Welcome to our
March edition.
Hold on to your hats!

Welcome to the winds of March, and this month we bring you tales of actual winds with our coverage and pictures of the havoc caused by storm Doris as it hit the local area. Calke Abbey closed for the day in the storm, which blew one family’s trampoline right over their wall. Our photographer Tina Baker was there to capture the moment, and you can see more of her pictures here. 

Tina’s picture of local hen and veg man Jochen Helbig graces our front page – but the story beside it is more troubling than the bucolic image might suggest: the locally-grown veg sold by Jochen is being stolen as people continue not to put money in the honesty box. What a shame if he has to pack in this valuable local service.

See inside for Frank Hughes’ interviews with leaving curate Angela Plummer and Debbie Keith, who has finally made it back to her home in Breedon seven months after last summer’s flood damage made it uninhabitable. We hope Debbie and her fellow residents won’t ever have to go through that again.

In Barrow-on-Trent residents are getting worried now that it seems 1,000 more homes or more could be built nearby – 1,000 more than the 2,000 they already knew about, that is. Meanwhile, in a smaller but also significant planning matter, the village’s vicarage is to be knocked down to make way for two five bed homes. A sign of the times, perhaps.

This month features some great sport with Melbourne’s Alex Lewsey taking to the world ice stage in Canada as she represents Britain at the world junior synchronised skating championships. The result will be known just as our paper prints – we wish her all the very best.
And we leave you with this conundrum – our paper is a rural paper and this month amongst our pages you’ll find mention of bats, toads and a friendly owl called Mo. Can you spot them?

We’re now preparing our April edition. Do send us stories or pictures to news@melbournevillagevoice.co.uk.
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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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