Melbourn Magazine

Summer 2018 Issue 94

The weather did improve in time for Spring, although a late one. Hopefully the Summer will be long and sunny so that we can all enjoy the entertainments planned locally.
The Fete is back after a gap of a year and promises to be a great day – see page 10. The many attractions include the return of the popular lawn mower racing, a skilled and daring mountain bike team, and there will be live animals to pet, including snakes and lizards! There will be a magician, fairground rides, an egg throwing competition, as well as many stalls, food etc.
On page 64 we have a report on the recent archeological dig, and do look at What’s On, page 67 to see what events are being held in nearby villages during the summer.
In this issue we begin a regular feature of articles from past newspapers, ‘What the papers say’. The reporting was often unconventional and funny and was frequently by Percy R Salmon FRS, known locally as ‘Peepbo’, who retired to the village after an adventurous life as a journalist and photographer during WWI.

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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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