THERE are moves afoot to try to solve the drainage problems at Melbourne Sports Park.
The rugby club was able to play only ONE match on its home ground last winter, meaning a loss of revenue to the Sporting Partnership and extra costs for the rugby club with hiring pitches elsewhere. A scheme agreed by South Derbyshire District Council will look at the issues of drainage from the pitches and surrounding land.

There are birthday celebrations for two local businesses: Scallywags Nursery will be 15 years old in September, while the Bay Tree restaurant is still going strong after 30 years of providing fine dining.

Celebrations of another kind for Elaine Dunnicliff. Having recovered from a life-threatening cancer in 2006, she has seen her fund-raising hit the £50,000 mark ... and it is still rising.

Reporter Lucy Stephens goes behind the scenes for an in-depth look at this year's highly successful Aston Well Dressing festival, while there is comprehensive pictorial coverage of the Melbourne Fete and Carnival.

The development of 40 new homes on Station Road, Melbourne, has been given the go-ahead – four years after receiving initial permission – and a long-running footpath saga is finally sorted.

And find out how Melbourne United football kit is putting huge smiles on the faces of a group of Ugandan orphans.

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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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