SINCE 1992


Welcome to the May edition of the Village Voice.

To distribute our paper to more than 6,000 homes each month, we rely on a small army of volunteers who go round to every house and put a Village Voice through the door.

One of our most dedicated helpers is Samantha Perry, of Aston-on-Trent, who not only distributes more than 1,000 papers to willing residents so they can be delivered each month, she delivers around 400 herself too.

Sam has been awarded the most recent Excellence in the Community award by Aston-on-Trent Parish Council – for a whole range of things that Samantha gets involved with in the village - and we couldn’t be more pleased. Congratulations Samantha! And thank you to every one of our volunteers – we couldn’t produce our paper without your help.

Also highlighted in our pages is another volunteer from Aston: Astrid Smith, who at 84 has been honoured for collecting for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for 45 years. And she has no plans to stop any time soon! It’s lovely to see Astrid being recognised for her efforts.

Fly tipping continues to be stamped on within the district and it’s interesting to see that South Derbyshire District Council has taken the step of displaying a crushed car on Arleston Lane, as a warning to potential offenders who choose to dispose of their rubbish in the countryside and not via the proper channels.

Of course, an election has been and gone and we congratulate Melbourne’s newest representative on South Derbyshire District Council, Cllr Matt Gotheridge, who won the seat following the resignation of Martin Fitzpatrick. We wish Matt all the very best.

Another smaller election took place at Melbourne Parish Council where Cllr Joe Ward has been elected chair – congratulations to him too. And, of course, the East Midlands now has a brand new Mayor, as well as Police and Crime Commissioner, and we with them both all the very best in their new roles.

Download Festival will be with us once again this July – read Frank Hughes report inside outlining how last year’s horrendous traffic problems will hopefully not be repeated, under a new plan implemented this year.

Also in our pages is his report about the workings of Melbourne’s Inner Wheel. If you’re not acquainted with this organisation, his report should tell all.

Over in sport, and the cricket season is now well underway – we have news from both Melbourne and Ticknall’s clubs in this edition. Plus, great to see that Melbourne Netball Club has had a knock out season with not a single defeat. You can feel the elation just by looking at their joyful photo on the back page.


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The Village Voice is delivered to almost every house in the area, giving an estimated readership of over 16,000. Publication is around the second week of each month, with an average of 20-24 full colour pages per issue.

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News: Lucy Stephens, Frank Hughes
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