Melbourn Magazine

Autumn 2018 Issue 95

As I write this it is a beautiful sunny day near the end of October, and the leaves have turned shades of orange, red, and yellow.
There is always a lot going on in the village and It has been a good year in Melbourn, whatever your age or interests.
Many thanks to all those people who willingly give their time to run the various clubs and societies.
We are fortunate in the village in having many wonderful places to meet, from The Hub, with its cafe and library, which is flourishing, to the Halls attached to our three churches, and also the Primary School and Village College, both very successful institutions.
Events in the village leading up to Christmas include ‘Turn on to Christmas’ see page 9 and ‘Visit Santa at his Grotto’ see page 13.
We have two additional profiles in this issue, reflecting on the life’s of Pam Saunders (page 17) who we featured in the last issue and Maurice McComb (page 15), an unassuming gentleman who brought live rock music to the village.

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About the magazine The award winning Melbourn Magazine was first issued in January 1995 and produced quarterly thereafter. It began as four sheets of A4 paper, stapled and was available on a ‘pick-up’ basis as distribution was, at the time, difficult, So local residents could collect a copy from the local Post Office. Today, it has developed into a glossy looking 72 page, 4-colour, award-winning publication and is still produced entirely by volunteers … continue reading
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Melbourn history

Melbourn has had its fair share of troubles through the ages. The unrest during the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381, the Ship Money riots which took place at the Cross in 1640, the Civil War in the 17th century, to the tragedies emerging from the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars, where many Melbourn men were injured or killed. There were a number of recorded fires in the village which destroyed many thatched cottages. The first was on St. Bartholomew’s Day, 24th August 1724, when in the space of an hour ...25 dwelling houses together with all the out houses, barns and stables and Recks of Corn were burnt down. The devastation caused by a fire in 1915 is well documented and describes the loss of housing and the anguish it caused. … continue reading

from A Glimpse into Melbourn’s past.

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