Welcome to our November edition, which also happens to be the 300th since the newspaper was founded in 1992.

On our front page this month we bring news of the death of one of Melbourne’s best loved personalities – Sid Gregson, proprietor of the Welcome Café on Derby Road. Since 1948 the café has been giving good cheer to the people of this town, from rationing to today when it provides a meals-on-wheels service for the elderly. The Village Voice offers our heartfelt condolences to the family. We would also like to thank John Williams for his beautifully written piece on our front page.

Rich autumn colours fill our inside pages with Tina Baker’s lovely pictures from the Pick Your Own Pumpkin Day at Heaths nursery on Woodhouses. Heaths has now been growing and selling vegetables for more than 100 years, an impressive achievement in today’s world of fast food, supermarkets, air miles and greengrocers disappearing from the Great British high street.

St Michael’s Players, another Melbourne institution, have triumphed once again with their cleverly written “Star Wards” production – see pictures and Colin Barker’s review on page eight.

At the Village Voice we do cover all types of news, and page two brings news of further shocks for the Karusseit couple from Packhorse Road, who have now been fighting to stay in this country for two years after being caught up in the bureaucratic nightmare over an English test. You can sign a petition to support them, details are on page two.

The appeal into housing on Blackwell Lane, one of Melbourne’s longest running housing sagas, has finally been dismissed – see Frank Hughes’ report on page three. And this year’s Remembrance commemorations in Melbourne have stepped up a notch with the town’s first ever Festival of Remembrance in the Parish Church on November 5, plus the launch of the Poppy Appeal in the Assembly Rooms. We have covered both events, and our history picture on page 10 gives us a fascinating glimpse into what is believed to be the first Remembrance Day parade in the town. Many thanks to the Royal British Legion for putting the picture in our direction.

In sport, Melbourne Dynamoes are having a superb run of form with all three games won in October, while several local sportswomen and teams shone brightly at the Active South Derbyshire awards.

We have been proud to serve the community of Melbourne and surrounding villages for 25 years. We hope our readers and advertisers continue to enjoy our newspaper.

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Have a great November.

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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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Artwork deadline: 4th December
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January 2018

Ad booking deadline: 28th December
Artwork deadline: 3rd January
Publication date: 8th January

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