Summer 2018 Issue 94

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Everyone will know by now that David Piggott, our former Station Master at Meldreth, died on January 30th. He was a very remarkable man who is sadly missed (see page 5).

The weather did improve in time for Spring, although a late one. Hopefully the Summer will be long and sunny so that we can all enjoy the entertainments planned locally.

The Fete is back after a gap of a year and promises to be a great day – see page 10. The many attractions include the return of the popular lawn mower racing, a skilled and daring mountain bike team, and there will be live animals to pet, including snakes and lizards! There will be a magician, fairground rides, an egg throwing competition, as well as many stalls, food etc.

On page 64 we have a report on the recent archeological dig, and do look at What’s On, page 67 to see what events are being held in nearby villages during the summer.

In this issue we begin a regular feature of articles from past newspapers, ‘What the papers say’. The reporting was often unconventional and funny and was frequently by Percy R Salmon FRS, known locally as ‘Peepbo’, who retired to the village after an adventurous life as a journalist and photographer during WWI.

He went out to Egypt with Kitchener, living in Jerusalem, and travelling extensively through the Middle East, often wearing local dress. After retiring to Melbourn he continued working as a journalist for local papers for over twenty years. We start with a collection of cuttings that Percy took from various local papers, creating a number of volumes on the life and times of Melbourn as seen through the eyes of the papers.

You can read about ‘Peepbo’ Salmon in Issue 78, June 2014, of the Magazine on page 27.

Our very best wishes to all students who will soon be taking exams.

Have a wonderful summer.

Front page photograph, ‘Melbourn Village fete’ see page 10

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