Our July edition really is a good news issue, bringing relief to many after the pandemic lockdown.
The start of the month was especially joyous for local couple Simon and Rose Foskett. They were able to tie the knot after businesses, clergy and family pulled out all the stops to re-organise their wedding in 10 days flat!
July 4 was the first day that weddings were allowed to take place once again with up to 30 guests. Theirs is a truly happy story we report in full.
On the same day pubs and hair salons were also able to re-open and we help raise a glass to cheer that step forward.
Plus there’s a feature on some of our local shops that are now settling back into business.
Also celebrating are centenarian Winnie Baldwin and schoolgirl Sophie Dibble, both having received correspondence from The Queen.
We have a picture of Winnie on her 100th birthday surrounded by hundreds of cards, and a photo of Sophie with her letter from the monarch in reply to one she sent to Her Majesty.
In other news: A massive business park near Barrow-on-Trent has been given the go-ahead as has the plan for eight new homes in Smith Avenue, Kings Newton. And a proposal to build 46 new homes in Station Road, Melbourne, is again up for discussion.
July 11, 1940, was the day bombs were dropped on Melbourne, killing nine soldiers. We revisit that awful day courtesy of local historian David Smith, who has written a book on the subject.
On the sporting front we report on the fast growing appeal of female football. More than 60 girls are now getting a kick out of the game at Melbourne Sports Park.
From all of the team at the Village Voice.
Lucy, Nicola, David and Anthony.
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