Melbourn Magazine

Summer 2020 Issue 102

Welcome to the 102nd edition of Melbourn Magazine – it’s amazing to think that only a short time ago we celebrated our 100 edition and 25 years of continuous production of the magazine. But unfortunately now, due to Coronavirus and the issues it has presented, we find ourselves unable to print and deliver our next edition.
However, we have been fortunate to have received plenty of articles and photographs to produce Issue 102, although it will only be available to read online at and to download to a computer, mobile or tablet. The download file is available at Please help us by sharing these details with anyone you feel would like to read the latest issue of the magazine. When conditions are appropriate we will be printing a few copies to go in the libraries.
People are being very kind and helping those who are in lockdown. Local shops are offering a delivery service and The Hub has the Melbourn Coronavirus Community Response up and running so no one need go without essentials. Telephone 01763 263303 option 1. Royston Community Transport are helping with essential travel, e.g. doctors and hospital appointments and will also help with prescriptions and food deliveries where possible, including collection of ‘Click and Collect’ orders. Telephone 01763 245228, between 9am-3pm Monday – Friday. Thank you very much to all the volunteers.
We are also fortunate to live in rural surroundings and to be able to get out into the fresh air to exercise and catch up on the gardening!
Our new care home Melbourn Springs is up and running; it is a beautiful place and will become part of the community in the very near future. See page 19.
Obviously, at the moment schools and clubs are closed, but we have received several articles from those that were able to get together before the crises. We have another interesting article with excellent photographs, reporting on Fowlmere RSBP Nature Reserve, see page 34; and you can travel to the Himalayas again, taking your mind temporarily off the pandemic problems which are affecting all of us globally, see page 24. There are also book reviews on page 44 and pieces written by people in lockdown, see page 51.
So until we meet again, keep cheerful and keep safe and take exercise to keep fit. (See page 66 for exercise suggestions).
Front cover: Melbourn Fete by Kay Morland.
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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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