Melbourne Village Voice June 2024

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LONG-TIME Melbourne Village Voice columnist, farmer and parish councillor Robert Parker has passed away

Robert, whose Country Living columns graced The Village Voice for 28 years, passed away at home on May 22 – eight days after marrying his partner of nine years, Rachel. He was 72.

Robert and Rachel were married in the Macmillan Unit at Royal Derby Hospital on May 13

Robert, of Derby Hills Farm, served on Melbourne Parish Council for many years, and was a lifelong member of the National Farmers’ Union, on which he was the Derbyshire representative on the arable board.

He leaves two children, Sarah and Michael, a brother, Richard, and grandchildren Alfie and Emily His funeral will be held at Ticknall Church at 11am on June 18 All are welcome

A minute’s silence in memory of Robert was held at the June meeting of Melbourne Parish Council, and a fitting tribute to his longstanding contribution was given by Cllr David Smith

Lucy Stephens, news editor of The Village Voice, said: “It was my great joy and privilege to be the typist of Robert’s columns over many years of being involved in this newspaper.

“I well remember how they would arrive, always hand-written, through my letterbox Having attempted to write columns myself, they can be surprisingly difficult to do Robert’s columns were always a very interesting read: well written, and to the point. We live in a rural area and a farming column is very important to this newspaper. It was incredible that Robert managed to write one every month for 28 years ”

A longer appreciation of Robert’s life will be published in the July edition of the Village Voice


MELBOURNE is to get back its bollards after a local campaign raised enough money to buy new ones

Last year ’s disappearance of three historic bollards at either end of the Mill Twitchell caused much local anger, with more than 500 people signing a petition calling for them to be reinstated

The bollards dated back to 1852 and were removed by a county council contractor following a concern raised about disability access

Now two local people – David Smith and Barry Thomas – have been behind a local campaign which has raised money for replica bol-


Derbyshire County Council has agreed to install the bollards and Melbourne company

Acres Engineering has volunteered to transport them from the manufacturers free of charge

The new plan is to install the bollards at sufficient width from each other so as to allow access for all users of the twitchell

David Smith explained: “When I realised that the bollards at either end of the Mill Twitchell had been removed, I was disap-

pointed The bollards had been there – I am told – since 1852 and generations of Melbourne people had walked past these If they could talk, the bollards could tell the tale of being leapfrogged over by countless children and narrowly missed being hit by the first two bombs dropped by the German Heinkel HE 111 on the 11th July, 1940, so without doubt, they are part of Melbourne’s heritage ” David said he then produced a diagram detailing how bollards could be installed so as to allow enough width for all users of the twitchell, which he sent to local councillor David Muller as well as to Derbyshire County


The county council agreed that provided the new bollards were set 1 2 metres apart, they would do the groundwork to replace them

David said he had greatly appreciated the understanding and help received regarding his request

Melbourne resident Barry Thomas sourced replica bollards costing £275 each, plus VAT, and the pair set about raising the money amongst the local community

To raise the money, Barry set up an online crowdfunder which has so far raised £1,410, with a collection at Wayne Spiers butchers raising £100 within a week!

David said: “To my amazement, by the second week, we had almost enough money to buy the bollards The one good thing about buying the bollards in this way is that it truly makes them Melbourne’s bollards

“I would like to thank Barry Thomas, Tim Winters and Melbourne Parish Councillor Rob Hatton for working with me in a team effort to bring back the bollards, and Richard Handbury from Continued on Page 10

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Airport puts its passengers on Download alert

EAST Midlands Airport has issued guidance advising its passengers to allow extra time for journeys during Download this month

The three-day event takes place at Donington Park next to the airport from June 14-16, with campsites opening from midday on June 12

The UK’s largest rock festival is expected to be attended by around 75,000 people attracted by acts like Queens Of The Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold Significant traffic is therefore expected, affecting all roads around the airport including the M1, A42, A50 and A453

The airport has more than 300 flights arriving and departing over the course of the festival’s three days and has arranged for airlines to alert their passengers to potential delays Airport representatives have been in regular dialogue with festival organisers to understand their traffic plans

Airport users are advised to check latest traffic and travel reports before they set off and follow East Midlands Airport on social media for latest flight information

The airport is also reminding anyone planning to film the festival that it is illegal to fly drones close by

This follows a successful prosecution last year when a drone was used to film the festival

An airport spokesperson said: “Flying drones puts the airport operation at risk, potentially leading to passenger flights being diverted and causing delays to air cargo flights ”

Election candidates looking for your vote

WITH the General Election set for July 4 Village Voice asked all of the candidates announced so far for a very brief outline of their main electoral priorities.

Candidates for five political parties have been announced: Lucy Care for the Liberal Democrats, Aruhan Galieva for the Green Party, Samantha Niblett for Labour, Joseph West for Reform, and Heather Wheeler for Conservatives

Lucy Care, who is presently a councillor for Littleover, said:

“I am an engineer I was elected to Derbyshire County Council as a Liberal Democrat after they closed libraries, and then to the City Council in 1997 My council experience showed me we need the right decisions at Westminster I stood for parlia-

ment and got involved in Lib Dem policy making “Lib Dem members make our policy, not the leader We champion fairness, support education for all ages, work for a more sustainable future and empower people to be their best selves ”

Heather Wheeler, sitting MP since 2010, said: "South Derbyshire is a beautiful place to live; it’s been my family’s home for over 30 years

“My priority is supporting our local businesses, making the economic conditions right to help them expand, take on apprentices and export ‘South Derbyshire is open for business’

“The Chancellor agrees getting our roads fixed is important so a further £170million to do this, as the work on the B5087 testifies, is just the start of the improvements SEND education provision needs expanding An extra £3 5million has been given for growing need and specialist schooling, mainly in private schools, so Labour adding 20% VAT to this bill would be disastrous!”

Samanatha Niblett said:

“I’m the change candidate here in South Derbyshire Aspiration and security mean everything to me and are what got me into politics back in my 30s

“With my background in business partnerships in data and technology I’ll be working hard to bring opportunity here for great jobs of the future so people can feel secure and have more money in their pockets I’ll be fighting for better public services for all Let’s get this country back on its feet!”

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FUND-RAISING for local charity me&dee went up, up and away thanks to some brilliant balloons hand-crafted for a Melbourne shop.

The eye-catching balloons – complete with mechanism to make them go up and down – have been on display in the window of Melbourne Florist & Gifts in the Market Place where owner Sue Statham said they attracted lots of attention. Now the balloons have been raffled off to raise funds for me&dee, which helps families make memories together when a potentially life-limiting illness means time

together is particularly precious.

Not only have the balloons raised nearly £250, some generous recipients – including Rachel Dolman from Melbourne Junior School – kindly donated the balloons back to me&dee where they will find new homes with some children looked after by the charity.

Maria said: “It means such a lot because the balloons are going to children who have been a long time in hospital, and we are going to make a fairy garden for them ” Pictured are (l-r): Sue Statham, Rachel Dolman, Maria Hanson MBE and Allan Woolliscroft.

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Robert’s TV rap wows thousands

SIMON Cowell may have called it an ‘acquired taste’ –but it’s a taste to which hundreds of thousands of people have given a resounding thumbs-up!

Melbourne born and bred Robert Statham, 59, of muchloved local band Meet the Flanagans, has described how his second experience of appearing on Britain’s Got Talent this year went further than he ever imagined – and it was all just for a laugh!

Robert got the huge live audience at the famous ITV show cheering and laughing with his brilliantly silly and clever performance of the ‘librarian rap’ –complete with inspired bookthemed lyrics, ‘sssh’ chorus, cords and jumper costume, and triumphant book drop to finish off Three of the judges gave Robert’s performance a big ‘yes’ – and while Simon Cowell may have pressed his ‘no’ buzzer, he was very much in the minority Robert, who sings with brother Ian and Darren Walker in Meet the Flanagans, told how the idea for librarian rap came about during a chat with his

partner about the concept of the rap and how it might be nice to broaden its appeal to encompass the older generation

From there, the song was born between the two, and Robert experimented with a video recording

This was sent to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent who said they would very much like Robert to perform it on the live show

This was not Robert’s first experience of the famous ITV talent show, his first having been with fellow band members a few years ago, in which they dressed up as Dinner Ladies and sang their own version of Alesha Dixon’s The Boy Does Nothing – in front of the lady herself!

Going out onto the live stage is always daunting, said Robert, but Ant and Dec are brilliant at putting performers at their ease

“It’s a full-on day!” he said “When you step out there, when Ant and Dec walk up to you –they’ve done it thousands of times but they make it feel so personal, they are so good They are TV royalty When they walk over to you, I don’t think you ever get used to that ”

Robert may not have impressed Simon Cowell, but his performance has been viewed more than 220,000 times on YouTube – and word has it that the librarian may feature once again when Meet the Flanagans next perform much nearer to home

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Council pays tribute to Robert Parker

JUNE’S Melbourne Parish Council meeting began with a minute’s silence and a fitting tribute to Robert Parker, who had served as a councillor for many years

Cllr David Smith paid tribute to his ‘extensive contribution’ both as a councillor and from a lifetime of farming “He will be remembered for his dulcet tones, and his commonsense approach Always remembered, never forgotten,” he said

Councillors raised concerns with Derbyshire County Cllr David Muller about the failure to address markings and signage at the top of Cockshut Lane Cllr Mick Usher was particularly concerned that this had not been done in advance of Download, with the potential for traffic problems

District Cllr Jane Carroll talked about the improved financial position of South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC), where the council had been forecasting a £2 35m deficit for financial year 2023/24, the actual deficit was £600k, and there was a £1 2m surplus on the general fund, due in part to reduced costs

Over a quarter of the meeting was taken up with a presentation from Davidsons and Marrons regarding the planning application for houses either side of Jawbone Lane Andrew Gore, from Marrons, said that he was aware of the close vote by the parish council not to support the application, and he had come back to the council to “see if we can address areas which made people vote against it”

He mentioned that they had been in discussion with both Melbourne Infant School and the parish council for a number of years and,

aware of the concerns of the school about falling numbers, had recently walked over the playing fields to see where financial contribution for improvements could be made

The discussion focussed mostly around the concerns about increased traffic along Jawbone Lane, and in particular the junction with Main Street and Trent Lane, by the historic cross One councillor pointed out that the design plan did not even show that part of the road, indicating that the developers were not even addressing the “elephant in the room”

The response was that this had not been raised by Highways (at Derbyshire County Council) but they had asked for part of Jawbone Lane, where traffic would be exiting the development, to be widened They also said that the junction is “out of the site area”

Various potential options for directing the additional traffic were discussed, including making the road one way or widening the road at the Main Street junction, and the developers did undertake to refer back to Highways

Cllr Carroll mentioned the rural nature of the road, describing it as a special place to walk, or cycle, expressing concerns that this was not being addressed

Cllr Matt Gotheridge was concerned about the “affordability” of the so-called affordable houses, and wondered what price bracket the developers were aiming at The developers

were unable to disclose that but said the discount would be around 20% of market value, but the final figure would be part of a S106 agreement

No mention was made of the parish’s Neighbourhood Plan, which did not support housing development of this scale, nor of the level of general public concern, evident at the last discussion, and it was noticeable that only one member of the public was present for the discussion

Back on regular council business, Cllr Nigel Collyer raised the thorny issue of overhanging hedges

He wondered if there was any way to encourage residents where hedges were overgrowing footpaths to trim them, in what he described as a “community swell”

This led to a discussion about cutting back of verges by Derbyshire County Council and other ground maintenance, which seemed to have been inadequate, with Cllr Smith noting “grass (and rubbish) does not stop growing!”

Cllr Sheila Hicklin was loath to spend public money on maintenance work where owners of land and property had the responsibility

One additional topic was a proposal for a skate park, raised with Cllr Andrew Dawson by a parishioner who was primarily asking about funding

Whilst two potential locations were discussed, Coronation Close and the MSP, no further action was proposed, other than to advise the resident of the opportunity to apply for a community funding grant if eligible

MORRIS Dancers were part of the action at this year ’s Big Village Small Town festival in Melbourne The Black Pig Border Morris troupe performed outside Melbourne Inn, Bank of Beers, Spirit Vaults, Alma Inn and The Brewhouse as part of the festival’s ‘roving performers’ day on Bank Holiday Monday. The festival also included performances from The Sounds of Simon, The Black Feathers, Fire & Rain and Ranagri who appeared over the four-day event

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Poppy’s 50k marathon to support charity

MELBOURNE woman with a life-limiting disease affecting her lungs is taking on a tough ultra marathon this year to raise money for a charity supporting patients like her.

Poppy Penhaul Smith will be running 50k this summer in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, having been diagnosed with the disease at five weeks old

Now 24, she has to take 35 tablets a day just to stay alive, and has experienced a life of hospital stays and invasive treatments to combat a degenerative disease that affects the lungs and digestive system

But Poppy will nevertheless be taking on the 50k trail run in July to support a charity that is close to her heart – as well as continue to prove that having a serious illness is no barrier to taking risks and living life to the full

“I’ve always been told I’m going to die at 40,” said Poppy “So I’ve always been determined to live an 80year life in those 40 years ”

Those who live with Cystic Fibrosis need to undertake daily physio – a type of “cupping” or slapping on the lungs – to be able to breathe

Poppy, who is a keen runner and qualified personal trainer, said that the action of running brought about a similar positive effect

She said: “When I first started running when I was about 17, I hated it With my lungs and everything, it just hurt, but the feeling afterwards was incredible People with CF do lung physio every day The interesting thing about running is that the feet hitting the pavement mimics the same effects as what you are doing when you’re doing the cupping ”

Today, Poppy says she is feeling better than ever, her fitness and health having been given a major boost thanks to a revolutionary new drug: Kaftrio,

which acts by modifying lung cells so they work properly

Thanks to Kaftrio, Poppy said she is able to breathe better than she ever has before, and her per-

sonal best running time has jumped forward by seven minutes as a result!

She wants to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust which funds research into Kaftrio and other medication

Just as important to her is raising awareness of a disease which betrays no outward signs – but has devastating effects

“Cystic Fibrosis is a completely invisible disease,” she said

“Looking at me, you wouldn’t know I’ve had countless numbers of operations, countless numbers of hospital stays You wouldn’t know my lungs don’t work properly Raising awareness is a huge part of this for me

“It not only speaks to CF, it speaks to everyone who is dealing with an invisible disease

“We’ve always raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust They have put a lot of funding behind this new drug – and it’s only in the last four years, since taking it, I’ve known what actually being able to breathe feels like ”

Right now, Poppy is training eight times a week for her big run in July, and has never felt better

She has already smashed through two fund-raising targets and is keen to use her story to raise £5,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, whose work has meant so much to her and her family

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WHO wants to find out about how worms can help us fight climate change?

A primary school pupil from Weston-on-Trent has organised a family-friendly wormery building event this month to help people find out more about the power of the humble worm

Holly Rose Fennell, aged eight, of Weston, is passionate about environmental issues, and has organised the free Build Your Own Wormery Day at Weston-on-Trent Village Hall on June 30

The event will run between 11am and 2pm and promises a “hands-on” experience helping people discover how worms can help create nutrient-rich compost for your garden, reducing waste and helping the environment at the same time.

Each wormery is expected to take around 30 minutes to create and there will be sweets, cakes and drinks available to buy

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Prizes up for grabs in Beat the Street game

A FREE interactive physical activity game has been launched in the streets of Melbourne, Ticknall, Barrow, Weston and Aston on Trent this month.

Beat the Street returned to this area after 6,387 people took part in the South Derbyshire District Council commissioned event in Swadlincote last year

The event, which marks the district council’s 50th anniversary, sees people ‘Beating the Street’ by winning points and prizes through beeping and flashing sensors called ‘beat boxes’

The game is funded by South Derbyshire District Council, the National Forest Company, South Derbyshire Active Schools Partnership and the National Lottery via Sport England It is being delivered by Intelligent Health

It was launched in Melbourne with the help of children from the infant school and participants are invited to score points on journeys between beat boxes via a free game card, and there is also an app for over-13s

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Teams this year are also being awarded with trees, with the aim of creating commemorative community woodlands around the borough

SDDC head of cultural and community services

Sean McBurney said: “We are delighted to bring back Beat the Street again, only this time, it will cover a bigger area! There was so much positive feedback from last year ’s game and it really encourages communities to move more and to make small lifestyle changes, such as walking or cycling to school or work every day

“The anniversary element makes it even more special this time The competitive element of the game really helps people to get involved, go one step further and really work together to walk, cycle, run and scoot for points! The game is open to anyone of any age, and it’s free to take part, so please spread the word and sign up your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues and let’s see if we can go further than last year ’s tally of 50,187 active travel


Beat the Street was created by GP Dr William Bird MBE and has been played by more than 1 8m people in 168 locations in the UK

The game is open to anyone of any age and takes place across the whole borough until Wednesday, June 26

Children use a card and map which will be provided by participating primary schools, and adults can pick up a free card from one of the distribution points listed on the South Derbyshire council website, www beatthestreet me/southder byshire

Players can join a school, community, workplace team and there are prizes for the teams that travel the furthest with vouchers for books and sports equipment as well as the trees on offer

With an individual leaderboard, lucky ‘spot’ prizes just for taking part, and the opportunity to help selected local charities win cash prizes, there’s something for everyone

For schools and community teams, there is a total points leaderboard and an average leaderboard, so opportunities for teams of all sizes to win prizes


MORE than 400 people turned out in glorious sunshine to enjoy this year ’s Milton Open Gardens event on June 2.

Visitors enjoyed strolling round 12 beautiful gardens, consumed tea and homemade cakes, listened to live music, bought plants, and raised more than £4,100 for the local air ambulance charity and community lunch club. .

Pictured (above) are Carl Avery and (above right) Charlotte Gormley in their gardens

MELBOURNE Community Care is about to add to its growing list of services with a regular Memory Café

The first one will be on Tuesday, June 25, from 1 30pm at Melbourne Assembly Rooms, and thereafter will run on the last Tuesday of the month.

Manager Claire Barker said she was “really excited to be starting the café” and that it had come about after a conversation with local area co-ordinator Charlotte Mining, in which they had identified a gap locally in providing for people with dementia and other forms of memory loss

She successfully applied to South Derbyshire Partnership and Derbyshire County Council and obtained grant funding which will cover costs for the first year.

“The café will provide a relaxed environment, where people can pop in and stay as long as they like, with tea and coffee provided,” Claire said, and there will be fun activities, such as a music quiz.

Trained volunteers will also be available to provide advice on benefits eligibility or be able to signpost people to different services

“We have joined forces with the Alzheimer Society and Derbyshire CVS, who will be able to provide specialist training for the helpers,” she said, adding that some new volunteers have already come forward to assist at the café events

The café will be free to anyone, including family or friends, who wants to come along. For more information drop into the Community Care office on Derby Road, or telephone 01332 863585.

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THE FERRERS Centre at Staunton Harold, which is celebrating 50 years as a craft centre in 2024, has a remarkable history

Its various buildings have been home over the years to a granary, garage, stables, and even housing for Italian prisoners of war

This year the Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts is celebrating the anniversary with a series of special events

Next month, on July 20 and 21, the central courtyard will be coming to life with a Summer Showcase, with artist and maker demonstrations and ‘have a go’ sessions available to all

Since the first potter arrived in 1974, many artistic disciplines have made their home at the centre

From jewellers to painters, metal workers, textile artists, model makers, woodworkers, and today, a paint a pot studio, upholsterer, and deli, it has been a place where many artisan businesses have thrived

The longest serving businesses – who run Ferrers Frames, the Victorian Model Workshop and Green Man Ceramics – have been at the centre for many years, with Green Man Ceramics and JG Jewellery owners Janet and Paul Gibson also living at the centre and raising their family there

In the 1960s John Blunt purchased the buildings which now house the craft centre The building which is now the Ferrers Gallery – established there in 1990 – was once a granary, and has even been a garage in its lifetime It still hides an inspection pit underneath the ground floor, which was put in by


on the replaced recently, been stolen by the War II What was play in Leicester were kept in the and their shower a is now Simon Pric In the prisone drawn on the wal sages – some in It pleas and prayers over Before the Seco yard was stabling Hall, and ‘The St from its previous Metal Manipul courtyard, was on Around the bac was once a “thun traption which con a lid, that contain emptied when ful to the loud noise was amplified by When Mr Blun

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RIGHT: The centre the centre as it used to look and is now

BOTTOM LEFT and BELOW: Shots of the old centre

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they were initially used for storing furniture and belongings, and a new use needed to be found, so he came up with the idea of a craft centre, housing artisans from all disciplines


e wall outside the gallery has been the original one’s workings having e Italian prisoners of war in World left of the original is now on disMuseum

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usage ation, housed in one corner of the ce the saddle and tack room

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t bought the buildings in the 60s,

An auction was organised to sell off all the contents stored and over 400 lots including cabinets, antique furniture, chairs, bikes and even a grand piano went under the hammer

Once cleared the rooms slowly filled with crafts people

The first potter in 1974 arrived when the courtyard was still gravel and weeds and when many of the first floor windows were blocked in The windows were later reinstated, and the yard slowly cleared of rubbish and debris Other artisans followed, with the first tearoom opening its doors in 1985; the centre has since evolved into what we see today

Housing was also incorporated for artists to rent alongside their workshop and Pottery House still remains A flat on the first floor, once housing a china repair resident, is now a successful holiday let Over the 50 years many businesses have graced the courtyard and those who have been regular visitors over those years may remember the leather worker, the fabric shop or the wooden toy shop

Many of today’s resident artists and craftspeople hear tales of years gone by and how their customers have grown up visiting the craft centre, many being brought as a child and now bringing their own children

The Summer Showcase on July 20 and 21 will also

be accompanied by live local bands and will be followed by the biannual Staunton Harold Artisan Show on August 3 and 4 – a ticketed event which will be held this year in the Hall’s grounds

Lucy Stephens LEFT: owners at the Ferrers Centre in 2024.
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Bollards on the way back

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Derbyshire County Council (DCC) for the polite and courteous manner in which he listened to me and DCC Cllr David Muller for his personal support and advice, and Acres Engineering for their help in delivering the bollards

“It is worth mentioning that none of this would be possible without the Facebook group Melbourne Born and Bred, which has enabled me to communicate with many of Melbourne’s residents albeit that some now live miles away but still have fond memories of it

“Finally, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all the people who have made a donation to the new bollards ”

A Derbyshire County Council spokesperson said: “We have agreed that the bollards can be reinstated but in a position which would not be obstructive to all users

“We understand that funding is now being sought to purchase bespoke bollards and when that is done we have said we will be happy to install them

“We have asked that they ensure the bollards they purchase are visible, possibly with a reflective banding, to ensure they can be seen and are not a hazard to people who will be using the path ”

Down on the Farm

With Ben Stanley

IN THE Instagram and Tik Tok era I believe authenticity is becoming an increasingly rare commodity to find

We are increasingly living in a superficial and disposable world and a lot of people seem to hold very strong opinions and beliefs based on an image they may have viewed without any reference or substance behind it

As a 40-something farmer who grows food and doesn’t really understand social media, I feel increasingly marginalised and rather left behind People and products that are authentic are getting harder and harder to find Perhaps it’s an old fashioned concept in this day and age but I want to buy locally, I want to look people in the eye when I buy something, I don’t begrudge that person a profit because I want them to be there the next time I want to buy something from them I want to be loyal to them and I want to know how their children are and what they thought about Derby getting promoted and I am happy to forgive them for being a lifelong Forest fan I want to be able to trust the people I deal with and I want to believe in what they do and we should be no different when choosing our politicians

By the time the July edition of the Village Voice is out it looks incredibly likely (if the polls are too be believed) that we will have a new government and a new Prime Minister

Farmers overall are generally a Conservative leaning bunch who are scared to death of being told what to do on their farms by inner city types The inner city types in the same breath cannot understand why farmers don’t know they are born when they all drive Range Rovers, work in glorious countryside, hunt poor harmless foxes for sport and don’t like badgers, even if they are infested with Tuberculosis

But then that is all easy to believe if that is what






social media is telling you and you don’t know any farmers

Granted not all farmers are Conservative voters, there are still some organic farmers out there – although only 3% of farmers in the latest study and down by almost a quarter since 2011 and that’s another story But at least they do bring a bit of variety to the rural vote by voting for the Greens and the Liberal Democrats and at least we know what organic farmers stand for

For me organic farming leaves a great deal of unanswered questions but at least those farmers believe in what they do and have a deep understanding of why they do it, even if some of them only go ploughing by moonlight and bury cows’ horns in the corner of their fields

In this day and age, that is to be embraced: be proud of being different, having your own views and being authentic

In the court of social media and 24-hour rolling news I suppose it is inevitable that our politicians have become rather vanilla, trying to be all things to all people, never saying anything controversial or having particularly strong opinions on anything

It even appears Labour ’s best strategy of winning power is just not to cock it up by saying anything authentic or controversial at all

Don’t get me wrong, I am scared to death that after the election Angela Raynor will nationalise me, change Park Farm’s name to collective farm number 1984 and amalgamate it into a corned beef producing food co-operative, but so far in this election campaign in the battle to win the centre ground it is difficult to feel inspired by national party politics

But, however uninspired we may feel, it is important that we all get out there and do our homework

We have all got things that matter to us and it is im-

portant that we go out there and find out more about our prospective local candidates Look them in the eye, ask them questions, find the person you can trust to represent you and fight your corner whatever their party denomination, rather simply looking at soundbites on a mobile phone

When Tori and I lived in North West Leicestershire we used to rent land near Ibstock where we kept sheep Early every morning we would drive through Ibstock and more often than not the late Labour MP David Taylor would be walking on the side of the road quietly picking up litter with one of those long arm go go gadget grab things Surrounded by bin bags filled with rubbish piled up around him: no cameras, no photoshoot, he clearly cared for his area and we admired him for it

I remember he always attended farmers’ meetings making copious notes and lobbying on their behalf even though he probably knew nobody in the room had voted for him; he believed in serving his community

We may feel apathy towards our politicians today but the opportunity to vote for them is an extraordinary privilege and our democracy and freedom, despite our indifference is an amazing thing; it may not be perfect, but nothing ever is

Eighty years ago this week men died in their thousands on the beaches of Normandy for us to be able to express that freedom; they faced down machine guns so we could agree to disagree

It is our duty to those men to engage with all our prospective MPs, whatever their party denomination; find out what they believe in and if they believe in what you do, judge their authenticity for yourself and if you can trust them

But most importantly however you vote, make sure you do vote on July 4

Spring in their steps

HOPEFULLY, Spring has now well and truly sprung and dare we say it, summer may be edging closer – but the mood was certainly one of spring-like hope and joy at A Choir ’d Taste’s Spring Concert in May, writes Lucy Stephens

Held over two nights, concerts from this popular Melbourne ensemble are always hugely enjoyable and this one was lit up with some additional sparkle in the form of silver hats worn by lady choir-members and their fun rendition of ‘All

That Jazz’ from the musical Chicago And, of course, musical director Paul Marshall’s dazzling silver jacket, which as we’ve now come to expect is traditionally donned during the second half

A typically well put together programme included a great mix of old and new from the everlovely Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring by JS Bach, to the opening number, a new piece, Hear the Music, by Ruth Elaine Schram

A Choir ’d Taste’s concerts also include a range of solos, ensembles and full choir songs and in this last category there were two brilliantly enjoyable performances in medleys from The Sound of Music and – to finish – Les Miserables, a great reminder of what cracking tunes this musical really does boast

An audience singalong is always a great opportunity to exercise the lungs, which we did by singing along to the lilting: Edelweiss from The Sound of Music

I took along my daughter to this performance and her stand-out favourite was Seasons of Love, from the musical Rent, which was performed by a ladies ensemble with huge musicality and verve

The men’s ensemble rejoinder, There is Nothing Like a Dame, was terrific fun with just the right knowing candour in the solo elements, while Vaughan Saxby’s lush and rich performance of Some Enchanted Evening was simply a beautiful listen

Father and son Will and Ethan Smith brought a tear to the eye with their gorgeous duet, Homeward Bound, while Paul Marshall’s spontaneous Oyster Song from Cole Porter was a new one on me!

As Margaret Gildea reminded the audience at the end, this choir is very lucky to benefit from the musical talents of its director, Paul Marshall, plus the multi award-winning accompanist, Alex Binns – all contributing to the audience enjoying another memorable evening before going out into the night with a spring in their step

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Melbourne’s new Queen

MELBOURNE officially has a new Queen after Georgia Green was crowned with the honour Melbourne Carnival officially presents a new King or Queen each year, in association with the previous ‘Miss Melbourne’ competition which has run for very many years.

With this year ’s ceremony held in the glittering ballroom at Amalfi White – previously the Liberal Club where Miss Melbourne competitions were always held – Georgia impressed judges and was named this year ’s Queen

The honour means Georgia will head up

the procession at this year ’s carnival on Saturday, July 13, accompanied by her six attendants

Candidates from the local area were quizzed by their hostess, Tracey Ridley, on all manner of topics including what they thought made a good friend, their hobbies at school, what pets they had and what they enjoyed at the carnival.

The procession for this year ’s carnival will leave Castle Square at 11 45am

Queen Georgia is pictured with her attendants James, Elsie, Marley, Max, Izzy and Ellisa at Melbourne Pool.

VILLAGE VOICE Postbag 110th

MELBOURNE Mothers’ Union has been celebrating its 110th anniversary Our branch was founded on March 25, 1914, just before the start of the First World War

To mark this anniversary the Mothers’ Union Deanery Festival was held here at Melbourne Parish Church on Tuesday, May 7, with the Bishop of Repton presiding, preaching and presenting long service awards

Though our branch is 110 years old the Mothers’ Union movement is now approaching its 150 year celebrations as it was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, the wife of the Vicar of Alresford near Winchester

She wanted to help mothers in the parish to support each other practically and help them raise their families in a Christian tradition From these small beginnings has grown a worldwide organisation with over four million members working in 84 countries around the world We work to support family life and communities, working to combat poverty, injustice and violence

Our projects are diverse, meeting the needs of the times and the communities, including supporting women’s refuges here in the UK and empowering women in Africa to set up and run small businesses so as to support their family and enable their children to go to school

At our service the Bishop of Repton spoke of his own experiences and contacts in Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world and where the MU has an active literacy programme

Our service was of course followed by refreshments and the chance to look at the exhibition of memorabilia, resources and a display of four wedding dresses illustrating the changes of the last 110 years

Our celebrations were continued the next day when branch members met again to enjoy a leisurely lunch at Melbourne Tea Rooms We meet each month in Church House on the first Tuesday and aim to have interesting speakers as well as a time of fellowship Ros Bell

We’re running out of time

I WAS interested to read of Ben Stanley’s take on Jeremy Clarkson (May Village Voice) Whilst I confess that he is not one of my heroes, he does seem to have become pretty effective as an entertaining communicator on farming matters

This is probably needed as farmers and farming are not always treated very sympathetically in the press and media

However, whilst everyone needs a fair hearing it is clear that humanity and those who produce our food cannot go on as at present, as both our diet, and the mountain of food we waste, coupled with present intensive methods of food produc-

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WHISTLEWOOD volunteers have been working on getting our permaculture designed site between Melbourne and Ticknall ready to receive the largest crowds we have all year on Saturday, June 22

The Whistlewood Festival crowd come to the Midsummerish Festival for the music, the food, the drink and for the family fun and games on the day

This year I'm told the wheelbarrow racing will be back! I'm hoping there’s still the hobby horse dressage event as that was hilarious last year Many a freshly made hobby horse, (you’ll still be able to make your own on the day) got their first outing by their adult owners prancing in front of the Whistlewood roundhouse There were some great moves shown, and medals were won; it was classic Midsummer festival madness!

We aim to mix the village fete vibe with what we like to think of South Derbyshire’s answer to Glastonbury On the music side we have many local bands playing on the fantastic roundhouse stage, including The Telephones, who perform 60’s inspired psychedelic rock; the Oxeye Daisies, the female duo who have fun with Americana folk; Kitten Pyramid, a progressive pop band from Burton with brass section; and Melbourne’s own Andrew Horth with crowdpleasing pop and rock numbers

We’re also happy to have on the line-up Stargazy folk band, who I'm pretty sure played at the first Midsummerish festival

The tradition of a celebratory party on the land started there, and each year it has been our biggest fund-raising event If you can buy tick-

ets and bring the family and friends, it really makes a big difference to keeping this amazing local community space alive If you have a musical side there’s always the open mic slot to enter; be the rock star you’ve always wanted to be!

The festival is organised by our amazing volunteers and we are guided by our permaculture principles of People Care, Earth Care, Fair Share, you can look after the planet and feel good about doing it Volunteers get free entry and food and drinks, so if you want to join our ‘crew’ contact us on Facebook

There’s always fine festival food from local producers and tea and cake provided by the Whistlewood volunteers Leatherbritches Brewery are running the bar again this year; it was so hot last year I think we ran them off their feet

Derby Forest School will have their own area to show you what kind of activities are involved They are a great partner to us and teach the future generations what it means to look after the environment, whilst having fun – sometimes muddy fun!

If you don’t feel like dragging the kids to Glastonbury (that’s if you could’ve got a ticket anyway) this is the place for you Tickets are very reasonably priced and there’s also a camping over option so you don’t even have to stagger back to the village

Check out our website for details whistlewoodcommon org and join in the summer festival fun

tion, are not sustainable in the long term

We are already well into a global climate and ecological emergency, which need to be addressed This means that all of us, farmers included, will have to make considerable changes and this is not going to be easy This is where governments come in Change has to be managed sympathetically and fairly and the problems not continually kicked into the long grass

So a message to whoever gets elected in July: Act now on the climate and ecological crisis as we are running out of time

Christian Murray-Leslie

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We also sell a large collection of baby and children's hand knitting items and run a "warm space" cuppa and chat session between 10am and 12 noon.

Saturday 1 June to 13 July:

Creative Melbourne Gallery Exhibition Wild

Wellington House, Church Street, Melbourne. Featuring Work by Joanne Allsopp, Jane Bevan, Giles Davies, Mark Langley, Steven McLoughlin and Peter Watson. See ad on P9

Saturday 15 June: Coffee Morning

United Reformed Church Hall, High Street. 10am - noon

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June:

Melbourne Historical Research Group Exhibition: Streets of Melbourne A to M

Melbourne’s streets and lanes, with historic photographs, stories behind their names and significant events that have taken place there. 10am to 5pm, at the accessible Melbourne Assembly Rooms, High Street. Refreshments available, entrance is free and everyone is welcome. (M to W will follow in 2025)

Saturday 15 June:

Milton Village Hall

House Clearance Table Top Sale

Come and have a rummage and grab a bargain! Homemade cakes, refreshments, parking, raffle including hampers and vouchers. Donations of bric a brac gratefully received, can be collected. 10am - 2pm: Contact Liz 07790 979303.

Saturday 22 June:

Whistlewood Mid-Summerish Music Festival

An afternoon and evening of fun, music and good food. Adult ticket price: £17.50. 12 noon - 11pm. See ad on P8

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June: Dower House Open Garden

Melbourne. 10am-5pm. Entrance £8. Children free. Teas, coffee, cake. Dogs welcome on leads. Pre-booking not needed. Garden entrance is off Church Square by the West Door of the Parish Church (at the end of the Twitchel between Penn Lane and Church Square).

Saturday 22 June: Coffee Morning

Catholic Church, St Mary's Hall, Church Street. 10am - noon.

Thursday 27 June: A Way with Words...

A workshop with Poet Attie Lime brought to you by Melbourne Community Care & Creative Melbourne. It is time for our thoughts to bear fruit...

Attie Lime will help you get them down on paper as poetry, rhymes & riddles. At Melbourne British Legion, Derby Road. 1.00 - 3.00pm. To book email or call 07962 430 450

Friday 28 June:

Me & Dee Golf Day

Matlock Golf Course. Arrival, 8am. Breakfast and lunch included. Teams of four. Individuals welcome to join team me&dee. Check the charity’s website on for more.

Wednesday 3 July:

Me & Dee Charity Quiz Night

Melbourne Sporting Partnership. 6.45pm for 7.30pm Teams of 4 £10 per person

Thursday 4 July:

Melbourne Area Derby u3a

Walking Cricket

Melbourne Sports Park, 2pm.

Friday 5 July:

Wiggle and Jiggle for Under-5’s

Creative Melbourne invites you to an afternoon of creative movement, stories and crafts for energetic under 5’s led by the amazing team at Derby-based East Lab Dance. At Wesley Hall, Potter Street. 1.00-3.00pm. To book for you and your under-5 email or call 07962 430 450

Saturday 6 July:

Coffee Morning

Methodist Church Wesley Hall, Potter Street. 10am - noon

Thursday 11 July:

Make a book to make you smile...

A workshop with Artist Jenny Stephenson brought to you by Melbourne Community Care & Creative Melbourne. Make a concertina book to remember the past or be inspired by the blossom in Spring and the ripening fruit of Summer. At Melbourne British Legion, Derby Road. 1.00 - 3.00pm. To book email or call 07962 430 450

Friday 12 - Sunday 14 July:

Repton Festival 2024

For more details see ad on P3

Saturday 13 July:

Coffee Morning

Baptist Church Schoolroom, Chapel Street. 10am - noon.

Saturday 13 July:

Melbourne Fete & Carnival

The School Playing Fields, Packhorse Road, Melbourne. Procession from Castle Square starts at 11.45am

Saturday 13 July

Make it at Melbourne Carnival with Creative Melbourne! Heads-up for a drop-in fun workshop for everyone, led by Melbourne Festival favourite Anna Roebuck. 24pm. Make amazing headwear and adornments from everyday junk to show what makes YOUR garden grow as part of Creative Melbourne’s “Blossoming” Project this Summer. No booking needed!

Sunday 14 July:

Ashby Show

A great Family Day Out. Cattows Farm, Heather. See ad on P10

Thursday 18 - Friday 19 July:

Melbourne Operatic Society present Songs from the Shows

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Lachlan proud Shield winner

A 15-year-old Melbourne footballer who has dedicated much of his time to coaching youngsters has been recognised with this year ’s Tony Coffey Memorial Shield.

The shield is awarded annually in memory of well-known local coach Tony Coffey, who inspired many young players in the 80s and 90s

This year it was awarded to Lachlan Docherty, who has been playing with Melbourne Dynamo since he was in reception, and now coaches youngsters as well as continuing to play

Lachlan was surprised with the presentation ceremony at the MSP on May 25

Family, coaches and young players who were on hand to witness the event heard how he had been volunteering as a coach through his Duke of Edinburgh Award, but had shown huge commitment above and beyond that

Donal Miller, of Melbourne Dynamo Football Club, presenting the award, said: “It is with great pleasure that I along with members of Tony’s family on behalf of Melbourne Dynamo Football Club join you today to present the Tony Coffey Memorial Award

“For those who may not be aware, Tony coached many young players from this area during the 80s and the 90s Sadly, Tony passed away over 25 years ago However, his legacy lives on through the young people he inspired, many of whom support and coach through our fine club today

“This trophy in Tony’s honour is awarded every year to someone who we believe he would think is deserving of our thanks and gratitude Today we award this trophy to an exceptional young man He has been supporting our soccer school already for a number of years I myself have had the pleasure of working with him Even at such a young age, we noticed his confidence

“We remember challenging him to produce and deliver a session plan which he did, impressing both myself and my fellow coaches

“That coaching development has obviously continued as I am informed by our current soccer school coaches that he is an invaluable member of the coaching staff, how he has struck up a great relationship with the players and been an incredible role model to them

“This young man already serves our club as a player, he himself starting at soccer school, continuing today by playing for our current under15s But to give up his time and effort, already achieving his bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, and well on his way to achieving his silver, this is enough to show us that if he continues to work as hard as he is, a very bright future he will have ahead of him ”

Nominating Lachlan for the award, coaches at the club said he had impressed everyone with his attitude and relationships with young players, learning all their names, keeping up their interest, and being an “exceptional role model”

His reliability was also said to have been invaluable to the coaches who had family and work commitments

Lachlan, who turns out to Melbourne Dynamos to coach youngsters every week, said it was “great fun” to work with children, and that he had been surprised and pleased to win the award

Proud dad Richard said: “Rather than just doing what he needed, Lachlan has coached for the whole season and kept going because he enjoyed it – that’s what’s made me proud ”


AFTER nearly a 12-year gap since the last big annual event, Melbourne Rugby Club held a spectacular gala night to celebrate an eventful season and to present well deserved awards. The last similar event had been held at Lucas Farm in Swarkestone over a decade ago

Social secretary Roy Briscoe said: “The event was met with great enthusiasm, notwithstanding the challenges of erecting the large marquee and servicing it, but the response, with a sold-out crowd of over 200 members and guests, provided for a fantastic evening ”

The event was held in the sports grounds of the Melbourne Sporting Partnership, which also helped by running the bar.

The occasion marked a highly successful season in which the club’s first team finished in a very respectable fourth place in Regional 2 North – a very competitive league

In an extensive list of awards, mention was made of all the coaches and Matt Read, in particular, of the junior section, who was awarded for his unstinting work Ethan Benstead, who had a wonderful season, chimed in with two auspicious awards, one

of which was the revered players’ player award

The prestigious President’s Award went to long-serving life member and former director Crawford Fisher, who was also instrumental in the development of the MSP Food for the night was provided by Upper Crust Catering and entertainment and technical support provided by event specialists PSL Distribution. Thanks were also due to Crockers, for providing the marquee and a splendid backdrop for the night, The event was topped off with the rarest of sightings of the Northern Lights

THE crown green bowling season is in full swing again at Kings Newton, the club reports

This year the club has eight teams competing in various Belper, Burton and South Derbyshire leagues with at least one team playing every day but Sunday

The teams playing in the Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening leagues have made good starts, whilst for the remaining sides it s early days'

Two of the club’s internal competitions were held in May Firstly on a glorious Sunday was the Packhorse Trophy which saw 24 members entering

The lovely weather brought in the crowds with around 80 people coming through the gates during the day to watch the bowling and enjoy a drink or two

After some great bowling the eventual champions were Lenny Robinson and Mark


Later in the month was the Quentin Blood trophy which also had 24 entrants

The weather wasn't so kind that afternoon, a severe downpour and hailstorm delaying play for nearly an hour

Once play resumed there were no more interruptions and the final was won by Anthony Robinson and his 14-year-old son Jake who were behind to Graham Leech and Mark O'Connell until the very last end

This was Jake’s first trophy win and for new member Mark it was the first time he had bowled on Kings Newton’s green With just over 100 members the club is in a very healthy position going forward with more competitions and social events planned for the summer

l Sue Edwards, Lachlan Docherty with the shield, Liam Coffey and Donal Miller. Hague (pictured left) who defeated John Coyne and Richard Oakden in the
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Ticknall’s merry month of May

AFTER losing their first game of the season at home, Ticknall Cricket Club’s first team entered the month of May with a little trepidation knowing three of their four games were away from home.

Their first game was away from home at Morton Colliery Ticknall were put into bat on a sub-standard pitch due to the poor spring weather Although batting proved difficult openers Wood and Paul Borrington put on 83 before Wood was out

Borrington continued to show batting class and made 111 before he succumbed This marvellous hundred was unbelievably Paul’s 70th century that he has scored for Ticknall

With support from Holdgate, Ticknall put on 251 for seven in their allotted overs

Morton could never muster a challenge and were eventually bowled out for 131, giving Ticknall their first win of the season

Next up was a home game against Ilkeston Ticknall batted first on a good Ticknall pitch and were soon on the front foot, enjoying a fine opening partnership of 147 before Harvey was out for 72

Cork entered the fray and with Wood going well the former added to the total with 68 Wood continued his bombardment, making 152 not out as Ticknall rattled up 324 for two

Ilkeston’s opener Green attacked from the start, putting on a quick-fire 79 but regular wickets were taken and Ilkeston were bowled out for 222 giving Ticknall their second win in a row

Ticknall were away again in their third match of the month to Duffield

Both teams were presented with a wet pitch

Duffield won the toss and had no hesitation in putting their opponents into bat It was a struggle and they were bowled out for 130 in the 49th over, Wood top scoring with 33

Duffield spinner Gregson took seven wickets for 16

Duffield found batting no easier and, although they had a competent start, wickets soon started to tumble and they were bowled out for 77 with Wood taking five for 14, and Ticknall winning the game by 53 runs

The last game of the month saw yet another fixture away, this time at Quarndon

Again, another wet pitch and Ticknall, winning the toss, put Quarndon in Fifteen-year-old Akhtar, opening the batting, crafted a fine 71, helping Quarndon to 216 for nine in their 50


Ticknall batted well though with Borrington making 47, but again captain Wood led the way with 122 not out and Ticknall reached the winning score of 219 with the loss of only three wickets, making it an undefeated month and a juicy game lined up against league leaders Clifton at home

to start June

It was a very different month for Ticknall second team and with three out of four fixtures at home, hopes were high However, by the end of May those hopes had been dashed

All three home games ended in defeat against Darley Abbey, Breadsall and Burton, with only one batter surpassing 50 and no bowlers taking five wickets in any one game

The one bright spark of the month was away at local rivals Melbourne when Ticknall had their only win of the month

Ticknall elected to field, bowling Melbourne out for 137 Again, young Hollie Mayfield made the headlines In her four overs, she took five wickets for 18 runs

A few batters contributed to Ticknall reaching the winning total for the loss of six wickets

Ticknall thirds didn’t fare much better in May They played only three

AFTER a soggy few weeks at the start of the cricket season, the first ladies softball cricket festival of the year was held on a hot and sunny afternoon at Aston on Trent, writes Sara Oxspring

The Melbourne Mavericks got off to a great start against the host side, choosing to bowl first, with an impressive maiden over from Frith and five wickets taken in quick succession by Rowley (x2), Garner, Elks and Oxspring

Chasing only 227 runs the Mavericks smashed their way to a respectable 269, losing only one wicket

Next up was Walton Riding high off the win against Aston, the Mavericks batted confidently The first two mother and daughter pairings (Dawsons and Patels) slogged a fantastic 34 runs A further 37 runs were easily taken and incredibly no wickets lost!

A great batting performance was backed up by some equally good fielding Six wickets were taken in total by Dawson (Sarah),

games in the month, winning one, drawing one and losing one Their victory was against Burton seconds who were restricted to 211 for eight in their 40 overs with Zach Lucas taking four wickets

Ticknall reached the winning total in the 40th over after a fine 116 not out by Charlie Mayfield

The draw was away at Yoxall, who elected to bat first, making 206 for six in their 40 overs Ticknall, with stubborn batting, held out for the draw making 101 for eight in their allotted overs

Ticknall’s third team defeat was away at Rosehill Having been put into bat, Ticknall made 161 for 3 in their 40 overs with Martyn Norman making 50 not out However, Rosehill in reply made the winning runs in the 33rd over for the loss of six wickets of which Ticknall’s Dave Tee took three Roll on June and hoping for better weather and pitches

Stokes, Elks (x2), Garner and Patel (Manisha) The Mavericks easily took the win with 271 runs to 209 runs

The final match of the day was against Stanton by Dale and, as the temperature soared, so too did the determination of the Mavericks

A strong batting performance from Stanton took their final score to 271 runs, with only two wickets lost to Dawson (Anna) and Frith However, the Mavericks responded admirably with Stokes and Patel (Manisha) opening the batting with a formidable 33 runs

Some confident batting throughout the team and no wickets conceded resulted in a final tally of 278 runs, with a narrow victory over Stanton by just seven runs

Our numbers have grown to well over 20 members and we are still welcoming new members to our training sessions every Tuesday at 5 15pm to 6 30pm at the MSP

If you fancy joining our fun and supportive Maverick team then please contact Sara (07469395889)

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YOUNGER members of Melbourne’s football community did their club proud when they became Derbyshire Junior Champions for their age group – and on penalties too!

The Melbourne Dynamo Metals, the club’s under-11s side, have had a stellar season culminating with winning Division One of the Derbyshire Junior Football Club League with a nail-biting victory over Springwood in the cup final at Mickleover.

The Melbourne side, most of whom have played together since they were in Reception, were crowned winners after a 1-1 game which went to penalties, that they won 7-6

Lee Scott, who coaches the Metals with John Colburn and Dean Tivey, said: “I was probably more nervous than any of them! As a group, they are brilliant; we are hoping we can take them all the way through to adult football, which is our aim.”

The Metals stormed their way to

win the cup, setting the pace with their first win over Spondon in which they were convincing 9-1 victors

A game against Chellaston saw the Melbourne side win on penalties, but their next encounter with Albert Village was another knock-out at 7-0 to the Metals

Their victory makes The Melbourne Metals Derbyshire under-11 Junior Champions. and coach Lee said he could not be prouder.

“It’s amazing – and I speak on behalf of the other two coaches as well,” he said

“It’s such a privilege for them to do what they have done There are some very good teams that they play against and as a team they are amazing They have done so well and have become so close this year as a team They have bonded so well For them to win it is an amazing achievement I’ll remember it and they will remember it forever too.”

MELBOURNE Dynamo FC’s senior sides completed what turned out to be a hugely successful 2023/24 season with some silverware to go with both claiming their highest league positions in their history as well.

It was a young Dynamo Reserves side that claimed the silverware as they began May needing points to win the Central Midlands Alliance League division two title

A comfortable 4-0 home win against Markeaton took them a step closer thanks to strikes from Sam Bancroft, Robin Bentley, Riley Moore and Niall Gorman

Two late goals three days later saw the Reserves give away a 2-1 lead which was thanks to Henry Humphreys and Robin Bentley at home to Wirksworth Ivanhoe Reserves, eventually going down 3-2 to put the champagne back on ice

A hard fought 3-0 midweek victory away at Aston Village followed as Jacob Vella, Riley Moore and Finn Heard got on the scoresheet A 4-0 home win against Newhall United Reserves came next with Riley Moore leading the way with a hattrick to go with a Joe Shadbolt finish

And it was that man Shadbolt who scored the only goal of the game away to Bargate Rovers Reserves to finally give Dynamo Reserves the division two league title they had been chasing all season

It soon became a ‘double’ for Alex O’Brien’s and Dan Toon’s men as they coasted to a comfortable 3-0 victory in the Melbourne Williams Junior Cup final against Willington with a Shadbolt double and a Riley Moore goal earning them their second piece of silverware of the season

The month of May was almost just as

successful for Dynamo’s first team as they completed their first season at Step 7 and some great results saw them finish in an amazing third place in the league

A closely fought 1-0 home win against Mickleover RBL started them off and was thanks to a tidy Jay Griffiths finish just before half-time,3 which secured a definite top six finish

A quite brilliant team performance a few days later saw Dynamo beat high flying Wirksworth Ivanhoe 6-2

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