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JULY EDITION...

NOT often (if ever) do we get to put an army tank on the front page of the Village Voice. But that’s just what you will find in our July edition.

This is no ordinary tank, however. A man suffering from Multiple Sclerosis was bought a Scorpion tank by his wife – and is now able to drive it thanks to a Melbourne firm. Des Gosling Mobility fitted the vehicle with hand controls so that Derek Bethell, who uses a wheelchair to get round, can enjoy his pride and joy. It’s a great read.

A local garden designer is celebrating after winning a gold medal at the prestigious BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Carleen Osborne of Swarkestone saw her nature-inspired entry top the showcase category at the annual event at the NEC and told us: “I was absolutely blown away.” We have a picture of Carleen being presented with her award by TV presenter Frances Tophill.

Another woman celebrating is Noreen Smith, of Wilson, who marked her 100th birthday with a surprise party. You can read her fascinating life story in the July issue, along with how the area now has two Labour MPs.

Samantha Niblett is the South Derbyshire representative at Westminster, joining Amanda Hack for North West Leicestershire. Both overturned sizeable Tory majorities as the country saw red at the General Election.

On the sporting front we highlight the success of Melbourne’s Seb Cave, who has won the prestigious St Andrews Links Trophy at the home of golf. He joins such illustrious names as Ernie Els, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy in winning this amateur prize.

It’s an action-packed edition of your favourite local newspaper and not to be missed.



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