Mayday - Mayday

Welcome to our May edition. On the front page we bring you a very serious story. Melbourne Fire Station, which was under threat of closure a few years ago - and was saved with a campaign spearheaded by the Village Voice's Frank Hughes - has been very busy recently dealing with some blazes that might have been far more serious had it not been for the swift arrival of fire crews. The fire that swept through gardens between North Street and South Street in Melbourne could have been much worse, but was bad enough thanks to the fact that the fire engine couldn't get up South Street due to the parked cars. But thank goodness that we have a fire station manned by dedicated retained crew that go out by day to their jobs, and are on call to fight fires for all our safety. What public-spirited, selfless people. And by the way, they are currently looking for day cover. Anyone interested is asked to look at the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue website - 

But the issue of too many cars on Melbourne's narrow streets is a serious one, and something that merits attention.

Inside our pages you'll find a review of Melbourne's own Operatic Society, still going strong after nearly a century and putting on some professional standard performances. Thanks to Colin Barker for sending us his impressions of their recent Pirates of Penzance at Long Eaton. The music theme continues with our review of the wonderful Astonbury in, you've guessed it, Aston-on-Trent, while Melbourne's Arts Festival looks set to be a green-fingered winner this year with its highly fitting "growing" theme, in keeping with our market gardening heritage.

In other news, the new floor on Aston's recreational centre looks set to be being put up after villagers all voted to pay an extra fiver on their parish council precept over the years to come, plus the village's amazing Hoover team, who pick up rubbish on a monthly basis, have been justly rewarded with an Excellence in the Community Award.

Our centre spread this month provides coverage of the new “Mels" community awards, and we congratulate all the very worthy winners. It was also an opportunity for the public to see the new-look Assembly Rooms, the front of which have been transformed with elegantly exposed brickwork and a very smart newly decked out kitchen area.

We also hope you enjoy the picture taken by our young photo competition winner, Isaac Bell, who took a beautiful shot of a hollowed-out tree at Calke Abbey.

But we don't rest on our laurels at the Village Voice, and are now planning our June edition. Ideas for stories can be sent to Lucy Stephens at Want to advertise and reach our 16,000 readers? Contact Nicola Mortimer at

As May progresses, here's hoping we get some more warm weather. Do send us any photos showing off our local area, to
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Best wishes, The Village Voice

The May 2017 issue is out now…

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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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