Melbourn Magazine

Winter 2020 Issue 104

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone. We hope that lockdown may ease before the end of the year so that families can spend some time together.
We have lots of interesting articles for this issue, despite there being no dates for the Diary section. We have a feature from the magazine’s sponsors TTP describing their important work to help combating Covid-19, see page 12. Enjoy reading about how the schools and various clubs are coping, remaining active and planning for the future. There is an account of wildlife, with excellent photographs see page 42, and a most interesting account of chalk streams on page 58, of which the Mel is one, and much more and of course our excellent continuation in the Travelogue.
Of course, Christmas is one of the main celebrations of the Christian church, and details of services are given inside. As distancing, must be observed there may be space for fewer people at services this year.
We are pleased to see that there will be a Melbourn calendar available again for next year, ordering will be by phone (see page 4). This will make a nice gift and raise money for SOAS. 
All the best to everyone.
Front cover: TTP inside a ventilator for Covid-19 see page 12. .
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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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