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  • by Lucy Stephens

    THREE South Der-byshire parishes are intalks on how to copewith 6,000 extra housesscheduled to be builtthere over the next 13years and most likelysooner. The talks between the

    parishes of Barrow-upon-Trent, Stenson Fields andTwyford, and South Der-byshire District Council weresparked by a request for aboundary change.As reported in The Village

    Voice last year, Barrow-upon-Trent Parish Council asked tohave its boundary with StensonFields moved so that the thou-sands of houses planned for northof the A50 would be in StensonFields and not Barrow. Parish councillors in the small

    community of Barrow fear that somuch extra housing will radicallyalter both their size potentiallymultiplying the population ten-fold from 450 to around 4,500 and their rural way of life. The parish council also has as-

    sets such as 18th century cottageswhich they are keen to protect. Frank McArdle, South Der-

    byshire District Councils chiefexecutive, told The Village Voicethat a working party was beingformed which would enable repre-sentatives from all three parties

    to sit with him and work out thebest way forward. He said a report would be pre-

    pared as to how the threeparishes would handle the 6,000houses, to be presented to thecouncil no later than May nextyear.He said: Its important that we

    look to the future of those peoplewho will be looking to live inthese areas, as to how it will af-fect the parish.Asked whether it was likely

    that an entirely new parish coun-cil would be created to representthe new homes, he said: I wouldrule nothing out and nothing in.Its a matter of consultationwithin the parishes that exist asto the future planning for thosesites. No-one is looking to abolish a

    parish council or throw awaywhats already there. Six thou-sand houses over three parishesis a considerable increase itneeds to be researched as to howit should be governed.But Anne Heathcote, chairman

    of Barrow-upon-Trent ParishCouncil, said there was local frus-tration that the plans were notmoving quickly enough, and thatthe original request for a bound-ary change had been put back. She said: Were a small rural

    village; we want to stay that. Imfrustrated that we seem to bemaking progress and then per-mission (to change the boundary)is taken away from us. Im sure atsome point it will happen, but itmay be too late.

    LCOMMITTEE members and friends of Kings Newton Social Group gathered for theHalloween party held at the Scout & Guide HQ, Packhorse Road.

    Many people dressed for the occasion and a full evenings entertainment was pro-vided, culminating with the excellent magic of Jack Dent. Food served during theevening was described as Bats Blood Soup, Ghoulash followed by Halloween cakes.More Halloween pictures on Page 6.

    PARISHES POISEDFOR 6,000 HOUSES DEVELOPERS who were re-fused permission to build up to60 homes on Jawbone Lane inMelbourne are to appeal against

    the decision. Linden Homes has asked the

    secretary of state to re-look atplans for 58 homes along therural lane plans which wereunanimously rejected by SouthDerbyshire District CouncilsPlanning Committee.News of the appeal was told

    to this months meeting of Mel-bourne Parish Council by dis-trict councillor Jim Hewlett. Councillor Hewlett outlined

    what would happen next: that asenior planning inspector wouldbe appointed by the governmentto investigate and make a sitevisit, either to admit planningpermission or to agree to our re-fusal. Generally speaking, a plan-

    ning inspectors decision is final Cllr Hewlett did explain thata judicial review would be a pos-sible next step, but broughtwith it heavy costs. As previously reported in The

    Village Voice, Linden Homesapplication to build houses onJawbone Lane had been sub-stantially reduced from theiroriginal plans for 120 homes. Further plans from Fisher

    German for 44 houses, alsoalong Jawbone Lane, had beenrecommended for refusal andwere also thrown out. In its revised planning appli-

    cation to the council, LindenHomes managing director PeterWilkinson said: This amendedapplication provides an opportu-nity to deliver much-neededhousing on land that has beenidentified as being suitable forresidential development.



    MELBOURNE cemetery has between 10 and15 years left before it may be full up. Melbourne Parish Council has been given fig-

    ures from the latest audit into plot space at thetowns cemetery on Packhorse Road. Councillors were told that the timeframe for

    Melbourne was, when compared with manyother facilities in the area, not too worrying. Clerk Jacqui Storer said: Melbourne has 10

    to 15 years estimated. Were looking well

    planned and in control compared to otherareas.Some burial grounds in this area will be full

    up by the end of this year, while others havemany years left. Findern cemetery, for example,is thought to have 195 years left. The meetingheard that burial plots in Melbourne weresometimes being bought up by people not fromthe village but from neighbouring Derby, wherethey are more expensive.

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  • MOURNERS in Melbourne will be ableto have the use of the historic ceme-tery chapel for the first time in nearly70 years, after it was given a much-needed wash and brush-up. The work was done by Melbourne Parish

    Council sexton Robert Holman, who hasbeen hard at work de-cobwebbing, paintingand mending pews so the building can beused once again for graveside burial serv-ices. It is thought the last time the building

    was used for its original purpose was in thelate 1940s, although the parish councilwould love to hear from anyone who knowsof services having taken place there sincethat date. For many years it has been too full of

    wheelbarrows, mess and cobwebs to beused, which is why the parish councilwanted to see it restored to its original pur-pose.Council clerk Jacqui Storer told The Vil-

    lage Voice: It has had the most wonderfulspring clean that anybody could ever imag-ine!We just felt that it was a facility that has

    not been offered to anybody for a while weve brought it back into use.The chapel, which dates from the 1850s,

    has three pews and holds around 30 people.It is envisaged it will be particularly wel-come for burial services in bad weather, orjust as a meeting place for people to congre-gate at a sad time in their lives.

    During the Christmas season, a remem-brance tree will be installed in the newly re-furbished chapel, with tags for people towrite messages about their departed lovedones. The right-hand chapel at the ceremony is

    currently used by the sexton, but the parishcouncil is now looking to attract furtherfunding so it can undergo restoration andhave a new office installed. To this end, the parish council is looking

    to set up a Friends of Melbourne Cemeterycommittee, and anyone interested in get-ting involved is asked to contact Jacqui or 07734 939292.Anyone who would like to book the chapelshould call Robert Holman on 07966461416. The Rector of Melbourne Parish Church,

    The Revd Dr Mark Powell, has said hewould be happy to conduct services in thechapel. - Lucy Stephens

    Cemetery chapel inuse after 70 years

    n THE Probus Club of Mel-bourne held its 39th ladieslunch at the Littleover LodgeHotel. Members entertained their

    wives and partners, as wellas members from neighbour-ing clubs at Ashby and Castle

    Donington.The guest after lunch

    speaker was Pat Hall, thewell-known Derbyshire poetand wit.

    Assembled prior to thelunch are (l-r): RichardHeath (club vice-president),

    Joan Tatam, Audrey Shel-don, Terry Harrison (Mel-bourne Probus president),Pat Hall, Brian Sutcliffe(from the Donington club),Leonora Leech, and DavidBellis (Melbourne Probussecretary).

    THE Milton Harvest Supperheld on Friday, October 9, was asell-out. A delicious supper of ham

    with jacket potatoes and all thetrimmings was followed by adessert of Pollys famous applepies. Miltons own inimitable live

    scarecrow attended and was animpressive sight, presenting thechildren with a small gift for thepictures and scarecrows theyhad made.Harmony Plus were wel-

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    was interspersed with somecomic pieces, their rendition oflets do it will be rememberedfor a long time by all present.The mix of contemporary

    music with the more theatricalrisqu pieces were all skilfullyperformed, with the music beingappreciated and the comedy giv-ing rise to a great deal of laugh-ter.

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  • THEY say charity begins at home butanimal lover Henry Hastings wentabove and beyond when he took in anabandoned dog he spotted on holiday.

    Not only did he pay for it to be rescuedbut also pet passported and shipped back toBritain to live with him!

    Henry, who was born and bred in Mel-bourne, was visiting his niece in Corfu inSeptember when he spotted the stray ani-mal chained up near a rubbish tip and closeto death.

    Being a warm-hearted canine enthusi-ast, he tried to take the poor animal to alocal sanctuary, but it was full to the seamswith other abandoned dogs whose ownerscould not afford them due to the countrysausterity measures. They had no room totake in another.

    Unable to bear the thought of leaving thedog, Henry forked out just over 500 to getthe animal spayed, jabbed and given a petpassport. Now it has been flown over toBritain, having been put on the plane byhis niece and met at Manchester Airport,and is living with him and wife Valerie.

    Its money well spent! he said. The couple have named the dog, who is

    two years old and whose breed is somethinglike a Jack Russell terrier, Ella whichmeans come here in Greek!

    Henry, 80, said: We saw this ball of fluff another day and it would have had it. Ithad been chained up and left. I couldnt letthis dog die over there.

    He said that Ella had at first been un-willing to go to him, leading him to suspect

    she had been previously maltreated by amale owner, but was happy with his wifeand, after a fortnight of living with the cou-ple, is equally comfortable with both ofthem.

    Henry and Valerie owned dogs for many

    years but did not have an animal at thetime of receiving Ella into their home.

    Henry said: She has a lovely personal-ity; shes very affectionate. Shes part of thefamily now; shes lovely. Lucy Stephens

    Henry to the rescue ofchained-up Corfu canine

    PRIOR to Melbourne Secondary School closing itsdoor for the last time in July 1977 a photographof all the pupils was taken on the playground.

    For some, 38 years might seem a lifetime, butwhen the pupils in the photograph met up for areunion in October, the years just melted away,forgotten friendships were restored and happyschool day memories came flooding back.

    Local mechanic Stephen Allen, said: "It was afantastic night and great to have the opportunityto meet up with old school friends again."

    With the help of social media and past pupils,Sheila Hicklin, who organised the event, man-aged to locate all but 10 people on the originalphotograph.

    One former pupil, Debbie Shaw, had evenplanned her visit from Australia to coincide withthe event.

    Pictured are:Back row (l-r): Stephen Brookes, Kevin Illiffe,

    William Heath, Simon Jordan, Ian Johnson,Adrian Briers, Nicholas Twells, JonathonStatham, Gerald Hancock and Richard Jackson.

    Fourth row: Terrance Brazier, Mark Blount,Kenneth Hopkins, Michael Soar, Carolyn Hunt,Andrew Astle, Stephen Allen, Robert Statham,Mark Elliott, Kevin Guilford, Deborah Gates andAnthony Freeman.

    Third row: David Astle, Paul Shelton, DeniseMiller, Joanne Hill, Angela Tivey, Katie Hopkins,Sylvia Bexon, Teresa Warwick, Louise Fletcher,Mandy Wilkinson, Darren Carnell, Debra Shawand Karen Guilford .

    Second row: Susan Newbury, Susan Patchett,Julie Crossly, Joy Hopkins, Mandy Farmer, JulieFletcher, Tracey Jackson, Marie Twigger, JaneSread, Maria Calladine and Simon Twells .

    Front row: Colin Sharp, Claire Kenning, SheilaHicklin, Carolyn Astle, Sally Warren, JoanneWright, Carole Tivey and Pamela White.

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  • Country Livingwith Robert Parker

    I ALWAYS find this time of year, when theclocks are changed and we lose a few hours ofdaylight, rather depressing. Every time it rains more mud and muck ap-

    pears for us to have to walk through and try toclean up. Our neighbours down Broadstone Lane have

    a lot to put up with as the mud from the fieldsgets deposited on the road and their cars andours are continuously dirty. We have a brush which fits on the tractor

    and like to have a clean-up when we can. but itvery soon gets dirty again with cows walkingdown the road. Roll on the first sharp frost tokill all the flies which are plaguing the cowsand calves and temporarily dry up the mud. It seems incredible that while cereal harvest

    finished over seven weeks ago, we have still notharvested very much of the maize crop to date. The dull cold periods throughout delayed

    this crop, which enjoys warmer weather usualfor the southern hemisphere. Plant breederswork over the years has enabled strains to beproduced which have allowed us to enjoy thebenefits of this crop, but we are still very mar-ginal in some years. Maize can be harvested earlier, but you will

    produce a feed which is low in energy and thisis what most farmers grow the crop for tocompliment the low energy of grass silage.Some areas further north will see maize neverreaching proper maturity as the first sharpfrosts will kill the plant and stop it in its tracks. Luckily for us we had an early variety next

    to the river which we cut at the beginning ofOctober for some of our area. We still have twothirds to cut at Ashby which I calculate is 150feet higher than the early stuff, which also de-lays maturity. Short days and wet soil couldgive us some problems with this.

    nMELBOURNE Parish Church parishionersare pictured enjoying a choral evensong witha difference. To celebrate harvest festival,and in the spirit of worship and hospitality,the choir offered a beer tasting and medievalbread tasting after the service.Beer drinking has been practised through-

    out Europe and Britain for more than 1,000years. Adults and children were encouragedto drink beer as a way of avoiding diseases

    associated with drinking unclean water. Monks, in particular, have traditionally

    raised funds by brewing and selling beer. The parishioners tried several beers pro-

    vided by Tollgate Brewery, from Calke, andhorsebread made from wholemeal flour andsplit peas.

    Usually eaten by horses, the bread wasgiven to the starving poor of the parish andwas delicious.


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    MELBOURNE Footpaths Group(MFG) is leading a walk onThursday, November 26. It's afive-mile circular walk betweenHartshorne and Smisby, whichfeatures in Melbourne Civic So-ciety's Further Afield book oflocal walks. Walkers will set offat 10am from the car park byHartshorne's Dethick Hall onManchester Lane, near theBull's Head.This is an easy, varied walk inpeaceful countryside, with ashort stop in Smisby.MFG asks for a donation of 2

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    THANKS for the Memory willmake a welcome return to Mel-bourne Assembly Rooms wherethey will perform their currentedition of olde time music hallon Saturday, November 21, at7.30pm.The show charts the change

    in popular music as a conse-quence of World War One, whenthe population eschewed thesomewhat parochial nature ofmusic hall, in order to embracethe jazz age.With a fascinating supportive

    commentary, the MC sets thescenes, as the show takes youfrom the frivolous world of Ed-wardian London, with typicalcostume of the period, through

    to the drab khaki of WW1, andits subsequent impact on every-day life.Show-stopping songs include

    Are you lonesome tonight (atleast 30 years before the adventof Elvis Presley) and Roses ofPicardy (which many will re-member as a hit in the 1960s forVince Hill, but actually came toprominence during the waryears).Those attending are invited

    to dress in period costume, andwave a union flag in a demon-stration of patriotic fervour.Tickets are available from

    Melbourne Assembly Roomsand all the usual outlets.

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  • l EVIDENCE that work has started on the Cockshut Lane recreation ground under the aus-pices of Melbourne Sporting Partnership is there for all to see with great progress beingmade on three features of the project.

    The clubhouse (pictured) will be the most obvious feature on the site with foundations laidand brickwork started, the ground floor outline now visible. The sites for the tennis courtsand all weather soccer pitch are also prepared and will be ready for surfacing quite soon.

    RECREATION inAston committeemembers were busypre-Halloween withspud bashing tomake enough cot-tage pie to feednearly 100 peoplewho attended theOpen Road musical evening. The occasion was part of Recreation in Astons

    fund-raising activities. Chairman Barbara James said: We were de-

    lighted to host such a high calibre of musiciansagain. Open Road are a unique group of friendsand musicians from Derby and the Midlands whoget excited by live acoustic music. They have a distinct sound, with an acoustic

    folk genre a solid brass section that lends an au-

    thentic, and rather English, village band feel.They had lots of original material which left usall with memorable music, and tunes that Imsure we will be humming for days.Pictured (l-r) back row: Paul Hudson (organ-

    iser), members of Open Road Paul Wroe, KarenWorrall, Rob Bullock, Heather Grimsey, Phil Bag-galey, Heather Hepworth, Alastair Campbell andIan Blythe.Front row: Gail Hudson and Barbara James.


    LET there be light Christmas in Mel-bourne will be as magically lit as ever,thanks to the purchase of new LED lightingto adorn our festive trees. The new lights are for the two main Christmas

    trees in the town, as well as the 50 extra firswhich line the central shopping streets at firstfloor level. The parish council will have to spend a bit

    more (825) in order to purchase special adaptorsfor the new LED lights to function, but they willbring benefits in longevity and saving electricity. In further festive news, Melbournes Christmas

    shopping night will be going ahead this year onFriday, December 4.The Market Place will be closed to traffic to ac-

    commodate the event, set to last from 6pm to8pm. Father Christmas himself will grace the town

    with his presence to switch on the lights, andthere will be music, carol singing and lots of fes-tive feasting available on different food stalls.But it wasnt all about Christmas at the latest

    meeting of Melbourne Parish Council, held in theAssembly Rooms. Amongst an extensive agenda, the meeting

    heard the feedback from the latest meeting withofficials from Severn Trent Water about thetowns well-documented issues with flooding anddrainage (see also Page 14). Members of the public were urged to go along

    to the next meeting with Severn Trent, or riskfurther public meetings with the water providernot going ahead. Derbyshire County Councillor Linda Chilton

    told parish councillors that the next meeting wastaking place on November 27 at the Assembly

    Rooms, with the public session from 6.30pm to7.30pm. But she added: No-ones turning up to the pub-

    lic session if not many people come up to thepublic session then these meetings will cease.Meanwhile, there was good news from Cllr An-

    drew Jackson about the Melbourne SportingPartnerships work up at the Cockshut LaneRecreation Ground, with the all-weather footballpitch expected to be ready for use early in theNew Year. The new pitch will be run provisionally by Mel-

    bourne United Football Club, on behalf of MSP. n Dog owners are being asked to make sure theiranimals do not foul Melbourne Cemetery, after re-ports of several incidents there. The meeting heard how someone who had been

    recently bereaved had been very upset to see adog fouling amongst the graves. Council clerk Jacqui Storer said the incidents

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    ing in the cemetery, they have been off the leadand they have been fouling in the cemetery.This has happened and its not really accept-


    LUCY STEPHENS reports from theNovember meetingof MelbourneParish Council

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  • l The Halloween party at the White Swan, Melbourne, saw these scarycharacters enjoying the festivities. They are: Mabel Gill-Maguire, AmyKelly, Claire Hadley, James Duffield, Sam Millen, Chloe Tuley, Nat Stevensand Dougie Marr.

    IT was amazing weather for the55 witches and wizards whoturned up for the WhistlewoodHalloween Gathering.

    There was lots to keep themall busy, making witches broomsand other 'spooky' decorationsincluding bats and owls (both ofwhich are encouraged atWhistlewood) and spiders websfrom sticks and wool.

    Plenty of refreshments wereavailable including pumpkinsoup. The children listened tospooky stories, ran wild in thegrass and played in the amazingwillow dragon. Marshmallowswere toasted over the fire beforeeveryone went home as it gotdark!

    Whistlewood Common's catch-phrase food, fun and friends"was spot-on with everyone goingaway even more excited aboutHalloween.

    The Gathering raised about77 for Whistlewood Commonfunds, and some new peoplewere introduced to the site.

    In the last two years 3,000trees have been planted atWhistlewood, many of which arefruit trees.

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    MEMBERS of Melbourne Civic Society were treatedto a look back in time when Paul Sturges talked aboutthe social background to life in Derby during the1950s.

    The next meeting will be on Monday, November 30,at Melbourne Assembly Rooms at 7.30pm when a talkby Richard Spowage on Willington Nature Reservewill be followed by a social evening.

    Derby in the 1950s

    PC GEMMA Thursfield will be replacing VictoriaCentro in working alongside PCSO Emma Guest asthe officer for the Melbourne Safer NeighbourhoodTeam, an area which covers Melbourne plus Astonand Weston-on-Trent.

    PC Centro has a new role working with victims ofdomestic violence.

    Her replacement was introduced to the area at themost recent meeting of the Safer NeighbourhoodForum, held in Melbourne, by Sergeant GrahamSummers.

    He paid tribute to PC Centros work in this commu-nity, saying: As a police officer, she did a very goodjob, and I know that PC Thursfield will do as good ajob.

    Gemma takes over police rolePictured: children with event organiser Katherine Parrish.

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    A CONTROVERSIAL decision to pay out a6.20 efficiency dividend to South Der-byshire Council Tax payers, which involvedspending a quarter of a million pounds fromreserve funds and a further 46,000 inadmin costs, has been criticised by externalauditors.The decision to pay the dividend was debated

    by councillors in March, with ruling Conserva-tives voting in favour and Labour opposing. The option to provide the dividend, paid to

    Council Tax payers this summer, was on the tablebecause of the healthy level of unallocated Gen-eral Fund Reserves for the financial year 2015/6. Current projections put the councils reserves

    level at around 1.75million by 2020.Councillors were given several other choices as

    to how 250,000 could be spent, including:n Supplementing capital projects, such as theMelbourne Sporting Partnership;n Improving the councils civic offices or townhall;n Upgrading the councils ICT network, for whichit is unlikely there will be enough budget else-where;n Improving customer access to the district coun-cil, by implementing an electronic post system orrefurbishing the reception area; andn Supplementing the discretionary housingbudget which is used to help vulnerable people af-fected by welfare cuts a budget which has al-ready been reduced from 102,000 in 2014/5 to70,000 this year.But they decided instead to spend the money

    in paying the dividend of 6.20 per eligible house-hold effectively paying back around five per centof the councils proportion of Council Tax. The decision has come in for criticism by audi-

    tors Grant Thornton, who said in their Octoberreport that they had discussed with the councilsmanagement our concerns about the way inwhich this decision was reached, saying it was alast minute decision and that the 6.20 paidback to households was a benefit which appearsrelatively small considering the 46,000 it costto administer. Admin costs included changes to the IT system

    to make the payment and sending out 38,000leaflets to householders explaining what it was

    all about.Council leader Bob Wheeler, defending the de-

    cision, said there were one-off costs which wouldnot need paying again if councillors chose to paythe dividend another year. He added that the council had already been

    able to finance all funding bids it had received, soit isnt as though there was a huge unmet de-mand. He said: We wanted to ensure South Der-

    byshire Council Tax payers receive the best valuefor money that we can and also minimise the bur-den of Council Tax this was the only way. We had no choice officers advised us that it

    couldnt be done without changes to the softwarein our computer systems.We have cut no services at all. Councillor Kevin Richards, on behalf of the

    Labour group, said the opposing party had feltthe dividend was a last minute off-the-cuff de-cision reached outside the normal budget settingprocess.He said: We could not accept that the council

    would be issuing a Council Tax demand to resi-dents one day and then offering a refund another,therefore incurring further administration costs.Furthermore, he added that the 6.20 was an

    insignificant sum to return to the tax payer andwas not value for money as it incurred an extracost of 46k just to administer it, and the totalsum of 250k could have done much more good ifutilised in various needs of the community.Given the uncertainty of future government

    grants we felt the council needed to be prudentand cautious with its finances.

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    IT is hoped that Santa will be taking his annualtour round the village of Aston on Trent on Sun-day, December 6.In order to stage the visit this year there is an

    urgent need for people who can help with prepar-ing the vehicle for Santa, organising the collec-tors and marshalling the vehicle as it travelsaround the whole village. Two local organisationshave volunteered to act as collectors and take ashare of the profit but without additional supportthis event will not take place.If you are able to help contact 01332 799312

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  • PROTECTION for historicchurches is being stepped upunder a new police scheme, fol-lowing a spate of vandalism andlead thefts causing many thou-sands of pounds worth of damage. The Village Voice has reported sev-

    eral incidents of vandalism tochurches in this area this year, includ-ing stones thrown through historicchurch windows in Aston, Swarke-stone and Weston, plus lead thefts toSt James in Smisby causing around50,000 of damage to the church whichinspired Walter Scott to write Ivanhoeand parts of which date back 1,000years. Now police have started a new

    Church Watch scheme to try to stop of-fenders. The project, from Safer Neighbour-

    hood officers and the Safer South Der-byshire Partnership, will involvevarious measures including signageand stickers displayed in the commu-nity. In addition, police have advised

    church wardens in the area to imple-ment extra security including: nMaking sure buildings, church yardsand cemeteries are well lit and consid-ering investing in energy efficientdusk to dawn lighting with movementsensors;

    n Considering setting up CCTV;n Ensuring doors and gates are lockedand possibly using bolts or securityscrews on hasps or hinges;n Keeping ladders and tools awayfrom view;n Marking property with securitymarking fluid or UV pens, then adver-tising this has been done to put offvandals, andn Painting hard-to-remove anti-climbpaint on roofs.Gary Margerrison, church warden

    and treasurer at the Grade 1 listed StJames in Smisby, said there had beentwo incidents of lead being stolen fromthe roof this summer one being par-ticularly unfortunate because it hadbeen followed by heavy rain, which ledto damage inside the church as well asout. He said: We were all absolutely

    devastated, of course, not just becauseof the theft but because of the desecra-tion of the heritage as well. Its not just a straightforward case

    of repairing a roof, its all the damagethat was done in taking it off and nowit can never be put back as it was.PCSO Kerry Waite, from the Mercia

    Safer Neighbourhood team, said:Often churches are located in quiet,rural settings and away from overlook-ing properties leaving them exposed tovandalism or theft without offendersbeing seen or heard.

    Lead theft from roofs, broken win-dows and graffiti are all too commonoccurrences at churches, unfortu-nately. We hope that by setting up this

    Church Watch scheme, we can supportlocal residents in making sure

    churches are as secure as possible andhelp to put preventative measures inplace to reduce the risk of crime.For more information, or to contact

    your local Safer Neighbourhood team,call 101. You can also follow @Melbour-neSNT and @MerciaSNT on Twitter.

    by Lucy Stephens

    lGary Margerrison at Smisbys St James Church and (inset) the ChurchWatch scheme warning sign.

    Long psalm of the law to protectchurches from the vandals

    ST. GEORGES Church, Ticknall,will be holding a Christmas TreeFestival on December 12/13 from10.30am to 4.30pm.

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  • CHILDREN at Melbourne Junior School will beable to swing like monkeys during play time andburn off valuable energy thanks to a brand newtrim trail paid for by parents.

    The junior schools Parent Teacher Associationspent two years raising 8,750 to build the trimtrail, which includes monkey bars and a climbingwall to keep children active.

    Parents and children were able to see the newwooden trim trail being built, and enjoyed it forthe first time after the October half-term.

    Year six pupils Jessie Sread and NatalieTownsend chair and vice-chair of the schoolcouncil thanked everyone who had supported

    the fund-raising for the trail in a speech openingthe new facility.

    Decisions on what to include in the trail weremade by representatives on the school council atthe planning stage.

    PTA chair Andrea Joyce said: We are delightedto see this project come to fruition. The childrenhave been waiting for this for a long time.

    School head teacher Jane Whirledge said shewished to thank everyone involved in supportingthe project which further enhances outdoor all-weather play activities at the school, adding thatshe was also pleased to see the old trim trail re-used at Melbournes Whistlewood Common.

    THE Melbourne Festival com-edy night returns to the RoyalBritish Legion Club on Friday,November 27.

    Headlining is the spookilyskilful spirit comedian, Ian D.Montfort, an amazing deadpanpseudo-psychic who contactsdead celebrities.

    Supporting is the cheeky,chatty Dave Twentyman. Talk-ing a lot about subjects close tohome, its light-hearted, positivefun that audiences can't help re-lating to.

    Completing the line-up willbe the highly-talented PatrickDraper, who has taken the com-

    edy world by storm after win-ning a string of new act compe-titions with his deadpandelivery, witty one-liners andridiculous short stories.

    Compere for the night is SamAvery, renowned for his obser-vational skills, quick wit andenthusiasm.

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  • lA childrens toys and book sale was held at the ThomasCook Memorial Hall in aid of UNICEF. Cakes, coffees anda raffle with prizes from local businesses contributed tothe funds of approximately 250 raised for the charity.

    Pictured (l-r) are: Jennifer Platt and daughter Izzy,Tamera Howard, Jane Howard, Hayley Ellis and JanineStone with George Sutton at the front.

    CUSTOMERS and staff were keptwaiting outside the NatWest bankfor most of a morning recently be-cause of a staffing problem.

    It is understood that a staffingcover issue lay behind the most re-cent problem, but with the alreadyreduced level of service, residentsare fearful that closure of thebranch may be under consideration.

    A spokesperson for NatWest, saidthat there were no plans to closethe branch in Melbourne. He wenton to add, however, that levels ofthe customer usage and alternativeways to bank in the area are keptunder constant review.

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    DAME Catherine Harpurs School inTicknall will be holding an openmorning on Saturday, November 14,in aid of Children in Need. The eventis being held from 10am to 1pm.

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    A NEW venture for Melbourne Assembly Rooms brought morelive theatre into the village with a production of Marie JonessStones in His Pockets by Derby Shakespeare Theatre Com-pany.

    Remarkable performances by the two-man cast, Ian Currieand Mathew Shepherd, told the story of a small village in Co.Kerry, Ireland, where a blockbuster US movie production hasintruded into the lives of the locals.

    Director Lorna Kirkland and her crew made the productionboth accessible and wholly engaging.

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    that what works in huge gar-dens is not necessarily applica-ble to the average gardener.Grow what is tasty and specialand forget the boring veggieswhich can easily be bought.He suggested hanging up

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    The next meeting will be at7.30pm on November 10 whenDavid Thornton will providemembers with his very valuableand expert advice.

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    MELBOURNE school parents are beingurged to take greater care while parkingtheir cars at pick-up and drop-off times.The October newsletter sent out to parents at

    the Junior School voiced concerns about thenumber of near misses we have on the road out-side school. It went on to say: Sadly, many of the problems

    are caused by parents parking opposite the zigzag lines which causes problems for buses andlarge vehicles. Governors are considering the action that can

    be taken to prevent injury to one of our childrenor other members of the community.Parents were asked to park with courtesy to

    neighbours and not block driveways on PackhorseRoad. Meanwhile, the latest Melbourne Area Forum

    meeting heard from county councillor LindaChilton, who reported that the problem of parentsparking at the school gates had now become hor-rendous. With all the housing thats coming in, its going

    to get worse, she said. Councillor Chilton said efforts would be made

    at the junior school to work with children on de-signing posters, in an attempt to get messagesthrough to parents about the necessity for consid-erate parking. Lucy Stephens

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  • ORGANISERS of Melbournestraditional Wakes week fairsay they will be back next year after all, theyve been cominghere for over a century. Young people from the town

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  • THE wedding of Cathy Worrall to Luke Lester tookplace at the Melbourne Baptist Chapel on Saturday,October 24.Cathy, the youngest daughter of David and Susan

    Worrall of Melbourne, is a teacher at Woodville In-fant School. Luke, originally from Borrowash, is aCapability Acquisition ME working at Rolls-Royce,Derby.The service was performed by Pastor Jackie

    Birnie and the bride was attended by bridesmaidsKaren Worrall, Demi Ballard and flower girls Pollyand Edie Hill. Luke had invited three lifelongfriends Greg Muddeman, Llewellyn Rees and Nel-son Gonzalez to stand beside him as his best men.During the service a unique vocal duet, written

    by Phil Baggaley was performed by members of TheOpen Road and sung by David Worrall and JanetPeck.The marquee reception was at Donington Park

    Farmhouse Hotel, with transport for guests by adouble-decker red London bus. The couple planned a short honeymoon in Venice

    before returning to work.

    THE wedding of Greg Salisbury, son of David andLydia Salisbury, of Melbourne, and StephanieFaulkner, daughter of Stephen and WendyFaulkner, of Chellaston, took place at MelbourneParish Church on October 17.The bride was attended by Jenna Ward, Emily

    Baker, Aimee Bradley and pageboy Dylan Faulkner.The best man was Gavin Salisbury and the usherswere Drew Baker and Vinny Hallifield. The couple held their reception at The Quorn

    Country Hotel and honeymooned in Hawaii.

    Still no solutionfor town flooding

    NO FINITE solutions have been identi-fied for the flooding problems that havebeen experienced in Melbourne, a meet-ing to discuss the situation was told.Chairman James Biddlestone, an environ-

    mental officer from Derbyshire County Coun-cil, opened the meeting by introducing hiscolleagues Simon Tulley from DCC Highways,Zelia Lyne and Mark Heysmond from SevernTrent Water (STW).He stated that the team looking into the

    problems was still information gathering.A representative of STW reported that the

    cause of the smells in Kings Newton had beenidentified and action will be taken to addressthe problem.Resulting from investigations into the man-

    hole covers in the twitchell from Derby Road,uncharted sewers have been identified andwill need further investigation. Responding on behalf of Derbyshire CC with

    regard to blocked drains reported in August bya member of the public, eight of those reportedhave since been jetted. This action has beentaken in addition to the planned gulley clear-ing actions that took place in January withsome in March.Problems identified in Dunnicliff Lane have

    been programmed for jetting in November.The county council representative requestedthat all incidents should be reported to STWby individuals affected and should not be leftfor just a single person to report.Since April, DCC is now a statuary consul-

    tee on planning matters with regard to surfacewater and drainage issues where planning ap-plications involve 10 or more properties. How-ever, STW is not a consultee but has aresponsibility to accommodate surface waterand foul drainage resulting from whatever hasbeen approved.

    The chairman asked those present if thecurrent meeting format for reporting on prob-lems and progress made is the preferred for-mat. It was agreed to continue as is at least forthe next meeting on November 27 at Mel-bourne Assembly Rooms starting at 6.30pm.A further request was made to encourage

    anyone affected by the issues to attend thatmeeting. TM

    MILTON Village Hall is proud to announcethat the award-winning British singer, song-writer and guitarist Blair Dunlop will be per-forming on Saturday, November 14, throughthe auspices of Live and Local. Winner of the Horizon Award at the 2013

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  • A MELBOURNE mum who saw the tragicimage of the drowned Syrian refugee childin the national media, thought enough wasenough and decided to take action.

    Joining with People to People Solidarity UKvia Facebook, Milly Roberts, who has a three-year-old of her own. set up a collection point inthe Athenaeum on Potter Street for people to de-liver much needed supplies.

    Soon people from Melbourne and the surround-ing area came to donate clothing, food, hygieneproducts and household items to be taken downto the refugee camp at Calais.

    "The generosity of people in our communitywas completely overwhelming. People were des-perate to help and this opportunity came just atthe right time, said Milly.

    In the space of three days, the Athenaeum wasfilled with boxes and bags of donations.

    Naomi Lister was a brilliant help over thecourse of the weekend, getting stuck in to sortingand packing.

    Naomi said: "I watch the news every day andsee these people who have already suffered agreat deal still suffering when they get to Europe.I couldn't help them in person because I have togo to school but was really happy when I had theopportunity to help from a distance.

    I hope the little things we sent will make theworld seem a better place.

    The initial request was for a few volunteers todrive the donations to a larger collection point inDerby.

    However, it became clear quite quickly thatmore than a couple of cars would be needed. Itwas then that Dave and Liz Guilford contactedMilly, offering the use of their services from DGLight Haulage based in Kings Newton.

    Dave delivered the huge collection to Ash-bourne where it was packed up ready to be drivendown to the refugee camps.

    Pictured are Milly Roberts and Naomi Listerwith Dave Guilford loading the truck.

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    Calke Abbey winter opening: Restaurant & Shop: Daily 10am 4pm Park & National Nature Reserve: Daily 7.30am 7.30pm, dusk if earlier House: Re-opens seven days a week from 20 February 2016 Gardens : Re-open from 13 February 2016Calke Abbey is fully closed on 25 December

    It wouldnt be Christmaswithout CalkeChristmas craft showSaturday 5, Sunday 6, Saturday 12, Sunday 13 December 11am 6pmCalke will be hosting a craft show in the Riding School featuring ne crafts and unique Christmas gifts to buy. Normal park admission applies.

    Twinkle, twinkle Christmas starSaturday 5, Sunday 6, Saturday 12, Sunday 13, Saturday 19, Sunday 20 December12noon 6.30pm (last entry to trail at 6pm) Last entry to Father Christmas Grotto 5.30pmExperience a starlit Christmas at Calke. Explore the house and follow the star trail up to the candlelit church. Visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto, enjoy some childrens crafts in the stables and buy some last minute gifts in the shop. As darkness falls experience Calke in all its Christmas starlit glory as this unique property is illuminated. Adult 3.50, child 2, family 11 (National Trust members free)Father Christmas Grotto 4.50 (includes present)

    Christmas fine food fairSunday 20 December 11am-4pmLocal food producers will provide delicious foods to taste and buy in the Riding School. Produce on oer is from a 30 mile radius of Calke. Enjoy cooking demonstrations from the Calke chefs. Normal park admission applies

  • l THE annual Calke Abbey Apple Day event was a great success a bumper crop of themore unusual varieties of apple this year enjoyed by 4,000 people on the day. The gardenteam did a great job of talking about pulping and juicing the apples as well as playing applegames all day. Paul Simpson, Wilf Duthie, Heloise Brooke (head gardener) and Jackie Woollett are pictured sampling the apples as they prepare for the event.

    l THE third Fine Food Fairof the year attracted anothergreat audience when 3,000people visited Calke Abbeyon a sunny autumnal Sundayand enjoyed food and drinkthat was baked, reared,grown or produced on theCalke estate or within 30miles of Calke.

    Pictured at the event is Na-tional Trust Fine Food awardwinning Standley's BarnButchers stall with HelenSkipper, Daniel and SusanHallifield from the farm onduty.

    The final Food Fair of theyear will be held on Sunday,December 20.

    MELBOURNE Male Voice Choir sang at aconcert in De Montfort Hall, Leicester, withthe Chilwell Military Wives Choir and thefamous Welsh Choir, The Fron, to raisefunds for Loros and Rainbows Hospice.

    During a conversation with a group of the Mil-itary Wives at the impromptu singing Afterglowevent, Peter Dawn, chairman of Melbourne MVC,discovered that the Military Wives Foundationnow has 75 member choirs. Gareth Maloneformed their first choir in 2011 for a popular TVseries which gave the whole country a reminderof our great choral tradition and it has grownfrom that.

    Since then, Peter has seen a number of articlesabout why we should sing and its benefits.

    He said: According to a scientific study,singing is as good for you as yoga because thebreathing patterns can regulate your heartbeat.When choir members sing together their heart-beats become synchronised, growing faster andslower at the same time as they breathe in andout in unison, researchers found.

    The study found that choral singing is good foryour health, because reducing the variability of

    your heart rate is good for your well-being.Peter is sharing this information because Mel-

    bourne MVC is recruiting new members andthese could be reasons why you should considerjoining them. They practise every Friday night atthe Wesleyan Chapel in Potter Street, Mel-bourne, commencing at 7.30pm.

    You dont have to read music or have a brilliantvoice, all they ask is that you are keen and wantto enjoy it. You can be assured of a warm wel-come, a cup of tea at half time and a pint and ayarn in a local hostelry when they finish at9.30pm.

    The December programme will see the choirsinging in the afternoons of Friday, December 11,at Sudbury Hall and on Saturday, December 12,at Kedleston Hall as part of the National TrustsChristmas Festivities.

    The annual Christmas Carol Concert is on Sat-urday, December 19, in the Catholic Church inMelbourne starting at 2.30pm, joined by the LongEaton Silver Prize Band.

    Tickets can be obtained from Melbourne News,choir members or from Seymour Bell 01283703992.

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  • n SERGEANT MatthewTelford, of the 1st Battalion,The Grenadier Guards, was oneof five British soldiers killed inan attack in Helmand Province,Afghanistan on November 3,2009.

    The five were killed by arogue Afghan policeman whothey were training. It is thehighest number of UK soldierskilled in a single incident of

    combat since troops were de-ployed in 2001.

    Sergeant Telford (37) fromGrimsby was a big man, notjust in size but also in everydaylife. A very professional manwho was immensely proud to bea Grenadier Guard, he epito-mised what the regiment is allabout.

    His father, Ronald, often vis-its Melbourne and was due to

    be here this year for Remem-brance Sunday with theGrenadier Guards and friendsfrom Melbourne Royal BritishLegion.

    Malcolm Stockill, SheilaHicklin, Yvonne Young, SimonTwells and Kevin Iliffe are pic-tured at Melbourne RBL wherethey met in memory of SgtMatthew Telford, one of the Le-gions friends, on his birthday.

    SAINSBURY 'SLocal in Mel-bourne supportedan area wideevent recentlywhich saw col-leagues fromSainsbury's storesacross the Mid-lands take part ina series of bikerides, known asBig Bike Ride 3, to raise funds for their own localcharities.

    The Melbourne Local is supporting the Der-byshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambu-lance as this was the charity chosen by thecustomers of the store in Derby Road.

    Kay Cox and store manager, Gary Dunnejoined their regional colleagues and cycled part of

    the day, taking in stores at Swadlincote and Bur-ton, before Gary had to retire with broken gears!

    Pictured are the colleagues getting ready to setoff from Melbourne after their light breakfast.

    The Melbourne Local fund-raising is now upto 2,115 since it began in June and a presenta-tion is being arranged which will see Sainsbury'scolleagues visiting the Air Ambulance at EastMidlands Airport.

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    WITH Remembrance time very much in the pub-lic mind and the association with the RoyalBritish Legion, the following are extracts fromthe Derby Mercury in 1922 regarding Melbourne.

    Melbourne British LegionDerby Mercury Friday 3rd March 1922The formation of a branch of the British Legion atMelbourne.

    In connection with the British Legion of ex-ser-vicemen, a meeting was held in the public hall onSunday afternoon the 26th February 1922 for thepurpose of forming a local branch.

    Mr T Warren who presided explained the aimsand objectives of the Legion and appealed formembership from the ex-servicemen of Melbourne.This met with a sympathetic response and it wasunanimously decided to form a local branch. Thefollowing officers were appointed pro-tem.

    Chairman Mr T Warren, Treasurer Mr HWorrall, Secretary Mr A Dallman, Committee Mr J Crane, Mr H Baxter and Mr J Pass.

    Melbourne British LegionDerby Mercury April 7th 1922A branch of the Legion was formed in Februaryand now Mr Warren has given up premises inBlanch Croft to be converted into a clubroom, andit is hoped that it will be opened in about a fort-nights time.

    In response to appeals, they already had 11and it was felt that the project would receive ade-quate support.

    Melbourne British LegionDerby Mercury July 21st 1922Some little time ago an old army hut was pur-chased at a disposal camp, with the idea of re-erecting it at Melbourne for use as a club room formembers of the British Legion.

    A suitable spot for its erection has been securedon an old factory site on Derby Road, and plansfor the building have been passed by the local au-thority.

    The contractor Mr Norman Barton has the mat-ter well in hand and it is hoped the building willbe ready for opening by the end of August. Brickfoundations and a cellar are to be built, and onthese, the wood and corrugated iron structure willbe erected.

    There will be two rooms, one for the gamesroom, with a full size billiard table, and the otherfitted up for parties, dances, etc.

    An application for a full licence has been made.There are at present about 200 members.

    The officials of the Melbourne branch of theBritish Legion are:President Major J D Kerr M.CVice President Lieutenant J W SalsburyChairman Mr T WarrenTreasurer Mr F WorrallSecretary Mr A DallmanCommittee: Messrs. L Demay, C Brown, O Tivey,G Baxter, C Ward, J Lyons and E Webster.

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    JANET (known to most as Jan)was born in Barnsley in 1941 toKathleen and Frank Watts. Aftereducation at Barnsley Girls HighSchool, she had a long and success-ful career in nursing.Quickly promoted to ward sister,

    she had various roles in both adultand paediatric nursing at theKendray Isolation Hospital andwas awarded Nurse of the Yearand presented to the QueenMother. In 1964 Jan married Philip Bost-

    wick and they had two sons,Richard and Jonathan, now grown up and living in Australia, whereshe has spent most winters with them. Jan later joined British Coal as a nursing sister at Grimethorpe

    Colliery and rose to become Chief Nursing Officer for the entire in-dustry. Her post involved organising occupational health trainingcourses. Needing a lecturer on the physics of noise she met Ken, along-haired, bearded physicist working in Scotland. They marriedin 1986.Jan moved on to become Chief Nursing Officer for the Post Office,

    based in Leeds, but when the travelling became burdensome she de-cided to move and work in General Practice in Ashby before retiringto travel and pursue her hobbies. A music lover with a great voice she was a founder member of Gem

    Connection Chorus in Long Eaton and later joined A Choird Tastein Melbourne where she was renowned for her sense of fun. Otherhobbies included gardening, flat green bowling, watching cricket andcake decorating. She was also a founder member of Breedon Players.For the last 12 years she had volunteered at the LOROS Hospiceshop in Ashby, little knowing that one day she would be in need oftheir compassionate services.Jan and Ken celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary this Sep-

    tember. With five children and eight grandchildren between them,family life was most important to her. Most of their married life theyhave lived in Breedon where were active members of the communityand the church.Latterly Jan was diagnosed with cancer but her faith and an in-

    credibly positive attitude enabled her to get through three major op-erations. Her philosophy was not dying from cancer but living withit. She was determined that they would never look back and say if

    only. In her last year she had changed cars, refitted her kitchen,and renewed her passport! She passed away on September 19. Family and friends gathered for a moving tribute at the Priory

    Church on September 24. She will be remembered as a truly remark-able wife, mother, and Granny Jan, and will be missed by manywhose lives she has touched and enriched.


    EDDIE was born on July 18,1919, to George and Ethel Cookat 47 Commerce Street,younger brother to Horace.

    He attended MelbourneSchool until he was 14, andthen went to Batterby and Hef-ford as an apprentice electri-cian.He met Eileen in Ticknall on

    his 19th birthday, sitting on anold tree by the arch. Their firstdate was a walk in Calke Park, over Jacobs Ladder on August 2,1938.He served in the Royal Signals from 1939, initially posted to

    Northern Ireland, then North Africa and Italy. He greatly enjoyedthe camaraderie and meeting local people during those years,making friendships which lasted his lifetime.Eddie also appreciated the Army discipline which stayed with

    him into civilian life. He married Eileen whilst on leave, leavingfor India immediately after. After being demobbed, he and Eileen joined the family market

    gardening business at Kings Newton Fields.By the time his father died in 1960 market gardening had de-

    clined. G. Cook and Sons was wound up and Eddie got a job as alaboratory technician at Lubrizol where he spent many happyyears until his retirement.He never regretted giving up market gardening but continued

    to grow four acres of potatoes for some years, family and friendsgathering to harvest them.A very sociable man, Eddie enjoyed drinking in the local hostel-

    ries with friends old and new, sharing a wealth of anecdotes andlocal knowledge. And, of course, Sunday morning in the oldkitchen with the home brew and more friends.Eddie and Eileen had six children, five of whom still live at the

    family homestead. They lived to see eight grandchildren and fourgreat grandchildren, all of whom have known many happy timesat Kings Newton Fields. After Eileens death in 2009 Eddie continued to do most of his

    own cooking and gardening well into his 90s, remaining in hishome until one week before he died.His death marked the end of a generation and the end of an

    era.He was not a religious man, but was deeply honest, often ex-

    pressing frustration at a world so full of lies and distortions,where he longed for the truth. His mother had told him If you cant believe in God believe in

    love, which, in his own modest way, he practised all his life.

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  • FOR a restaurant to achieve an AAOne Rosette award is a huge success.To achieve this for a business that hasonly been open and operating for lessthan six months is even more surpris-ing. And, considering that the head chef of

    that business is only 21, it is almost un-heard of. But that is the case for The Boot at Rep-

    ton and its young head chef, 21-year-oldRobert Taylor.The premises were acquired by Bespoke

    Inns, a local business that includesHarpurs of Melbourne and The Dragon inWillington. The rundown and almostderelict building had been closed for sometime but, after a challenging five months ofrenovation and refurbishment, it was readyto go and opened for business in February2015.The Boot features a restaurant-dining

    area with 70 covers, an extensive bar andits own micro-brewery producing six beersand nine guest bedrooms. Based on a successful opening, positive

    feedback from customers and a full restau-rant most nights, the management teamapplied to the AA for consideration for therosette award. Anonymously the assessorsbooked an overnight stay with eveningmeal and breakfast and on their departureannounced who they were. Robert was grilled by the assessors, who

    offered constructive criticism and praise forthe operation before declaring on the daythat one Rosette would be awarded for culi-nary excellence and also the coveted 4StarGold Award for the standard of accommo-dation.The Boot now joins Harpurs and The

    Dragon, adding its two awards to the sevenalready achieved between them since 2012. Robert, who has a good pedigree, includ-

    ing two terms as stagiaire one with GlynPurnell at Purnells in Birmingham andalso with Daniel Clifford at MidsummerHouse, Cambridge praised his team whohave integrated well and have great skills

    and work ethic. There was praise also for Rick Graham,

    known as The Innkeeper who manages thewhole operation at The Boot. For Heidi Taylor, The Boot is the latest

    in her portfolio of businesses, managing all

    three sites of the Bespoke chain, closely in-volved in the marketing operation and al-ways ready to turn her hand to any otherduties. Heidi is very proud of the achieve-ments of all the staff and especially those ofson Robert. TM

    Robert helps the Bootserve up a top award

    l The kitchen team from the Boot taking time out for the camera. Robert Tayloris on the right with Heidi Taylor standing next to him.

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  • YOUNG rugby players fromMelbourne got a taste forglory when they werehanded an England shirt byformer club member Will All-man.

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    LOCAL clubs and individuals have beenrecognised in the annual South DerbyshireSports Awards for their impressive achieve-ment and contributions to sports.Swimmers, rugby players, motorcyclists,

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  • MELBOURNE RFC 1st XV won one and lost one of their Oc-tober fixtures. Decimated by injuries, it has been a tough start to the season in

    a league which shows that anyone can beat anyone else on the day. Coach Matt Derbyshire is met with new problems every week

    and is selecting deeply into the Melbourne squad with nearly 40players having been selected already this season. Melbourne travelled to newly promoted Southwell, gaining a try

    score bonus point in a 32-24 defeat. Two tries from skipper Rob Hollingsworth (standing in for the

    injured Euan Holden) plus one each from Foster (dislocating hisshoulder in the process), and Howard gained the bonus point.Devon Iliffe stood in at fly half, converting two.

    l The Melbourne Knights team: back row (left to right) Matt Derbyshire (Head Coach) Will Butler, Ed Ashton, Tony Day,Morris Hall, Jack Pearce, Al Hollingsworth, Dave Porter, Ed Whitten, Will Smith, Dale Bilson, Tim Wilbraham (Coach)Front row (left to right) James Webster, John Marchbank, Tom Cresswell, Will Cresswell, Ben Archer, Lawrence Traynor,Josh Topliss, Devon Iliffe

    Injury-hitrugby club

    in toughseason start

    A YOUNG Staunton HaroldSailing Club member is contin-uing to make waves in her am-bitions to become a topinternational sailor after secur-ing first girl and second overallin the one-person Optimist classat the prestigious RYA NorthZone Championships. Chloe Felton, 14, finished tied

    level on points with first placedDrew Gibbons (Redesmere SC)in the 40-strong Optimist fleetat Ullswater Yacht Club, onlynarrowly missing out on topspot as Drew had the higher re-sult in the final race.This is the fourth year in a

    row Chloe has been on thepodium at the Zone Champi-

    The next game saw the arrival of Spalding, relegated into theleague last season and struggling this. Simon Moore sponsored thematch ball. Matt Derbyshire again had selection worries, withDevon Iliffe dislocating his shoulder at university, and Will Cress-well getting concussed in training. Another new back line was in-troduced to each other during the warm-up. There were debuts for Crombie, Marchbank and Lamin. The

    first half was played in the rain and holding on to the ball was abit of a lottery. The scrum was very strong and Sigleys throwinginto the lineout good too. Two early tries came from Hollingsworth and Crombie, but

    Spalding replied in kind with two and were actually 12-10 up athalf-time despite only visiting Melbournes 22 twice. The second half was very different. Melbourne controlled the

    game for virtually the whole half, being more positive in attackwith good decision making and solid in defence. Three further triesensued from Hollingsworth, Joe Stuart and Tommy Howard with

    Theo de Vies finding his kicking boots converting all three. Thefinal score was 31-12.n The Stags have had a strong month with wins over Notts Casu-als 3rds 31 -3 (four tries for debutant Nick Crombie), an impressive52-8 win against Castle Donington 1st XV (tries from Swannick,Buxton, Crombie, Biggins, Martin (2), Stuart, and Webster) beforesending up a bona fide 3rd XV to play Belper in a friendly. Unfortunately, Belper fielded most of their 1st XV, which was al-

    ways going to be a mis-match. A character building game for the defence saw Melbourne lose

    61-12 with Wiseall and Bryant scoring for Melbourne.n The newly formed Knights (development XV) finally got to playtheir first game in a friendly at Long Eaton. With a squad of 18 and 15 of them under 21 it bodes well for

    the future of Melbourne RFC. Melbourne was the slightly strongerside and won the game 29-5. Tries were scored by Pearce (3), Web-ster and Will Cresswell.

    onships.Another Staunton Harold SC

    sailor, Kamran Ewbank, was inaction at the RYA MidlandsZone Championships at RutlandSC. Racing the Topper one-per-son dinghy Kamran came 17th.

    Chloe making waves

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  • MELBOURNE Dynamo had an indifferent October whichsaw them win two league games, lose one and also go out ofthe Challenge Cup, which they won last season.They began the month with a heavy 4-1 defeat by a strong Mat-

    lock United side with leading goalscorer Dave Brough getting whatturned out to be a consolation. The following week Dynamo made the long trip to Doe Lea and

    came away with the three points after a much improved perform-ance saw them win 3-1. Jack Goodband hit a double along with an-other goal for the clinical Brough. Melbourne then entertained high-flying Sherwin, and Lee Scott

    rolled back the years with a superb free kick to claim a hard fought1-0 victory leaving Dynamo in fourth place going into Novemberbut only one point off the top of the table with games in hand. The month ended on a bad note as Dynamo were knocked out of

    the Challenge Cup, defeated by Derby Singh Brothers 5-2. JackGoodband had given Melbourne an early lead but it needed a latePaul Swallow strike to make it 2-2 and take the game to extra-timewhere Dynamo's lack of fitness showed as they shipped three goalsto go out of the tournament.MELBOURNE Dynamo Colts had exactly the same sort of

    month as the first team, winning two of their three league gamesbut going out of the cup. They began with the cup match away to Borrowash Vics and, de-

    spite a Toby McCabe strike, they went on to lose 2-1. This result was soon forgotten by Mick Poyntons men the follow-

    ing week as they destroyed Al-Madina 13-1 at home. McCabe ledthe way with four goals but was well supported by Toby Foxon andDaniel Gadsby, who helped themselves to hat-tricks to go with adouble from Ngila Odari and a Joshua Wades strike as the Coltsran riot. Their one league defeat came the following week at home to Mick-

    leover RBL as the visitors won 7-3, making the most of Melbournebeing down to 10 men for much of the second half. The prolific McCabe helped himself to two more goals along with

    a Toby Foxon goal to complete the scoring. A 6-0 away win at Belper Sports completed Melbournes month

    and McCabe once again scored two with Conor Fowkes, Jack Scoth-ern, Conor Poynton and Reza Khan all getting on the scoresheet toleave Dynamo Colts in a healthy fifth place in the early stages ofthe season.

    HoldersDynamoout ofthe cup

    l MELBOURNE Dynamo Colts: back row (l-r) Mick Poynton (manager), Nathan Ceiley, Jack Scothern, Josh Wade, TobyFoxon, Joe Bhalay, Conor Fowkes, Toby McCabe, Conor Poynton, Joe Delaney and Reza Khan; front row Daniel Gadsby, FinnCharles, Tom Batty, Ngila Odari, Charlie Warrington and Brad Hefford.

    TICKNALL Rangers have made a mixedstart to the 2015/2016 football season andbegan their campaign with a hard fought 4-2 away win in the Junior cup against Bea-con Rangers. Goals from Matt Archer (penalty), Alex

    Slater, Mark Archer and substitute FraserHughes completed the win.

    Two successive defeats followed aclosely fought 1-0 home loss against Don-isthorpe and a 7-0 away drubbing to Pre-mier league team New Inn Tutbury. These were soon forgotten as Ticknall en-

    tertained Kings Head and held on for a 3-2victory with strike duo Slater and Archeragain getting on the scoresheet along with

    a firm header from Andy Lathbury addingto the total. Rangers ended October away to Linton in

    the Divisional Cup. Despite a Craig Hall finish, they were

    knocked out 3-1 leaving them playingcatch-up in the league with games in handon most teams.


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