Spring 2019 Issue 97
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At last Spring has arrived!There are many events to look forward to – Open Gardens will be held again this year on Sunday 16th June, preceded on Saturday 30th March by a Plant Sale at The Hub. Melbourn is fortunate in having the award winning Village College, which has won an important award for the standard of its international education, see page 25. The Hub hosts many interesting events throughout the year, as well as housing the Parish Council, the Library and providing excellent lunches and coffee and cakes. On Friday March 8th a concert will be held featuring poets and musicians who took part in the making of the Mel Waterlight film project and will feature folk songs collected by Vaughan Williams when he lived in Meldreth, see page 16. The Hub is a definite village asset! Apart from the regular features, sport, a profile, we continue with the feature on the Himalayas see page 40, and in this issue an article on telephone scams, see page 18, which are such a nuisance to all of us. An interesting look at the big butterfly count, see page 37. Take advantage of and enjoy the amenities of the village, and thank you to all the people, most of them volunteers, who organise and run the clubs, there is definitely something for all ages. … continue reading ❱
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.