WHAT is happening at the doctors’ surgery in Melbourne? That appears to be one of the burning issues at present.
Following complaints and questions by members of the public, the parish council has decided to write to ask what the practice’s plans are.
Parish council chair Sheila Hicklin said “it’s quite obvious that it’s not functioning fully”. Practice manager Alison Coomer, in a comprehensive response to criticisms, says in this month’s edition that Melbourne surgery has no plans to close permanently.

The Covid pandemic continues to have a marked effect on life and you can catch up with what is happening regards the local Remembrance Day services, the Wakes and Christmas lights events.

We also highlight the effort of Jack’s cafe owner Sarah Best, who has spent the past five months providing hot meals for elderly and vulnerable people.
Despite the cafe being closed Sarah single-handedly made 1,100 meals. The favourites? Fish pie, macaroni cheese with smoked bacon, and home-made old-fashioned faggots. And the cafe is now open again.

There are two youngsters making the headlines in the September issue, too.
Henry Molloy has won a place at a prestigious ballet school, while Effie Ballard is one of 32 of the original 15,000 applicants to join the StageBox musical theatre development programme.

We also challenge anyone to beat Lesley and Chris Hough’s wonderful sunflower. Grown from seed, it measures an impressive three metres, 42cms in height.
Have you grown one bigger?

See the September edition of the Village Voice for details on this and much, much more.

From all of the team at the Village Voice.

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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 27th 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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