December is here, and a merry Christmas to all our readers, advertisers and distributors. 2017 is nearly at a close and we’ve enjoyed producing 12 editions of The Village Voice over that time.
On our front page is a beautiful Christmas story of the age-old St Wilfrid’s Church in Barrow-upon-Trent that has been saved from closure after a hard-working group spent three years trying to secure Lottery funding to save it – just before Christmas, the news was finally announced that they have indeed won more than half a million pounds to rescue the building for the future. Wonderful news.
This month we bring you festive pictures from this year’s Christmas lights switch-on in the Market Place. It’s a shame that after only a few hours the lights were damaged, but that shouldn’t detract from what was a beautiful Christmassy display.
Inside our pages we bring you news of two first-time authors with local roots – Steph Hill who brings us her novel, Sing, and home-grown chef Ig Oliver who has branched out in the surprising direction of children’s fiction.
This year’s Remembrance Day parade was one of the busiest we can recall in Village Voice towers, and we bring you pictures and coverage of the solemn proceedings from around the area. Next year’s Remembrance Day will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. And it’s fitting that this year too the Commonwealth War Graves Commission finally marked the sacrifice of one of Melbourne’s First World War victims, Wallace Hatton, who died shortly after the war ended aged only 23, from shrapnel in his eye. Today, we can still honour his memory. Wallace only had one son, William, who also gave his life for Great Britain in the Second World War. We can only imagine what our ancestors went through during those hard times, although all over the world many people are suffering in atrocious wars. That’s why local resident Jan Rosa Lee organised a Syrian Supper in the village to raise money to send to that beautiful war-torn country, currently in the middle of what’s widely regarded as the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.
In sport, Melbourne Junior School’s achievements on the pitch and in the table tennis hall continue to be highly impressive with news that teams from the school are county champions in table tennis, football and cricket. Congratulations to them.
And so 2018 is nearly upon us. A very merry Christmas to all, and warm thanks to our hard-working distributors and advertisers who support the Village Voice year on year. See you in 2018!
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