Summer 2020 Issue 102

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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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