Happy New Year.

It’s January 2018, and a happy new year to all our readers, distributors and advertisers.

This year marks a century since the end of the First World War and in Melbourne that is set to be marked with a series of commemorations, from beer to art. For more details on we might expect to see in Melbourne this year, see Frank Hughes’ report from the latest Melbourne Parish Council meeting on page nine.

On our front page we bring news of a bugbear that has been plaguing some members of the local community for many years, being the goat willow tree in front of the Senior Citizens Centre. Efforts have now been going on over a decade to get the tree chopped down as its roots are causing a hazard, as well as its branches, so the news that it can finally come down will be welcomed by many.

In further news, 34 Miller Homes are now finally going to be built on Jawbone Lane. The local community fought hard to prevent houses being built on these green fields, but the inspector has had his say and they are now coming – although there is only one homes development, not the two that were originally applied for, and fewer homes too.

On page 2, local political stalwart John Harrison has retired from chairing the Melbourne Sporting Partnership and has been made its first honorary president, as well as being made an honorary alderman for Derbyshire and celebrating his 80th birthday on New Year’s Day. Melbourne Sports Park is a great facility and something for the whole community to make good use of, and we would like to extend our congratulations to John for having had the vision to see this valuable project through, with the help of a hard-working team. Happy Birthday John.

In business news, The Lamb Inn has been re-born as The Melbourne Inn – see Frank Hughes’ insightful interview with new landlord Ian Broomhead on page 5, while those following the fascinating story as to the location of South Derbyshire’s long-awaited new secondary school might be interested to read the latest update on how matters are progressing on page 7.

A big thank you to our readers for sending in lovely snowy pictures on the one day the white stuff fell, while over in sport, congratulations to Melbourne Rugby Club’s first XV with their great victory over Rugby Lions.

Got a story for our February edition? Please do get in touch at news@melbournevillagevoice.co.uk.

The Village Voice

The Village Voice never rests and the February edition is now being planned. Don’t forget we represent a highly valuable opportunity to any local businesses wanting to advertise their services – with free hand delivery of more than 6,000 copies to 16 local villages. We do our best to cover the news accurately and fairly.
Have a great new year.

Any stories can be sent to news@melbournevillagevoice.co.uk. Please note we do reserve the right to create our own independent balanced news stories from what you send us. Advertisers can contact Nicola Mortimer on ads@melbournevillagevoice.co.uk

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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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February 2018

Booking Deadline: 31 January
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March 2018

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Publication Date: 12 March

April 2018

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Publication Date: 9 April

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