Melbourn Magazine

Summer 2019 Issue 98

Melbourn Village College celebrates its 60th anniversary this year (page 5). We are fortunate and proud to have such an excellent establishment in our village. The Community Transport Scheme is also celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Many congratulations to both!

The Parish Council have vacancies for a number of Councillors, and also announces details of the Time Bank, which sounds like a very good idea (page 13). We understand that our sub Post master is to retire in September, let us hope we get a replacement for this vital village amenity.
As usual there will be a lot going on this season, in Melbourn and surrounding villages, including Open Gardens (page 5), Cambridge Open Studios, Home-Start Kite Festival Children’s Art Competition and Cambridge District Art Circle (page 67). Look out for announcements about the Water Light project (page 9), a film celebrating the Mel an important chalk stream now beautifully maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers. There is also an piece on the continuing conservation of Melwood (page 19).
We have the continuation of ‘Travelling the Himalayas’ and in this edition we visit Tibet (page 48); and an interesting look at the RSPB Reserve in Fowlmere once known as the Fens of South Cambridgeshire, and some information on Thatching.
Have a wonderful summer!

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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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