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Meldreth Station Booking Office Proposed reduction of opening hours By the time you read this you may be already by aware of the news that First Capital Connect is intending to reduce the opening hours of Meldreth Station Booking Office - eliminating Saturdays (possibly the station’s busiest day), and reducing hours at peak time Monday to Friday.   As with the car park charges at Meldreth and Shepreth stations, this comes with no warning. It goes without saying that the personal service provided by Station Master David Piggott at Meldreth Station booking office must be second to none. Meldreth has the only manned local station between Royston and Cambridge, and residents from surrounding villages regularly use the station for that reason. Writing to First Capital Connect is urgently called for. You can send an email to   Apparently Enfield Station fought successfully against the same initiative to cut back on its booking office opening hours.  Susan van de Ven, District Councillor tel 261833 or www.susanvandeven. com David Piggott! You may recall that in 2007 David Piggott, who runs the railway station at Meldreth, received a Royston and District Business Award for outstanding customer service. David is a very popular figure in Melbourn and Meldreth. How many Station Masters will make regular customers a cup of tea if the train is late, or phone them at home if there is a significant delay? A ticket dispensing machine would be a very inferior substitute.

Melbourn and Meldreth Self Help Group Luncheon Club Lunch club had another really enjoyable December. We celebrated some birthdays, one of which was Mary Nelson’s 101st birthday, for which she supplied a beautiful birthday cake which was shared out during tea. We had a visit from the New Melbourn Singers, who came and sang a selection of Christmas music to us, and then some carols which we were all able to join in. Thank you all. We finished off with our Christmas party, where all enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner. We had our usual visit from Father Christmas who handed out presents to all, including some of our drivers and representatives from Melbourn and Meldreth parish councils. As I write this article, it is uncertain how Lunch Club will continue. Mary Daynes, our cook of some years standing, is leaving us at the end of February to start a new life in New Zealand with her husband Peter, where their daughters already live. We wish them much happiness and many years of enjoyment with their family “down under”. That leaves us with a dilemma of finding someone to cook each week. Hopefully, by the time you read this, all will be sorted. We live in hope! As always, if any of you have a couple of hours to spare on a Thursday and would like to help “man” the kitchen, or join our rota of drivers, please call me for more information. For now though, thank you to all the ladies who regularly turn up at

WANTED WANTED Cook Cook wanted wanted for for Thursday Luncheon Club Thursday Luncheon Club Every Thursday at Every Thursday at Vicarage Vicarage Close, Melbourn. Close, melbourn. Catering for Catering for approximately approximately 30 people 30 people

Contact Jayne Jayne White White Contact Telephone 220250 220250 Telephone

Vicarage Close to help in the kitchen, and all those who help transport our elderly residents from Meldreth and Melbourn each week. Without you, we could not manage. Jayne White. 01763 220250

Melbourn and Meldreth Women’s Group With the 2009 programme the Women’s Group is once again meeting on alternate months in Melbourn, at All Saints Community Hall, and in Meldreth, at Holy Trinity Meeting Room. We have missed holding meetings in Melbourn whilst the hall was out of action and are

COFFEE STOP Every Saturday 10.30am to 12noon Rombouts coffee & biscuits for 70p at All Saints’ Community Hall melbournmagazine


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