It is our sad duty in the May edition of the Village Voice to bring news of the death of a much-loved and absolutely tireless pillar of the community: Andrew Jackson.
Andrew, who passed away peacefully at home on April 27, was one of the founders of the Village Voice in 1992. He took hundreds of photographs for the paper over the years, as well as organising our complex delivery system to more than 6,000 households in the local area.
We could never do justice to everything that Andrew did for this community, that would probably take several books, but we have done our best to pay tribute to him on pages one and two. He will be sorely missed.
Sorely missed in Breedon too will be parish council vice chair Jim Morrison, who very sadly died after contracting coronavirus. Jim, too, leaves many valuable legacies to the local area. An appreciation of Jim’s life is also on page two.
For our second online-only edition we have also tried to find stories of hope amid the gloom. There are plenty of examples of people doing amazing things – 3D printing visors at home, for example, or even using bra elastic to produce this protective kit! See page 7 for more.
And amid tales of economic woe it’s great to see that some companies are managing to withstand the impact of coronavirus – like funky doughnut company Project D which has resourcefully turned to selling free range eggs, flour and yeast and uses a long-handled mop to take card payments from customers. It even works through a double-glazed window, apparently.
Not everything is about coronavirus and we hope you will enjoy a couple of articles this month that hark back to the past. One is a look back to VE Day 75 years ago, and another is the 150th birthday of Melbourne Methodist Church.
Over in sport, and it comes as little surprise to learn that none has been played during April, but there was good news for Melbourne Dynamo whose senior Saturday first team have been named league champions on a points per game system. The club has also been given some emergency funding to help keep afloat during the current situation. They would be keen to hear from any local businesses who would be interested in offering sponsorship.
We would like to thank our loyal advertisers for their continued support and thanks too to our readers for enjoying our newspaper. We will be back in print for the June edition.
From all of the team at the Village Voice.
Anthony, David, Lucy and Nicola.
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