A bridge too far...

It has been a busy month with lots of news to report to our readers. On the front page is an issue which is of great importance to everyone who lives here - Swarkestone Causeway, and the continual violation of the weight restriction by HGV drivers. Many might not be aware of the historical significance of this magnificent Grade 1 listed monument, but it deserves protecting. Let us hope that the new hi-vis signs installed by the county council will help deter lorries of more than 7.5 tonnes from using this venerable bridge.

Red Nose day has come and gone and our photographers have captured some great images for us. Many thanks to Gary Dunne from Sainsbury's for his sterling work in selling red noses round the town and taking such great shots.

Frank Hughes brings us news of the victors of the much-loved annual Melbourne Quiz. No spoilers as to who won (!) and he also writes of the
serious repairs that need doing to the iconic Breedon Church.

Our inside pages feature our report of the very serious crash on the A514 junction with Swarkestone road, plus the mysterious incident of dogs dying after visiting Poppy Wood. Was there poison there or not? We may never know.

From schools funding to sports news, we hope there is plenty to read in our April issue.

We wish you all a very happy Easter.
We're now busy planning our May edition so if you have anything that might be of interest to us, do let us know on news@melbournevillagevoice.co.uk. Want to advertise and reach 16,000 readers? Contact Nicola Mortimer on ads@melbournevillagevoice.co.uk.

The April 2017 issue is out now…

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The Village Voice is an independent monthly newspaper serving the town of Melbourne in Derbyshire along with other nearby communities. It was set up in 1992 by four local people who saw the need for a newspaper to cover news and events in the area. In the 25th year of publication, that need is still as important today. We are immensely proud of our coverage of local issues and of the support given by businesses advertising with us that enables it to be published. We value our independence and the fact that our publication is produced and staffed by professionals who live in the area and care about what goes on here. A committed team delivers the newspaper FREE to over 16,000 readers in our circulation area, and each issue can also be read here on our website. 

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