The weather isn’t exactly getting any warmer and we did have high hopes of bringing you some nice snowy pictures this month – but we weren’t able to get our cameras out in time before the brief flurry of snowflakes one day in mid-January had all disappeared within an hour or two.
But we do have a packed edition of news this month, with the sudden closure of Melbourne’s gym after 18 years of trading making our February front page. The eye-catching building on Derby Road is certainly a focal point and many feel it’s a sad loss for the town, not least soon-to-be octogenarian Dick Carlier – who was to have undertaken a sponsored workout there having been a member since it started, but is now doing it at Breedon instead.
There is happier news with the arrival at Melbourne Parish Church of new vicar Steve Short, who lists Star Wars films among his many interests. Frank Hughes has written a wonderfully entertaining interview with the Revd Short. Frank also writes of changes afoot at Melbourne Assembly Rooms, with a beautiful atmospheric picture taken from the historic building’s rafters by Tina Baker to accompany. Look out for Tina's playful shot of a local bagpiping lesson too - taken on the day the local Guides group celebrated Burns Night.
We also bring news of the new Neighbourhood Development Plan questionnaire soon to arrive through letterboxes, plus proposals for 150 new homes in Aston-on-Trent that are seriously worrying local residents there. A fun run in Weston is featured on the sports pages, plus a great shot of young footballers from Barrow-on-Trent waving black and white flags as their fledging club receives FA charter status at Pride Park.
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