Autumn 2020 Issue 103
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We hope that everyone has survived lockdown without too many difficulties. We are fortunate in Melbourn to have so many volunteers willing to deliver food and services to us at home. Thank you very much from us all. The weather has also been relatively kind, apart from the end of August! Did you see the new comet, Neowise, in July? See page 24. Owing to Covid-19 there are no events to advertise, so this issue contains no Diary. Maybe this will change by the next issue – time will tell. However, we have some interesting articles, including a description of a walk on the Magog Downs on page 49 and Fowlmere Wildlife Reserve on page 36, both with excellent photographs. The Village College has been ensuring that students have access to computers so that their education is disrupted as little as possible, and are very grateful to people for their gifts of computers, see page 27. Playgroup reopened in June albeit in a slightly different form and is thriving. The Guides are having weekly online Zoom meetings, and have a different theme every week, see page 57, while the Dynamos Football Club for boys and girls, is winning commendations and has been recognised as an FA Community Hub Club, page 56. The Hub has reopened, and includes a marquee in the garden, see page 7. People are very pleased to see it back and it is well supported. There are many other interesting features including the Travelogue in the Himalayas, on page 22, book reviews, page 42 and Cricklewood’s Cars on page18. On page 64 there is an interesting overview of epidemics and pandemics. and much more. We hope that by the time the Christmas issue is published the situation will have further improved. Keep safe and enjoy our village with its many amenities. Front cover: Skylark at Magog Down. Photograph by Garth Peacock. … continue reading ❱
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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 ❱ Interested in advertising in the magazine - click here
Situated in south Cambridgeshire, Melbourn is just 2 miles north of Royston, 10 miles south of Cambridge and by-passed by the A10. It has maintained it’s popularity as a lively, thriving village and home to over 5000 inhabitants. Whilst supporting a wide range of modern housing, the old charm of the village remains and many thatched cottages have survived. It was said that in 1947 ‘there were more thatched cottages in Melbourn than in any village’, although sadly, many have disappeared since then. However, the remaining ones do provide an insight into how the village appeared at the turn of the century before a great fire swept through the centre of the village, razing many residences to the ground
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Information and local organisations
There are a considerable number of clubs and services available in and around Melbourn, from the Brownies to local history and the various sporting and health clubs for young and old alike. This area of the site offers details of local services from the doctors, dentist through to local meeting and eating establishments. Here you will find contact details including web links and email where available.
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Melbourn picture gallery
A collection of photographs including winter scenes – a rare occasion! The gallery includes street photos taken along the High Street from Royston Road to Cambridge Road and aerial photos of the village from the year 2000 commissioned for the Melbourn Millennium book. Also included are photos of the 2009 Village fete, Riverside Park and views along the River Mel. Click here to visit the site.
Village Fete 1
29 High Street
35 High Street
28 High Street
27 High Street
24 High Street
09 High Street
11 High Street
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.