Village voice november 2015

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Melbourne derbyshire local newspaper


  • 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-

    comed to the stage for a veryspecial brand of entertainment.Excellent music and singing

    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,Sylv...