Melbourn Magazine

Summer 2021 Issue 106

What a relief that things are beginning to get back to normal again – it has been such a long strange year.
It is great to hear that children are back at school and are pleased and enthusiastic to see their friends and teachers again.
While most of us have been isolating at home it is good to see that our local and district councils have been very active during lockdown. We really look forward to visiting the newly extended and refurbished Hub and are so fortunate to have this facility in our village. It is also good to see people recognised for the voluntary work they do for the community.
The various Clubs and Sports Clubs have kept going both outdoors and by Zoom meetings on-line. We also have an article about walking for health, so, whatever your age there is no excuse for not getting out into the fresh air, especially now that Spring is here. We are lucky in that we have many pleasant places to walk in and around the village.
The coming months also have lots of interesting things planned, including at the Hub, Open Gardens and Open Studios. For other upcoming events see What’s On. Our three churches will be fully open again, and we welcome a new minister at the United Reformed Church.
In the previous issue of the magazine No 105, the article ‘Melwood in Lockdown’ on page 22 may have implied that the article was written by Mike Pennington when in fact it was written by Jim Reid. Mike Pennington is responsible for the photograph that appears at the top of page 22. Our apologies for any misunderstanding that this may have caused.
We do hope that everyone enjoys the Summer and has a great time meeting friends and family again.
Front Cover photograph by David Hone
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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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