THE caring, sharing community which we have all come to be proud of has again come to the fore.

Organisations in Melbourne and Aston-on-Trent have rallied round to offer meals and money for children’s food after the majority of MPs voted not to extend Free School Meals over the October half-term. Melbourne Methodist Church, Tori & Ben’s Farm Shop and The Village Shop in Aston-on-Trent are among those to offer help. In these worrying times it is a heart-warming story to read in this month’s Village Voice.

We report the good news of a £260,000 early Christmas present for Melbourne Assembly Rooms. 
The money from South Derbyshire District Council will pay to repair and replace the building’s windows, put new windows in the main hall, repair the bell tower, add new external lighting, demolish outbuildings and do drainage work in the car park.

Not such good news for a highly popular charity Christmas card delivery scheme.
Derbyshire Scouts’ Stamp and Deliver has raised thousands of pounds for local charities as well as the Scouts in its 38 years. But the pandemic has meant the scheme has been brought to a halt.

Village Voice News Editor Lucy Stephens meets up with a woman who has completed the entire 630-mile South West Coastal Path of one of the UK’s most beautiful coastlines. Tori Taylor’s story is a fascinating one that should inspire us all.

This edition also has a picture round-up of recent Hallowe’en and pumpkin events plus all your usual favourite features.

Stay safe.

From all of the team at the Village Voice.

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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 27th 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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