IT’S the end of an era in Melbourne as the Welcome Cafe shuts its door for the final time on August 22.
The Welcome began serving people in 1948, having been opened by Sid Gregson. For the past 28 years Sid’s daughter, Jo Slater, has been at the helm, helped by her son Alex.
Sid passed away in 2017 and Jo says that now she is in her 70s the time has come for her to retire from cooking breakfasts and lunches from 7am to 4pm, six days a week, with the other day taken up with shopping for supplies and washing the tablecloths!
It will be a sad day when the very last cuppa is poured.
Melbourne found itself at the centre of a BBC programme recently. Local history expert Philip Heath helped the ‘Fake or Fortune’ team led by Fiona Bruce to investigate whether a painting of Peniston Lamb was by renowned portrait artist Sir Thomas Lawrence.
If you didn’t see the programme it will be well worth taking a look in this month’s Village Voice to find out what happened.
There are various moves on the new homes front in the area. Gladman Homes has resubmitted a proposal for 150 houses in Aston. The plan for the same location was rejected two years ago.
Over in Breedon the application to build 43 homes on the site of the former garden centre has been given the green light. As part of the scheme Cameron Homes have agreed to erect a village hall at no cost to the community.
And an old sawmill in Milton could be turned into three four-bed homes if given the go-ahead.
Melbourne’s annual carnival, the tennis club open day and the yearly Aston well-dressing events are covered by our photographers, while the article on the recent exhibition on pubs, past and present is bound to stir a few memories.
On the subject of pubs, the Valentine and Wills gin-theme bar has been approved for the former Mileburne restaurant in Melbourne, while the owners of Harpur’s are applying to run B&B accommodation from a house they have purchased opposite the pub.
On the sports pages we highlight the success of Melbourne Town Cricket Club, whose first team look a good bet for promotion.
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