Melbourne Village Voice May 2024

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Proud winner of service in community award

SHE is a newspaper delivery lady, dedicated Post Office employee, church verger, a key player in Aston Well Dressing Festival, ballet dancer, church council member, plus caring wife and neighbour –and now, officially, ‘excellent’

Samantha Perry is the latest recipient of Aston-on-Trent Parish Council’s “Excellence in the Community” award – which she received at its Annual Meeting of the Parish – and she could not be prouder

Nominated for the annual parish prize for the wide range of activities in which she gets involved – including coordinating the delivery of more than 1,000 Village Voice newspapers each month in Aston-on-Trent – Sam said she was bowled over simply to be on the shortlist!

But not only is she key to the delivery of our own newspaper, Sam also delivers ACORN magazine, and other papers too when paper boys and girls are not available to do their rounds for The Post Office, where she has worked for 15 years

That is by no means all: she and her husband, Eric – for whom Sam is also now a dedicated carer – own Clover Leaf Farm on one of whose lakes the boards for the Well Dressing Festival are soaked each year

As verger for All Saints Church, she officiates at services, marriages, funerals and baptisms, and is part of the pastoral and nurture teams there, providing valuable support to people in

need, as well as helping organise the Nativity at Christmas

A member of the Parochial Church Council, she is also part of the Silver Swans Dance troupe – which performed in front of Angela Rippon last year –and has helped run the local Cameo group

Her nomination form said: “Samantha is also a very good neighbour and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the award for her continued public spirited efforts in serving and helping the community of Aston on Trent " Samantha, who has lived in Aston for the past 25 years, takes on the delivery of around 400 Village Voice newspapers herself each month, and said she felt it was important to get involved in local life

She said: “It was such a surprise to find out that I’d been nominated Just to be one of the nominees would have been enough! When they announced that I was the winner, it was just the best feeling

“I’ve lived here for nearly 25 years and Aston is 100 per cent my home I never want to live anywhere else I do love Aston It just has a proper village feel It’s a real community Everybody is friendly I love living in the village where you know people and people know you

“Everybody says hello It’s just that feeling of being part of the community ”

l Samantha Perry at Aston-on-Trent Post Office, and (inset) being presented with her award by Cllrs Mike Selby and Tom Green

A VEHICLE believed to have been involved in fly-tipping has been seized, crushed, and put on display at Arleston Lane near Barrow-upon-Trent, as a shock warning to other potential offenders

Using legal powers under waste law, South Derbyshire District Council seized the Vauxhall Insignia which they have compelling evidence of being involved in multiple fly tipping incidents

After seizure, the vehicle was crushed and placed at Arleston Lane, one of the district’s fly-tipping hotspots

This is the first time the council has displayed a crushed vehicle in this way and it hopes the powerful visual message will act as a deterrent to show that fly tipping will not be tolerated in South Derbyshire and offenders’ vehicles could be at risk

The person who was in possession of the vehicle when it was seized had been given the opportunity to prove that they own it, which the council said they had failed to do

The council used its legal powers to destroy the vehicle and is now using it to illustrate the potential consequences of fly-tipping in South Derbyshire

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MELBOURNE Parish Council has a new chair after Cllr Joe Ward was voted into the role at its latest meeting on May 7

Outgoing chair Cllr Terry Summerlin thanked the council for the support of members over his last two years as chair He is pictured (above right) handing over to Cllr Ward.

Cllr Nigel Collyer, who hands over as vicechairman to Cllr Andrew Dawson, said: “I’d like to propose a vote of thanks for Terry Summerlin I think Terry has done an excellent job ”

Having been elected by a majority vote, Cllr Ward took over as chair with immediate effect.

Claire the first Mayor

THE first Mayor of the East Midlands has now been elected, with the Labour Party’s Claire Ward winning the majority of the vote Claire romped home to victory following counts at venues across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire on Friday, May 3, polling 181,040 votes, with Frank

Adlington-Stringer of the Green Party coming second with 50,666 votes

As Mayor Claire will have access to over £4billion in funding, alongside devolved powers around transport, housing, skills and adult education, NetZero and economic development

She will hold office for four

years, with the next East Midlands Mayoral election set to be held in May 2028

Meanwhile, Labour candidate Nicolle Ndiweni was elected as Derbyshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, with 93,260, far outstripping previous incumbent Angelique Foster, who received 65,293 votes

Matt’s our new district councillor

INTRODUCING the latest member of South Derbyshire District Council –new Melbourne representative Matt Gotheridge.

At a by-election on May 2 Cllr Gotheridge resoundingly won the Melbourne seat, which had been made vacant following the resignation of Cllr Martin Fitzpatrick He joins Cllr Jane Carroll on the district council

Cllr Gotheridge, of the Conservative Party, won 928 votes – which equated to around 45 per cent of the overall vote, and substantially outstripped the Labour candidate

Born and bred in Melbourne, he said he was very proud to have won his seat at the age of 26

Also a parish councillor, he said: “I’m very passionate about local politics I felt that I could do more if I went on to the district council ”

Cllr Gotheridge said he had enjoyed canvassing local opinion as part of his campaign leading up to the election and intended to be a visible councillor representing local views in Melbourne, Kings Newton and Stanton-by-Bridge

“Thank you to the local community for giving me the chance to do my bit for Melbourne,” he said

“I’ve loved the opportunity to speak to people, and I’m over the moon that Melbourne has put its faith in me to represent them in the district ”

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Politics, he said, had been a lifelong interest

Cllr Gotheridge is looking forward to getting stuck into his role at the district council, which runs different committees covering areas of local life such as the environment and planning issues

“I just want to hit the ground running and get going,” he said “I want to be very visible round the

He said: “The first thing I remember was in 2007 when I’d have been nine, and I saw Tony Blair leaving Downing Street and asked my dad: ‘Who’s that man?’ Since then I’ve been fascinated from quite a young age ” Now he has been sworn in,

New owners for property business

EXCITING news in the local property market –The Nick Humphreys Group has acquired longstanding local business Melbourne Lets from retiring family members Christine and Sarah


Founder and chairman Nick Humphreys said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the newly branded Melbourne Sales and Lets business to move forward, adding to the already successful and experienced team, to become the number one choice for local people in Melbourne and surrounding villages wishing to support a privately owned family run operation, and to enjoy the benefits of the most up to date sales and lettings teams combined with cutting edge technology and dedicated customer service

“Director Naomi Rose, who has worked within the business for over 25 years, is heading the lettings department with her vast experience and knowledge whilst ensuring all houses adhere with all the current regulations

“Naomi is delighted to have hit the ground running with some fabulous new listings for prospective tenants She can also advise prospective landlords on how to maximise their investment and improve their returns Any tenants or landlords can contact Naomi on 01332 419777 or naomi@melbournesalesandlets co uk

David Foster, with over 40 years in estate

agency, is heading the sales division

He said: “I will offer all the latest technology with inter active floor plans, professional photography, free accompanied viewings and a high level of professional customer service

“I am pleased with the response already with new houses coming on the market

“Anyone considering selling should contact me at david@melbournesalesandlets co uk or on 01332 419777 ”

Ben Smith, operations director, said he was excited at the opportunities ahead and is keen to point out the business is still a family-led firm and run by local people

Henry Humphreys will be “on the road”, adding youth and now much-needed input on the technology side

Ben is proud of the new website www melbournesalesandlets co uk, which has attracted a lot of interest and promotes property to sell or rent to the highest possible standard

“Feel free to follow us on social media, see our adverts in this newspaper and watch our progress!” he said

“In effect your property will be marketed for sales or lettings from two locations, Loughborough and Melbourne, as well as via all the major property portals of Rightmove, on the Market and Zoopla ”

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Astrid honoured for her 45 years of Poppy Appeal service

A DEDICATED volunteer has been recognised for 45 years of collecting for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal – and she has no plans to stop any time soon!

Astrid Smith, 84, started collecting for the annual Poppy Appeal in Aston-on-Trent shortly after moving there in 1978.

She was formally thanked for her long years of service by the Royal British Legion’s Aston & Weston branch – and said it is still a pleasure to be knocking on doors with her collecting tin in hand in the run-up to Remembrance Day on November 11

“I’ve never had anyone object,” she said

“Sometimes, if I’ve knocked on the door and there has been no answer, and I’ve moved on, they have run up the lane after me!”

Astrid said she felt that collecting for the Poppy Appeal was a good way to thank the armed forces. Her own father, known as ‘Mac’, was away from his family in the Second World

War for five years

“Fortunately, he returned home,” she said “Unfortunately, many didn’t.

“It’s just a way, I think, of showing thanks for all the armed forces and those people who keep us safe, not only in disturbing times, but if there is an emergency like a flood or something like that, the army turns out. I’ve seen them rowing boats and bringing people out of their flooded houses

“We do rely on the armed forces for our safety I’m always pleased when they are not involved in disputes.

“It’s a way of looking after the family who are left Sometimes army personnel come home and they are injured, and they need help physically and financially.

It’s just a way of saying thank you.

“I’m just thankful that I’m able to do it!”

Astrid is pictured being presented with her 45 year long service badge by John Lawson, chair of the Aston & Weston branch of the Royal British Legion



KINGS Newton Social Group hosted a French evening at the Scout and Guides HQ in April. There were a few berets and striped T-shirts as some had dressed for the occasion Entertainment was provided by Fiona Maurice Smith on the accordion which set the scene

A group of French dancers from the U3A encouraged folk to join in a few country dances and even a rendition of the can-can accompanied on an accordion by one of their group.

Road disruption may soon be over

A KEY road between Melbourne and Stanton-by-Bridge is expected to partially reopen in mid-May, after its closure due to emergency works as well as storm damage

The B587 has been shut for several weeks with work being carried out by both Derbyshire County Council and Severn Trent Water

A spokesperson for the county council said: “We had to close one side of the B587 a few weeks ago because it was unsafe for road users It is now completely closed while we carry out essential work to the verges and edge of the road Storm Babet had caused the damage and the road was beginning to collapse ”

On April 16 Chellaston Academy contacted parents of students using Melbourne buses to let them know their children may be late home because of the road closure which has led to diversions being put in place

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Contest for the carnival royalty

THIS month Melbourne will have its own King or Queen once again – and many local people will have fond memories of where the carnival ceremony is taking place!

Amalfi White is the new venue for this year ’s Melbourne Carnival King or Queen competition, which is taking pace on Friday, May 17,

June Ferguson would like to thank everyone who attended Crawford’s Funeral. Friends neighbours former work colleagues from Fairy Step Shoes and for flowers and cards of condolence.

County Council spokesperson said on May 9:

“Severn Trent then needed to work on the same bit of road to carry out essential repairs, which meant our work was delayed

“We are expecting Severn Trent back on site today, and once they have finished their work we can then carry on with ours

“If Severn Trent do manage to finish today, 9 May, then we will work over the weekend and expect to be able to open up one side of the road for next Monday ”

Ashley Holland, Water Networks Regional Lead at Severn Trent, said: “A team is currently on site on the B587, responding to damage to a water main caused by a third party

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DERBYSHIRE Police have made the public aware of two suspicious males posing to be local business Eden Tree Care

Police said: “We have received numerous calls regarding two males driving a white panel van posing to be Eden Tree Care and offering to conduct work on properties

“We would urge residents to remain vigilant and ensure that any door-to-door sales people are fully vetted prior to any agreements being made and money exchanging hands ”

Residents can do this by:

n Googling the company name and reading the reviews

n Checking the business phone number online and calling this to check the person at your door is genuine

n Look out for uniforms or vehicle with logos on (usually companies will show their branding on their clothes or vehicles)

Police said: “If you ever feel unsure about door-to-door sales people then we would urge you not to hire them to do any work

“Call 999 immediately if you feel threatened ”

Kate Smithard, of Eden Tree

Care, said: “A company coming to knock on your door and offering to do work for you is an immediate red flag You should never just accept work on your property without making the necessary checks ”

MP praises charity work


MP Heather Wheeler dropped in to visit much-loved Melbourne charity me&dee after it was awarded £18,580 by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The charity supports hundreds of families a year in making memories together, when a potentially life-limiting diagnosis means time may be short and precious

Now in its 18th year, me&dee has adopted a “continuing care” policy, organising events and activities that families the charity supports might find challenging or even impossible

One example is swimming sessions at Moorways Sports Village and Water Park in Derby

The charity hires Moorways’ splash and sensory pools to benefit children who cannot access public swimming sessions, whether that is as a result of multiple amputations, brain tumours, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or even having lost a young parent to cancer

The sessions enable families to have a great time together, with privacy away from stares, and aids such as water-based wheelchairs

The pool session is followed by tea for all in a private room for an hour with Disney films and activity sheets, allowing friendships to form and peer to peer support for both children and parents

Other similar group days out are held at Go Active Falconry with White Post and Melbourne Farm, Charnwood Alpaca Farm

and other places, along with Birminghambased activities for those who are on long stay hospital regimes from the South Derbyshire area

Mrs Wheeler said: “I cannot begin to express how amazed I am with the work done by Maria Hanson MBE and her small team at me&dee I enjoyed meeting them and hearing examples of how they work to improve peoples’ lives

“I was especially impressed by the unique ‘Hope Elephant’, a snuggly elephant given to every family supported by me&dee ‘Hope’ is extra special as the toy has a voice recorder in its ear for recording last messages and so families can keep the sound of a memory The keepsake also has a very special little tin where the ashes following a cremation can be kept It was incredibly touching

“me&dee are 90% self-funded, and they cannot do what they do to make a difference without public support They are an incredible South Derbyshire charity and I have said I will do all I can to support them and look forward to where me&dee grows from here”

Maria said: “I was delighted to welcome Heather to our office Heather has been a consistent support throughout many years of me&dee and I appreciated the opportunity to celebrate with her our success of the last 18 years and the extremely important work that me&dee carries out, to make a difference where time is short and precious ”

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WILSON’S only village pub, The Bull’s Head, has had a tough few years, with months of closure brought on first by fire, shortly followed by Covid

Now its new owners, married couple Matt Bates and Chloe Brown, are welcoming in the community once again

“It’s like Doctor Who; this is the Tardis, and we are the new doctors,” said Chloe

Chloe and Matt are first-time landlords but by no means new to hospitality and events

Chloe comes to The Bull’s Head from a background running arts and events for the council, while Matt has returned to an early passion for hospitality and does the cooking – using local suppliers, and making the vast majority of the pub’s food in-house, including many of the breads

The couple, who have three children between them, ran The Pink Pickle in Hilton before taking on The Bull’s Head where Matt worked under its previous landlords

Now the pair are proud to be behind the bar themselves and are working hard to put the pub back at the heart of the small community of Wilson again

“It’s such a lovely pub,” said Chloe “We used to eat here We just wanted to make it a place where people can come, have a lovely evening with friends and family, or they can walk in on their own and have a drink, and a chat with people, and for it to feel like a home from home

“We wanted to do something together and, because of my background, I knew that I could manage the front of house We had everything we needed; it’s something for our children too – investing in their future

“We wanted to do something in food, and getting people together The pub is a perfect place for that We sometimes have three or four genera-

tions all sitting together, having a drink and a meal ”

The pub, parts of which date back centuries, has been through some tough times in recent years A devastating fire closed it down for well over a year, and then the disaster of Covid hit in 2020, which shut pub doors for months

Today, with its new landlord and lady at the helm, The Bull’s Head is seeing more people coming back to enjoy chatting over a pint and some food

As Wilson has no public hall, local groups such as the PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) have used the pub for their meetings, while the Petanque pitch out the back is also popular with clubs who come to Wilson to play a game more commonly associated with the south of France

As Matt said, a pub performs many functions: done right, it is a place of warmth, cheer, hospitality, and meeting people, as well as food and drink Or to put it his way: “At the heart of this business, it’s like a pizza, you have to have a slice for everybody ”


POLICE were called out on May 2 over concerns about a man with a weapon near Melbourne Fire Station on Castle Street

Officers were on the scene just after 12 25pm

Police confirmed the man had been legitimately attending a gun shop with an air pistol

No reports of any threats were made and police said there was no risk to the public

Download organisers’ pledge

LIQUID Death, the new organisers for this year ’s Download Festival, have committed to improve the overall communication with the local community to ensure the experience is improved for everyone involved

Part of that plan is to review and improve traffic management for the weekend

Local residents will recall the traffic chaos last year, causing missed flights and hospital appointments, as well as disruption along all the main roads

The organisers have brought in a new team – a specialist

traffic management company –to resolve problems that came up last year It is hoped “with their experience and their knowledge, any issues that we faced last year will be eradicated”, said Andy Copping, the festival organiser

A map showing key routes is to be published soon Improvements will be made at entry points into the car parks to scan tickets away from the roadside, and the transport hub will be relocated

There will also be an emergency phone line for residents to call in the event of any problems or for any queries It is intended that will go live from early June

Queens of the Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold, Fall Out Boy, The Offspring and Sum 41 are headlining at Download this year

Last year saw unprecedented disruption because there was an additional day for the 20th anniversary festival and a higher capacity This year has only the three show days, July 14-16, and capacity will be considerably lower

l Matt Bates and Chloe Brown, behind the bar of The Bull’s Head in Wilson
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School’s play time plea for ‘odds and ends’

TEACHERS at Melbourne Infant School are appealing for the public’s support to help children have even more fun at playtime

The school has launched a new playtime project to help youngsters have as good a time as possible outdoors

New zoned areas have been introduced in the school’s outside area and local residents are being asked if they have any of a wide range of odds and ends around the house to help children have a whale of a time when they let off steam outside The school launched its appeal in the Spring and are happily accepting a wide range of items – some of which people may have lying around the house!

These include: wooden pallets; pots, pans and baking trays from the kitchen; guttering; pipes and tubes of various sizes; buckets; pegs; noodles – as in, those used in the swimming pool; fabric; hats; scarves; jazzy shirts; old mobile phones; nolonger-working cameras; old desk phones – the list is, if not endless, comprehensive!

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Headteacher Charlotte Gibbs said children at Melbourne Infant School are already loving their new play areas, which include facilities to make dens, enjoy rides in pushchairs, make cars from old steering wheels and tyres, and a wide range of other role-play based games

She said: “Children are really enjoying the new play areas outside and it’s been great to see some new friendships forming through re-arranging the outdoor play areas

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“NOT a lot of people know about us and they don’t know what we do,” said one of the Inner Wheel members, so to put that right Village Voice attended April’s monthly meeting in Melbourne

And the answer is that they do an awful lot of good work!

Inner Wheel was founded 100 years ago by Margarette Golding as a partner to the Rotary Organisation Back then discrimination prevented women from joining as members of Rotary It was formerly open only to wives of Rotary members, but in 2012 the organisation was opened up to any women over 18 It is now one of the largest women’s organisations in the world, with over 4,000 clubs in 105 different countries and around 120,000 members

Melbourne’s club was established in 1964, and Mrs E J Parkinson (of the chemists on Potter Street) was the inaugural president Two of the longest serving members of the group are Noreen Smith, who will be 100 this year, and Doris Britton, who will be 90 Both have been members for almost 50 years!

There are three main aims of the Inner Wheel: promoting true friendship, encour-

aging the ideals of personal service, and fostering international understanding One lady suggested it was a bit like a spider ’s web network of friends, with regular exchanges between clubs – locally, nationally and internationally Member Ros Bell, speaking about international connections, said the organisation was very active in fund-raising for various charitable causes Lately, nationally Inner Wheel had raised around £37,000 to fund a book bus in Zambia, to deliver books and get children reading They had also recently had a lunch with Rev Tony Luke of Derby Rams Community Trust and, as a result,

sent clothes and money to support a project in Kenya he is involved in They had also supported a project sending ‘baby bundles’ to Africa and to Central Europe

Nearer to home, the organisation has also supported Aquabox in Wirksworth, who are first line responders to disasters, to provide safe drinking water, and they are supporting Derby Women’s Centre Fund-raising is done through a variety of raffles, coffee mornings, making Christmas wreaths and selling them, and a range of other activities They also have a regular monthly meeting (at Melbourne Assembly Rooms), usually with a guest speaker

At the same time, fun is very much on the agenda Just recently a group attended a centenary banquet lunch at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in London, and they are busy planning their own birthday party, celebrating their 60th year which will be at the Priest House in Kings Mill, near Castle Donington

One problem they do have is in recruiting younger people to join them So, if you are looking for friendship, fun and helping good causes, Inner Wheel, maybe just for you Rachel Cooper on 01332 863411 or innerwheelmelbourne@outlook com would like to hear from you if you are interested

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THE sun came out and so did the people, with thousands enjoying the fourth annual Ticknall May Day Fete

With some 60 stalls and plentiful entertainment including fairground rides, a bouncy slide, face painting, Punch & Judy, dancing, live music, and lots of food and drink – there was something for everyone at the event held at Ticknall Village Hall and grounds.

The traditional May King and Queen were crowned too, in the form of Dame Catherine Harpur School pupils William Swedling and Ada Czapla

Starting out life in 2019, the Ticknall May Day Fete is an annual event organised by volunteers to raise funds for Dame Catherine’s

School trustee Fiona DurstonSmith said organisers were very happy with how the day had gone, and that early estimates were that it could have raised more than £6,000 for the school.

“It was superb,” she said “The weather was amazing, and it was very busy, but good fun ”

Among the stall holders were Henriette Bjerkreim, Louise Howell and Hannah Scott, who between them grew a wide range of plants which were for sale at the fete.

Louise said; “This is the second year we’ve done a plant stall. The fete raises lots of money for the school and brings the community together ” Event co-organiser Rebecca Burgess said during the day’s events that things were busy, but going well.

“It’s just a nice family day,” she said.

Leading up to the event, Ticknall villagers received leaflets giving them vouchers to attend the day, and many took along friends to help make the event a success.

It is thought around 2,000 people including children and stall holders turned out to enjoy the sunshine and fun in Ticknall this year

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MELBOURNE churches will once again be supporting Christian Aid Week – after local residents raised more than £3,300 for the cause in 2023

Christian Aid Week runs from May 12-18 and all Melbourne homes are being delivered with red envelopes in the hope that those who feel able to donate will do so

Christian Aid has provided humanitarian relief and long-term development support worldwide while also campaigning to end poverty

This year ’s appeal focuses on Burundi, East Africa, where over 70 per cent of the population live in poverty

One way a local Christian Aid partner organisation is helping people in Burundi is by establishing Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs ) Through these communityled groups, people can save and borrow money to start small businesses which provide a reliable income

One beneficiary of the scheme, Aline, was left homeless after being forced to flee a violent marriage She attended a community workshop where Christian Aid funded trainers taught people about VSLAs With a small loan, Aline began trading avocados and peanuts, then used her profit to buy a bike to transport her produce to markets Now she is the chairperson of her own VSLA and has helped 25 other families Christian Aid red envelopes can be returned to The Athenaeum/Wesley Hall letterbox on Potter Street or to the place indicated on the back of the envelope

There will be a fund-raising Christian Aid Breakfast in Wesley Hall, Potter Street on Saturday, June 1 (10am-noon) Contact 07800644975 for further details

Down on the Farm

With Ben Stanley


FOR as long as I have ever known farmers have been trying to make farming interesting to the public, so that they might understand and engage with what we do and then buy our stuff and hopefully feel jolly grateful to us for doing what we do.

But, apart from the odd exception over the last few decades, there have been very few memorable farmers that have been able to translate farming to the masses on TV

Farmers have been in mourning ever since the 1980s when their beloved Farm programme that had been running since the 1950s was cancelled and replaced with the nation’s favourite: Countryfile

Despite its great success farmers on the whole roll their eyes on a Sunday night when Countryfile comes on We grin and bear it, waiting for the important weather bit at the end, but are always left confused to why on a Sunday the BBC let Tomasz Shafernaker do it dressed like he’s just about to go down the pub in his jeans and T-shirt

Every farmer grumbles about Countryfile for its endless segments such as ‘what squirrels go nuts for ’ or ‘should you feed the fox in your garden on a vegan diet?’

Adam Henson has done his best to hold an end up each week over the years, but blink and you miss him, and then it’s back to Anita Rani and Matt Baker talking about Winnie the Pooh and his imaginary 100 Aker Wood home in East Sussex (n b Yes believe it or not: this was broadcast in February)

For a long period during the nineties and the noughties farming simply disappeared from our

screens altogether and was pretty much finally extinguished when even the great ‘One man and his Dog’ presented by the likes of the late great Phil Drabble and Robin Page was cancelled in 1999

Elderly gentleman talking about sheep with hair growing out of their ears and nose was just not going to do enough to get talked about on Gogglebox

Then something changed An elderly gentleman with hair growing out of his ears and probably his nose punched a man in an argument over his supper going cold whilst filming a car show Love him or loathe him Jeremy Clarkson turning his attention from Lamborghini cars to Lamborghini tractors has probably been one of the most significant developments in farmer PR since ‘digging for victory’ 80 years ago

The reality is that if I tried to explain to you about what tramlines do or what farrowing is I would bore you stiff within seconds All farmers are the same; we expect that you know what we are talking about when we refer to our gimmers, tegs, hoggets, theaves, shearlings, heifers and stirks and that you know that a rotation is not just something Craig Revel Horwood talks about on Strictly But why would you? The National Farmers Union (NFU) also referred to by a lot of farmers as ‘No F***ing Use’ constantly demand the public need educating! How patronising can you get, who on earth wants to be sat down and educated like a naughty child? Clarkson’s Farm is brilliant because it takes you on an entertaining and honest journey of all the ups and downs of farm life and he talks about what farmers are

far too proud to do: he talks about all the mistakes he makes along the way and that is what makes it so covertly informative

Clarkson is a brilliant journalist and Clarkson’s Farm uses all the ingredients that any good sitcom should have

You have the slapstick struggle between good and evil: the expanding farm shop’s struggle against the council, the Hero Kaleb struggling against the clown Clarkson and the nemesis of their idea factory, the straight talking land agent Charlie Ireland Lisa and Gerald bring the glamour and identity, but the genius of the programme is that Clarkson explains the novelty of every new situation he finds himself in and what he learns as he ventures his way into farming

He tells it from an outsider ’s perspective, something none of us farmers had ever thought of, and he has made farming not only interesting but popular For the first time in my social life rather than people taking one look at my hands and looking over my shoulder I have found people wanting to talk tramlines, farrowing and all that stuff

And this curiosity in farming appears to be gathering momentum because, after a hard day’s work on the farm when I get in at night and switch on the TV, I can now watch any number of shows with someone else doing the exact same thing I’ve been doing all day

But this is to be embraced, I cannot wait to tune into the forthcoming season 3 at Diddly Squat Farm and I have my fingers crossed that this televisual farming renaissance continues

FROM free packets of seeds to Tai chi – the local community fully embraced Weston-on-Trent’s first ever Earth Day

With refreshments courtesy of the local WI, bug hotel building with Aston and Weston’s Brownies, Pilates and Tai chi classes, guided walks, and free packets of seeds for visitors, the day’s planet-protecting event went so well that organisers are hoping to organise it again next year

Lindsey Riley, who organised the day in Weston Village Hall with the help and support of many others, said: “It was well attended and everyone took part in all the activities and took free packets of seeds home and free plants, and a lot of sports kit was taken

“Our intention was not to make a profit It was to have a community event that helped us learn

more about how we can save our planet We had talks on soil health and sustainable materials and how to entice hedgehogs into your garden and got the chance to do Pilates, mindfulness and Tai chi

“The walk with birdwatching got great feedback and people learned a lot about different birds

“We also found out a lot about the local history from the public footpath walk and the history talk in the church ”

She added: “Everyone who was there seemed to have a good time and it was great to get the community together ” Money raised on the day will be split between organising next year ’s event and an environmental charity

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United Reformed Church, High Street, Melbourne. 9am to 12.30pm 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.

Friday 17 May:

Melbourne Carnival King or Queen Amalfi White. 6.30pm for 7pm. Children living in, or attending Melbourne schools welcome to enter.

Continuing until 18 May:

Creative Melbourne Gallery Exhibition Bloom

Wellington House, Church Street, Melbourne Featuring work by Victoria Brown, Kate Dawes, Mark Langley, Zaza Lewis, and ceramics by Leanne Ball and Mary Johnson.

Saturday 18 May: Coffee Morning

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

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 door.

Saturday 18 May:

Creative Melbourne Workshop Pen and Watercolour Workshop with Kate Dawes.Creative Melbourne Gallery, 10.30 - 12.30pm. £35pp. or 07814 850157

Saturday 18 May:

Vintage and Handmade Fayre

St Michael with St Mary’s Church, Melbourne. 11am – 3pm. Free admission. Vintage clothing and homeware, jewellery, pet accessories, textiles & handmade goods, entertainment, refreshments.

Sunday 19 May:

Melbourne Town Training Band & Concert Band

Joint Performance: Free entry. 4pm start. Royal British Legion Function Room. Donation to bands gratefully received.

Friday 24 - Monday 27 May:

Creative Melbourne Gallery Exhibition

Derbyshire Open Arts Venue 61

Wellington House, Church Street, Melbourne

Featuring work by Sujata Aten, Amanda Hughes, Sue Gardner, Fi Marks, Sue Olumide, Christine Pearson and Kate Westwood

Sat 25, Sun 26 and Mon 27 May: Derbyshire Open Arts

Artist Celia Brookes Open House

The Laurels on Derby Road, DE73 8DE. 10am - 4pm. Refreshments in aid of Hubbub, a theatre company for people with learning difficulties.

Saturday 25 May: Coffee Morning

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

Saturday 25 May:

Sweet Sensations: Raw Chocolate Making Workshop

With Dena Smiles. Whistlewood Common. 2 - 3.30pm. Discover the magic of chocolate in a creative way. £40 per place.

Monday 27 May:

Elvaston Village Fete

Elvaston Cricket Ground 10.30am - 4.00pm

Entertainment, food, live music etc and featuring a flypast by the BBMF Avro Lancaster. Visit the Elvaston Communities Group facebook page.

Saturday 1 June: Coffee Morning

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

Sunday 2 June: Milton Open Gardens.

Tombola, plants for sale, live music, free parking and refreshments in The Village Hall. Admission £5 for adults; accompanied under 16s free. No dogs in gardens. Tickets available on day. All profits go to Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and Milton Community Lunch Club. 1pm to 5pm:

Thursday 6 June:

Melbourne Area Derby u3a

AGM and speaker, Marjorie Tunnicliffe on being a magistrate. Melbourne Assembly Rooms. 2pm. Free entry. All welcome.

Saturday 8 June: Coffee Morning

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

Sunday 9 June: Weaving with Waste

With Sarah Cooke. Whistlewood

Using a simple loom and a load of rubbish, create beautiful works of art. 10am - 4pm. £65 (including lunch).

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 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.

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).

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.

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Blooming good flower festival

FROM cricket to picnics and even bee keeping – Ticknall Church was abloom over the May bank holiday weekend with a three-day flower festival.

This year ’s flower festival theme was The British Countryside and the church was filled with different interpretative floral displays, with a bike and even a pair of wellington boots putting in an appearance.

The church saw lots of visitors who also enjoyed lunches while sitting amongst the pews and admiring the flowers

Performance that audience and cast all enjoyed

WHEN Melbourne Operatic Society first performed Iolanthe in December 1927 the Derby Daily Telegraph described it as an “Excellent performance with all the characters well sustained!” Nearly 100 years on, this year ’s staging to packed houses in Long Eaton deserves equal praise!

Back then the opera was relatively new, being first performed in 1882, and the themes and references would doubtless be more contemporary, but what a coincidence that at the time of this show, which parodies the House of Lords, our second chamber was still at loggerheads with the Commons over the Rwanda Bill

The plot is not easy to summarise in brief, but it involves the fairy Iolanthe, who 24 years earlier committed the mortal sin in fairyland of marrying a human and having a child, now grown up He is half fairy, half man, and he now wants to marry a young girl who is a ward of court under the protection of the Lord High Chancellor

There were some superb perform-

ances from the principal characters; Mike McGhee was a natural as the Lord High Chancellor, dealing easily with the tricky ‘patter ’ lyrics and articulation the role demands; Vaughan Saxby was stentorian as the guardsman Private Willis in “When all night long a chap remains” and throughout Allie Sturla was spellbinding as Phyllis, with a crisp vocal range and talented acting skills

Newcomer to the operatic troupe, Katherine Dryden, brought a near Wagnerian presence as the Fairy Queen, and Helen Blatch was versatile as the title character, using subtle irony that she was playing a 17 year old trying to keep a secret, but she was also moving in the ballad “My lord a suppliant at your feet” Melvyn Edwards brought comedy and lightness to the main tenor role as Strephon, combining beautifully in duets with Phyllis

Also worthy of mention were the two Earls competing for Phyllis’s affection, Mike Tebbutt and another relative

THE Melbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion will be carrying out a brief service and wreath laying to commemorate 80 years since the start of D-Day in 1944

Operation Overlord was the biggest amphibious assault in history and brought about the end of the Second World War

All are welcome to join the branch at 7pm on Thursday, June 6

Any enquiries can be made to the branch secretary on 0774 887 3966 n MELBOURNE Historical Research Group is putting on a twoday exhibition taking residents

around the streets of Melbourne whose names begin with A to M

The group says that streets ‘M-W’ will follow in 2025

This year ’s exhibition will give people a journey around Melbourne’s streets and lanes, with historic photographs, stories behind the names and significant events that have taken place there

The exhibition is being held on June 15 and 16, 10am to 5pm, at the Melbourne Assembly Rooms on High Street Refreshments are available, entrance is free and everyone is welcome

newcomer, David Stapleton, both ‘sparring’ with each other in such a controlled and amusing way Finally, among the principals, Celia, Leila and Fleta (Jean Edwards, Jenny Smith, and Paula Bettison) captured the character in their respective fairy roles

The production, by Gary Askam, provided some very memorable moments Particularly enjoyable was the March of the Peers, where the Lords dressed in (Tory) Blue and (Labour) Red commanded the stage with stately gravitas, delightfully contrasting with the Act 1 opener “tripping hither, trip-

ping thither” with the fairies gracefully and deliberately acknowledging they were less than “spritely” All the choral elements were well delivered and fun to watch The impression was also that the cast were really enjoying it too

Under the steady hand of conductor and musical director David Henshaw the show had pace and interest As ever, in a MOS production, the costumes and the set, benefitting from back projections on this occasion, lit up the stage, and the front of house team did a great job of making the evening

most enjoyable One homage to the very first Iolanthe at the Savoy, the first ever to be lit by electricity, were the luminous fairy wands – and it is claimed this is why to this day ‘fairy lights’ are so called

Next year will mark 100 years since the formation of the society and doubtless the production will be a special celebration performance of The Mikado Meantime, MOS will be performing “Songs from the Shows” on July 18 and 19


A TRIBUTE to – William Crawford Ferguson 23/09/1948 to 01/04/2024. SOMEONE once asked me, what was the best business decision I have ever made

Simple, the phone call I made to ask a young Scotsman if he would like to come south to work at Fairystep Shoes Crawford not only took over the sales dept but was soon running the whole business, eventually becoming the first non-family member to be made a director

His hard work and dedication kept many local people in work for over 20 years

Farewell my loyal colleague and friend Michael Loake, Repton l The cast of Iolanthe at their dress rehearsal
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Green for go at bowls club

ASTON and Weston Bowls Club is celebrating the approval of a major grant that promises to improve its crown bowling green and bring added value and support to its 71 members

The club successfully applied to South Derbyshire District Council for funding under its Community Grant scheme linked to the government’s Levelling Up agenda which aims to support and bring communities together The grant will cover equipment to improve the playing surface, increase flora bio-diversity around the club garden, provide additional facilities and offer encouragement for new and existing members to learn new skills and increase social engagement

Hollie makes history at 14 for Ticknall

IT HAS been a slow start for Ticknall Cricket Club, writes DAVID FOX

Across the whole of Derbyshire, local teams have suffered with the wet winter and early spring, unable to prepare their ground and cricket squares The Derbyshire County Cricket League made an early decision and postponed the start of the league until the last weekend in April

However, traditionally the ground staff at Ticknall have been praised year after year for their preparation of excellent pitches and outfield This early season has been no exception and, despite the deluge that has affected us all, a perfectly playable pitch and outfield greeted the players on Sunday, April 14, for the first fixture – an ECB national 40-over competition against Tamworth

Ticknall won the toss and elected to bat

Although losing early wickets new captain Tom Wood held the innings together, making an excellent 85, and Ticknall finished on 164 for seven at the conclusion of their

40 overs In reply Tamworth lost early wickets and found themselves 61 for 5 They battled on with a fine 46 from Ward enabling Tamworth to win the game after a tight finish by one wicket, scoring 166 for nine There was a notable bowling performance by Greg Cork, taking five wickets

Although league games were postponed until Saturday, April 27, this did not prevent a number of fixtures being cancelled across all divisions including Ticknall’s second team game at Dunstall

The first team commenced their fixtures in division one with a home game against South Wingfield Before the game commenced, Ticknall made a first for the club, selecting 14-year-old Hollie Mayfield – the first girl to play for the first team

Winning the toss Ticknall captain Tom Wood elected to bat It proved to be a difficult decision as they found themselves 92 for five, but Greg Cork hit his batting form and made a fine 120 not out to lift the total

to 212 for 7 at the conclusion of their 50 overs South Wingfield found themselves 91 for 5 but, with Hamp making 44 and Bashir 59 not out, the game ended with a very tight finish, South Wingfield winning with two balls and only one wicket left Ticknall 3rd team also managed a game away to Rolleston They were put into bat and scored 116 for six in their 40 overs with Hetherington top scorer at 41 not out

Another tight finish ensued with Rolleston winning by one wicket making 117 for 9 in the 38th over: top scorer Lowe 47 not out

Ticknall Cricket Club is looking for volunteers to expand its friendly team and seeks help with admin, hospitality and ground maintenance If anyone has a few hours to spare and would like to get involved at our friendly and most picturesque club in Derbyshire please feel free to contact us via the Ticknall cricket club website: ticknall play-cricket com

Club chair Margaret Bennet said:

“Our bowls club is one of the largest social clubs in Aston and we are delighted to receive this funding.

“The club prides itself on its inclusivity and we welcome anyone with an interest in bowls to have a go The grant will help us to provide a better playing surface and members now have an opportunity to develop a better understanding of managing the green and its floral borders to attract pollinating insects

“I’d like to thank both village communities for their support that helped us get the funding; we also appreciate the district council’s commitment to helping us meet our aims ”

YOUNG rugby players from Melbourne made history after being the first Derbyshire team to be presented with a champions trophy in the Tigers U10s Cup

The cup, previously known as Prima Tigers Cup and Tigers Cup, celebrated its 30th season this year – making it older than both the Gallagher Premiership and the Investec Champions Cup

Four festivals took place in Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Norfolk and Notts/Lincs/Derbyshire, each attracting 100s of children from some of the biggest clubs in the areas

Despite having a squad of only 11 Melbourne U10s were successful in getting through to the last 18 playing at the Leicester Tigers’ Mattioni Woods Welford Road stadium in December where they represented the club impeccably and won both their games against Melton and Lichfield

The boys were then one of four fair play champions invited back to Welford Road as champions on April 27, where they took on West Norfolk, a formidable force of greater size and strength Melbourne, however, showed their great heart, desire and skill set, dominating in all areas of the game to come away victorious five tries to three At half-time of the Tigers vs Bristol Bears game Melbourne U10s were presented with the champions Barker Shield Fair Play Trophy

Not only is this a first for Melbourne RUFC but also a first for any Derbyshire rugby team in the competition’s 30-year history

“This team really are something special,” said head coach Rick Bentley “Who knows, you might see some of them playing at Welford Road in the future following in the footsteps of the likes of Tigers’ own Freddie Steward and Jack Von Poortvliet, who also played in the Tigers Cup in their younger years ”

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Damp start for Town cricketers

THE damp spell of weather put paid to Melbourne Town Cricket Club’s first set of senior league fixtures along with numerous junior and ladies matches But they did manage to get on the park on the last Saturday in April

The first XI made the trip to Darley Abbey and in winning the toss asked the home side to bat They raced to 128-1, but a superb spell of 5-26 by Muhammad Nadeem plus two wickets on debut from Ashique Nechikandan saw Darley Abbey collapse to 175 all out

The first team made a terrible start to their reply as they lost three quick wickets and, despite a fifth wicket stand of 46 from Izzy Anjilliath (21) and Uzzy Awais (21) Town was shot out for just 80 to lose by 95 runs

Melbourne Town second team came up against a strong Lullington Park in their first league match of the season at home Two wickets apiece for Manjinder Singh and skipper Sam Adcock failed to stem the flow of runs as the visitors ended on 324-6 off their allotted overs

The seconds put up a fighting batting display in reply as a quickfire 48 from Adcock was then followed by a superb 70 not out by Ranjit Rathore which took the team to a respectable 214 all out in the final over

MELBOURNE Netball Club is celebrating after winning the league following an entirely undefeated season

The club clinched promotion to division one of the North West Leicestershire League at its penultimate game of the season, when Melbourne scored a nail-biting 48-47 win against Ashby Tornados.

It was a thrilling encounter in which Ashby took an early lead, winning the first half 30-22.

Game play was end to end throughout, with both teams giving their all

Play took a dramatic turn in the third quarter after some positional changes, with Melbourne pulling back from eight goals down to end the session an impressive three goals up.

It was all left to play for in the final quarter, with the scores pulling level a number of times Melbourne held their composure through some frantic play Cheered on by

teammates and supporters they managed to secure the win by a single score As Ashby were the only team that could challenge for the top of the table position, Melbourne was able to secure promotion into division one with one game still to play

Captain Emily Robinson said: "I'm really proud of the team and how far we have come. It was such a great game for both teams with some brilliant play. Everyone played their part and it worked out in the best result!"

Melbourne’s final game of the season took place on May 5 against Desford Hawks at Ashby School, which Melbourne won 49-22

If you would like to find out more about Melbourne Netball Club or are a local business who are able to provide sponsorship you can get in touch via the club’s Facebook page

THERE was disappointment for Melbourne Dynamo Reserves in April as their re-arranged Cawarden Co Derbyshire Junior Cup final saw them lose 2-0 to Wirksworth Ivanhoe Reserves in a disappointing display

Dynamo had a very busy month as the bad weather caused a backlog in fixtures, which both the first team and Reserves had to catch up on

The first team began April as they welcomed high-flying Derby Singh Brothers to the MSP and the home side gave a tremendous performance in winning 2-1 thanks to strikes from James Smith and Tyler Withers

This was followed by a convincing 6-2

away win at Arnold Town

A 17-minute hat-trick from Dylan Muir was the highlight as Oscar Supple, Tyler Withers and Jack Goodband also got on the scoresheet to move Dynamos into fourth place

Another away win, this time against Teversal in a midweek fixture was thanks to a Tyler Withers double along with finishes by Conor Poynton, Jack Goodband and skipper Carl Allsop But their good run came to an end as two late Linby goals saw the first team lose 3-2 after Dylan Muir and James Bodill had put Dynamo ahead

Dynamo Reserves began the month with a stunning 5-1 home win against Darley Dale Lions as a Robin Bentley brace, and

goals from Joe Shadbolt, Riley Moore and Sam Bancroft, completed the scoring A midweek fixture against Little Eaton Reserves was a rout as the young Dynamo side won 11-2 with Joe Shadbolt leading the way with five, along with a Riley Moore hat-trick, a Robin Bentley double and Brandon O’Reilly strike

A 5-2 win against the same opposition saw the Reserves into the Division 2 Cup final with braces from Jacob Vella and Sam Bancroft alongside a Brandon O’Reilly finish

This leaves the Reserves needing six points to claim the division two title and a divisional cup final to look forward to in the last few weeks of the season

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