Melbourne Village Voice March 2024

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RESIDENTS in Aston-on-Trent are set to finally see an improvement to their mobile phone signal after years of frustration and complaints

EE, the UK’s biggest mobile network provider, has applied to South Derbyshire District Council to put a 20-metre lattice tower with antennae and dishes within Aston’s Recreation Ground –land owned by the village’s parish council

The district council has ruled it does not need to approve the application and it is hoped the new equipment can be installed this year

The decision to put a mast in Aston brings to fruition years of complaints by many local residents who have reported having to lean out of upstairs windows in order to have any chance of having a conversation on their mobile phone –with calls often dropping out after a few seconds of frantic attempts at talking

Told by operators that the way to achieve a result was for mobile phone users to complain, in 2022 local resident Barrie Evans spearheaded a parish council funded village-wide campaign involving written communication with every single resident – including those in Richmond Villages – inviting them to tell their provider if they were experiencing problems

The campaign was then taken on as a project by the district council’s Aston ward councillor Daniel Corbin after it was discussed in a parish council meeting

A statement submitted to the district council supporting EE’s application acknowledged the

fact that the online checker used by operators to establish an area’s signal had not taken account of Aston-on-Trent’s topography

The statement said: “The purpose of this site is to provide EE customers improved 3G, 4G and introducing 5G to Aston-on-Trent service as well as introducing 5G to surrounding businesses, and residents who see limited coverage, particularly when indoors ”

Barrie Evans said: “I’m very pleased that things appear to be drawing to a close

“The signal has not been fit for purpose It drops out if anybody can get through to you If somebody rings you on your mobile phone, sometimes they can’t get through and sometimes it just goes straight through to voicemail ”

While the mast is being installed by EE and therefore will benefit this provider ’s customers, it is understood that other operators will have the facility to install their own equipment on the mast

Cllr Corbin said: “Ultimately, this is a fantastic piece of infrastructure for Aston, at long last, that will (enable) people to be able to use their mobile phones

“I think it will make people’s lives easier ” Parish council chairman Cllr Edward Hicklin said: “We are very happy that it’s all come together

“South Derbyshire District Council received no objections to the proposal It’s good news!”

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How we lost 9,000 voters

AS A result of a review by The Boundary Commission for England, and subsequent legislation, Parliamentary constituency boundaries in the UK are changing and will be used for the next general election.

The move will affect all but 65 Parliamentary seats; about half will see minor alterations, but some, including South Derbyshire, will see a significant change

All four boundary commissions for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland published their final recommendations in June 2023, and were brought into force by Parliament in November last year

Boundaries are reviewed periodically to make sure that constituencies are all roughly a similar size and seek to retain local ties between areas They reflect rising and falling populations and changes in the boundaries of the electoral wards that comprise them

The current constituency boundaries were based on electorates in 2000 and have been in use since 2010

This latest review is stricter than previous ones when looking at how much electorates can vary in each constituency Constituencies must now have populations within five per cent of the ‘electoral quota’ of 73,393 This meant that South Derbyshire had to lose some wards

So, for the next Parliamentary election Hatton and Hilton will be moving to Derbyshire Dales, taking a combined total of over 9,000 voters from the existing constituency – a reduction of around 11% to 71,202 for the South Derbyshire seat Prospective Parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party Samantha Niblett said: “It is right

that as people move in and out of areas over time, that constituency boundaries are reviewed to reflect changes in population numbers, especially in areas such as South Derbyshire where so many new homes have been and are still being built

“In South Derbyshire, where every week I speak to people on their doorsteps, most are fed up and seeking change This boundary review makes a change for the better all the more likely ”

Sitting MP Heather Wheeler said: “As is always the way with Parliamentary boundary changes at a General Election, it is never easy for a Member of Parliament to lose constituents that they have had the honour of representing Hilton, Hatton, the villages in the North West and all their residents have been a huge part of my role since I have been Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire since 2010

“It has been a privilege to serve them I am, at least, comforted by the fact that they will now fall under the remit of Sarah Dines, the MP for Derbyshire Dales She is a fantastic politician, a tireless campaigner for her constituents and I have no doubt they will find her to be a wonderful representative

“As is the way with most things in life, there is a silver lining to the loss of these wards By losing the Hilton County Division, South Derbyshire was instead able to retain some of its north-eastern wards, such as Shardlow, Astonon-Trent and Elvaston These areas are an integral part of our local community ”

“THE END of an era,” was how some customers described the sad occasion when the ‘The Posh Offie’ as the regulars liked to describe the bar in the former Welcome Café on Derby Road, Melbourne, finally


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WELL-USED gates leading to Melbourne’s Scout & Guide Hut have been given a Spring spruce-up thanks to the voluntary talents of local firm Acres Engineering

The hut caters for around 220 children a week in Scouts and Guides groups alone

Its organising committee reached out to the local community for help to improve its facilities

Acres Engineering and Matt Higginson of MRH Gas Services both answered the call, and the committee has warmly thanked them for their work

The team from Acres removed the previously rusty gates from their posts in order to give them a muchneeded clean-up, including shot blasting, repainting and re-hanging them in place

Acres Engineering has undertaken significant voluntary work in the local community including providing eye-catching silhouette signage at Melbourne Assembly Rooms, along with supplying poppies to commemorate those who fell in the war

The committee from Melbourne Scout & Guide Hut has said they would still love to hear from more volunteers as they work to improve the hut’s facilities

In particular, they want to hear from someone willing to be a “first port of call” for minor maintenance issues

The committee feels this would perhaps be a chance for someone who may be retired and would like to be handy to volunteer their time for work such as fixing broken cupboards, getting quotes, and arranging mid-week access for tradespeople undertaking bigger or more specialist work, such as plumbing or electrics

You can reach out to the Melbourne Scout & Guide Hut by emailing MelbournescoutandguideHQ@gmail com

Pictured above are (l-r): Jeremy Peterson, product manager for Acres Engineering, Danny Ramsden and Dave Calvert, of Melbourne Scout & Guides, Luke Parker, managing director of Acres Engineering, and Chris Peat, of Melbourne Scout & Guides

A BUSINESS owner from Melbourne has described his shock after trying to drive home from work only to have his vehicle tip into a large sink hole on his own car park.

Adam Devey-Smith, owner of The One Off on Derby Road, described how his journey away from the premises did not quite go to plan

He said: “I had got into my Land Rover and reversed out of my car park and the whole car tipped forward into a hole, around eight foot by eight foot

“It was very scary ”

The incident on February 9 occurred in the car park owned by The One Off, and the area around it had to be fenced off

An investigation is currently ongoing as to the cause of the sink hole

A spokesperson for Severn Trent said the water operator – which is conducting ground investigation

works in Melbourne – has commissioned an engineering report and a contractor to repair the damage, as a gesture of goodwill Asked by The Village Voice to update readers about works to install a new sewer system in Melbourne, Severn Trent community communications officer Christina Massey said: “We’re continuing with our ground investigation works and developing the design for the project, which will see £18 3 million of upgrades made to the sewer network across Melbourne “This is a significant project for the area which will improve over 1 1km of the local sewer network, add 500m of new surface water sewers, and increase underground storage to help reduce flood risk ” In 2023 The Village Voice revealed that Severn Trent would be delivering a vital project to provide Melbourne with a new sewer system, which would help minimise the impact of flooding in the future This followed years of public meetings including representatives from the county and district councils, and Severn Trent, after severe flooding in Melbourne in 2014 and 2016 Driver ends up in a big hole in his own car park
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Sue wins annual service award

l Sue Statham receives the award from Cllr Terry Summerlin

THE mastermind of Melbourne’s Christmas late night shopping event has been presented with the annual Dr Freeman Award for service to the community

The award is now in its 11th year having first been presented in 2013, in memory of well-known Melbourne doctor Dr Brendan Freeman.

Sue Statham, owner of Melbourne Florist and Gifts, is the latest recipient of the award, having been presented with it at the Annual Parish Meeting on March 5

Parish council chair Cllr Terry Summerlin said: “The annual Christmas late night shopping and lights switch-on event has become a tradition, bringing together our community at the start of the festive season

“Such an event would not be possible without forward planning and for the last three Christmasses, Sue Statham has taken on the responsibility of organising local shops and trades to participate, booking bands, choirs and street vendors and making sure Santa turns up.

“Over these times, Sue has brought fresh ideas to ensure everyone has a great time and has already started planning for next Christmas

“When I told Mrs Freeman who the award was going to, her reply was ‘Oh Suzy the Florist, how befitting as Brendon loved flowers'.

“So with that endorsement, the 2024 Dr Freeman Award goes to Sue Statham ”

Homes plan finally agreed

FIVE houses are now set to be built on an “emotive site” in the very heart of Melbourne after long-running plans were finally given the go-ahead

More than two years after it shut, proposals to knock down the Senior Citizens’ Centre on Church Street and build five houses on the land were granted by South Derbyshire District Council’s Planning Committee on March 5

This was the fifth set of design proposals for building work on the site at the corner of Church Street and Castle Street which was for many years home to the Senior Citizens’ Centre and adjoining bowls green

The first two proposals were withdrawn, the third was rejected by councillors last year, and the fourth was deferred at the end of December for more consultation to take place

The reception to the latest set of designs was still fairly lukewarm, and the council received 16 letters of objection – with writers saying that even with design amendments the proposals still fell short of expectations for a development in the very centre of the village’s conservation area, within sight of the parish church and Melbourne Hall

The meeting heard that since councillors voted to defer the proposals in December, the applicants had engaged in consultation with planning officers and Melbourne Civic Society in order to change the design to something that would be more palatable to critics

The aim, as stated in a report accompanying the

proposals, was as far as the civic society was concerned to “get rid of the boring symmetry in the proposed elevations and to introduce much needed diversity of design”

Resultant changes to the design have included moving two of the houses slightly forward towards Castle Street

Cllr Jane Carroll, ward member for Melbourne, while acknowledging that some positive changes had been made to the design, said: “This new development in a conservation area close to the church and Melbourne Hall should enhance a historic area and sadly this amended plan does not ” Cllr Martin Fitzpatrick, also ward member for Melbourne, told the room that the site was “very emotive” due to its location, but also said some local residents felt the planned development would be better than the derelict Senior Citizens Centre which is currently there

Cllr Amy Wheelton, a member of the planning committee debating the plans, said the decision on whether to approve the plans was “very difficult”, suggesting an opportunity had been missed to create a development that would stand the test of time

Councillors, who had visited the site earlier in the day, voted by majority to approve the plans, with some voting against and some abstaining

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May the force go with you ...

ONCE a Star Wars fan – always a Star Wars fan

Former Melbourne Parish Church vicar Rev Steve Short enjoyed a family send-off fit for Hollywood when he was presented with some fitting gifts following his final service in the town

The service on February 25 saw a full church and featured personal favourites of Rev Short’s –along with some beautiful singing from the church choir and daughter Sophie

Proceedings were followed by words of thanks and parting gifts from those who have worked closely alongside Rev Short for the past eight years

Producing the biggest grin from Rev Short came on opening a family sized bar of chocolate followed by a large Lego model of Chewbacca – a must for any ardent Star Wars fan like him!

Hole lot of problems on the local roads

POTHOLES, funding and dog fouling were the key discussions at March’s busy parish council meeting in Melbourne.

County Councillor David Muller did his best to explain the difficulties Derbyshire County Council (DCC) had in trying to fix the pothole problems against fierce criticism from parish councillors

Nearly every main route through Melbourne and Kings Newton was mentioned as having surface damage, and Councillor Mick Usher, referring particularly to the state of Melbourne Road, described its condition as “shockingly bad” and said it was “embarrassing” that beyond the Leicestershire border the roads were so much better

Cllr Muller described the situation as “miserable” but the council was trying to address the problem as best they could They were currently repairing some 2,000 potholes every week

One issue highlighted to him was that Tarmac being used now, because certain chemical additives were no longer permitted, was not so hard wearing He also said that a big problem at present was the volume of claims for wheel and suspension damage, so it was a top priority for the council

On the subject of roads, Cllr Muller said he had been consulting with the Highways department at DCC about parking issues at Church Square, and he mentioned the traffic lights at the Derby Road/Breach Lane junction Damage to the verge there had made the road dangerous so the traffic lights were to remain until repairs can be made, although there is no foreseeable timescale for that work

n A lengthy debate followed a presentation from Steve Hollingsworth on behalf of the Melbourne Sporting Partnership, which was looking for £9,280 to repaint the multi-use games area used for tennis, netball, and various other activities, as the surface had deteriorated due to the high level of use

There had also been a number of slips and accidents as a result, and they were keen to ensure that it remained usable for many years ahead Cllr Andy Dawson gave his support to the bid for funding, saying “sporting facilities were the bedrock of our community” but other councillors challenged why the MSP did not fund-raise more; why they had not taken opportunities offered for a fund-raising event; and revisited previous fund-

ing commitments

Mr Hollingsworth explained that the MSP was an over-arching umbrella organisation for the clubs using the facilities, and all the clubs raised significant funds for improvements, such as the floodlights for the tennis club, the new rugby club shed and the new football stand

The rugby club had vetoed using the pitches for any fund-raising event which could seriously impact on the playing surfaces, and Mr Hollingsworth reminded councillors that the MSP had taken on the costs and responsibility from the parish council for maintaining the grounds

He had suggested this project for the council’s support because it was entirely a capital project and he suggested that the way forward was for the MSP to propose any similar capital project in the future, rather than seek a fixed annual grant

After a proposal to fund the project in full was turned down, a second proposal to offer the sum of £7,000 towards the costs was approved After the meeting Mr Hollingsworth said he was “pleased with the continued support from the parish council”

n Councillors went on to discuss the persistent problem of dog fouling and expressed their disgust at the recent incidents in the cemetery on Packhorse Road Chair Cllr Terry Summerlin asked the meeting for their thoughts on what additional measures might be taken Ideas such as banning dogs from the area, closing the cemetery to the public at certain times, additional CCTV, and bigger signage were suggested

The council expressed their determination to stamp down on this problem and to take action to stop it

It was agreed that more prominent




PEOPLE are being urged to be on their guard after reports that older and vulnerable residents across Derbyshire have received unsolicited calls claiming to be from community alarm companies

In one instance, two men targeted an elderly woman on her doorstep, asking for her bank details before they could install new equipment Another man received a phone call asking for bank details for his community alarm service

The county council says it will never ask for payment or bank details over the phone or call unannounced on the doorstep, neither will any of its representatives, and it is urging residents to be on their guard against bogus callers

ABOVE: The Short family (Rachel, Sophie, Benjamin and Steve) with their family chocolate supplies, and (left) Steve with his Lego Chewbacca
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New bridge and bypass nearer

NEIGHBOURING councils and MPs have been collaborating to bring about proposals for a new bridge and bypass which would provide an important new route for South Derbyshire residents Burton MP Kate Kniveton and South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler have been working together for a new bypass to replace the old Bailey Bridge at Walton

Mrs Kniveton said the issue was a pressing one and that she and Mrs Wheeler had been in talks with local authorities on both sides of the river, as well as Drakelow developers Countryside Properties

Mrs Kniveton said she was thrilled to announce “significant progress” has been made

Countryside Properties had confirmed the development of new bridge designs addressing flooding concerns, while Planning Performance Agreements had been entered to by both East Staffordshire Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council with Countryside Properties

It is hoped that construction could start this summer with the bypass open for public use by late 2025

Mrs Wheeler said: “It’s great to be working with Kate on this bridge which links our constituencies and is an important route for both the people of South Derbyshire and Burton and Uttoxeter ”

Cash for cameras

ANGELIQUE Foster, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has announced her plans to fund extra automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras to track down more vehicles involved in crime

The Commissioner will fund ANPR cameras at eight new sites in Derby City, High Peak and South Derbyshire at a cost of £44,000 as part of her ongoing work to disrupt crime and bring more offenders to justice

The Commissioner has already invested £424,000 into boosting the county's ANPR coverage to target criminals who use the road network to carry out their activities

The latest investment will support the ongoing work to crackdown on drug dealing and county lines, dangerous drivers, those who commit Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) offences and neighbourhood crime including domestic burglary, robbery, theft from the person and vehicle crime

Vici’s out to be cut above rest

MELBOURNE hairdresser Vici Hall has a new feather in her cap after being named one of the best in Britain

This year marks 30 years that Vici has been running her own mobile hairdressing business and she could not have asked for a better anniversary gift than being named finalist in the mobile hairdresser of the year category of the prestigious UK Hair and Beauty awards

Hundreds of beauty and hair businesses from all over the country vie for the chance to win one of the coveted awards and Vici said she was thrilled to have been named a finalist

“I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed,” said Vici “I couldn’t believe it! It’s just given me that seal of approval ”

Vici has dedicated her career to hairdressing and began as an apprentice at the Keith Hall franchise She immediately started building up a loyal clientele and set up on her own aged 21 Some of her loyal clients have been coming to her for 30 years!

In 2021 Vici took the decision to focus on sustainability and now goes to many lengths to tread as lightly on the planet as possible

A member of the Green Salon Collective, Vici runs an electric vehicle to service her business; she recycles all her plastic bottles, sources eco-friendly products, and even gathers up her colour foils and clients’ hair clippings to recycle and use on the compost at the end of the day

Over the years, Vici has seen many fashions change – but at the root of it all is her love of cutting people’s hair and making them feel good

“Colouring is much gentler on the hair now compared to what it used to be,” she said “There was lots of high strength peroxide!

“I love cutting hair I love textured hair, I love creating shapes, I love creating hair that moves I enjoy bringing the flexibility of the salon to people, and how fashions and trends change – I just love that!”

Vici is due to attend the awards ceremony at the beginning of June

Care office now open longer

MELBOURNE Community Care is now able to offer longer opening hours thanks to the addition of new volunteer staff The office is open from 10am until 2pm Monday to Friday to provide a better level of service.

Manager Claire Barker said:

“Since the start of the year we have had another seven volunteers, bringing the number of helpers to over 50

“This will enable us to provide better access and availability for people who want to use our services and will enable us

to signpost those in need of help to other services, too

“We also want to make people aware that they can drop in for a chat or a cuppa during our opening hours; whilst not a defined ‘warm space’ as such, we want people to feel they can just pop in for a chat at any time ” Claire said they were also on the look-out for more drivers to help with lifts to hospital, doctors or other appointments

“A few drivers are no longer available, so we do need to find a few more to cope with the

growing number of journey requests we are getting,” she said A clean driving licence is all that is needed, and Community Care will arrange for the necessary Basic Disclosure (DBS) check Normally voluntary drivers are covered by personal car insurance and do not need additional business use cover There is no fixed commitment, so it is a matter of choice how often someone is available Most of the trips are to the two Derby hospitals Claire also announced a joint initiative with Melbourne Royal British Legion to donate Easter eggs to lonely or isolated residents in the village, akin to the Christmas meal idea

“We have over 53 people we know of, who we will be visiting and giving them Easter eggs,” she said

If anyone would like to donate an egg, they can leave it in the office on Derby Road or at the Legion, and similarly if anyone knows of someone who might like to be included, get in touch before March 22

To contact community care visit www melbournecommunitycare com or call 01332 863585

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Changes to surgery appointment booking

PATIENTS at Melbourne and Chellaston medical practices will not be able to book same day appointments at the front desk between 8am and 8 30am, starting from next month

The practice has announced changes to its same day appointment booking system starting from April 1

Between 8am and 8 30am all sameday appointments will not be available to be made in person but will only be bookable over the phone –which includes a call back function so that the caller ’s place in the queue can be held

The practice states on posters being put up in its surgeries that to address patient comments regarding telephone waiting times, receptionist time will be directed towards answering patient calls instead

The practice has said: “As a practice we are constantly reviewing our appointment system to adapt to feedback from patients and keep in line the NHS increasing focus on utilising technology

“This is to ensure that the booking system is fair to all “Our telephone system allows for you to select a call back function which will hold your place in the queue However, please note that you must keep your phone with you at all times, so that you don t miss the call back

“We only have limited appointments available; this may mean that sometimes when you get to position number one, the appointments may have all gone for the day and receiving treatment elsewhere may be advised ”

Thanking patients in advance for their co-operation, the practice has advised that advanced, nurse, health care assistants and other services appointments will continue to be offered at various times

To book an appointment, you are asked to call the practice on 01332 720077 or 01332 862124

WI’s grand support

IT was a case of women supporting women when Aston-on-Trent’s WI presented more than £1,000 to a highly valued charity.

Members of the Women’s Institute in the village focused their year ’s fund-raising activities in 2023 on the Derby Women’s Centre charity, which offers a range of support including counselling, domestic violence support, plus help with mental health and wellbeing

Ladies from the WI held events to support the centre including its cof-

fee and chat mornings; soup and pudding lunches, and annual garden party.

The total raised was £1,077 which was received by Zoe Stanistreet and the money will go towards funding some of the group’s activities, including craft

The Derby Women’s Centre is a registered charity which aims to empower women to be more independent, reduce economic inequality, improve mental wellbeing and facilitate personal development

Long Walk Wood open

LONG Walk Wood in Astonon-Trent has re-opened after contractors finished safety works.

Richmond Villages told members of the local community that contractor Glendale Services had completed tree safety works ahead of schedule, and the path was re-opened on February 20.

Walkers were asked to stick to main pathways in order to remain safe in the woods and protect woodland fauna and flora.

l Anne James, president of Aston WI, presenting a £1,077 cheque to Zoe Stanistreet from Derby Women’s Centre
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A CHANCE encounter has led to 50 golden years for Melbourne couple Chris and Celia Brookes – and it has been quite the journey! Chris and Celia tied the knot on March 9, 1974.

Had Chris’s friend not bailed out on a night at the disco one Saturday around two years previously, they might never have met

“I always went out to the disco with a friend but one day he said he couldn’t come,” explained Chris “I went on my own and that’s when I met Celia!”

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Chris was playing football semi-professionally for clubs including Notts County and Leicester City at the time He had saved up enough funds with his £3 50 a week engineering apprenticeship wage, plus £7 50 per weekly football game, to afford a small twoseater sports car

It was in this that he gave Celia and her friend a lift home from the Palais in Nottingham after their first meeting, and, as they say, the rest is history!

Courtship in the early 1970s involved a lot of calls from Chris in a public phone box to Celia, who had at the time ‘a party line’ –which was shared with someone else, meaning half the time he could not actually get through and the sixpence invested on the call went to waste!

But Chris’s perseverance in the phone box paid off and the two were married in the

Catholic Church in Hucknall, where Celia was from The couple spent their first five and a half years of married life in South Africa, where Chris had a job as an engineer with some time on the football pitch too

It was in South Africa the first of the couple’s four daughters, Nicola, was born

But, despite a good quality of life in many respects – warm weather and low taxation –the couple found some of the things they saw under the Apartheid system hard to witness They came back to a cold, rainy Britain in the late 1970s – the time of strikes, power cuts and a three-day working week – to settle in Barrow-on-Soar, where Chris had originally come from

In the early 1980s Chris started up his own company, managing to tap into the early markets of computers and telesales – which he ran successfully for 25 years until retiring in 2007

It was another chance that brought the couple to Melbourne Inspired by its location near Staunton Harold Reservoir, where there would be an opportunity to rediscover sailing – a hobby they had enjoyed in South Africa –Chris and Celia bought up a rackety old farmhouse on the outskirts of Melbourne, living in a caravan for six months while they made it habitable for their growing family

Today they still live happily in The Laurels, on Derby Road, their home since 1986 –which took 10 years to bring into the modern era

Life has been exciting for the jet-setting pair, who both love their passions on their own and together

For many years Chris enjoyed the thrill of light aircraft, flying mainly from grass run-

CREATIVE Melbourne Gallery project which was launched o proved so popular that most workshops had filled up with weeks

Project leader Clare Limb sa event was really well supporte project stakeholders, artists an attendance I would like to say you to everyone who has suppo so far ”

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ways on farmers’ fields between 1989 and 012 – during which time he owned no fewer han five different planes!

He is also still a keen member of Melourne Marksmen Air Rifle and Pistol Club; e exercises daily, having once completed the ruelling cycle ride from John O’Groats to Lands End

Celia is also extremely fit: feeling the burn n two fitness classes a week: turbo and bodyump – run by daughter Victoria – as well as otching up 80 lengths an hour in the pool on weekly basis It was a proud day when she ompleted the London Marathon to mark her 0th birthday, completing the distance in a ery impressive four hours and 19 minutes She is also a very successful watercolour ainter, holding several prestigious solo hows and still a regular exhibitor in Melourne Festival

Both Celia and Chris have a particular ove: their shiny Harley Davidson bike on which they have travelled across Europe toether several times In fact, it is not just the ouple’s anniversary Their Harley Davidson s also marking some key milestones this ear: it is 20 years old and has notched up an mpressive 40,000 miles

The couple, whose four daughters are Nicola, Katherine, Victoria and Anna, will be elebrating the golden wedding anniversary with a holiday in Tenerife


y’s “Blossoming” on February 10 of the planned in the first two id: “The launch ed with over 60 nd supporters in y a huge thankrted the project ich aims at proal community to ve activity, has rous Arts Counfrom other local ne Community Muller ’s LeaderDerbyshire Dishood Fund This be offered free, arrier Spring Colours egion on Februd

There are still spaces on workshops in March and April including one for under 5s, on Friday, March 22, led by artist Victoria Brown, and offering the opportunity to ‘get creative with your toddler ’ taking inspiration from blossom and the beauty of the early spring season Activities will include painting, drawing & getting creative with clay

On Friday, April 5, during the Easter holiday, Jane Bevan is hosting a workshop at Whistlewood Common, for teenagers, which will involve foraging for source materials for creations and a campfire with marshmallows to finish off!

The first group of workshops will conclude with an exhibition of the work created at the Wesley Hall between May 4-6, and on Sunday, May 5, there will two drop-in events – one Blossom and Bloom and the other Music Time family workshop

There will then be a break whilst planning the second phase of the project running through to September

For more information, or to book, email clarelimbcreates@outlook com

l Pictured are Chris and Celia outside their home with their beloved Harley Davidson; and (left) on their wedding day in 1974 l Sharon Brown with Cliff Haynes
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Footpaths group’s free gates offer

THE Melbourne Footpaths Group is offering a helping hand to make the countryside more accessible for people with mobility issues The group is providing free, high-quality, stock-proof metal gates to replace stiles on local public footpaths within the parish area

This initiative aims to address accessibility challenges faced by individuals who find stiles difficult to navigate. Replacing them with gates will allow for easier and safer access for everyone, encouraging them to enjoy the beauty of the local countryside Group Secretary Barry Thomas said: “We've been able to gather enough funds to offer a small number of these gates to local landowners and farmers. They require minimal maintenance and will significantly improve access for all path users in the area.”

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Down on the Farm

With Ben Stanley

YOU can only admire French farmers. Not only are they gifted at producing some of the most weird and wonderful foods in the world, they are also really, really good at protesting

The image of a 20-tonne muck spreader trundling down the Champs-Elysees lobbing some of nature’s finest Limousin cattle manure onto the city’s Gendarmerie makes quite a statement But it’s not just the French; many European nations’ farmers have mobilised in mass protests

They have been motivated to protest due to rising costs, increasingly bureaucratic and out of touch EU policies and the increasingly high risk of growing crops because of climate change

The French are lucky because when they feel a bit ‘furieux’ then the nation is behind them The French people are far more likely to have a rural connection and many city people will still have family who work or live in the countryside, unlike in the UK So the French politicians have to listen to the farmers – they have the sympathy of the people

Whereas here in Blighty we are not so lucky, and it is difficult to get people’s attention and tell them there is a food crisis when the supermarket shelves are fully stocked and we are prepared to waste 6 4 million tonnes of household food waste per


Most people in the UK think farmers drive Range Rovers, wear flat caps and talk with a west country accent Whereas anyone who knows a farmer will know only the last one of those is true The truth is that just under 50% of farms are tenanted like ours, the average farm profit on a typical UK mixed farm is £16,000 and our farm business would struggle to break even without the farm shop and catering business

In England and Wales changes to agricultural support post-Brexit are set to become far more onerous than in the EU and yet the best we can muster is a few rotten eggs thrown at the Senedd last week

Would farmers be able to mobilise and galvanise support from the general public if they tried to get attention by having a few slow days muckspreading on the M25 during rush hour? I think not

Farmers have been victims of their own success: when World War Two ended and farmers were challenged with feeding the nation my grandfather and father ’s generation answered the call

By the 1970s they had made ‘mountains’ of grain and ‘lakes’ of milk so big that they had to pay farmers to stop producing so much food Mechanisation and advances in technology have resulted in fewer and fewer people employed on farms and, there-

fore, we don’t have the same connection with our farmers

We have not been hungry for a very long time and it is difficult for people to engage with something until it actually affects them As an industry we have done a really good job of getting food on the table but we forgot about our customers and how important our relationship is with them; therefore in times of change it becomes hard to get our message across and be understood

So when Chris Packham gets on TV and says let’s make the UK one big nature reserve full of wolves, bears and Gruffalos, it all sounds like a really great idea However, as Russia’s Vladimir Lenin famously quoted ‘every society is three meals from chaos’

And he wasn’t wrong: we had a glimpse of this during the start of the Covid pandemic when, as a small food business, we witnessed the tension and panic when supply lines were interrupted just for a few days

The agricultural landscape is changing rapidly, and it is right that we are focusing more attention on our soils and the environment, but if we continue to increase our reliance on less regulated imported food at the expense of our own food industry during an internationally precarious time, we may quite literally not live to regret it


Village hosts Earth Day event

A GLOBAL movement dedicated to helping the environment has sparked the first event of its kind in Weston-on-Trent Earth Day has been marked in April since its inception in the USA in 1970 and is the world’s largest environmental movement

Residents of Weston are hosting the village’s first ever Earth Day on April 22 – and, despite the fame of the movement, theirs is one of only a few to have been registered in the UK Lindsey Riley, who is helping to organise the day, said: “The idea is to build up community engagement and to encourage everyone to make better environmental choices This year ' s theme is stopping single use plastics

“The event is taking place at Weston Village

Hall and involves lots of local community groups such as Brownies, Rainbows, Explorers, SAVE (Save Aston and Weston Villages Environment), the parish council, the allotment society and the church

“We have talks arranged during the day on topics such as soil health, how to support your local hedgehog population, reusables and activities such as helping to make a village earth day wall hanging, making a bug hotel, making bags out of rubbish and how to repair your bikes, plus a sports kit and walking boot swap, local walks, Pilates and mindfulness activities ”

Weston-on-Trent’s Earth day will take place from 10am to 4pm and there will be refreshments provided by the WI

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l Clouds reflected perfectly on flooded fields at Swarkestone Causeway on February 24 10 V illage Voice March 2024 Heritage Events at St Wilfrid’s An Anglo-Saxon church in Barrow upon Trent Please use the FREE Parking available on the Parish Car Park, Twyford Rd, DE73 7HA - 300m away from the Church EVENTS (May 2024)
a French farmers’ protest
start at 7.30pm. £15 per ticket including a glass of prosecco and lovely chocolate. Please book at Mary, Queen of Scots - with Lesley Smith Friday, 10th May 2024 This performance gives you a chance to meet the tragic her hopes and fears as her dramatic tale approaches its FILM NIGHTS (June - July 2024) We will be using our high quality projector and extra large Summer. These will be shown every Thursday evening at 7:30pm at a cost of £5 per person. TALKS (April-July 2024) All start at 7.00pm. £4 per head including tea The CGI Recreation of Barrow in the Year 1300 Wednesday, 3rd April A visualisation and narrative of the village, The Knights Hospitaller in Britain Wednesday, 1st May The Rutland Roman Villa Wednesday, 5th June The Journey of a Brooch Wednesday, 3rd July 6th June 27th June 4th July 25th July St Wilfrid’s Barrow Tel: 07887 656 948 Email: stwilfrids Church Lane, Barrow upon Trent, DE73 7HB

Couple pooling their talents in new business

THEIR eyes met over a socially distanced date at Melbourne Pool during lockdown –now they are going into business together

Melbourne’s Jenny Jarvis met Matt Clutterham on a socially distanced walk in November 2020 – during the second of the UK’s lockdowns during the Covid pandemic

The pair hit it off so well that not only are they now partners in life – but in business, too

Jenny and Matt have launched their business: Q Branch Consulting, a brand and transformation consultancy, at an event in Amalfi White

It all started when they met at Melbourne Pool and asked each other a series of dating questions – with their love of questioning forming part of the inspiration for the ‘Q’ in their business name

Matt is a former lighting designer who has worked on starry West End productions as well as lighting up a Stormzy gig on The Thames for EE, while Jenny is a life coach

They are combining their talents in their new venture which aims to help businesses with brand strategy and personal development

Jenny said: “Matt and I are very excited to be launching Q Branch Consulting and we couldn’t hope for a more beautiful setting to hold our opening event than the stunning ballroom at Amalfi White in Melbourne

“Our own relationship started with a socially distanced date – a walk around Melbourne Pool – and now we aim to use our combined expertise spanning the fields of business, theatrical storytelling, global brand experience and personal development to help business leaders grow and transform powerful brands and teams ”

Big Village Small Town event back

MELBOURNE’S Big Village Small Town event is back for a second year with new shows over the late May Bank Holiday weekend and a variety of performers roving around various venues on the Monday

The event, which aims to bring music to a variety of venues in Melbourne, is supported by County Councillor David Muller, who said: “I am always happy to support home-grown initiatives especially ones which boost and support the local economy Last year ’s event was a resounding success and I am sure this year ’s will be equally as successful bringing many visitors into our Big Village Small Town ”

The weekend kicks off early with Paul Simon tribute show Sounds of Simon performing at the Assembly Rooms on Thursday, May 23

Over the weekend at the Assembly Rooms top Americana duo The Black Feathers will be performing, along with the James Taylor show Fire & Rain and topping the weekend Fatea’ Magazine’s Band of the Year, Ranagri

Announcing the event, organiser Andy Heafield said: “We have really tried this year to bring a variety of shows and music to Melbourne and have worked with our partner venues to ensure there’s something for everyone over the weekend

“Like last year, we will have roving performers going around Melbourne on the Monday including the hugely popular Black Pig Border Morris team

“We were fortunate last year to have the help of a load of volunteers and the weather played its part We attracted well over 1,000 people to Melbourne and look forward to a similar turn-out this year ”

Venues confirmed so far include Melbourne Inn, Alma Inn, Spirit Vaults and Bank of Beers, who will all have music on over the weekend The team behind the event are always looking to develop the weekend further and are looking at the possibility of an outdoor show in 2025

Tickets for all shows are available on www ticketsource co uk/mccl Further details from Andy Heafield at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms 01332 863522, email to info@melbourneassemblyrooms co uk

l Jenny Jarvis and Matt Clutterham at their launch event in Amalfi White Photo: Victoria Wilcox
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Saturday 16 March :

Meet the Makers Trail

Street. 10am - noon

Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold. Chat to resident artists. + Music.

Friday 22 March:

Creative Melbourne Free Workshops

Blooming Creative for Under 5’s with Victoria Brown. Wesley Hall, Potter Street

Saturday 23 March:

Coffee Morning

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

Toasted hot cross buns. Treetops pop up shop selling summer outfits, garden games & more - call in and have a look.

Saturday 23 March:

Breathwork for Wellbeing

Release many of life's challenges with the practice of Breathwork. Your investment: £20. - 9.30 - 11am Bookings at

Saturday 23 March:

Melbourne Civic Society Litter Pick

Meet at MARS car park 10am, everyone welcome whatever your age, you do not need to be a member. Hi-vis jackets & picking equipment provided, bring own gloves.

Sunday 24 March:

Improv Comedy

Join Trugs in the Roundhouse at Whistlewood Common and enjoy an afternoon creating Comedy. - 2 - 4 pm. Pay what you can within a range of £15 - £35. Bookings at

Monday 25 March:

Melbourne Civic Society Talk:

The Derbyshire Associations for the Prosecution of Felons (17032014); speaker Robert Mee. Venue; Wesley Hall, Potter Street. 7pm. Members and Visitors welcome; small entry fee; inc refreshments.

Thursday 4 April:

Melbourne Area Derby u3a

Open event: find out more about the u3a plus guest speaker at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms. 2pm. Free entry.

Friday 5 April:

Festival Funhouse Comedy Club

Melbourne Sporting Partnership, Cockshut Lane. 8pm. 3 top standup comics and compere. Acts to be confirmed. Tickets £13

Saturday 6 April:

Coffee Morning

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

Saturday 13 April:

Coffee Morning

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

Wednesday 17 - Saturday 20 April:

Melbourne Operatic Society present Gilbert & Sullivan’s IOLANTHE

Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, 7.30pm. See ad on P9

Saturday 20 April:

Creative Melbourne Workshop Wire Seedheads Stem Workshop with Judith Brown.

Creative Melbourne Gallery, 10.30 - 4pm. £85pp or 07733 026077

Contact Creative Melbourne Gallery for full workshop list.

Saturday 18 May:

Creative Melbourne Workshop Pen and Watercolour Workshop with Kate Dawes

Creative Melbourne Gallery, 10.30 - 12.30pm. £35pp or 07814 850157

Contact Creative Melbourne Gallery for full workshop list.

Saturday 18 May:

‘Now is the Month of Maying’ concert

Sung by Viva la Musica Chamber Choir St George’s Church, Ticknall, 4.30pm. Tickets £12.50 from or on the door.

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More like ‘Fields of Nightmares’

THE Channel Four Carry on Glamping programmes did, as you reported last month, give Melbourne a starring role but, in my opinion, the result has been an environmental disaster Melbourne Hall and its historic garden, in a picturesque landscape alongside the Pool, attract visitors from all over the country and have delighted Melbourne residents for generations

But this has now been marred Last year two fields owned by the Estate were turned into so-called glamping sites, both of which, to my mind, were eyesores

The glamping entrepreneur Johnny Vegas called them his 'Fields of Dreams' 'Fields of Nightmares' would have been a better description

As I watched the programmes I was appalled and incredulous in equal measures, and I know that many of my friends and neighbours feel the same way Incredulous that the Melbourne Estate, which in the past has created and been the guardian of this jewel in our crown, should have encouraged an unsightly commercial development on such prominent and visually sensitive sites

Last year two fields were used which compounded the environmental damage I was pleased to hear in the final programme that the field next to Pool Cottage has now been withdrawn and cleared, and the sooner the use of the junk yard at the end of Pool Road is terminated the better

If your readers feel the same way I would encourage them to write to Lord Ralph Kerr so that he knows the strength of local feeling on this sensitive issue

Ian Turner, writing in a personal capacity and not as past chairman of the Melbourne Civic Society.

marked World Book Day on March 7.

At Weston-on-Trent Primary School, children and teachers got into the spirit

of the day by dressing as people with different careers to mark the day.

The dress-up was aimed at inspiring children’s fu-

ture careers and a whole range of outfits including medics, police officers and ballet dancers were on show

Produce show returns

MELBOURNE’S market gardening heritage will be in the forefront in September as the town’s two allotment associations, at Blackwell Lane and Commerce Street, come together to bring back The Melbourne Produce Show.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 7, in Melbourne Parish Church, and the organisers hope that anyone who loves to grow vegetables, fruit or flowers, or make home produce in Melbourne will take part

Jenny Starkie, from Commerce Street Allotments, said: “I can’t wait for spring and the start of the new growing season

TWe get so much joy from setting and harvesting our own produce we want to celebrate that ” A full list of award categories will be available in April and entries will be judged by some of Melbourne’s local business owners Rachel Hewitt, from the Blackwell Lane allotments, said: “Previously The Produce Show was very popular and so we want to bring it back to encourage a new generation of growers and bakers ” Competitors will be asked to drop off their entries in the morning, with the show open to the public from 1pm to view the exhibits and find out who’s won Refresh-

ments and produce will also be on sale Organisers are keen to stress that participants do not need an allotment – vegetables and flowers can also be grown in the garden or on a sunny windowsill

“I’m planning my cut flower seeds now, so we wanted everyone to know that the show’s happening and to start thinking what they could grow too!” said Louise Smith, also of Blackwell Lane allotments Details of how to enter will be announced through the spring, but for any queries or if you want to get involved contact: jennystarkie@gmail com, rachelhewitt5@icloud com or louise smith0126@gmail com

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Having a breather

WHISTLEWOOD does a lot of wellbeing events including the popular new ‘Breathwork’, sessions run by Rebecca on some Saturday mornings – yes you can learn to breathe better!

I know we breathe every day; so how can we improve on that?

It’s a fairly new type of class and a great way to release tensions, learn how to de-stress just using different breath patterns that Rebecca guides you through

Thinking of breathing, another feelgood workshop focusing on laughter is also taking place in March – the ‘Improv comedy workshop’ led by our own Trugs.

It is really easy these days to get tense and stressed out by general everyday life, so we’re inviting you to take some time off to be silly, to see the lighter side of life, use your imagination to just have fun, have an afternoon of humour with a lovely group of folks.

They say smiling is good for your mood, well having a good old laugh is even better

March is also when a lot of our blossombearing trees will be blooming, especially the blackthorn, which comes out quite early, the hawthorn, cherries and possibly some apples

We’ll also be hosting a workshop in conjunction with Arts Melbourne’s Blossoming and Bearing Fruit project, early in April for teenagers.

It will be a nature-based creative art session in the Easter Hols led by Jane Bevan We have a Facebook page with info and all the details of all our events

Or you could come and volunteer on one of our Saturday afternoon sessions (every fortnight).

I could say that what we’ve achieved at Whistlewood will take your breath away but that’s not exactly what I’ve just been saying to you

Just come and be amazed by spring blossom and breathe in the lovely spring air. You will feel better for it.

HARRY Potter, Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter – and plenty more characters besides – flocked into the area as schools
14 V illage Voice March 2024 © 2024. An independent community paper designed and published by Village Voice Newspapers. Typeset by Greenborough Ltd., t/a Voice Productions. Printed in England. The publishers are not responsible for any content or claims in advertisements. Artwork not supplied by advertisers may not be reproduced without the written permission. The use of this or previous editions of Village Voice for marketing or canvassing of advertisers is strictly prohibited. Advert ing... To place an advert, notice or thanks message please call 07584 025 852 or email: Specification for artwork and pricing is available to download from our website... Photographs... Photographs are available to purchase online. See all the latest images at... News... Call us on 01332 863181 or email: Letters... Email us your comments... or write to us at The Village Voice, 11 North Street, Melbourne DE73 8FZ MELBOURNE & DISTRICT Spring is here and nature is beginning to buzz with life. As swathes of pink and white take over the landscape at Staunton Harold, drink in the scent of spring and admire showers of hawthorn, apple, blackthorn, and cherry blossom. © N a t o n a T r u s t 2 0 2 4 R e g s t e r e d C h a r t y n o 2 0 5 8 4 6 P h o t o g r a p h y © N a t i o n a T r u s t m a g e s / D a v i d G o a c h e r Nature blossoms at Staunton Harold
l Weston-onTrent Primary School staff Martin Stephens (left) with Mrs Amy Melland and Mrs Dawn Hetherington (right) and pupils from the school

Dynamo keep up the pressure at top of table

MELBOURNE Dynamo FC’s first team continue to hold their own in the top four of the league with some impressive results in February.

They began the month in style with a resounding 5-0 away win against AFC Normanton

James ‘Jammy’ Smith was in scintillating form as he bagged four goals to go with a Tyler Withers strike to complete the rout

A second successive victory was this time a 4-2 home win against Linby Colliery Welfare with a Jack Bodill brace aided by Sam Simpson Again, Tyler Withers claimed another three points for Adam Dolman’s men

The first team made it a clean sweep for the month as they soundly beat Bakewell Town 4-0 at home, racing into a three-goal lead before the half hour Goals came from Charlie Tovell with two added to by James Smith and Tyler Withers to leave them sitting in third place going into the last three months of the season

The Reserves extended their lead at the top of Division 2 to eight points in their first match of February as they beat Castle Donington Reserves 4-0, thanks to a double from Sam Bancroft alongside strikes by Pav Sahota and Riley Moore

A Robin Bentley hat-trick plus a double from Riley Moore a week later helped the Dynamo side claim a hard fought 5-3 home victory against Sherwin and they ended the month in some style, thumping Newhall United Reserves in the quarter finals of the Divisional Cup 7-1 at home

Braces from Joe Shadbolt and the inform Riley Moore to go with finishes by Robin Bentley, Sam Bancroft and Pharrell Baines completed the scoring in a clean sweep of February – just like the first team

LOYAL Melbourne Dynamo fans can now officially watch the game in the dry after the club’s first ever set of stands was officially unveiled.

On March 2 local businessman

Nick Humphreys was on hand to cut the ribbon opening the new 50seater stand at Melbourne Sporting Partnership after providing its funding in part through his charitable foundation Providing covered seating has become a priority for Melbourne Dynamo after the first team won the

league last year

If the team is promoted again, stands for 100 people are then a requirement.

Nick told those present at the opening ceremony of his “pleasure” in donating the stands, and that he had been happy to support the club because of his long-standing association with Dynamos.

His son Henry still plays for the club and Nick was a team manager for many years along with Don Miller

Melbourne Dynamo FC chair

Conor Raynor said that the club was investing in coaching and facilities in order to keep going from strength to strength

Without the generosity of Nick Humphreys in paying for a set of stands, he said the club would have probably had to fund-raise for up to five years.

“On behalf of the club I’d like to say a massive thank you to Nick and everyone at Nick Humphreys for making this possible,” he said

DESPITE the summer league season only a month away Melbourne Tennis Club is still competing in the Derbyshire Winter leagues with various teams to keep them ticking over

The Ladies’ A team leads the way in division 2 with promotion to the top league secure if they win one of their last two games in the month, as they currently sit top of the table

It is the same situation for Melbourne Men’s A team as they also sit top of division 3 But they may have to win both of their final league games to claim promotion to division 2 Melbourne also has two mixed teams in the Winter leagues They sit in third in their respective divisions with both probably needing to win their remaining two games to have a chance of promotion

In a month’s time interest will turn to the club’s summer fixtures with Melbourne having 10 teams competing in the Burton leagues and another five in the longer format of the Derbyshire league

The Ladies have two teams in the Derbyshire league with the A team competing in Division 1 – their highest level for the first time in the club’s history – and three in the Burton leagues with the same for the men

With five mixed teams entered across the two leagues there are plenty of matches for the club’s members to get their teeth into

Anyone interested in joining the tennis club should contact Sallie Allen on 07939599310

Tennis teams have sights on promotion
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l Melbourne Dynamo FC first team players with Nick Humphreys, Conor Raynor and loyal supporters in their new stand Photo: Jansen Brown Studios

PREPARATIONS for the 2024 cricket season are underway for Melbourne Town CC with both the junior and senior sections well into their respective winter practice nets

The Juniors have in fact continued more or less right through the winter with their sessions on a Saturday at Chellaston Academy being very well attended across the five junior sides that the club is running in 2024

The Seniors have just began their sessions at The City of Derby Academy in Sinfin on a Thursday night with several new players attending The club is looking to push for promotion with all three of their senior Saturday sides

It is also a very exciting time for the Ladies section which continues to go from strength to strength with numbers constantly growing They have entered the East Midlands Women’s League Softball Division 2 West to give them

Sports park tackles droughts

A 40-METRE deep water borehole and 20,000 litre tank is to be installed at Melbourne Sports Park with the aim of providing a sustainable water supply for its pitches, amid increasing summer droughts due to climate change.

The innovative solution to providing a reliable way of irrigating Melbourne’s sports pitches was submitted to South Derbyshire District Council’s Planning Committee, who green-lit the proposals in February

A statement from the sports park detailed how the borehole would provide a solution to watering pitches in the summer months when the possibility of droughts is increasing.

A design and access statement accompanying the proposals said: “Irrigation of the sports pitches utilising a borehole has long been an aspiration of the Sporting Partnership and is a priority within both their development and energy plans.

“During the development phase of the site and its transfer to the Partnership in 2016 the original planned irrigation system designed to complement the pitch drainage was value engineered out of the masterplan in order to match

available budget to a viable scheme

“Thanks to effective design and construction all grass pitches but the two football pitches in particular drain very well but their overall condition is compromised by the lack of a corresponding irrigation system as was originally envisaged

“The impact of this deficiency has become increasingly apparent during recent periods of drought and forecasts related to climate change indicate such periods are likely to increase.

“At the moment the pitches are watered via a small and basic set of sprinklers operated via a simple outside tap at the rear of the clubhouse This arrangement is inefficient, offering limited pressure, limited coverage and a very labour intensive task for the club volunteers who move the system around the pitches ”

The MSP commissioned expert reports to establish that a borehole would be a good solution for the irrigation of Melbourne’s pitches

The move is also expected to reduce costs because of improved efficiency

THE RAIN continued to fall during February but this did not deter the green and golds, with some great competitive rugby played by Melbourne Rugby Club

The First XV began March sitting sixth in the league but only a single win separating sixth and third placed Paviors, with plenty of games and points still to play for this season

After their exhilarating victory against West Bridgford early in the month, the firsts once again came out on top after a closely fought encounter away to Matlock

Whilst the score suggests a close game, attritional conditions ruled the day and yet Melbourne were comfortable and in the lead for most of the 80 minutes

Tries for Melbourne all came in the first half with Travers first to touch down for the green and golds at just short of 20 minutes in

Phelps and North scored further tries with a conversion for Brown, leaving the final scoreline 14-17 in the visitors’ favour

The home side secured a score with the last


With the weather and pitch conditions having no reprieve, conditions again dictated the pace and style of game against league leaders Lichfield Despite the quagmire conditions it was a real thriller of a match – buoyed by a very healthy and vocal crowd following a past players’ lunch

Tries for North and Benstead plus two conversions for Brown – all in the first half – helped take Melbourne to an impressive 14-0 lead The game was being played with real physicality and there were shuddering moments throughout

Both sides could have nipped in for the win and had opportunities to seek three points but neither team felt it was enough, with the game being played with a real urgency and drive right up to the final whistle which concluded with a draw at 14-14

The seconds – currently placed fourth in the league – fared less well with their finishing scorelines not going their way in both their mid-February and early March encounters

A meeting with high flying West Bridg-

ford proved a tightly fought game with tries from Gundry and Sread in the first half and Wegg 10 minutes into the second, plus two conversions for Foster The final scoreline of 19-22 gave a narrow victory for West Bridgford

This could have been a draw had a final penalty taken a different course instead of narrowly missing

Then at the start of March came a game against the unbeaten league leaders, Keyworth Melbourne was made to travel to Ashfield as Keyworth pitches were waterlogged but the travelling team played with real heart and played the better rugby

Indiscipline cost Melbourne as Keyworth kicked their penalties and pulled away in the second half with some strong carriers leading to a score line of 39-13 Melbourne’s tries came for Martin and Turnbull, plus a penalty for Worley

The Academy side, meanwhile, also saw their scheduled February encounter with Matlock cancelled, while they were due to meet Spalding on March 1 – but that was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Rain fails to dampen the green and golds
l Action from the Melbourne RFC versus Lichfield match. Photo:Jansen Brown Studios
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