Wheeler and Richard Collier.

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OBITUARIES ALISON SUSAN STATHAM 1965 - 2013 ALISON was born in 1965 to parents John and Susan Rowley and spent her early years at Infant and Junior schools in Melbourne. She was often seen ‘helping’ at her father’s barber shop in Potter Street and loved dressing up for fancy dress competitions. Grandparents Nanas Rowley and Lancashire also featured strongly in her upbringing as she spent precious time with them. After secondary school in Chellaston, she went on to study nursing and qualified as a Registered General Nurse at Derby

School of Nursing. This proved to be a career borne out of passion for her, and she went on to be a sister in the Maxillofacial clinic for over 20 years. She will be remembered by colleagues as an inspirational leader and a friend to all who worked with her. As one of her friends put it: “She was 'old school' and wore her uniform with pride, going the extra mile to ensure anyone who needed a kind hand and her nursing expertise got the best possible care". Her nursing team were a huge part of her life and she celebrated with them through joy-

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They moved into Oaklands Way in 2001, and became very much part of the local community there. Family life centred around her love of their pets, holidays in Cyprus, trips in the restored campervan, Sunday visits to parents and in-laws and a devotion to Paul Weller’s music! Loving, kind, generous and thoughtful are among the many qualities she will be remembered for. At work Alison was part of the nursing team who planned for the new Royal Derby Hospital and her meticulous planning went into the design of the new “Maxi” clinic which stands today as a lasting legacy to her hard

work and dedication. Alison was tragically diagnosed with cancer in July 2012 and faced her illness in the way she faced life, always smiling and always thinking about the feelings of others. She sadly succumbed to her illness on April 17, only weeks before the due birthdate of her first granddaughter Scarlett, on May 28. Her funeral was held at Melbourne Parish Church and Jon and family would like to thank all friends and family for their kind wishes and for donations, which have been divided between Cancer Research UK, and Derby Against Bowel Cancer.

CAROLYN was born in 1962 in Chester-le-Street in County Durham, where she spent her childhood and early married life. From father Vincent Murray, a mad keen sportsman who had trained GB athletes, she evidently inherited some genes. She and her two sisters were competitive athletes, and she won the school trophy as a sprinter and a long jumper. Similarly, mum Dorothy had been a nurse and her influence was at work when Carolyn too entered that profession. She trained at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and obtained her first job as an intensive care nurse. Providing life support in critical situations was a reflection of the confidence she showed in herself from an early age. She had met future husband Keith at school aged only 15 and they married at 21. Carolyn supported them both while Keith finished his studies. A two-bed terraced house by the main London to Edinburgh railway line, with a train thundering past every 20mins, was her pride and joy at that time. A year later, when Keith qualified, a job offer from RollsRoyce meant a move to Mickleover. The young couple found Derby so quiet compared to life in the north east, where it was not unusual to go out most nights from Thursday to Tuesday keeping Wednesday as a

night in. Carolyn resumed her career as staff nurse at the Manor Hospital caring for the elderly. When the charge nurse died suddenly only a few months later Carolyn was appointed ward sister, clearly excelling in her work even then. Her job in nursing has led to strong friendships that have lasted throughout her life; she loved her work and enjoyed having a team to work and socialise with. She used her knowledge and got satisfaction from sharing her skills to develop others. Rather than seeking career advancement she preferred doing what she really enjoyed, being with the nursing team, and being ‘hands on’. Even after 25 years as a ward sister Carolyn would smile wryly when on training courses given by 'wet behind the ears' junior staff. Keith and Carolyn intended the move to Derby to be tempo-

rary before going back ‘home’ to the north east. As Keith puts it, “what happened though was we discovered Melbourne; a place where the locals will smile and say good morning to strangers. It was as though the north east had been moved here". They moved into Oaklands Way in 1988 where the neighbourly spirit was, and still is, superb and along with the friendliness of the local community Carolyn certainly considered Melbourne her home. Carolyn was known locally as someone who would always have time for a friendly chat and invariably would return her beaming smile. An avid reader, she liked nothing more than curling up with a new novel. She also enjoyed being part of the Oaklands quiz teams and, as Keith would say, their already slim chance of winning is now even slimmer! But the most important thing to Carolyn was her family. With Keith and three daughters, Nicola, Kara, and Sophie, she enjoyed special Christmases with her mother, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephew all coming to Melbourne for a big Christmas dinner. The serious after dinner board games, with dodgy dice rolling, provided long lasting memories of what family life is about. Carolyn first became seriously ill in 1997 but her response was a determination to see her daughters grow up. In those early dark days they often had several holidays in various stages of booking but most importantly they were able to

share many magical moments together. Over time though there was a gradual return to normality as the early problems became a more distant but never forgotten memory. In 2011 the shock of a secondary cancer diagnosis was tempered by the support received from the staff on ward 403 of the Royal Derby, where she became a patient to her own nurses. After a traumatic few weeks, it was realised that this re-occurrence could at least be managed rather than cured, and that was gratefully taken. She felt unwell again in April this year and, although hopes were raised by potential participation in a drugs trial, this was overtaken by events. She was able to spend the last days of her life at home, with the support of Treetops, and passed away at home on May 14 surrounded by her whole family. Keith and the girls would like to pass on immense thanks to all Carolyn’s friends and the medical teams at the hospital, to all friends and relatives who have been so supportive and to Treetops Hospice. They would like any donations to go to Treetops. Carolyn’s funeral took place at Melbourne Parish Church on May 30. ■ As a footnote, I was able to make a donation today of £2348.79 to Treetops Hospice in memory of Carolyn. This was monies received at the church and the Melbourne British Legion from friends and family in lieu of floral tributes. – Keith Wright

BILL HOPPER 1939 - 2013 BILL was born in Derby on July 29, 1939, and grew up in Alvaston, attending first the National School and subsequently Derby School. After leaving school at 16, Bill pursued a career with the Inland Revenue before joining the National Westminster Bank. It was here that he met his wife Jean. They married in June 1962, and had two daughters, Emma and Lucy. After living in Findern for several years, the family moved to Wisbech in East Anglia in 1977, where Bill became assistant manager. They enjoyed three years there, making many friends and enjoying the social life. Bill was an active member of the local Lions Club. On moving back to Derby in 1980, Bill joined the management team at NatWest’s Irongate branch, eventually moving

to Melbourne to take up the role of manager in 1988. Bill and Jean moved to Ticknall later that year, before later moving to Melbourne and then to Kings Newton following his retirement in 1994. In 2003 they moved again, this time to Egginton. During their time in Melbourne they made many dear friends and enjoyed an active social life. Bill was a member of the Rotary Club and was treasurer of the Melbourne Business Association and the Brailsford Ploughing Match. He was a lifelong fan of Derby County and Derbyshire Cricket Club. Sadly, in 2009, following a short illness, Jean died. This was a devastating blow to Bill and this, together with his existing health issues led to him moving into a residential home later that year. During this time, he still managed to enjoy several trips to the Bay Tree for

Sunday lunch. At the end of 2012, Bill was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and was transferred to a nursing home, where he sadly passed away on May 13. His funeral took place on May 29 at Bretby Cremato-

rium, followed by a send-off at the Hardinge Arms, both of which were well attended by family, friends and colleagues. Bill leaves behind two daughters, Emma and Lucy and two grandsons, Sam and Jake, of whom he was extremely proud. – Emma Laban ■ In the six years Bill Hopper was manager of the NatWest bank in Melbourne, he was actively part of the local community. As a traditional bank manager, with independent authority, he was very well respected by the local business community for his even handedness integrity. Robert Anderson, of Melbourne accountancy firm Andersons, summed up Bill Hopper’s qualities as a banker: “He was one of those experienced bankers who understood the businesses of his customers. He always tried to help whenever he could."

ous times and was highly dependable during the sad times. “A truly good person” is how she will be remembered. An innocent lift in a car with the “cool lad” from across the road led not just to a romance and marriage, but also a passion for Volkswagen cars and camper vans! Engaged on her birthday after only four months she and Jon Statham were married at Melbourne Parish Church in 1985 and they honeymooned in Scarborough. They soon became proud parents to sons Christopher John and James David, and Alison was deceptively adept at balancing home life with a demanding job.

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Vroom vroom for the Parkinson karters THERE was double success as local photographer Simon Parkinson competed in the ‘Rotax Max’ Kart racing championship races held at the Stretton circuit near Leicester whilst his nephew, Zac Parkinson, was also competing on the same day in the ‘Cadet’ races near Tamworth. Short of race practice, Simon knew it would take time to get back into the racing groove but after a short test session before the event, things were looking promising. Come race day, Simon qualified in sixth place which put him in good stead for the three heats and the final with a time only four tenths off the leading Rotax Max pace. After several good battles and typical close kart racing action, Simon’s aggregate scores from the heats meant he would line up in fifth position on the grid for the final, but it hadn’t been without its issues. “About half way through each of the heats, the engine would begin to misfire at high revs which was costing on average three quarters of a second per lap. All the drivers behind me would then begin to catch up so I had to drive defensively for the last few laps. “No matter what we tried between races we couldn’t resolve the problem so I had to race on knowing it was going to happen each time.” This led to some very close finishes as Simon beat one driver by three one hundredths of a second to take fifth position, an easier fourth position in the second heat and a seventh place in his third heat losing out to another driver by the slim margin of just one, one hundredth of a second! Starting fifth in the final meant it was going to be busy for the first few laps but by staying out of trouble and pushing on initially created enough of a gap so he wasn’t


● Simon and Zac with their trophies.

pressured towards the end of the race and crossed the finish line in an excellent third place to take the final podium position and trophy. Zac, who is competing in his first full season of Cadet karting, was racing at Priory Park Kart Circuit near Tamworth, a circuit he traditionally uses as a test track. Having taken his Association of Racing Kart School test last year and competing in the necessary number of races as a novice, this season he was looking to gain experience as an expert and compete for overall positions. Qualifying went extremely well and, with a time significantly quicker than any of his previous visits to the track, put his

kart on pole position for the first heat. A lights to flag victory followed, 15 seconds ahead of his nearest rival which showed confidence aboard his, new for this season, kart at only his second meeting of the year. Starting at the rear of the grid for heat two, due to the randomised grid slot procedure, he powered through to the front and was in the lead at the end of the first lap where he remained until he crossed the finish line. In his final heat he had again been gridded at the back but as before battled his way through the field to take a well-earned win and with it, first overall cadet, the top step of the podium and the trophy.



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THE MIDLANDS Region of the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) ran its Derbyshire Dales Drive on June 1. Starting from the Museum at the Donington Park racing circuit, 26 cars set off, including many classic British

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ExPlorEr Monty is now swad bound MARINE biologist and intrepid explorer Monty Halls is bringing a taste of the exotic to Swadlincote Town Hall on Tuesday, August 6. Monty has built up a following after presenting for the BBC for a decade, telling the tales of remote regions in both the UK and around the world. In this evening event, he offers an insight into what he learnt making the Great Escape series on the west coast of Scotland and in Ireland. He will reveal the extraordinary tales behind the filming of the multi international award winning Great Barrier Reef series,

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Town teams’ solid starts MELBOURNE Town Cricket Club has made a solid start to the 2013 season with the firsts showing good early form to lie in third place with the seconds occupying fourth spot. The first team began with a quite stunning 153 runs win at Lullington Park 3rds. An opening stand of 63 by Andy Potts (28) and Neil Thurlow (29) laid the foundations for Mark Rossi and skipper Alex Slater to carry on the good work with a brilliant unbeaten stand of 214. Rossi hit 109 not out and Slater 97 not out allowing Town to amass 276-2. In reply a hostile spell of 5-24 from Matt Briers and 3-41 from Ben Newton saw Lullington shot out for just 123. Melbourne entertained local rivals Ticknall 2nds the following week. In a match hit by rain, Melbourne scored exactly 200 all out thanks to solid knocks from Lee Tallis (42), Andy Potts (31), Tom Anderson (29) and Mark Rossi (27). In reply Ticknall ended on 94-5 with Slater taking 2-11 and the match was abandoned. A convincing six-wicket win at home to Winshill was thanks to 5-53 from Mick Meakin in restricting the away team to just 177-7 with spinner Matt Smith chipping in with a debut wicket. A hard-hitting 90 from opener Andy Potts saw Town home. Away to Dunstall, Melbourne managed to get to 161-7 off just 39 overs with Rossi top scoring with 33, but Dunstall faced only five overs when the rain came and the match was abandoned. A week later Melbourne went top of the league with an easy seven wicket win at home to Barton. The visitors were bowled out for 111 with Meakin the star with 6-21. Town’s unbeaten start to the season ended with the last game of May with a five-wicket defeat away to local rivals Swarkestone 2nds. Stand-in skipper Russ Allaway with 47 and Ian Roberts with 33 made the only significant score as they were restricted to just 159-7. Despite 4-30 from in form Meakin it was Swarkestone’s game. Town 2nds started with a winning draw at home to Etwall 2nds and put on 160-7 batting first. Simon Fletcher hit 34 not out on his debut. In reply Etwall struggled to 120-9 with Ranjit Rathore starring with 49. A disappointing defeat away to Packington saw them start well keeping the home side to just 152-9 with 4-45 from Humpidge . In reply Melbourne were all out for just 79, only Rathore with 28 making an impression. The seconds beat Barton 2nds by five wickets with the home side bowled out for just 93, thanks to 3-10 from Jason Lander. Bruno Rost with 34 not out saw Town home aided by Andy Stanley (34). The seconds completed a good start with a stunning 197-run victory at home to Dunstall 3rds as they amassed 229-6 with Kenny Grant (45) and Humpidge (45) top scoring – plus a remarkable 53 extras. A brilliant spell of 4-13 from Lander saw the visitors all out for just 32.


● ON A cool and damp evening Swarkestone Cricket Club held a ceremony to mark the official opening of its new practice net facility. The club and its juniors were delighted that the West Indies and Derbyshire star Shivnarine Chanderpaul was present to cut the ribbon and declare the nets open. Chanderpaul was warmly greeted and stayed to sign autographs for both young and old. The nets were constructed by Lee Spendlove Ground Care for a total budget of £19,000. Grants for the project were provided by: Lafarge Aggregates via the Environmental Trust (£10,000), Derbyshire County Council, leader’s membership fund by local councillor John Harrison (£1,000), Derbyshire County Council, Sports Action Grant (£1,000, East Midlands Airport £750. Money raised by the club and private donations covered the rest of the cost. One of the donations came as a result of the celebration of Mrs Susie Dixon’s 100th birthday in March 2012. Susie kindly requested that all gifts from her friends and relatives were financial and this raised in excess of £1,000. Pictured (l-r): David Corner (chairman, Swarkestone CC), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies and Derbyshire CC), and John Harrison (South Derbys District Council) with junior members.


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Ticknall look to improve on last season’s finish TICKNALL Cricket Club began its 2013 season in as good a position as ever, fielding four senior Saturday teams in the Derbyshire County leagues and a number of junior sides, ranging from under 10s quick cricket all the way through to under 17s hard ball. The first XI will be looking to improve on last year’s fourth place finish in the Derbyshire Premier League and will again be led by Luke Harvey. They will hope to see lots of Derbyshire contracted and Melbourne-based Paul Borrington, and their overseas player, Ali Khan, should add some fireworks after making his Pakistan A team debut this winter. All other senior teams will be hoping to challenge for promotion from their respective divisions. Junior cricket at Ticknall continues to be the main priority and the club will again field no fewer than nine junior sides over the next few months. All teams continue to perform to a high standard and many players will be set to represent their districts and counties this season. The club would be delighted to welcome more fresh faces to its ever growing senior and junior sections; there are always chances for cricketers of all ages and abilities to play. Junior nets take place on Tuesday nights from 6pm, with a number of qualified coaches available, seniors on a Wednesday from 6pm.

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Vets demolish the league leaders 10-1 MEMBERS of Kings Newton 1st Team Vets won their home match with league leaders Gardens BC Stapenhill 10-1 with some excellent performances in both singles and doubles. A win against Washlands 5-4, a 5-5 draw at Belvedere and a defeat 5-4 at Swad Caths completed the month. The A Team Vets had a disappointing month with two games cancelled, a 5-4 victory over Stapenhill and defeats 5-4 at Newhall and 6-3 at Hatton. Midweek games in the Derby evening league saw the 1st team draw 5-5 at Tutbury followed by six points at home to Stapenhill and winning only two and three games respectively at Brakens and Allestree. Although captain Neil Hill is not too displeased, he is looking for improvement. The A team won 10-1 at home to Alvaston and Crewton and 8-4 to Rykneld but lost 10-2 at Alvaston and Boulton and 9-3 at the Foreman’s Club. The Sunday League side had victories over Willington 7-1 and Gardens B 7-1 followed by defeats 5-3 at Gardens A and 6-2 at Henhurst. Captain Mick Walters is not too concerned as his team is a renowned cup team with silverware to prove it. Kings Newton Ladies had mixed fortunes with a 7-1 home defeat to Holbrook, a defeat at Ashbourne but a welcome victory away at Littleover. The club offers its congratulations to Cynthia Bailey on being selected for the county ladies team. The club competition for the Packhorse Trophy attracted 32 competitors and was won by David Smith and Bernard Raine, beating June Hill and Alan Bradley in the final. The club was chosen to host a South Derbyshire Individual Merit final in May. A good crowd gathered to watch eight top players compete for the Midland Masters final to be held in Buxton. The Merit was won by Dan Petcher. With afternoon and evening games throughout June to late September there are plenty of opportunities for anyone wishing to spectate and enjoy the club facilities, or even become a playing or social member. Ask a club member or visit for details.

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● WITH another season ended, the Minis Section of Melbourne Rugby Club celebrated with its awards ceremony at Chellaston Academy. Presenting the trophies was Melbourne’s home grown England U16s player Will Allman, who not only congratulated the players, but also donated his England shirt to the club. Minis and Juniors chairman Nick Brown said: “It was a delight to have Will return to his old club to honour the young up and coming players in the way that he did. Will is a great talent and a fine ambassador for rugby today."



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SPORT CriCket Club hopes are high ELVASTON Cricket Club is looking forward to success both on and off the field in the new season. With both the 1st and 2nd teams unbeaten – albeit after only two league matches – and players showing good early season form, they have high hopes. Newly appointed cricket manager and former player Andrew ‘Bodge’ Lindsay has set his targets for the season: “We have signed seven new players including Australian Zac Howard from Perth, three former players have returned and in real terms we have only lost one player to another club. "In light of this, I am hopeful that all of our senior teams will enjoy a good season. I’m looking for a top four position for the 1st XI, promotion for the 2nds, a top four finish and possible promotion for the 3rds and a mid-table position for the 4ths, who I know will continue to develop and bring on our younger players. “Not all new players will be plying their trade in the 1st XI and there will be an inevitable drop down to the team below for some. Elvaston players are a loyal breed and most will be happy to use their experience and playing attributes to better the team they find themselves in whilst still aiming to get their place back at a higher level After convincingly beating Walton on Trent, Elvaston are through to the regional final of the National Village Club where they will play either Stainsby Hall or Holmesfield. Should they win the regional final they will be only four matches away from playing at the home of cricket, Lords cricket ground in London, the scene of Elvaston's national triumphs in 1994 and 2000.

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Melbourne end with trophy win MELBOURNE RFC finished off a superb season with a hard fought win against Buxton in the Derbyshire Shield Final, played on Bank Holiday Monday. The game was played in superb conditions on a rock hard pitch, and Melbourne started the stronger. Early tries from Rob Foster and Ash Stringer saw them establish a 12-0 lead. Buxton fought back well, first with a penalty and then a converted try, for Melbourne to lead 12-10. The tackling was ferocious and the hard ground took its toll. The breakdown was a battle to savour with both sides competing for the ball, and Buxton’s strong runners were big and powerful. Errors hampered Melbourne. The scrum was shaky but the lineout functioned well. A quickly taken penalty saw Jacob Watts score under the posts with Euan Holden converting to make the half time score 19-10. Buxton lost a player to the bin and were lucky not to lose another after a succession of penalties. The physical nature of the game saw Morris hobble off early, but with seven subs and rolling subs allowed, it allowed Ian Master to rotate with regular squad members such as Chris Mansfield, Ash Corden and Al Judge. The second half continued to be tight with Buxton’s hard running round the fringes and Melbourne attempting to run the ball through their pacy backs. Melbourne played most of the rugby, but could not apply the killer blow. Tommy Howard went looking for the ball to try and break the club record of 32 tries but was well marshalled. Theo de Vies slotted a penalty after Holden took a knock to the knee, and then intercepted a Buxton pass to race in from halfway for the decisive score, converting himself. Buxton were not done, though, with their winger scoring a good solo try. The final whistle went with Melbourne 29-17 winners. The win saw the end of a fine season, and just reward to the squad with promotion as champions of Midlands 3EN and a cup success to add to the trophy wins of 2011 and 2009. Melbourne RFC would like to thank the match ball sponsors: Peter Ilott, Kite Consulting, The Lamb, Melbourne Chip Shop, Melbourne News, The Bay Tree, Harpurs of Melbourne, The Alma, Wayne Spiers, SP Photographics and CTS Tyres. Next season will see Melbourne compete in NLD and Derbyshire cups and Midlands 2EN.

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